Friday, May 18, 2007 7:40:28 PM
Rosie O'Dummy has gone too far this time.
I believe in free speech. I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
But I also believe in responsibility for what you say.
My son served in Iraq. He came home with some disabilities with which he will learn to live. And he is the kindest, most loving, most tender-hearted person I know.
And he didn't kill any Iraqis. Not one.
My son is not a terrorist.
Neither are the hundreds of thousands of mommies and daddies, sons and daughters, husbands and wives that served and serve our country in Iraq and in other places here and abroad.
Yes, some soldiers did some mean, stupid, or evil things. That happens in war.
Rosie is doing some mean, stupid and evil things, too.
What's HER excuse?
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 7:37:36 PM
Well, whaddaya know?Interesting bit of information
Is this cool or what?
(Another "...gist" I should have considered as a career!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 5:18:20 AM
Today, May 8, marks one full year that I have been nicotine-free. I can't believe I made it.
A whole year without smoking one cigarette. Sometimes it feels like it hasn't even been an hour. I still crave them every now and then. But most of the time, I don't even think about it.
I don't have to do anything to distract myself from the cravings anymore, either. I had a very unique--and strange, from what I've been told--method of distraction when those cravings would hit me when I first stopped smoking. I would literally clap my hands when I felt the need for a cigarette. Sometimes I would just clap a few times, but other times I would clap out a full rhythm when I was having a very hard time overcoming the craving. (Remember the hand-clapping rhythm from the BeeGee's "Jive Talkin'"? Talk about a distraction!
) Strange? Maybe. Definitely unique. But it worked. For me, anyway.
I'm glad I did it. I no longer have toxic chemicals moving throughout my body (none that I know about, anyway
). I no longer wake up in the morning with a cough. I can laugh--really LAUGH--without coughing, too. My hair, clothes, house and car don't smell like an ashtray anymore, either. I don't have to worry about eating in restaurants anymore. I can sit through church, or movies, or seminars, or lectures, or.... without having to leave in the middle to feed that nicotine addiction.
Thursday, May 3, 2007 10:24:43 PM
The new designs for our blogs are pretty cool, but....
I miss my spaceships.
Anybody have any idea where they went?
Or how to get them back?
Or if there will be a new, updated spaceship design?
Or if I'm just stuck with these other ones?
Saturday, April 28, 2007 7:05:42 PM
I'm watching an old western. ("Custer of the West," 1967.) In this movie, there's a man-made log chute, used to transport logs from the mountain forests to the river in the valley. The logs are propelled by very swiftly moving water, which causes some "white-water rapids" within the chute.
I was just thinking how much fun it would be to ride that thang on an innertube!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:27:25 PM
And, of course, this is the link...Mount St. Helen's VolcanoCam
(I should've been a volcanologist, or a geologist, or a "gist" of some kind or another.
Thursday, April 19, 2007 11:01:05 PM
ABC's World News just ended their program with photos and names of those killed at Virginia Tech. Anchorman Charles Gibson's words: "THOSE are the faces we need to remember."
Thursday, April 19, 2007 4:39:28 AM
I don't really have much to say about the horrific massacre that took place this week at Virginia Tech. My heart just aches for those who were slain, and those who knew and loved them. The entire community of students, faculty and loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.
As more information comes to light about the young man who carried out this atrocity, I think it is extremely important that we remember this: There is a difference between mental illness and just plain evil.
The vast majority of those with mental illness would never even dream of committing such horror, much less actually carry out something like this. It takes a certain kind of person--mentally ill or not--to do something such as this. That person must have an EVILness at his core that cannot and will not be treated by medications or therapy, no matter how many people attempt to get this person some help.
All we can do is love those close to us, our friends and neighbors, and hope and pray that evil such as this can be stopped before other innocent people are attacked in the future.
Monday, April 16, 2007 7:08:51 PM
Okay, I've learned my lesson.
I won't be making any more comments on other people's blogs. I won't be giving any more public talks. I probably won't even answer my phone or my door anymore. (Okay, that's probably a bit of an exaggeration....)
Ever hear of a "social moron"? Well, I guess that's me. I don't understand the social ins and outs. Never have, and I suppose I never will.
It's kinda like politics. There are all these crazy undercurrents that I just don't get. I see and hear what I see and hear. If I pick up on something that isn't seen or heard, it's because it's something that is very obvious, or because I just know somebody so well that I know their "undercurrents." I mean, there are some people that NEVER say or do what they really mean, ya' know? They are the ones you keep "at arm's length," or just avoid alltogether.
But when it comes to people you don't know well or at all, or internet acquaintances, or whatever, I'm just lost. I don't get it. It seems that everybody has some kind of AGENDA, or baggage, or paranoia, or something going on. They either believe that I'm not being honest, or they're not being honest, or both.
It seems to me that people tend to judge others by what they themselves would do in the place of the person being judged. They PROJECT themselves into the psyche of someone with whom they are interacting. If somebody has a devious streak, they believe that EVERYBODY has a devious streak, and will look at the world through glasses of that shade. If somebody is inherently jealous of, well, whatever, they assume that everybody else operates that way, too, and seem to develop some kind of "Everybody is jealous of me" attitude.
On the flipside, if somebody really tries to deal honestly with themselves and with everyone else, they tend to expect that other people are the same way, which is the way it should be, but generally causes a whole lot of trouble, pain, and disillusionment for the one who practices honesty. Which can (and usually does) generate, at best, realism, and at worst, cynicism and bitterness.
And the saddest part of this is that there is no "safe place." There is nowhere that you can be seen as you really are. There is no one who feels safe enough to "take off their glasses," and see you as you are, and not as they would have you be. Few people even feel safe enough to see themselves as they really are, much less you.
I suspect it's gonna get worse before it gets better, too. (Is this realism or cynicism? I don't know.)
So, from now on, just so that no one will have to guess at what I REALLY mean....
Sunday, April 15, 2007 10:52:29 PM
"If someone does not intend to offend you, and you are offended, you are a fool. If someone intends to offend you, and you are offended, you are still a fool."
Something I heard in Church this morning, attributed to Brigham Young. Been thinkin' about it all day.
Just makes sense to me, ya' know?
Just makes sense.
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