Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

Things continue to be crazy hectic.  Which is fine by me. I’d rather be busy than bored *any* day.  This Thursday we drive up to Michigan, where I’ll get to hang out with the swanky-cool Madame Spunk.  She is a neat lady and I really enjoy her company (plus she is fun to shop with). 


I have also been invited by Walden Media to attend a pre-screening event of the soon to be released movie, Amazing Grace (opens in theaters Feb 23, 07) It is based on the life of William Wilberforce.  Our friends from Walden media were kind enough to supply us with enough tickets so that Coie can also join me and Geoff the Great for the screening.  In all honesty, most movies make me puke.  I know that Walden has been making a concentrated effort to put out family friendly movies like Charlottes Web, Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, etc… but my feelings are still mixed about the whole concept of ‘marketing to Christians’.  Especially when the production company is by no means a ‘Christian entity’.  I don’t know; I’ll have to give it more thought, but at any rate, I will let you know what we think of Amazing Grace after we see it this weekend.  And for the record, I did enjoy the Lord of the Rings movies.


We have a lunch date planned directly afterward with one of the ‘Walden people’ — they want to learn more about the homeschool community.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns that you’d like me to pass along.  I’m looking forward to the event/meeting, it will definitely be interesting.


Completely unrelated….this is for Lynan (who has promised to take a scroungy mutts off our hands).  Which one do you want, Lynan?






 Actually… these are the only ones that are really up for grabs:



Gross.  I told you they were ugy.  But it's TOO late.  You already promised to take one.  Are you sure you don't want two or three?? Who else wants one of these possum hybrids?  Put your order in now and you can have it before Christmas.


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  1. Tiany said,

    on November 14th, 2006 at 6:46 pm

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    Sounds like you have a busy week ahead 🙂 Fun too!

    I wish I lived closer I would take one of those mutts off your hands too! I think they are adorable! 🙂 Im a sucker for puppies and puppy breathe though 🙂

  2. TC said,

    on November 14th, 2006 at 6:50 pm

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    Are you sure those so-called “puppies” aren’t a gerbil/possum mix?


    on November 14th, 2006 at 7:24 pm

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    I’ll take five. I’m short on Christmas gifts. These are free, right?

    (How was that, Jen? Did I create a false demand?)

  4. drewsfamilytx said,

    on November 14th, 2006 at 9:18 pm

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    Actually, I think Gena will most likely take them all and then wrap them up for a very special Christmas gift for her most dearest sister and neicew’s (how’s that for making up a word?).

    I can’t wait to hear your review of that movie! While I am not completely on-board with the whole targeting of Christian’s by non-christian companies, I think it is great to have more family-friendly movies on the market. There is no reason why Hollyweird needs to get more obscene and offensive every year…There are a ton of families out there who would appreciate a good quality and “clean” movie! If a story is truly good, then there simply is no need for nudity, foul language or anything else like that. After all, cursing is the sign of a limited vocabulary. And movies full of bad language (and other obscene acts) are usually trying to distract from the fact that the story is weak and the characters pathetic. But I digress…

    Have fun driving and stay warm! Michigan is COLD!



  5. PoorBoyHat said,

    on November 14th, 2006 at 9:27 pm

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    Possum hybrids? Personally, I think all dogs are cute. 😛

  6. jayfromcleveland said,

    on November 14th, 2006 at 9:54 pm

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    Cool beans… except Walden made just Narnia, not Lord of the Rings, right? LOTR was New Line, wasn’t it?

    So what’s the prob with a non-Christian entity marketing to Christians? What’s a Christian entity anyway? Is it a movie company that goes to Heaven when it dies? Anyway, Christians have been marketing to Christians forever, and from what I gather, Christians are a very lucrative market. I’m reading this Christian marketing book (so I can peddle my own book to the lucrative Christian market) and it says 75% of Americans are Christians! Must be a lot of Christians watching cable TV!

    Besides, Christian marketers are always trying to “crossover” into the secular marketplace, so turnabout is fair play, right? All the big Christian record companies and publishing houses have been owned by the big media conglomerates for years, and I havent heard lately about the Southern Baptists boycotting Zondervan for being non-Christian owned. American Evangelicalism has long been “The Church That Is For Sale,” so why should start being choosy at this late date about who the buyer is?

    Anyway, go to the movie and have a great time and tell us all whether or not that flick is any good. Personally, I’m kinda glad that non-Christian entities are starting to cater to the lucrative Christian market. Isn’t that what our side has complaining about all these years? We have another chance to vote with our dollar.

  7. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on November 14th, 2006 at 10:40 pm

    oooohh! I want one!

    They are so homely they’re adorable! Are you sure they aren’t troll puppies? – Just kidding! (I really do wish I lived closer!!!)

    DD#1 wants a dog SO bad, and we’ve been scouring the pet stores/shelters, but they’re either too expensive, or not ‘kid friendly.’ 🙁

    I can’t believe how much some people are charging for mixed breed mutts these days!

