Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Against the Tide, Troubled Waters Hodgepodge

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1. When did you last 'swim against the tide'? Explain.

Last month when I spoke up and didn't agree with the rest of the group.  It had a good outcome but I felt like I couldn't just 'swim with the tide'.  I know that is vague but it wouldn't be appropriate to share details.

2. What's the last self-help or self-improvement book you read?

The bible.   
"as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue," 
2 Peter 1:3

3"Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness." (Sir James Goldsmith) 

Agree or disagree? Discuss. With civility please, because I think we have a good thing going in our very diverse (in geography, age, religion, political persuasion, ethnicity, marital status, upbringing, and cooking abilities)neighborhood here on This Side of the Pond.

I agree.  There is a way to be respectful and kind towards others without being tolerant of a particular behavior that you don't agree with.  I'm interested to read everyone's answers on this one in the This Side of the Pond neighborhood.  

4. What is one of your most vivid memories of the kitchen from your childhood?

Cleaning with my mother.  I remember the kitchen being orange at one time, and green at another.  I used to get down on the floor and lay on my stomach to clean and touch up the paint on the moldings.  I didn't mind doing it and it was a nice way to spend time with my mother doing something she loves (cleaning).  

5. How did/do your own children's summers compare with your summers as a child? If you're not a parent, answer as it relates to what you've observed about the current generation of children vs. your own childhood.

When I was a child there was a lot more freedom.  We would roam the neighborhood, ride our bikes to the pool, take the bus to the shopping mall, walk to the movies, and basically be outside until the street lights came on.  Well times have changed and I don't allow my children to do any of those things.  Unless they are with me or another trustworthy adult they don't go anywhere.  As they are getting older it is becoming difficult to figure out the delicate balance of responsibility and wisdom.  

6. Tell us what body of water you would most like to be on or near today, and why?

The Atlantic Ocean.  I'm an east coast girl and the ocean is my favorite body of water.  There is nothing like the sound of waves crashing while my feet are in the sand and looking out at God's beautiful creation.  It reminds me of how big God is and how small I am.  

7.  Share a favorite song about water, or a favorite song with the word water in it's title, or a favorite song to listen to as you sit beside the water.

"Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

I feel like my answers today are very random.  Have a great rest of the week :)


  1. Good answers and I agree with you.You and your Mom really "got down" on that kitchen cleaning! I chose Bridge Over Troubled Water, too. Most people these days don't really like us who swim against the tide.

  2. I love that song, and almost included it in my answers too. I couldn't name just one : )

  3. That's a good song. I forgot all about it!

    Have a great day!

  4. My son would definitely approve of your choice of 'self-help/self-improvement' book :)
    I enjoyed reading your kitchen memories, as well. Have a great day!

  5. We shared the same song :) I agree that kids don't have as much freedom today.

  6. Hi,
    I hate the feeling of swimming against the tide. But, oh my, it seems like we might be doing it more and more as we stand up for the truth.
    I like how you answered number 8 :-))

  7. P.S. I am totally with you about the not letting our kids roam like we use too. We live in a small town, but it still is not what it use to be.

  8. That is a sweet memory in the kitchen with your mom. My mom didn't even know where I was all day! My children had a lot of freedoms I had but I did need to know where they were. They had to check in with me. That is a great song choice.


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