Backin’ Off to Move Ahead

October 17th, 2012



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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I think we’ve done it to ourselves.  In spite of all of the technological advancements, cool gadgets and labor-saving devices that are supposed to make our life easier, I think we’re losing ground.  You say that doesn’t make any sense at all?  Why, look at how far mankind has come in just the last hundred years or so.  Look at all of the advances in electronics, medicine, transportation and entertainment.  Look at all of the wonderful products available in our department stores and supermarkets.  And if you can’t find it in the stores, for dang sure it’ll be on-line.  If you want “it” – “it” is out there.  We can find ANYTHING we want!  Life is really, really good!


Or is it really?  Is life as good as we think it is – or have we just filled it with so many gadgets and activities that we’ve fooled ourselves into believing it’s good?  Is there a remote possibility that we’re missing something?  Something that could help make our lives a lot easier and a heck of a lot more enjoyable?


It sure looks like it to me.


Let’s take a step back for just a minute to look at the big picture.  As I’m updating this, the world population is estimated to be 7,046,257,349 – plus or minus a half dozen or so.  We’re over the 7 billion mark.  Impressive, huh?  Sort of scary too, when you get right down to it.  7 billion people trying to survive in whatever situation they find themselves in.  7 billion folks working, laughing, crying, reproducing and doing any of the other zillion things that we humans do.


What a large segment of that huge glob of people are unfortunately not doing however, is “tuning in”.  And no, I’m not talking about selecting any one of half a zillion TV channels or radio stations.  I’m talking about really tuning in to whatever the heck that “bigger thing” is that we’re all a part of.  Call it Universal Consciousness, our Spiritual Selves, the Big Picture, the Grand Scheme of Things, or whatever you want.  It’s that incomprehensible, mysterious something that binds us all together and provides a basic purpose for our existence in the first place.

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About Mans’ Best Friend

October 9th, 2012



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The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.




Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

-Ann Landers



If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

-Will Rogers



There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

-Ben Williams



A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

-Josh Billings



The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

-Andy Rooney



We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.

-M. Acklam


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Animal Instincts

October 2nd, 2012



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We all are animals, right?  Mammals?  Sure we are.  We all have fur, a self-regulating body temperature – and our females have mammary glands (that’s boobs for those of you who don’t normally think in more precise anatomical terms).  Besides, if we aren’t plants – with a few exceptions that I’m sure are coming to mind out there – then we gotta be animals.  That’s the only other choice. 


So if we’re closely related to critters like dogs, cats, lions, tigers and bears, doesn’t it make sense that we showed up here on planet earth with at least a few of the same type of traits?  Animals are naturally assembled with characteristics that will permit them to survive in less than ideal environments – and do all those things it takes to keep their species alive for thousands of years.  Yeah, I know – that is unless we humans start putzing with their environment and remove all chances of their survival.  That’s happened entirely too much.


But apart from that, if left to their own devices animals do a darned good job of hanging in there (surviving) at least long enough to do the propagation thing (make more of their kind of animals).  Since we’re animals, that applies to us too.  Experts generally agree that we humans arrive here on earth pre-wired and pre-programmed to do those things it takes for us to survive – not only as individuals, but also as a species.  That makes sense.  These animal instincts have allowed us to grow from an indeterminate handful of Homo sapiens to a population of about seven billion people. 


For the most part, our survival instincts serve us well.  Threats to our survival (perceived or real) however, have occasionally prompted us to take drastic steps to protect ourselves – both as individuals and as groups.   I’m not necessarily saying “bad” steps – just beyond the ones we normally associate with everyday living.  Such as?  Such as moving from an area of town where there were a couple of drug busts to the perceived safety of a nice secure gated community.  Oh yeah, then there’s installation of the security alarm system and the purchase of a 9mm handgun as backup.  How about a big dog and pepper spray – just in case?  Classes in self defense might not be a bad investment either come to think of it.  And maybe bars on the windows, too.  And… well, you get the idea.  An instinct for self (and maybe family, too) preservation coupled with a touch of fear can easily direct us down a path we would not normally have taken.

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This Just Ain’t Good!

September 20th, 2012



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“Nope, this just ain’t good!”  How many times in our lives have we had those or similar words bouncing around inside our skulls?  Yeah, I’ve lost count, too! 


There are usually only a few reasons these annoying words show up.  Occasionally, it’ll be when we just run smack-dab into an “Oh Sh–!” situation.  You know what I mean.  Accidents, diseases and a whole bunch of other stuff that seem to have popped up out of nowhere and suddenly we find ourselves up to our neck in swamp water with alligators nipping at our butts.


Now admittedly, some of these situations that seem to pop up out of nowhere are a normal result of the things we personally did or didn’t do.  We made our own bed and suddenly we’re forced to either lie in it or start ripping off the sheets.  Don’t ya just hate it when that happens?


Other times, an event occurs that honestly is completely beyond our control.  These are just unfortunately, part of life.  Natural disasters, impulsive or inconsiderate actions by other folks and many diseases fall into this category.  Once again, we’re put into a position where we’ll likely need to do something that we never would have wanted to do in the first place.  Dang the bad luck…


In both of these types of situations, we’re forced into a position of either having to “act” or suffer the undesirable consequences.  Most of us will then put our logic and maybe even our survival instincts to work to do those things we need to do to try to overcome our yucky situation.  More often than not, we’ll succeed.  Cool!


But what about those situations that quietly sneak up on us?  You know the ones I’m talking about.  It’s the job that started out to be pretty good and later on down the road has turned into drudgery and uncertainty.  The relationship that was once built on caring and compassion which has deteriorated into indifference or abuse.  The life path that was once paved and well maintained that has made a gradual transition into a muddy cow path.  Now what?

