PopMuse: Family http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Night At The Museum https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/night-at-the-museum/ https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/night-at-the-museum/ Sat, 30 May 2020 00:00:19 UTC Team Awkward at AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com “On a family outing to the museum, we got more culture than we bargained for.” (submitted by Neil) The post Night At The Museum appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Joyride https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/joyride/ https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/joyride/ Fri, 29 May 2020 23:00:43 UTC Team Awkward at AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com “Me and my Dad, going for a drive on the freeway. 1988.” (submitted by IG @nativeorange) The post Joyride appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Christmas Sneer https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/christmas-jeer/ https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/christmas-jeer/ Fri, 29 May 2020 22:51:20 UTC Team Awkward at AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com “This joyous photo was taken in 1994 in Maysville, Kentucky while we were at a Christmas party.” (submitted by IG @olive_oil_t)� The post Christmas Sneer appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ FRC's Top 7 Trending Items (Week of May 24) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/frcblog/~3/1FqlIj3vPTc/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/frcblog/~3/1FqlIj3vPTc/ Fri, 29 May 2020 21:05:16 UTC at www.frcblog.com - Latest entries Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past�seven�days: 1.�Washington Update: “Trump Insists It's Open Season for Churches” On Friday, after hearing from pastors all across the country, President Trump addressed the stricter restrictions placed upon church gatherings over other establishments like restaurants, malls, and even casinos and called for America’s governors to stop the injustice. 2.�Washington Update: “Mask Hysteria? Scientists Say No” Do masks help reduce the spread of the coronavirus? One of the things scientists have learned is that the virus is transferred more from airborne droplets and less from commonly touched surfaces and the number one thing we can do to reduce that transmission is to wear masks. 3.�Publication: Sex Education in Public Schools: Sexualization of Children and LGBT Indoctrination May has been deemed “Sex Ed For All Month” by the powerful lobby shops pushing radical sex ed on children. In response, FRC has released a new resource for parents to inform them on what they need to know. 4.�Blog: “The Trump Administration Is About to Do the Right Thing on Religious Freedom — Again” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is about to finalize a rule it proposed last year to ensure that religious freedom and conscience are protected, the medical profession is not politicized, and patient care is prioritized. 5.�Blog: “Gender-Neutral Intersex Passport Case May Advance Larger Transgender Goals” Although most individuals who choose to identify as “non-binary” do not have a biological intersex condition, transgender activists would like for anyone who identifies as “non-binary” to be able to get identification documents with an “X” gender marker. 6.�Washington Watch: Rep. Ted Yoho blasts Biden’s anti-Israel policy that aims to roll back Trump’s accomplishments Ted Yoho, U.S. Representative for the 3rd district of Florida, joined Tony Perkins to discuss Joe Biden’s pledge to reverse the Trump administration’s Israel policies and also on the brewing war between Israel and Hezbollah. 7.�Washington Watch: Rep. Mike Johnson says every cent Planned Parenthood stole from PPP hurts legitimate businesses Mike Johnson, U.S. Representative for the 4th district of Louisiana and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the Democrats’ outrageous defense of Planned Parenthood’s illegal Paycheck Protection Program loan grab. For more from FRC, visit our website at frc.org, our blog at frcblog.org, our Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram account. Get the latest on what FRC is saying about the current issues of the day that impact the state of faith, family, and freedom, both domestically and abroad. Check out “The 7” at the end of every week to get our highlights of the week’s trending items. Have a�great�weekend! http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Can the Pandemic Help Renew Home and Family Life? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/frcblog/~3/PubiLpQixUo/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/frcblog/~3/PubiLpQixUo/ Fri, 29 May 2020 19:20:48 UTC at www.frcblog.com - Latest entries Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, a little-noted but interesting trend is occurring—home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot have seen their sales rise higher than expected as a result of people spending more time at home and deciding to take on new or long put-off projects around the house. I can personally attest to this. My wife and I decided it would be great to raise our own chickens so we could have fresh eggs for our family and be more self-sufficient. We went about researching how to raise chickens and got five baby chicks, who are now two months old and are able to live outside. Our extra time at home has allowed us to devote more energy to our chicken project, which is now involving my retired parents and family friends who are all helping us build a chicken coop and put up fencing to protect them from predators. All of this to say that the pandemic is leading myself and many around the country to think more about how we can cultivate our homes, which in turn can lead to new and perhaps unexpected projects that can draw our families closer together as we work with each other to accomplish them. There is also something deeply satisfying about working with our hands to improve our homes. This reminds me of something profound recently written by John Cuddeback: We have lost something today, but we can get it back. Our very humanity calls for living and working in our bodies, with natural things, regularly. This means all of us. We have been separated from our own humanity, from our proper homeland, and we are suffering, even if we have never known anything else. I say we can ‘get it back’—not because we ourselves have necessarily had it before, but because it is our birthright. Our own ancestors had it; we need it; and we can still do it, even if differently, and by fits and starts. It need not be the work of our profession, or work that makes money. It just needs to be real and regular, preferably in our home. Each of us can make our daily lives more human by choosing tried and true forms of human work. Certain kinds of work have shown themselves to be rich and reliable as especially human modes of acting. Here is a short list we might consider: 1. hand-crafting in natural substances: wood, stone, metal or fiber 2. caring for the earth, plants, or animals. 