If you are a "pack rat" like I’ve rightly been called, it is most difficult to throw things away. You may have a system for throwing things away that you think will do forever, but I can assure you that is not true. I found one today that I can’t properly credit, but the lady’s name accompanying is Ruth Millett. I can’t give additional credit, but most of her points made sense to me. How about you?
Most of us in our democracy believe we have the best form of government known to humankind. I once did too, but unfortunately, things have changed. I am hopeful that we will once again make it a true democracy for my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all other Americans.
Money, money, money came up at morning coffee the other day. None of us has much, but that doesn’t stop us talking. I’ll bet it has a few times with you and your friends. We had read about someone that recently made an exorbitant purchase and wondered if they are one of the wealthy who resist and resent paying taxes. If it were a large yacht, you wonder how long before some other member of that wealthy elite buys an even larger yacht with more splendiferous facilities. "My boat is bigger than your boat."
Most of us have had bad days in our lives. On those days, everything possible seems to have gone wrong. "Why me?" you probably thought. "I’ve tried to do the right things and why has the world turned against me?" I would wager that you’ve had those days.
I think that title has the benefit of sounding positive; it certainly gives off positive vibes just to say it. It’s a good way to view life, isn’t it? The good life lies ahead. As a soon to be 91-year-old, I think we all need to see the bright side of life, but life doesn’t always get better in old age.
We postulate many reasons for our nearly continuous wars, and they all played a part, but I have come to believe the main reasons are population growth and resource depletion. Religion has and still fuels the fire of war as different groups have their own world view. That has long been a primary cause of war, but I think the other two causes are now main threats.
A good friend said my articles, too often, sound to him like I think the wealthy elite are all bad people — that’s not my intention, so sorry about that. My intent is to change the inequity in our country that continues to grow while we claim to be moral and democratic. Have we lost our democratic conscience? Most of us have heard of — or maybe even know — wealthy people who do great things.
I guess enlisting in the U.S. Army could be described as pizzazz. As a Wisconsin farm boy being trained at Fort McClellan, Ala., in July and August — whew. But it was most exceptionally a worthy cause with Jews being murdered en masse in Europe. (By the way, have you read or heard of some such goings on at Guantanamo?)
I read a poem many, many years ago, with the title "Each in his own tongue" by William Herbert Carruth that made a most significant impression upon me. Each verse ended with "And others call it God." The author had a different concern in each verse. Each poem was covering an emotional heart wrenching concern of mankind. His first verse was a division of thought about our creation. A fire-mist and a planet,
Do you think animals can think? The idea made me start looking for proof. My wife, who has had greater love and experience with animals than I, doesn’t think they can. She believes it is instinct rather than thought, and she has a long history of association with pets. Mine was for two brief periods: