There are good things…

Sometimes we listen to the news and the fear mongers too much and feel everything is terrible. In the words of a children’s story, “the sky is falling”. But while the news media and politicians focus on negatives for their own purposes, there are good things happening.

62.8 million volunteers work to improve things in America. They provide 7.9 billion hours of service a year.

More than one half of Americans donate $25 or more to charity.

141 billionaires have pledged to give away half of their wealth to charity through the “Giving Pledge”.

According to Forbes the world’s largest ocean cleanup has officially begun.

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Ocean view

Adopt a Stream cleanup programs are gaining volunteers.

10 more wild animals have been removed from the endangered species list.

  • southern white rhinoceros
  • panda bear
  • chatham petrel
  • Yellowstone grizzly bear
  • Arabian oryx
  • gray wolf
  • stellar sea lion
  • gray whale
  • snow leopard
  • northern brown kiwi

Also in spite of fear mongering the earth is not experiencing a horrible warming like never before. At least 78 major temperature swings have happened to the earth in the last 4500 years. The temperature was even higher back about 1100 b.c.  Relatively similar temperatures spikes to what we are experiencing happened around 300 A.D. and 1200 A.D. Remember that often those who promote fear have less than great motives. Money and political ambition can get in the way of the truth. I do not say this so we can be irresponsible but so we will not rush to do things out of fear.

While we acknowledge the problems. Let us not forget the other things and guard our hearts from fear.

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Laugh a Little.

  • When I heard that oxygen and magnesium hooked up I was like Omg.
  • A neutron walks into a bar and asks, “How much for a beer?” The bartender replies “For you, no charge.”
  • What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? The same middle name.
  • Two goldfish are in a tank. One looks at the other and asks “Do you know how to drive this thing?”
  • Einstein’s mom: “Are you happy?” Einstein: “Relatively.”
  • I asked a doctor to give me something for persistent wind. He gave me a kite.

 

Remember our animal friends.

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Have a great day!

 

All of us…

Though this blog is specifically about the United States of America, its truth is likely applicable in many other countries that enjoy diverse populations.

Who made America great? Was America made great just by white Americans? Was America made great just on the backs of black folk? No. and No. America was made great by all of us. Some people like to make their group the center of history. However, that distorts history.

So much was done to make this country successful by by a wide variety of Americans. Here are some short notes.

Mexican American

Many hard working, Spanish speaking people have been in North America from before our country was formed, They fought in the Texas War of Independence, some in the Alamo. Through the history of our wars Mexican Americans have served honorably some earning the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Native Americans

Native American workers have help build our skyscrapers, taking pride in their work on the high steel. The native peoples have contributed art and music. They too have fought for our country, some earning the highest honor for soldiers, the Medal of Honor.

Japanese Americans

During World War Two Japanese Americans were rounded up and put in camps because of the prevailing fear and mistrust. In spite if this thousands of Japanese Americans fought valiantly for our country in Europe. The famous 442nd Regimental Combat Team is the greatest example. It was the most decorated unit of its size. In less than two years of combat the unit earned more than 18,000 awards, including 9486 purple hearts, 4000 bronze stars, and 21 Medals of Honor.

African American

First involuntarily, the voluntarily, African Americans have contributed to the greatness of America. If you need proof google African American inventors. It may be an incredible eye opener. Great black Americans, if listed would make this blog post crazy long. Like the groups mentioned before African Americans have served honorably in our wars, they too earning awards including the medal of honor.

All of us…so many more…

The Irish and the Chinese came here and were instrumental in building the transcontinental railroad. The Congressional Medal of Honor recipients included many hews and ethnic groups. Our inventors, our scholars, our artists and business people too were of great variety. I have mentioned just a few groups not to honor them exclusively but as examples of the many varieties of people that have contributed.

Americans have generally been hard working, seekers of freedom and believers in a more positive future. How else could people of groups only experiencing a small part of the American dream be willing to contribute, to put their lives on the line? As Dr King knew, the dream is not totally fulfilled but we are continually going that way.

