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Out Of Context 

We live in a world of sound bites (many edited for dramatic effect), partial quotes (with great pictures), bible promises (without the principle), and so on.

I recently read a C. S. Lewis quote on Facebook that just didn’t sit right with me. Lewis, one of my favorite authors, has a distinct style of writing. When I read the quote it sounded like him but something was missing. Turns out a lot was missing. About 90% of the quote.

This is what was quoted.


This is what what he actually said.

“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers will bring us to Him. When it becomes really necessary (i.e. for our spiritual life, not for controversy or curiosity) to know whether a particular passage is rightly translated or is Myth (but of course Myth specially chosen by God from among countless Myths to carry a spiritual truth) or history, we shall no doubt be guided to the right answer. But we must not use the Bible (our ancestors too often did) as a sort of Encyclopedia out of which texts (isolated from their context and read without attention to the whole nature and purport of the books in which they occur) can be taken for use as weapons.”

I’m not trying to argue the validity of his argument. Just stating that you can’t believe everything you read, everything that’s quoted, everything that’s preached, every sound byte, or second hand story. I know this makes sense. We all believe it. We just fall victim time to time when we hear a great sounding little snippet that touches our heart.

My point. Simple. Check it out. The entire quote actually makes a lot more biblical sense. 

I don’t usually write posts like the so I hope it helps you in some way.

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I’m Back

I’m back and posting. After a long hiatus (I did have to look that one up) it’s time again to share my thoughts. When I first started writing a friend who has published several books and won several awards told me something like this. Write for you. Don’t worry if anyone reads it. So that’s what I did. The intention is to continue that path this time as well.

It’s said everyone needs a hobby. This is mine. A way to express my feelings, solve the world’s problems, and make my brain hurt a little. Even this short post is making it hurt a lot after taking so long of a break.

If you’re reading I hope you enjoy. If no one is reading I’m still enjoying myself.



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Common Core: The Good, The Bad, and The Reality

Many of the reasons I dislike Common Core from a teacher point of view. I’m surprised the Common Core police haven’t arrested her. Too bad Common Core doesn’t make common sense.


Last year, I wrote the post “How Common Core is Slowly Changing My Child.”  It struck a nerve with parents and teachers across the country as we all were adjusting to the new Common Core State Standards. I wrote it on a night where everything went wrong and homework was a nightmare for my then third grade son. That day had also been particularly difficult at work as I had begun to teach the first common core module unit to my ninth graders. After the kids went to bed, I wrote. By morning, the response was overwhelming. Two weeks later, I still had parents commenting on the change they had seen in their children due to school.

A year later, almost to the date, the post is making its way onto people’s newsfeed again and I’m getting the same comments from concerned parents and teachers.  It’s been a…

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Truth and Logic

Cute story.

Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
October 5, 2006

One day a 6 year old girl was sitting in a classroom. The teacher was going to explain evolution to the children. The teacher asked a little boy: Tommy do you see the tree outside?


TEACHER: Do you see the grass outside?


TEACHER: Go outside and look up and see if you can see the sky.

TOMMY: Okay. (He returned a few minutes later) Yes, I saw the sky.

TEACHER: Did you see God?


TEACHER: That’s my point. We can’t see God because he isn’t there. He doesn’t exist.

A little girl spoke up and wanted to ask the boy some questions. The teacher agreed and the little girl asked the boy: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?


LITTLE GIRL: Tommy do you see the grass outside?

TOMMY: Yessssss (getting tired of the questions by this…

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Sounds like our family.

The Musings of Cate Morris

Already you are wondering if I have any grasp on the English language I am sure just by the title of this post.  No, this word (The blog’s title) is not in the dictionary, but in the Morris house, it is understood alongside other words such as “availabiliwality”, and “confusational”.  We love to make up new words.

It was on a long drive with my son Chad that the word “decomplimentation” came into existence.  After my son, attempting to bribe me into buying him something by telling me I was the best mother in the world, and that I was the most beautiful of all, had to change his strategy when I was unrelenting.  It was all in good fun, mind you, and we both laughed about it as he said, “Okay, if that is not going to work, the “decomplimentation” will begin in 3…2…1.”  Then he said I was “the…

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Dear Snarky – The Cubicle Eavesdropper

I’ve been through this myself while working in a cubicle farm.

Dear Snarky – The Cubicle Eavesdropper.

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Pro Life Men At Work

My point as a pro-life man is simply this. Every child is innocent. I don’t need any other. I’m not a woman, and I can’t possibly know what women go through when considering abortion. I don’t judge women who have made that choice. I do know the horrors of sexual abuse. I know how humiliated, ashamed, and alone victims feel.  When it comes to the feeling of helplessness I stand right beside you.

If you have chosen abortion you won’t find a judgmental person here. The burden you bear is right there for the world to see. When you “eat for two”. When you crave peanut butter and pepperoni pizza you scream to the world there’s a baby inside me. That’s right, a baby is living inside you, and she wants peanut butter on her pepperoni pizza.

That child inside you will bring love where their was hate. She is innocent. He will bring hope where there was heartache. He is innocent. Whether you choose motherhood or adoption I hope you choose life. having a is not the easy choice. You’ll be told all of the things you will loose if you choose life. You’ll miss out on your dreams. Let me tell you every parent knows it doesn’t matter what your dreams are now. A baby changes them. Every parent will tell you that no matter how prepared you think you are, you’re not. My wife will tell you that the super powers granted to her by a masters degree in psychology only helps with other people’s kids. Every parent will tell you they made the the best choice. You hear women who regret choosing abortion. I have never heard of a women who regrets choosing life.

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