Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving

There won't be a comment section available for awhile, but you are welcome to enjoy the paintings and the 300 articles written here.

(This poem, written in the 19th century, is dedicated to young readers who think they know how this world should be run.)


As You Go Through Life

Don’t look for the flaws as you go through life;

And even when you find them,
It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind

And look for the virtue behind them.
For the cloudiest night has a hint of light

Somewhere in its shadows hiding;
It is better by far to hunt for a star,

Than the spots on the sun abiding.
The current of life runs ever away

To the bosom of God’s great ocean.
Don’t set your force ‘gainst the river’s course

And think to alter its motion.
Don’t waste a curse on the universe –Remember it lived before you.
Don’t butt at the storm with your puny form,

But bend and let it go o’er you.
The world will never adjust itself

To suit your whims to the letter.
Some things must go wrong your whole life long,

And the sooner you know it the better.
It is folly to fight with the Infinite,

And go under at last in the wrestle;
The wiser man shapes into God’s plan

As water shapes into a vessel.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Mature Audiences Only















As mentioned in a previous post, the younger women become older women, and take with them the habits they formed in their youth. Bad habits are very hard to shake, once they are formed, especially if they involve substances like drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Young girls are full of fun and rebellion, wanting to relieve themselves of every stress, and turn to mindless occupations.


Immaturity takes the form of:


*Mocking everything that is good. This might be "cute" when you are young but translate it to old age and you get something far more repugnant. If you have ever taken a course as an adult, at a college, you will understand just how silly and immature the young people are today, and wonder if that is what you want running the country when they are older.





*Sarcasm. Young people today have a propensity to be sour on life, and when they get older, they are even more jaded. Habitual scoffing and scorning is a sign of a people without hope, who have buried their talent.

*Twisting everything into a baser thought, or vile comment. This translates into something even more disgusting when you are an older person.



*Drinking and partying. It might seem cool when you are young, to have a beer in your hand and a cigarette in your mouth, but observe what it looks like on the elderly. They don't look so smooth and cool, bent over, gray haired, wrinkled, puffing away at a cigarette and holding a bottle.



*Not being a good steward of time. You may get away with unfinished projects and lateness when you are young, but it is a sign of immaturity if you are still doing it as an older women.




*Envy. It shows a lack of maturity and a focus on other people rather than on your own faults and habits. Communists and socialists depend upon envy to motivate rebellion and destroy peace. Mature people recognize that envy will debilitate and immobilize them. If cultivated, envy will blossom into old age bitterness.

*Destruction. Toddlers and young children tend to make messes of everything, but as you get older you are supposed to grow up. Imagine what it would be like to go to a library and find the books not in the shelves, but piled without any kind of order, in mounds all over the floors. Imagine going to a restaurant where there is no order and being expected to eat in peace. Imagine trying to find something in your favorite store and the shelves are all mixed up, with food and toys all together. The world survives on order, not on destruction. Destruction is a sign of immaturity.


*Careless in dress and going unbathed. You might get away with it for awhile, especially if everyone at college is neglecting their appearance and going to school in their pyjamas, but it is more disgusting as you get older. Decades ago, a Christian college put out a booklet about how students were to live while studying at their college. In it was a routine of how they were to prepare for sleeping, when they were to get up and it was forbidden to stay up all night. They had to come to class bathed and dressed and they had to have eaten a good breakfast. They were not allowed to wear sloppy, unclean clothing or put rings in their flesh. The latter might be kind of exciting in your youth, but imagine a 60 year old woman with rings and tattoos all over her body. That is what you will be like.



*Thinking that money is the answer to everything. Mature people are resourceful and do not use lack of money as an excuse.



*Pessimism. Old people who are negative and pessimistic and critical of everything, were once young people who developed these attitudes and cultivated them.



*Turning everything into an argument. Though this was once loftily labeled as "higher criticism," it is just immature rudeness. Skip ahead 50 years and imagine what you will be like as a critical, argumentative old lady.





*Naivety. It is not necessarily innocent to be naive. One is wise and the other is foolish. Naivety may be protected in your youth, but as an elderly person, naivety will rend you powerless.
*Neglect of church assembly. The younger women may have a hit and miss attendance in church, but older women who do this will never be taken too seriously in spiritual matters. They cannot be mentors of younger women if they skip church to attend fairs, horse races, gambling establishments, craft and antique shows, or any other social event. In order to become the Titus 2 woman you have to be consistent in your youth, in your reverence for the Biblical standards of womanhood. There is no higher calling than that of teaching the younger women to love their husbands, love their children, and to be keepers of the home. As I look at the visitor paths that lead people to this site, I see that many people type in words like, "How to learn about home making," or "how to prevent divorce," "teaching children respect," "how to sew," etc. If these things are so out dated and unnecessary, as the progressives are telling the world, then why do thousands of people look for such guidance daily?'
*Careless and dangerous health habits. If you want to be an older woman full of vitality and love for life, you cannot take a pill for every ailment while you are young. The pills, especially those of the statin-drug nature, will deteriorate other areas of your body, such as your liver, your kidneys, your lymph glands, your heart, your vision, your memory, and many other things. Learn to eat live food, as opposed to processed food, avoiding harmful chemicals. Read the small print on all drug packages. Don't accept every vaccine and every new drug that comes along claiming to cure things that are not really diseases but a normal part of life. You might survive, as a young person, for awhile on chemical medicine, but it will break down your judgment and your stamina as an older person. From the looks of the Bible instructions to older women, they are to be "sober" and able to guide, counsel and show. They cannot do this if they are not in good health. Being an older person in good health depends a great deal upon how you take care of your health as a young person. Maturity means to take charge of your own health, which consists of good amounts of rest, sleep, water, fresh food, fresh air, exercise, and peaceful living.





