A simpler time…

I’m not sure if any time is actually a simpler time than another. If one really looks at recorded human history, we haven’t ever gotten everything right. There is an occasional period where we seem to all have our shit together better than most other times. Those periods appear to be brief and far between.

Now this isn’t to say that humans are always doing shitty things to each other, the planet and the other beings we share the planet with. There is a lot of good. There is a lot of love, care and compassion. Humans are capable of wonderful things. Humans are capable of causing shit storms as well.

I think the key is to try to learn, strive to do better and most of all share love & respect every chance one gets. 

The simpler time I refer to in the title heading is childhood. For me childhood was simpler. Childhood was more care free and the world seemed to be magic: Running through the grass barefoot, catching fireflies, watching the birds hatch their young in a nest just outside the window, sliding down flat rocks in a cold rushing creek and even trying to go to sleep knowing Santa was on his way.

Back in 1973 I didn’t care about Nixon resigning or that there was contempt for the vets returning from Vietnam. I spent the summer of 1973 with my brothers on Myrtle Beach SC. There was music, damn good music.

Public Service Announcement

Processing the grief of Orlando can leave one, especially me, feeling overwhelmed and bewildered.

I decided that a diversion would be in order. A diversion that is fun and has humor would be good.  A diversion that could hold my attention yet leave me with enlightenment.

Vodka! That’s it, Vodka would be a great diversion!

You’re welcome for this valuable PSA.

What do you expect? I’m sober. I ain’t gonna drink it.

Fearsome writes our President

Yesterday we felt helpless. Yesterday we did something to change that. Yesterday we contacted our representative and senators. We provided this LINK so you could as well. With the aide of that link it took us 10 minutes total to write all three.

This morning we wrote President Obama and Vice President Biden. I am sure that our letters are lost in a sea of letters and communications they are receiving but they are there. Without hundreds of thousands of letters just like ours, the importance of responsibility regarding this issue would not be forefront in our leaders agendas. Please write how you feel to each and every one of our leaders that represents you.

You can reach the White House for both Obama & Biden … by simply clicking right HERE.

Below is our letter. Feel free to use it as an example, write your own or even copy and paste it if your view is similar to Fearsome’s:

Dear President Obama,
Please do not delay in pushing forward responsible, sensible gun control. Assault weapons have no place outside of law enforcement and military use. Handguns need only be in the hands of thoroughly vetted responsible citizens and in limited numbers….if at all. The tragedies we endure can and must stop.
Freedoms are actually limited in a free society. They are limited by the freedoms infringement on the safety and security of fellow citizens. Of this I am sure you are quite aware. I believe in you and I rest assured that you will do the right thing by pushing forward and holding those controlled by the gun lobby responsible for our recent tragedies.
Thank you for your years of service. You are an inspiration. You have accomplished many great things and your legacy improves not only the United States, but the world as a whole. May sensible gun control become part of your legacy to the absolute best of your ability.
Sincerely,
(Your name here)

 

Go Ahead….do something, say something….don’t let those lost in Orlando be lost without your voice expressing the necessity of responsibility.

Thank you.

Are you upset?

Did this morning’s news hurt?

Are you left feeling bewildered?

Why not contact your representatives now and request that they actually do something about it?

Click HERE and be directed to a handy website to contact them this very minute. Write them, encourage your friends and family. Together let’s do something, let’s take a step to stop the madness.

Here is a screen shot of one of my note to Barbara Boxer:

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The link is easy to use to all of your representatives in Washington. Now is the time to hold their feet to the fire.

Once again the link is HERE.

Thank you.

 

Celebrating Pride Month

Pride is upon us. We are a little behind here as San Diego Pride celebrations aren’t ever until late July, thus it always takes me a while to pick up the ball.

Each year Kelly kicks off June with his iconic photo:

Kelly's Flag

Kelly’s Flag

He challenges us to re-post his photo with a link back to his original. A challenge that brings us together in pride is a challenge worth participating in.

Happy Pride Y’all!

 

History Lesson

“No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind as between the internal and the external threats of communism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn’t create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it — and rather successfully. Cassius was right. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Good night, and good luck.”    …..Edward R. Murrow 1954

“If none of us ever read a book that was “dangerous,” had a friend who was “different,” or joined an organization that advocated “change,” we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants.”      …..Edward R. Murrow 1954

“No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices.”    …..Edward R. Murrow 1954

Objective Accomplished

The past week was a whirlwind. Hours of hard work. Emotions flowed as we filled a three car carport and driveway full of many of dad’s things. There are more, but that is for another time on another trip. The sale went well as we priced it all to move. About a third of the items didn’t sell and are boxed up, 26 boxes total, for charity pick up next week.

A post I wrote on 5/27/16 really helped me through this experience. I thank Sunrise Chatterbox for his words of wisdom. While possessions can bring joy, possessions can also be a burden. It was time for those possessions to start the journey they are now on, bringing new meaning and purpose to their existence.

This here blog thingy is about sharing experience and recording emotions surrounding life experience. I admit to tears. I also admit to surprise, laughter, fulfillment, irritation, exhaustion, camaraderie, bewilderment, confusion, numbness, loneliness, love, respect, anger, fun, disgust, joy, amusement and most of all accomplishment.

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Some of those emotions may seem callus when sharing about disposal of a father’s belongings. They aren’t. Emotions are real. While they aren’t tangible objects, they are expressions and feelings that change us, move us, teach us and shape us. Those emotions are life experience and are meant to be felt and felt deeply.

My father left the physical plane in which we live. Our physical existence is only fleetingly temporary in the scheme of this vast universe. In this embodiment we have we experience many things, but our physical senses are limited and cannot experience dimensions outside of our realm.

My father has moved on physically, yet his love is being passed on by everyone he touched to those that they touch just as the love was passed to him from others we may have never known.

Fearsome asked that I post two of his absolute favorites…..