IfEarthWasInAWar

Are we becoming more violent, or are we just becoming more aware of violence? If Cain killed Abel today, the local evening news might cover Abel’s murder, but most likely, unless we knew the brothers personally or experienced for ourselves the aftermath of a similar violent act, we might forget about it tomorrow.

And because we are a nation (U.S.) consumed with statistics, we might try to comprehend violence by analyzing murder, by counting the number of murders committed yearly, for instance. And we would break the numbers down to the percentage of murders committed by strangers compared to the number of people familiar to the victim. Then we would further categorize the familial murders into parent-child, sibling-sibling, child-parent, uncle-nephew, and so on.

But by statistically analyzing murder, we appear to rationalize it. Violent crime is not rational! World wars, civil wars, gang violence, domestic “disturbances,” rape, murder, incest, and other acts of violence happen on a regular basis. They intrigue us, but do they affect us as much as they would if they occurred only occasionally?

Maybe we are becoming numb to cruelty. We hear about wars raging in other countries, we hear about bombs dropping on defenseless families, and we read about motherless children wandering the streets, and then we close our laptops or our newspapers and we continue our house-hunting plans or we see how much money we can spend online.

According to the FBI, “In 2014, there were an estimated 1,165,383 violent crimes.” Maybe we muttered, “great, there’s another one,” or maybe we were so incensed, we designed a plan to eradicate violence in our communities or at least educate people on how to handle their frustrations, anger, and rage more effectively. Then again, maybe we didn’t.

Maybe becoming more violent doesn’t even matter anymore. A lot of people feel that if everyone had a gun, we’d be less violent. But violent crimes are committed by people who can’t control themselves. Can anyone stop brutality in people who are mentally unstable?

Wouldn’t choosing peace over violence seem to be more natural? Owning a gun will not help us if we’re confronted with demonic, impulsive, and out-of-control psychopaths. We can’t control violent acts they commit, but we can try to understand why they act violently and why they use savage means to resolve conflict.

PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH VIOLENCE:

Erroneous thinking

So many people think that because one person from any ethnic or religious group performs a violent act, all people from that group are evil. Case in point – thinking that all priests are pedophiles because of all the priests who have been found guilty of pedophilia. We tend to group people together and use one example of one person to exemplify everybody else in that group.

Instant gratification

We have become a world that expects results – NOW. And we want others to accommodate our needs immediately. Example – you make me angry because you don’t think the way I do; therefore, I have the right to kill you, regardless of the consequences. My immediate need for gratification is more important than any long-term goals you might have – my need is even more important than your life.

Short-term violent solutions to long-term problems

Similar to the paragraph above, people solve long-term problems with short-term – and often violent – solutions. My marriage isn’t working and my spouse just made me angry. My rage is my spouse’s fault and if death results, so what? What matters are my needs, not the needs of my spouse or others who irritate me. Only I matter, and if I have to take shortcuts to resolve my issues by whatever means necessary, I can – and I will!

Blame

It’s everyone else’s fault. I don’t need to take responsibility for my actions, because I didn’t cause my problems – other people did and they have to pay for what happened to me!

Fame

Media cover crimes and give attention to violent acts – if I perform some kind of vile act, I might get famous. Famous or infamous – doesn’t matter – I want everyone to know my name.

Proving a point

I’m right; you’re wrong. Therefore, I can do whatever I want to do to you to prove my point, even if that means pointing a gun at you and blowing your brains out. Never mind the fact that you will die – I will have proven my point.

Access to illegal weapons

I have a criminal background, so no reasonable gun dealer will sell me a gun, but I can find someone to sell me an assault rifle and I can go on any overpass, into any movie theater, on any playground, in any school or church, or in any mall I want and randomly kill anybody who crosses my path. It’s just something I want to do to release my rage and you can’t stop me!

Drugs/Alcohol

Drugs and alcohol give me a feeling of invincibility. I can do whatever I want to whomever I want whenever I want. Drugs and alcohol make me feel powerful!

Misplaced revenge

My parents abused me when I was a kid, so my horrible background gives me every right to hurt anybody I want. I believe I should suffer no consequences because of what my parents did to me. It would be their fault anyway.

