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  1. Honestly, I'm not sure but now I want to find out. It's interesting because the island I live on is about 1/3 Chinese, 1/3 Indian and 1/3 Malay and I haven't seen anyone from any of those cultures breast feeding in public. I wonder if there is a law about it? It wouldn't surprise me. They've got all kinds of strange laws here.
  2. Love, love, love this post.
  3. If you type "tiny houses" into Google Images, you will get thousands of pictures of homes your size or even smaller. There is a whole "tiny house" movement out there and they have some great ideas for living in small spaces.
  4. I never really thought about it until I opened this thread but in five years of living in Malaysia I have NEVER seen anyone nursing... Anywhere. So either they are the most discreet breast feeding country on earth or no one breast feeds in public. Now I'm curious. I think I will look this up. Maybe breast feeding in public is very frowned upon here?
  5. Here I see people texting while riding their motorcycles. Seriously. Every day. It is completely common and horrifying. As if the driving here isn't bad enough already. I was in an accident when I was 25yo because another girl was changing her radio station and slammed into me. It only takes a split second. Don't take chances.
  6. The problem I have with this "challenge" is that most of the music I hear on Christian music stations is garbage itself. It's mostly self-indulgent, spiritual navel-gazing or worse... the "Jesus is my boyfriend" type songs that make me nauseous. Very little of it is actually focused on worshipping God.
  7. That is what I remember, too. It is also why I do not allow "altar calls" during the elementary chapel services at my school. I will not have children being emotionally manipulated into "believing" like I was as a child. Honestly, thinking back on all I saw and heard at church when I was a child, it's a miracle I am still a Christian. OP, I am sorry your kids went through this. I was once pulled over for speeding and was forced to sit in the back of the squad car while the officer preached at me for 45 minutes. It was horrifying. I feel for you.
  8. My friend has a washer on her 50 foot sailboat but they hang dry their clothes. My other friend washes her clothes in a bucket...old school! :)
  9. This is my last week of vacation before I go back to work so we are living it up. :) I'm only going to cook three nights this week and we are having white chicken chili, black pepper chicken with rice and veggies, and spaghetti. Nothing fancy and the rest of the week we are eating out.
  10. I'm not a boater but I have two good friends who have been living on sailboats and sailing the world for over a decade. I'd be happy to connect you. One has a really nice blog: http://www.sailingtotem.com The other has a blog but hasn't updated it in a while: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/lovesongadventures/ She is actually docked here in Penang at the moment. Let me know if I can help.
  11. Started reading: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez Still reading: The Glory of Heaven by John MacArthur Finished reading: 1. The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan (AVERAGE) 2. The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene (GOOD) 3. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (EXCELLENT) 4. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (EXCELLENT) 5. The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith by Peter Hitchens (AMAZING) 6. Champion by Marie Lu (PRETTY GOOD) 7. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink (INCREDIBLE) 8. Cultivating Christian Character by Michael Zigarelli (HO-HUM) 9. Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff (um...WOW. So amazing and sad) 10. Pressure Points: Twelve Global Issues Shaping the Face of the Church by JD Payne (SO-SO) 11. The Happiness Project: Or Why I spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. by Gretchen Rubin (GOOD) 12. Reading and Writing Across Content Areas by Roberta Sejnost (SO-SO) 13. Winter of the World by Ken Follet (PRETTY GOOD) 14. The School Revolution: A New Answer for our Broken Education System by Ron Paul (GREAT) 15. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (LOVED IT) 16. Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning by Sugata Mitra (GOOD) 17. Can Computers Keep Secrets? - How a Six-Year-Old's Curiosity Could Change the World by Tom Barrett (GOOD) 18. You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself by David McRaney (GOOD) 19. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (OK) 20. Follow Me by David Platt (GOOD) 21. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman (SO-SO) 22. Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman (OK) 23. A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos (GOOD) 24. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (DEPRESSING) 25. No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige (SO-SO) 26. 84 Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff (DELIGHTFUL) 27. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman (WORST ENDING EVER) 28. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (SO-SO) 29. Mere Christianity by CS Lewis (BRILLIANT) 30. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (WONDERFUL) 31. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (CAN'T-PUT-IT-DOWN-READ-IT-ALL-IN-ONE-SITTING BOOK) 32. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (SUPER CREEPY BUT REALLY GOOD) 33. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout (WONDERFUL) 34. The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty (PRETTY GOOD)
  12. Ah yes, when we move back to the states I am bringing a crate of Milo. My kids are obsessed with it.
  13. So true! :) They are legal here and my kids get them at the grocery store checkout line all the time. They love them and have never tried to eat the toy instead of the chocolate.
