Embracing Change… Again??

One of the ten pillars that drive my life is to embrace change and I certainly do my share of it here at RJsCorner and my life in general. The coming changes include looking both forward and backwards.

I know one thing for sure, and that is, I have had my fill of things political. It does nothing but bring dread into my life now. I have better things to do than to worry about all those who fear just about everrything and seem to be everywhere now! So, with the stroke of the pen I say “Politics Be Gone”. Well, maybe not entirely. When the current Oval Office occupant does something INCREDIBLY STUPID, I might give it a word or two in my weekly snippets.

During the winter months I have a lot of time on my hands. My lack of physical balance due to my deafness makes it dangerous to walk where there might be ice. So much of my time is on a home detention from mid-November to mid-March. 🙂 That leaves me lots of time to think and read and that automatically generates ideas for daily posts here on RJsCorner. I sometimes have to remind myself that I shouldn’t post more than once a day. I don’t want to become a pest to all my followers.

And then when Spring finally happens, sometimes quickly, but often tragically slow, it is time to go into my “Summer mode”. The first thing on the agenda is to try to shed the extra 8 lbs I gained from the lack of significant exercise during the winter months. That is getting harder and harder to do as the years go by.

The “Summer mode” also means lots of work taking care of the of the 2+ acre homestead and the one-hundred year old farmhouse that sits on it. It also means I pull the uRV (micro RV) out of the barn and get it ready to hit the road again. There is always something I have dreamed up during the winter months that needs improvement in my little home-away-from-home. This year it is designing and fabricating a new lower storage unit. I gotta show you some pictures of that.

Lot’s of things to do in the “Summer Mode”


Now let’s spend some time looking backwards at least as far as this blog goes. I have done a lot of different things in this ten year stretch of its existence. Maybe I should bring back some of those things to fill the vacuum from avoiding the ugliness of politics? Maybe you can help me with those decisions.

  1. When I decided to move my photography work to another venue, I really didn’t intend to make it disappear entirely from RJsCorner. Maybe I should bring some of my favorites back here?
  2. The blog that eventually morphed into RJsCorner was entitled InSearchOfAmerica and a serious part of that were my “On The Road” reports while traveling across America. I really enjoyed talking about the historical part of my trips. Maybe I should bring some of that back?
  3. I have been dabbling in poetry. No, you didn’t read that wrong! As a young teenager, I thought I was pretty good at that, but since none of my works from that era survived I can’t verify that with a more mature eye now. But I have been learning and experimenting with it lately. Maybe I should publicly try my hand at that?
  4. This winter I have accumulated painting apps that use a picture I have taken to make them into artworks of several different styles. I think I would like to try my hand at that?

As you can see, I have ideas for lots of changes here on RJsCorner. I know I will be limiting my posts to two to three times a week, but I haven’t really decided which new items I want to tackle. What would you like to see from this seventy-three year old deaf guy in the coming months?

I would certainly welcome your input.

Common Bonds…

I don’t know exactly when this round of” Us vs Them” started, but it is proven to be flat out destructive. Let me spend a few minutes here trying to show you the damage it has done and what we might do to reverse it.

From what I can find making those who think differently than you do in the political arena started in earnest during the Newt Gingrich era of the 1980s. I like to blame Reagan for most of this stuff so I will add his name here too. Since that time partisanship has almost completely evaporated! It is now all about defeating your bitter foes on the other side of the great divide.

The problem is that today’s divide has become so wide and vitriolic that it comes down to friend vs enemy, politics is always war, and life in general is eternal conflict. We have it in our mind that if we can just defeat our enemy we can make a perfect world where everything goes our way.

Little do we realize that can never happen. Once that mentality takes shape in our mind it fashions enemies where none were previously present. All we do is peel the onion down to the next conflict level.

I would like to believe, whether it is true or not, that most of us don’t always live our lives in that mode. We manage to get along with our neighbors, even if they are different from us. Those of us in small communities actually enjoy those around us. Yes, there is the tribal instinct when it comes to family but there is also a community instinct outside of family.