I posted all this to let the young ones know that if you are not mature you will deprive yourself of the blessings of being a refined and dignified older woman, as described in Titus 2 of the Bible. You may have a riotous time in your youth but you will miss out on the good life in later years...the good life that consists of love in the home, a strong family, a lasting marriage and a secure economy. You are sabotaging your own future when you indulge in constant foolish living.

Scoffing and simple mindedness is like being constantly drunk. Drunk people do not have good judgement. Who would pay attention to them? Only those who would restrain them. You are in training to be an older woman. I wrote about this several years ago on the Lady Lydia Speaks column at http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.org/ and mentioned that you are practicing to become an old woman with dignity or else you are putting into place habits that will make you an old lady that will never be regarded as having any worthwhile wisdom to contribute to the young.





I do not think many people realize how much the older women are needed to be good examples. Though there may be no older women in your life that you desire for mentors, you'll just have to take control and start learning how to be one for the next generation. You can build a reputation of being smart and wise in all things regarding the roles of women.





One lesson to be learned is the art of visiting. An older person who wishes to call upon a younger person should first make an appointment. She should phone and find out when would be a good time to drop by. She can say, "I have a little something I'd like to give you. When would be a good time to drop by." She should prepare a gift bag with something in it for her home: maybe a scented candle, a set of measuring spoons, some jam or a new dish towel in her favorite motifs or colors. Fruit or vegetables from a farmer's market is nice, too. Flowers from your garden put in a jar that is hand decorated...sometimes I use a baby food jar and put a rose sticker or decal on it and "frost" it with clear glitter paint, tie with a bit of ribbon, and put fresh mint leaves in it . If there is no money to spare, she can make her something very simple--a batch of homemade cookies, some hand made cards or stationery.





The next thing she needs to know is that she must try not to over-stay. An hour, in my opinion is enough time. That way you won't use up her day and she will look forward to seeing you again. While I love visits, I find there are older women to whom time means nothing, and they will stay from noon til 6 in the evening and only leave when they see me starting to get dinner for my husband.





Another thing she needs to know about is conversation, and to be careful about subjects that would depress or cause anxiety. I find the easiest things to talk about are the things that seem to mean a lot to the young woman in her house, from decorations, collections, quilts, colors, or whatever you find. Also to inquire about how she has been and what she needs help with. Stay away from discussing all your health problems and your own family problems such as the daughter that doesn't speak to you anymore or the cousin that ran away with his boss's sister, leaving behind his wife and family. Don't criticize your husband. Be a cheerful as you can and leave on a high note.





Finally, she should be careful what she wears and not show up in shorts or something sloppy. I have an elderly friend that I never tire of seeing, because she always comes dressed up. I remember James MacArthur talking about his mother, actress Helen Hayes. He said that his mother was very dignified in her appearance, and in the later years when other actresses were showing up at the studio in jeans and sports shoes, Helen said she would not do it, and came "dressed to the nines." A young person can get away with being a bit more casual, but that casual, sloppy look has a terrible effect on an older person.





I am not yet an older person, but having found very few older women that would teach me, I began at the age of 21 to find out more about this role. The Bible seems to indicate that a woman was considered an "older woman" when she was past the age of 65. I wrote an article on the Guard the Home blog called "Doped Up and Dumbed Down; the Demise of the Older Generation." In it I showed how the older people were under doctor's care and most were given pills, disabling their thinking processes so that they could not teach as they should. They sit in front of television sets and feed on what the liberal media is dishing out. They cannot be counted on to give sound counsel. It is best to care for your health as young person and not get dependent on chemicals if you want to be an effective older person.





It is somewhat difficult to explain the feeling I get when I realize that though there are people in the 60's, 70',s 80's and 90's ahead of me who cannot be trusted to give sound counsel and guidance to the younger generation. It is a terrible waste, but a waste that could be prevented if young people would prepare for their old age more carefully. The older people should be running city hall and the government, and we should not be so youth driven. However, we are losing our elderly due to the many vices they practiced in their youth. You will not be a robust, healthy elderly person if you smoke, drink, stay up all night, eat junk food, take drugs and medication (which wears down your internal organs and cause side effects), have a bad attitude, and in general think that life sucks. Your habits NOW determine your future.

