Thursday, July 28, 2016

a thank you note

I went to the hairdresser today for a hair cut.  When I came out I found a note on the windshield of my car.  It read:" Thank you for your service to our country."

Why on my car?  My husband's name is on the title to the vehicle and as such it entitles him to get "disabled veteran" tags.  Why? He has a 100% service related disability as a result of his time in Viet Nam.

So I took the note, folded it and when I got home I put it in the dining room, on the table where he could see it.  When he did he asked me about it and I told him that it was left on my windshield.  He smiled and said "that was a very nice thing."

After years of being not recognized or appreciated for his service he was at last thanked.

Whoever left that note today made his day.

Monday, July 25, 2016

news flash

Nothing political this time.  Just an observation about a 3 year olds meltdown.

Went to a party, mostly adults, yesterday afternoon.  One "child" came, a 3 year old.  Long involved story cut to the chase. She wanted to swim in the pool (inground backyard pool) but without 1) floaties - because she said she can swim, which she can't.  BTW, floaties are those arm bands that help little people float. 2) any other people in the pool.

Well she got to swim with her 13 year old cousin (she tolerates him) in the pool and he was responsible for herding her.  He was also responsible for making sure she wore the floaties and keeping her out of the deep end.

The problem was she wanted what she wanted and was a crying mess making life miserable for all.

I told her that she either wears the floaties or leaves the pool.  Why?  Because a 3 year old can't make a choice from several, their brains aren't hard wired for multiple choice yet.  But the other adults wanted to REASON with her and give her choices.

Here's the news flash...  a 3 year old can't REASON.  A three year old shoudl be told "this or that" and made to accept the consequences of that choice.

If I were her parent/grandparent I would have told her floaties or no pool and when she continued to cry I would have taken her out of the pool and got her dried and dressed and ended it.  Instead there were no end of compromises offered, all of which basically gave in to her.

So if that's the way kids are "taught" now no wonder we have so many problem teens and young adults. They have learned to make a fuss until someone tires of the argument and they get what they want.

What ever happened to being given a choice, acting on that choice and accepting the consequences?  If that isn't taught from an early age how are young people supposed to know?

College graduates rely on their parents - perhaps too much. The law says that parents are responsible for the children until age 18, but most parents "extend" that to help the kids out through college.

 Back in my college most kids couldn't wait to be "on their own" and move out.
Why? Because the consequence of accepting parental help was not being an independent person.

 Today's kids want parents to continue to care for them - so they can "do well in school" and not have to worry about things.  Yeah, things like paying bills, buying food etc.  So when they graduate they are in no great hurry to leave the nest and go out on their own.  Why should they when their parents will just continue to take care of them?

Choice, action and consequences...hey maybe this is about politics after all.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

heat wave

Now let's see if the press covers the heat wave more than the Democratic convention.

Friday, July 22, 2016

the RNC - my take

OK this is just some observations, in no particular order.

1) OK Donald., we get it.  Obama had nothing to do with governing for the last 7.5 years since we know that all the bad things that have happened since his election were Hillary Clinton's fault.

And while we are at it, what does "the Donald" want to do to fix things that aren't really broken?  He still hasn't given any indication of a plan of action.  All he knows how to do is fix blame on someone else.

2) Does "the Donald" realize that if he is elected he will not be able to repaint Marine1 or Air Force 1 to display his name?  Does he realize he will be living in a "house" that will not display his TRUMP logo on the rooftop? (or on the limo, or any other public owned vehicle available for the presidential mode of transporation)?

3) Amazing that the person "responsible" for the plagerism of Michelle Obama's speech just happens to be a "Democrat" working for the Trump campaign?  Cut me a break.

4) Ted Cruz is not a nice person, but he's got more courage than a room full of Republican sheep who support Trump even though they dislike him.

5) Now the Republican party is "united" behind Trump?  I don't think so.

6) If Clinton is "guilty" what are the charges? She hasn't been indicted as far as I know, and the Republicans have had years and spent several thousands of dollars trying to make something "stick."  So far, "zero" charges.

