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Stephanie Clayton
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Making Changes
We're making some major changes around here. I have a goal of losing at least 30 lbs. by my 30th birthday, which is at the end of May.  I'm overweight and I have several issues that would be benefited by my losing weight.  However, it isn't just about weigh...
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It's such a struggle
Normally these winter months are when I am alive.  I detest the hot months, especially here in Oklahoma.  So in October I start to feel like I'm coming out of hibernation.  Except this year, it didn't really happen.  I didn't think much of it at first.  I'm...
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A long break and some decision making
I don't hold any crazy beliefs that I have a huge audience or following.  So the fact that I haven't been posting probably doesn't matter to anyone but me.  That's okay.  My original intent on this blog was to have a place to release the things that made me...
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Blood Moon
The Blood Moon is tomorrow.  For some reason that I have yet to discover, this moon is calling to me more so than other full moons this year.  I think a lot more research is going to be needed to figure it out.  There isn't much time left to do that researc...
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Natural Living as a Part of Pagan Practice
Being raised in a very income-limited home (okay, we made dirt look prosperous!), I learned the value of reusing, reducing and recycling at an early age.  This wasn't through any green ideals of my parents, but rather because we literally had no money and h...
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Worthwhile Magic
Wow! It's been a while.  I have all sorts of excuses and while some of them are quite legitimate, the plain and simple truth is that I did not prioritize blog writing into my schedule.  I could offer many apologies, but to be honest I don't think anyone is ...
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Stephanie Clayton commented on a post on Blogger.
I will say upfront that while I'm hugely liberal on almost everything, I'm a huge fan of guns. I love to shoot. I spent the first 18 years of my life without guns and then I joined the Army.  I fell in love with weaponry. The sheer joy I feel when I am firing a weapon at a target is something I treasure. 

Having said this, I agree with the idea that ARs do not belong in a public store.  It is not a practical weapon for self defense when on the go. In my opinion, as a gun lover and owner of an AR, they inspire feelings of fear when seen in public. I love my AR and love when we can take it out and shoot it. But I do not, and would not, take it out in public. 

I think that being online lets people say things that they may not necessarily say to you if they were saying them to you in your physical presence. To these people, I say they are cowards. Whether they are gun owners or not. Anyone who would attack someone in such a personal manner for expressing their opinion does not deserve to own or operate a weapon. I believe that the general public should have a working knowledge of basic firearms if for no other reason than education is always a good thing. 

Renee, I do not see any problems with you being passionate about something. As long as you are not attacking anyone personally (which I've never seen you do), then there is nothing wrong with defending your stance on something. It doesn't appear to me that you're trying to take my gun rights away, so your opinion is valid and I do not see any reason you can't have it, share it and defend it. However, I will also add that if your defense leads to more horrible and unfair comments that hurt you as a person, then I would advocate being picky about what you continue to defend. While your stance is valid and fair, I would hate to see you pummeled down by some ignorant ass who chooses to attach you as a person instead of logically debating the idea you hold. You, as an absolutely amazing person, deserve better than that.
Standing Up - An Observation
Standing Up - An Observation
confessionsofamodernwitch.blogspot.com
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Prayer in Schools
When I was fairly young, my parents became Christians.  They were very hardcore and believed that schools should allow prayer.  However, we lived in Portland, OR and things weren't exactly conservative.  Fast forward twenty years and I'm living in central O...
Prayer in Schools
Prayer in Schools
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Stephanie Clayton commented on a post on Blogger.
I am doing my best to raise my little girl to see people as people.  She is almost 6.  We live in Oklahoma City (I grew up in Portland, OR) and we're currently struggling with gender stereotyping and bias.  Before she started school, she had toys. Some were dolls, some were cars and some were in between.  Since starting school, she has learned from "friends" that there are "girl" toys and "boy" toys and she should play with only "girl" toys because she is a girl.  I've tried being patient, but I did lose my temper a few nights ago.  She complained because the toy in her Happy Meal was a Lego cup and that was a "boy toy."  I asked her if the toy had told her it was a boy.  She told me "Of course not mom.  Toys don't talk."  I told her, "Exactly.  It's a toy.  It's not a boy and it's not a girl.  It's a toy."  
Someone at school told her that boys couldn't hold hands with boys and girls couldn't hold hands with girls.  I almost lost my mind and I reigned my temper in and gently explained that anyone who cared about someone could hold their hand.  
I know I have it easy.  I identify as the gender I was born (female).  I am attracted to men.  I married a man.  My life, in these situations, is very easy.
I have family members, both mine and my husband's, that do not have it so easy.  It hurts to see how they are treated by members of our families sometimes.
I am trying to raise my daughter to see people, not genders or sexual orientations, or race or any other such thing.  For several reasons.  One is that everyone should be accepting.  It just seems right to me.  Another reason is because if I don't raise my daughter to be accepting and it turns out that she isn't really "she" or she isn't attracted to men, she may not feel okay with admitting that to me.  That would break my heart.  This is my baby; my heart.  I will love her no matter who she is or who she loves and I need her to know that.  The only way for her to know that is for me to raise her that way.  The fact that it has a positive effect on society is just a plus in my opinion.
Arizona, Uganda, Actors and Athletes – How to Come Out
Arizona, Uganda, Actors and Athletes – How to Come Out
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Stephanie Clayton commented on a post on Blogger.
I agree that every now and then there can be a plastic product that doesn't make me cringe.  Rubbermaid makes these tiny little containers that work great for condiments and the stuff you want to add to your salad, but not before you eat it because it will make your food soggy.  They last forever, especially since we don't heat them up.  They're also awesome because my husband is not the most gentle with dishes and if these drop onto the floor of the workshop, they won't break!
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