How shall the young secure their hearts, and guard their lives from sin?
Thy Word, the choicest rules imparts, to keep the conscience clean.
Thy Word is ever lasting truth, how pure is every page,
That Holy Book shall guide our youth and well support our age.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Researching the Victorian Era


If you are tired of the same old fables about the Victorian era, i.e. the old stereotypical things written on the web that say the Victorians were a repressed, unhappy people who had no rights, then check out The Benevolence of Manners,)a reprint of Simple Social Graces, here http://www.amazon.com/Benevolence-Manners-Recapturing-Gracious-Victorian/dp/0060987456 If you are researching the Victorian era, "Simple Social Graces" (often on ebay for just a few dollars), is the perfect book to explain their way of life. It tells why they believed in politeness and what the purpose for the kind of clothes they wore, their meal times, the way they earned their living, their industries, and what they thought of money, how they spent it, etc.
The original edition is a hardback with the title, "Simple Social Graces." Both are reasonably priced at Amazon. In case you forget to scroll down to the reviews, I'll paste them here. I've spoken of this book many times and told how it portrays a more accurate view of the era of our great grandmothers, and gives better documentation than many sites where you read typical assumptions about the Victorians, most of which is fable. This book is really absorbing and I hope those who are researching the Victorians will read it.
Editorial Reviews:
'Book Description
We can go home again, and not just to the hearthbut to the art of love and the art of civilized living. . .
Imagine a time when common courtesy was a standard for all, when a genuine moral authority reigned supreme and when relations between the sexes were marked by mutual respect and honor. These were the hallmarks of the Victorian era.
In The Benevolence of Manners, sociologist Linda S. Lichter guides us on a wonderful journey back to the complex world of our Victorian ancestors, illuminating their most precious concepts and presenting a wealth of invaluable advice for our troubled times: the fine and elusive art of living.
Although the Victorian era is often misunderstood as a time of sexual repression, it was in fact a time of sexual floweringwhen love and romance were unshackled by chronic infidelity and exploitation.
In Victorian families, the greatest gift a parent could give their child was not complete indulgence, but a strong sense of self-reliance and restraint.
Victorian parents successfully instilled confidence and character in their children by holding them to the same high standard of civility as adults.
Whereas we often seek to be "good enough," the Victorians strove for consistent perfection. The Victorians achieved more, and received more, because they expected the very best from themselves and others.
These Victorian values, as Lichter eloquently explains, are not simply outdated relics, but priceless tools for mending the many problems of our modern world. If we have the courage to follow the path the Victorians have left behind, we can regain the joy of gracious living. Slowly but surely, Victorian wisdom can again become our own. About the AuthorLinda S. Lichter is co-director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington D.C. With her husband, Bob Lichter, she has co-authored The Media Elite and Watching America, and she has written for The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, and other publications
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A very wonderful book, it's a real eyes opener. There is a lot of truth in there. The author, really shows us how different society is today from the Victorian era, and shows we should have kept some of their ways of doing things, and can learn alot on how to live from them era.
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It was wonderful to discover that a woman traveling alone in Victorian America could do so without fear of molestation. In our enlightened era, we can't do that today at High Noon! They must have been doing something right, those Victorians. After reading this book, I don't see how any woman could bristle at a man holding a door open for her. Some still do, thank God and I'm ALWAYS grateful! The most important message in the book for me was that everyone should strive to be a better person in everyway. Amen to that!!!
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Before I get the usual comments spouting the common myths that only rich people lived a nice life in Victorian times, please remember to READ the book that I'm reviewing here before you pass judgement on that era. Also, you in Britain and Europe need to understand that Americans did not have a class system like yours and so people lived as they wanted to live without the barriers of a class system. There were many people in America in Victorian times who followed the Biblical teachings of womanhood. No matter whether they were rich or poor, Titus 2 was the model for women staying home and raising their own children and keeping house. My mother and grandmother and great grandmothers were all poor yet all of them were full time home makers. There is a common rumor that only the rich enjoyed a full life in Victorian times. In fact many rich people were miserable and had problems due to the fact their money would get them things they should not have, and they were not as close to their families as the more middle class.




In Search of the Titus 2 Older Woman


Note: Ladies Against Feminism is now updated and you can read my article, "How to Stop Fretting About Politics and Live an Abundant Life." In it I show 7 things that people are trying to do to break down the home, and 7 things women at home can do to thwart them, without taking any time away from the home.

At this point I would like to address the comment from Mrs. Vawser, because I had the same experience. My upbringing was excellent and I was quite capable of managing as a wife, mother and homemaker. However, being married to a man whose job took us all over the world, I did not live near her.

In spite of the fact that I had good training, I still needed the older women in the church to be teachers of good things that would encourage me in my home. It would have given me some fuel to go on and some inspiration.
In an effort to learn more deeply about the Biblical role of women, I attended the Ladies Bible Class. What a disappointment! There were no classes taught on the many different aspects of guiding the home. Instead, many of the women wanted to study something "that applied to everyone." They would excuse it by saying that there were single, widowed, divorced women, students, etc. coming and they wanted something for the whole group.

As we moved from place to place, I heard this excuse and offered suggestions for Bible studies that would help the younger women. That way, all women would be involved. The older, though they may have been through women's studies many times, would never tire of it as they saw their opportunity to be used and to teach the younger women. As they repeated the lessons year after year, they would be able to do it without notes and add their personal experiences and observations as well. They would become better teachers over time. They would get great satisfaction from watching their young proteges succeed in making happy homes and contented husbands.
The older women, however, worked all week and were not interested in duplicating the Titus 2 instruction when choosing a topic for ladies Bible classes. Many times the classes were held in the evenings to accommodate the working women, and the young women needed to be home caring for their children and getting dinner for their husbands.
Prior to the 1900's, when women of the churches got together, it was to sew for the poor or teach the younger women. They shared homemaking hints and had tea together. Later, as I entered my 20's and attended some of the classes, I was very sad to see that they were no longer about such things. Instead of being taught by older women who were crocheting as they spoke, the older women wanted us as a class, to collect labels and turn them in, for some such cause.

Other times, throughout the years, these classes turned into cutting and pasting for the bulletin boards at church. There is nothing wrong with that, but I resented having to leave my house just to cut and paste in a group.

It was the older women who continually rejected the subject of teaching the younger women. Some said they were "tired" of the Proverbs 31 woman or bored with studying the women of the Bible. "We've already studied all that," they would say. However subject matter they chose and the study books they used usually didn't apply to anyone 's personal life, either! Sometimes it would apply only to one person. Most of the material was about how to be nice and kind to everyone but never showed how to prevent your children from rebelling or your marriage from falling apart, or wise use of time regarding house work and home making. The studies were not about the things in which women were needing the most: training in marriage, children and homemaking.

Instead, they chose topics that could have been heard in an adult Bible class or from the pulpit, such as a study of Jeremiah or a study of the symbolism in Revelation, or a study of the different kinds of angels in the Bible. All this is perfectly fine to study, but why in a LADIES Bible class, when such topics were usually already studied in adult classes or preached from the pulpit. In all the churches we attended, the preacher (my husband) usually asked for topics that people wanted to hear about, and even had a box in the foyer for suggestions.

The younger women, having better things to do, began to absent themselves from these classes, leaving the older women to study their favorite subjects. The older women then had no reason to change to a Titus 2 topic, as there was no one there to teach.

In the meantime, many young women were experiencing the tremendous force against marriage, home and family. Many of them could not manage their income, and many of them felt alone in their struggle to do well at home. Some of their marriages broke up. Sometimes one of the partners would come to the minister for counselling, but as qualified as he was and as excellent of advice he gave, he admitted it was a topic that would have been better covered over time with the older women in the Ladies Bible Study classes.

I could not understand why they wanted to study things that the men could teach. The older women had a responsibility to teach the younger women, but what exactly were they supposed to teach them? Titus 2 was very clear! Occasionally when I was successful in having a Titus 2 class, it was, to my surprise, the older women who made the discouraging remarks such as:
"I already know how to cook. I don't need to come here and discuss cooking.."
"I hate sewing. I don't want to waste my time studying about how to sew. I can buy everything I need."
"I can't stand Proverbs 31. It must be a myth!"

What they did not take into consideration is that the younger women sometimes could not cook or sew and did not have money and wanted to be guided into how to cope in those early years when there is not much money and the husband is just beginning in his profession, or the children are little. I noticed the older women were the ones the most resistant to the Biblical role of women!

They did not like classes about femininity or the distinctive role of women. They wanted to make the Deborah the Judge, and Lydia the seller of Purple , the role models for today's women. Yet there are no instructions for women to become judges or sell products....not that there is anything wrong with it! However Titus 2 was clearly a course for the young and the old as to the focus they should have.

Personally, I am not fascinated with Deborah or with Lydia, as it does not challenge me as much as Titus 2 does. Every word in there can be a unit study lasting for months, if one were to put it into a college course. There were reasons for each of the women mentioned for what they did, but the Bible nowhere recommends their careers as something to emulate.

In the book of Acts, Lydia was apparently hospitable, but many working women today are not. When women went to work, hospitality just about stopped, leaving the burden to the younger women who didn't have the time or the money. I saw younger women in the church trying to shop for church hospitality for a funeral or a wedding, while handling small children, and living on a very tight budget. The older women could have been doing this, especially if their husbands were retired, as they would not have been under the pressure of their husband's work schedules any more. Instead, they were all at work in their later years, and did not participate when there was a need in the church. I saw the Thanksgiving baskets delivered by the young women, because the older women were too tired on weekends to do it.

