Oh Lordy, Let There Be No Tapes
June 12, 2017

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I wake up to birds outside screaming because I’m late. Usually I’m outside on the patio by now taking in the morning-glory of life. So I move my unresponsive legs off the bed hoping to find the floor and Eberhard says, “Careful, careful”. I make my way to the bathroom to relieve myself. All goes well except for the thoughts that start running through my head as memories from last night start to float past me. I get to the sink to wash my hands and lo and behold there’s a huge zit on my upper lip between my nose and mouth. What? Who gets this at 68? Last week it was one on my nose. God hates me.

I make coffee (I only have one cup a day, but I love it in the morning) and I make my way out to the patio to take in life for the day. I’m naked. Not a pretty site, but I’m protected (and so is the world) by an 8 foot wall around me. The birds start laughing at me in great furor. I am not my usual self, ready to take a moment to meditate. Instead I have these flashbacks….”oh my God, did I do that?” Jeff (karaoke man) why didn’t you stop me?” And Bobby,  you were suppose to keep me in check….. you even said to others that “I was never the same after my mild stroke.”

The evening was enlightening. We started out by meeting friends and their family relatives visiting from Georgia. It’s our ‘solving the world’s problems’ (Trump, etc.) get together that we have occasionally on a Sunday. Of course we discuss the delicate matters over a few glasses of wine. It was a very interesting perspective, not one we were accustomed to, as we tried to figure out why people are attracted to Trump, and why they can believe his rhetoric. We surmised, part of it was education, another part was environment and what they see around them, but mostly it was what people don’t see as they view their lives from  a finite perspective. In conclusion we decided “not to worry”…..this too will pass.

Dancing in front of the karaoke singers was just part of it. There was the bus ride from our beginning location to the karaoke bar. We got the whole bus to ‘rock’. Everyone got off at our stop and the bus driver was relieved, just hoping for a few more silent moments until his shift finished. Still, I remember Jeff encouraging myself and Bobby to sing. Not a nice picture or sound for that matter. Everyone run……run for your lives.

In conclusion, at some point in time, we all need a little release on whatever level makes us comfortable.  Just look at the TV in this moment. Trump, is surrounded by his cabinet in their absorbent moment of self-aggrandizement.  This is their moment of release.

True or False?

Beginning of………
February 3, 2017

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Fear without Knowing
January 21, 2017

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So, I’m coming around the corner to go to the boy’s room and there are two people waiting in line. The first person is standing  about four feet from the restroom doors. The second person is standing sixteen feet from the restroom doors. A line is forming, but neither of these two people move forward to take up the distance in the line.

What keeps them from moving forward?

Is this a sign of the times?

Is their fear of moving forward greater than their need to release?

One person comes out of the left side restroom and the first person takes his place. But, the second person in line refuses to move forward, even though the line behind him is forming quickly and reaching out the exit doors of the building. Finally, the second restroom becomes available and the person ahead of me moves to take his position inside the restroom. I immediately take up the lax in space of close to twenty feet and wait for the next restroom to become available.

If fear is this obvious in a nondescript environment, what does it say about the county under Trump?

Are we going to be governed by our small but innate fear of ‘not knowing’, or fear of ‘who we are’ as a replacement for I AM?

Move forward! Take a stand! Be who you were meant to BE!

Identity
November 17, 2016

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We’ve lost our identity. Our true identity. Maybe it’s social media. Maybe it’s because we’ve been trained to look outside of ourselves for respect, gratification and acceptance.

We’re feeling forgotten, left out and we’re in pain. You can’t fill that void with a new President-elect, drugs or any external means.

We have to stop, quiet ourselves…and listen to what we feel. We have to do this each and every day. And, each and every day we will learn truth and the outside world as we know it will slowly change.

We must change inside first, before our outside world changes.

 

Elect shun
November 11, 2016

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Pre-election jitters induced angst and anxiety. Post election results produced anger with one half of America’s population and joy with the other half. It’s hard to reconcile all of these emotions with so many people involved.

