Weeden House Museum – Huntsville, Alabama

I throughly enjoyed my visit to the Weeden House Museum.  There are a lot of interesting things to see and the tour guide did a fabulous job.

The Weeden House was built in 1819, by H.C. Bradford.  The intricate woodwork and the federal architectural style is stunning.  The Weeden family owned the home from 1845 to 1956.

Maria Howard Weeden (1846-1905) lived in this house her entire life.  She was a poet and an artist.  Maira was particularly interested in the lives of the black people she encountered on a regular basis.  She was bothered by the way they were treated and wanted to give them a voice in the world.

Maria Howard Weeden painted realistic portraits of the black people, instead of the cartoonish images that were popular during the Reconstruction period.

Maria also spent hours talking to the black people she painted, so she could learn their life stories.

Maria used poetry to expose the horrible circumstances of their lives.  The rhythm and cadence reflected the positive personalities of the people, in spite of their lifelong suffering.

Maria Howard Weeden was truly a woman ahead of her time.

Is True Objectivity Possible?

I try to be objective when considering new information.  I try to place myself in someone else’s shoes when considering their behavior and the alternatives they may have had available to them.

However, I still do not believe true objectivity is possible.  There will always be a part of my history that will influence my discussion making process.

What do you think?  Is true objectivity possible?

 

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Humpty Dumpty – The Rest of the Story

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

The king’s horses and the king’s men tried to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

However, poor Humpty Dumpty cracked his shell.

Humpty Dumpty was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation and an insurance consultation.

A surgery was required to save Humpty Dumpty’s life.  However, with the insurance agent there was much strife.

The insurance company refused to pay, because the accident happened on a rainy day.

The surgery was performed and the doctor saved Humpty Dumpty’s life.  Then the doctor gave a bill to Humpty Dumpty’s wife.

The surgery cost was more than Humpty Dumpty could ever pay, even if he worked all night and day.

Humpty Dumpty called a lawyer in town.  He filed for bankruptcy, but refused to frown.

Humpty Dumpty’s credit score was shot, but at least he didn’t die.  He said, “I’ll become a politician and fight for better insurance regulations,” then let out a sigh.

Humpty Dumpty is now a leader in the Egg Head party, fighting for insurance parity and equality.

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Civil Rights Institute – Birmingham, Alabama

The Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, is an amazing museum and educational center.  As you view the exhibits, you can hear the personal stories of  numerous people involved in the civil rights movement.

I was walking through the museum, and I was struck by the courage and solidarity of those fighting for equality.  I was also struck by the ignorance and hatred of those fighting against equality.

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If we are wrong, the Supreme Court is wrong.

If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong.

If we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

If I Could, I Would

A few weeks ago, I was at church and the preacher was talking about various things we hear when reading the Bible and how we should, or would if we could, react to those messages.

This is what I hear and should do or would do if I could:

  • I hear forgiveness.  If I could, I would be more forgiving of others and show mercy to others.
  • I hear love.  If I could, I would be an example of that love and teach others about the love of God.
  • I hear hope.  If I could, I would rely on that hope and not suffer from anxiety attacks.
  • I hear commitment.  If I could, I would finish what I start and be dedicated to the task at hand.
  • I hear freedom.  If I could, I would live as a person free from sin and condemnation.

This message was part of a series and the basic points of the series are:

  • Put your faith into action
  • Don’t show partiality, love others, love equally, and love freely
  • Freedom from legalism is freedom to love
  • Don’t be a slave to sin, instead be a slave to righteousness
  • Don’t be a salve to the law, instead be a slave to the word of God

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