Failing the Test

Man Who Found Next-Generation iPhone in Bar ‘Regrets His Mistake’

A young man finds a prototype iPhone in a bar. It isn’t claimed by anyone sitting in his vicinity, so he keeps it and ends up selling it to a competitor for $5000. Despite this, his lawyer says he’s a really good person:

“Brian has been working part time at a Church run community center where he was teaching swimming to kids age 3 to 10. He also has taught English in China to college students and volunteered at a Chinese orphanage in 2009 while enrolled in a study abroad program through college. In that same year, Brian volunteered in Vietnam to plant a friendship garden.

He also volunteers to assist his aunt and sister with fund-raising for their work to provide medical care to orphans in Kenya.”

Volunteer work is nice and all, but a true test of a person’s virtue is how they behave when faced with temptation. Not many people give away their time or money for worthwhile causes, and hence they are laudable activities. But fewer still do the right thing when nobody is looking, when there is money to be made, or when it seems you can get away with it.

All he had to do was turn the phone over to the bartender. Simple. He failed. I’m sure he’s a nice enough guy, but I wouldn’t trust him.

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Super Nanny "saving" the day, again

California County Bans Toys in Kids’ Meals at Restaurants

Yeager said the aim is to help direct parents to more healthy choices. He said the government has a responsibility to keep kids safe, and cited rules on car seats, cribs and other baby items as examples where the policymakers step in to regulate products.

Yesterday, I watched my friend’s four children while she took her fifth to a doctor’s appointment. Thank goodness I own a big van, because three of mine and three of hers had piano lessons in back-to-back sessions. After the first session, I picked up my children and her one daughter who was working on a duet with Katie, left my friend’s older two, and drove straight to the fast food drive through.

It has been at least a few weeks since any of these children have eaten fast food.

I offered a limited selection: burgers (the small ones) or nuggets.

Everybody shared an order of fries with somebody else (and many were left uneaten).

I purchased no soda; We ate at my house, where they could have water, milk or lemonade.

My friend’s daughter asked for apple slices; I gave her an apple at home.

One of mine asked for a meal with a toy; I said NO.

All of these children are skinny.

Genetics?

Coincidence?

Better parental decision making?

We weren’t this obese 30 years ago, and they had toys then, too.

How to "share" snacks with children

A recent informal survey shows that, if offered blue corn chips and no other alternatives, four out of six children will reject the blue corn chips outright and the other two will consume only a fraction of what they would had they been white or yellow corn chips, leaving many left for parents to consume all by themselves.

I am brilliant.

Starting Monday Off Right

Inspiration for a Monday morning:

Sophia Academy founder is Georgia’s ‘Mother Of The Year’

“…after one particularly frustrating and despairing day, she came home in the early afternoon and just “wanted to sit in my car and cry,” Corrigan says. But then she had an unusual visit.

“I look up and see this man in a white painter’s suit—we had some painting done at our house—so I thought maybe he was looking for work. I got out of the car and told him, ‘I don’t need any painting today.’ But he didn’t ask me for a job; he just gave me a textbook with a cover with an eagle on it and a bible verse.”

The verse on the jacket cover was from the book of Isaiah: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

“Then he left, and I never saw him again.”

I love that the messenger was dressed in white.

Debut

Of interest to those who have deployed spouses: I wrote an article for a National Guard magazine (Foundations) which they published last month. If you follow this link, you need to flip to page 48.

I must admit, it’s pretty nice to see your own writing in print.

If you are a National Guard family and did not receive a copy of this magazine, let me know. I have a few extra copies. It’s pretty good.

This week’s stress…

…brought to us by the New York Times.

In Army’s Trauma Care Units, Feeling Warehoused

This article is very one-sided and does not do justice to the services, programs and care being provided by Warrior Transition Units. Note that the article discusses a unit very similar to my husband’s unit. We are hoping that it brings more attention to Wounded Warriors and assists in a dialogue that will benefit them. Unfortunately, the negative tone invites defensiveness instead of positive action. Perhaps other media will follow up with a more open-minded look at these units and recognize the Herculean energy being expended in taking care of and advocating for our Warriors.