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Should a parent stay at home?

by on Jul.16, 2006, under General

I’ve been thinking about the topic of a parent staying home while the kids are growing up. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and more and more come to conclusion that this is a most important factor. There’s a number of reasons for this, but mostly what it comes down to is I feel that it’s best for the kid(s). Some may disagree with this viewpoint, and that’s fine for them. I’m not in the mood to argue it, but mostly just to state that I’ve realized I view things this way, and it’s very important for me, and in whomeever I marry someday.

Some people may ask why isn’t it really up to whomever I marry? Well, simply put, it’s because to me the needs of the kids outweigh my wife’s or my viewpoints. It’s much more important to me that when I have kids, they turn out well, as that’s the most important action and plan I can make. I think kids who grow up with a parent at home turn out far better, have more guidance, etc. etc. etc. than kids who come home to no supervision, or who are raised by non-parents, such as a TV or daycare. There’s numerous other reasons as to why I view things this way, but just wanted to state this for now.

I’ll leave with this last thought – that it’s not so much the woman’s job, as a parents’ job. This role can be the father or mother – it’s up to the parents to figure that part out. Stephen Kropp for example seems to do an amazing job as a “housedad” and that’s a model I wouldn’t hesitate to follow, should I get married and my wife want to work. Of course, these thoughts are more for the future than any immediate presence, but just some things I’ve seen and read lately make me more and more sure of this viewpoint – that YES, a parent should stay at home while the kids are being raised, at least for an extended period while they’re raised.

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A productive weekend (with photos!)

by on Jul.10, 2006, under General

Devil's Icebox, Rock Bridge State Park,

The above is definitely a favorite picture from this weekend smile You can click above to go look at some of the other photos I took Sunday at Rock Bridge State Park. I went there to play around more with the Nikon D100 I got for my birthday smile I’m really proud of some of the photos I took, although I REALLY need to work more with the camera. Mostly, I took photos that were all automatic in nature. The above photo was one of the few where I switched to manual settings. I think it came out well, but I’d really like to play more with the settings… next time. Anyways, take a look, and let me know what ya’ll think about the photos.

Other than taking a ton of photos, it’s been a rather annoying weekend. I currently don’t have internet at home, so I’ve been reading a lot, going out to take photos, watching movies, etc. It’s been a MAJOR headache, as I use the internet for just about everything, including looking up movie times, checking the weather, getting driving directions, getting phone numbers, and just to keep up on the news. On the other hand, I did get my wireless network reconfigured, and now can connect to my Airport Express to play music on my stereo, or to print to a remote printer. It’s also now setup to extend the range of my main access point, which should help when being in the living room and trying to connect wirelessly. Talk about a handy gadget, which is mac AND pc compatible!!

Related to the changes going on at home, I’m going to be changing poetshome.com around. I’ve started playing with Expression Engine, and I really like a lot of the things it does. I’m not so fond of how all the different webblogs are in the same database, nor that it’s not so easy to theme, but it looks like for the purposes of poetshome, it will be a much better solution. SO, over the next month or so, expect some major changes to poetshome.com. Also, all poetshome.com users can expect changes as I’ll work on migrating everyone from wordpress to the new website system, which is currently going to be expression engine (I’m still evaluating EE). Course, it’s been hard to do this stuff without having the internet. My whole weekends activities was marred by that single restriction.
Still, it’s also shown me how much I’m addicted to the internet, and also how much I need to focus on things other than being online all day. SO, that’s what led to the big photo shoot on Sunday. It’s just one of a number of changes in my life upon which I’ve begun. We’ll see how successful I am at implementing those changes in the future.
Last, I went to mass here Sunday and saw the new priests at Newman. Though the sermon in content was good, the presentation was somewhat lacking. Still, it looks promising overall, particularly some of the views expressed, with regards to the future of the Newman Center. And, more importantly… well, it just felt … right? It was ok being there. I didn’t feel out of place, like I have so much in the past. SO, we’ll see how things go on that front in the future.

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An update on things

by on Jul.05, 2006, under General

Well, it’s been a bit of time since I’ve posted anything, so thought Malcolmat the very least I could post a few updated pictures of Malcolm. Malcolm has been doing quite well in the new house, and loves wandering around the block, stopping to sniff at cats, other dogs, and anything he encounters. He’s particularly fond of going near the lake across the street, to try and find the den’s of various animals.

The new house is going quite well, although a bit cramped at the moment. James bought a sofa and loveseat from a friend, and we’re also playing host to his girlfriends couch. SO, that’s a LOT of furniture in the living room at the moment. On the other hand, it also means a lot of seating for guests.

The last “major” bit of news is that poetshome.com is going to be changing here soon. Specifically, I’m looking to move to Expression Engine for the web system, and that means moving ALL of the weblogs on poetshome.com to the new system. There’s numerous reasons for this, including things like ease of updating the system, a more centralized administration interface, etc. With that, I’m also moving all of the poetshome.com users to a more private environment utilizaing Virtual Domains. For example, I’m going to move my current weblog VERY shortly to http://mcintosh.poetshome.com/ (feel free to open the link, although nothing is there yet).

The trick here is that my blog, gallery, etc. are ALL going to move to this new system but under different directories. For example, I’ve already moved my personal photos from poetshome.com/gallery to http://mcintosh.poetshome.com/gallery/ I’m in the process of getting galleries then for all the other poetshome.com users, as well as do more website oriented stuff instead of having a pure blogging system. I’ve got 150GB of webspace, so I figure it’s about time I started using at least more than 1gb of it wink

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