Sex Offenders

This is a topic near and dear to me, and I just want to put my opinion out there.  I know this isn’t the popular opinion, but perhaps it should be.  People need to open their eyes, and see how this hot button topic, and the ignorance that seems to go hand-in-hand with it, is tearing apart communities and even society.

“If we think about registered sex offenders at all, most of us fear them as monsters who have committed terrible sexual crimes against innocent children and are people who need to be carefully watched when released to make sure our children aren’t hurt again”

“Nobody wants to protect children more than the members of Women Against Registry. Women Against Registry, or WAR, is the voice of millions of innocent women and children who are wrongly and unfairly punished because we have a family member who has completed their debt to society but now must face a life of unemployment, homelessness, and despair. As registered sex offenders they are targeted for harassment and abuse, can’t get a job, and many cases, can’t even rejoin their own homes. Too many of our husbands, fathers and sons are getting caught up in this registration hysteria even if the offense they committed was minor and years ago.”

As the president of WAR, Vicki Henry, says, “In the vast majority of registration cases we’re talking about dumb childish mistakes-offenses like public urination, teen age consensual sex, sexting, lewd behavior, taking pictures of your own children in the bath tub, and clicking on the wrong link on a website.  Less than two percent of violent sexual offenses are committed by perfect strangers. It is time to stop acting hysterically in the name of protecting children; it’s time stop public registration of sex offenders and to start treating this serious problem rationally.”

Copyright 2014 WFIE. All rights reserved.  –  Full Story:

THANK YOU to this network and to WAR for showing the behind-the-scenes reality of what the Sex Offender Registry is doing to families, and society as a whole.  People need to realize how detrimental it is to the families of the offended, and even those who committed the crime.  As Vicki Henry says, most sex offenses are by people who have committed some foolish crime when they were younger, and often times never re-offend.  This registry makes it impossible for families to have homes together, and causes public disgrace, ridicule, exclusion from family activities and employment, and ultimately homelessness.


Disclaimer:  My opinions about the unfairness of Sex Offender laws DO NOT APPLY those who forcefully molest babies or little children, commit violent sex acts, and re-offend or have a serious illness that compels such behavior.  People like that should not be trusted back in society.

Home Hunting

I know I’ve mentioned this in a recent post, but Sean and I have been looking for a home for some time now, and we need to move ASAP.  We have been looking very, very intensively over the last 2-3 weeks.  In our immediate area, where we’d like to stay at least until the kids have graduated high school, there is very little available.  I have expanded my search to a couple of larger cities and house in human handstheir surrounding areas, and still nothing much within our price range.  If we have to relocate to another town, we will have the added worries of new jobs, new schools, and new doctors and therapists for the kiddos.  And of course, the kids will have to start fresh, knowing no one.  I don’t want to relocate; we have a great balance here where we are!  I don’t want to disturb the wonderful the progress the kids have made.

We want a house with a yard for gardening and play.  The goal was May 1st, but that is just over a week away and there is still nowhere to go.  A couple of days ago we looked at this amazing house well within our price range.  Talking to the house owner it seemed like we really had a good chance of getting the house.  We were so excited about it!  And then this morning the owner e-mailed me and told me she went with a different family.  I was so disappointed, and it makes me feel hopeless.  Usually this time of year there are rentals available all over the place, but this year there is just nothing.  I wish this was just a little bit easier.  I have become so discouraged.

Please send good vibes our way so we can find the place we plan to call home for the next decade or so.  I know there is something out there just for us, I just can’t seem to find it just yet.  At this point I’d be willing to go just about anywhere (within reason) to have the stability and safety my family deserves.

Social Networking Cutbacks

I spend way too much of my time on social media.  Facebook, in particular.  I would even go so far as to say I am addicted.  I have never been addicted to drugs or alcohol, except cigarettes.  I have never been addicted to any other physical actions such as overeating or cutting.  And I had success in kicking the habit of smoking.  So yesterday I decided that today I will start cutting bits and pieces of online social networking from my life.

