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Columbus Day and the War on Holidays
Posted:Nov 30, 2019 11:22 pm
Last Updated:Dec 4, 2019 10:26 pm
The War on Holidays is not a new scenario. Yule became Christmas and Ostara became Easter. Samhain became Hallowed - Eve aka HALLOWEEN followed by All Saints Day. It is much easier convert the pagan community by changing their holidays Christian Holiday. The holidays may have changed but the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and kissing the mistletoe remain'

Now there are folks want change Columbus Day into Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The story is that Columbus was a bad man and so were the Pilgrims thus Thanksgiving should go as well.

Do we know the whole story of what happened after “In 92 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue?” Is it Toxic Guilt to continue "boohooing" about the wrongdoings of ancestors from centuries ago?

The facts of Columbus’ life and the mystery surrounding how he got the New World will lead most conclude that history and the lives of those make history are not orchestrated by humans.

Humankind has a brutal history and Christopher Columbus was an imperfect human being like most of us. Columbus is not a bad guy or a good guy. He played his particular role in history which changed the direction of mankind. The Spanish Quest for Gold and colonization by the Europeans followed.

Europeans unwittingly brought Smallpox to many natives with no immunity to the disease. Conversely, the natives returned the favor by introduced to Europeans a new disease called Syphilis. Obviously, they were sharing more than turkey.

Merry Thanksgiving and assumptionS!!!
Posted:Nov 29, 2019 10:17 pm
Last Updated:Dec 1, 2019 10:52 pm
The story was that folks at Starbucks would order coffee and have the cashier write Merry Christmas on the cup to force the barista to shout out "Merry Christmas!"

This is based on the assumption that the barista and the customers have non-Christian beliefs and object to saying Merry Christmas. There is also an assumption that everyone works at Chick-Fil-A is going to be anti-gay.

It's silly!

I love Lattes and the barista can call me Bah Humbug! and I am fine with that. It is not that easy to find a well-made latte in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. We had one coffee house that has recently closed down.

So when I travel to Washington D.C., I always find a Starbucks. There are a couple of them at the Union Station. I was at a lobbying event in November of 20. My lobbying partner and I found a Starbucks. The barista and I were joking about the "Merry Christmas" scenario. He didn't care what the customer wanted to be written on the cup as long as the customer tipped well. I asked him to write "Merry Thanksgiving" on my cup. This gave him a laugh included with the tip.

Later, we got a that Senator Manchin wanted to meet us personally but would be available on the following Tuesday. My lobbying partner was leaving before that day but I decided to keep the appointment. I could talk to him on a different topic. I talked to someone from FCNL and they paired me up with a staff member worked on the problems with mass incarceration. I was working for a women's recovery house thus I could talk about the drug problem in West Virginia.

My lobbying partner is now in Medical School. Yippee! She told me that the black community where she grew up was vibrant and alive. Manchin ended up co-sponsoring the bill and Trump signed it into law a few years ago.

Posted:Nov 3, 2019 8:12 pm
Last Updated:Nov 29, 2019 10:31 pm
I spent October Weekends wearing a black cape and monster make-up and a gentleman actually asked for a date. I speculated that he might run when he finally saw without my Haunted Farm attire. He may not be the one running. It might be .

I am really skeptical and jaded when it comes to a potential love connection. My last few attempts at love ended up very badly. I was stuck in BumFiretrUCK Texas and another time ditched for an alcoholic bimbo.

The same time last year, I was dating The Republican. He was a very intelligent and interesting man but whatever reason - it fizzled . So last month, I met a gentleman that I will The Democrat. Now that I am in my 60's, I have no expectations about any potential love connection. That ship has likely sailed away but life does have its surprises.

It was a shock when "The Democrat" wanted to exchange numbers considering the fact that I was working at a haunted farm attired as a scary ghost. Where is the attraction?

I called him this afternoon and suggested that we meet at Long John Silver's
Restaurant. I was in town for the Quaker Meeting and knew that the Resturant was close to his home. He mentioned going to the Presbyterian Church that morning.

A casual meeting over drinks is far less stressful than a full-blown DATE. The first half-hour, he ranted about his ex-wife. Dang! That sounds hopeful.

Next, he talked about his job as a security guard and all the youngsters who do the wild thing in their cars. How he knocks on the window and tells them to leave. I asked him if he ever did anything like that in his youth.

