Jaye over at Winding Road in an Urban Area (http://windingroad.typepad.com/columns/) has an entry about her rules. She asks for our rules. Here are mine:
I’m a Christian and I believe it is difficult to follow Jesus. I’m not easy with unconditional acceptance, mysterious grace and hope for the future but I believe in Jesus.
I believe all politics are local and relate to territory. Everything is political if you think about it.
I believe that the insurance industry is the bad guy in the tort reform thing and that if lawyers had a better lobbying group the public might understand the truth about insurance.
Preaching is an odd form of communication. Writing a sermon is difficult work every week.
I believe that most clergy are so serious that I must buck the trend and tell you my REAL rules which are as follows:
I believe that open toed high heel shoes are unattractive unless the shoes are really Manalo Blahniks which I do not own.
I believe that white shoes are unattractive unless you are wearing them as part of a required uniform.
I believe that no white shoes, except as a uniform, or white purses or belts should be worn before Easter or after Memorial Day.
I believe that solid colors are better than patterns and that sweaters with appliques of ducks, school buses and animals make you look old.
I believe in good skin care, quality foundation make-up and good mascara. I believe that Lancome has the best mascara. I have researched this.
I believe in having friends over to dinner and serving something good but not complex. I believe that the friends care more about the fellowship than they do about the cleanliness of our home.
I believe that sterling flatware, good china and your Waterford crystal should be used daily or at least weekly. I believe in cloth napkins for environmental and graciousness reasons.
I believe that if people can misunderstand you, they will but that most people are more accepting and generous than we expect them to be.
I believe that Swiffer dusters, Mr. Clean white spongey things and Cetaphil facial cleanser are three products that really do what they were created to do.
I believe that you should not have too much decorative stuff on the front of your home or in your front yard no matter what Curb Appeal suggests. More power to you if you have a cement rabbit statue by your kitchen door.
I believe that material possessions are much more valuable and entertaining if purchased on from an estate or garage or rummage sale.
New shoes scuff if purchased at full retail. Shoes on sale neither scuff nor stain for the first year of wearing.
Wearing jewelry is good. Having purses you like is good. Shoes are wonderful and uplift one’s spirits if you have the money. Perhaps a shoe fund should be started.
A good hair cut and "conditioning" (note: we do not color our hair, we ‘condition’ it.) is a good use of one’s funds.
A Kitchen Aide mixer is a great investment, does what is supposed to do, and lasts endlessly.
I believe that a good woman friend is a great blessing and that many women friends are an even greater joy.
Never play poker with a man named "Doc."
Don’t buy anything you can’t afford. Pay cash whenever you can.
A loving marriage is one of the great benefits of adulthood.