Finally, as a younger woman, I had my fill of sitting through Ladies Bible classes, and quit. I needed the time to work at home and get my house in the kind of smooth running order I needed, in order to feel at peace and give my family a nice home. I enjoyed sharing sewing and decorating ideas with my daughter. Sometimes other mothers would ask us to include their daughters in our projects, which we did.

Abut 16 years ago I was asked to teach a Bible class for women, and I decided that no matter what topic they decided to study, or what chapter in the Bible, I would do my best to enrich it with applicable teachings about women. I try to remind the older women what their duties are and the younger women what they should be concerned with. Time is so short and in just a few years a woman can make a mess of her life. The older women need to be able to detect when a younger one needs a bit of help.
Women in their 60's, 70's and 80's surprised me. I expected that they would stand up for the old ways, where the good walk is (Jeremiah 6:16) and encourage the younger women to be guards of the home, full time wives and mothers, etc. Instead, they did their best to object or water down the points in Titus two. They would say a certain part of it may have worked in the culture of the Bible times when it was written, but it didn't apply today because of the economy, or because women were now more educated and could get a career instead. They would say that a woman was contributing to the home as long as she was bringing in a paycheck. This came from women in their 80's. I wondered how they could feel this way when their own mothers and grandmothers were faithful keepers of the home. They, themselves were keepers at home, full time. They had sent their own daughters to college and encouraged them to have careers, which they felt was a "step up" from being a manager and guide of their own corporation, the home. Most of them were steeped in a type of Marxist Christianity. They even twisted the verse "if a man does not work, neither should he eat," to mean that women should have paying jobs outside the home.
I had no trouble with the younger women. They willingly embraced the Titus 2 model. They loved being home and wanted to be encouraged in that role. It was the older women who resisted the Biblical mandate. They were eager to find out how they could be good wives, mothers and homemakers.
One reason the Titus 2 instruction was given, was for the purpose of setting apart the Christian woman's duty in a society where women were brash and loud and domineering. Being keepers at home would protect them from the hardships of labour in the work force, and prevent their children from going astray, among other advantages. Older women do not understand fully the impact they would make by teaching in the manner of Titus 2.

Ladies Bible classes are nice, but they are next to useless if they aren't using the time wisely and training the younger women. They are not really necessary, however, and they do not have to be held regularly. I always thought it might be nice just to have a gathering once in awhile in your home to remind the young women of certain principles of the Christian home, and not have one every week.

If you are not happy with the subject material presented, you might consider having something in your home, as an alternative, once in awhile.

If the older women will not do their duty, then the younger ones can start practicing it. They can be the kind of women they wish the older women would be.


Women at Home






The last three entries have emphasised the need for older women to be good examples, as per Titus 2 in the Bible. Now I would like to present a little study outline of Titus 2, where the readers answers and discusses the questions.

Here is the Greek definition of the phrase in Titus 2 "keepers at home"

οἰκουρός
oikouros
oy-koo-ros'
From G3624 and οὖρος ouros (a guard; be "ware"); a stayer at home, that is, domestically inclined (a "good housekeeper"): - keeper at home.



Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,

not false accusers,

not given to much wine,

teachers of good things;

Tit 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober,

to love their husbands,

to love their children,

Tit 2:5 To be discreet,

chaste,

keepers at home,

good,

obedient to their own husbands,

that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Thinks to discuss:

Does being an older woman automatically qualify a woman to be a "teacher of good things?"

What things in this verse are you doing to become an older woman qualified to teach younger women?

Discuss the things that qualify an older woman to teach a younger woman, in regard to her own example of: marriage, homemaking, speech, conduct, the way she dresses, attitude, faith, children, and use of her time.


What are some meanings of the word "sober?"


What if there are no older women doing the job of Titus 2?


Should women be in submission to all men, or just to their own husbands?


Is it appropriate for older women to be somewhat more serious about life, and less silly than a young person?





Do you think she is a good influence if she is out drinking with friends, has a beer can in her hand, or smokes, even if she is a good person?





Look up Noah Webster's 1828 definition of "good", and Young's Analytical Concordance definition, and make a list of some good things an older woman could teach.





How can a younger woman be taught to "love" her husband. Isn't she "in love" with him already?





What are some examples of love in action throughout the day, the week, an a lifetime, today, and in the Bible?





For example, what is respect?





What sort of things should a younger woman avoid saying that would discourage her husband and show lack of love?





What sort of things would be helpful regarding the teaching and training of your children?





How can an older woman help you understand what you should be doing daily with your children?





Is the teaching of character important? Why?





Which is more important in raising children: having a lot of material things, like great clothes, and fun food, or teaching them to be good, honest, just, obedient, respectful, and loyal?





