Okay, look… We know this blog has sat here, rotting away with nothing to contribute since 2010. Well what did you expect from a blog going by this name? Not much, I hope. But when we have something to say we actually do say it.
These days are too darn crazy to remain silent on all sorts of topics. I’m tired of “holding back” for fear of offending, or being contentious, or being seen as the abominable whatever. Sure, I can continue to post nicey-nice sayings or cutesy photos with heart-warming captions like we all do on facebook. But we also are ignoring practically the whole world when we do that. Okay, that’s fine… but let’s make room again for some insight, some content, something for your brain to chew on! Anybody else tired of going along with the pop status quo of what I call “niche happiness?” Well, I want out of my niche. I want positive and good things to actually grow outside of the niche. It might mean discussing topics outside of our comfort silos and back into the marketplace of ideas! That’s where influence can happen.
Of course, I’ve never been one to opine on a political matter (yeah, right!). However, after having seen some FB friends make comments about the results of the recent mid-term elections, I thought I’d toss in my $0.02 worth and add support for Nancy Pelosi’s nomination as the Democratic House minority leader in January. You go, girl!
For the past several weeks I have been tracking how much time I spend watching TV. I wanted to find out how much time was spent in an already over-scheduled day watching TV rather than spending time reading or playing guitar. The answer: Too much. The things I wanted to do got squished out by TV.
Today I spent 4 hours on the internet catching up on my RSS reader, Face Book messages, email, Hulu and YouTube. Digital Media (TV, internet, iphone, etc.) seems to be overtaking my life. It’s time for a little balance.
A recent letter to the Editor to the Northern Wyoming Daily News in Worland, Wyoming had this to say:
To the Editor:
I object and take exception to everyone saying that Obama and Congress are spending money like a drunken sailor. As a former drunken sailor, I quit when I ran out of money.
Bruce L. Hargraves
I was talking with our neighbor a while ago who was concerned about buckthorn trees growing between our houses and thought it best to clear it out as buckthorn is invasive and will eventually poison the surrounding ground and kill off everything else. We set up today as the day to cut and hack and otherwise do manly work clearing out all of the buckthorn trees. After many trees had been cut down, three huge piles made with all the debris and a couple of guys standing around admiring our efforts and feeling the satisfaction of a job well done, a neighbor comes over and asks why we’re cutting down the ‘cherry’ trees? Huh? Apparently – and (of course) unbeknown to us, cherry trees and buckthorn look a lot alike with regards to leaves and bark and it’s only when you cut away a chunk of the bark that one can tell if it’s buckthorn due to the orange color just under the bark. I immediately felt sick at the thought of having cut down good trees. I hope I didn’t look as embarrassed as my neighbor. Still, we looked closer and cut away at some of the bark of the felled trees. Arrrgggg!!! I don’t even think the handyman’s secret weapon – duct tape – is going to be able to fix all the wrongly felled trees which constituted the majority of our labors. Oh well. Lesson learned – after the fact, of course.
Thankfully, neither my daughter who was driving this car or the driver of the other vehicle were seriously injured. However, slightly higher speeds, or the other driver hitting my daughter just a fraction of a second sooner – and the outcome could have been much, much worse. Cars can be fixed or replaced. Nothing can replace my daughter.
Anyone outside of Texas heard about a controversy revolving around the Texas School Board’s decision to put conservatism, Christianity, and southern culture in a more positive light? I’d like to believe that everyone can agree that history text books used in schools ought to accurately reflect the who, what, where, when and how given historical events occurred or otherwise came about. Nevertheless, in reading this (article), I’m hard-pressed to know if the author is being serious or flippant. However, I’m reasonably certain the author is making an attempt at humor. Nevertheless, articulating rational objections and points of contention (to me) enhance one’s authority to speak to a given matter. In this case, nothing is provided in the way of legitimate criticism toward the Texas Board of Education. Rather, I can only surmise that Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post is someone who is more comfortable bashing conservatism in general and Christianity in particular and that he doesn’t really want to debate the merits of decisions made by the Texas Board of Education.
Do I hear an amen? Oops! Sorry – sort of.