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Saturday, March 5, 2011

When marital vows mean something

Here's my latest WorldNetDaily piece called When Marital Vows Mean Something. Gee, guess what was the inspiration!

And I never got around to posting last week's column called A Union of Corruption. Because I was so sick at the time, Don helped a great deal in the writing for this one.

Oh, and it looks like WND is now using my new photo. I still think it doesn't look like me...


  1. Just starting the article, but I wanted to give compliments on the photo. I completely understand how it feels to see a fancy schmancy picture of yourself and be unable to accept that it is really you! You look lovely, that's for sure! But you always did, as you are His Masterpiece!!!

  2. Kris is right, you look lovely. That photo is you, slightly amplified. Roll with it.

    As for the article, I am a divorced woman and have absolutely nothing but praise for those couples who hang in there and support each other in all ways possible. LIfe is tougher when alone, so having a loving and responsible spouse is a gift from God. Cherish each other.

    Anonymous Patriot

  3. Patrice, I just read your WND article for this week.(And also noticed you inserted your new portrait. It's lovely!)
    The article is most thought provoking. While I agree that the premise for marriage should be "two joined as one", I'm not so sure people take the part of the vows concerning "till death us do part", much less the part about, "through sickness and in health," seriously and literally.
    In fact, the whole concept of MARRIAGE and FAMILY seems to be evolving into social acceptance for partner alternatives with fewer "commitments, long term contracts, and/or consequences".
    The actual Integrity of our spoken WORDS, promises made, and contracts signed, seems to be deflating into insincerity.
    My husband and I entered into Marriage in a House of God and used HIS biblical text for our vows. We were in our early 40's,(both of us had medical practice careers we were time married to)when we took those vows to love and cherish each other, forever. It's been many years ago.
    We still take those vows seriously. Yes, we've had tough relationship hurdles and our commitments to each other has been tested many times over. Yes, we've had sickness, surgery and other family trials. But, the commitment we made to each other is lasting in Integrity.
    We are each others best friends as well as partners. Perhaps that is the success.
    Be best friends first. Like each other. Respect each other. Love each other.

    God Bless your Family Patrice!
    You and Don are active, real mentors of what
    Marriage is!


  4. Just now noticed your article about unions. I was a private sector union member for 20 years, but not by choice. The union was a total scam. Those of us who actually worked our 8 hours per day had to make up for those who didn't, but they couldn't be fired due to their union protection. Believe me, it was nearly impossible for the company to fire a drunk or a drug addict or a do-nothing. The union always had some minor rule to pull out of its sleeve in order to protect the employment status of its dues-paying dirtbag member. For the union, it was always about the money - seniority means higher dues, and higher dues means more money for the union. So even if an employee was a drunk for 20 years, the union wanted him to remain employed because he meant bigger income for the union compared to the new hire who would replace him.

    Every time we got a pay raise, the union got a dues increase. Many times the dues increase was larger than the pay raise, in terms of percentage. Pretty good deal for the union!

    Senority is a big deal in unions, as if longevity actually makes somebody a better employee - it doesn't necessarily work out that way. Many times the company had to lay off younger, better, more enthusiastic and loyal employees because they were last hired and therefore first fired (laid off). To be sure, I have no love for any type of unions.

    California is a closed shop state. If a union is in your workplace, you can either join the union and have the right to vote in it or you can opt out but pay the equivalent of union dues each month. IOW, it's pay up and vote or just pay up, but either way the union gets its money. Seems like illegal activity to me, but then what do I know? I was only the pawn in the union's scheme and wanted the job because it offered some security. Then of course the union took my dues and used the money to support political candidates and issues that were totally in opposition to my beliefs. When I inquired about withholding that portion of my dues that was used for political contributions by the union, I was told that only 50 cents of each monthly dues payment went into the political fund - what a load of BS. And that if I wanted to withhold it, I would have to send a registered letter to the union headquarters within the first 2 weeks of January. Of course, I made the call in February so I'd have to wait until the following year before I could apply for the refund. And the cost of the registered letter would have used up a good chunk of the entire year's refund amount. Obviously the union was making things difficult in order to dissuade us from asking for the refund.

    Public sector unions are a sure way to destroy a nation's economy. They are the quickest way to kill off the golden goose - AKA the taxpayers. I hope Gov. Walker of Wisconsin continues to have the gumption to stand up to those union thugs and commie groups who have been destroying the state house. It is said the protesters (I have a different term for them) did MILLIONS of dollars worth of damage to the state house during the 17 days they holed up there. And this is what they will do to every public building they enter as they travel from state to state with their protests (anarchy) - mark my words. This is just the beginning of their destruction of public property even as they claim to be so deserving of more of our tax money.

    Just say NO to unions - all of them.

    Anonymous Patriot

  5. I enjoyed your article on marriage. Just coming out of the "sick part" of pregnancy, I too mightily appreciate the support and help of a good spouse.
    I was homeschooled as a child and remember worrying about how I would transition to college. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was more than ready for the coursework, but that (having missed out on all those years of "socialization") I was shocked and dismayed by how shallow and transitory relationships were. Friendships and romantic attachments both were constantly dissolving over the smallest things and my peers seemed to move on to the next person without a second thought. This was so different from being at home, where if there was a problem with a parent or sibling, you resolved it! You repented, forgave, compromised, whatever it took to make that relationship work again because, frankly, you were going to have to continue to live with them (in close quarters!), see them, hear them, work side-by-side with them and serve them for years and years. These skills are a great preparation for permanent marriage. Not so at school where the sea is wide and the fish are many and the goal seems to be serial catch and release...
    I have written about this before, but I will repeat, some of the top benefits of homeschooling are social.