One Minute for Peace…..

If Only we in¬†the¬†U.S. spent even a¬†minuscule¬†amount of ¬†what we spend for our wars to promote peace… I want to direct you to a website promoting peace instead of war.¬† from the American Friends Service Committee. As the site states in the previous year the United States has spent over $1 trillion of military spending. That comes out to almost $2,000,000 every minute! It … Continue reading One Minute for Peace‚Ķ..

Born Deaf vs Late Deafened…

I think of my deafness as an affliction that I must daily try to overcome in order to go about my business in the hearing world. That is not the case with some, perhaps most, who are born deaf. They claim they celebrate their deafness to the degree that they deem giving any child who is deaf a cochlear implant is child abuse! A cochlear … Continue reading Born Deaf vs Late Deafened‚Ķ

If Only We Had Taken Jesus’ Words Seriously

  When Jesus was on this earth he told us numerous times to be one as he and the father were one. If only we had listened and taken his words and life’s lessons seriously. I read recently that the very popular Christian author Ann Rice is giving up on all current Christian denominations. In the interview she stated that she is not giving up … Continue reading If Only We Had Taken Jesus’ Words Seriously

Learning Responsibility…

I grew up in a small town in Indiana and spent my summers putting hay in farmer’s barns at ninety cents and hour. But it wasn’t until my college years that I started learning real lessons in responsibility. Dad had tried to teach me about responsibility but like most teenagers then and now I didn’t really want to know that much about it. I started … Continue reading Learning Responsibility‚Ķ

Being alone in the world…

  I know that I am not the only person in the U.S. who is deaf. In reality there are more than three million of us around. About two million of those are like me who went deaf as an adult. That means for Indiana where I live there are about forty thousand of us around. But since I am not active in any deaf … Continue reading Being alone in the world‚Ķ

Will Rogers – What would he say about us now?

What’s the country coming to.   It always will seem funny to us United Staters that we are about the only ones that really know how to do everything right. I don’t know how a lot of these other Nations have existed as long as they have till we could get some of our people around and show ’em really how to be Pure and … Continue reading Will Rogers – What would he say about us now?

War is not the answer for ANY question….

  I recently read an article that proudly made the point that the U.S. military is the largest minority employer in the country. It went on to argue that if our military complex were proportioned like the rest of the world there would be many more people without jobs. The United States which makes up four percent of the world’s population maintains over 60% of … Continue reading War is not the answer for ANY question‚Ķ.

The Stock Market Needs a Good Dose of Ritalin

Will Rogers – What would he say about… ¬†Today’s stock market As I mentioned elsewhere in this blog, Will Rogers is a hero of mine. He was plain spoken half breed Indian from Oklahoma who became world famous during the 1920’s and 30’s. ¬†If you haven’t had a chance to read any of his books or some of his daily newspaper posts then I would … Continue reading The Stock Market Needs a Good Dose of Ritalin

Where are the Milestones??

One of the problems I have faced with retirement is the question “Where are the milestones?” I have up until retirement gauged most of my life by its milestones. They go something like this: Starting School My first communion Becoming a teenager Getting my driver’s license Graduating high school Deciding on college Being able to drink “legally” Graduating college Getting my first full time job … Continue reading Where are the Milestones??

Playing “Deaf & Dumb”‚Ķ..

As I have mentioned before I went deaf in 1988. Learning to cope in a hearing world has been one of my most strenuous challenges. Most people, whether they want to admit it or not, have preconceived ideas of who a deaf person is and for the most part I don’t fit into that mold. I am deaf but have maintained my ability to speak … Continue reading Playing “Deaf & Dumb”‚Ķ..

Retirement Investment Advisers…

  I think most investment advisers are actually in the “anti” ¬†retirement business as they scare us out of it by insisting that the you need as much income in retirement as you did before! They actually seem to be discouraging us from thinking about actually retiring! ¬†But then again they make their living taking a “small” percentage of your money in the process of … Continue reading Retirement Investment Advisers…

Books on Retirement Living….

Yeah, I’m probably pretty typical of a retiree in that I have read several books on what to do in my retirement years. To be quite frank none of them have been terribly useful to me! But that does not mean they were not worth reading. They did incite me to think about various things. Most retirement books are pretty generic: Get a hobby, enjoy … Continue reading Books on Retirement Living‚Ķ.

You Won’t Find “Ripped from the Headlines” here‚Ķ..

One thing you won’t find on this blog is anything related to today’s headlines. Quite frankly I find that area just too depressing at this point in my life. The anger that seems to be out there on just about everything is sometimes overwhelming. News people like Beck, Limburgh, Sanchez, Dobbs, and Coulter are ranting and raving to millions of adoring fans. They fan (pun … Continue reading You Won’t Find “Ripped from the Headlines” here‚Ķ..

The Redwood Forests…

I have always been a big fan of the songwriter Woody Guthry and¬†especially¬†his song “This land is your land”. Of course one of the places he mentioned in the song was the redwood forests. These pictures where taken in June 2009. We took a mile and a half hike through the Lady Bird Johnson Grove of redwoods in northern California. These pictures can’t really convey … Continue reading The Redwood Forests…