What is self control? Write the meaning from Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary (you might get it online, as well) and the meaning from Young's Analytical Concordance (also online) as well as looking up the passage in Adam Clarke's Commentary of the 1700's.





How would lack of self control make people sneer at the idea of a woman being at home full time?





Are there things like television shows and movies, reading materials, certain friendships, social activities, etc. that will rob a young woman of her youthfulness, sweetness, innocence and simple trust? In other words, what influences make us jaded and sarcastic, even to the point of saying things that are not becoming to an older or younger woman?





Do you think that modern man has become confused with the phrase "workers at home" and made something of it other than home making? What do you think "workers at home" really means?





Is it right to have a business at home to earn money if your home is neglected and the laundry piles up and the dishes go unwashed, the meals unprepared, and you lose your sleep over it?





Do you think there will be seasons in a woman's life when she can sell something to earn money, or take on different projects besides homemaking? If a homemaker is in business, discuss what kind of businesses would be most complimentary to her role as wife, mother and homemaker?





Define the word "kind" from Young's Analytical Concordance, and Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary.








Make a list of kindnesses, according to these definitions, that are essential in having a strong family unit and a good marriage. and an orderly home.





Divide the word submission into two parts and define each. What does the word "sub" mean? What does "mission" mean? HOw do you think love can be connected to submission?If a woman loves her husband, should there be constant conflict regarding decisions?





Discuss the following reasons that the word of God is mocked?





-Christian women do not live the way the Bible teaches


-Older women do not fulfill the role given to them in the Bible


-Some people are just mockers





Discuss the following:





What is faith?


Can only rich women be at home?


Trace your grandmothers and great grandmothers and great-great grandmothers activity at home. Were they rich, or poor? What were their responsibilities at home?


How can being at home improve the health of your family?


Make a list of things that can be done at home, all the way from hairdressing to horticulture.

Even though this was written in a different century than our own, does it apply to women today?

In what ways do women who follow the Titus 2 model contribute to the good of those around them and to society in general?

In what ways do women at home help the day go smoother for others in the home? '

How is the woman at home, even in an empty neighborhood, valuable? (You might read my article about the light in the window, regarding the worth of a woman at home, even if others do not stay home).

HOw do you think arguing can harm relationships?


Finally, define the word "diligence." Give some examples of ways a woman at home can exercise diligence.



For further reading about the home, you might find an appropriate article here: http://www.guardthehome.blogspot.com/

Here is a place where an old book on civility has been reprinted:

http://www.traditioninaction.org/Cultural/A034cpManualCivility20_Family.htm
















Monday, November 05, 2007

Older Women and Virtue

Russian Tea
Russian Tea
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Wiles, Irving R.
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Virtue being the practice of goodness, and vice the neglect of duty and the use of substances not able to multiply wisdom in one's life, it is incumbant upon me to discuss this in relation to the example of older women.

There seemed to be many a young woman in the 20th century who has cried out in anguish for better guidance from older women. It was an era of abandoning the responsiblities of the home. Many older women shaved their heads, donned trousers and went to work with the men. It was hailed as a right and and an expression of independence, but later became a harsh taskmaster, demanding more and more of women outside the home.

Imagine if you can, a young woman at home in an empty neighborhood, praying for a visit from a wise older woman. A pleasant looking woman comes to the door and offers to help. Once inside she demonstrates a routine of picking up things and cleaning, leaving the front room, living area a scene from a memory of long ago when women were at home and loved making it a place of beauty and order for their husbands. Then she leads the young women into the kitchen where she shows her how to put dinner on the stove to simmer, while they clean up the kitchen and then go through each room of the house to put it in reasonable order. Afterwards she brews a pot of tea and finds the tea cups which have rarely been used. She brings a tea tray to the lounge room they have just put in order. Between sips she tells her things about the home and family, while the young woman takes notes. She offers the suggestion of a particular routine for getting started in the day at home. She recommends reading material and makes a list of things that are the duty of the homemaker: correspondence, cleaning, hospitality, clothing construction, training children, decoration, and nutrition. She encourages her to take care of her appearance and to take time for herself to plan and to think. Oh, wouldn't such a visit be lovely?

Witness, however, what takes place in much of our society today. Admittedly there are a lot of wise and helpful older women around who really do more above and beyond their own strength. Some of these wonderful women are exhausted with the work they do for their own homes as well as the help they give to others. If more older women would return to the Titus 2 model, the burden would not be so great on these few wonderful women.

Instead we can't help but notice the many older women who spend enormous amounts of money at gambling casinos, or in drinking establishments, or travelling to and fro to spend money on their favorite vices. Many of these older women are quite noticible in regard to what is in their hands. Whereas older women of the past could be seen with a benevolence basket, or their hands holding a piece of sewing for the home or a family member, or hands holding a fan, or holding the hand of a little grandchild, today, older women can really shock you with the things they hold in their hands: cocktails, cigarettes, gambling chips, scratch cards and even guns. It is impossible for the young women to imagine an older woman with the Titus 2 description!