    (Maybe you could market them as a new breed of “designer dogs!”) 😉

  8. UndertheSky said,

    on November 14th, 2006 at 11:51 pm

    Oh, come on!

    Those are too cute! Thankfully we live in CA and no where NEAR you so you don’t try to give them to us for Christmas. That is the ONLY reason I am happy you live far away. The ONLY reason!

    :+) ME

    I love Jay’s line – “What’s a Christian entity anyway? Is it a movie company that goes to Heaven when it dies?”

    I wish I was so funny. :+)

  9. lynan said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 7:05 am

    They're not gross!

    They’re cute! The boys say, given where we live, a light colored one would be best! They say he’ll be able to work harder if he’s not so hot. So if one of the light colored ones is a boy–he’s ours and, btw, I heard his name will be Rascal. (I hope that isn’t a hint of how he’ll act!)

  10. Anonymous said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 8:46 am

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    I understand what Jay is saying…and I agree for the most part. (Don't ask where I disagree b/c I can't remember if/what the original question was…if there ever was one…)

    But it still really bothers me when a book or film or whatever comes out under the name of "christian" when it really isn't. Kinda like that book <i>Conversations with God for Teens</i> by that Neale Walsh…and I could go on about certain authors or even televised preachers…but I won't. I suppose I have a much narrower definition of "Christian" than many people or companies do. Even though avenues like films are usually for entertainment, there are so many people that walk away with the idea that movie is fact…and then they take that idea of "christianity" or God and run with it.

    Okay, I will now stop my rambling. Besides, I haven't had my coffee yet this morning.


    PS I'll take the most adorable little guy on right in the top picture. I think he'd fit right in at my house! We'll even let him sleep indoors! 🙂

    Edited by drewsfamilytx on Nov. 15, 2006 at 6:48 AM

  11. Joanna said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 9:38 am

    Marketing to Christians

    Hi, Jen!

    I think one of the things that makes me uncomfortable with all this marketing

    to Christians is that we are now identified as a special group or niche. In America,

    we used to BE the mainstream audience. When did we get shoved off to the


    I love the pics of the puppies! But I’m not supposed to look at those (under

    order of the management!) We already have 3 dogs.

    Have a great trip to the North.

  12. jayfromcleveland said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 9:44 am

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    Hi Marshie, HSB must be the only place on the web that doesnt let you see the original post you’re replying to so you can write an on-point reply. But if I remember what *you* said as I type, people are already taking an impression of Christianity from the media. I recently saw a show where this woman reads the Bible and gets the message that she is some instrument of divine wrath and starts killing people. We’ve all gotten that sort of impression of Christianity from the media. So I guess your concern is how the *positive* depictions of Christianity are handled.

    We saw that Martin Luther movie a while back and was surprised how well the makers “got it” and sent forth a gospel message. There was some of contemporary “love gospel” thread woven in, but all around the flick was a treat. Seems to me, if even non-Christians are trying to be sympathetic to a Christian subject or character and remain true to the source material, they can’t go too wrong. I wouldnt rule out that Holy Spirit could guide even an unbeliever in a righteous effort. We were all pretty happy with Mel Gibson a while back. If God can speak through Balaam’s Ass, He might be able to also speak through Hollywood once in a while!

  13. Leigh2 said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 10:52 am

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    I’m afraid that I must say NO to puppies. Probably forever. I have decided that I am just not a dog person and that puppies running all over my yard freak me out and I have vowed to never do it again. (Which probably ensures that I WILL have to do it again, but I’m living in hope right now.) BUT…at least your puppies look different. Mine all looked exactly the same and no one could tell them apart, which made it fun when we tried to give them away and people would ask us which one was the shyest or the most playful, and we would just look at them blankly.

  14. homegirl06 said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 12:58 pm

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    Oh, poor widdle puppies! They’re not ugly! LOL. The dark ones look like they have some German Shepherd in them — do they? I think you previously mentioned what their mama and papa were, but I’m too lazy to scroll down and find out. I think it’s a little too far to travel to get a puppy (Seattle to Tennessee!), but I would if I could. Well, if my cocker spaniel would let me, that is. He acts so affronted whenever he sees another dog. How dare they live on his planet, anyway? Good luck finding homes for them. 🙂

  15. Abiga51 said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 3:12 pm

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    Sorry no puppies needed here. We are full up with three adults, four children, three cats, one dog, and lots and lots of mold. See Momanna 98 at to see her bathroom being torn apart lately. Then at Christmas add two more adults, another child, and several visiting siblings. There is also a contest at momannas soon to be over with.

  16. KarenW said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 4:58 pm

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    Aww! They’re cute!! Do you deliver??? ; )

  17. JenIG said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 5:05 pm

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    Karen: no, i do not deliver puppies. i deliver humans. thus far i’ve delivered six healthy humans.

    hahahahhahaha, i crack myself up.

  18. netherfieldmom said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 9:35 pm

    Movies and pups

    Hey Jen–’em pups is cute-ish. Cain’t see no possum in ’em.

