Category Archives: Family

The Why & How From Where We Are Now.

20200322_121938I would like to suggest an idea, but before you react and run away, think about this current situation without the C☆r○na V!ru$.

The announcement was made about a communicable virus running wild in our midst. Panic sets in for many as they swoop down upon grocery, DIY stores, local pharmacies, and even gun shops.

It’s almost laughable how the herd mentality sets in, even to the point where we’re calling, interwebbing, and telling others, get off the streets, take shelter, dont spread the disease to other people.

I’m not dismissing entirely the effects of a type of flu that can kill you, but think how many other communicable diseases there are, how many have died from them, and maybe, if our own hygiene was better, in and outside of the home, we might not have those type of problems.

Right now, we’ve collectively made a decision to not only postpone meetings, gatherings, weddings, travel, and even our visits to many different stores, it’s not just the virus that’s a problem.

When you’re asked, in some cases threatened by government edict to shutdown your business, the ramifications for millions of people are going to be severe.

The proposed idea by the President to send us $1000 checks, and some businesses $$$$$, the costs of lost revenue and paychecks will easily surpass that money. After that, then what? Do we continue to cower in our residences hoping if we say the right words to a mysterious source of power, wait a month or so for our relief checks, sing from our balconies and post the video, that things are just going to be normal.

Let me compare this to a time when I was a child. We practiced for an air raid. We routinely were told, if the Ruskies, or some other evil nuclear empire gets a burr in their saddle, and decides to drop nuclear bombs around us, we just need to “duck & cover” by our desks and everything will be alright. People were building fallout shelters under their homes, in their backyards, it was a time of great paranoia.

Well the civil defense barrels of crackers, peanut butter, and powdered milk, have long since gone bad. Those shelters never used. Frankly, they wouldn’t have worked. Our little hands over our head and ears while kneeling down beside our desk, wouldn’t have either.

None of the current strategies are workable. I’ve thought about this and it’s plain to see, we are at some point going to have to send our kids back to school. We will have to return to work – *assuming the business is still viable and not bankrupt. Do you think this virus will have disappeared? Oh I know, we didn’t overwhelm the hospitals. People were spared from coming in contact with the disease. The fact is, our everyday lives must be resumed, perhaps a bit more cautiously, but we can’t stay sheltered until a supposed cure for all has become available.

We will once again have to go out and about and the COVID-X will be out there. It will start to spread again. What do we do, shelter for 3 months until we’re broke or out of business?

I think we’ve got to face it. Life must go on. Sure, we can wash our hands, quit picking our noses then serving those who have come to eat. Maybe after you pee it’s still a good idea to wash your hands. Treat that cash you handle as having been down someone’s butt crack or used to snort some illegal substance.

Find ways to deal with each other a bit more safely, and then at least two things will happen, other than getting our courage back. First, our bodies will begin to become immune. There will be a vaccine available for you to choose to use or reject. The big takeaways are, get on with a reasonable amount of risk, choose to live your life within the parameters you can control, protect yourself as best as possible, stay home rather than bring your boogies, your sneezing, coughing and projectile diarrhea, to work. Just because you can work with a fever of 102° F, doesn’t mean we want you around us.

Stay home when you’re sick, even if you think it’s just a cold. Don’t share drinks out of the same glasses, and wash your hands!

Don’t Wish – Do!

2019 is almost at an end and the next year will come soon enough. Many of us may take the time to reflect on what happened to us, and others we know over the past year. We may also make plans for the new year.

Frequently, we may come up with resolutions. For some odd reason we have picked a date on a calendar to mark a point where we decide to change our life. A sort of a wish list of things we want to change or do over the next year. Quickly, those often get lost in the upcoming days of our lives.

May I make a suggestion? Forget resolutions or big plans, unless you know that this actually works for you. I’ve begun to think about life in ever so brief days. Rather than saying to yourself, I’ll get around to doing that, or seeing that person, place, or experiencing that for the first time. Just think, what would you do if you only had this month, week, or maybe only this day to do whatever you wanted?

How many of us look back over the last year and remember a family member or friend that died? Certainly it’s happened to many. Do you stop and ask yourself, I wish he or she and I had gotten together over this last year? Did you have conversations where you were going to go for a ride or a walk, but never got around to it? Is there someone you wished you had told them you loved them, or you forgive them, asked for their forgiveness, visited them, did something for them, but they’re gone now?

What if today is the last time you get to do something, or see someone? We usually rely on there being a tomorrow, but at some unpredictable point there won’t be another day to do or see what we want. Perhaps our constant resolution should be to stop worrying, stop procrastinating, stop wishing and hoping, and just begin each day with an idea to do what we keep saying we’re going to do, someday. Make that some day, this day.

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What Happened to Critical Thinking?

There are words used every day in the political lexicon to hide reality.

Refugee and illegal are two of those words.

Did you know it’s illegal to enter this country, as well as others without a passport? A Visa is required if your stay is longer than 6 months or you want to work in that country. You must check with the country you want to enter to understand and obtain the necessary permits before you enter. Detain and deport are exercised by each country as they desire, not as you wish.
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It doesn’t matter the reason, if someone comes into the USA or any country, they need to gain access through immigration.

What we seem to want to do is come up with different exceptions to suit our emotional context.

That’s when a nation of laws becomes a nation of whatever feels good, do it. This was the motto that emerged from the 60’s hippy movement. It’s not a sensible way to live.

I suggest everyone that wants to allow people to enter this country illegally, begin a personal family foster program. Just let them into your home. Why not, they have it much worse than you? While you’re at it take in a homeless person or two.

The critical problems we have get worse because people refuse to act like responsible adults. We want to be considered compassionate, but we forget that sometimes, no, is the correct response.

We don’t know who we let in without proper border screening. They may carry diseases, such as small pox or tuberculosis. In our confusion of emotion over intelligence, we block out any questions of what do we do, how do we properly provide, and what do we do with our homeless and “refugees“? Do we just set up sanctuary cities then sue the federal government for not picking up the tab? I grow weary hearing speeches designed for TV consumers and a short attention span audience.

Build the walls, barriers necessary to block all entry. Screen all those who wish to come in. Fix what’s broke first, before adding to our already overloaded local areas. First consider taking care of our veterans who served, sacrificed, then through the ravages of war, came back home unable to fit back in to a civilian world, and to a people who pretend the government is finding solutions.

There’s no options that have been discussed, other than providing proper border security. I would like our elected officials hold to their oath of office and protect this country from threats foreign and domestic.

Here’s what a person is required to swear in order to gain citizenship in the USA.
The current Oath of Allegiance of the United States is as follows:

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform non-combatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.

According to U.S. regulations, the phrase “so help me God” is optional and that the words ‘on oath’ can be substituted with ‘and solemnly affirm’.