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April 24, 2014

Is someone having a birthday today?

Happy Seventh Birthday, Big Boy!

Second grade already? You're growing up so fast I can't believe it. You are making your daddy very proud. I love you so very much. Please be good for your mother. Tell her I love her and give her a big hug for me, will you?

Have a wonderful birthday and a great day!


April 24, 2013

Happy Birthday, Nugget!

Happy Sixth Birthday, Micah!

Happy Birthday! I'm so excited you'll be going into the first grade this year. Pay attention to your teachers. Be good in class. I hope you love school as much as I did. (Well, maybe a little more than I did.)

I love you so much and I'm so proud of how well you're doing. Be a good boy for momma and tell her I love her. Will you give her a hug for me? Good boy.


June 13, 2012

When we walked in fields of gold...

What profit a nation to gain the world...

Throughout the course of  human history there have come moments where even the greatest of nations have allowed the darkest sides of their ideological nature to rise to the surface of their national identity and subsequently become sources of great evil in the world.  Even the the brightest of shinning lights upon the hill have experienced these moments of darkness.  More often than not these moments of darkness come upon a nation when wealth and power become concentrated in the hands of too few people.  Those individuals then become more focused upon what is good for their own personal interests and fortunes rather than what is best for a nation and it's people.

Unfortunately our nation is currently suffering through one of these periods of national neurosis.  Our nation's wealth and political power have become concentrated in too few hands.  Protecting their individual hoard of wealth and political influence has become more important to these handful of men than the greater good of our once great nation and it's once proud and noble people.  On a daily basis they sacrifice what is good and decent for what is profitable at all costs.  In collusion with the investment bankers of Wall Street this small group of men have perpetrated a great evil upon the global economy. 

Around the globe more and more countries are falling into economic ruins thanks to the morally bankrupt practices of the investment bankers of Wall Street and a handful of equally immoral individuals who have chosen individual wealth over the greater good of humanity.  Using deceptive practices ranging from predatory loans, mortgage bundling and arcane and obscure derivatives the investment bankers sold the world a bogus bill of goods that produced profit for no one but the sharks of Wall Street.  Although these irresponsible wealth addicts are not responsible for all of the economic ills of the world at this moment, they do bear a great amount of responsibility for causing the global economic house of cards to begin collapsing.

Love of wealth has distorted the moral fiber of a number of individuals in this country and unfortunately the amount of influence they currently wield because of their wealth, has subsequently perverted the national identity of our country.  These self obsessed individuals are spending large sums of money attempting to convince the rest of the general populace that what is best for them is what is best for us and everyone else in the world.  They are wrong.  Wealth and the protection of it is not what makes a nation great.  Compassion for humanity and fairness in all our actions towards our fellow man is what makes a nation a shining light on the hill.  We are a broken light shedding nothing but darkness right now.  We have lost our way upon the path of righteousness and it is time to call for repentance from those who have led the majority of us to the brink of financial ruin.  The one percent are wrong.  Wealth is not the answer to every problem. 

Compassion, caring and love of our fellow man is the answer to the problems we face as a global community today.  If the one percent need an idea for how to spend their wealth perhaps they should follow the example set long ago by the good Samaritan.  Instead of laughing at the poor and downtrodden around them they should follow the Samaritan's example and use their wealth to lift up and heal the wounded of the world.  The truth is that wealth hoarded destroys far more people than it helps.  The one percent are not the answer to our problems as a society right now, they are the cause of the problems.  Let's pray they wise up before their greed brings ruin to us all.


June 4, 2012

I'll stand by you....

A man of hope and vision.

Once again, adding one thing to another to discover the sum total of all things, which I have not yet discovered, this one thing I have discovered; Barrack Obama is the candidate I will be voting for in the November presidential election.  Barrack Obama has a vision geared towards the future of America and not not just one that rests upon the laurels of our past.

Barrack Obama has a vision of an America where the development of Green technologies will lead to the creation of new jobs rooted in the soil of tomorrow.  Barrack Obama isn't looking back and trying to preserve the old technological ways and the old money associated with these technologies.  I stand behind this vision one hundred percent.  Barrack Obama understands the hard fact that the technologies that once made our country strong in the past are not necessarily the technologies that will make our nation strong in the future.  Simply doing things as we've always done them is not a solution for success in the future.  We need to upgrade and adapt to a global technological paradigm that is quickly leaving America in the dust.  Barrack Obama understands the need for America to rethink, reinvent, redevelop, retool and rebuild our industrial infrastructure if we are to bring anything to global marketplace other than military weapons.  