Afterward, he told me how he fantasized about me running through the woods at Haunted Farm wearing nothing that cape. Dah! It was FiretrUCKING cold. I should have worn long underwear under that cape.

My impression of the man is that he is stuck on fantasy and he got to know the reality, I would have a broken heart. No love connection and no second date on the horizon. Life on life's terms.

Don't Tell The REPUBLICANS!!! LOL!
Posted:Oct 28, 2019 12:07 am
Last Updated:Nov 30, 2019 2:24 am
Sunday, our spiritual community had our monthly potluck. I was asked if I was still dating "The Republican." No, that potential faded away, some time ago. Every date does not end up being a love connection. I am currently dating a guy may actually be a democrat. I really haven't asked him.

We were leaving and were advised that there is an anti-Trump rally in Lewisburg on Monday. They were instructed NOT to tell the Republicans. I had to shake my head and laugh. I am certainly not going to betray my friends in my Spiritual Community.

So I get home and check my e- and there is a about the anti-Trump rally. Trump in striped or orange jail suit?

Here are a of suggested slogans ideas for signs:

Lock him up, worst president ever, Trump is not above the law,
jail to the chief, not my president, Dump Trump, Trump is a Fake President
Liar, Thief, Traitor Protect our country from traitorous activity

We have requested the police department have a presence so don't be surprised if there is someone in uniform or a car parked near us, we have requested that. We're not posting this on fb, we're hoping to not have a counter-rally/protest from the republican party.

Avoiding a counter-rally/protest from Republican? This is more of an occurrence on the part of the Democrats. A few years ago, Trump and the Republicans went to the Greenbrier Resort. Protestors were in front of the Greenbrier with their signs shivering in the snow. I live a few blocks from the Greenbrier but opted to stay in my warm and cozy abode. A few months before, they were driving around the Fairgrounds, honking their horns and flashing anti-Trump signs when the Republicans had a gathering at the Fairgrounds. The Republicans ignored them and went about their business.

I seriously doubt if any Republican is going to counter-protest the currently anti-Trump Rally. It will all get sorted out in 2020 elections.

Posted:Oct 27, 2019 5:28 pm
Last Updated:Oct 28, 2019 1:18 pm
The Final Week of the Haunted Farm 2019 has ended. The Farm Owner a compliment telling me that I was of the best game operators that they had. Maybe I should have been a Carnie!!!

of the games was shooting corncobs of a cannon at a scarecrow. I joked about hitting the scarecrow in the wiener. I hit the target. Yea Haw!

I was operating a game that consisted of tossing severed heads (obviously fake)into a basket.

There was a little about years old with parents and a grandfather. They were trying get him throw the severed head. He was screaming, crying and obviously scared. "Granny Instincts" kicked in. I certainly didn't want this little be traumatized and have nightmares. I got down his level and told him.

" I promise you that there is nothing here that is going to hurt you. All the spooks are more scared of you than you should be at them."

"Why would they be more afraid of than I am of them.

"Because you're different and also if I take off this make-up, I am just a granny that would you cookies, take you the graveyard and tell you about your ancestors"

"Is that head real?"

"No, sweetie, it's just like at the movies, none of it is real,

After the end of the conversation, the little was laughing, smiling and waving at the haunted granny. His grandfather mouthed a "Thank You!"

What could have been a horrible experience for the turned be fun.

Later that evening, of the customers was landlord and his girlfriend. They purchased shots be split between the of them. I gave them each a practice shot in addition the shots. I assured the girlfriend that the spooks picked on lawyers aka her boyfriend. She made a headshot into the basket while he missed them all. Making a lawyer eat humble pie is a major league challenge. I am sure he loved all the lawyer jokes.

So later this week, I have a wild date with a gentleman was working security. He has never seen without black cape and monster make-up. He says I am cute and sexy. Hmmmmm........I haven't been described in those words in quite some time. Hopefully, he doesn't run when he sees me without monster

Rain, Haunted Farms, Retired Firemen & THANK YOU!!! MrsJoe
Posted:Oct 20, 2019 12:21 pm
Last Updated:Oct 22, 2019 6:45 am
It's been an emotional week but I came home and found a marvelous package. Thank You, MrsJoe!!!!

First, there was the saga of replacing the car key while GM is on strike, and being able make it my temporary job at the local Haunted Farm in time.

It is Week and the rain did not deter folks from coming in. I am working at the Head Toss stand. Tossing severed heads in a milk crate. Frequently, I will let the little have free shots.

So one little boy asked me, "Would you be my friend?" my reply "Absolutely!" "What is your name," he asked. I replied, "Granny," he asked, "Are you a good granny that will make us cookies or are you a mean granny?"
", not only will I bake you cookies but I'll take you the graveyard afterward"
(Realistically, I would buy cookies at the local bakery and take the little boy and his friends the graveyard and tell them about their ancestors.)

The rain kept coming but did the folks wanting to see the spooks. The severed heads were wet, cold and slippery. Water sloshed all over the place when they were being tossed. It was well past midnight when the last group took the tour. We had close to Fifteen Hundred people

One of the security guards approached me. "We should exchange numbers next week and I'd like to take you out to dinner." The security guard definitely merits an "Oh La La" but I have been running around in a black cape and monster make-up all weekend. "If I take off my make-up, I might be older than you think," I advised him. He replied, "I don't think so, I am in my 70's but I don't look it," No problem, I am in my 60's but I don't look it, even if I frequently feel it. My co-worker told me that he's a retired fireman and well respected in the community. He is probably a democrat since he is good friends with the owner of the farm who is a former Democratic State Senator.

I made it home this afternoon and found a magnificent package in the mailbox. Thank you MrsJoe. Do you think I should wear this hat on the first date with the Fireman???

Half-Mast Flags, Love Letters, Trump and Cummings
Posted:Oct 19, 2019 11:34 am
Last Updated:Oct 22, 2019 6:50 am
Yesterday, I was driving the Haunted Farm and I noticed several flags at half-mast. My thought was "Who died?" I knew that Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings died the day before. I also know that the Maryland Congressman and President Trump were not exchanging love letters. I stopped at the Dollar Store on my way to the farm and gOOGLe searched to find the answer.

President Donald J. Trump ordered flags at the White House and all public buildings, as well as at military and naval stations, to fly at half-staff through Friday.
"My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings," President Trump tweeted earlier in the day. "I got to see first hand the strength,, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!"

There is also a law that says that flags go at half-mast whenever any member of congress or the senate dies on the day of and the day after. It doesn't matter if Trump orders it or not.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, ahead of funeral service at his church of nearly four decades in his home district of Baltimore.
There will be a public viewing in the two-story chamber following a formal ceremony for members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests on Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced.

My thought was that either Trump is being a sycophant or actually acting professionally for a change. He was not voted in for his professional eloquence. So do you all, think that Trump will get an invite to his wake or do you think he'll send Malania in his stead like he did for McCain.

GM Strike, Dodging Deer, Haunted Farms
Posted:Oct 19, 2019 9:25 am
Last Updated:Oct 21, 2019 8:52 am
It seems like several of my friends including myself have been going through Car Hades. My Quaker Girlfriend has a car that needed repairs but alas; GM is on strike, they can't order the parts from G.M. She had drive a rental for two weeks and drove all over the countryside find the parts.

Sunday, I drove Food Lion after the 12 Step Meeting. I put my key in the ignition get home. Nada. The Chip in the key was missing. It's a two-mile walk home but with a bag of groceries, problematic hip and arrhythmia; it's not a good plan. A 12-Step Girlfriend living nearby picked me up and took me home.

I spent Monday looking for the spare key to no avail. A Horary Chart revealed that it is probably in Huttonsville, West Virginia. I called another 12-Step girlfriend who drove me to my car to wait for a tow truck and home from the dealer afterward.

The dealer had no blank keys because GM is on strike. I got my car back on Thursday at twice the cost because the dealer had to contract with an independent locksmith. Happily, I made it in time for the Book Club.

A Book Club girlfriend was driving a rental because she hit a deer for the second time this month. The deer are at fault, not GM. Still, it is ironic how many businesses and car owners that need repairs are impacted by the GM Strike.

I am working at the local Haunted Farm on weekends for the month of October. I am staying at my Quaker girlfriend's abode which is a few miles from the farm. There are too many crazy deer on the road after midnight in West Virginia. I actually spotted at least five in the road on my way to my Quaker girlfriend's house. It would be really hazardous if I had to drive the further journey to my home. Bear also run on the road. I am glad I have a working key for Mozart (my car's name.) I would not want to encounter either deer or bears walking from the Haunted Farm to my Quaker girlfriend's house.

Lessons and Testing - Life on Life's Terms
Posted:Oct 15, 2019 5:51 pm
Last Updated:Oct 19, 2019 9:32 am
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.


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