Hello and happy Tuesday! I haven’t posted in a while (which isn’t terribly unusual, I know), and knowing full well that my mind has been elsewhere, I wanted to give a “why.” As I’ve posted about before, we moved from Southern California back to my home state of Michigan, and more specifically, to Port Huron. We decided on this location because of all the water (and we happily concur that the St. Clair area’s nick name of Blue Water is justified), because we could afford to buy a low-cost house, and because–on paper, at least–it looked like there were enough jobs to keep us going.
(We originally wanted to move to Grand Rapids, which is the only region in Michigan really recovered from the last “recession,” but couldn’t get help with buying a low-cost home at a distance . . . realtors have replaced the lowest place holder of the employed in my mind now, with lawyers bumped up one.)
While the job front turned out to be less rosy than we anticipated, I have enjoyed getting back into my older career choice involving historical resources. I used to work in cultural resources management–prehistory, then history–until consulting jobs became too far away from my family (as you might imagine, permanent employment in this field is rare and you have to be willing to move to wherever you can get it).
Now that we live in a place with obvious history and historic structures, my passion for investigating those things has been rekindled. And finding that the city is a very mixed bag of preservation and anit-preservation sentiment (the state is having an anti-preservation infection now, too), which is reflected in how much a regular person can find out about it here, I decided to make a web page about it, with the hope that others would like it and benefit from it and a group would form. I’ve spent a ton of my time getting up to speed on the history in Port Huron, catching up on preservation laws and such, and building the site: Port Huron Area History & Preservation Association.
The city, being one of the older and busier ones in historic Michigan, has quite a few grand old churches, too. And, I never ended up posting about something that we, as Christians, were excited to find here: nativity scenes out in public areas at Christmas time. How refreshing! There weren’t a huge number of them, but they did pop up, and one felt that you might hear a “Merry Christmas!” come your way and not just a “happy holidays.” I did run across an internet post somewhere by a lady who had lived here and moved to Tennessee, where there was even more openness and joy displayed over Christmas, not just “the holidays.” She was critical of Port Huron, but it is better here than where we used to live.
On a very different note, the US house of representatives voted 383-0 (!) in favor of calling what ISIS is doing to Christians in Iraq and Syria “genocide.” Other countries in the world that seem to be less sympathetic towards Christians have already declared that Christian genocide has been happening. Why is the US behind in doing so? Obama and his administration, that’s why. It’s strange how this administration can use the arguments of the persecutors to justify a “not genocide” stance when others know from either experience of research that the actions behind those arguments are covers for murderous intent, for the actual genocide going on. Read about it at House Votes to Declare ISIS’s Actions ‘Genocide’: What’s Next? , House Passes Resolution Calling ISIS’ Mass Slaughter of Christians a ‘Genocide’, and at other online news outlets.
“The facts are well documented in our nearly 300-page report on this matter, and we must remember that for the State Department to issue declaration of genocide, the standard required is merely probable cause, which any prosecutor could find on any of ISIS’s Facebook pages.” S. Smith, 03-15-16