  • I located all of my daily news sources from Facebook and elsewhere and subscribed to them all through an RSS reader.
  • I will no longer use Facebook (for an undetermined amount of time).  My account will remain active, but idle.
  • I deleted my Twitter account entirely.
  • I deleted all of my boards and likes from Pinterest for a fresh start.
  • I am no longer using NetworkedBlogs or BlogLovin’.
  • I will be using Instagram and Pinterest.
  • My blog posts will still be automatically posted to my Ink & Earth Facebook fan page, Tumblr, Google+ and sent through e-mail to those of you who have already subscribed.

I don’t plan to delete myself entirely.  I’m just making cut-backs so that I can focus more on real life.  I don’t like feeling like a slave to the computer, tablet or cell phone some days.  I don’t like that its my go-to when I am bored, angry, confused, frustrated, joyous, or for any other reason.  facebooknomoreI want to depend more on real-life friendships instead of a box with words on the screen (not discounting my online friendships, just the format in which they are delivered).

What I would like to do, ultimately, is eliminate Facebook from my life.  But I have a LOT of friends that I talk to only there, so we’ll see how that goes.

Busy, Busy Spring

Even though the weather isn’t quit sure what season it is, this has been a very busy spring for me.  I have been looking for hours each day for a place for my family to move.  We are in an apartment right now, but ideally we will be in a rental house that fits the five of us by May 1st, but we are willing to accept anything that isn’t pest-infested at this point.  However, May isn’t too far away, and so far I still haven’t found anything within our price range.  And I mean NOTHING.  I have e-mailed and called probly a total of 50 landlords/property managers within the last 2 weeks, and absolutely nothing has come of it.  We have had a couple of offers from friends or family members to rent their houses, but then they backed out or weren’t able to help afterall.  I have become very frustrated and discouraged, but I cannot give up because we can’t stay where we are.  There have been a few other big obstacles lately too, but I refuse to discuss those with the public.

Besides the home search though, the kids have been doing awesome in their last couple of months of school.  Now that they have seen specialists and had accommodations made for them in their classrooms, their grades have improved.  I am very proud, and so glad we found the proper balance for them all.

Sean and I have come to the conclusion that we are NOT dog people.  We both love Penny, but we feel she is more stress than she is worth.  She is always into things, she knows how to open the lid on the trash can and she does it often.  She is energetic, and the kids don’t take no for an answer when it comes to getting rough with her in the house.  And she refuses to potty outside at times.  She will get sneaky and pee on a rug around the corner or something.  She is a big girl, and doing this not only causes bad smells in our home, but will ruin the carpet and rugs if she continues.  She has way too much energy to contain in an apartment, and we are both very frustrated with her barking at people through the windows and when she is outside to potty.  Its all normal dog stuff, but neither of the 2 of us have the patience for it.  She is so needy, and we are so busy.  We don’t want to get rid of her or give up on her, but we know she will be a barrier in finding a new place too.  We have been hoping to find a home where she can have a yard to run out her energy, but that is seemingly impossible at this point.

So yes, busy busy.  But also frustrating.  Just keep us in your thoughts and prayers that we can figure this stuff out and just find a home.  I don’t think a home is too much to ask for.

Why I Hated The How I Met Your Mother Finale


Yes! This explains exactly how I feel. Oh, and I loved Barney’s reaction to his new daughter, too.

Originally posted on SkyyTV:

I loved “How I Met Your Mother.” I loved the characters and their relationships. I loved the inventive way the story was told backwards, and the way that we cared about these characters, even if we mostly knew what would happen to them in the end. I loved the way that I genuinely felt like these people were my friends.

I loved Ted, with his over-the-top romantic gestures and his unfailing optimism. I loved Robin and her independence, her blind ambition, and her ridiculous love for Canada. I loved the way that Marshall and Lily made me believe in true love. And Barney. Even with his gross womanizing ways, I loved that bastard so much.

I loved the lessons this show told, and the way that it told them. I loved the slap bets and the Robin Sparkles videos. I loved the laughs, the tears, the sickly sweet sentimental moments, all…

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