Through Liz’s Example , I really saw what an influence a homemaker can have. How it’s not about drudgery or thankless martyrdom as you swoon from one unkempt room to another, it’s about setting the whole tone for your family. It’s not about being the family servant, it’s about serving your family by creating a place of peace, a place of warmth, a place of safety through your nurturing efforts. It’s not mindless labor. It’s an artform.

And once I caught on that I had a choice – I could do everything halfway and whine about the fact that I had to feed myself everyday, or I could sack up and do it right – I set about my artistic training. –Reese Dixon

Whatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is of good report…


“Do you look for mistakes, and get rid of them? Or do you look for good stuff to hold on to?”

What I’ve come to understand in the years since, is that editing by fault-finding traps you into what you already know, so is an impediment to discovery and advancement.

Which the Bible puts another way:

Jeremiah 15:19

Therefore thus says the LORD: “ If you return, Then I will bring you back; You shall stand before Me; If you take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, But you must not return to them.

Ma.tt’s View

I think the broken windows theory — a broken window or graffiti in a neighborhood begets more of the same — applies online. I’ll happily approve a comment from someone who completely disagrees with everything I believe in, but if I get a positive comment with a curse word in it I’ll edit it out. My blog is like my living room: If someone was acting out in my house, I’d ask that person to leave.

~The Way I Work

Privatisation leads to profitability

We supposedly knew that. But they are finding it out again:

there are significantly more profits to be made for state-owned companies and employees by transitioning to private ownership – especially in conjunction with competitiveness-boosting reforms.

As the USA leans more and more to a socialistic system where the government is seen as the answer to economic problems… you might want to read what the Swedish government is discovering.

From the Inside Out

Caring for Your Introvert

  • What is introversion?
  • Are introverts misunderstood?
  • Are introverts arrogant?

I am here to tell you what you need to know in order to respond sensitively and supportively to your own introverted family members, friends, and colleagues. Remember, someone you know, respect, and interact with every day is an introvert, and you are probably driving this person nuts. It pays to learn the warning signs. -Jonathan Rauch