Jan 092016
 

I thought blogging would be easy. Just write whatever I thought was important. It’s not easy. First, I’m an OK writer, not a great writer. Second, I have lots of opinions but in writing them I find I want to discover the facts which means spending time researching. Third, I’m still not sure what direction I want to go. There is so much going on in the world that needs healing, but how do I participate in that healing? Do I say soft nice things?? Do I present an opposing argument? Do I treat this like Facebook and re-post shtuff?  What is my intention? Am I trying to teach an empty audience? Am I preaching to the choir? Do I just want a relatively safe place to explore my opinions, my ability to improve my writing, and maybe learn a few things about myself?

Purpose. Some people find their purpose with ease. Others, like me, struggle their entire lives to discover it. I remember a class where we were to meditate and discover our purpose. What came through for me was to “live life”. Oh goody, that helps…not. Just another way for me to wander aimlessly through life, taking each day and each experience as it appeared instead of creating something to be proud of. Just like this blog, Is that my purpose? To wander through my thoughts and feelings and put them out there for the world to see someday? To accept I have nothing profound to offer?

Questions and more questions that lead to questions. I’m well beyond middle age and still not sure what I want to do with my life. In this case, still not sure what to do with my thoughts.

 

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Jan 082016
 

Entitlements. Get it straight, it’s a crock to say food and shelter assistance are entitlements.

Ranchers receive government subsidies. That is Entitlements.
Members of Congress receive government pensions. That is Entitlements.
Corporations receive tax credits for a variety of reasons unknown to most of the general population. That is Entitlement.
Bail Outs are Entitlements.

Keeping the minimum wage below the poverty line is entitling business owners who take advantage of this to get wealthier.

Social Security and Medicare are not Entitlements, they are earned by being a productive member of society for decades. They are paid for by the employee and employer putting funds into a Trust Fund with the Federal Government. Congress needs to repay those loans with same interest rate as the average Student Loans.

Food stamps and housing assistance (no matter what the current model is actually called) are not Entitlements, they are SAFETY NETS. If generations are living at this poverty level we need to find solutions to break the cycle other than killing people by stopping the benefits.

The Veterans Administration is not an entitlement. It was earned by participating in Military Service and a bigger chunk of our Military Budget should go to housing and health care for Veterans.

I’m pissed at politicians saying Safety Nets are going to bankrupt this country. I call BS.

 

Jan 052016
 

OMG. The minority gun enthusiasts are in a tail spin because President Obama is making small steps towards safety from guns.

“WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce executive actions on Tuesday intended to expand background checks for some firearm purchases and step up federal enforcement of the nation’s gun laws, White House officials said Monday, once again trying to sidestep a gridlocked Congress on a politically divisive issue.

But faced with clear legal limitations on his authority, Mr. Obama will take modest steps that stop well short of the kind of large-scale changes to the gun trade that he unsuccessfully sought from Congress three years ago. That legislation would have closed loopholes that allow millions of guns to be sold without background checks at gun shows or in online firearm exchanges.

Instead, Mr. Obama will clarify that existing laws require anyone making a living by selling guns to register as a licensed gun dealer and conduct background checks. White House officials said the president would note that criminal penalties already exist for violating those laws.”

They spent months determining first steps. And first words out of Republican Presidential candidates “the first thing I’ll do is reverse every Obama executive action”. Doesn’t matter if they’re good, bad, or indifferent.

I am so sad the color of his skin has brought the slimey worst of our society above ground.

 

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Jan 022016
 

THINGS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD OF TOLD YOU

1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

2. Use a meat baster to “squeeze” your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you’ll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time….

3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

4. To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan and the marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers.

6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

7. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on the stovetop.

8. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won’t be any stains.

9. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on outside of the cake.

10. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant “fix me up.”

11. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

13. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

14. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.

15. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

16. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

17. Don’t throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

18. If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

19. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

20. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

21. Ants, ants, ants everywhere … Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

22. Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china. Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
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Jan 012016
 

I am shocked every time I am confronted by someone stating, and believing, that people on Welfare (or whatever it is called now), actually live like that because they want to. I can believe someone stuck in poverty or in the cycle of poverty is there because they don’t know how else to survive. But to choose it because they don’t want to “work”?? That’s insane. If you live in poverty it takes a lot of work to stay warm, clothed, and fed. It is constantly living in fear. It is demeaning, dehumanizing, and demoralizing. How does someone get out of this cycle if every activity is centered on survival?

There are people who yearn for a new car, a new outfit, a new haircut and lament they can’t afford it. This is not poverty.

There are people who lament they have a co-pay at their doctor’s office and now they can’t afford that CD. This is not poverty.

Poverty is walking to a Food Pantry, if one is available. It is putting paper in your shoes to stay warm. It is waiting until a medical emergency occurs to be given health care in an emergency room. It is living in ways I can barely imagine because I’ve always had enough.

Poverty is not for the weak.

 

 

Dec 302015
 

Facebook is a treasure trove of ideas and information. Today there was a post from “Organizing Made Fun”. They asked

If you could organize anything in the new year what would it be.

My answer:

How about Congress. Out with the old and tattered, In with the new and hopeful.

Politics as usual is very frustrating.  I think people need hope for the future and too many of the long term Congresspeople are playing destructive games, are obviously corrupt, and in general killing the spirit of the people they are supposed to represent. If we had term limits maybe they wouldn’t waste their opportunity.

 

Dec 292015
 

“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”

Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements

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