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Words can hurt….but an 7.0 earthquake can hurt more

December 5, 2018

Just a quick observation after seeing the video below in an Alaskan newspaper and realizing how different some children and people are. Living now in Texas and listening to more national news it seems that people are more thin skinned than ever and their tolerance not only for others ‘freedom of speech’ but things and sayings we took for granted has been rubbed bare as witnessed by the crying and anger witnessed after Hillary was defeated by President Trump. This delicate ‘snowflake’ attitude is absorbed by their children and is evident when they now protest the most innocent of actions by other children in their pear group.

However witness first hand how a small classroom
of Alaskan school children deal with a major earthquake
and the end result is not fear, or crying but…….
whether they will get the rest of the day off.

 

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Life after death…. from my eyes

November 28, 2018

Photography by Tricia Lynn

I have not had any near death experiences so I cannot personally testify to what lies on the other side of this life based on actual experience and though I wish otherwise my faith is not so strong that I would happily face my mortality, so here I sit like millions of others vacillating back and forth between belief and skepticism.

Almost half the population of this earth says that nothing happens there is no afterlife we are merely a physical being no better than any other animal walking this earth. We live for a time and then we are no more is their philosophy….

but for those who insist on scientific evidence

I would like to postulate the following…..

….What if one day astronauts land on the moon or Mars and discover a functioning “bio-dome” one similar to the one in Arizona and when one stands at the control panel all the dials are set just right for human life. The oxygen ratio is perfect; the temperature is 70 degrees; the humidity is at 50%; there’s a system for replenishing the air and radiation is at a rate not harmful to living beings. Looking closely you can see the dials have a huge range of possible settings and it is obvious if one were to adjust one or more of them a little bit the environment would go out of kilter and life would not be able to exist.

What conclusion would you come to if this occurred on a future space mission? Could it be that it just happened into existence? The obvious answer is someone took great care to match the settings to human life and it was not there by accident. Some intelligent being designed and prepared it to support humans and that is the analogy I carry over to our planet earth.

I do not believe that it could have happened just by luck that this one planet in the billions upon billions of planets in the universe had the perfect environment to nurture and sustain human life. If this belief sounds rational based on those facts then I think you must take the next logical step that only God could create that one in a billion planet ready for human life. You might now ask what does this have to do with life after death…. everything because it is a large part of the very foundation of the belief in God and therefore his teachings in the bible about heaven and hell.

Like I have said my faith at times weakens
not for lack of desire
but because I know to share in Gods glory in heaven
I must lead a life free from sin
and though rewarding
that is not an easy walk down life’s road.

Life after death…. myth or fact

November 23, 2018

….the sound of a lone cough echoed off the marble floor and cement walls as the priest cast his penetrating gaze seemingly at me from the front of the church. I was 14 soon to go to high school and this would be my last school mass and sermon. He started off like he had a number of times over the years with the words, remember if you commit a sin you will burn in the fires of hell.

Not a good way to start your school day but one familiar to some Catholic grade schools in the 50’s where a mass and sermon on the benefits of being good and the consequences of being bad were normal fair. Now however 58 years later I am finding myself thinking more and more about the, hopefully metaphoric, fires of hell. I have for years wanted to write a posting about God, faith and death but have always held back because like politics it is a subject that can ignite strong emotions, today however I thought I would give it a shot.

Stating the obvious the one thing everyone of us share whether we are black or white, Christian or Muslim, liberal or conservative, male or female is we will all die. The day you are borne you are sentenced to die with no hope for a stay of your death. Most do not think of it for decades until they start to age and realize their time is running out others fight their whole lives against that end by turning their lives into one long physical fitness marathon which of course always ends the same way…. death.

Finally we have those who believe without a shred of doubt that their death is merely a doorway of sorts to their next stage…. life in heaven with God the Father. In between the two we have those who were raised in faith and know about life after death but do not live the life that merits it, and those who never heard about heaven and everlasting life and live their day to day existence exclusively for personal pleasure and gain.

So who is right?