Giving others permission to think for you

I know when something is wrong, but the exploiter convinces me that I’m what’s wrong. Killing people who aren’t from my background is supposed to benefit the world, isn’t it? My manipulator just gave me permission to kill people for being different from us, so if I praise whatever god my manipulator wants me to praise, I have to do whatever the puppet master wants me to do.

Manipulative evil

Relative to the section above, manipulators know how to scope out vulnerability. Once they find somebody who is easily manipulated, they can mold that person into whatever they want that vulnerable person to be. Using mind control tactics, they create armies of robots willing to carry out any instruction they give – even to the point of committing suicide.

Bullying

Mommy or Daddy brutalized me at home, so I’m going to brutalize my classmates. I’ll pick on the most vulnerable one I find and then I’ll carry that brute mentality into my adult life where I’ll brutalize my children, my spouse, and anyone who comes into contact with me. People will respect me, even if I have to beat the respect out of them.

POSSIBLE WAYS TO PREVENT VIOLENCE:

Erroneous thinking

We need to stop pigeonholing everyone. We all belong to different groups, but we are all individuals. By classifying people, we stereotype them as being either negative or positive. We need to recognize that though we might belong to one ethnic group or one religion, we are separate beings. Most serial killers are white males, but that doesn’t mean that all white men are serial killers. We need to apply logic to our thinking.

Instant gratification

One of the most difficult virtues to learn is patience, especially now when everything is so instantaneous. When we set goals and allow time to achieve those goals, we enjoy the fruits of our labor. We live in a fast-food world that eats dinners from a box or a bag – hurrying, hurrying, always hurrying – when, instead, we could enjoy a leisurely home-cooked meal with friends and family, siting by a fire or gazing at a lake. We are losing the ability to anticipate. We need to learn and practice relaxation, meditation – anything that calms us and helps us become more peaceful.

Short-term violent solutions to long-term problems

Solving any problem by violent means usually ends in regret – if the person who acted cruelly has a conscience. We need to learn alternate ways for dealing with frustration, loss, hardship, and other life situations – by whatever means necessary. Sometimes we find the answers in books or in time spent with friends. Sometimes we need help from qualified professionals. Whatever our problems are, we can’t rush to solve them.

We need input from reliable sources. We need to reach out for help. Rushing into solving problems without considering all consequences that result from making rash decisions could end in ways that produce even more problems. Be logical. Be patient. Seek help.

Blame

Things happen – to us! Maybe somebody raped us and a child resulted. We did not cause the pregnancy, but we now have to decide what to do about what changed our lives – forever. At some point we have to take responsibility for how we respond to what others did to us, regardless of what they did, because once we experience evil, we have to realize that we have a choice – we can live the rest of our lives blaming the person who performed those vile acts, or we can figure out a way to live our lives by helping ourselves – and possibly others – not only to overcome the vile acts, but also to rise above them and thrive!

Sometimes reaching out to others who experienced the same trauma we experienced is the best way to handle violent acts perpetrated upon us, because by reaching out we give – of ourselves – and when we give, we receive benefits we didn’t realize we would receive.

Fame

If media didn’t pay so much attention to violence and instead glorified those who work to bring peace to this world, we might find ourselves living in a more peaceful world. We spend way too much time discussing brutality and savagery than we do showcasing the positive qualities of being human.

Look at your conversations and ask yourself if they are filled with gossip and judgment. If they are, begin to focus on bringing more beauty and peace to your personal world, to your friends, your coworkers, and your family. Spread joy wherever you go. Being famous should not be the goal. Being joyful and positive is much more rewarding anyway.

Proving a point

If we feel we need to prove our points of view, unless we can show indisputable proof to validate our opinions, we might as well not show anything at all. If I believe in ghosts, for example, and you don’t, nothing I can say or do will prove to you that ghosts exist until you meet one. By the same token, if you don’t believe in ghosts, and I believe I’ve met one, you’d better prove to me scientifically, beyond a reasonable doubt, that ghosts don’t exist.

No matter how this argument ends, though, we don’t have to kill each other to prove our sides. We are all entitled to our own opinions. Having proof to back up our opinions is great, but losing a loved one because you had to prove how right you were is a huge price to pay for proving your point. Is sacrificing a sacred relationship just to prove your point worthy of the loss?

Access to illegal weapons

No matter how you feel about the 2nd Amendment, you have to admit that our founding fathers knew nothing of our current arsenal of assault weapons. Want a gun? Get a permit and buy one legally! Conceal and carry? Fine, but make sure that what you have is legal, that you know how to use it, and that you keep it away from children!

