Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stolen Garbage Can, History Lesson and Bible Reading at Work

Yesterday I learned a lesson. I went to take the trash out and ? where's the trash can? My son told me that a man took it. I called the garbage company and apparently I haven't paid my bill the last few times. I did pay something last week, but apparently that wasn't enough to keep them from taking my can! Slightly embarrassing! So I got that straightened out and my new smaller can (which I'm sure will smell a lot better) and a large recycling can is supposed to be delivered in the next couple days. I had been wanting to change that anyways so I guess that was quite a shove in the right direction.

I finished this months book club book (on an audio book) today. This month's book is Unbroken:A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hilldebrand. I think they should add a few more words in there because that title is just not long enough. Don't get me wrong though, this is a very interesting book. The book follows through Louis Zamperini's life from boyhood prankster and hell raiser to track star, and mostly, his time as a POW in Japan.

Now, I know I've probably said this before, but I'm pretty sure I slept through US history in high school. Back then it was so incredibly boring. Now that I'm an adult I find it fascinating. While I would not have picked this book to read on my own, I'm totally drawn into Louie's story. It seems like in most history of WWII you mostly hear about the Hitler/Germany side. But here's the whole Japan side that I really don't know much about other than the bombing of Pearl Harbor. What these men went through as POW's is beyond horrible. And then when they get home? It's all still going on in their heads. It brings new recognition to why so many Vets become homeless, living and begging on the streets drinking themselves to death. So that's all kind of deep but it's really a good book, you should check it out!

Then this afternoon we had a staff meeting at work. The board member that comes into the office most often in a German Baptist (I think). He actually pulled out his bible in our meeting to quote scripture. I'm not sure what it was that he quoted because I couldn't understand him when he was reading. (it was basically something about if you have a problem with someone how you should go about discussing it). Plus I was so surprised that someone would actually pull out a bible and read from at a WORK meeting. I just spent about an hour just looking up if that was legal. Mostly for curiosity sake. I'm pretty sure it's NOT illegal. Although I did find that it is illegal for someone to make you go to church for work  and about 500 other things. Interesting.

What do you think? Do you think people should be able to read out of the bible at a work meeting? What if he wasn't a Christian and was reading out of some other book, say the Book of Mormon or the Torah?Pin It


Sara Strand said...

Um no, I'm pretty sure you can't read out of the Bible at work. That's crazy.

And I hated history too but I watched this thing on the History Channel called "America: The History of Us" and it was SO good. I learned more about how this country was formed and all of hte history highlights in that mini series than I ever did during K-12. Awesome stuff.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

That is soooo NOT legal!!!!
Having a husband who was VP of Human Resources I know that for a face.

I worked somewhere out west once that they would have these prayer groups after a big account was sold. I found it miserably unconortable. And if you didn't want to pray with them you were ostrasized and then eventually you'd be let go. I had to quit. These so called "christians" were the most judgemental and back stabbing people i have ever met. Mean as a snake!

My spiritual beleifs and or religion is private and I personally don't want others jamming their beliefs down my throat either.

Jennifer Owens said...

How weird that he read the Bible at work. I would even think that was weird and feel uncomfortable with it whether it was the Bible or any other religious book.

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