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Observations on Politics and that sort of thing…

September 13th, 2012



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If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

Mark Twain



Suppose you were an idiot - and suppose you were a member of Congress….  but then I repeat myself.

Mark Twain



I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

Winston Churchill



A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw



A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

G. Gordon Liddy



Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

James Bovard, Civil Libertarian



Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University



Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian


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A Wednesday Potpourri

August 29th, 2012



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Once upon a time In a land far away, A beautiful, independent, self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle.


The frog hopped into the princess’ lap and said “Elegant lady, I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper young prince that I am.


And then my sweet, we can marry and set up housekeeping in your castle with my mother. Where you can prepare meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so.”


That night, as the princess dined sumptuously on lightly sauteed frog legs seasoned in white wine and onion cream sauce, she chuckled and thought to herself…


I don’t friggin’ think so…









“Come to the edge.”


“We can’t. We’re afraid.”


“Come to the edge.”


“We can’t. We will fall!”


“Come to the edge.”


And they came.


And he pushed them,


And they flew.



French poet William Apollinaire








May today there be peace within.


May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.


May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.


May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.


May you be content knowing you are a child of God.


Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.


It is there for each and every one of us.









While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Texas rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the man.


Eventually the topic got around to politics and the people who have been elected – or are trying to be elected - to public office.


The old rancher said, “Well, ya know, every once in a while, we wind up with a ‘post turtle’.”


Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘post turtle’ was.


The old rancher said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’.”


The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain. “You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he is up there, and you just want to help the dumb ass get down.”



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Regina Brett’s 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on

August 16th, 2012



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Regina Brett’s 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on

by Regina Brett


(As published in The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday May 28, 2006, 10:13 AM)



To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.


It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here’s an update:


1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.


2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.


3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.


4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.


5. Pay off your credit cards every month.


6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.


7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.


8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.


9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.


10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.


11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.


12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.


13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.


14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.


15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.


16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.


17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.


18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.


19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.


20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.


21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.


22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.


23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.


24. The most important sex organ is the brain.


25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

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Your Cat’s in my Garden

August 1st, 2012



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“Good morning…”


“This is Mrs. Olsen.  You need to come get your cat out of my garden!”


“Excuse me?”


“I said, you need to come get your cat out of my garden.  I don’t want him crapping all over the place!”


“I’m afraid you’re mistake…”


“I want him out now!”


“But we don’t have a cat.”


“Don’t lie to me!  I know it’s your cat and I want him out of my garden!”


“Seriously, we have a dog but we don’t have a cat.”


“Yes you do – and it’s in my garden and I want him out of there!”


“Ma’am… we do NOT own a cat!”


“Damnit!  I just hate people like you!”




Poor Mrs. Olsen.  I don’t know if she was just so frustrated by a cat being in her garden that she dialed the wrong number and didn’t realize it – or if she really believed that it honestly was our cat.  Whatever the reason, it was never mentioned again.

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Busy, busy, busy, busy…..

July 18th, 2012



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…busy, busy, busy, busy, busy… OK, slap me with a wet diaper!  Enough of that silliness.  Most you know what I’m talking about though, right?  That’s us!  Busy.  Doing what?  Stuff.  What kinds of stuff?  All kinds of stuff.  Like what?  You name it.  Give me an example.  Can’t.  Why not?  Too busy…


OK – that’s it!  Blow the damned whistle!  We need a Time Out!


Holy Smokes, Folks!  We’re going outta control.  No, not all of us of course.  But there are enough of us pushing our physical, mental and emotional limits that it’s worthwhile talking about it.  Let me ask you this.  When was the last time you just kicked back and looked at the clouds to see what cartoonish kinds of figures or shapes you could see in them?  Or the last time you touched a plant leaf and really thought about how it felt and how amazing it was that it was an actual living thing?  Or the last time you strolled leisurely down the road or path and thought about nothing in particular?  Or the last time you watched a baby sleep and enjoyed the feeling of being a part of a great creation?  Or the last time you leaned back in an easy chair and snoozed – not because you were completely worn out, but just because it seemed like a neat thing to do?


How long has it been?  An extremely long time?  Never?  Hmmm…


Many of us unfortunately, are the proud owners of the skewed assumption that we must always be doing something.  OK, for those of you who have a tendency to get overly technical, we are always doing something – even when we’re doing “nothing”.  You know what I mean.  I’m referring to our obsession with physical and mental (and sometimes emotional) activity.  We go to work, do stuff, talk with folks, go home, go to the store, go out to an activity, run errands, pay bills, haul the kids around, fix meals, do yard work, do house work, fix stuff, paint stuff, reorganize stuff, buy more stuff, watch TV, surf the web, and on and on.  Even our vacations are so crammed with “doing” that we’re pooped puppies by the time we get back home.

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Classic Groaners

July 10th, 2012



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1.  Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married.  The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.



2.  A jumper cable walks into a bar.  The bartender says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”



3.  Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.



4.  A dyslexic man walks into a bra.



5.  A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says: “A beer please, and one for the road.”



6.  Two cannibals are eating a clown.  One says to the other: “Does this taste funny to you?”



7. ”Doc, I can’t stop singing ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home.’”

“That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.”

“Is it common?”

“Well, It’s Not Unusual.”



8.  Two cows are standing next to each other in a field.  Daisy says to Dolly, “I was artificially inseminated this morning.” “I don’t believe you,” says Dolly “It’s true, no bull!” exclaims Daisy.



9.  An invisible man marries an invisible woman.  The kids were nothing to look at either.



10.  Deja Moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.


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