Saturday, June 25, 2011

Three Things

I have returned from the summer camp / youth retreat.  It was pretty intense, and I am officially worn out from sunburns, the fast pacing, the intense discussion, and the five hour bus ride back home.

1. I was in charge of arts and crafts for three days at the retreat. I volunteered for this because I'm usually good at arts and crafts.  However, all of the craft-making they had were things I didn't know how to do, such as candle making and weaving friendship bracelets.  The candle I ended up making is really weird looking, and the friendship bracelet is so ugly that I think I'll give it to my enemies, not my friends.  And since I don't have any enemies, that means no one will get the bracelet.

2. There were only 57 emails waiting for me when I got back from the week of camp.

3. It seems that New York has legalized gay marriage.  All the news reports I've read credit New York as "the home of the gay rights movement".  I don't think the gay rights people in San Francisco are very happy about that.  As for me, I'm going to stick by what I said earlier and say that the whole gay marriage issue won't be "officially" decided until it reaches the US Supreme Court.

13 comments:

Diana said...

Welcome back! Everyone has been super impatient for part 7 on your Arglefumph YouTube page, me and the other blog readers have been trying to keep the peace, haha! I'm sorry about your bracelet and your candle.

TheFurry51 said...

Yay! I'm ready for part 7!

Betheny said...

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you know what would make you feel better?? Finishing the walkthrough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ya, that sounds like a great idea!!!! Haha :)

Anonymous said...

im not going to rush you do the walkthrough when you have time

Rachael said...

Aw. Sun burns are never good. What ages were the children that you were counseling, pretty young or teens?

If you go back soon, here's two really cool arts & crafts projects: Chinese lanterns and paper-mache flowers! They're quick, you can make tons of them, there's little clean-up and they come out looking nice each time!

I'm also like that with e-mail. :-( If I'm gone for more than a week, I expect them to be in the hundreds. Usually they are -- my e-mail folder is unruly. I never delete anything.

In other words, welcome back!

Britnie said...

I sincerely hope the Supreme Court doesn’t get involved with the gay marriage issue. I am personally not a proponent of gay marriage, but I am a supporter of state rights, and I think this is a social issue that shouldn’t be decided by the federal government, but by the states. Personally, I agree with California to hold a ballot and have the people vote on what they want, and then have majority rule. However, suing the other group when your side loses is NOT the point of voting. Whatever the majority of people want should be the law, and be accepted. Californians voted and the majority didn’t want gay marriage, but instead of accepting what the people want, the courts, (for now just the California courts), are deciding THEY know what’s best for California, instead of the people. Eventually, the federal court system will (probably) decide that THEY know better the California court system and her people, and will force a ruling that will not only affect Californians, but ALL Americans. That will be good to the states whose people support gay marriage, but it is extremely unfair to those who don’t, especially considering those states didn’t even get a say so in the issue, but had it forced on them. That’s why I believe this is social issue that should only be decided on a state by state basis based on what they majority of people in that state want. The Supreme Court did almost the exact same thing in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. Again, personally, I don’t support abortion, but it was NOT the federal government place to intervene in, (my opinion), a state issue, and decide that all states across the board must allow abortions, when the majority of people in some states don’t support it. That’s just my opinion though. ^_^

Anonymous said...

Ugh I know :/ Pray for New York.

Anonymous said...

I am glad about New York and that all other states should follow them.

Keenan said...

Glad you're back!

Anonymous said...

Personally I'm glad New York legalized gay marriage, simply because in our country marriage is linked to a lot of health/tax rights. Gay couples could not make life support decisions for their partners, or set up their taxes as joint households, and the like, and that is simply not fair. Other countries, such as France, allow you to name anyone as a benefactor for such things, such as a close friend, sibling, live-in partner, what have you. It's a much better system.
On the other hand, I am very glad it was specifically written into the bill that religious organizations have the right to refuse to perform any marriage ceremony they don't see fit. Forcing churches/temples/etc. to perform gay marriage ceremonies would have been an extreme infringement on their first amendment rights, and an insult to their beliefs. This specific concern is much of the reason why my home state (Michigan) amended their constitution to ban gay marriage several years ago.
All in all, it seems as though this bill is trying to protect the rights of everyone, not just gays and gay supporters. This is a refreshing change from the way most legislation is written in the U.S.
~Emily

Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you SO MUCH for part 7-9!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I honestly don't like gay marriages, therefore, I am against it. It is against the Bible, and against the rules for a holy marriage.

Jesssica said...

Can't wait for part 10 and 11 and 12 and whatevers after!