Monthly Archives: January 2009

Quote of the Week

These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of
               – George Eliot
                  (pen name of Mary Ann Evans)
                  19th century English novelist

Jewelry, Pt 4 – Sacred Pieces

In the last video about my jewelry making, I show you some pieces that have a special place in my heart. And please remember that all of the necklaces, bracelets and earrings that I make are sold to benefit Operation Family Fund, which helps the families of those injured or killed in the global war on terrorism.

Or watch other videos at youtube.com/DrLaura.

Read transcript here.

I Overheard Two Women Gossiping

On a recent Sunday afternoon I was having my favorite salad (spinach salad – hold the dressing) at one of my favorite restaurants, when I couldn’t help noticing two well-coiffed and dressed women having lunch (salads and pizza) at the table directly to my right side.
 
I was not intentionally trying to listen to what they were saying – I promise you! – it’s just that every now and then, the noise lulled and I could hear one of them say, “Yes, she is so nice/smart/talented, etc.”.  I don’t believe they were talking about the same woman each time, but I was so impressed that two women “gossiping” over lunch were – brace yourself – saying nice things about another woman or women!

When we got ready to leave, I went over to the table and admitted that I could hear some of what they were saying – although I wasn’t really trying to – and that I was immensely impressed that having had the opportunity to be critical or catty, that they were both speaking so nicely about others.  I further said, “You two must be really nice people!”

They smiled at me – with distinct surprise – and one of them immediately said, “You must be a nice person too to stop and say this to us.”

Wow- a real “karma” moment. 

Why don’t you look carefully around you and take the opportunity to compliment folks you see who are doing the “right thing.”

 

Why Men Choose to Be Wusses

Lately I have chastised a number of male callers for being “wussy.” This label is often pinned on their wilted chests after I give some great advice which requires them to actually stand up at home and proclaim: “I am a man – not an animal!”…oh wait, that’s from the movie “Elephant Man.”

Well, basically the problem is that most men today are afraid of their women.  Their wives can nag them into a grave and or cut ‘em off from any affection, attention, appreciation and sex.  That’s pretty powerful stuff.  And then women wonder why they don’t have passion and respect for their men.

I asked aloud on my radio program for men to tell me why they’ve cut off their own “giblets” by not taking care of business at home, even if their wives disagree with stuff that should be common sense (like the case of a 12 year old girl, who was wearing a thong and a short skirt which started and ended at her pubic area).

Neil, a listener, sent this answer: “As a faithful listener and devotee of your program, I have heard you scold men for being afraid of the wives/women, instructing them to act like or be a man. As a man, I heartily applaud your directives and only wish it were that easy – to simply snap out of a momentary distraction or passing lack of strength.  Sadly and scarily, it is far from a mere lapse of attention or fortitude – we are in a veritable struggle for our male lives against an angry, entitled and politicized culture that belittles the role of fathers (sperm banks and single motherhood), demands equality just for starters and purveys an attitude of supremacy in schools (where two-thirds of today’s college grads are females), the workplace and at home.

“If only it were a matter of putting our collective foot down and simply demand respect, most of us men, husbands and fathers, would gladly oblige…stepping up to the plate to shoulder our responsibilities to protect and provide and lead – as we always have.
   
“But when you’re fighting with one arm tied behind your back, skating on a sheet of ice as the rules continually change without notice, there’s little chance of success.

“So, we back off, uncertain even of what it means to be a man; confused about what is expected, further unsure about what we will be allowed to do.  And, while I pity the beaten man today, I fear even more for the women, families and societies of tomorrow, who will bear the consequences of all of this misguided anti-male/masculinity behavior today.”

I second his concern.

Executive Orders and Roe vs Wade

Transcription of Opening Monologue from Dr. Laura’s program 1.23.2009 

Dr. Laura: Well, we have another anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade “you can kill the babies in your body” law.  And there was a big march yesterday and, supposedly, our new president was going to be signing an executive order un-doing Bush’s, which undid Clinton’s, which undid the first Bush’s (they went back and forth) about the government putting money in non-governmental foreign concerns, when there are abortions, so that we, the tax payers, wouldn’t be paying for it.

Now, apparently, there’s going to be a lot of money in perpetuity, for the rest of all humanity, going to the number one baby-killing mechanism in the United States, which is, in my opinion, Planned Parenthood.  So I’ve been beseeched and besieged with people telling me to go to war over this.  I’ve given it great thought and slept on it.  Me?  I’m no wuss – if there’s a battle to be fought, I’m there, with pearl-handled guns.  No question about it.

However, approaching this issue of abortion through the legislature and the courts is a lost battle.  Totally lost battle, in my opinion.  And since I’m big on personal responsibility and moral choices, that’s where this ought to go.

I am here every day begging, pressuring, cajoling, negotiating, nagging people to do the right thing, especially when it comes to their kids.  Not divorcing, unless it’s dangerous or destructive in some horrendous way, because kids need an intact family.  Not to have kids out of wedlock intentionally, because that ruins their lives, statistically speaking, emotionally and psychologically.  And not to have abortions.  You live with that for the rest of your life, and there’s a dead human being who could’ve been somebody really special.

So, basically, I sit here every day, well five days a week, and put pressure.  Pressure, pressure, pressure.  I give the arguments I can, write the books and support, what I believe, are more humane decisions.  And that’s the way it’s going to have to be.  The law could say that it’s perfectly legal to rip a baby out of your body anytime you damn well want.  But the law can be there, and we can choose not to do it.  It’s not against the law to not have an abortion.  It’s not against the law to put a child in a situation for adoption.  And, is the only time we’re going to do something, is when there’s a law?  Can’t we do the right thing without a badge in our face?

So, in your families, you can teach your children that affordable housing means housing you can afford, not housing the tax payers can afford for you, but what you can afford for you.  I’ve lived in some sad situations, but that’s because that’s what I could afford.  So, for me, that was affordable housing.  To say somebody else has to afford your housing is not the mentality this country was built on.  And it’s certainly not a mentality that makes you feel good about yourself.  That it’s perfectly legal to get pregnant, abort, pregnant, abort, pregnant, abort, pregnant, abort, doesn’t mean it’s something you ought to do or it’s a good thing to do.  It can’t make you feel better as a person or a woman, when giving somebody you created the opportunity for life is a better choice.

So I give up with the Planned Parenthood nonsense.  That, to me, is just part of the evil empire…that place.  And I give up with Roe vs. Wade.  I give up with that.  You’re not going to get anywhere with that, folks.  Give that up and turn to each other.  Stop looking for the government to take care of this.  Look to yourself.  Influence each other.  Do the right thing; be open about it.  Anybody who’s ever gotten pregnant in the wrong situation and put a baby up for adoption, say it out loud!  Make it be a wonderful thing!  Not a thing of shame, but a wonderful thing – that you were willing to sacrifice nine months of your life, plus the nine months it takes to get your body and mind back together again, in order that another human being, brought into this world by no fault of their own, no doing of their own, has a life.  You should be proud of yourself.  That’s why when women call me and tell me they put children up for adoption they couldn’t take care of, I tell them they’re my heroes.  So, stop looking to the government for the handout, the bailout, the law.  You know what the right thing is to do.  You know.  You know the right thing to do.  Unfortunately, since the beginning of time (read the Bible) the influences around you try to dissuade you from doing the right thing.  Listen to the small, still voice:  Your conscience that tells you the truth.  Follow that voice.  If not, follow mine.  Okay?

Quote of the Week

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
               – Abraham Lincoln
                 16th President of the United States