I'm liking Newt Gingrich better and better too.  I took an online quiz about a month ago and surprisingly, he came out first on the list of candidates most in agreement with my views. Rick Santorum was a close second.


The HCG drops program continues to work.  I have now lost 15 pounds!  This is day 22.  18 days left to go!  I'm now having to wear a belt with my slacks.


     Lost another pound--seven pounds in six days.  So what do I eat on a 500 calorie diet?  I start the day with a liter of water, and then around 8:00am I drink tea or coffee sweetened with stevia.  If I am hungry before lunch, I eat my fruit.  Usually that is an apple because it fills me up most.  Lunch is 3 1/2 ounces of fat free beef, chicken, fish or shrimp and a vegetable.  I can also have one piece of melba toast if I need it.  I go without unless I am super hungry.  Dinner is the same--one fruit, one veggie, 3 1/2 ounces of meat, and melba toast.  My kinds of veggies and fruits are limited--no starchy vegetables or high sugar/calorie fruits.  I'm not supposed to have any fat or touch any oils. I can have all the lemon and stevia I want.  The HCG keeps me from feeling too hungry.  I take it three times per day.  Also, I am supposed to drink 3 liters of water per day.  That doesn't always happen.  And that is my life for 40 days!


It has been hard at times--to stick to a 500 calorie diet, but it is worth it!  I've lost six pounds in five days.  I can again fit in a pair of my jeans.


I made it through my first 500 calorie day.  It wasn't easy.  I made the mistake of going to Walmart in the middle of the afternoon.  I was hungry.  The sight of candy and baked goods everywhere made it worse.  The other hard thing is smelling what everyone else is cooking.  Tomorrow will probably be about the same.  The third day it is supposed to get better.  What a difference a day makes!  Just yesterday I was sick of eating high calorie foods.


So I'm starting a new diet program this week.  I'm using HCG drops under the care of a naturopath.  The program starts by taking the drops for two days and eating like a fat-loving pig.  Then the plan drops to 500 calories per day for up to 40 days.  The HCG drops keep me from feeling hungry. I should lose 1/2 to 1 pound a day if it works the way they say.  Fortunately, I have a few specific things to eat.  Everything else is off limits!  Keeps it simple.


Neutrinos and the Speed of Light

For a few weeks, it looked like the speed of light had been beat.  However, based on this article, Einstein's theory of relativity still reigns.



Bethany turned 21 on Friday.  What does that mean for us?  It means no more dental insurance, and we are left hanging with a $5000 bill for porcelain crowns.  It means $1000 dental bills per year, and that is if we don't have to do anything extra.  It means being forced into managed care and having little choice regarding doctors.  It means having to get permission from the insurance company before seeing a doctor. Do I sound happy?


I saw this at Dennis Prager's facebook page.  All I can say is wow!  Noelle will be happy to know that politics really has no imagination.  What goes around comes around.

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest (we) become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."

-Cicero (1st Century, B.C.)

9 What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has been already
in the ages before us.

-Ecclesiastes 1:9-10


Well, I thought my interest in Phonehenge was over.  Then I saw this video posted on their facebook page. I thought it interesting that NO ONE in authority would tell the media group that developed this video why they were making these people tear down their homes and leave their land.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw3RiMdS7sE


Our Bethany has been much fussier than normal.  She demonstrated this for Bob Doman with NACD today.  I'm praying for a resolution to the problem since we don't know what is causing her misery.  She did have a seizure on the way home and was calm after that.  I'm wondering if her medications are part of the problem--one seizure medication causes anxiety.  Maybe I will try adjusting them again.
Life with a special needs young person is exhausting at times!  On the plus side, she is now letting me know when she wants to go to bed, and that is often around 9pm.  She will stand in front of me and fuss until I put her in bed.  : )  I wish she could talk.


There are just too many examples of government overreach.  This one is regarding the Gibson Guitar company which has been in business since the 1800's.  It is one of the few companies hiring people, but it has the misfortune to be in Tennessee which is a "right to work" state.  Obviously, the company has not bribed the right people in Washington.  Sometimes I just want to scream.



