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Those who know me well will tell you that I love etiquette books. They will also tell you that due to my penchant for transgressions in this area, I often look to my books for guidance. Of all my favorites, Judith Martin (aka Ms. Manners) rules. What I love —besides her wickedly dry wit— is her unpretentious approach to etiquette. She is on the bandwagon of "disavow(ing) the slightly embarrassing equation of good manners and money." (Time, Nov 5, 1984) In her book, manners are essential to a civilized society because they are all about kindness and consideration for our fellow man.
All that to say that to say that I liked this article from the Washington Post on wearing white after Labor day. I will be walking on the wild side and wearing white after Labor day. Not white shoes, mind you. Or white pantyhose...
Wearing White Only in Summer, Weather or Not
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Dear Miss Manners:
I'm pleased to note how consideration for others seems to be the guiding principle of manners as you promote them, but one rule of etiquette has puzzled me for a lifetime: the prohibition of wearing white or linen between Labor Day and Easter.
This rule assumes September is always nippy and Easter is always mild, when the reverse can often be true in the United States. The rule seems even more arbitrary when one lives in the subtropics, where February days routinely top 80 degrees. Would you please shed some light on how we might understand this rule?
Consideration for others is something you have kindly shown Miss Manners. When this rule is questioned, it is usually with a barrage of sarcasm and disdain rarely leveled on far more restrictive rules.
Miss Manners is aware of the glamour of rebellion, but could there possibly be a more tepid cause?
The source is a misunderstanding that you share with the ferocious rebels. It is true that consideration for others is a guiding principle of manners, but that is not its only function. It is also a repository of folk customs that are indeed arbitrary, but that folks like to practice anyway. Or, as Miss Manners has learned, hate to.
This one has to do with seasons, not with weather. Easter is a time for bringing out pastel colors and, for those few who care to, straw hats. Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, when white seems refreshing. However, there are no wardrobe police to enforce this, which makes Miss Manners wonder what all the excitement is about.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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I have spent the morning scurrying around the house trying to complete all of my chores. Our godchild's mother is at the doctor's this morning for an ultrasound. Rumor has it that she may induce today. Since I am leaving town tomorrow, I am doing what I can to make this rumor materialize. Praying my heart out. I am certain that she is sick of me texting her. So hoping to see him before I head out of town.
Monday, June 29, 2009
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
All-As you know, my Hous and I have been wrestling for a long time over getting the cochlear implant. All of you know that Houston and I prayed first for a supernatural healing but felt that door was being closed to open the cochlear implant (CI) door. We utterly believe that our God heals supernaturally but sometimes supernatural healing does not bring the greater glory to Him. With that in mind, I underwent a series of tests to determine if I was even a candidate for a CI. As most of you know, I passed all of those tests and am meeting with the surgeon to discuss CI surgery dates.One of the downside of having a CI is that it is not compatible with MRI scans because of a magnetic component that is implanted in the recipient's skull. The magnet has to be removed surgically every time an MRI is done. Although there is one CI that can be used with the MRI, right now it does not seem to be a good fit with my hearing needs.Many of you know that I have been monitored with MRIs every 3 to 5 years for a pituitary tumor that I had removed in 1995. Because I have not had any growth that needed to be treated surgically, my plan was to forgo the MRI scans and just monitor the situation by blood work and medication. My endocrinologist concurred with this plan but wanted to do a final MRI before moving forward even though I just had one last year. I completed that scan .Yesterday my endocrinologist informed us that a 13 mm (1/2 in) cyst appeared on MRI in front of pituitary. Apparently it was on last year's scan but somehow it went unnoticed by the radiologist. It has not changed in size from last year to this and is well delineated. All in all, she is confident that it is likely a congenital cyst and not problematic. However, she is referring me to a neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt to discuss my options. The cyst in itself does not trouble us because I am not symptomatic. However, this event raises questions about moving forward with the CI.For us, the CI is a big deal and a path fraught with many tears, wrestling and perpetual struggles with faith.Is this recent event a closing of the CI door or just a testing of faith? I know that He is my constant source of stability and that He provides great wisdom and safety for those who fear Him (Isaiah 33:6). However, I see the storm clouds gathering and I know my weak nature: easily distracted, will naturally choose an easier path and prone to shift my eyes off Him and onto my circumstances. I feel a great need to feel His hand on my head and His encirclement of me (Psalms 139:5).All of this to ask if you would pray over me just once. At the risk of coming across as demanding or ungrateful, I ask that you refrain from praying for me if you are not led to do so. I am doing a fine job in the lukewarm department and don't need help there. I need for you to be either hot or cold. If you can not pray for me with passion, please have the courage not to pray at all. There is a time for duty but this is not one of them.I don't need Sunday school prayers nor meaningless words. I need strong intervention. I need the storming of heaven, claiming of scriptures, and drawing of the sword against the author of uncertainty, lies and lukewarmness. I need prayers for clarity, peace, guidance, and faith.your name is on this list because you have a place in our hearts.you are ours whether you are cold or hot
Thursday, June 4, 2009
daughter, He said to her, "your faith has made you well. go in peace."