We need to hold ourselves and others accountable for our and their actions. With so many rules and regulations already on the books, though, why aren’t we enforcing those rules and regulations?

Drugs/Alcohol

We’ve called a war on recreational drugs, but we’ve lost. Somebody can stumble across this blog 300 years from now and we’ll still be dealing with drugs. Why? Because people think they need them – to cope with whatever is going on in their lives. Life is stressful for everyone at some point during their lives. What you are experiencing is no more stressful than what others experience. Your problem won’t be solved with drugs and alcohol. What will help you is learning how to cope with your stressors and understanding that all things truly do pass.

We also need to be honest about drugs and alcohol when we discuss their effects with our children. I explore these issues in the following two articles:

Help for Parents Who Don’t Want to See Their Drug-Abusing Kids Live on the Streets

and

Why What We’re Telling Our Kids About Drugs Doesn’t Help Them

Let’s empower kids by teaching them how to pay attention to their own feelings. If something doesn’t feel right to them, they need to address the problem immediately. We need to protect them and guide them. We need to be leaders.

Too many of us are followers. If we become parents, we have assumed a leadership role. We need to rise to the challenge to be the leader we were meant to be.

We owe it to ourselves and to our children to encourage them to trust themselves and not to succumb to peer pressure. If somebody promises them that drugs will make them feel euphoric, explain to them why they should stop paying attention to what the predators or manipulators tell them and to listen instead to their own consciences and their own inner voices.

The same goes for joining cults or listening to someone try to convince them to do something they know is wrong. Nobody who invites you or your child to join a cult will admit they belong to a cult, by the way.

Misplaced revenge

LOTS of people had horrible childhoods. Having a horrible childhood does NOT give you permission to act like an imbecile. You do NOT have the right to abuse others because somebody abused you. We were born with a conscience and we were born with a choice – to think.

Instead of seeking revenge by molesting the little boy down the street because Daddy molested you, become so successful DESPITE what happened to you that you overcome your past and enjoy your present and your future. Either dismiss Daddy or forgive him, but whatever you decide to do, get help for yourself and move on.

Giving others permission to think for you

One of the biggest problems I’ve noticed is that people can’t – or don’t want to – think for themselves. Are we lazy, or do we just not care? Even a child knows the difference between right and wrong, so why, when somebody with more authority tries to convince them and us that the more powerful person is right, do we allow that person to take control of our lives? We, who have no faith in ourselves, put all our faith in that other person. What we need to do is believe in ourselves and trust our instincts, and we need to encourage our children to do the same.

Manipulative evil

Manipulative evil is everywhere. Manipulators mesmerize, control, and lure unsuspecting victims into their lair. Kids learn how to manipulate from skilled adult manipulators. Manipulators are sneaky and create an environment of pseudo-trust. They know how to get into your mind and into your heart. We need to protect ourselves from these unscrupulous beings. Again, we need to pay attention to our instincts.

We cannot allow others to manipulate us and we need to protect our children from succumbing to the charms of manipulators, too. We all need to feel loved, and master manipulators know that. They seek out vulnerable individuals who don’t feel loved (sometimes only in the moment) and in less time than it takes for the charm to wear off, exploiters wrap their victims in intricate webs of deception.

BEWARE of these types of sociopaths and PROTECT yourself and others from them. They want to CONTROL you, and nobody but you has the right to control your thoughts and your actions.

Bullying

Power and control are what drive bullies. They feel impotent, so they have to exert whatever means necessary to take control of situations and people. Many bullies think that the recipients of their tyrannical behavior will respect them more because being a tyrant makes them feel powerful. So let’s pay attention to them and also to those kids who are being bullied.

Don’t ignore the signs of bullying (signs of bullying appear in the blogs linked below). Get bullies professional help BEFORE they go on murderous rampages! Get help for the ones being bullied too! Bullies (some of whom may be parents) may be grooming unsuspecting seemingly defenseless individuals to perform evil acts or they may be brainwashing them with techniques designed to siphon away all that is good in them. If you recognize this type of manipulative and/or bully behavior, be courageous enough to speak up for the one being manipulated or bullied.