  14. All the American food I miss can't be brought in a suitcase. But I do bring back good hairspray! :)
  15. Ditto. My whole life I've been this way. Even as a kid I never wasted to eat breakfast.
  16. These two videos are funny... Showing Americans eating British snacks and British people eating American snacks. I love their reactions!! :)
  17. Unfortunately, I spent a ton of money for it and it did not help my ds at all. I hope you have better results.
  18. I've been thinking about the "church picnic" scenario and this is probably going to sound awful, but this is often what it looks like in my life: Her: Would little Johnny like to come over and play on Sunday? Me: I'm sorry, we are tied up on Sunday - we have church in the morning and a church picnic in the afternoon. Her: Oh. Okay - how about next Saturday? Me: ok, sounds good! Then I leave. Then a few minutes later I think, "Oh crap. I just told her I was going to my church's picnic and I didn't even invite her. She probably thinks I'm one of those horrible, exclusive Christians that only hang out with other Christians. Gosh, I'm such a jerk." But I promise I'm not a jerk, I'm just an introvert and I don't offer a lot of invitations to anything really. It's not personal and it's not that I don't care about you. I just sometimes forget that other people actually enjoy being invited to things even though I don't. And the truth is, at that moment, I'm probably trying to figure out a way to get out of going to the picnic myself. :) This thread also made me think of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine gets mad because she finds out her boyfriend is a Christian and he hasn't tried at all to convert her... (Time for a laugh, this is getting too serious!)
  19. I went to high school in the 80s and fashion was EVERYTHING. When I think of all the time it took to put on my makeup and do my big hair each morning before school... Wow, that took commitment. :) Then I went to college. By the time I finished my degree and got a job as a high school teacher it was 1994 and "grunge" was all the rage. I remember being quite shocked by the way teens dressed in the 90s. They all looked homeless. It seems that right now it is midway between the two. I don't see the Madonna-esque extravagance of my teen years, but they definitely look nicer than the Pearl Jam years.
  20. Yeah, I got excited, too... Until I saw the titles they are offering. I agree that it's just the Prime Lending Library repackaged. Boo!
  21. Thank you for making this distinction. It is an important one. I have watched this discussion and thought I would stay out of it but... It is true that Christians are instructed in the Bible to "go forth and make disciples of all nations" and this, the great commission, is what typically leads to evangelizing/proselytizing. And don't get me wrong, as a fervent Jesus-freak, I believe in sharing my faith. However Sharing is the key word for me and in my mind it implies a positive, two-way interaction and both parties are willing participants. Imagine children sharing their toys...the sharing occurs because both children want the same thing. One child beating the other child over the head with the toy is not "sharing" and so it is with the Christian faith, at least for me. If you are interested, sure, I'm happy to share but I'm not going to beat you over the head with my beliefs and call that "sharing" my faith. As to the original topic, I think "persecution" in the US is a load of nonsense. I've seen persecution up close and personal over here (related to Christianity as well as other religions) and it is ugly in ways most Americans cannot imagine.
  22. This is a horrible tragedy. This country is still reeling from the missing airplane and now this? The same airline? Conspiracy theories are already everywhere online. We have staff flying in from the Netherlands on that same flight one week from now. Well, they were. I'm not sure what will happen now. The whole thing is scary and awful and ... Honestly, I just can't think of adjectives to properly describe it. I am heartbroken.
  23. I think the stars are unnecessary and just, well, a bit odd. I have seen some threads with low star ratings and they are about the most benign topic. It's strange.
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