Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Coffee Talk: Borders, Love & Forgiveness, and Isolation

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, and welcome to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. A coworker and I were talking about the border issue yesterday and I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no right answer. I can’t imagine being in a place that I’m so desperate that I would send my child to a foreign country without me. For goodness sake, three of my children are headed off to college this fall ~ two of them will be within 20 minutes of my house ~ and I’m a nervous wreck. I know people are calling on these children to be returned to their home countries, but how do we do that? Do we just put them on a plane, dump them at the airport, and hope their families come to claim them? And if they stay, where do they stay? Do they get adopted out? Do they end up in foster care or orphanages? What if they end up in the hands of unsavory people? Protective services can barely keep up with the American children who are in the system, add in thousands more who came out of no where and oh em gee

I agree with those who say something needs to be done to protect the borders. And, lest you think I’m a racist or anything else, every nation should protect its borders. Seriously, you protect your home, don’t you? I don’t know if the answer is a fence, more border agents {but, um, that would solve some of the unemployment issues, especially for service members who’re returning to the States and looking for jobs}, or what but this needs to be fixed. Do you have any thoughts?

2. This article from Christianity Today is probably one of the most honest pieces I’ve ever read about how it feels to have a sex offender in the family. There are so many conflicting emotions: love/hate, loyalty/repulsion, happiness/sadness… And then there are the times when there’s the overwhelming need to lash out and make that person hurt and then you remember, you’re called to forgive as Christ forgave you… But how do you forget?

3. I’ve often said that I should live in a Lysol encased bubble. This right here confirms it.

What’s got you scratching your head this week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Coffee Talk: Memories, Delusions, Apes, and More

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, and welcome to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. I love this video: “The heart remembers….”. Have your Kleenex handy.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow has decided that angering working moms is, ahem, child’s play; now she’s going after the military. In her latest woe~is~me~the~life~of~a~celeb~is~so~hard rant, she compared I won’t point out how absolutely ludicrous Ms. Paltrow’s comparison is because I think SFC. Bryan Sikes, a Green Beret, did it best here. Nor will I tell her to keep her opinions to herself, because it’s people like SFC Sikes and our other men and women in uniform who defend the rights of idiots to become internet fodder.

3. I’ve been waiting for the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes since the last cough during the closing credits in 2011…

I’ve been a fan of Planet of the Apes since I was a kid. It all goes back to my intense love for monkeys {yes, I know monkeys and apes are not the same thing, but let me have my moment…}.

4. Being without a cell phone is not fun. I broke mine over the weekend and I seriously feel as if I’m missing a limb. Well, maybe not quite that serious, but close enough. I really hadn’t realized how dependent I’d become on that little device until now. It stores my phone numbers, my pictures, my health info… It keeps tracks of how many calories I’ve eaten and how many I need to burn off. It’s my lifeline to my family. When I get my new one, I’m going to love it and squeeze it and call it Fred.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

Daenel T

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Coffee Talk: Celebs in the News {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, and welcome to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. Justin Bieber. smh There is so much wrong with this guy right now that I don’t even know where to begin… Actually, yeah, I do. Let’s stop referring to him as a “kid who’s flexing his muscles”. I’m looking at every one of you celeb defenders out there. He is not a kid, he’s a grown man. A grown man, who’s making some very stupid {yes, stupid} decisions. If he were an average American Canadian guy, he’d be sitting behind bars right now. The justice system, handlers, and press need to stop slapping these young celebs on the wrists and poo pooing their behavior and make them suffer some real consequences for their actions. Seriously, have we learned nothing from the untimely deaths of other celebs who went unpunished?

2. Just look at Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was one of the biggest character actors around and he died with a needle sticking out of his arm. Yes, I know addiction is real and it’s not just something you “get over”, but what I am saying is that’s where Mr. Bieber is headed if someone doesn’t intervene soon.

3. And not that either of these two folks should qualify as celebrities, but DMX is supposed to be fighting George Zimmerman in an upcoming online pay~per~view match. I don’t know who’s the most desperate to stay relevant here: DMX who keeps having to fight drug charges or Zimmerman who keeps having to fight gun charges. Either way, I’m hissing at this whole thing…

4. So Martin Luther King, Jr.’s children are suing each other* over their father’s Nobel Peace Prize and family bible. This tears me up inside… Bernice King is being sued by her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter, because she won’t turn over the items to them because she believes they’re going to sell them and they’re complaining that they’re unsafe in her hands. Seriously, guys, you can’t work this out amongst yourselves?

*This is not the first time the King Kids have taken each other to court over their father’s legacy, it seems like every few years they tend to gang up on one another, just trifling and sad.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

Daenel T

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