Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland was not Irish. When sixteen years old he was captured and enslaved by Irish pirates. After six years he was able to escape and return to his family. Later, after he became a cleric, he returned to Ireland where he had been enslaved, as a missionary. He is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity. It is not hard to celebrate such a man.
Give things a fair look.
Give people a fair shake. Assumptions and stereotypes cause more trouble than they are worth. I remember as a teenager I read about General George Custer in our history book. Mostly it was dates and battles information. I wanted to know more.
I read My Life on the Plains by Custer himself. He was the hero of the book. Then I read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown and saw another view of the story. Since then I have come across further information to aid my understanding. My point is this. One source history can be similar to a one source stereotype. To give history or people a fair shake we need to not jump to conclusions or familiar categories or stereotypes.
Why so positive on your blog?
I was asked this by someone who knows me well and knows some of my circumstances have been less than positive. The injunction was to “be real”. I said, “I am real I just choose to live as positively as possible.” There is enough negative stuff all over cyberspace. We need more positive places.
Thoughts and Humor
- Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites.
- He who throws dirt loses ground.
- Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin
- I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson
Take an I Love Beauty Break.
I love music. I love creativity and great vocals. As I have checked out music on youtube I have found some artists I didn’t know before but whose music I love. Check them out. See what you think.
- Great vocalists in the U.S. Norah Jones and Rachael Potter
- Great vocalists from the UK Louisa Johnson, Leona Lewis, and Ella Henderson
- Great vocalists from Australia Dami Im, Reigan Derry, and Karise Eden
- Great creative pianist from the UK Tokio Myers
- Great creative pianist from Australia Chooka Parker
- Great creative steel guitar player from the US Robert Randolph
Have a Great Week
So often we think of riches as things. But there are other riches. I would encourage you to look at your friends, family, and your experiences as riches. The parents and grandparents, the friends and family, the positive experiences in a lifetime should be appreciated…and valued. The older I get the more I appreciate the good memories, the great relationships. It shouldn’t be hard to be thankful for a mother’s love or a grandparent’s attention. Look around. Consider. You may find you are far richer than thought.
How much beauty can we see and not realize how rich we are?
- Nothing is more significant of men’s character than what they find laughable. Goethe
- An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh. Will Rogers
- We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American Proverb
- The past is behind us, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it. Zig Ziglar
Remember Kung Fu Kitty?
Have a wonderful week.
There is a difference between disagreement and hate. Too many people call you a hater if you disagree with them or their lifestyle. What you do once you identify a disagreement will show whether or not hate is present. I have worked with and supervised people whose lifestyle I believed to be perverted, but I refused to treat them badly because of it. There was always something positive about them if I would see it. Disagreement need not be a cause for hate. You do not need to agree on everything to treat each other kindly.
Dad told me about a one-eyed mule named Sal he had when he ran pack trains and herded sheep in Montana. He was running a pack train through some mountain country just after a great storm. Rocks were relocated. Trees were uprooted. Coming down a mountain trail Sal came too close to the edge of the trail on his blind side. He slipped and fell into a crater caused by an uprooted tree. Sal landed on his back. The pack saddle made things even more difficult. Dad couldn’t pull Sal upright. Finally, he removed the pack saddle and tried some more. He told me that his cussing was creative that day. He still couldn’t get Sal out of the hole. After more than three hours he gave up. He didn’t have the heart to shoot the mule. So he left making his way to camp. As he was getting ready to feed the other mules he heard a commotion, galloping hoofs, and here came Sal. Cussing and pulling did not motivate Sal. But suppertime did.
Back in the nineteen thirties, a young man hopped a freight to take him to California. The problem was that these were the days before modern trains. He crouched between cars as the train entered one of the tunnels in the mountains. Smoke and sparks flew from the smokestack. And it soon filled the tunnel. A lesson was learned that day. As the train exited the tunnel a very grimy young man was beating out the sparks that had landed in his clothing. When sharing with an old hobo his experience, all he got was a chuckle and a question. “When you went into that tunnel where did you expect that smoke and those sparks would go?”