Because I am deeply concerned about this issue, I wrote an article, entitled, Socializing, Peer Pressure, and Bullying: At Lunch, on the Bus, During Recess: Raising Confident Children and Managing Bullies. In it I outline not only why bullies bully, but also how to understand the bully. Another great article appears here – When Your Children are the Bullies, written on AUGUST 15, 2016, by John Pavlovitz.

In closing

Violence occurs because a lot of people respond emotionally to what happens to them. Looking at situations objectively is not always easy. Many people justify their behavior with “reasons” that make no sense to anybody but themselves. Learning how to think logically will help prevent irrational behavior.

What we all need to understand is that we are all flawed human beings who rely on each other for a variety of reasons. Unless we can grow our own crops, build our own homes, furniture, and appliances, find our own resources, and live without depending on anyone for anything, we need each other. I can’t sew, so I rely on others to make clothes for me. I don’t know how to manufacture refrigerators or ovens, so I rely on others to manufacture them for me. I also don’t know how to design shoes, assemble automobiles, or create my own Internet, so I depend on others for everything I don’t know how to do.

I am aware that I’m not alone! We all need each other, but more importantly we all need to recognize that we need each other! What will it take for us to choose peace over war? As I ask in the circle that appears above, “If Earth was in a war with other planets, would we then see ourselves as united?”

If you’re one of those lucky people who has never had a problem “going,” you won’t be able to relate to this post. If you’re disgusted by bodily functions, you’ll probably want to bypass this post …

Source: Chronic Constipation Defeated by Dynamite – the New Movement!

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UPDATE: While this method worked for a solid three weeks, after three weeks, it stopped working continuously. That may have been because I wasn’t drinking as much water as I should have (I kept forgetting to drink water and water is necessary for fiber consumption; otherwise your stomach feels swollen and full). My body retaliated and refused to cooperate by allowing anything that entered the body to be expelled from the body. I felt bloated and way too full. As a result, I would recommend NOT following this program every day. Instead I would try it for two days on, then three days off, two days on, three days off, etc. Also remember to breathe, deeply and fully. Shallow breaths don’t help to move things along.

If you’re one of those lucky people who has never had a problem “going,” you won’t be able to relate to this post. If you’re disgusted by bodily functions, you’ll probably want to bypass this post as well. Because I’m going to be talking about poop – and especially the inability to poop. So if you’re sensitive to the discussion of bowel evacuation, look away, because I’m about to share some information that a lot of you will consider to be TMI (too much information). My goal, however, is to help others who suffer from the uncomfortable and often painful problem of constipation.

As far back as babyhood, I have had the annoying and frustrating habit of “not going.” My mother often reminds me about how I cried relentlessly as an infant and how colicky I was. I remember sitting in the bathroom as a teenager trying to force myself to go. I remember my father standing on the other side of the bathroom door, asking, “Have you fallen in?” which I think further contributed to my inability to relax enough to go. Knowing that somebody is taunting you from the other side of the only bathroom you share with the rest of the family is too much pressure, and not in the right area.

Though I tried and tried, I often went weeks without producing any bowel movements at all. Nothing made me feel more sluggish than carrying around what felt to be a hundred pounds of poop.

According to HealthDay from US News, I’m not the only one suffering from this problem. Chronic constipation affects nearly 63 million people and it can lead to more serious complications such as, “hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence, colonic conditions and urologic disorders.”

The article further states, “At least an association has been shown between constipation and other conditions, too. Studies of people with rectal prolapse, in which the rectum becomes stretched and protrudes from the anus, suggest such a relationship. More than 50 percent of people with anal fissures, which are small splits or tears in anal tissue, also have constipation. And fecal incontinence, the second most common cause for nursing home admissions, often occurs along with constipation, the researchers noted.”

Constipation affects us in ways we often don’t realize. For example, every morning during my working years, I had to rush – to get the kids ready, to get myself ready, to get to work on time (the list goes on and on), so for somebody like me, relaxing my body enough to defecate took too much time. Kids rushing in to use the same bathroom, everybody needing me for one reason or another, just didn’t allow me whatever time I needed to get the job done. I also didn’t have the luxury of escaping my workplace for prolonged periods of time, so I never went, except for maybe on a weekend when I had nothing else to do. Which was never.

