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Volume II
January 12, 2005

Concerned Reader

Dan...Since part of your logo includes the message, "Recipes for a Stronger Family", I was disappointed to see the DVD rewinder for blondes joke in your newsletter.  I thought we were past the "dumb blondes", "women drivers" joke mentality in this day and age, but evidently not.  Even though I'm sure you meant no harm, it was in bad taste, and doesn't belong on a website that boasts that it fosters a stronger family.  That goes for the dumb husband stuff as well.  Please stick to publishing good recipes and tasteful humor if you're going to bill yourself as a site for stronger families.  Don't cheapen your site with that other stuff.

Katie Scheurer

Thank you for your feedback Katie. If my company is to continue to succeed I must encourage my customers to give valuable feedback like this...and I must listen and take action.

However, I'm struggling to see how a "dumb blonde" joke can weaken the family unit. I re-read the "dumb husband" joke but it just doesn't seem like it was in bad taste to me.

I think that if we're going to have successful families and develop strong relationships, we need to be able to be honest with ourselves and honest with each other. In my opinion, that means acknowledging our strengths and weaknesses.

That doesn't mean that we should degrade each other or focus only on our weaknesses but the reality is, we're all different. Each of us is a child of God. We are unique individuals and we have certain God-given gifts and talents.

I'm pretty good at parallel parking--it's probably because I had to parallel park every day at the apartment I lived in when when I was going to college. On the other hand, parallel parking is difficult for Kathy...parallel parking for her is almost as difficult for her to do as it is for me to sit quietly while she tries to do it.

Consequently, the "course" entitled: "IS IT GENETICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SIT QUIETLY AS SHE PARALLEL PARKS? Driving simulation" really struck a chord with me. I thought it was very funny!

Another key to successful interpersonal relationships is good communication. One of the problems many of us have is that we take offense when none was intended. I'd be wrong if I were to say that I have never done this before.

I hope nobody takes offense at the jokes in the Jest for Fun section of the newsletter. As the title states, they are Just for Fun. Many people click through to the newsletter just to see the jokes!

But, I know I push the envelope some times. I'd like to hear from the rest of you. Is Katie right? Do the jokes she mentioned weaken the family unit and are they in bad taste? Do I need to be more selective? Please send me your feedback and let me know what you think.

God Bless,



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