I snapped this of Josiah and me as we watched the rest of the family climb a monstrous dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes on Michigan’s west coast. I climbed the dune too and I have photos to prove it—and they will follow.
Archives for August 2004
We got back from vacation last night and I’ve refrained from posting until now because, well, I’m on vacation. Camping was great, we saw many wonderful sites and we are all exhausted. It’s nice to be back home—we came back a day early just to rest a bit at home. Vacation photos will follow soon—whether you like it or not.
We got back in time to watch a few of the RNC speeches on CSPAN and if you missed Rudy Giuliani’s speech you can read the full text of it here, but I’ve quoted below what I think is one of his best statements.
We did the best we could to communicate a message of calm and hope, as we stood on the pavement seeing a massive cloud rushing through the cavernous streets of lower Manhattan.
Our people were so brave in their response.
At the time, we believed we would be attacked many more times that day and in the days that followed. Spontaneously, I grabbed the arm of then Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and said to Bernie, “Thank God George Bush is our President.”
We’ll have photos next week of our vacation fun. We’ve been looking forward to this all summer and it looks like we’ll have temperatures above 60°F too. Posting will be light to none while we take a break and enjoy ourselves.
It looks like the efforts of thousands in Michigan to define marriage as between one man and one woman could be thwarted by two individuals. I think their argument is highly debatable. We must pray that the court will overturn their decision and get this on the ballot here in Michigan in November. I’ve excerpted the Detroit Free Press article below.
Dividing along party lines, the four-member Board of State Canvassers fell short of the three votes needed to approve the petition from the group Citizens for the Protection of Marriage.
The marriage group was denied a spot on the ballot despite collecting more than 460,000 signatures of registered voters, according to estimates by state elections officials. Only 318,000 signatures were needed.
Democratic Canvasser Doyle O’Connor said the board should not place an amendment before voters that would be “patently unlawful” and certain to be struck down by the courts if approved. O’Connor and the other Democrat on the panel, Chairwoman Dorothy Jones, voted no.
Representatives of the citizens group who attended the meeting said they expect to seek a court order to reverse the decision within days. The issue is of some urgency because proposal language has to be approved and available for local elections officials by early September to give them time to print ballots for overseas absentee voters.
…Eric Doster, an attorney for the petitioners, said O’Connor’s interpretation of the proposal was unnecessarily complicated. It is intended to clearly define marriage and preclude the creation of other forms of marriage, including civil unions, Doster said. But it would not affect contractual arrangements between employers and employees in the public or private sector, he said.
Mountain biking has been something I’ve enjoyed for years but we’ve never lived close enough to trails to be able to do much riding. We’re very fortunate now to live in the North Country and to have cross-country ski trails just a five-minute ride from the house. Don’t tell the skiers but those trails are great for mountain biking, at least during the two months there’s no snow here. Hey it’s August 11 and at 3 PM this afternoon it was 55 degrees Fahrenheit, so yes, it could snow any day now.
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