615th Friday Blog Roundup
Back in high school, a teacher gave us this question:
It is time to elect a new world leader. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates:
- Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians and makes decisions based on information from astrologers. He’s had two mistresses. He chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis each day.
- Candidate B: He was kicked out of office (twice), sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whisky every evening.
- Candidate C: He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and hasn’t had any extramarital affairs.
Which of these candidates would get your vote?
The first candidate is Franklin D. Roosevelt, the second candidate is Winston Churchill, and the third is Adolph Hitler.
The point of the exercise is which facts a person chooses to highlight and which ones they sweep under the rug makes a difference.
In all of these cases, the criteria for choosing whether the person could lead a country is dubious at best. Even as a non-smoking, non-drinking vegetarian, I can’t say that I give a crap about the dietary restrictions of my candidates. But it’s a good reminder to look at the whole candidate. To not just vote with your favoured party, but to look at the candidate as an individual and see where you align on major issues and whether there are any red flags.
I think you can guess which candidate I believe has major red flags. He’s got a lot in common in Candidate C.
For those who care about my challah situation, baking the challah early did not affect the quality of the bread. I baked the challah, let it cool, and then wrapped it in plastic wrap and threw it in the freezer. On Rosh HaShanah, I took it out in the morning and left it on my challah plate to thaw. And then we ate as normal that night. I couldn’t taste the difference.
Stop procrastinating. Go make your backups. Don’t have regrets.
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing for a moment. It will take you fifteen minutes, tops. But you will have peace of mind for days and days. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
Okay, now my choices this week.
Searching for Our Silver Lining has a sobering post about a life changed in an instant. As she runs through her day, annoyed by traffic, she discovers the cause for her delay and it throws life into perspective. She writes, “Just like that, getting into work didn’t matter … What mattered more was checking in with Grey and checking on the Beats. Because in a moment it can all be gone. Today, some family has to face that.” A must-read and an important reminder.
Like many, I was agitated when Mike Pence brought together abortion and adoption during the debate, and I think The Stir has decent coverage of the moment. She writes: “When Pence started to talk about the sad families who couldn’t have babies of their own, but desperately wanted them, he was talking about me. He wants to ‘make adoption easier,’ Pence said. He thinks that forcing women to have babies and then give them away is somehow a more moral way to honor ‘life’.” Would I love to see adoption reform and more programs in place to help families remain intact? Yes. Do I want choices taken away and my condition used in order to justify dictating the situation of another human being? Absolutely not.
Kmina’s Blog has a post on her blogoversary, reflecting upon changes in the blog and updating readers on life. Maybe I liked this post because this is how I aspire to live: “The .5 is not a sore wound in my heart anymore, it is just a scar, always there, but not making my soul throb with longing and regret.” It’s the sort of post that I need to read from time to time to remember that life moves on and it will not always feel as it does right now.
ANDmom has a moving post about her son’s size and trying to protect him from a world that will note his physical stature. She explains: “My ‘small’ kid has a huge personality, an enormous sense of humor, and a gigantic imagination. I want him to live in a world where that matters so much more than the fact that he’s going to be wearing the same winter boots for the 3rd season in a row. And I cry, because I can’t give him that world.” It’s an emotional post about parenting.
The roundup to the Roundup: Be careful how you vote. I have a new challah option. Your weekly backup nudge. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between September 30th and October 7th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.