Barrack Obama understands that the future doesn't begin in the future.  The future is built upon the foundations we build today.  Fossil fuels and the industries built around them are not the pathway to a better tomorrow.  Barrack Obama understands the reality that the most important thing we can leave to our children is clean water, clean air and a non-toxic environment in which to build their homes.  Without a clean environment there is no future for anyone.  Drill, Baby, drill is no longer a viable solution to the world's energy problems or the preservation of our planet.  The goal for the future viability of our planet and clean energy sources should be, "Heal, Baby heal".  I believe Barrack Obama accepts the reality of Global Warming.  He believes in the development of clean energy sources and technologies that reduce the pollutants in our planet's ecosystem.  I do too.

Barrack Obama understands that one individual's illness should not lead to the destruction of a family's future.  Health care costs are the single greatest financial threat to a family's security.  A single hospital stay can instantly wipe out a family's savings.  Unfortunately America is the only industrialized country in the world today where such a catastrophe is still allowed to occur.  Illness should not lead to financial ruin.  Whether the Health Care industry realizes the truth of this statement or not I do not care.  I believe in the truth of this statement.  Barrack Obama is trying to move our country into line with the most cultured and enlightened societies in the world today and I support his efforts.

Barrack Obama does not believe profit for the few leads to overall benefit for the many.  He believes in a future where Americans are more than consumers. He believes in the creation of jobs based upon newer and cleaner technologies.  He believes in the power of education to change the face of a society.  Barrack Obama believes that cutting entitlements for the poorest of people is of no value unless you cut the entitlements of the richest of people too.  Barrack Obama believes in a tax code where the rich pay their fair share.  Barrack Obama believes that a better future calls for investment by all of us and not simply sacrifice by the majority of us.  I believe in his vision of the future and the pathway he is laying out on how to get us there.  I will be voting for the individual I believe has the best in mind for the majority of us.  Trickle Down economics has never worked and never will work.  I'll be voting for the man who believes in leaving failed policies in the past and believes in trying new ideas to fix the problems of today that are dragging down the possibility of a brighter and better future for all of us living in America right now and not just protecting the wealth of a privileged few.  I'll be voting for Barrack Obama.

June 1, 2012

I'm a little teapot...

Of and for the corporation...

Adding one thing to another to discover the sum total of all things, which I have not yet learned, this one thing I have discovered; There is no way in Hell I will ever vote for Mitt Romney.  

This man represents everything I feel this upcoming election is all about.  This is an election  about the one percent protecting their individual hoards of "excessive wealth" at the expense of the ninety-nine percent of us who simply want to have enough money to put food on our tables and a roof over our families heads.  From the very beginning of his campaign Mitt Romney has been quite clear about where his political loyalties lay and who he considers the most important constituency upon which to build his presidential campaign; "Corporations are people too.  We can't raise taxes on individuals can we?"  

Mitt Romney is a venture capitalist who believes that money solves every problem.  He is not a job creator, he is a profit taker.  For all his talk about job creation the truth is that the jobs he created at Bain were research positions where individuals looked for American businesses that could be acquired for a low price and then gutted for a substantial profit.  These individuals are known as corporate raiders.  Their "job" performance was based upon the amount of profit generated and had absolutely nothing to do with the number of jobs created within a community.  Mitt Romney doesn't care about the economic health and viability of our communities.  Mitt Romney cares only about the accumulation of individual wealth.  Period.  

Mitt Romney believes that our country is a corporation to be managed rather than a country where people are living and raising families.  Mitt Romney could care less about the community of man.  Mitt Romney cares only about a handful of individual stock holders.  Mitt Romney could care less about investing in public roads, clean water systems and quality educational institutions.  The constituency Mitt Romney represents sees these type of public works as a waste of investment capital.  Clean water doesn't yield profit, public roads and bridges don't turn profit and neither do libraries, arts programs and school systems.  Mitt Romney and his venture capitalist constituents view these kind of projects as money pits to be avoided at all costs because they offer only benefits to a community rather than profit for a few.


