Marching To The Beat Of A Different Reality

Friday, January 27, 2017

I Don't Want To Be Represented By Women Who Don't Represent Me

Seeing pictures of women wearing 'pu**y' hats, and/or dressed as vaginas trolling up and down streets all over this country has sincerely made me sick to my stomach.

So self-centered - with such little concern for their fellow man - these women seemingly can't comprehend that THEY are the privileged few from across the entire world simply because they can stop their whole lives, travel to their state's capitol - or the nation's capitol - and take a day to do nothing but walk up and down a street with signs and goofy clothing.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What We Deserve


Some time ago I opened my Facebook page to find this meme. Now, I've noticed this not-so-subtle social engineering garbage being pumped into my Facebook feed for months now, but this today was specifically egregious to me. 

Why is it that we DESERVE everything we can possibly put into a sentence today? We DESERVE phone service and cable TV. We DESERVE an education and the latest hairstyle. We DESERVE equal access to healthcare. Interesting. Upon what is the word 'equality' based in this sentence? I mean, what kind of healthcare access is equal? 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Stepping Off Life's Treadmills

Treadmills. For as well as they can bear us up and move us along they can certainly be hard to spot in our everyday lives. 

 My big "for instance" here is public education. Most parents think nothing about sending their children to their local public school. We didn't. We even moved to a neighborhood with a 'better' public school for our babies to attend when they got old enough. In fact, it never occurred to either David or I there might be another option until our oldest son, suffering at the hands of classroom bullies - including his teacher - begged me to pull him out and school him at home.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Au Revoir President Obama

Just yesterday, a friend emailed me a selection of White House Christmas cards. All of them from recent presidential administrations featured the taxpayer owned WHITE HOUSE in various stages of seasonal beauty. 

Mr. Obama's featured himself, his wife and his daughters in very expensive clothing, smiling for the cameras as though simple celebrities, and not those who took with great seriousness their roles as the leader and figureheads of the (once) most powerful nation in the world - a force for freedom and good in the world for hundreds of years. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thoughts on Democracy From The Screwtape Letters

Having just read the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, I have made it rather my heart's desire to spread this 'gospel' as far and wide as I possibly can it was such an influential read for me. 

Toward that end, I found a link to a PDF copy of Screwtape Proposes a Toast - a "Satirical Epistolary Short Story" written by C.S. Lewis for the Saturday Evening Post, December 19th, 1959. This piece was included as an epilogue to the bound version of The Screwtape Letters, and was even more powerful than the book because of the inclusion of the ways in which public education and Democracy would be rendered completely useless by the devils machinations and the human's lack of brilliance in, not only not recognizing these, but falling for them utterly. 

I'm including the section on Democracy below. It is lengthy, and all I can do is lead a horse to water so to speak, but if you choose to read it, you will forever be better for the time you spent to do so. On to Lewis; 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Is There Really Such A Thing As Coincidence?

Some time ago, I woke up about 2:30ish for some unknown reason. 

For some unknown reason I picked up my phone to have something to do until I felt I could fall asleep again.

I pressed the Facebook app and immediately found two prayer requests and needs. 

My friend Molly, who had been struggling simply to live after being taken to the hospital with a disease of unknown origin, needed to be rested in order to get off her ventilator, but she was not resting.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What If Doing Unto Others Actually Practicing Narcissism?

Do unto others...Luke records Jesus' words from the Sermon On The Mount a bit differently than Matthew. Luke provides the phraseology we so often use to advise our children - as I was advised by MY parents; "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." (Luke 6:31) Recently, I've been thinking on this edict and I have to say that, today, this admonition doesn't stand like it did decades ago when my grandparents - and even parents - used it.

Not long ago, I had a disagreement with a friend. In the course of the discussion to clear the air, I realized they were not approaching the issue at all in a similar way as I. They had a specific outcome in their head and were simply unable to understand my feelings on the matter at all. What I was saying didn't make sense in their predetermined way of thinking, and as such, we were never going to be able to reach a consensus that satisfied us both.