How far to “open the kimono”?

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By Caitlin Kelly

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I just finished reading a new memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, by a woman I met through a local writers’ group, Marcia Butler. She was, for years, a skilled professional oboist and her candid and powerful memoir describes in detail both coping with her difficult family and her highly successful musical career.

She also reveals that both her parents are now dead, so discussing their behavior, abusive and deeply rejecting, could have no immediate consequences.

In journalism, we call disclosure “opening the kimono” and, especially when writing personal essays, it’s a challenging decision to know what to say and what to withhold from public, permanent view.

Now that everything can be quickly and widely shared online — and snarled at by trolls — it’s even more daunting to decide how much to tell millions of strangers about yourself…

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Enjoy the History of Taneytown, Maryland!

https://taneytownhh.org/ via Enjoy the History of Taneytown, Maryland! Welcome to the Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association, Inc. ~ In October 2014, the Taneytown Heritage Committee, established in 1986, and the Taneytown History Museum, established in 2004, merged to form Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association, Inc.(T.H.M.A.). T.H.M.A. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Taneytown History Museum is … Continue reading Enjoy the History of Taneytown, Maryland!

Carroll County Human Relations Commission’s human relations award at its annual awards dinner

April 7, 2017: “Dayhoff: Pastor Marty Kuchma honored by the Carroll County Human Relations Commission” It was a year ago that I wrote: “Dayhoff: Pastor Marty Kuchma honored by the Carroll County Human Relations Commission” April 7, 2017 find it here: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/columnists/features/ph-cc-dayhoff-040917-20170403-column.html “Paul's United Church of Christ pastor The Rev. Dr. Marty Kuchma was named … Continue reading Carroll County Human Relations Commission’s human relations award at its annual awards dinner

Increased Law Enforcement in Carroll Co. Public Schools Effective Wed., March 21, 2018

Increased Law Enforcement in Carroll Co. Public Schools Effective Wed., March 21, 2018  March 20, 2018 According to a recent joint release by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Carroll County Public Schools: “In a partnership with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Carroll County Public Schools, the Carroll County Commissioners will fund an … Continue reading Increased Law Enforcement in Carroll Co. Public Schools Effective Wed., March 21, 2018

Firefighters quick to extinguish flames in Westminster house fire

Firefighters quick to extinguish flames in Westminster house fire Catalina Righter http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-spring-meadow-fire-20180322-story.html A Westminster home ws damaged following a fire Thursday evening. The call for service went out just after 6 p.m., and firefighters from Westminster, Reese, New Windsor, and Pleasant Valley companies responded to the residence in the 600 block of Spring Meadow Drive. … Continue reading Firefighters quick to extinguish flames in Westminster house fire

My God, is Delauter going to make us defend Afzali?

I will just set this here…

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Your Lady Yokels have been distracted by a number of other local races lately, and #kirbydelauter and his race for our county’s highest office have unfortunately been on our back burner. Until today! On his county executive Facebook page he posted this:

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Well, you shouldn’t be a bit surprised that Kirby’s description of this bill is 100% inaccurate! 100%!  This bill was crafted to make sure that a violent protective order comes before a judge the SAME DAY it is filed and yes, gives a JUDGE (not any citizen!) the authority to temporarily remove guns from the home of a person who has exhibited behavior that makes the police and a judge believe that this person may use them!!!!! Here’s the summary of the bill:

Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 9.53.49 AM Because, unlike Kirby, we like our readers to be informed. You can read the bill in its entirety here.

The bill’s…

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Eugenie Anderson’s Historic Firsts

Wonderful, well-written story about an American woman trailblazer, Helen Eugenie Moore Anderson… by John P. Blair with the National Archives History Office: “Eugenie Anderson’s Historic Firsts.”

The observance of Women’s History Month prompts us to explore the lives and experiences of some of the many female trailblazers in our nation’s history. One such woman, Helen Eugenie Moore Anderson … accomplished not only one, but several “historic firsts” for women within the field of U.S. international affairs. Read this fascinating story here: https://prologue.blogs.archives.gov/2018/03/19/eugenie-andersons-historic-firsts/

Pieces of History

Today’s post comes from John P. Blair with the National Archives History Office.

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The observance of Women’s History Month prompts us to explore the lives and experiences of some of the many female trailblazers in our nation’s history.

One such woman, Helen Eugenie Moore Anderson, known as Eugenie, accomplished not only one, but several “historic firsts” for women within the field of U.S. international affairs.

Eugenie Anderson officially became the first female U.S. ambassador upon her appointment by President Harry S. Truman to lead the embassy at Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1949. Her success led to a second appointment in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy appointed her as the Minister to Bulgaria, thus becoming the first woman to serve behind the “Iron Curtain.”

Her contributions to the American political scene before her appointment strongly…

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Why Your Pastor is Actually Not Your Friend

Reluctant Xtian

*Disclaimer.*

dog collarI’m not wanting to be rude or put anyone off by this statement.  And this doesn’t come out of any recent personal issue or encounter.  And this is certainly not some sort of passive-aggressive way to get a point across to someone I’m reluctant to talk to in person.  That would just be bad behavior.

But this is a consistent point of confusion for many, and so I think it deserves a little blog article, and discussion if you wish.

*End Disclaimer*

Your pastor is not your friend.

It’s hard, because they feel like they are.

And this is not a hard and fast rule, by the way.  Some pastors do make a friend in the congregation, someone they can absolutely be themselves with.

But that needs to be rare.  It may not always be rare…and then things get fuzzy…but I believe it *needs* to be rare, for you…

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