The appreciation of the past is important but we must embrace today and face the future. No doubt America has been great. It is our job to decide what it means for America to continue to strive for greatness, to fulfill its promise.

We cannot look solely to the government or political parties, certainly not relying on the elite. if it is to be done it must be done by us…ALL OF US.

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Greetings from balmy southeast Iowa.

I’m cool! Enjoying below zero temps…well maybe NOT.

So if nothing else, be grateful for heat inside our homes. Keeping a good attitude helps the challenges seem less painful.

Since returning to Iowa I am becoming more accustomed to being surrounded by nature. A lot of animals are nearby, sometimes underfoot. So I decided to share some silly animal jokes for the kid in you.

Good Humor

  1. What kind of dogs are always on time? Watch Dogs
  2. Why didn’t the cow have any money? The farmer had milked it for all its worth.
  3. Why did the bear eat a lamp? It just wanted a light snack.
  4. Why did the police arrest the chicken? They suspected foul play.

Good Pictures

 

 

 

Good Books

I don’t recommend books unless I think they are very special. The two I recommend today are very different but are both very good.

The Myths of Creativity by David Burkus is a serious book about the misconceptions about creativity. Read it. You may learn that you are more creative than you believed. Also you may learn how to cooperate with and encourage your creativity.

A Higher Call by Adam Makos is the story of American and German fliers during World War Two. The book is about humanity and mercy during a time of great inhumanity, It is an incredible story!

Good Question

What if the global warming readings of the twentieth century were not because of modern manufacturing and lifestyle, but because of the great wars and munitions detonated?  mmm…

Goodbye

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Meanwhile…

When I was in college I has some professors that taught themes in history. One said the main theme of American history was racism and bigotry. Another said that sexism was the main theme, another greed, etc., etc.

All of these themes have indeed been part of American history. But to focus on one theme in such an ever changing dynamic history makes me believe those professors had agendas and wanted to push their mindsets into the next generation.

From the beginning people came here for financial reasons.

Meanwhile, people were coming here for religious freedom.

 

while negative things happen…they are not all that happen.

While some abused and disrespected women, our society moves in the opposite direction in business and in politics. While some bars in Shreveport, La. denied service to us soldiers in 1969 because some of us were black, millions of other Americans were honoring and serving those in uniform no matter race and ethnicity. While slave masters abused and demeaned black persons, others risked their lives running the underground railroad. While political haters made films painting both Trump and Democrats as evil incarnate, millions of us will not drink the hate drink. We celebrate, that meanwhile as the haters made their media efforts, others created beautiful music, hilarious comedies, and riveting action adventures, and heart felt love stories.

Our lives and our histories have much change and many themes. Don’t come so fixated on the negative…because meanwhile…

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Rich in Experiences

Riches are often counted in money and material goods. Don’t get me wrong.  I like to have money and stuff. But there are other kinds of riches. I, for one, am rich in experiences. I enjoy so many good memories. Today I’ll share some with you.

New Orleans

I remember my first visit to New Orleans as a great experience, both educational and entertaining. The food was incredible. The music was great. I was struck by the architecture. The buildings reflect the history of the city. Modern buildings tower over older buildings reflecting French and Spanish influences.

I fell in love with the variety. As I was walking down the narrow streets of the French Quarter great music and great food smells drifted across my senses. A colorful variety of people were in abundance. It was quite a place.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle was another place full of fun memories. Seattle is the home of the Space Needle and Pike Place Market among many great other places.

The Space Needle, seen above, has a restaurant at the top that rotates 360 degrees. It affords incredible views of the Puget Sound, Seattle, even the distance mountains. The University district was full of shops of all varieties…including many ethnic restaurants. The Pike Place Market was also a great place to visit. See the guy throwing the fish in the above picture. As I walked through the market a very large fish sailed over my head, part of the show.

I used the ferry boats like the one pictured above. I really liked them. They had places you could park your car, if you had one. They had eating places and other places to rest and visit…or you could go outside and enjoy the trip. The Puget Sound and the surrounding county side was gorgeous.

My memories are part of my life’s riches. I’m so grateful and looking forward to more great adventures, more riches. I hope you appreciate yours too.

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