7)  And speaking of guilt.  If you have nothing to hide then why haven't you turned over your tax records, Mr. Trump?  Or is that  a rule for only  the "little people", you know the basic 99% of Americans who aren't afraid to follow the rules?

8) How true is it that you want Mr. Pence to take over most duties of the President?  If you don't want to do the job, why did you apply?

9) Notice how all Trump can talk about is FEAR?

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Envy - one of the 7 deadly sins

To have something I don't possess.

It's not just wanting that something, but it can be wanting YOU not to have it.

So why do so many state and national legislators, who claim to be good Christians,  want to make sure that "others" don't have things like adequate food and health care?

Would Jesus tell the Apostles.  Make sure the widows and orphans don't get any food because they are too young or old or lazy to deserve what we have?  I don't think so.

Too lazy?  Have those legislators tried to exist on the charity of others?  It's not easy by any means.  It's damn hard work.

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. to go to a local  Methodist church food pantry.  A friend of mine is in dire straights. Her husband's full paycheck this week is going to pay their rent.  She was let go from her job after coming off disability. She has been unable to find another job.  Her husband's job isn't enough to keep them going.  She needed food.  So I told her I would  get her and take her to the food pantry.

To get one bag of free food she had to be up at 6:30, along with her 7 year old daughter.  I had to drive her to the church (it's too far for her to walk there and back with a bag of food without my help she couldn't have gotten there, she has no working car and the buses don't run  very early on Saturday).  She had to stand in line and get a number,  answer some personal questions about her family finances, etc. and then she was given one bag of groceries - mostly canned food, and one bag of produce.  This week the produce was only tomatoes. There is also a second room that has baked goods and donated clothes and some toys for kids.  Her daughter was able to get a back pack and 3 books.

Since I was in line with her they asked me if I was getting government assistance.  I said I was retired and getting social security and that my husband was disabled.  That qualified ME for the food too. So I took it.  I don't need the food, but she does.  So I gave her the food I had been given.

Maybe if the people in political office had to get their food the way she does they wouldn't begrudge the poor or people on SNAP things like potatoes and spices (as they want to do in Wisconsin).

What the legislators in Wisconsin are doing is a sin.  The sin of envy, not wanting others to have what they have.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Easter Monday

Easter Monday, a day to rejoice after the day of Ressurection.

So how did you celebrate the holiest day of the Christian liturgical year?

Did you get up in the dark and go to a sunrise service? Celebrating the dawn of a new day and new hope for the world?

Did you dress in your best clothes (which by the way symbolizes renewal) and attend a church service to rejoice with others in the congregation that "Jesus Christ is Risen!"?

After services did you and your family join hands in a shared meal?  Did you use the good china and table linen? Did you or your wife prepare a special meal, either a breakfast, a brunch or a dinner so you could all recall the joy and happiness of the occasion?

Or, as a God fearing right wing non-denomanational Christian fundamentalist, did you stay at home in your tee shirt and jeans, and hide Easter Eggs so your kids/grandkids could find them?  Then sit around all day like you do every Sunday, until supper time? Did you fill the kids with chocolate candy and let them wear their "new"  spring clothes to show off to the neighbors?

Just how did you spend your Easter Sunday?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

what now?

On Friday 3/20 I nedded off at the wheel of my car while driving to Orlando on the FL turnpike.

I rear ended a truck. Not an 18 wheeler, a delivery box truck, but still a truck.

I am alive, with bruises from the seat belt and air bag.  The good news is those things worked.

But Why? Why am I not seriously injured?

The reason is unclear to me.  The car is a wreck.

The poor 2013  Kia Soul, my beloved Blizzard" is probably totalled.  It looks terrible.  But I am ok, more or less.

What am I supposed to do now?  What other plans are there for my life?  What's my purpose?

Does anyone have the answer?

I keep asking God, "What's next?" but so far no answer.

What do I do now?

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