Six thoughts on our current point in history

Six thoughts on our current point in history
I’ve had an interesting couple of weeks, like everyone has!  I have observed the response of our larger community and have been considering the feedback that has been provided from various groups from the spectrum of ideas.  I have a few thoughts which shall be forthwith ignored, but I feel compelled to share them.
  1. Relax! Stress feeds more stress.  Break the cycle; chill out however you can (preferably without alcohol or additional chemicals but if that’s the only way, so be it).
  2. Recognize that fears are RARELY realized. Think back on things you’ve mortally feared and overcome.  Treat this time like that.  Your feelings are ‘real’ but almost certainly not ‘true’.
  3. Resist the urge to run out and protest. Remember the ‘groupthink’ description in Psych 101 – putting yourself in that echo chamber will not promote rational thought.  That environment is designed to specifically not support rational thought.  If you do protest, do so responsibly.  Free speech is the most precious natural right we have.  It comes with responsibility.
  4. Do your own homework. “Trump will roll back LGBTQ rights” – “Trump will deport my mommy”.  These statements do not reflect the actions of the POTUS-Elect. Trump has supported the LGBTQ Community.  He also has stated he’s a proponent of an originalist vie w of the Constitution which places the States of the Union FIRST on just about everything.   This would mean that issues that the Supreme Court has forced on the States could be rolled back as a correction of federal power in opposition of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.  Criminal aliens (beyond the act of illegal entry) are the target of his illegal immigration deportation.  To do more would violate a tenant this man has lived by, which is…
  5. “Do what’s good for business and win.” Deporting law abiding and tax paying “undocumented immigrants” is not good for the business of the country.  Violating common sense LGBTQ civil agreements is not good for business.  Building a wall is.  Renegotiating trade deals is.  Allowing healthcare to be a free market enterprise (largely) is.  There are enough problems in Washington in terms of ‘draining the swamp’ that President Trump will be focused on.  He’s not going to target enemies.  That’s not good for business.  Look at his meeting schedule in the transition.  People who HATE him are being considered for cabinet positions.  He does what is good for business.
  6. IGNORE the media. They are dead.  The spawning of their replacement will be ugly.  It’ll take effort to find the truth in that environment.  Use your gut and if you haven’t trained yourself to do that yet, this is a great opportunity to do so. Sensational headlines (on both sides) are usually hype.
I have a great deal of hope for the future.  I believe that our future holds great promise for everyone.  I hope that LGBTQ folks celebrate constitutional wins for Christian folks.  I hope Christian folks celebrate common sense constitutional wins for LGBTQ folk. Ditto different races, creeds, etc.  I believe we’re entering a time where we respect one another and have great hope because the only hope we have.  Our differences are such a small percentage of what make us human that it would be a catastrophe to continue the divisive and dangerous attacks on one another.  I love everyone, truly.  My dark skinned brothers and sisters, my gay brothers and sisters.  My Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters.  Deep down, don’t you too?  If not today, I hope you’ll find that place in you that can love everyone soon.  It’s the future – it has to be.

The 5 Most Valuable Lessons Learned As A Person with a Disability

Your eyes open to loved ones and medical staff swarming around you. It takes a little while to get more than the colors in the room, the bright sunlight streaming in from the window. Your senses are not doing what they normally do. Finally you have a little more control and you move your head around a little. Someone gets up and tells you to take it easy. “Easy! I just moved my head.” Then the doctor enters the room and sits down. Doctors don’t sit. A few more people follow him in the room and close the door behind them. The air could be cut with a knife and the tension is already sky high. “What the hell is about to happen?” “How much do you remember about the accident?” “There was an accident?” “I’ve got something you need to know. During the accident you had a…” (more…)

What one food would you choose if you could only eat that for the rest of your life?

It's a horror show for some and an intriguing idea for others. How would you feel about the ability to only eat one food for the rest of your life? I know some foodies who would jump off the tallest building if that reality set in and was truly their fate. For me, this has actually been somewhat of a reality for the past several years. I have a funky stomach and a medication regime that makes the basic process of 'doing business' a challenge. If I find a pattern that makes regularity a reality, I'm there no matter what. My choice is pizza - it's the perfect food. You can cover most of the food groups in one pie. You can order it from a pizza place or (my favorite) have it at home as a homemade dish. It works for breakfast (although I do stray from the purity of this idea and eat meal bars for that meal) and as I don't eat lunch the pizza for dinner is a perfect solution to the growling in my belly. This has been the pattern for the past three years and I see no reason to make a change. I look forward to the pizza smell wafting from the oven and the sound of the pizza wheel cutting through the crust. Just this evening my loving spouse announced the pizza wheel needed to be sharpened. Enough said, right? Luckily, my skill set is quite a bit larger than my eating habits and that wheel will be sharp enough to chop a few more years worth of pizza. Weight has remained constant, oh by the way - regular habits make for stable stats. – Finally got the site functional

First Post on This post follows the development of the mythology of my left leg sleeve.    

