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anti-hate

 

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.

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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.

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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?”

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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.

REMEMBER

There are millions of people out there working to make things better.

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Looking for the Positive

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

 

 

 

Chuckle Break

 

  • 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.

 

Don’t Forget

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.

 

Take a Break.

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.

Kung Fu Kitty

 

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

 

 

 

 

Humor

  • 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

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CHUCKLES

Kung Fu Kitty

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!

 

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Keep Smiling.

Have a Great week.

 

Progress Requires Faith

Progress in our personal lives and in our country requires faith. It requires the belief that in spite of the harshness of the past and the challenges of the present, things can change for the better. If one has that faith he or she will be part of that change. If not,  one can easily get stuck in frustration, hopelessness, and hate.

We’ve had some wise words to help us in this country.  Let’s use them as places to start acting towards a more positive future.

In this time of social divisions, I remember Franklin D. Roosevelt’s word on his inauguration.  Among many things, he said that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Whether he meant it this way or not I always believed it was a warning that fear and actions generated by fear could be far more dangerous than a present crisis. Today we need to deny the fear mongers access to our emotions. People who are afraid gather in groups for safety. The groups fear or hate the other groups. People say and do terrible things when afraid. The danger of people lashing out in fear and hate is a worse danger to an improving society than their differing views politically or otherwise. Let us guard against fear and go forward with confidence.

Martin Luther King in his “I Have a Dream” speech said, ” I have a dream that my four little children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character.” We must not lose the dream the hope that stereotypes and caricatures will be put aside for the knowledge of the true persons. Every ethnic and racial group has its challenges but people of good will can change the narrative and the world one person at a time.

Change does not just happen, but we have the ability to change things for good. Just because there has been evil change is no reason not to fight fear, hate, and other evils with good. No griping or wringing of hands will do. Progress requires faith and acts of faith from us as we work to shape a better future.

YOU can do IT.   (God will be glad to help.)

 

 

I love nature. I just don’t want it crawling in my picnic basket.

  • Work is a fine thing if it doesn’t take up too much of your free time.
  • Besides “I love you,” what three words does a wife want to hear most?  “I’ll fix it.”
  • Why don’t lobsters share?  They’re shellfish.
  • A profound question. Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

 

 

To all my friends and family- I LOVE YOU.

GOOD STUFF

 

 

 

 

What do you call a missing parrot?  A polygon.

As long as there are algebra exams, there will be prayer in school.

I Wish I’d Said That…

Fire is the test of gold: adversity, of strong men.      Seneca

For men to search their own glory is not glory.        Proverbs

Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy, and religion, not atheism is the true remedy for superstition.               Edmund Burke

 

I Knew a Man…

I knew a young man who saved a man from being badly beaten or killed. He said, “I was at a friend’s place on the rough side of town. Two of the guys who were there drinking got extremely mad at another fellow. You know that kind of mad, that fury, that rage that you seldom see but is unmistakable. Those two men were that kind of mad. When the object of their rage left, they followed him. I followed them, not liking I what could see happening. As they started their assault I stepped in and pushed them back. They knew me. They knew I was just back from the Army. They weren’t anxious to fight me. As they hesitated, I told the slight fellow they wanted to beat to get in the car and get going. These were rough old boys. I did not know how long I could hold them or if I was going to have to fight them. Luckily the other fellow hauled out of there. That’s all there was to it. The angry guys lost their steam and went back to their drinking.”

I asked this man, “You’ve never talked about this.  This is a small town. I’d like to know why.”

He answered “That’s why I don’t talk about it. It happened long ago. Since then at least one of those two has become a solid citizen, a businessman, and a father and grandfather. What good would it do to talk about it? I’m no hero just a decent man. And now at least one of them is too. Let it lay.”

Later I met the man he had helped. He was convinced his life had been saved that night.

I know this story to be true because I was there. I knew who they were and I knew a good man. 

 

In spite of the headlines, remember, there are a lot of good people in this world.

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RICHES go far beyond money.

I’m going through a particularly hard time financially.  This blog post is designed to encourage you but also to remind me of some of my riches.

“Born With” Rights

I am so thankful that I live in a country in which our basic human rights are recognized. Among them is freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

I can see beauty.

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Wonderful things

 

 

And then there are friends and family…just a few here

 

 

 AND SO MANY MORE!

MORE RICHES

Great Singers and musicians, I’ve discovered in the last decade.

 

Of course being SOOOO Old, I have been exposed to the music of the sixties onward…some junk, but a lot of GREAT music.

I’m also thankful for the diversity of great FOOD in this country, in my town. I’m an equal opportunity eater.

You know, I think I’m rich. I’m certainly feeling better.

I haven’t even mentioned all our electronic toys and conveniences.

 

And as a Christian, I have even more riches

  • A covenant with a loving God
  • A community of faith that cares
  • A new life in Christ that gives me a great freedom…the ability to do good.
  • AND eternal life

 

 

 

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Blessings to you. Be happy, the alternative sucks. “Sucks” is a technical term that means NOT SO GOOD Plus.