Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPGI 2015 - Dorm Life

St. Louis Trip, Day 2, Saturday, July 25, 2015
We were in St. Louis for the Susan Polgar Girl's Invitational because my youngest sister had won the Iowa Girls Chess Championship and was representing Iowa at the event.  My other sister (Charity) and I were both returning as alumnae, since we had participated in the Invitational in 2012.  Papa traveled with us as bodyguard and chauffeur.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

St. Louis Zoo

St. Louis Trip, Day 2 - Saturday, July 25, 2015
It's high time I finish my series on our St. Louis trip last summer.  Our next stop after visiting Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery was the St. Louis Zoo.   We had heard it was very impressive, and since my sister loves animals, we really wanted to see it.  The only problem?  Everyone else in the city seemed to want to visit the zoo!  There was a long line of cars waiting to find parking.
After spending 20 minutes trying to find parking, we were almost discouraged enough to head back to our dorms, as we had to be at Webster University at 4:30 p.m. for chess game analysis.  But, we finally found a spot and headed into the zoo at 1:40, giving ourselves 2 hours before we had to leave and find our way back.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Review: A More Perfect Union

At the Ben Carson book signing at Barnes and Nobles in Waterloo back in October, I purchased Carson's 2015 book, A More Perfect Union for $20.  Carson signed it on the front page.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Caucus 2016

Seven Carsons in my close family voted--my parents, grandparents, a couple siblings, and myself.  Between us, we voted for five candidates: Cruz, Trump, Carson, Huckabee, and Paul--quintupling our chances of selecting a winner.  I love my family!  We're united in voting our consciences and standing for what we believe in.

Monday, February 1, 2016

My Decision - 2016

Would you like to have a very easy time deciding for which of the candidates to vote?  Here's a word of advice: *don't* go meet them all.  Just go meet the one you have a preconceived notion you will like; imagine everyone else is a villain, and vote.  
But you've taken the hard way with me through my candidate series, so let's see if we can reach an educated decision.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Will You Walk With Jesus?

Jesus promised, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."  Throughout the Bible Jesus tells us not to be afraid.  He is our refuge and fortress, and He's there to help us when we're in trouble and give us courage.
I wrote the song "Will You Walk With Jesus?" in 2010, and have included the lyrics, as well as an imperfect recording from one of our recent live performances, below.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Shadow of Death

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. (Psalm 23:1-4)
Today has been a sad day for campaign workers and watchers in Iowa.  This morning a van carrying three volunteers and a field director for the Carson campaign hit a patch of ice, flipped on its side, and was hit by another vehicle. 25-year-old volunteer Braden Joplin was killed.  It's heartbreaking to hear of another politically-active young person being so suddenly taken away. May we each live our lives passionately, striving for what we believe till our last breaths.  

Please join in praying for comfort for those left behind, and for safety for campaign workers as we near the Iowa caucus.
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