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About chrissythehyphenated

I'm a 60 something wife, mom and grandmom who is homebound/disabled by severe hypersensitivity to chemicals. I fill my days with learning, loving and art. My favorite values are truth, generosity and gratitude.

Climate

CLIMATE HOOKY: Sep 20, 2019 [4:49] – The Left hopes they can convince us that the climate is an emergency big enough to justify them taking control of everything.

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2020

My latest update from the campaign trail.

2020 Left hates trump revealed

TRUMP APPROVAL: President Trump’s approval rating has bounced back and now sits at 44.3% in the Real Clear Politics average.

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Bragging on my brother

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From “Girls tennis: Leonia’s Tim Cullen records 500th win” at North Jersey dot com:

The late Bob Cullen coached football at Cornell for 41 year and passed the coaching gene on to his sons Tim, Terry and Tony, all of whom coached various sports.

As Tim Cullen said, “If it bounced, we coached it.”

Over the past 55 years, Tim Cullen has coached football, lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and wrestling. He even laughed about his two-week stint as a cheerleading coach.

But back in 1989, Leonia needed a girls tennis coach. Cullen had no experience with the sport but was teaching most of the Lady Lion players in his AP history class at the time and happily accepted the gig.

Thirty years later, Cullen is still at it. He recorded his 500th career victory last week when Leonia beat Harrison, 5-0.

On Sept. 9, the Lady Lions got singles victories from Reanna Radu, Maya Naik and Lily Futern and doubles wins from the pairs of Esther Gim/Hanna Futeran and Anika Hong/Morgan Suh.

When I started out, the other coaches in Bergen County helped me learn the sport … they were all great,” Cullen said. “I took their ideas and worked with them. I wanted to craft a program … something our kids could be proud of.”

Over the past three decades, Cullen has done just that. The Leonia girls have piled up 13 league, 12 state sectional, three county and one state group championship. More importantly, Cullen has molded hundreds of players into better people.

I was tickled pink after Harrison … it was really thrilling,” Cullen said. “I went home, had a bottle of wine and tried to figure out how many people I needed to thank.

Between his 300-plus players, administrators, rival coaches, assistant coaches, parents, nurses, trainers, custodians and so on, Cullen came up with roughly 1,100.

I was thinking, ‘How do you thank 1,100 people properly?’ Cullen said. “So I just thanked my wife (Claire) and said, ‘Hopefully everyone else understands’.

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2020

My latest update from the campaign trail.

JOURNALISM IS DEAD: [9:31] – William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection points out how bad this is for Democrats.

  • Nothing has galvanized conservatives more than watching an innocent man being smeared by false accusations. Astonishing that the Left still hasn’t worked out that Kavanaugh in the news cycle is hugely beneficial to Trump.” – Rita Panahi
  • The Kavanaugh railroad is the most politically clarifying event in my life, and it is why, as the New York Times seems intent on reminding us, I will crawl over broken glass to vote for a guy I don’t particularly like next year.” – John Ekdahl
  • https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/09/its-never-over-is-it/

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Our Ungratefulness Plague

CtH: I saw the piece below on Facebook. It reminded me of how grateful I am to have had two opportunities to see Communism up close and in person. I visited Budapest in 1965, and Leningrad and Moscow in 1972.

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This article was written by a 26 yr old college student by the name of Alyssa Ahlgren, who’s in grad school for her MBA. What a GREAT perspecitve… Continue reading

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TAMING THE TONGUE: It is beautiful (and scary!) to see in action just how much power words can have. – I was in an on-line chat where a young woman was sharing her confused feelings about her son.

He had been conceived while she was living with her then-boyfriend. They had become Christians and married, but she said she was having a hard time confessing her long-time sin of premarital sex, became it had given her their beautiful son.

I wrote, “You don’t have your son because of your sin. You have him in spite of your sin.”

She was just SO relieved and uplifted to understand this thing that merely took substituting “in spite of” for “because.”

The scary part, of course, is that if we can do so much good with a few words, imagine how much damage we do when we speak thoughtlessly or out of malice.

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