Reflections of Canada – RJ Walters (all rights reserved) Continue reading Ottawa Canada July 2011
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your … Continue reading The Greatest of God’s Commands
Source: The 10 Biggest-Selling Drugs That Are About to Lose Their Patent – DailyFinance. I am one of millions of us seniors who is on some very expensive prescription drugs. I currently spend over $1,000/year on Plavix alone. But that is about to change. In May 2012 Plavix will lose is patent exclusivity. That will open the door for an inexpensive generic. The above article … Continue reading Hello Plavix Generic…..
I see from my statistics that the following post is one of my most popular. So I thought I would bring it back for another round. Nothing has changed since I wrote it in January. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That is a question that has been on my mind the last few days. I have lived for more than six decades on this earth so I have been … Continue reading What is the Saddest Thing in the World – Again….
I love a dog, he does nothing for political reasons. – Will Rogers — December 3, 1933 It never ceases to amaze me just how much of a sage Will Rogers was! I know Will was always surrounded by dogs in his life. I also know that I have been surrounded by dogs much of my life. Especially since my marriage of twenty six years ago. … Continue reading My Dog Does Nothing For Political Reasons…..
Source: ‘Occupy’ protesters find allies among the wealthy – US news – Life – msnbc.com. There is some very interesting stuff going on with the Wall Street Rallies lately. The latest theme of these rallies are “We are the 99%”. This draws from the fact that currently 1% of the U.S. population controls about 50% of the total wealth in the country. Due to the … Continue reading 'Occupy' protesters find allies among the wealthy
Here is a quote from Jim Wallis over at Sojourners that will be the foundation for this post. Since the Occupy Wall Street movement began, the talk about inequality has been greater than I can remember it being for a very long time. This has been the elephant in the room in our discussions about the economy that nobody wanted to say out loud. In … Continue reading Inequity in the U.S.
Christ, in sending the [people] to the scriptures, sent them, not merely to read them, but carefully to search and ponder them. And did he not say, “Read the scriptures,” but “Search the scriptures.” … Their meaning is not expressed superficially or set forth in their literal sense, but, like a treasure, lies buried at a great depth. And those who seek for hidden things … Continue reading Don’t Just Read But Search & Ponder….
The above title is something that many people espouse to live by. But in my opinion you can’t just go with the flow in your retirement life. At least not the way I perceive it or at least not in the beginning. Going with the flow is allowing things to happen without much outside intervention. When we enter your retirement life each of us needs … Continue reading Just Go With The Flow….
I just visited the blog of one of my Conservative friends. Like so many others he claims he is an independent but everything on his blog has a VERY right leaning slant. My friend is currently ranting about the Wall Street protests. He claims they are a vast conspiracy with a collective mentality. That is someone other than them is telling them everything to do … Continue reading My Conservative Friend….
Scientists have discovered that the left side of our brains control our perceptions of logic and order while the right side controls our creativity. I have spent pretty much the last sixty five years of my life with the left side of my brain controlling what I do and what I think. I was an engineer for thirty of those years and that meant I spent … Continue reading My Right Brain is Screaming Lately…..
Source: Column: We don’t want an America ‘made in China’ – USATODAY.com. Let’s subtitle this post to “When Buying American Meant Something”. There are some rather disturbing things about the source article above. It seems very strange that a U.S. supplier would lose out to the China competitor for the glass used in the new Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site! If there … Continue reading We don’t want an America ‘made in China’…
Now that I am finally a Medicare beneficiary I want to take a look back at the trip to get here. I will also be looking at how we do our healthcare relative to the rest of the industrial world. Let’s begin this journey. I have learned from experience that healthcare needs definitely increase as you get older. I joke that I think my warranty … Continue reading The Cost of Healthcare….
The title to this post came from one of the organizers of the Wall Street protests that are taking place across the country. More power to the people baby!! 🙂 It basically infers that we ordinary people who take risks with our assets (money) have to pay the consequences of when we make the wrong decisions. But the capitalists, meaning those large Wall Street firms, … Continue reading Capitalism For Us and Socialism For The Capitalists….
There should be a tax on every man that wanted to get a government appointment or be elected to office. In two years that tax alone would pay our National debt. – Will Rogers March 22, 1925 I have to go back to my hero Will Rogers for answers to many of life’s problems. Given that we are in the middle of the primary season … Continue reading The Answer to the Debt Problem…
Source: Editorial Cartoons – USATODAY.com Photos. Continue reading Way Too Narrow For Me Too…
This was a picture taken recently during our Canadian vacation. We were staying in a small motel right on the river. It was a mystical place. Continue reading Sunset Over the St. Lawrence River – 2011
Source: Can this government be fixed? Three steps that might help – USATODAY.com. It seems everywhere we turn today there is dissatisfaction with our representative in federal government. The words below were taken from the source article but could have come from just about any thing written about our politics of the day. Can this government be fixed? Americans are increasingly frustrated by the disconnect … Continue reading Can this government be fixed?
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and … Continue reading If You Are a Christian There Are Consequences To Inaction…..
This excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article peaked my senses. It seems the rich, who we give massive tax breaks, are aware that their kids will probably blow through their inherited wealth after they are gone. What a bind to be in! I bet they take all this planning and trustees as tax deductions. It seems very ironic that while most of us are … Continue reading Poor Little Rich Kids…..
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” –Steve Jobs — Continue reading Follow Your Inner Voice….
I guess everybody who has looked at any news source yesterday know that Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Computer, passed away this week of pancreatic cancer. He was only 56 years old. Steve was definitely not one who was afraid of pushing the envelope of life and particularly our technology life. In that regard he was a hero of mine. I myself … Continue reading Here's to you Steve….
Source: Military retirees say benefits hard-earned – USATODAY.com. The news in the article above came as somewhat a shock to me. I often hear that the military pay is substandard; that we are forcing our soldiers to live in poverty. The graph to the right seems to go against those words. It seems that being a federal employee including ones in the military that your … Continue reading Federal and Military Employee Compensation…
Source: GOP shifts away from payroll tax cut – The Boston Globe. The title words are part of the post above. It basically give the true meaning of why the Republicans are now against the payroll tax cut that would put an additional $240 billion into the economy. I had a glimmer of hope that we were starting to put this foolishness behind us but … Continue reading I’m Against It Because He’s For It…..
One of my favorite pictures from a previous homestead. Continue reading Misty Morning – 1994
Source Article: Republicans unready to rout Obama – chicagotribune.com. What I find most interesting about this article is quote below. America is finally wising up to President Barack Obama, a nice guy who prepared for the presidency by being a follower, by avoiding confrontation while cozying up to City Hall. These words are from a long time Chicago Tribune reporter. Of course Chicago is the adopted … Continue reading By Being a Follower….
If there is any doubt that the middle class in this country is disappearing the new statistic of 46.2 million below the poverty line verifies that fact. It now takes more than two or three jobs at minimum wage to get out of this group. With our spending forty times more for our military than any other country and our healthcare costing more than … Continue reading A Sad New Statistic….
Today is the best of times and also the worst of times. Today my medical insurance is costing me half of what it did yesterday… Today I am officially a senior as I am now on Medicare… Continue reading It is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times…