Prosperity and Taxes…My Recollections

I know all you young folks out there who might accidentally come across my blog know very little about the history of prosperity but most of the older folks have recollections of more prosperous times. ¬†I can remember the 1950s where everything seemed to be going well ¬†for many of us. We couldn’t build enough¬†houses or¬†cars to meet our needs.¬† Instead of our returning vets … Continue reading Prosperity and Taxes…My Recollections

13 Things to Remember If You Love A Person With Anxiety

Anxiety is tough, isn‚Äôt it? Not just for the people that have it, but for you ‚Äď the people that stick with them ‚Äď while they‚Äôre going through it. It‚Äôs emotionally taxing on both ends, it‚Äôs physically demanding at times, and of course mentally demanding most of the time. Plans have to be changed to accommodate the anxiety. Situations have to be avoided at times. … Continue reading 13 Things to Remember If You Love A Person With Anxiety

The grand Shiite-Sunni struggle

In a half-dozen nations, tyrants who once ruled by fear and repression have been toppled, unleashing centuries-old sectarian rivalries and bloody struggles for power. Syria’s horrific civil war is spilling into Lebanon and threatening Jordan and Turkey, while Iraq has effectively devolved into three nations ‚ÄĒ one Shiite, one Sunni, one Kurdish. In the chaos, a particularly malignant form of radical Sunni Islam, the Islamic … Continue reading The grand Shiite-Sunni struggle

The History Of Christianity???

I am bringing over a series of posts for my Sunday entries from my now inactive blog over at RedLetterLiving. This is the last¬†of a six-part series from about a year ago about the importance of the Bible in my spiritual life. After a ten-year study I finally understand what millions of other have discovered¬†before me‚Ķ. It‚Äôs about Jesus, not the Bible‚Ķ What About The … Continue reading The History Of¬†Christianity???

Meet the new workers’¬†movement that is terrifying¬†the wealthy and the powerful

They aren’t actually anything new, just a variation on long-standing labor-organizing practices that have come back into prominence. “Micro union” is a recently coined term of art for bargaining units that encompass one category of workers at a business ‚ÄĒ the cosmetics workers at a Macy’s, for example ‚ÄĒ instead of the more traditional model of organizing all the workers for the business into one … Continue reading Meet the new workers’¬†movement that is terrifying¬†the wealthy and the powerful

Fashion is Out….

This is no longer a trend ‚Äď it is now a lifestyle that is too comfortable, for consumers of all ages, for it to go away anytime soon,” he said. Millennials’ tendency to rent instead of buy is also turning the retail industry upside down. SOURCE:¬†Rebellious millennials are turning into a huge problem for retailers – Yahoo Finance. It appears from the above article that … Continue reading Fashion is Out….

Special courts…

Around the country, special courts are set up for former military members who have been charged with crimes after returning to civilian life, and who may be struggling with PTSD. Judges, lawyers, probation officers and others work together to treat or punish each defendant. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports on how the new approach can offer troubled veterans a path forward…. JUDGE JEFFREY ROSS:¬†Our goal … Continue reading Special courts…

About Our Defense Budgets… An Historic Perspective..

Total U.S. defense spending (in inflation-adjusted dollars) has increased so much over the past decade that it has reached levels not seen since World War II, when the United States had 12 million people under arms and waged wars on three continents. Moreover, the U.S. share of global military expenditures has jumped from about one-third to about one-half in this same period. Some of this … Continue reading About Our Defense Budgets… An Historic Perspective..

Indiana History Fest (one more time)…

From what I can find on the Internet it doesn’t sound like kids today get much of a history lesson. It seems most can’t even name the current president or know who many of the founding fathers were. That is sad indeed. If you want to get a kid to know something about history the easiest way is to get them involved as shown above. … Continue reading Indiana History Fest (one more time)…

Will Our Gushing Military Spending Ever End?

I know there are many of U.S. citizens who have never known a time when our military spending did not dwarf everything else in our discretionary spending budgets. We just seem to be a nation that wants to be policemen of the world. We want to put our noses into every conflict we can find. ¬†It doesn’t matter that in places like Iraq and Afghanistan … Continue reading Will Our Gushing Military Spending Ever End?

Federalized Healthcare…

If you pay attention to such things it becomes very apparent that depending on where you live and how much income you have, and when you need it, primary healthcare varies widely across our nation. ¬†The example below is specifically about worker’s compensation but is endemic across the healthcare spectrum. JUDY WOODRUFF: Howard Berkes, why are so many states moving to cut workers‚Äô comp? HOWARD … Continue reading Federalized Healthcare…

We All Need A Creative Boost Once In A While…

I admit that I struggle with my creativity from time to time. Sometimes it comes in quick spirts ¬†and sometimes I hit long dry spells. I, like most of you I imagine need a creative boost once in a while. To accomplish that I have numerous books on the shelves behind me and in my Kindle to give me some encouragement. The Creative Photographer by … Continue reading We All Need A Creative Boost Once In A While…

Christmas Light Art…

Every city seems to have them but the most impressive display of Christmas light art I have ever found is in the Peoria Illinois “Festival of Art”. The creativity found there is awesome! ¬†There are literally hundreds of different mammoth size display. The one shown above is a whale with Jonas’ boat inside. ¬†It is probably 100 feet long. ¬†If you live in the Midwest … Continue reading Christmas Light Art…

And It Begins…A China Power Play….

In quick succession, the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany all agreed to become founding shareholders of the AIIB, a sign that they are eager to cozy up to Beijing and its $4 trillion in foreign reserves. Once upon a time, “the world was said to bow down before the mighty dollar. These days, even many of America’s closest allies have renminbi signs in their eyes.” … Continue reading And It Begins…A China Power Play….

I Think, Therefore I Am…

In the 17th century, the French philosopher Ren√© Descartes came up with the “explanation for it all”:¬†I think, therefore I am. Descartes is considered the Father of Modern Day philosophy but being a relative novice in this area I kind of put that label on Plato or Socrates. Philosophy is something that I have always been peripherally interested in but never delved much into. ¬†I … Continue reading I Think, Therefore I Am…