The underlying problem in America, and much of the rest of the world, is division, or how we separate ourselves from others :

  • The widening gap between rich and poor
  • rural and urban
  • whites and people of color
  • educated and less educated
  • conservative and progressive

But I can’t help believe that somehow these divides can be conquered using things where we agree with each other. The first part of this very long journey is to find those things. Let’s look at a few possibilities here to get us started:

  • We all love our children and want what’s best for them.
  • We are bound by our work ethic and can find improvements we all want to see in that area.
  • We all want a sense of belonging so maybe we can find a way to pull the political power more to the local area.
  • We all have a shared sense of community. If only we can see that there is a diversity of poeple in that community that are not threatening to us.

We need all of these things to begin coming together as a nation. Let’s all try to take baby steps in these areas and before you know it we just might be taking giant leaps together.

The Us vs Them Mindset Just Might Take Down Our Country – Let’s Find Our Common Bonds To Keep That From Happening

Sunday – April 7

Senility??

I can remember in the late 1980s thinking that the then president just might be in the beginning stages of senility. He just seemed to forget so many things and was forever depending on Nancy to finish his thoughts. Is that happening again?

It seems that the current Oval Office occupant can’t even remember where is father was born. Is this the beginning of senility or is it just another of the VERY LONG list of lies he has told? I don’t know? But I do have a post coming out this week with several explanations of why he says so many untrue things. I didn’t make up this list but I think each possible reason has some validity. I think you will be suprised by it.


Speaking of Telling the Truth…

It seems that Attorney General Barr is telling a story much different than the authors remember writing it. Some members of the Meuller team say his four page summary is not what they wrote. I guess we will never hear the end of this stuff until we hear the end of Trump.


Don’t Go Away Mad…

I see everybody is picking on Joe Biden again. It turns out that there are many people who he has hugged and embraced in different ways over the years that didn’t appreciate it. I know that is just the way he is but on a deeper level I think its time for him to go away. He shouldn’t put himself through the agony with no hope of reward. His time has passed and it’s time to let a younger generation have their change to screw things up.

Don’t Go Away Mad, Joe… Just Go Away..


Everything is Great Again

Now that we finally have the perfect person leading our country, everything it GREAT Again… Or is it???

But all the MAGA folks see here is the American Flag descecrated.

Techie Saturday – Passwords Be Gone…

I have a password manager that has 168 passwords in it. It is the only way I can see to manage all those logins. I will admit, contrary to what that tool warns against, that many of the non-critical fluff type sites I visit have the same name and password. But I do have several more critical sites that have very complicated and unique passwords of which I could never put to memory.

Every time I have to open that app to log onto a particular site I curse a little. I’m not a curser by nature, I don’t even say “shit” very often. But this password stuff drives me crazy sometime. Almost as crazy as all the buggy software and antiquated equipment I am forced to tolerate from AT&T (DirecTV, SLOW rural Internet service). But that is another story.

When I came across an article from “The Week” magazine a while ago I almost leaped for joy. It is about the World Wide Web Consortium recently ratifying WebAuthN which allows web sites to authenticate users with biometric information. What that means is that instead of having to drag out a complicated string of letters, you will be able to log into a site with a fingerprint or more likely a quick facial recognition.

So getting into any of your sites will be done by briefly looking at your computer/pad/phone camera. I don’t know how long it will take before this new standard is implemented. I hope it is soon…

But I’m sure some of you are yelling, “Oh NO… Not another change” 🙂

1984 Revisited

I have decided to take on another “special project” here at RJsCorner and that is to re-read George Orwell’s novel 1984 and write some posts about the similarity to what is happening today. So much of what is coming out of the executive branch of our government seems to originate from Orwell’s novel.