What is the solution to this? Anyone can change, it is true, but sometimes it is time consuming and fruitless to try to reform older people who are set in their ways. It may be necessary to train yourself and the next generation to become those older women that the young people so desire in their lives.


The casual prevelance of gambling has put us all to sleep. Any grocery store offers the temptation of vice, and removes the stigma from it. For example, you can buy smokes and drinks and lottery tickets as you check out your groceries. The older women are particularly nonchalant about such vices, especially if it is just included in the grocery tab. Yet "a dollar here and a dollar there" can add up over time. Perhaps older women have a little more money and can afford such vices, but putting aside the fact that the money could help them in a more productive way, there is the fact that it is a bad example to the younger women.

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I hope many people will comment on this one and post their dreams about what they hope to be like as older women, or what they, as young women, wish the older women would help them with, or what the older women could do to be more effective in home life.

Dignified Speech

In the Orangery
Continuing with the subject of older women. There are a lot of younger women who just long for older women to be what they should be in the way they speak, in the way they dress and in the way they conduct their lives. Many a young married lady has hoped for hints on homemaking and relationship-making, from the older generation, only to find out that older women are lacking in the kind of example that is worth emulating.

All these things are signals for the younger women to try hard now at this age, to regulate themselves and educate themselves in things like manners, homemaking, to help with the role of being wives and mothers. They are creating a history for themselves. One day younger women will look at them and analyze them with questions like:

- Did she get along with her husband or was she always arguing?
-Was she able to keep house?
-Were her children respectful?
-Did she show hospitality?
-Is her appearance a good example? (see former article for ideas on what does and does not look dignified on older women).

One area that young women can work on in their youth, is speech. One expects the young to be somewhat brash and not careful what they blurt out in public. At a seasoned age, appropriate speech should be already learned in youth.

One example is the woman in the line to buy drygoods in a certain department store. We are all lined up, patiently waiting, and she says loudly to the clerk, "I missed the sale, because I didn't get my SUPPORT CHECK until today." The other people in line looked embarrassed, for it is personal information like this that one should keep quiet. For one thing, she was airing the failures of her marriage. She might not have been in the least at fault for a broken marriage, but she was announcing failure by the very remark that she made. Even if she was within her rights to divorce, it was obvious that the younger women in line were somewhat horrified at the prospect of getting that old and being worried about a support check.

Now we could get off on all kinds of other subjects regarding the older woman and her income, but this is not the point. The point is, that in public, older women, and others as well, need to be discreet about the source of their income. Today, they talk about all kinds of personal things, but in former times, it was not considered right to tell about your financial situation or announce publicly anything personal.

There are many other times people have been embarrassed by older women who are loud and brash in public, and it is more the tragedy because by a certain age, they should know better. Some excuse themselves loudly from a tea table and announce they have to go to the bathroom and take their pills. Others talk about surgeries in detail, all the way from how big the scar was and how much they bled. Some complain loudly about personal matters, and even worse, some speak in public situations about their husband's faults.

Older women have a responsibility to the younger women, and that is why they need to be gracious and graceful and careful in their appearance and their attitudes.
In the Orangery
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Perugini, Charles...
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Tit 2:3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
Tit 2:4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
Tit 2:5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Dignified Dress

Can anyone tell us the name or artist of this wonderful 19th century piece?


Young Lady Bountiful
Young Lady Bountiful
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Redgrave, Richard
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Have you ever looked at the paintings that so many blogging ladies are putting on, and wondered how in the world we got so far away from beautiful fabrics and flowing designs for women? To be fair, there are still some good styles out there. I get a catalog called "Seventh Avenue" (http://www.seventhavenue.com/Fashion/Womens/Dresses--Skirts/index.cat?index=0&viewall=1) which has a page of womens dresses that look somewhat like the dresses depicted in Edmund B. Leighton's paintings such as "Stitching the Standard," or "The Accolade," and others.
Meeting by the Stile
Meeting by the Stile
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Hardy, Heywood
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If you do consider dresses like this I would like to emphasize the importance of good foundations, or the dress will hang on the figure like a trash bag. You will notice from photographs of the 19th century women compared with photographs of the 20th century women, how awful the women looked in the 1940's styles unless they were models. They had gotten rid of the stay, the linings, the various quilting and padding, and the undergarments that gave the clothing shape. The garments looked very droopy on ordinary women.
Summer
Summer
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In contrast, the 19th century clothing looked good on everyone, even the older women and those with more ample figures. There was a look of structure and good fit. These were supported by various pieces of underwear that gave it its shape. Also, the style was created to elongate and slim the figure and bring the eye upward to the face.