I once asked a doctor what happened to waste that didn’t expel from a body. He said it had to go somewhere and if it didn’t go through normal channels, it got reabsorbed into the body and expelled through pores in the skin and through the lungs. Does anything sound more disgusting?

So I tried laxatives and stool softeners and teas, and though Smooth Move tea worked occasionally, NOTHING worked consistently. Even laxatives, something that everybody insisted would most definitely work, didn’t. Using them just made me feel more bloated than ever.

Enemas produced slight results, but not enough to help me feel completely empty. I couldn’t even use the entire product before it leaked out, possibly because of a blockage or because my body was retaliating from being forced to go. On days when I felt I might be able to move my bowels, what I produced amounted to a couple of stools the size of bunny pellets. I still felt bloated and uncomfortable. And frustrated! I had always read about how “proper eliminations” would help me feel better, but how does one achieve that goal when chronic constipation prevents one from evacuating the bowels?

When three weeks passed without eliminating anything (a previously common occurrence for me), and I finally felt the urge to go, the pain was so exceedingly excruciating, I felt as if I was giving birth to a baseball. My rectum split open and bled, and what finally emerged, after weeks of clogging my intestines, also clogged the toilet. For years I felt not only frustrated, but also angry. Doctors offered only smirky, pseudo-sympathetic nods. Colonoscopies revealed nothing, and the only thing doctors suggested was what I was already taking – stool softeners. Perhaps what I suffered from was merely a “sluggish” bowel, they said. Well, after experiencing chronic constipation for nearly 65 years, I was determined to WAKE UP that sluggish bowel!

One day a very close relative (who would be humiliated if I mentioned her name, but who suffers from the same problem) and I talked about how we envisioned using dynamite to relieve ourselves from this painful problem. After fantasizing about how good it would feel to be completely empty, a lightbulb exploded in my brain – I would use EVERYTHING TOGETHER! And I would call it Dynamite!

But how I would I prepare such a concoction?

Through experimentation, intuition, and research, I developed my own workable solution, and it is, in a word, Dynamite!

What is Dynamite, you ask? Obviously, I’m not talking about nitroglycerine explosives, though I think you get a fairly good picture about what exactly I intended to do to get myself “moving” – no – I’m talking about a mixture of guaranteed-to-work poop bombs! I decided to tackle the problem from as many different angles as possible – all at once. I already knew I had to increase my water intake and my fiber consumption, but what if I attacked the problem head-on with an arsenal of weaponry?

Guess what! It worked! I’m on day 7 now and I hope I’m not jinxing myself by announcing this solution too early. I hope I’m setting into motion a solution that will continue to work so that I don’t have to rely on this arsenal every day for the rest of my life. I’m hoping that once my body gets used to doing what it was supposed to do since birth, it will figure out how to “properly eliminate” on its own.

So what is this arsenal?

It’s a combination of solutions. Yes, I drink as much water as I can. Yes, I eat as much fiber as I can. But in addition to those solutions, every morning for the past 7 mornings, I have made myself a cup of coffee (something I drink every day, but it has never helped produce results; however, it is a stimulant, so I hope to get the “baseball” rolling by starting my day with it). After coffee, I warm some apple cider, into which I drop a Smooth Move tea bag and 2 teaspoons of Benefiber.

At night I take 2 stool softeners and a laxative (in pill form). In the morning, while drinking my coffee, I take in slow deep breaths and exhale slowly (breathing properly is important – as an asthmatic, I had to factor in the possibility that lung function and bowel function were related). Either during my cup of coffee or during my cup of cider tea, when my nose begins to run (a relationship exists between sinuses and bowels – every time I feel the need to go, my nose runs), I feel my Dynamite working!

While I don’t have a customary exercise routine, I try to move as much as possible, to do in 10 steps what might normally take me only 2 steps. In other words, I move more often than I would normally move, especially when I am performing routine tasks. If, for example, instead of grabbing everything from my dryer and walking to the bedroom to hang up everything at once, I hang up one piece of clothing at a time, walking from my washing machine or dryer all the way into the bedroom for each article of clothing. “Moving” apparently prepares the mind to move everything inside the body.

So far, this week has been the most enjoyable week of my entire life – I have “gone” 7 days in a row!

