As I knit, I've been knitting socks, I've been using a variety of patterns. After browsing patterns (mostly looking at pictures, I can sort out the patterns later) I noticed that they mostly follow the same basic structure.
Cast on 64 (56, 48, 32). Are all socks multiples of 8? The vast majority, yes. ok.
There are only two places that the sock "decreases" - the heel and the toe. I use the "magic loop" method of sock knitting, so I have the sock in two parts (the top of the foot and the bottom of the foot). You decrease 1 stitch at both ends of both these parts every other row.
For a while I worried about trying to remember if I had decreased the even rows or the odd rows and then I just decided that (if I had to) I would adjust the pattern so that I also decreased on the odd rows.
EVEN IS EVEN
During the decrease times, I knit even (no increase, no decrease) on the even rows.
Once I established this habit, it became...well, a habit. I have a row counter, if it's an even row, I knit even.
EVEN IS EVEN
One of the big political flaps of the week was the Letterman/Palin media scuffle.
Other than the "top ten" lists, I'm not a big Letterman fan. I appreciate the Palin family's protection (even if overly dramatic) of their child.
Matthew 18 may (or may not) apply - Letterman does not claim to be a brother in Christ. But we are to show the world how repentance and forgiveness works. If Palin had gone privately to Letterman first, perhaps there would have been a different ending? Right now, the sincerity of the apology is being debated; if the confrontation had been private and Letterman had said the same thing, there would be no debate.
Palin made political hay. While I understand her very public defense of her daughter and would most likely (at the very least have been tempted to) do the same, she still made hay.
Over the last couple of days, Sarah Palin had two roads. Her "acceptance" of the apology is just as insincere as the apology is made out to be. Her chiding had no place in the forgiveness by a Christian.
"Of course it's accepted on behalf of young women, like my daughters, who hope men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve."
In an ideal world, it would have been
"Of course, on behalf of women everywhere, it's accepted."
Period. Just as "sorry...but..." apologies have a more appropriate ending, so do acceptances.
But that is what is it is.
Just as important:
EVEN IS EVEN
Just as important is the response of Christians.
I've written before about how an apology is a cheap substitute for real repentance. and "I accept" is a cheap substitute for real forgiveness.
Real forgiveness means restoration and a promise to not hold the offense against the offender again. Ever.
An opportunity to show the Gospel has been passed up. If the Palins (including Willow) had agreed to be on Letterman's show and if Willow had held Letterman's hand and said,
"We all do things that are wrong and we all need forgiveness. I have been forgiven by God and I forgive you."
What would that have told the world?
But no...there is hay to be made.