Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bella Via Italian Street Painting Festival

The kids' elementary school, Valley View, h
olds an annual "Bella Via Italian Street Painting Festival" during which the kids recreate famous pieces of art in chalk on the blacktop, and the kids' artwork is displayed in the cafeteria. Here are the pictures I thought were particularly nice, including the ones AJ and Michael helped create.

AJ's picture: Henry and Mudge. Michael's picture: Birch Trees

AJ's class created this picture

The first picture is one of the book Michael created with his descriptions of the sound of color.
The other two pictures are of the artwork his class recreated.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

In a previous posting, I wrote about my first prop. 8 letter to the editor. It was published in our local newspaper, The Signal, today. If you'd like to view it, here's the link.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Last week was a crazy one for our family. I was busy making costumes for Michael and AJ, hoping to get them finished before the church Halloween party on Saturday, October 25.

Michael was very involved in the design and fabrication of his costume. He wanted to be a viking. John joined in the fray and helped finish the costume by designing the fur "boots." We finished his costume by mid-afternoon and felt pretty good about it. At the party, Michael won the costume contest! It was a pleasant surprise, especially since Michael was a bit down. He felt a bit left out. No matter how much you love your kids, or try to prepare them for the difficulties of childhood, it is hard to say the right thing to soothe that kind of hurt. So the contest couldn't have been timed better! It took his mind off the slight, and he had a wonderful time with his younger brother. Here's a picture of the finished costume.

AJ wanted to be a vampire for Halloween, because he received glow in the dark, plastic fangs last year. So I made a black cape lined with red fabric early in the week. But when we felt the costume was missing something, and while we were at Walmart, we decided AJ's costume needed a vest. So we picked out some fabric and buttons, and I made a quick vest. It looks good in the pictures, but it isn't lined and won't last very long. Yet it is good enough for a costume. AJ went around all night on Saturday bearing his glow in the dark fangs and pulling his cape around him. He had a great time.

Personally, this is the most fun I've had in a long time. Planning these costumes with the boys and making them with John, it was simple, but enjoyable. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father that I have such a wonderful family.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I had not written a letter to the editor on any subject for more than a decade, until today. I wrote a letter to the editor about Prop. 8 today. I intended to do it weeks ago, but I wasn't sure what to write. I didn't have anything new to say. Then I read an article in our local newspaper, The Signal, and I decided it was time.

The article was titled "Cheers, jeers for protestors" and detailed a "No on Prop. 8" protest at a major intersection in Santa Clarita. (click here to view the article) While it was a balanced article presenting both sides of Prop. 8, I was disappointed that the paper did not mention similar demonstrations by Prop 8 supporters throughout the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday, October 19. I was also upset, because the article portrayed the main voice for Prop 8 as uneducated. So I composed a letter and sent it in.

Here it is:

While I read The Signal's article "Cheers, jeers for protestors" with interest, I was quite disappointed with the one-sided coverage of the Proposition 8 demonstrations in the Santa Clarita. "Yes on 8!" volunteers held similar demonstrations on Saturday, October 19 on several major intersections around the valley, receiving both support and criticism.

Also, the article portrayed the main pro-Prop 8 voice as ill-educated for she was unable to cite where the Bible states that homosexuality is a sin. I would like to assist that dedicated Prop 8 supporter by answering the question now. There are several scriptures including one found in Leviticus 18: 22, which states, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."

I am voting "YES" on Proposition 8 which defines marriage as it should be "between a man and a woman", and I hope that all Californians will join with me.

We'll see if they publish it!

I encourage each of you to make your voice heard on Proposition 8, whether or not you live in California, even if you feel you have nothing new or different to add to the discussion. Talk to your friends and neighbors about it. Respond to articles and blogs online. Write letters to the editor. Put up a yard sign, or place a bumper sticker on your car. Pray to soften the hearts of the people of California, so they may follow our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to vote "YES" on Proposition 8.

This battle is winnable! Many people are afraid to say they support Prop 8, because they think they are alone. Let them know they are not alone and that together we will "stand at witnesses of God, at all times and in all things, and in all places"!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Public education and legalized same gender marriage: one family's experience in Massachusetts.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Will same gender marriage hurt anyone? This video answers this question.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

This is a funny YouTube video spoofing California's use of Party A and Party B on marriage licenses rather than Bride and Groom.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Just to let everyone know, yes, I can see the smoke from the wildfires, but they are headed away from us. Unless the winds change significantly and the fires burn through several thousand homes, we are fine. We hope everyone else is also well.

Friday, October 10, 2008

For the next little while, California's Proposition 8 (created to preserve traditional marriage) will dominate my blog. It is a key issue in the November election and with Connecticut's Supreme Court legalizing same gender marriage, it is clear that this issue is a national issue.

I will vote "YES" on prop 8 and hope that all California residents will do the same.

If you live outside California, there are things you can do. I have created a list below:

1. Write to your congressmen and express your support for traditional marriage. Click here to send an email now!

2. Talk to your friends, family members, and neighbors and encourage them to get involved.

3. Donate money to support the "YES on Prop 8" campaign. Click here for a link to the protect marriage website for details.

I am reminded of the words of Isaiah: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20). We are living in the last days, and the opposition to Prop 8 is calling evil good and good evil.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My husband, John, has encouraged me to start a blog, so here it is! I know the title is weird, but my family will understand it. When I was a little girl, my brother and sisters used to call me "Lori Pori" and say, "Lori Pori, what's the story?" John suggested I use it as the title of my blog and it stuck.

Hopefully my blog will become more refined and complete as I add more details and posts, but I want to begin by sharing my thoughts and views about California's Proposition 8. Prop 8 is a voter initiative on the November 4 ballot to add the following as a constitutional amendment:

Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.

Because California law requires that domestic partnerships as marriage (click on this link to the California code), I believe that Proposition 8 is not only about equality. Proposition 8 is about the very reason our forefathers came to America: freedom of religion and freedom of speech. If Prop 8 does not pass, churches and individuals will be compelled by California's strict anti-discrimination laws to accept same gender marriage as equal to marriage between a man and a woman. Citizens and organizations will not be able to declare and live their beliefs without government interference and penalties. That is not why our forefathers fought for freedom in America.

The effects of legalized same gender marriage can be seen in other countries where it is legal and also in Massachusetts and California.

On August 19 in California, the Los Angeles Times ran an article announci
ng that "Doctors may not discriminate against gays and lesbians in medical treatment, even if the procedures being sought conflict with physicians' religious beliefs, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday... The state high court said the doctors' constitutional rights to freedom of religion did not trump the state antidiscrimination law because the state has a compelling interest in ensuring full and equal access to medical care." Click on this link the view the article.

In Massachusetts, Catholic Charities Adoptions have been discontinued, because the state government tried to force Catholic Charities to go against their deeply held religious beliefs that they should place children only with married, heterosexual couples. Also in Massachusetts schools, children are being taught that same sex marriage is the same as traditional marriage.

In Brazil, "hate charges" have been filed against church clergy members who preached in sermons from the pulpit that homosexuality is a sin.

Here are links to a few websites which detail California's Proposition 8 along with potential effe
cts if it does not pass. I hope you will check them out!

Preserving the Divine Institution of Marriage

What is Prop 8?

How will Prop 8
affect me if I don't live in California or Massachusetts?

California Yes on Prop 8 commercial

A liberal democrat's reasons for supporting Proposition 8 - protecting traditional marriage protects children