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Lessons and Testing - Life on Life's Terms
Posted:Oct 15, 2019 5:51 pm
Last Updated:Oct 16, 2019 1:16 pm
There are some folks who are of the opinion that they are smart enough to operate their lives without any belief in Divine Intervention, a Higher Power or any kind of faith. That's their business.
My life works better when I am "Higher Powered." That's my business.

The difference between and life?
In , you're taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.

It has been my experience that Life on Life's Terms is full of TESTS which gives us the opportunity to learn, progress and become better people. Such was my experience this week. Sunday after the Step Meeting, I drove to the grocery store. I made a few purchases and when I turned the key in the car. Click and Nothing. I was stranded night in the Food Lion Parking Lot. This is a helpless feeling because Grumpy is on the other side and there is no family nearby. My younger is working of state. I sent a quick message "Calling All Angels!" One of my girlfriends responded and picked me up.

This is my shortcoming, I am independent to a fault and it's very difficult for me to ask for help. Last year, I was on the train coming home from Atlanta. I had also been in Florida. I was feeling really horrible the entire trip and getting winded after walking a few feet. It was snowing when I got off the train, and I had to wait over an hour for the tow truck.

A few days later, I drove the car to the repair shop and started the walk home. Huffing and puffing and stopping every feet. Fortunately, one of my Step Friends, a man of faith stopped and drove home. We had a conversation about faith, death and moving on because I honestly believed was close to that transition.

The next I had to walk to the station to pick up the car. It was Hades. I couldn't even walk from one room to the next in my home without shortness of breath. I did make it to our Quaker Potluck on Sunday and told them. This is it, I am heading to the emergency room. Our clerk offered to drive me there himself or at least follow me, but I told him that I would be fine. When I got to the ER, the test result revealed a hemoglobin count of four. is the danger zone.

I ended up in ICU with blood transfusions while prepping for an upper GI endoscopy/colonoscopy - attached to monitors. Oh, what fun!

The Lesson I learned as a result of this TEST is to ASK FOR HELP.
I could have walked to the Food Lion parking lot but with arrhythmia, it's not a good plan. I called a girlfriend. She picked up and drove to the Food Lion parking lot. The Tow Truck drove the car and to the Car Dealer. My girlfriend picked up and drove home. So Sunday, I will go to the Quaker Meeting and meet her and the other angel for a Step Meditation Meeting. We'll go to a movie afterward.

Manufactured Outrage & Misplaced Self-Righteousnes
Posted:Oct 14, 2019 9:11 pm
Last Updated:Oct 16, 2019 6:55 am
Manufactured outrage is misplaced self-righteousness. We are all imperfect humans trying to do better every day.

I remember when Duck Dynasty's Phil Robinson made it known his opinion of Gays. Suddenly there was outrage and the station attempted to boot him off the show. The family stood their ground and he stayed. Wal-Mart certainly didn't pull Duck Dynasty items off the shelve. They were making too much money.

There should have been no surprise about how Phil Robinson thinks. The family represented themselves as fundamental Christians on the show. If the viewers don't like it, they don't have to watch the show nor attend his church.

Paula Deen did not fare so well. Wal-Mart decided to discount Paula Deen Items and stop stocking her products because she said the n-word 30 years before. Dah! the woman is from the deep south and grew up in the Jim Crow Era. I have heard some of the local southerners say that they know better now. The South has moved on but so many want to get stuck in the past because it's their comfort zone.

There are some folks wanting to give Christopher Columbus the finger because of alleged misdeeds over 400 years ago.

It is also a ploy to knock out political opponents. Trying to ruin someone's career over a 30 accusation? Really!!!! I don't care what the political party is - It was wrong to do it to Kavanaugh when I was a Democrat and it's wrong to do it to Northam now that I am a Republican.

None of us are perfect human beings but the goal is be better each day.

CanadianThanksgiving, Loyalist & Samhain USA
Posted:Oct 14, 2019 1:46 pm
Last Updated:Oct 15, 2019 4:32 pm
Canadian Thanksgiving
We're looking a fall sunrise in Alberta, Canada, in honor (or should we say 'honour' of Canadian Thanksgiving. The holiday is officially celebrated on the second Monday in October, though many families gather the previous day. The first known Thanksgiving celebration in Canada was organized by English explorer Martin Frobisher in 78 when he reached Newfoundland. Years later, American loyalists who were faithful to England during the Revolutionary War moved to Canada and brought traditions with them, such as eating turkey on Thanksgiving. As in the US, a Canadian Thanksgiving table is likely to have a horn-shaped cornucopia filled with festive-looking fruits and grains. The menu often includes turkey, but also regional dishes like salmon and Nanaimo bars—a layered chocolate dessert.

Until this year, football was also part of the tradition, with the Canadian Football League hosting games every year from 1958 to 2018. For the 2019 season, however, no games were scheduled as the league considers some broader scheduling changes.

Lots of Fun at the Haunted Farm
Posted:Oct 7, 2019 12:55 pm
Last Updated:Oct 9, 2019 1:43 am
Last Summer, I applied for a job at the local Haunted Farm or at least it will be haunted for the month of October.

I first went to this farm in 2015 when I was working for a Transitional House for women in recovery from drug addictions. It was the first day the women arrived right from out of the jails. Maybe we could scare them straight. One woman commented that it was the most fun that she ever had "clean" aka drug-free.

So in 2019, I find myself retired and always looking for temporary part-time work. I don't want any long-time commitments. Running around in a cornfield scaring people in a young person's game. I was a ticket seller at the State Farm and was hoping to do the same at the Haunted Farm. It didn't quite work out that way.

