Virginia Tech Men’s Soccer

History is being made today as the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team plays in their first ever semi-final game against Wake Forest in the College Cup.  Tech came entered the bracket ranked 8th in the nation.  Go Hokies!  http://soccernet.espn.go.com/section?id=ncaa&cc=5739

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the eternal appetite of infancy

perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon.  It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” -Orthodoxy, Chesterton 

Left-Right

Look at the chart below and say the COLOR not the word.

YELLOW   ORANGE   BLUE

BLACK   GREEN   RED

YELLOW   PURPLE   RED

ORANGE   GREEN   YELLOW

Left-Right conflict

Your right brain tries to say the color, but your left brain insists on reading the word.

European Values and Family Trends

Recently I had the chance to meet with Vladislav Matej (Family Counselor with Socia) in Bratislava.  He outlined a set of recent sociological studies on European values and family trends.  Here are some of the highlights from Vladislav Matej.   

Prof. Jan Kerkhofs, University of Louwen, Belgium reported a longitudinal 20-year study of European values.  There were five primary shifts:

  • Ethics have entered the autonomous sphere (individually determined)
  • Ethical norms are influenced and created by parliaments and not by churches anymore (there are lots of examples of this)
  • There is a high tolerance to the actions of individuals
  • Individual ethics are limited by the freedom of other individuals

There has been a primary movement toward individualism, post-traditionalism, tolerance, and pessimism.

A report (D. Popeone, sociologist) shows correlating trends between the occurance of the sexual revolution, a rapid decrease of fertility, and a rapid increase of divorce.

A study by G.T. Stanton has found a rapid increase of cohabiting couples (not married) and several trends within these households: an increase in disturbing and painful relationships, an increase of interferance of the successful formation of follow-up partnerships (not sure what this means), an increase of conflict, an increase of domestic violence, and a strengthening of mistrust.

The following stats are taken from Eurostat.  The average age of men/women at first marriage in 1980 was 26/23.  In 2003 it was 30/28.  The percent of children born outside of marriage in 1980 was 8.8%.  In 2005 it was 33%.  In 1980 the number of divorces that occured in Europe was 672,917.  In 2005 it was 1,042,892.  Today, 2/3 of households in the EU live without children.  16% of families have one child, 13% have two children, and 4% have three children.  In the next fifty years, the population of the US is expected to increase by 150 million.  In Europe it is expected to decrease by 40 million.

eczema

We recently discovered a helpful lotion for eczema.  Laura and Nathan both deal with eczema on their legs, and I know a couple friends are dealing with it as well.  The lotion we found is made by Eucerin, and it contains 10% urine.  🙂  We affectionately call it the “pee-pee lotion.”  It seems to have helped Nathan a bit.  Laci, I’d love to hear what has worked for you guys.