Sad update to Phonehenge:  the judge is insisting that Phonehenge be torn down, so the building was demolished yesterday.  The judge delayed sentencing of Kim Fahey until September.  His crime?  Building a unique building without getting the proper building permits.  This was after he had attempted to get permits several times and the department had lost them twice.

He probably won't go to jail since he is tearing the building down, but he could have received a six year sentence.  This man has never been in trouble with the law--how is justice served and how are property rights protected?

It seems to me that our government is too big at both the county and federal level.

And today I read yet another example of government overreach.  Is this really what government officials should be doing?  Why?



I won't go into how this started, but I feel that the terms liberal, conservative, republican and  democrat all need to be defined.  After looking up conservative, I realized that this is not as easy as it appears, and that may account for disagreement.  If we don't agree on what the terms mean, we can't really discuss them at all.

First, let me say that the terms liberal and democrat do not mean the same thing, and neither do republican and conservative.

Let me start with conservative, since I consider myself to be a conservative with a libertarian bent.  I guess I should eventually define libertarian too.

The Wikipedia definition of conservative is "Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion."  

According to the link below,  "conservative adheres to principles of personal responsibility, moral values, and limited government, agreeing with George Washington's Farewell Address that "religion and morality are indispensable supports" to political prosperity.[1][2]

Former President Ronald Reagan said, "The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom."[3]"

However, the conservative viewpoint is often based on radical beliefs and actions, so it doesn't strictly conform to the idea of always being cautious about change and innovation.  After all, the conservative often holds to the Christian faith which turned the world upside down.  He also supports our founding fathers who definitely fought against maintaining the status quo.  Also, it is the pro-life conservative who will take a stand at abortion clinics even though abortion is legal in America.

Jonah Godberg addresses this in his post about conservatism.  According to him, it is not easy to define:

I would say that in America, a conservative believes in liberty rather than equality.  As relates to money, most conservatives would want lower taxes with the right of the person who earned the money to decide how to use it.  This would result in some people who cannot or do not earn money being poorer than the person who works to earn his money.

This is only scratching the surface of the subject of conservatism, but it is a start.


I spent the entire week cleaning the kitchen--taking my cue from my daughter-in-love Kris, I worked on throwing out or giving away the items we rarely or never use.  Now I have room for the stuff we do use.  It is so nice to have a clean kitchen.  I wonder how long it will stay that way?

I think the part I most enjoyed was throwing out the rusty pans and cookie sheets we do use and buying new ones!  It is much more fun to cook with shiny non-stick cookie sheets.


This is Holmes' parents' shortcake recipe--I think Mrs Bryan cut the dough into nice round cakes.  They are thin, crispy and rich!  Two sticks of butter and two cups of flour makes a nice batch.  Top with strawberries and cool whip or whipped cream.

Grandpa’s Shortcake

1 stick butter per cup of flour
3-6 teaspoons cold water

Mix flour and butter with fork, add water and continue mixing until a smooth dough.  Roll out on a floured board, cut out and bake for 15-18 minutes at 400ยบ.


Another link to add to the Phonehenge info--this blogger theorizes that LA county stands to make more money in property taxes if they can get the poor people to give up their land.


I came across "Phonehenge" on facebook--maybe it was a link from SaveCalifornia.com.  This sad story has touched me and led me to pray for a better outcome for this family.  The LA county bureaucrats are not only making Kim tear down his work of art, but insisting that very poor people tear down their small homes--leaving them homeless.  I wonder why the county wants to get rid of these people.  I also wonder how this is legal and why the right to personal property is no longer the law of the land.


This story is from the LA Times--an excellent expose' of what is going on.


This video tells Kim's side of the story and shows where he lives and what he built.  I'd say the structure is comparable in quality to the treehouse at Disneyland.


What the constitution says about property rights.

Constitutional founders

An explanation of property rights and laws by Cato institute:



Bethany now has an ipad.  It is great fun, easy to carry, and offers numerous apps.  I think it (and similar devices) will eventually take the place of most computers.  What do you think?


My friend, Andi Hart, makes keepsake bears in memory of loved ones.  Here is a link to her website on etsy.Andi Hart's bears


Bits of poetry

float through my head

like whispers of wind

and disappear

never to return.

Yes, it's poetry season in Writeshop I!