A young man I knew was at a party at which there was much drinking. It was a party of teenaged boys until a neighbor girl dropped in. She was almost pass out drunk. It took little time for her to complete that journey. As she lay there several of the guys decided a gang rape was a good plan. The one man stood in the way. He was no bargain so they hesitated to try to fight him about it. So there he was standing against six other guys. The group tried to convince him to leave if he didn’t want to join in. He knew that option solved nothing for the girl. He singled out the leader of the group. He let him know at least he would be in no shape for rape by the time he got to the girl. The leader told him that he couldn’t beat them all. So the young man raised the price. He pointed out that they’d have to kill him. Because even if they got past him He’d NOT let them get by with it. He would talk. Things had been sobering to the group and they were not ready for murder to get a little sex. The crowd melted away.
This is a true story. Sometimes the best deterrent for evil is not a program but the courage of a good man.
There are millions of people out there working to make things better.
Personally, this week has been most challenging. So as things surround me that might discourage me or cause me to give up, what do I do? I count my blessings, starting with the basics. I consider how great it is to enjoy amazing music and vocals. I am thankful for my taste buds that make eating Jambalaya, BBQ, or Pizza so much fun. I remember the basics and as I do I realize that I feel better. Nothing physical has changed in my situation but my mind is more at peace. That is worth a great deal.
The joy of happy children
The Glory of Nature
The Love of Friends and Family
- Anyone who can swallow an aspirin at a drinking fountain deserves to get well.
- I don’t write jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. Will Rogers
- Never put off until tomorrow what you can forget about entirely.
- To err is human, but to really screw up requires a computer.
Fixing social problems is not easy. No app to download, no button to push. But with care and involvement, we can change the world for the better.
Have a great week.
A lot of serious even tragic things happen with which we have to deal. This last week personally for me was very challenging, but not nearly as challenging as the tragedy those families in Florida have to deal with. We need to do many things including figuring out how to protect our children better. Just now though, I need to take a break.Perhaps it would be good for you to take a break too.
Kung Fu Kitty is back.
I wish I’d said that.
- If rascals knew the advantage of virtue, they would become honest out of rascality. Benjamin Franklin
- The virtue of a man ought to be measured, not by his extraordinary exertions, but his everyday conduct. Blaise Pascal
- A gossip is someone who can give you all the details without knowing any of the facts.
- The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your arm. Martin Vanbee
- According to the latest statistics, there are millions of Americans who are not working. And there are more if you count the ones with jobs.
- One of the quickest ways to meet new people is to pick up the wrong golf ball.
- Hear about the New Age church in California? It has three commandments and six suggestions.
- Why are elephants wrinkled? Have you ever tried to iron one?
The Good Old Days
You know those good old days I’m talking about. When things were simpler. When we didn’t have this or that to deal with. There were some good things about the past. But I won’t miss these three things.
- No air conditioning
- A party line crank phone hanging on the wall
- An outdoor toilet
Remember we can’t magically change the world, But if each of us makes the effort to make our world a better place, together we will make a difference for the children and grandchildren.
We are not responsible to fix every problem we hear about. With the electronic media of today, it is impossible. We can improve our part of the world, however. Remember the quote from last week.
Do what you can with what you have where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
You don’t need to be a miracle worker, just a participator.
Blessings to you
Kung Fu Kitty
Did you hear about the new restaurant that just opened on the moon? Good food but no atmosphere.
Political speeches are like a steer…a point here and a point there and a lot of bull in between.
Incognito, Sibling Rivalry, and Bad Hair Day
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
I not only use all the brains I have but all I can borrow. Woodrow Wilson
You smell like a nose. Who says cats don’t like water?
LITTLE KNOWN MOVIES: TREASURES
- Hopscotch starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson is a cold war era spoof on the CIA and spying.
- Undercover Blues starring Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid is a spoof on a spy couple in New Orleans. There are great funny scenes with a character who calls himself Muerte.
- No Time For Sergeants starring a young Andy Griffith is a funny tale of a naive hillbilly boy who gets drafted in the World War Two period.
WISDOM AND HUMOR COMBINED
Mark Gungor is a pastor and a speaker on marriage relationships. You can find clips of his on YouTube. He has a website markgungor.com. Great stuff!
Have a Great week.