The ones in anger feel robbed. They feel loss and they are hurt deeply. Loss is never a good feeling and feeling pain along with the loss tends to breed more anger, hate and prejudice. Possibly the three emotions they were initially trying to remove from the election rhetoric.

In moments like this, clarity is needed. And, unless you’ve experienced and felt an elevated form of clarity throughout your life it may not seem like the solution. Clarity is learned from personal experiences. It’s a feeling which lets you know: ‘you can’t be robbed’. Nothing can be taken from you that you’ve learned, that you instinctively know within or what you won’t relinquish.

The pain must be worked through with love and understanding.

Time will take care of the rest.

“The American People”
August 5, 2011

You hear this phrase often from politicians, but what does it mean? It’s all assumption. They think by quoting that phrase, they have the support of “The American People”. It’s a selling point. No more, no less. It means nothing. These politicians haven’t personally asked everyone for their opinions. As a matter of fact, most using this phrase are expounding their own personal views/agenda and enhancing their position by including “The American People”.

How about telling the truth? You really don’t know what the American people want.

Let the American people express their opinion from the elections and not an expression of rhetoric from a politician.

Danger – Egypt – Danger!
February 13, 2011

Egypt is free. But along with this freedom, comes danger.

Years ago when I was working at Terra Mines in northern Canada, I was a shift boss at the mill. On the shift was one individual that persistently knew how to milk the hind tit. He had hiding places that no one could find, when he was supposed to be on the floor, and he knew all the right answers to say, when questioned. He made it seem like he was working, when he was visible, but he was actually on a distant planet. He always miraculously showed up when ever a supervisor was present, and looked the part of an ideal worker. However, there was no substance to his presence and I was persistent in trying to eliminate him from our shift, since we did all of his work. My supervisor refused to believe the facts and it took some time before the truth was found out and he was finally fired. In great expectation, I was promised a new employee who would be different and would resolve the problem. Finally, news arrived that the company had hired a new employee. He arrived on the plane into camp and began the following day on my shift. Lo and behold, and I couldn’t believe my unfortunate luck, the replacement was worse. He wasn’t as smooth and refined at deception as the previous worker. He was just blatantly lazy. In full view of all the other workers, he defied you to do anything, since he was on contract, and it would cost the company too much to fire him and ship him out. It was a good lesson on ‘be careful what you wish for’, it may not be what you expect.

I feel Egypt is in the same boat. They are experiencing an euphoria at the moment, but there are many forces at play in that region, and many are radical. New elections will be held shortly and with them will come promises of all the freedoms the Egyptians have been denied. The new party will swoop into power and become the sheep in wolf’s clothing if not thoroughly scrutinized from the core up. Then when there is new euphoria to ring in the new era, they may find, they have traded one prison for another. It will be called something different in name, but the results may be worse than the previous dictator.

When the Egyptians look back on this time a year from now, will they be, just as happy?

Impatience Brought Down The House
November 2, 2010

 

You may think it was this party or that party, or the economy. It wasn’t anger. It wasn’t change. And it wasn’t the administration and it’s policies. These are surface modes of transference disguised as answers.

It was impatience!

For too long there has been an expectation of instant gratification in most things we do in our lives, in America. We still haven’t let go of that fixation. Look around you and look back over the last year or two. Haven’t you been rushing here and rushing there to do this and do that. You have an unending stream of accomplishments to be made. And what has been the outcome? They’re never finished and you are no further ahead than when you started two years ago. Impatience permeates America. It’s in every news cast, every shopping trip, every drive to work, every moment at work and every moment in your life.

We want things the way they use to be. We had money to spend, time to spend it, less work and more time with our families and friends. The time has been taken away, as has the money and the freedom to enjoy its pleasures. Not having, getting no where in our endeavours and constant struggle has made us impatient.

There’s a red light ahead and speeding up to it, just to stop, is not going to make things change any faster.

Take a deep breath America. There’s a long way to go.

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