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In Memory Of Lisa Hays

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5

Lisa Hays, of Oswego,Kansas, went home this evening after a long fight with lung cancer. It’s not every day you try to write something in memory of a woman you’ve never met, but I’ve been praying for Lisa for over a year, now, and there’s nothing that can make you feel closer to a person than lifting them up in prayer.

Every thing I know about Lisa Hays I’ve learned from knowing her son, Caleb. Through him, I know that she was hard working and compassionate and passionate; these are qualities she instilled in her son. I know she was a good mother. I know she loved Jesus.

Lisa was a young woman and had never been a smoker, so when she was diagnosed with lung cancer, it must have seemed especially hard and unfair, but I know she faced her illness with a great, unshakable faith and courage because I saw Caleb face it that way.

There’s a Lisa-shaped hole in the hearts of her family and friends right now, but they can find comfort knowing the world is a richer place because she was in it. It was a privilege to be able to pray for her and her family and awe-inspiring to watch strangers from all over the world come together in agreement before the Lord as they lifted her up in prayer.

Good-bye, Lisa. I never had the pleasure of meeting you in this life, but it’s something I look forward to in the next.


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A Loving Marriage

From the religion of peace. And love. And child rape.

A 12-year-old Christian girl was kidnapped and repeatedly raped for eight months in Pakistan by a man who then falsified marriage documents with her, it was claimed today.

Her justice?

It claims the police have refused to order a medical check-up on the girl, and have warned her parents that it would be better for them to hand over the girl to her ‘legal’ husband or a criminal case would be filed against them.

Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” saith the Lord, and payday can’t come soon enough in this case.




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In Remembrance of Elaine Cillo

On September 11, 2001, Elaine Cillo was a Vice President at Marsh Technology and Information Service, working on the 97th floor of the North Tower at the World Trade Center. I’ve read that she loved taking  photographs, but not being photographed; she had a twin sister, Lynne, with whom she’d recently traveled to Greece; and liked to play the guitar as a teenager.

Simple, bare facts that paint an inadequate portrait of a real person who loved and was loved. I never had the pleasure of meeting Elaine, living, as we did, on opposite sides of the country, so I can’t hope to do justice to the person she was. Instead, I’ll let you read the messages her family and friends have left at other memorial sites. Then I’ll leave you with a few words from one of my favorite poets, Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Remembering Our Colleagues
9/11 Heroes

Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Rest in peace, Elaine.

Links to more memorials at Project 2996.

Wendy links to additional Project 2996 posts and other 9/11-related links.


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Let Me Restate The Question

I just posted my first thoughts resulting from yesterday’s townhall meeting with Congressman Jay Inslee. You can read them over at The Sundries Shack. It occurs to me, we’re not asking the right questions about health care. What do you think?


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Project 2996

Recently, I announced a new direction for It’s Only Words. My decision to focus on local issues is directly related to my resolve make a conservative impact on Washington politics. That being said, I do have one last obligation remaining that is national in scope, Project 2996. This excellent effort is a collaboration of bloggers who have committed to memorialize the victims of 9/11.

This will be the first year I’ve participated and I’m honored to be doing so. With the redesignation of September 11th as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance” we run the risk of losing sight of the victims of that sad day.

At the time of this post, only 687 of the 2,996 victims are slated to be memorialized and 9/11 is just around the corner. If you have a blog, please consider taking part in this worthy project.


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Brian Baird: Arrogant, Ignorant Or Lying Loser?

Nansen Malin has an excellent post at NW Digest describing her difficulties participating in Congressman Brian Baird’s most recent tele-townhall. Baird, you may recall, has been in the news for comparing health care protesters to Nazi Brown Shirts and Timothy McVeigh.

After the initial flap, Congressman Baird had agreed to a face-to-face, honest to goodness townhall in Ms. Malin’s home, where she offered to act as his bodyguard. That meeting has since been canceled, apparently because the Congressman didn’t like the tenor of Ms. Malin’s earlier postings, such as this one.

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A New Direction for It’s Only Words

For those of you who have been following the evolution of It’s Only Words, I’d like to say thank you. You don’t know how incredibly gratifying it is to have people take time out of their busy schedules to read my ramblings and occasionally even take time to comment. I truly appreciate every visitor.

One thing you may have noticed is that my posts here have had a tendency to be all over the place: national politics; local politics; abortion; my wacky neighbors and so on, as I’ve written about whatever happened to capture my attention on a given day. While that’s served me well as an outlet for frustration, it’s quite possibly not the most effective means of making any lasting impression on, well, just about anyone or anything.

And so I come to my announcement that It’s Only Words will be taking a new direction and focusing exclusively on issues and events of significance here in my home state of Washington. That’s not to say that I won’t occasionally have thoughts on national issues; when I feel I have something of value to add to the national debate, Jimmie at The Sundries Shack has graciously invited me to post my thoughts there. Jimmie has been very supportive and helpful from the first days of It’s Only Words, and expanding my blogging career with guest posts at The Shack feels like a natural progression.

Once again, thank you. Here’s to a new focus and a new beginning for It’s Only Words.


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