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Everyone in the small co-orbiting towns of St. Francis and Bird City is an amateur genealogist.  Each has a curiosity and supply of information about who is whose child, and to whom they were married.  This has been complicated by divorce and widowhood, causing remarriages and blended families, all of which are duly noted and considered relevant information when telling a story about an individual. 

They each have a pharmacist’s knowledge of pills and what they’re for, how much is taken, and especially the side effects.  In fact, side effects and various ailments are appropriate conversation at any time or location.  Growing old and dying are familiar aspects of the neighborhood, perhaps helping an individual reconcile to the fact of his own mortality and dwindling independence in a way that makes it harder on a person like me. 

Almost all of these small-town citizens have attempted a country occupation like farming or cow-herding at one time or another, and so ought to be classified with country folk.  They are innovators, recognizing their limitations and designing ways to compensate.  Just as if a field had not enough water to grow corn, they would grow something else or dig a trench, so they treat all of life.  Bad knee?  Short term memory loss?  Hailed out crops?  There is a way to move on with every situation.  Tenaciously they cling to their possibilities, but they are fatalists, resigned when at last there is no other way out.  “That’s how it will have to be.”  “This is best.” 

In the little metropolis, signs are everywhere about country things and health things.  Not only hospitals, but gas stations and grocery stores advertise ways to prevent the flu.  Another common sign is that the establishment does not accept credit cards – but they do accept checks, local ones.  It’s so backwards from the big city.  And their streets perfectly crisscross, perpendicular to each other, but with only a rare stop sign and no hint of right of way. 

I got to talking louder last week, with all the hearing loss about.  And I breathed deeper.  Feelings were opened up in that safe, dear place.  The country is both an art gallery and a museum, but it is my retreat, a rare place where I am myself and that is all I want to be. 

To God be all glory,

Lisa of Longbourn

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First go to the Townhall article “Abortion Wars” by  Robert Novak.  I wrote the following in response to his article and the comments made on his report. 

1. Planned Parenthood was founded to deliver abortions to the poor and irresponsible in order to annihilate them in a few generations. Instead the availability of abortions at low cost subsidized the people groups (poor and irresponsible), increasing their numbers as all subsidies do.

2. Since Planned Parenthood sells abortions for such low costs, and is losing money on them, without making money in other areas or from donations (including government ones), they would not be able to provide abortions at those costs.

3. Kansas has reason to believe Planned Parenthood often and variously breaks the law. Other states and investigative agencies have evidence of illegal activity by Planned Parenthood across the country.

4. The Constitution does not permit federal tax or tariff $ to go to any kind of health care/research/prevention. It is supposed to support the government.

5. Regardless, the US congress annually criminally allots millions of dollars to the support of this allegedly criminal institution.

6. Then the US government, which has subsidized irresponsibility and devaluation of human life and reproduction and sex, allots more money to supposedly rehabilitate the victims of their subsidies: poor, emotionally traumatized, physically traumatized, sexually abused, financially irresponsible, sexually irresponsible, STD-infected, and murderers (taught to devalue human life by the federal example).

Even without going into the moral argument, which I fully support, there is no pragmatic or legal excuse for our tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood.

To God be all glory,
Lisa of Longbourn

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