Mark Lunsford, the father of Jessica Lunsford appeared on Larry King Live Monday night and in spite of his casual, down home appearance was incredibly well-spoken. I believe he could be as effective a spokesman as Mark Klaas has been for the issue of missing children and sex offender laws. Lunsford spoke on Larry King about new laws regarding the death penalty for anyone who kills a child and he is advocating new methods of making sexual offender registration information available to the public. Two things that he mentioned are that the registration should be federal so that it was not necessary to visit multiple state registrations, and that there should be easy accessibility for those who do not have computers. He proposed using GPS to track sex offenders. He is also determined to make sure that the man that killed his daughter dies. It appears that he is on a mission to make sure that his daughter did not die in vain. God bless him and his family.
Dora the Explorer, one of my daughter's favorite shows, has been advertising for weeks that Dora would be having a baby brother or sister. My husband was convinced it would be a boy to bring in more boy viewers. (I told him that they already created Dora's cousin, Diego, for that.) My daughter had her heart set on a baby sister. Well, today she found out the answer during her after pre-school episode of Dora. They were both right! Dora's mother gave birth to twins -- one boy and one girl. Well that is one way to make sure no one is disappointed.
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I have written before about how much I enjoyed the movie The Incredibles. I was very eager to get the DVD when it was released last week, however, now that I have watched the movie about five times with my kids, I can stand to go a while without seeing it. The deleted scenes are really cool. Many of them are voiced over storyboards with no animation from the early stages of the project. I found it extremely interesting, and cool, to listen to the ideas that went into the movie and the reasons certain things were changed or dropped. If you have not seen the movie yet, I highly recommend the DVD. (If you purchase the DVD through the Amazon box in the left sidebar, a small portion of the money will go to support this site.)
This is a recipe from my mother-in-law for a breakfast treat that my husband enjoyed growing up in Oklahoma. I had never heard of chocolate gravy before I met him, but have since found similar recipes in at least one cookbook. This is actually a chocolate sauce that can also be put on other foods, but the way it is meant to be eaten is as a gravy on biscuits. My husband ate it on what he calls "bop" biscuits, the kind you buy in a tube and bop on the counter to pop the cardboard tube open. He tears the biscuits up into bite-size pieces in a bowl and pours the gravy over them. It is a delicious, if sinfully sweet, breakfast treat. Do not plan to serve it without plenty of milk to drink along with it.
2 Tablespoons (heaping) cocoa
2 cups milk
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons (slightly rounded) flour
1 Teaspoon vanilla
shake of salt
Mix together all but milk in medium saucepan. Add enough milk to make paste. Stir in remaining milk (a little at a time) until smooth. Cook on medium until bubbling and gravy thickens. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and a few pats of butter to taste.
What a sad day. All day I have watched the horrible events of the Terri Schiavo case unfold, then I see the story of the little girl in Florida. Everytime I see one of these stories I hold my children a little bit closer. I am sometimes overly protective of my children, but I wonder if it is really possible to be TOO protective when it comes to your children. It is such a hard balance. You want them to be careful and aware of danger, but you don't want to scare them to death. You want to watch them every second, but you want to give them enough independence that they can grow. It is just so hard.
A few years ago, we learned that a man in our neighborhood, that we had known for close to a decade, was exposing himself to little girls who walked past his house. We had no clue that he was that kind of person. He had no record. He was a nice, quiet, friendly married retiree who was one of the last people we would have ever expected to do such a thing. Thankfully, he moved away and now is a registered sex offender. It made us suspicious of absolutely everyone we had ever met, though. Maybe that is a good thing. Now we are more protective than we otherwise would have been. When I see stories like the one of Jessica Lunsford today I am so sad, but so thankful at the same time that I am not that parent. What a sad, sad day.
UPDATE: The Anchoress has some words for those discouraged by the sad turn of events in the Terri Schiavo case.
UPDATE (3/21 @ 1:30): Michelle Malkin links to additional disturbing details. It is reported that Jessica may have been held for a day or two before she was killed. She was buried within sight of her home, where a command and control center was set up, so it is hard for me to understand exactly how that would be possible. This is a very disturbing case. More from Chris Short here.
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