    My hubby is a professional “grip-ologist” in the movie/tv industry. Just wanted to let you know that Christians do exist in that realm, although whenever I pick up American Cinematographer, I’m not sure how. Anyway, we do a lot of Peyton Manning stuff (truly a good guy) and local advertising. HOWEVER, my husband has done a string of features that you may have seen…Ever hear of Ernest ? (As in, “know what I mean Vern?”) Yep. Lots of Ernest.

    Seriously, though he did a great film with a now well-known actor named Jim Caveziel called Madison. I hear it’s out on cable now, this month in fact. It’s a true story, family film. Tell those film guys to keep making clean stuff but we can’t afford to come to the theatres. We’ll wait until it hits the library. Have fun. 🙂

  19. eyecorn said,

    on November 15th, 2006 at 10:30 pm

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    The photo of your DS and the puppy is a classic…how precious! The puppies are cute. I wish I could take one but the cat, lizard, skink, crickets and 3 garage mice are my limit!!!

  20. JustGiveMeStarbucks said,

    on November 16th, 2006 at 12:08 pm


    Okay, these cookies are frustrating me. The comment, above, from homegirl06, is me. Homegirl06 is my daughter — and she’d been signed in before me. I was looking at that, thinking, “Who in the world uses dancing bananas as an avatar??” And realized my own offspring does.

    Anyway, that was me, not her. Cookies — ha. Who needs cookies you can’t eat?

  21. JenIG said,

    on November 16th, 2006 at 12:38 pm

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    hahahahha Sally, i like the dancing banannies. and the ugly puppies do have shephard in them. australian shephard. i think i’m spelling shephard wrong.

  22. MOMflippedisWOW said,

    on November 16th, 2006 at 5:26 pm


    Thanks for your comment.

    If you found the Thanksgiving post funny,

    check out ‘A Night in my Life’.

    The sad part, is it’s all TRUE! LOL

  23. HeartForHome said,

    on November 16th, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    I'll take one…

    Just put him (or her) on a Greyhound bus and send it on out to California. We are finally leaving the burbs and heading for the Sierra Foothills, and I think a nice shepherd/whatever mix would be just the thing for our new digs… Although, I think the one in the striped shirt is the cutest…are you sure you won’t part with him???



  24. Redo said,

    on November 16th, 2006 at 8:32 pm


    Those are CUTE puppies, btw. But then I’m a sucker for babies. No, I don’t want one. My husband says I have to say no now. Because even the parking lot at Wal*mart is no longer safer for people like me. So, you are normal, just like me? Aren’t we great? 🙂 I’m an Army BRAT – are you a BRAT too?

  25. jugglingpaynes said,

    on November 16th, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    I Love Puppies!!!

    As long as I can give them back when I finish playing with them. ;o)

    Thanks for your comment. It does seem like Hollywood is doing outreach, doesn’t it? I don’t really mind, so long as they try real hard and don’t mess up a good story. Then again, I’ve hardly ever met a movie adaptation I didn’t prefer as a book!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!


  26. Testimony said,

    on November 18th, 2006 at 1:15 pm


    How cute!

  27. dawilli said,

    on November 19th, 2006 at 12:38 pm


    I think they’re cute! I’d consider taking one, but that’s a bunch of extra miles to swing through Minnesota after Michigan just to drop off a puppy… well, if you ever happen to have some extra Yorkies, we’ll take two… and pay for some gas… (We have a mammoth NewFoundland/Husky mix and for some reason my husband really wants a little yippee dog instead of our annoying cats… and he’s fallen in love with a friend’s Yorkie…)

    Anyway, have fun in Michigan,

    and have fun with Spunky,

    enjoy them,


  28. quietcajun said,

    on November 19th, 2006 at 7:52 pm

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    You’ve been tagged… see my blog for details:

    And no ugly puppies for us… we already have a Boston Terrier and she is pretty ugly in her own right!

  29. OneBlogToRuleThemAll said,

    on November 19th, 2006 at 8:42 pm

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    We posted again! Check it out! Stop by soon!!!

    Mára mesta,

    Edhël ó Loriën

  30. Jocelyndixon said,

    on November 20th, 2006 at 7:26 am

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    Mrs. Ig, thank you for stopping by and saying such encouraging things. I gave mom the hug and it was kindly recieved. I’m glad you enjoying reading my and mysister’s blogs!! I am also glad to get a comment from you every once in a while!!! I hope to meet IRL some time soon! coming to IN. anytime in the near future? LOL

    Mára mesta,

    Edhël ó Loriën

    Read my latest post: Blog Heroine

    Daughter of JacqueDixon, and sister of SuperAngel, Tigerlily the Hobbit and Young Man in Training

  31. mamaduso said,

    on November 21st, 2006 at 1:23 am

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    Hey Jen, all those people saying that they would take one if they lived closer, well I have a solution to that. Put them on an airplane. I purchased a dog from the midwest somewhere and he travelled on an airplane. It was quite easy. I think it was about 100$. They can pay for that. You could get rid of quite a few that way I bet. Ship them all at once.

    Sadly, I only had the dog for 2 weeks, because he drove me crazy. Now we have cats.


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