I Am Old…

Ok, I will admit it for at least the argument of this post, I am old.  I don’t mean to get morbid but I am likely in the last decade of my life.  Being old, besides all the aches and pains, is kind of freeing. We just don’t care as much about what people think of us than we used to. Our image is pretty much set in stone at this point in our lives so making a fool of ourselves now it not a big thing. One of the things at the new RJsCorner I plan on doing pretty … Continue reading I Am Old…

Banking Establishments…

I sincerely believe . . . that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. Thomas Jefferson in a letter 12 June 1815 Anyone that has studied Jefferson to any degree knows that he was an agrarian. That is he believed in power to the people, particularly the farmers who were the majority of the population in his day. He seemed to have a standing feud with Hamilton about this topic. I, like Jefferson, believe … Continue reading Banking Establishments…

Tolstoy & Christianity…

It is terrible to think what the churches do to men. But if one imagines oneself in the position of the men who constitute the Church, we see they could not act differently. The churches are placed in a dilemma: the Sermon on the Mount or the Nicene Creed–the one excludes the other. If a man sincerely believes in the Sermon on the Mount, the Nicene Creed must inevitably lose all meaning and significance for him, and the Church and its representatives together with it. If a man believes in the Nicene Creed, that is, in the Church, that is, … Continue reading Tolstoy & Christianity…

Quit Complaining And…

My inspiration for this post comes from various quotes but has the same theme.  It is easy to sit back and complain about this or that. We all do it and I am certainly no exception. But just complaining about something seldom has  the effect of actually resolving what you complain against. Here are some words from those much more famous than I am regarding this topic: I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.  ~John Locke Well done is better than well said.  ~Benjamin Franklin The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse … Continue reading Quit Complaining And…

Gridlock Because…..

I VERY much suspect that if thinking men would have the courage to think for themselves, and to speak what they think, it would be found they do not differ in . . . opinions as much as is supposed.  —  Jefferson, Thomas We all recognize that gridlock has frozen our government processes.  If only the people who represent each of us were to take to heart the words of Jefferson above we might just melt the sorry state that presently binds us.  The trouble with congress right now is that the people representing us are allowing a few who … Continue reading Gridlock Because…..

Inspiring Words From Thomas Jefferson

A DECALOGUE of canons for observation in practical life: 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap: it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things … Continue reading Inspiring Words From Thomas Jefferson

Ahead of Civilization…

  I have always regretted that I didn’t live about 30 or 40 years earlier, and in the same old Country, the Indian Territory. I would have liked to got here ahead of the ‘Nestors,’ the Bob wire fence, and so called civilization. – Will Rogers I have mentioned on the right column of this blog that I am part native American and proud of it. Sometimes these roots seem to come to the surface on this blog. This quote from Will did that. Many times in my life I have dreamed that I was a mountain man in the … Continue reading Ahead of Civilization…

The Menagerie of Life

  I am a collector of quotes. That is just who  I am at this point in my life. I look for quotes that are short and to the point. So I thought for this “inspiration” Sunday I would compile a list of quotes that are central to my life. I apologize for the long letter but I didn’t have the time to write a short one. ~ Thomas Jefferson Essays should be like miniskirts. Short enough to be attractive, yet long enough to cover the main parts. ~ Unknown None of us have time to listen to one-hundred words … Continue reading The Menagerie of Life

The Love of God….

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them,  how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children,  let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  — 1 John 3:16 – 28 I am going to start off this series about the followers of Jesus responsibilities to the poor with one of … Continue reading The Love of God….

A Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Waste…..

When a fellow don’t have much mind it don’t take him long to make it up. – November 3, 1935  Will Rogers As Will mentions here it doesn’t seem like many today have much mind and what they have is most often closed. They are fixated on one tunnel vision world view and absolutely nothing will shake them from that view. They have made up their minds long ago that their view of the world is the only valid one. It is almost like that guy about one hundred years ago that tried to shut down the U.S. patent office … Continue reading A Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Waste…..