Conservatives, What Do You Want?

There are a lot of people who are anti-Trump but still consider themselves Conservative, who are openly delighted with Barrett being placed on the Supreme Court. It has me quite confused and it made me think of this tweet. In the tweet, someone described as a smart, wealthy, conservative man wrote:

“Any true conservative is no longer a Republican. Conservatives stand for:
-fiscal responsibility
-democratic institutions
-personal honor and integrity
-smart immigration?
-loyalty to allies and strong foreign alliances.”

I keep thinking about it, because it could easily be argued that everything on the list is something Progressives stand for. I realized that I don’t get it — I don’t understand why anyone (never-trumper or otherwise) would still identify as Conservative. Whether Trump wins or loses, what is it Conservatives want? There’s nothing there. There is no Conservative platform. Is it just a weird identity thing? You’ve dug in your heels and it’s just too hard to say goodbye to your Conservative label?

Conservatives, what is it that you believe?

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your weekend? We spent Friday at Olive’s new apartment in Paris, getting her all set up. (Looks cute and cozy now.) And then I spent half of Saturday and Sunday reading Midnight Sun (the Twilight story told from Edward’s point of view), and taking a little social media break. I kept thinking I would write a link list post, and never found the energy — but I had the energy this morning, so…

Anyone in the mood for a Monday edition of my Friday Link List? : )

Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

24 links this week. Come discuss with me.

Film School for Olive

Back in the Before time, when Olive was spending her senior year of high school as an au pair in Montpelier, France, it was time to think about college. We know from experience, the process is overwhelming, so Ben Blair and I scheduled weekly calls with Olive, specifically to discuss college options and track application progress. Olive knew she wanted to attend a film program, and she started the process by making a spread sheet where she would list info about potential schools, so she could compare and contrast. The first three entries on the spreadsheet were her top choice schools in Paris, London, and New York, and the school she chose in Paris was EICAR (which is where she is now enrolled!).

At the time, figuring out how to attend college in France felt overwhelming, and as she looked into EICAR their website described very limited enrollment, so she felt her chances there were slim and maybe not worth the effort. She decided not to apply.

Tons of info on the school. Come read and discuss!

A Few Days In Empty Paris

On Sunday afternoon, we drove to Paris. On Tuesday afternoon, we drove back. I shared a little report about our visit on Instagram Stories and thought you might like to see it as well.

The main purpose for our trip? Olive is starting college in Paris! She was accepted to a Film Directors program at EICAR and her classes started this week. So exciting!

So we needed to sign her housing contract and confirm her class schedule and begin to get her settled.

Click for the full report.

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How was your week? To me, this year felt like it was inching along, and then suddenly it seems to be in high gear. I can not believe we’re halfway through October.

Our kids have a two-week school break starting today, and we are all looking forward to the non-school-day morning routines. Last year for the October break, we went to Prague, but this year, we haven’t made any travel plans at all.

The thing that is exciting us the most is progress on the renovation. Bathroom wall tiles started going up today and they look incredible! We’re thinking that a fun weekend project would be to plant a tree in the garden — and maybe some strawberries for next spring. What about you? Any weekend plans you’re looking forward to?

In the mood for some good links? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

20 links for you this week.



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