December 2011

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.



Although I don’t expect we’ll get to meet the newest Maxwell for a couple of weeks yet, I am finding myself contemplating the upcoming labor and delivery. In life I can often choose a quicker/easier/more efficent route. Want to get to the store faster? Speed a wee bit, choose a more direct line, and I can arrive in quick fashion. Feel like avoiding the world for a weekend? Ignore the phone’s incessant ringing, turn up Pandora, and *voila* we’ve uncovered a mini vacation. However, when you’re nine months pregnant, there’s no possible way to avoid the inevitable upcoming labor like in the previous scenarios. There is no quick way out, no “easy” button.
When Jimmy’s birthday came, I was too busy eating and preparing myself for days of hard labor (’cause isn’t that how it is always portrayed in books?) to ponder the spiritual implications of childbirth. With Jacob I was too busy screaming “I can’t” and wondering why this little baby was attempting to make an exit out my lower spine rather than the God-given south-bound route. But last time, with Joseph, I found myself contemplating the cross as I paced the labor and delivery room. I don’t know that I’d recommend that as a proper pain management technique, but I did find some knowledge, if not relief, as I paced, prayed, and thought about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
And this time? I plan to cling to the truth that we are Imago Dei, made in the image of God. Not only are Kevin and I inheritors of this human characteristic, but every nurse we’ll encounter, our midwife, and the precious new son that we’ve been blessed to parent. We are not merely flesh and bone, but spiritual beings, made in the likeness of our creator. How will this translate during the trials of the delivery room? I’m not sure, but I pray that this knowledge will help to give me an eternal perspective during an expected time of very temporal difficulty and profound joy.

Most people probably won’t read this post until the debate is over, but Saturday night on ABC (at 5pm in AK) there will be a debate between presidential candidates. I haven’t watched a debate since the early fall, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the candidates have changed (or, preferably, remained unchanged). With the early states caucusing in the late winter  I realize that a candidate will be handed to me before the primaries, but it’s still fun to examine the options. If you miss the telecast, you can catch the online feed on Yahoo.

There are several sites on the web which gather information about candidates. One such site is 2012 Presidential Candidates which has interesting information on several issues. Lately I’m remembering the election 8 years ago when I was finishing college and an economics classmate was lamenting all the “single issue voters” who in his mind were unenlightened idiots. Now I find myself in the position of choosing from a handful of candidates who (at least on paper) support my view of the abortion issue, and trying to determine who is genuine in their stance, and who is merely political. Which candidate really has what it takes to support not only this issue, but truly understands the economics of running a country successfully? Give me a candidate who both understands the value of God-given, god-imaged life (from sperm-meets-egg), and supports a Smithian view of economics, and I’ll show you one smart cookie.