No answers
but my beliefs
in our next posting

Just another November day…. NOT!

November 19, 2018

I apologize for this short vent, but today was not what I was prepared for. I got up early at 9:30, (hey for me that’s extra early), because I had some laundry to do before doing my regular food shopping…. but what I encountered was not a day of accomplishment but frustration.

Those of you out there who are on the ‘old’ side of being a senior citizen understand that getting up and going out the door are two very different things. It seems this was another thing our parents never mentioned about getting older in that there are a number of things that must be taken care of before we venture out our door. So when I say extra early that also means getting one’s body ready to be seen in public.

In any event arriving at the laundry the parking lot did seem a bit crowded but I have seen it worse however what I faced when I went in was that practically all the washers and most of the dryers were being used and more people were coming in the door behind me. Suffice it to say I decided rather quickly to abandon my desire to do the laundry today and instead get a jump on the supermarket shopping.

Pulling into my local Kroger (aka Fred Meyers) parking lot it seemed there were more cars than usual, but then again I did not have my coffee yet so it could just be a brain fart. However when I went inside I was greeted by maybe not a black Friday crowd but at the very least a weekend volume of shoppers.

Every isle once as wide open as the Texas plains was now closer to a New York subway at rush hour with carts piled high with Turkey and other holiday foods. Suffice it to say I grabbed my meager 21 items and got away from the crowd as if they were infected with Ebola.

….as I left the store
someone was heard to say
you should post signs at the door
warning old men like myself
that today would be a good day
to stay in bed!

One year later…. still no ‘Smoke on the water’

November 15, 2018

Just wishful thinking…. my bike from the 80’s

….It has been almost 18,480 days or five and a half decades since I lit up my first cigarette and on November 16th I will recognize 365 days – one year of sobriety since I put my last cigarette out. Most of the time I never think about this decision to stop smoking but there are days when I am keenly aware of my hand reaching over to light one up.

Some have asked was it a miracle drug or some form of psychological therapy that brought about that massive force of will to stamp out a habit that was for decades holding me captive and was ingrained in every action of my daily life, others knowing me better half jokingly asked if it was divine intervention.

Even one year after I stopped smoking and look back in hindsight the answer is I do not know for sure. Now not being a stupid man I was sure the wonderful things promised to happen when you stop smoking I was painfully aware would not materialize for someone who is 72. No you would not see me once again, as I used to enjoy so much, riding my bike the 20 miles back and forth to work or the evenings when I would go out and do laps around the nearby airport. The most I was looking forward too was better stamina in my daily activity and a lower risk of lung cancer this late in life.

What I found was an detrimental weight gain to the extent that it hampers daily activity. I often joke (with myself) it would have been better to keep smoking than deal with this new problem.

So here I sit

one year to the day

after I extinguished that last cigarette…

am I better off because I quit

the jury is still out.

 

Government to shut down all social media…. Veterans day 2018

November 10, 2018

…….in a news release today the government said it was taking steps to halt all social media on the internet and ban any and all forums, blogs or online meeting sites where people could exchange ideas.

In nations without a strong military they were at times taken over by stronger nations or a coup d’état that thought they knew better than the people they served and in some cases what is written above happened or in fact is happening…..

….but because our men and woman
endure the hardships of tough training
spend months away from family
and at times unquestioningly
sacrifice their lives
they do this so you and I
can have our freedom

Just A few of the veterans I knew

Chet H (U.S.Navy) – Myself (U.S.Army) – Joe C (U.S. Navy)

Floyd W (U.S.Army) and Clara his wife

My father Pete (U.S.Army) and my mother

The people have spoken…. or have they?

November 6, 2018

By the time many of you read these words today’s election will be history and the power controlling the House and maybe even the Senate will have shifted….or not. One thing is guaranteed to be true no matter if today resulted in a blue wave or a warm red blanket the morality and greed in Washington will not change.

So if your candidate won congratulations
but no matter who wins
do not expect;
our budget to get balanced or
our immigration laws to be upheld
because
the millions that your candidate spent to win
has to be repaid with favors!