Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some people DO care!

Thanks to a blog I read, Coffee with the Hermit; I found this very encouraging:

Japan Donates $120,000 in relief supplies to Alabama.

Now here is a country that as just suffered horrendously and yet they still offer support to those who were hit by tornadoes in the US.

Someone in the comment section of The Hermit asked a very good question...where are all the Arab "friends" of the USA?

And I've heard that this administration wants to borrow more money from China to give to other countries??? what?? There are local and federal authorities denying help to Joplin and other areas affected by the tornadoes this past month or so and yet they want to borrow money to give to OTHER countries???

I'm so disgusted with this whole system of things. And yet Japan pulls this wonderful act of kindness that reminds me that there are still people out there that still care. It's just the "IN"-human people in their 'lofty' places of government that are tainted and corrupted by greed.

I can learn from both these types: how I SHOULD act (Japan's example) and how NOT to act (government example). While my pitiful little acts of kindness are nothing compared to the harm governments do, nor will they ever cancel out the acts of the government; I do know that the governments act will never cancel MY acts out.

Which is comforting.

I know there are literally millions of people out there (many more than the number that makes up the governments) doing their own acts of kindness. We see them despite the blackness of corruption.

See the light from even the smallest candle dispels darkness. And darkness hates that and tries to convince us that our lights are not shining. Don't listen.

Because the truth is darkness cannot extinguish our lights only we can.

Is your light shining?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Puns for Educated Minds

Puns for Educated Minds

The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
He acquired his size from too much pye.

I thought I saw an eye-doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .

She was only a whisky-maker, but he loved her still.

A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall. The police are looking into it.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab centre said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

A backward poet writes inverse.

In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count
that votes.

When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.

A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'

Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, 'Dam!'

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says, 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root-canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.


There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Love this one every time it comes around and in every form! LOL!

IF you are 36, or older, you might think this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious
diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what
with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill...
Barefoot... BOTH ways. yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way
I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about
how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but
look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I
mean, compared to my childhood, you live in Utopia!

And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good
you've got it!

1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we
wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look
it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter -
with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and
put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there!
Stamps were 10 cents!

3) Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As
a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission
to do the same! Nowhere was safe!

4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal
music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it

5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and
the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up!
There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play
our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape
would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we
rolled, Baby! Dig?

6) We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the
phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

7) There weren't any cell phones either. If you left the
house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually
had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOSH !!! Think of
the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then
there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how
annoying you are.

8) And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang,
you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents,
your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you
just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances,

9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with
high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games
like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little
square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were
no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen.. Forever! And
you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder
and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what
was on! You were toast when it came to channel surfing! You had to
get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO
REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons
on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL
WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little brats!

12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something
up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long.
Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back
inside... you were doing chores!

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you
hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the
chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your
head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot
gun" in the first place!

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got
it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted
five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!


The Over 40 Crowd

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My cat

The Infamous Glorie.

She adopted us in the stormiest day of 2003 as a tiny tiny kitty. We were walking into the Kingdom Hall and she ran over and sat on my toes. The girls were entranced and begged to keep her. Despite her having no tail! (I think they thought someone had cut it off and they felt sorry for her) I told them that if she was still around after the meeting, she could go home with us. Well during the meeting a tornado swooped by, just missing the hall (we got to see the walls bulge!) and so we had to wait a bit longer to go back outside.

At first she wasn't around, the girls called and called. So I did my unique "come here" call I use for all kinds of animals and out she popped! Straight to my toes! (why she loved my toes I don't know but she STILL wants to sleep on my feet!)

And as they say, the rest is history! She is a great mouser, had two litters of kittens before I saved up enough to get her fixed, and is STILL about half the size of a 'normal' cat. Although this past year, she is getting fat!

And why oh why (or even how) does she always walk exactly where I'm fixing to put my feet!!!????? UGH! I trip over her more than my own feet! and that's saying a lot!

oh yeah,btw, she is laying on top of all my folders that hold my bluebird research data.... yeah I WAS trying to work with it all....

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A bit of depression

Ok, be fore warned that this is just me rambling and rambling and rambling....

Lot's has been going on: bin Laden is now "officially" dead; major flooding in areas of the south, much of it near me; deadly tornadoes, again near me; the cancellation of some soap operas (gasp); and tons of other stuff. Let's see, we are still fighting three wars, gas prices are still outrageously high causing a LOT of pain for families, and of course there is still sickness, homelessness, death, etc.

Well crap! How is a person suppose to NOT be depressed in this sick sick sick world?

The corruption in business, corporations, government, is enough to make any sane person weep with despair! Seems very few receive justice anymore.

We are forced to pay taxes which take a huge chunk of our hard earned income; plus all the OTHER taxes we have to pay: sales tax, death tax, inheritance tax, personal tax (we pay this every single year in AR -you pay each year over and over again on what you have, your personal belongings! yeah, sucks!), car tags/drivers licenses, .... have I left any out?