Roses Softly Blooming
Roses Softly Blooming
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Cooper, William
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We watch "Antiques Roadshow" sometimes and are always horrified at the camera's inadvertent capture of women in the background wearing the worse shorts and pants and sleeveless things that make the women look shapeless and fat. Just recently we were watching an antique clock being displayed and listening to the commentary, when several older women walked behind, wearing pants that showed every flaw and every extra pound, with some of the fabric stuck in various places on their body.Young Woman in a Boat, 1870
Young Woman in a Boat, 1870
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Tissot, James
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It is impossible to overlook the woman in short shorts standing just behind the antique objects on display. One woman turned around and showed the ill-fitting shorts from behind, which was a total embarrassment. Do old ladies really think they look good in these things? Granted, it was filmed in Florida, and the weather was hot, but how do we account for the women in the 19th century wearing white dresses in such weather? Shorts and pants were considered underwear in those days. They were called pantaloons, and that is where we get our word for pants. Evidently even the pioneers coming across the desert, even as far away from proper society as they were, did not find it necessary to wear shorts in hot weather. In fact, their loose cotton skirts probably kept them cool. Mother and Child or the Older Sister, circa 1881
Mother and Child or the Older Sister, circa 1881
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Tissot, James
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I read in an old book written in the 1800's that women should try to dress as well in the back as in the front. Today, they seem to ignore what they look like from the back, but people will view the back just as much, if not more, than the front.

Take church, for example. If you have gone to church every Lord's day for most of you life, you have viewed the audience from behind them. As women quit wearing long skirts and dresses and began to wear pants more and more, the scene became almost ludicrous. Yes, it is good they go to worship, but it is not good that their back views are so distracting. Seaside
Seaside
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Tissot, James
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The young are no less culpable. Though their figures are more fit, and their clothing in better shape, the styles leave nothing to the imagination because they are too tight, too short, too low, and too revealing. Large girls do not realize that tight or revealing clothing makes them look fatter. Looser clothing in good taste can take the eye away from all those extra pounds and make them look dignified.

Here are some things for older women that will help them look dignified in dress:

*White at the neckline and throat softens the face and hides a wrinkled neck.

*Long sleeves, particularly those with puffs at the shoulders and cuffs at the wrist appear more dignifed and respectable.

*Long skirts, at least below the knees, and preferable below calf, slim the figure. If you wear the hem at mid-calf, it makes the leg look fat.

*Don't wear slinky fabrics that droop and sag. Wear structured clothing that has a little strength in it. Try on everything and think about this. You need to avoid wearing sleeveless garments if your arms are not attractive and in good shape. As you get older, they sag, and wrinkle. YOu also don't need to be showing the veins on your legs, and your knees are not your best assets for fashion.

*Matching jackets and skirts are nice, but avoid drab colors. Dresses are all around the best deal, because they already match and they hang well in a closet. In my opinion, this is less messy than a lot of separates.

Though there are many more things that help older women look dignified, young women need to realize that the habits they form now will most likely be carried on into old age. If you don't want to be a sloppy old lady, then dress with dignity now. The things you get used to wearing as a youth, will be the things you prefer as you age. Jeans and tank tops might have looked good on you as a teenager, but they don't look good on you as an older woman.

Concerning hair, here is something I've written before: Shaved and spiky hair styles emphasise

wrinkles. Longer hair, swept up, is much like short hair, and can be worn off the neck for coolness.

Tennis shoes, sports shoes, or any name brand running shoe does not look good on older women. I do not know any way these shoes can make a woman look dignified.

For more casual clothes, some made of cotton, here http://www.countrydoor.com/Clothing--Accessories/index.cat

Regarding clothing and shoes: Spiegel, Sears, Wal Mart, JCPenny, Shopco, and your local department stores all sell shoes and clothing that can function at home. There are ladies online who sew for a living and it is always nice to know a dressmaker, or sew for yourself.

Jeans and running shoes all have high prices, so I know when someone says they can't afford a long skirt or a dress, they are paying twice as much for a pair of jeans. The sports shoes are also very expensive. There are boots you can get that are much nicer, not so heavy, and look great with skirts, that can cost less than name brand sports shoes. What did we do without them before? We had the Sears and Wards and Penny's catalogs and we were never in want of a good pair of shoes for the home. When your last pair of jeans or tennis shoes wear out, do not replace them. Instead, buy a good quality skirt and a pair of boots. Most people do what they really want to do, if they want to bad enough. No one HAS to wear those unflattering things. There are always alternatives.

"Sure, deck your limbs in pants,
my sweeting.

You look divine, as you advance....

Have you seen yourself retreating?" --Ogdan Nash

I added the picture at the top, in hopes that someone could help me find the name of the painting and the artist. In the old paintings, a woman's clothing was very nice, and not embarrassing, from a back view. I also appreciate the fact that the old paintings usually did not depict women that were too thin. The woman in this painting has an ample figure and look how happy the family appears, with the grandmother apparently looking on. I would encourage the younger women to view the 19th century paintings of women and families, which depicted home life, to get a feeling for moments in life that still can be.

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