Mitt Romney's recent ad about what he would do on his first day as president is a clear example of who he would represent during his tenure as "Manager in Chief" of the United States of Amercia. Mitt Romney would cater to Big Oil.  Mitt Romney would cater to the health care industry.  These are the very institutions that put profit and the accumulation of personal wealth above the welfare and viability of the American people. Mitt Romney is not concerned with rebuilding Americas industrial infrastructure, our outdated power grid or protecting the integrity of our natural resources.  Mitt Romney is not concerned with creating new jobs and a better future for the common man.  Mitt Romney is only concerned with protecting the wealth of greedy individuals who believe only in personal profit rather the welfare of the families that make up the communities that are the true backbone of our once great nation.  This is not a man I want representing me in the White House.  We the people are suffering.  We are tired, homeless, jobless and without health care or retirement security.  The corporate state is not a solution that benefits the masses.  Mitt Romney's business plan is not a vision that creates a better future for anyone other than those one percent of Wall Street investors who see the accumulation of wealth as the only part of the American dream worth preserving.  No, I'm not interesting in seeing this venture capitalist become "Manager in Chief" of the United States of America.  I'd rather see Roseanne Barr in the White House...

May 29, 2012

And you can be my cowgirl...

Urban Cowboy...

The past couple of months I've spent a lot of time in the company of a good woman and two zany dogs so deep in the backwoods they still use two tin cans and lots of sting for their Internet connection.  The other day I used my I-Pod Nano to scan for local radio stations and found only three, two of which are country and the other plays Oldies, and by oldies I mean songs from the thirties and forties.  The eighteen thirties and forties.  I've never lived anywhere in America where electrical power goes out when the skies are blue and there's not chance of precipitation for a week or more.  Until now that is.  Seems like the only thing more irregular than my bowel movements around here is the electrical power.  If a cow moos you can lose power for an hour or more.  

Yet for all this community's lack of technological amenities it does possess a certain picturesque charm.  The countryside is beautiful.  Wide open green fields are populated with little more than red or white barns and ancient farmhouses surrounded by large screened in verandas upon which sit wicker furniture and clay flower pots filled with green ferns.  The air apart from smelling fresh and clean is filled with birdsong and the varied sound of insects chirping, chattering and buzzing their secret messages to the skies.  Automobile traffic is almost nonexistent.  You can sit on a front porch and not see a single car for hours upon end.  I can't remember the last time I heard a police siren or the sounds of neighbors fighting.  The quiet is blessed.  You can hear yourself think.  Each moment is a meditation.


People are friendly and with so few forms of electronic distraction available folks are quick to gather around a patio table and share conversation and a cold pitcher of lemonade.  Food is prepared by hand and served upon china plates instead of from a white paper bag bearing the corporate logo of McDonalds or Taco Bell.  Meals are shared whether one contributes to the collection of assembled dishes or not.  Neighbors don't let neighbors go hungry.  

Conversation is a completely different experience in this community.  People talk about canning, fishing and what type of soil is best suited for a particular type of plant.  They talk about their children and the things they're doing in school.  Television shows are something you watch and not talk about once they end.  They don't care about American Idols or dancing celebrities.  The most popular topic of conversation I've heard lately concerns who and what they'll be entering in the upcoming county fairs.  Blue Gill and Catfish are major talking points right now.  Strawberries and Gooseberries are next in popularity and everyone is excited because the berries are coming into season early this year.


Among the joys I'm rediscovering out here is waking up early.  Not because I have to but simply because I want to.  There's so much to see.  I don't want to miss the pair of Hawks hunting in fields that surround the house.  I have to see if the territorial dispute between the Red Cardinal and the Blue Jay has been settled yet.  I want to watch the game between the Sparrows and Sheri's dogs.  The Sparrows gather upon opposite sides of the privacy fence that surrounds the back yard.  One group will fly onto the lawn and begin hunting for bugs.  When the dogs run over to chase and snap at them they will fly back up to the top of the fence while the group of Sparrows on the opposite side drop down and hunt for their breakfast.  Eventually the dogs tire and all the birds drop onto the lawn and enjoy a group breakfast.  It is a hilarious spectacle and I love watching the game while I enjoy my morning coffee.

Country life is being good for me.  It may not be for everyone, but I'm digging the daylights out of it.  I'm finding an inspiration here that I haven't felt for a long time.  I want to write about the experience for awhile and I hope my readers won't find themselves too bored with my hayseed tales.

April 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Son!

Happy Fifth Birthday, Micah!

Happy Birthday, little man! I'm so proud of you, Micah. I love you so very much! Be good for momma, will you? Tell her I love her. Have a wonderful day!


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