Giving Up the Mouse…..

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Dexter, our cat has been chasing a mouse around the house for the last few winter days. When he does he gets Beulah our sixty pound basset hound all excited and involved in the chase. It is funny to see Beulah with her tail wagging a mile a minute sitting next to Dexter staring at the bottom of the refrigerator where a mouse is currently hiding.  When I started this post that picture came to mind but that is really not the topic at hand. Instead it is about giving up my computer mouse.

I started out my computer life with a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer in the 1980s. It had no mouse or graphical user interface (GUI for all you techies). Everything had to be typed in on a keyboard and I spent hundreds of hours on doing just that.  I was hooked from the very beginning.

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You Are Punished By Your Anger, Not For Your Anger…

  You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. Let a person overcome anger by love. Hate is never ended by hatred but by love. — Buddha — These words could just as easily come from the mouth of Jesus as from Buddha. But in reality Buddha lived on this earth several hundred years before Jesus. It amazes … Continue reading You Are Punished By Your Anger, Not For Your Anger…

You Are Punished By Your Anger, Not For Your Anger…

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. Let a person overcome anger by love. Hate is never ended by hatred but by love. — Buddha — These words could just as easily come from the mouth of Jesus as from Buddha. But in reality Buddha lived on this earth several hundred years before Jesus. It amazes me … Continue reading You Are Punished By Your Anger, Not For Your Anger…

Following Their Principles…..

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RooseveltIt seems we hear a lot about how the Republicans say they can’t vote for this or for that because they must “follow their principles”. ¬†The trouble with all this is that they don’t want any government so blowing up the system IS following their principles.

Their hero told them that “government is the problem”. But what is a country without government? ¬†That condition is called “everyone for themselves”. Is that what we want for our country? I think not; at least for 99% of us.

Is there really anything except shutting down government that can pass through a GOP controlled house of representatives now days? Are they really so head strong on eliminating their own jobs? That would be a first for any government employee wouldn’t it?

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Home for the holidays: Fewer US troops are absent this year…

  Source:¬†Home for the holidays: Fewer US troops are absent this year – CSMonitor.com. When President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama issued a special holiday greeting over the weekend to US troops fighting overseas, they were addressing the smallest deployment of combat troops in at least five years…. Then, as Mrs. Obama emphasized in the video greeting, there are the 2.4 million veterans of … Continue reading Home for the holidays: Fewer US troops are absent this year…

Grover Predicts….. And So Do I….

Source:¬†Norquist: Tea party resurgence if no “fiscal cliff” deal – Political Eye – CBS News. Grover Norquist is predicting that President Obama will be the political target of tea partiers if a deal on averting the “fiscal cliff” fails to materialize. No this quote from the article is not a joke. ¬†But it sure should be. As if the tea partiers will suddenly love the … Continue reading Grover Predicts….. And So Do I….

Mary Dyer….. Heretic… Quaker….

I am a regular reader of a Quaker blog called Quaker Quaker. On a recent posting ¬†by Mac Lemann¬†I learned a little about Mary Dyer. Here are some of his words from that post: I had recently re-learned, at Pendle Hill from Marcelle Martin, the story of Mary Dyer and the other Quaker martyrs hung on Boston Common. Mary was a follower of Anne Hutchinson … Continue reading Mary Dyer….. Heretic… Quaker….

Happy Holidays….

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Being a Christian I was taught to be very much offended when I ran across the words “Happy Holidays” as that somehow diminished the real meaning of the season. But after I came across a blog post recently I have changed my opinion on those words. I wish I had kept the explanation as I’m sure the original author explained it much better then I can but since I can no longer find it I will have to do the best I can in justifying his idea.

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The Pro-Scrooge Christmas Story….

Source: ¬†Conservatives urge GOP leaders to be bold, prepare to go over cliff – The Hill’s On The Money. ‚ÄúI think Obama is very mindful of his legacy and is horrified of going over the cliff,‚ÄĚ said Andy Roth of the Club for Growth. ‚ÄúGoing over the cliff might be a signal that needs to be sent to the president, that he needs to play … Continue reading The Pro-Scrooge Christmas Story….

NRA Solution to Gun Violence — More Guns

Source: ¬†NRA press conference: Put armed guards in schools (+video) – CSMonitor.com. Mr. LaPierre offered the NRA‚Äôs assistance in putting together safety programs in schools that include arming security personnel. Very ¬†the long-awaited response from the NRA relative to the Newton Conn. massacre is more guns. ¬† With the American flag on one side and the NRA flag on the other the NRA’s executive vice … Continue reading NRA Solution to Gun Violence — More Guns

It Is, But It Isn’t…..

Source:¬†What counts as a tax hike? Not Boehner ‘fallback’ plan, says antitax group – CSMonitor.com. The keeper of the GOP‚Äôs antitax oath has rendered judgment on House Speaker John Boehner‚Äôs fallback “fiscal cliff” plan that would allow Bush-era tax cuts to expire only for millionaires: It is not a tax increase. So decrees Americans for Tax Reform, the conservative advocacy group led by antitax activist … Continue reading It Is, But It Isn’t…..

Boredom, My Personal Journey …. Part 2

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This is a continuation of my previous post about boredom and apathy. In high school not much changed as far as a lack of a challenge. One of the things I did enjoy there was writing essays. That activity gave me free rein to say what I wanted and I always easily got A’s for my work. ¬†Unfortunately I was never guided toward an avocation that would have exercised that talent I definitely showed even in my early days.

After high school college came. That is where I came upon the first real challenges in thinking. ¬†Again I excelled in English Comp classes without much effort and the electrical engineering classes I took were challenging but not particularly enjoyable to me. That should have given me a clue that I was in the wrong major but being a naive farm kid that I was that just didn’t occur to me that I had options.

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Good At Complaining But Not Good At Solutions….

  “The devil is in the details” is a well-known quote that definitely applies in all this “fiscal cliff” talk going on recently. The congress in our version of government has the power of the purse. They determine where the money is spent and where it is cut. So, I find it strange that Mr. Boehner insists that the president and not him is responsible … Continue reading Good At Complaining But Not Good At Solutions….

Boredom, My Personal Journey — Part 1

Here are some words from a fellow blogger’s page that I kind of borrowed. ¬†Thanks Syd for the idea: York University professor John Eastwood explains that boredom is just ‚Äúwanting to, but being unable to engage in satisfying activity.‚Ä̬† He goes on to distinguish boredom from apathy. ¬†‚ÄúThe [bored] person is not engaged but wants to be. ¬†With apathy, he said, there is no urge … Continue reading Boredom, My Personal Journey — Part 1

The Slippery Slope…..

 


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I am totally sick of the “slippery slope” that my conservative friends so often cling to!!

If I hear another person give me a slippery slope story I just might punch them. The idea of the slippery slope consumes so much of their lives. It is the center point for their current stands against gun regulation. It is the center point for their current stands of excluding anyone from their religious circles who don’t totally align with them. ¬†It is the center point of their current stands on taxes.

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The Foolish Things We Do….

I don‚Äôt care who you are, you just can‚Äôt reach middle life without having done and said a whole lot of foolish things. 29 December 1934 ¬†¬†Will Rogers I have to admit that I have done¬†some pretty foolish things in life, especially in my high school years. Things that I am not particularly proud of but I¬†own up to¬†them. Don’t get me wrong, nothing I … Continue reading The Foolish Things We Do….