Japanese Tattoo Mythology – right leg sleeve

The dreamer finds himself swimming at the bottom of a carp pod who are all swimming and attempting to jump over the waterfall that separates them from the pool they are in and the level above them. Rocks and eddy currents attempt to thwart the koi but these creatures are not easily dissuaded once their minds fix on a task. A red koi takes the leap but doesn't make it this time. No matter to the koi; It will try again and again. Moving around the pool there is an open lotus with purple and orange petals Another koi, this time blue with a pale underbelly takes his turn trying. "Why do you try to leap to the next pond?" the dreamer wonders aloud.. The red koi swims over and says, "We must try to achieve; we know that we will rarely succeed but that doesn't matter as much as the effort and intention behind the effort". "What do you hope to achieve?" "Do you see the falls that are at this highest level? That is the 'Dragons Gate' and if one of us modest Koi make it over the Dragons Gate we instantly turn into a dragon." "A DRAGON?!" the dreamer exclaims - "how did this come to be?" "No one truly knows why it happens or when it first started but the stories tell of the nature of the Koi as one who is stoic, fearless and unflinching in the face of the fisherman's knife, the gods bestowed the transfiguration of the koi if it reached this most lofty goal." "How many Koi have you known to transform?" "Just one, but it appears that I will see the movie second shortly - the green Koi is making the jump now. He is worthy and particularly tenacious despite his kind soul and gentle heart". "Who is he?" the dreamer asks... "It is you, my friend - you have somehow transported yourself in this dream to witness your own transformation. It is very auspicious that this should happen this way." What??? the dreamer thought to himself - how the; nevermind - its a dream... "OK - how long does the transformation take?" the dreamer asked the Koi. "Watch..." and as the red koi signals to look upward, a magical shock wave rippled through air and water as the green Koi crossed the Dragons Gate threshold and almost instantly transformed into a green dragon. All the creatures in the ponds - the frog about halfway up and the turtle above it looked skyward and paid homage to the transformed creature. His name was Seiryū-han and he magically flew to occupy his place in the protecting those who suffered through no fault of their own.

20 reasons why dogs are better than kids

imageOwning dogs is a grand adventure and often I’ve lamented that I miss not having kids in addition to my four giant dogs (well, three and a hobbit…). Then I started to think about why I’d be crazy for wanting to add kids into my life and that led to this; 1. Dogs are always happy to see you. No faces being picked up at school. No crying baby at 2am. Happy, happy and happy! I love consistency. 2. Dogs only require one cleanup if there’s an accident of the industrial sludge variety. It smells no better BUT the dump site is my only concern (and not the source of the deposit). 3. Dogs are much cheaper on birthdays. 4. Dogs eat their meals with no negotiation required, nor do they complain about what they’re served. 5. Dogs can be put in their kennels and we can go out to run errands for several hours at a stint – they call child protective services on you if you try that with your human kids! 6. Dogs only require a bath every couple of months. 7. Dogs can be occupied for an hour with a busy bone (peanut butter inside a calcium bone). With kids, you could usually only get about 5-8 minutes worth of attention for any treat (cookie, ice cream, etc.). 8. Dogs are easier to find – they have collars with tags on them, rattling to signal where they are; kids are usually not wearing bells and they enjoy hiding in cupboards and closets. 9. Dogs do NOT go to school. 10. Dogs never cause concern in us about their futures – they just eat, sleep, go, play – repeat. 11. Dogs are easily amused. 12. Dogs are encouraged to play fight and we gleefully cheer for one or the other like watching a boxing match. Again with the child protective services call – if you pit your kids against one another, they take away your birthday for that kind of stuff. 13. Dogs make us uncontrollably laugh when they have the ‘zoomies’ (frantic running around as fast as possible, pulling 360s and truly enjoying life). When kids do the same thing, the cry of “Stop that - right now” isn’t far behind. 14. Dogs make us belly laugh when they sit on each other. Kids just frustrate you when they do it. 15. Dogs can’t lie – if they eat our banana from the counter, they will turn away looking guilty. 16. Dogs are delighted with toys that we throw for them. Kids usually require toys costing $300+ and they get tired of them in a week. 17. Dogs can stick their heads out of the car and we watch with joy as their ears flap in the wind – with kids, their windows are locked out because we’re worried about their eyes. 18. Dogs don’t try to negotiate terms with mom after being told no by dad. They just do it anyway. 19. Dogs can be adopted with a couple hundred bucks and an application. Kids take MUCH longer and require many more dollars. 20. Dogs will never use drugs or drink UNLESS their human is offering. With kids, we worry when it’s very quiet at 4:20pm or if they’re late coming home from their friends. I love kids and realize the rewards of parenting far outweigh the negatives. That said, there are pros and cons to everything and in these areas, dogs are better than kids.

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