I’ll repeat the Dynamite Concoction recipe here:

Every Day

Drink lots of water

Eat lots of fiber

Every Morning

1 Cup of Coffee, followed by

1 Cup of Warm Apple Cider with one Smooth Move tea bag and 2 teaspoons of Benefiber.

Every Night

2 stool softeners and a laxative (in pill form)

If you decide to try my Dynamite Concoction, give yourself some time. Go about your daily routine. Allow the concoction to work without force. Relax. Breathe. Don’t expect instantaneous results. You’ll put too much pressure on yourself and your body will retaliate by holding everything in. If you normally rush to work in the morning, slow down. Put your makeup on while you sit on the toilet if necessary, because if you’re used to being constipated, you might be surprised by the urge to go on the first day after using my Dynamite Concoction. You may even have to take a Health Day (as opposed to a sick day).

I hope my Dynamite Concoction works as well for you as it does for me! Let’s start a movement, a Bowel Movement!

Disclaimer – I am not a doctor. All products can be found on store shelves. I would advise checking with your doctor if you have any concerns or if you suffer from other medical conditions beyond chronic constipation. 

 

Rarely, though more often these days, do people reach out for help when they need it. For a number of reasons, people who need help keep silent, possibly because of the abuse and criticism to which they know they will be subjected; possibly because they’re “too proud” to ask for help.

Rich&Lyn

This couple, though, Lyn and Rich, reached out for help, and “friends” backed out of the way, because, after all, their situation resulted from choices they made.

I empathize completely. My choices made me a single parent – twice. My choices sucked me into poverty. Some people were astoundingly critical. The criticisms and condemnations were hurtful. I held down two and sometimes three jobs while going to school full time in order to improve my circumstances while raising my youngest three children. It was an exhausting time, but necessary.

So, yes, the repercussions that resulted from my decisions (I take full ownership) shouldn’t have to be your problem. Why should you help somebody like me when I chose to marry the men who either refused to pay any child support at all or who paid less than they were supposed to pay?

My situation was different from Lyn’s and Rich’s, though. My parents and one of my sisters stepped forward to help me financially when cars broke down (which happened often) and other sudden unexpected expenses arose. Even with their help, I still lived at or below the poverty level, but I survived with the help of my family.

Lyn and Rich aren’t so lucky with financial support. They met online, formed a business partnership (they’re both freelance writers), and fell in love. On the day Lyn was supposed to fly out to be with him, Rich discovered he had cancer and had to undergo treatment. Lyn was by his side at the hospital throughout his treatments and when chemo was complete, they drove back to be with her family. Lyn has four children. Rich had none, and he was told that because of his cancer, he probably would never be able to have a child.

So imagine their surprise and delight when Lyn and Rich discovered they were going to have a baby! Blessing as it was, it was also a financial upheaval neither one was prepared to handle and neither of them had parents who were able to help financially. But Lyn and Rich are resourceful and Lyn jumped online to find a number of items to “win” (on Listia) for their little Nova Skye, due in June.

Because Lyn requires bedrest due to complications with her pregnancy, her inability to contribute financially has further fractured the family’s income. With four other kids and a couple of pets to support, they have to seek other accommodations, so they will no longer be a burden to Lyn’s mom (though I doubt Lyn’s mom sees it that way).

Yes, we have all made choices that have landed us in our current predicaments. Yes, Rich was told he would probably not be able to have kids. But he and Lyn are expecting their baby very soon. I see that as a miracle. Like being told you’ll probably never win the lottery, you expect you won’t, but sometimes you do. Lyn and Rich felt they won the lottery when they met each other and now are going to have a baby. They risked reaching out to ask friends to help them, and some of those friends abandoned them. I am not one of those friends.

You can read Their Story by clicking the link.

Afterword: Lyn and Rich share the same birthday, May 8th, so Happy Birthday to you both! (I hope you don’t mind that I borrowed your photo.)

How My Most Embarrassing Moment Won Me a Prize

Posted: April 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Many years ago, a local radio station ran a contest asking people to talk about their most embarrassing moments. While I experience embarrassing moments on an almost daily basis, one stood out from the rest and I called the radio station to tell them about it. I won dinner for two at an amazing restaurant because of this, my most embarrassing moment:

My sister, Cindy, and I decided to take a trip to Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana. The day was HOT. I don’t mean the kind of hot that people talk about as in, “I couldn’t breathe, it was so hot.” I mean the kind of heat that was so stifling, that as we drove in my no-air-conditioner car, we became so delusional, we actually got out of the car when we saw a sign that said, “Watch for ice on bridge.”