3. preparing and preserving natural foods 4. any aesthetic work with hand tools, such as drawing, painting, carving 5. Miscellaneous such as cutting, splitting, and burning wood for heat � It seems to me that doing these kinds of projects by hand is intimately connected with family. When we share in these activities with our families and teach ourselves and our children to do them, we are not only helping our homes become more self-sufficient during uncertain times, we are also participating in a primal familial bonding and formative experience that has the great potential to increase love and unity amongst each other while at the same time building character. Families in the modern age desperately need to share in this type of formative bonding with each other. As Yuval Levin has recently written, there is a distinct sense in which the breakdown of the traditional family structure in our time has contributed to a breakdown in character formation that is essential for an individual to become a healthy, thriving member of society. He writes: …The family forms us by imprinting upon us and giving us models to emulate and patterns to adopt. The family does all this by giving each of its members a role, a set of relations to others, a body of responsibilities, and a network of privileges. Each of these, in its own way, is given more than earned and is obligatory more than chosen. Although the core human relationship at the heart of most families—the marital relationship—is one we enter into by choice, once we have entered it that relationship constrains the choices we may make. The other core familial bond—the parent-child relationship—often is not optional to begin with, and surely must not be treated as optional after that. It imposes heavy obligations on everyone involved, and yet it plays a crucial role in forming us to be capable of freedom and choice. In this sense, the institution of the family helps us see that institutions in general take shape around our needs and, if they are well shaped, can help turn those needs into capacities. They literally make virtues of necessities, and forge our weaknesses and vulnerabilities into strengths and capabilities. They are formative because they act on us directly, and they offer us a kind of character formation for which there is no substitute… � One potential positive effect of the coronavirus pandemic is that it gives families an unexpected occasion to renew our focus on our home life and build strong, formative, and lasting bonds through shared home-cultivating activities. Let us not waste the opportunity. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Barbie Gone Wild https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/barbie-stripper-cake/ https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/barbie-stripper-cake/ Thu, 28 May 2020 22:02:49 UTC Team Awkward at AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com “My mom attempted the Barbie cake for my 8th birthday. A neighbor gave her general instructions, and my brother and best friend were clearly unimpressed with the results.” (submitted by Emma)� The post Barbie Gone Wild appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Happy Day https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/the-happy-day-party/ https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/the-happy-day-party/ Thu, 28 May 2020 21:55:19 UTC Team Awkward at AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com “My Mom was so excited to take birthday pictures she wouldn’t let me find the closest bathroom first. But that takes a backseat to the fact I can only assume this was my 4th birthday party since the well-decorated ‘Happy Day’ cake wasn’t overly descriptive.” (submitted by Mark) The post Happy Day appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Mannequin In The Middle https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/the-puppet-master-ventriloquist/ https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/the-puppet-master-ventriloquist/ Thu, 28 May 2020 21:48:00 UTC Team Awkward at AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com “Our family portrait and I look like a ventriloquist doll.” (submitted by Darin) The post Mannequin In The Middle appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The World’s Best Beans, Smoothies, Cereal Necklaces http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DinnerALoveStory/~3/MvfRiEfFhO4/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DinnerALoveStory/~3/MvfRiEfFhO4/ Thu, 28 May 2020 16:32:11 UTC Jenny at Dinner: A Love Story Good morning and welcome to Thursday. Yesterday I wrote recipe headnotes for a chapter of my book. (Headnotes are the little descriptions that introduce the recipe, or tell a story, or give some context and instruction); I went for a long walk; I started a novel I was assigned to review. Lastly, the unsettling news from Minneapolis and Central Park... Read more � The post The World’s Best Beans, Smoothies, Cereal Necklaces appeared first on Dinner: A Love Story. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The Late Addition https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/late-addition/ https://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/late-addition/ Wed, 27 May 2020 21:50:30 UTC Team Awkward at AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com “My dear friend’s mother came up with a very creative solution when, as a little girl, my friend cried upon seeing this photo when she saw she wasn’t in it.” (submitted by IG @gramma_hadoli) The post The Late Addition appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/