It's a wonder why any of us have any money left over for food, clothing, and shelter.

And then "they" encourage you to get a higher education; but that takes getting grants and student loans! Which opens all kinds of new bins of worms!

And so you try not to think about it all, go with the flow..... don't rock the boat; cause if you DON'T pay all these extortionists, well then you get to go to jail or get hit with huge fines (personally, I could USE a paid vacation with three hots and a cot! I will have to do another post on prisons).

It is all gonna fall apart... and soon. Then we will REALLY be depressed! lol!

Or shall I say: we shall be depressing them???? Yeah I fully expect to see some more revolution going on real soon here. Already many are beginning to revolt -both in other countries and even some here -quietly working their way into a place of 'non-existence' in the eyes of them. I bet that relieves many types of depression! Action usually does.

And that is why ultimately things will have to change. See all that taxation/pressure is building up stress and stress does tend to get to one "tipping points" and then it blows up! It always has. So either they will have to do something to 'relieve the pressure' or the pressure will blow.

I see gas prices dropping the closer we get to election time, just like last time.

I see voters changing their "representatives" with little or no change occurring afterwards - as usual.

I see the poor; yet not the "super poor", just those poor who are too rich to get any gov help - still struggling to make ends meet and get by.

I see the 'super poor' still living off the gov and tax payers (the 'poor').

I see the rich (small business owners) still getting rich and while paying many taxes, struggling to keep their businesses afloat and not being able to keep hiring people, but maybe even still having to lay off even more people.

I see the super rich, many maybe not all, still gobbling up billions of dollars of profit (Exxon made like 6 billion in one quarter???) and using any and all loop holes to NOT pay taxes.

Sometimes I have to wonder the same as another person: just how much money does ONE person need? How much is enough? lol! how dare I even ask that?

How can we, as a country, balance the right to "go be fruitful" (in money and babies) with being individually responsible? Is it being responsible to go make billions at the pain of others? (strictly speaking as someone who it truly hurts to have to pay so much for gas)

so many questions and while there are so many answers, can we as individuals and as a country actually change our mindsets? can we "fix" our country? and what does that mean? what is the fix we are looking for? what do we want our country to look like?

I don't think we can fix our country but I do think we can 'fix' ourselves. I think we can individually become a "good, moral" person. One who lives life with self responsibility, self integrity, and love for our neighbors. And although if EVERYONE was to do this, it WOULD fix our country; not everyone will. Because some people are predators.

What do we as responsible, morally upright people do with dangerous predators?


Monday, May 2, 2011

searching for a life

I've heard people say "I need to find a life" or "I'm searching for a life" and I've got to wonder 'did you lose yours or something?'

These ones who claim they wander around either literally or psychology; "searching for a life" are not really looking for a life, they are looking for distractions from their life. Think about it, do they ever 'find a life'? no they don't. At least they don't until they actually stop and realize that their life was right there all the time.

Sure we make changes, grow (hopefully), mature (again hopefully), and bring new ideas and people into our lives.... point being: bring INTO our lives.

However our lives are with us all the time. We don't have to 'GO' anywhere to find meaning for our lives, just look inside and decide what kind of person you want to be and if you are that person.

For example, what traits are important to you? Integrity, honest, trustworthiness, kindness, generous, loving, and mild tempered are important to me. These are traits that I like having. Some I've got -some I'm still working on. These traits (and others) are what make my life. I don't have to go to India or Africa or Spain to find who I want to be.

I've found that those who run away from their families to 'find themselves' are really just running away from their families. People who break up from their partners because they 'need time to find themselves' really just no longer want to be with that person. It is just a lie to make themselves feel better.

Never lie to yourself.

If you want to run away go explore the world and leave your troubles behind; at least be honest about it all. Thing is, you need to realize that those troubles won't just disappear, they'll follow you and catch up to you eventually.

I've traveled around this country quite a bit, not gone to all the places I'd like to; but I've tried to be honest about why I go.... at least with myself.

A change of scenery can help one focus on themselves, I'm not saying it won't. But we have to realize that any "finding of who we are" doesn't begin "out there" in begins "in here". In our minds and hearts.

Setting goals and having dreams is great! But they don't make us into who we are, they are expressions of who we are.

We are wonderfully made. We have the ability to reason, dream, achieve, love, and be loved.

So if you think you need to 'go out there' and 'find yourself', remember that going out there is just you trying to distract yourself from who you are. First start inside and become who you want to be, then go out there and express yourself! You'll have a lot more fun that way! And who knows, you may just be able to help someone else realize their inward potential!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Cup of Tea

Another funny from my mom; gentlemen; dads of daughters -you may want to especially take note of this:

~A Cup of Tea ~

One day my mother was out, and my dad was in charge of me.

I was maybe 2 1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a gift, and it was one of my favorite toys.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of 'tea', which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my mom came home.

My dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing!' Mom waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy; and she watched him drink it up.

Then she said, (as only a mother would know),”Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water, is the toilet?"