My sister was wearing a tube top and…

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A Discussion About Racial Intolerance

Posted: March 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

Excerpt for

Racial Intolerance – Black and White or Fifty Shades of Gray?

“I sometimes wonder if blacks are responsible for perpetuating the black/white controversy by constantly reminding us of every negative thing that has happened – and continues to happen – to them over the years. Or is the white community responsible for proliferating the stereotype? Media contributes to the picture of blacks being disemboweled by whites and some law enforcement groups jump on the hate bandwagon by targeting blacks as well. Why not? They’re easy to spot, aren’t they? But aren’t Asians too? Why did our hatred of the Japanese end so swiftly?”

Read more by clicking the link.

Immigration Rant – America’s Dirty Secrets

Posted: March 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Though this post was written three and a half years ago, I feel the same way now as I did when I wrote it.

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I’ve had it up to here (here being so far out of the stratosphere, it would take you a hundred lifetimes to measure) with talk of immigration.

The know-it-alls spout off about what should happen and about how we should take care of the matter. They show up ready to fight for “our” land and for “our” rights.

And every time I hear some of the drivel that drools from the mouths of these righteous freedom fighters, I can’t help but think about the time BEFORE this land became OUR land, to the time when the white man claimed to have DISCOVERED this land.

Back up.

Discovered? Weren’t people already living here? Oh, wait, I forgot. Those people – the “Indians” – didn’t count, because the white man claimed this land for his own.

Must have been quite a predicament – I mean, how can you tell a bunch of…

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Come on, Republicans, REALLY?

Posted: February 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

You won’t vote for ANYBODY President Obama picks to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia? You want Obama to step aside, because he is in his final year? Oh, I’m sorry, I meant, during an election year?

HE HAS ALMOST ANOTHER YEAR IN OFFICE! So does that mean that EVERYBODY who plans on leaving their jobs within the year should quit working their final year?

Help me understand this ludicrous, illogical thinking, because NOTHING MAKES SENSE ANYMORE!

And yet, did it ever?

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY are we so divisive? Look at the State of Illinois, for example. Yes, I know, it looks quite dismal. We’ve had NO BUDGET for 8 MONTHS! Why? Well, some people blame the Republicans. Some people blame the Democrats. I guess it depends on whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. I, for one, wonder if I can use their “reasoning” to explain why I can’t pay my own bills – “I’m sorry, Creditor, I can’t pay you right now, because, well, I just haven’t been able to come up with a budget yet. I might never come up with a budget because I’m fighting with myself right now. Part of me is Republican and part of me is Democrat and I refuse to allow the other part of me to cooperate with myself.” Maybe I’d be committed, which is what I think should happen to all the people responsible for solving the budget crisis that has corroded our Illinois budget.

I don’t care about whether or not you are a Democrat or a Republican. I am neither. I am also not an Independent. I vote for the person, not for the party, BUT, this year, I’m leaning toward Democrats, because of all of the stupidity I see pouring out of the mouths of Republicans. I almost dread watching the next Republican debate. I don’t know about you, but I would like an INTELLIGENT president, not one who will fight with everybody and call everyone liars (see my Short Recap of Yesterday’s Republican Debate for more information).

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY are we so divisive? WHY can’t we look at each other as citizens of our UNITED States instead of seeing each other as opponents?

I’M HONESTLY SICK OF THE DIVISIVENESS OF OUR COUNTRY! No wonder our kids are killing each other! They’re not bright enough yet to use words to get their meanings across so they resort to easily accessible weapons. Fortunately for them, all they have to do is watch a Republican debate and they’ll learn how to fight with words, and then, instead of killing each other, they can run for president someday where they will learn how to kill the Spirit of America. Way to go, Republicans. You have been successful with one thing, you’ve lost my vote!

Short Recap of Yesterday’s Republican Debate

Posted: February 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

Source: Short Recap of Yesterday’s Republican Debate

Short Recap of Yesterday’s Republican Debate

Posted: February 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

You’re a LIAR!

NO – YOU’RE a LIAR!

Everything is Obama’s fault!

He’s a LIAR!

Stop picking on my family!

Whatever.

You’re LYING!

Stop it! People are going to vote for a Democrat if we can’t stop this bickering!