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I hope everyone is enjoying ‘nothing time’; that span of time from Christmas to the first working day in the new year. It’s nothing time because pretty much nothing gets done. There are occupations for which there is no ‘nothing time’ and I appreciate the sacrifices made to be sure everything in the country works when we need it. For the rest of us, it’s a chance to breathe a little after the chaos of Christmas and to actually enjoy all the work we’ve put into the holiday.

I was thinking about when Christmas goes away and the real world descends again and having to put the beloved Christmas decorations away for another year. Which lead me to think about my home. Which lead me to think about ‘home’ and what that looks like today. The American dream has always been owning one’s own home and a lot of people do. What is changing, however, is the idea of what that home should look like. I grew up in New York – most homes there are brick, some stone, a few frame. When the pioneers crossed the country, they took that idea of brick homes with them. Depending on where they decided to stay, a lot of the architecture of the midwest and west is very much similar to the homes of the east. Then regional changes had an impact on the design and construction of homes. Technology and innovation changed the layout of houses and how they could be used differently than our grandparents and great grandparents used their houses.

Today, I’m very much interested in ‘tiny houses’. I am both charmed by and fascinated with them. I live in a house that’s 1800 sq. ft under cover. How much of it do we use? Probably around 1000 sq. ft. As long as my tiny house has a fully functional bathroom with a flush toilet, I’m good to go.

Our children are grown, live out of state; we don’t entertain anymore. A family could use this house to its full potential. The only time the foyer gets used is when Amazon drops off a package; the dining room is lovely but unused, the spare bedroom very rarely gets used. A tiny house makes much more sense for two people or someone living single.

YouTube is filled with tiny house videos. I thought this was brilliant – I’d love this house

We don’t need any more room than that. If I have room for my computer set up, I’m happy. Another option, depending on what you’re looking for is the dome – it’s been around since the 1980s, if not before, and it, too, has been improved. Take a look at these

With the space problems Japan has, they, too, are going tiny. Some are no more than a coffin with a hot plate but some are very clever and airy. Once you’ve gotten over the need to impress people with what you have – which is our tendency when we’re young – you realize it doesn’t really take much to make you happy. There’s a lot to be said for simplicity and freedom from ‘stuff’. It seems to be human nature to fill the spaces we have; the less space, the less stuff. Additionally, I’d a whole lot rather mop 1000 sq. ft than 1800 or 2500 or 5000. It just makes sense to me, those tiny houses. I think I could be perfectly comfortable in one. I have a dream – it’s silly, really – a dream of building a tiny house on a corner of the land my son owns. Far enough away for personal privacy but close enough for coffee and cake of an afternoon. Yes; I’m ready for tiny.

OK, Girls, Which Is It?

English: Suzanne Perry, Author. Blogger, photo...

English: Suzanne Perry, Author. Blogger, photojournalist, columnist, domestic violence victim advocate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week you wanted to be combat infantrymen, I did too when I was young, it’s a very laudable thing but, you know what? I wasn’t good enough, and I damned well knew it. I’ll bet 99 +% of you aren’t either. When I found out, I found other ways to be useful, but if history is any indication, you’ll whine around and get the standards reduced in the name of ‘fairness’. Which will degrade combat efficiency but, that’s not your concern is it?

This week Congress is getting ready to pass the ‘Defense of Women Act’ which of course has been expanded to cover every aberrant creature in the universe. Here’s Daniel Horowitz, writing at RedState to tell you a bit more.

If we’ve come to the point where Republicans believe that dealing with domestic violence is within the purview of the federal government, we should just stick a fork in the party.  Yet, not only do Republicans in the House plan to reauthorize the wasteful and politically-motivated Violence Against Women Act, they plan to pass the Senate version (S.47), which contains egregious anomalies.

The Senate bill expands “coverage” to men, homosexuals, transgendered individuals and prisoners.  It expands the definition of domestic violence to include causing “emotional distress” or using “unpleasant speech.”  It ostensibly nullifies the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty.  The bill also expands the law’s reach to give tribal Indian authorities jurisdiction over non-Indians accused of abusing Indian women.   Finally, what good is a social engineering bill without tossing in bones to the most sacrosanct constituency, illegal immigrants?  It would grant more visas to illegal immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse.

Continue reading The Magical Word “Women” | RedState.

In the first place, could somebody please provide a definition of “emotional distress” or “unpleasant speech”? That’s what I thought, nobody can because its subjective and undefinable. Laws are supposed to be objective: If this, then that.

This is by rights not a federal matter, it’s a matter for the states, and it’s already covered. It’s called assault and battery, and perhaps attempted murder. Can’t we, for once, just enforce objective laws, instead of legislating federal cans of worms?

The other thing is, What in the hell do you want? Do you want to be a combat grunt, or a hothouse lily who never hears the word “darn”?

Make up your minds, already.

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