I have been hired to work in a gaming booth. The severed head toss. It is ironic because of the work experience that I didn't put on my Wal-Mart resume came to light.

Years ago, I was an exotic dancer but didn't want to deal with the occupational hazards that went with that line of work. I started "Cezanne the Clown's Party Service. Dressed up as a spook carrying severed heads gave me a chance to work among the crowd. I would allow the to touch the heads to let them know nothing was going to really hurt them. I explained that we had our spooks very well trained and "most" of them would not hurt them. They were smart enough to distinguish the difference.

Scaring the adults was fair-game. If I went back to some of the aspects of my exotic dancing days, that would REALLY be a terrifying sight.

Condoleezza Rice, illiberalism & Conservative Friends
Posted:Oct 3, 2019 4:00 am
Last Updated:Oct 4, 2019 12:35 pm
If you're always in the company of people agree with you, you're going to think of people don't agree with you as venal or stupid. I constantly tell my students that if they're in the company of people always say "amen" to what you say, find other company. And that is the source of illiberalism when you are unable to listen to someone thinks differently. That's when democracies are in trouble.
Condoleezza Rice

Even if you have a brain predisposed to liberalism, you might end up with some conservative friends or find inspiring conservative models could be very influential on you, and that could you down a different track in life. Jonathan Haidt

The Blasey-Ford Mindset , Deleted Posts, Drama Addicts.
Posted:Oct 2, 2019 12:35 pm
Last Updated:Oct 3, 2019 4:32 am
Men tend to get into stick measuring contests but women try to play the same games, they get the short end of the stick or lost it altogether. They end up looking and acting ridiculous.

The goal of the Kavanaugh/Blasey Ford scenario was simply to take out a political opponent using false accusations or faulty memories or alcohol stupidity. I was able to see exactly what they were doing and #walkaway.

I've seen this same exact mindset in the blogs. I remember when the person behind a certain profile was banished by the SFF police for posting personal contact information about another member. He/She/They came back with several new profiles.

Now, He/She/They are targeting this member and accusing him of "stalking" Him/Her/Them. SFF gives members features to block troublemakers but when somebody fails to use those features and starts screaming "Stalking" when someone responds to their namecalling; who is the real Drama King/Queen/Person?

I remember the Blasey-Ford/Kavanaugh fiasco. I knew that the Democrats were using Blasey-Ford as a pawn to take out a political opponent. I also recognized the fact that all those screeching harridans getting escorted out of the Senate Building with ziplock tied hands were also pawns used by the Democrat politicians. How many registered voters were convinced to vote Democrat when they observed women dressed in V*gina suits clawing away at the Supreme Court door.

My inclination was to walk away and head in the opposite direction. Those people are on a crazy train leading to nowhere. My observation is that He/She/They are playing the same game on the SFF blogs. It is despicable and wrong. A trip to the clue factory or better medication might help.

Those Whinny Donkeys Love to Bray
Posted:Sep 29, 2019 11:16 am
Last Updated:Oct 3, 2019 3:45 am
Democrat Congressman Al Green of Texas quotes "I'm concerned that if we don't impeach the President, he will be re-elected.

The Democrats Controlled House may vote impeach Trump but I doubt if the Republican Controlled Senate will vote for Trump's removal.

First, they blamed the Russians, Now they are blaming the Ukrainians. So, the of a political opponent is overpaid. There is nothing new about that. I suspect that Trump's make more than Joe Biden's .

Hunter Biden-Ukraine issue
Posted:Sep 26, 2019 2:35 pm
Last Updated:Oct 2, 2019 3:48 pm
"This impeachment inquiry seems worse for Biden than it is for Trump. Now the Hunter Biden-Ukraine issue is on everyone's radar AND we know that Democrats overstepped with their 'quid pro quo' accusation. Have to wonder whether they did this to help Warren/Sanders..?" —Rep. Dan Crenshaw
Impeachment-Let the Cartoons Begin!
Posted:Sep 26, 2019 10:00 am
Last Updated:Sep 27, 2019 3:38 pm
The Democrats are fearful Trump will beat them the election so they are trying impeachment. There is a strong possibility their efforts will bite them the gluteus maximus and they will find themselves booted of office. It's a waste of taxpayer dollars. There are more important issues deal with. Trump has not committed any great crime other than being offensive and apparently there is no zipper gate in the oval office.
No Civil Rights for Ilhan Omar?
Posted:Sep 25, 2019 3:16 am
Last Updated:Sep 26, 2019 12:14 pm
Omar said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
"It's important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting the aftermath of 9/11, [when] many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them, and so what I was speaking to was that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me as suspect," she added.

The question is what are the Civil Rights that have been taken away from Omar? She came to the United States as a refugee from a Muslim country where she didn't have any civil rights to be violated. So after the 9/11 attacks, the USA citizens were suspicious of Muslims in the United States. Dah! The same thing happened to the Germans during WWI. Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII.

Was Omar immediately deported, stripped of her property, or incarcerated because of her headgear? Contrary to Media Reports, FBI Hate Crime Statistics Do Not Support Claims of Anti-Muslim Backlash

Granted, the woman is not Ms. Popularity. Her Trump-bashing might get her brownie points among the liberals but she'll find no flavor for her fare among Moderates and Conservates.

If the quest for reelection does not go her way, perhaps she will screech about her civil rights being violated. I certainly hope that scenario happens.

If folks decide to tar, feather, and throw eggs at Ilhan Omar, that might be a violation of her civil rights but they are not required to send her love letter.


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