Posts Tagged ‘options’


June 5, 2016

A new year has half gone by, so I decided to post on my blog. It seems fauna is adapting well to climate change. Spring started in April. Since then almost everything in our garden has either bloomed or has buds. It’s beautiful, but I understand what the flowers have been saying: Here comes the heat we hope to survive, so we’ll bloom early, go dormant, and hope for the best.

That strategy works for some people too. Bloom early, go dormant, and hope for the best. I wouldn’t say I was an early bloomer, but now that I’m retired, I can go dormant whenever the need arises. I’m writing this in the middle of the night, because daytime is just too hot. I guess it’s up to each of us to either adapt to change or just bitch a lot and make everybody else miserable. This is a good time to be adaptable.

Elsewhere others are getting all worked up about candidates for President of the US they don’t like, don’t agree with, or are just scared of. Is it worth getting all worked up about it? Some call it passion. Others call it civil disobedience. Fear is clearly driving the emotions. A lot of people are living on the edge and see how easily they could lose their jobs, homes, dreams, hope. I think that’s a good time to calm down and take stock of options for adaptability. Of course, I’m retired. I know it’s always possible for me to lose everything, except my peace of mind. And my adaptability. I choose to keep those.

As the saying goes, Be Calm and … I pluck on (guitar and harp). Be Calm and Listen works if you’re not in the middle of a war zone or riot. Whatever works for you, please Be Calm. And when all else fails, try to adapt. Best wishes to all.


My Thoughts About Life in the 21st Century US

April 17, 2015

When I was a child, the world of science fiction predicted flying cars in the 21st century. Here we are in the 21st century, and this past week a flying car, otherwise known as a gyro helicopter, driven by a postal worker landed at the US Capitol to deliver mail. Most of us who have seen the film of this marvelous stunt (it certainly made me smile) were greatly relieved that the postal worker wasn’t shot dead by police. And there’s the real 21st century in the Ununited States.

It all started at the beginning of the century, when some men, mostly from Saudi Arabia, had nothing to live for, were jealous of life in the then United States, and did the infamous 911 deed. After that, the politicians on the East Coast surrendered to terror and totally lost their sense of proportion as well as their minds. Humor was outlawed in airports. Modesty was outlawed in airports. Dignity was outlawed in airports.

Since then, we’ve seen the First Lady and the Vice-President’s wife beg the country to pay extra because it’s easier than getting the Veteran’s Administration to do its job. People have gone crazy in parts of the Ununited States demanding more firearms and carrying them in public. The other states not united to those places have fought to reduce the risk of death by guns by restricting access. Now, in spite of all the homicides in the US, murder is outranked (close to quadrupled) by suicide.

Suicide is the act of murdering one’s body because one feels one has run out of acceptable options. Humans adapt best to change when they have knowledge of alternate options. A sense of humor, even in the worst of times, often affords awareness of alternatives. The postal worker with the flying car saw alternative options for delivering mail to Congress. Unfortunately, the District of Confrontation (DC) has no sense of humor or acceptance of alternatives. People need options.

May I suggest some alternative options for this country, however seemingly absurd?

Instead of a fence between the US and Mexico (Mexicans are predominantly nice people with strong family values. They just don’t realize how much the US has deteriorated psychologically.), let’s build a 20 foot tall and 8 foot thick wall around the Capitol and the White House so the poor little rich politicians can feel safe. No, wait–there’s the danger of flying cars. So include a ceiling on each and paint it sky blue on the underside. Then we can stop spending money on “Homeland Security”. (Security 101: any system completely secure can no longer function.) We don’t have to worry about the Supreme Court since they’re locked in their ivory tower. Once they’re all walled in safely, we wouldn’t have to pay them exorbitant salaries and pensions as long as we remember to deliver them food.

Let’s take the money wasted on NSA and CIA and stop fighting other countries and non-countries when we can’t decide on a country so we can spend less on the Defense/Offense Department (isn’t that what DoD really stands for?). Then there will be sufficient resources for health care, education, housing for those who make less money, Medicare and Social Security. We need to keep the National Guard for natural disasters and emergencies.

Let’s switch to compostable toilets to save water. They’re hi-tech now. With the money we save from eliminating war, we should be able to help those in need afford them.

Some of the states insist on persisting in racial discrimination. The Supreme Court in their ivory tower doesn’t see this. In this, the states are definitely divided. We all know which states are which, and which are themselves divided. Everyone of color, please move to a welcoming state. Everyone who hates color, please move to a hating state. Same goes for those who welcome flying bullets and those who don’t. No war or interstate trade is necessary. Just remember where you stand when making vacation plans.

If you’re having suicidal thoughts or if you’re a politician, please stop thinking for a few precious moments. Take a walk, preferably in a wooded or natural setting. Breathe deeply. Look around. Smile, even if you don’t feel like it, smile. Keep smiling. See the possibilities life has to offer. See that there are no natural borders, that there are so many living beings besides humans, and that it’s possible to live without anger. After all, in the “Land of the Free” (albeit largest police state in the world), we don’t have to do what we’re told. We can decide for ourselves.

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