I was fascinated by the book the first time I read it as an early teenager in the early 1960s. The book was written in 1944 but was not published until 1948. Here are some slightly edited words from Wikipedia to jog your memory and entice you to read this special series:

In the year 1984, civilization has been damaged by war, civil conflict, and revolution. Airstrip One (formerly Britain) is a province of Oceania, one of the three totalitarian super-states that rule the world. It is ruled by the “Party” under the ideology of “Ingsoc” and the mysterious leader Big Brother, who has an intense cult of personality. The Party stamps out anyone who does not fully conform to their regime using the Thought Police and constant surveillance through devices such as Telescreens (two-way televisions).

It is amazing how forward-looking this novel was considering when it was written. I can certainly forgive Orwell for not realizing that it would take 75 years, instead 40, for it to become virtual reality.

I look forward in trying to relate Orwell’s world to what is going on today, and I hope you do too.

One Small Thought…

Sometimes I get into dry spells here at RJsCorner where I just can’t think of something for my daily posts. When that occurs I usually pull up a quote that strikes me from my list at iHearts143Quotes.com. That is the case for today’s post.

I am certainly one to embrace change and loathe boredom, but having said that I do enjoy my morning routine. Part of that routine is to say a little prayer in the morning shower. I find that it just gets my day off to the right start. Here is the prayer:

Lord, thank you for yesterday and please give me another good day today.

I’m not a Catholic, but I once was, so I don’t always say those exact words but the meaning is always the same. It is a twofold prayer, if I must say. The first, most obvious part is to appreciate every day that comes and to try and make something special happen in that day. The second part is at this time in my life I really don’t know that I will see a tomorrow, so I petition the Lord with that request also.

[going off track here] Thinking about Catholics, I always wondered why they have to say the exact same prayers over and over again. I started this life as a Catholic for my first 20 years, then later spent about the same amount of time as a Lutheran Protestant, and am finishing up as “spiritual but not religious” category. I kind of like that non-Catholic have to wing it more when they pray. Not as many pre-subscribed words for them to parrot.

Getting back to my original thoughts to close here, I do the vast majority of my post writing in the first few hours of each day. When noon comes along it is most often time for more physical type activities. I do like to embrace change but I guess I also like my daily routines too.

Clearing The Distractions…

Now that the Mueller Investigation is finally over I hope we will no longer be totally engulfed with the daily news of possible scandal and can finally concentrate on what is actually happening to our democracy. Yes, we have an incompetent in the Oval Office but our attention should be to keep him from doing irreparable harm for his remaining one year and nine months in office.

Looking back, I was never that hopeful that a “smoking gun” would be found in the two-year, which seemed like ten year, investigation. I never really deemed him smart enough to accomplish something as complicated as collusion. Given the verocity of the MAGA cult, an impeachment would probably have done more damage to our country than what he can do in the next two years, especially since we finally have a check on his power via the US congress.

I realize that 2016 events were just an exercise in self-praise and spiteful games for the current Oval Office occupant. He never really intended to be president so why would he even expose himself to a treasonable scenario even if he could accomplish it? He is there because of the defective electoral college tradition and proud ignorance of so many who voted blindly without thinking of the consequences of their actions.

Getting back to the point here, I’m glad this is almost over so we can spend the next two years concentrating on the drastic changes he taught us are needed in the executive branch to reign in a future incompetent. We need to have in place a way to quickly fix the damage he is doing to worldwide efforts to attack global warming once he leaves.

Another issue I hope we have time to address now is how to convince the unconvinible that his version unfettered capitalism is not a solution, but instead, the major source for the financial inequity in our country. Yes, the stock markets might have temporarily gone up with his tax break for the affluent but at the same time most important quality-of-life metrics continue going down for the rest of us. These include: skyrocketing suicide rates, a health care system that is unattainable for too many, a military complex that starves much needed infrastructure improvements, and pretty much anything else.

We need to do the equivalent of hitting our citizens, especially the MAGA cult, over the head with a two-by-four to get them to realize that our country will cease to exist as we know it if we don’t address all the issues that are currently being proudly ignored by the current Oval Office occupant. I just hope it is not too late!

Finally I dream of a time when I can once again look at any news source and not see it totally consumed by an orange-haired narcissist.