I Guess that Trumps Your Entry

Wiki is one of my favorite places to Google.  Sounds weird to use both those terms in the same sentence.  What I mean is that I, often, Google something, then go to the entry for Wiki listed in the Google choices.  I know a lot of it is because I trust Wiki; I donate 1-2 times a years to help keep them running. They don’t take corporate funding or political funding to help run them, so they can stay honest.  With most other sources, I feel I must check up and see if they are legit.  So, when Mom and I were discussing some facts about Mr. Donald Trump, I went to Wiki.  Why wouldn’t I?

OMG!  It is not the longest entry in Wiki by any means (I looked that up on Google. “The longest page in the English Wikipedia that is an actual article, rather than a list, is Miscegenation. It’s quite a stretch to call it an “article“, because if you print it, you’ll get 84 pages”), however, I read for nearly 2hours (I don’t read fast) and, finally, stopped when I got bored with it at 3am or so. Susannah, I am sorry, but I don’t much care for history.  In this case, I just wanted facts and, boy, did I get them!

Donald Trump in Wiki 

I will summarize just a portion of this article:

No, no, I won’t.  You read it if you want to (lol).  I will say this:  I had, already, decided that I didn’t care for the man I voted for in 2016.  I have gone on record on this site saying that I, mostly, voted for him because I didn’t want Hillary there (many agree with this, btw), and I still say that.  But, he is not the man I would willingly vote for again, so in 2020 I fully intend to vote for someone else.  I will allow that small particle to remain as to whom I end up voting for, but this is my intent.

As for the article, it stated that fact-finders and other related people/groups have listed him:

As president, Trump has frequently made false statements in public speeches and remarks.[645][646][647] The statements have been documented by fact-checkers; academics and the media have widely described the phenomenon as unprecedented in American politics.[648][649][325] This trait of his was similarly observed when he was a presidential candidate.[650][651] His falsehoods have also become a distinctive part of his political identity.[649]

Trump uttered “at least one false or misleading claim per day on 91 of his first 99 days” in office, according to The New York Times,[645] and 1,318 total in his first 263 days in office, according to the “Fact Checker” political analysis column of The Washington Post.[652] By the Post’s tally, it took Trump 601 days to reach 5,000 false or misleading statements and another 226 days to reach the 10,000 mark.[653] For the seven weeks leading up to the midterm elections, it rose to an average of thirty per day[654] from 4.9 during his first hundred days in office.[655] The Posts reported tally is 15,413 as of December 10, 2019, with the 2019 total more than double the cumulative total of 2017 and 2018.[656]

Over 15,000 as of this past December!

That was enough for me, but I was, somewhat, spellbound by the article and had to read more.  By the time I stopped, I was only marginally certain that I had made that correct choice in 2016.  I still think I would make it today as it was a product of prayer and trust (in God, not Trump).  But it made me wonder how our great country has survived these 3 years.

This is not a call to arms or a call to not vote for Republicans or even Trump should he run or if he can run…it is just an article bringing something I found fascinating to your attention.

Namaste,

Scott

A Trip Down the Amazon

I began thinking tonight that I needed something to blog concerning something periodically that would get people to thinking or, at least, reading about that thing.  Many bloggers do this and I enjoy a lot of those blogs.  I tried to think of the things I do a lot of:  video games, scrabble, computer issues, spirituality, and all of that is important to me.  So, there may be the occasional posting topic.  However, I decided that the one thing I do that might interest most readers are the things and values I buy on Amazon.

I have simplified my life immensely by becoming immersed in the purchase of items I use all the time.  I buy foods, vitamins, herbs, and then general things I decide merit my attention or interest.

So, about once a week (or whenever my brain allows me to remember) I will post one of the above.  This week is the Magic Bullet Mixing System.

I guess I should say “Blender” instead of “Mixer” as that’s the wording at the site.  The above picture was found on Google and is, almost (If not), exactly the same as the pic in the link.

I had my first one, given to me by my daughter, for about 3-6 years (a reasonable guess).  She gave it to me when she got another system and had the one I got for about 3-4 years.  So, the system itself lasted, being well-used, for 6-10 years.  I never bought any new parts.  Don’t know what the warranty is/was.  I knew it worked, so good enough for me.  In fact, when I threw the old one away, it turns out it may have been fine.  It would not blend and I figured, since it had been stopping at times, it must have burned its 240W motor out.  I used it daily for the smoothies and other diet drinks I had (check out the blog posts on health).  It worked well and hard.  I know my daughter used it daily for smoothies.  Anyway, back to the story.  When I ordered the new one from Amazon it didn’t work the first time I used it.  I remember sighing with the thought of sending something I really used back.  I made my chocolate milk (Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Stevia, and Organic Cocoa Powder) daily (sometimes 2-3 times) with it.  Then I thought that, maybe, the new glasses worked better than the old with the new system.  It started right up.  Turns out there are 3 little plastic prongs on each cup and they all have to fit into the blender to work.  Well, one of the plastic prongs was broken.  In fact, I broke a second one about a week later.  It turns out you can buy spare glasses, but I imagine I am just a bit rough on mine, especially since I didn’t know they were THAT important.  It, apparently took over 6 years to break the first one, after all!

Digression seems to be deeply in my nature, so back to it.  The cups are about 16 oz (2 cups).  It takes almost 2 of those to fill my 30oz Big Bubba cup (perhaps, covered in another post someday).  I used it for many drinks – low carb ice cream, almond milk, and Cocoa Powder, for one.  The cost was just about $32 and my use of Amazon Prime to cover the shipping $.

I hope this prompts you to, at least, look at the link above and consider purchasing one if you are so inclined.  I think you can buy a cheaper set at Walmart, but I believe it is only a 7-piece (oh, and the instruction booklet counts as a piece, yeah, I looked for that 11th piece for a bit!

Namaste,

Scott

Welcome 2020 and Other Strange Things I Say…

I was told once that whatever you do on the first day of January will carry through the rest of the year.  So, instead of spending the time with a super model (as I should have, I guess), I went to my daughter’s party.  The very first thing that happened was that I passed by her edition entrance and drove to the next intersection.  I made a stupid judgment call and did a U-turn (what? waste 30 seconds turning around?!).  My little Cavalier can do those in its sleep – yeah, but that car is dead and almost buried AND my 1995 Caprice Classic can’t do those in its sleep or when fully awake!  So, I realized this and made a better call…turn the wheels straight and bounce up on the sidewalk before turning back onto the street.  Now, this was in front of 3 lanes of traffic still stopped.  I felt my stomach in my throat, then corrected and looked to all unwary drivers as if I was normally driving back the other way.

I then got to my daughter’s lovely home and had to park about 3-4 cars down the street.  I got out, tossed my cell into the box I would be carrying and walked to her house.  When I got to the driveway, my phone (with its very own mind) leaped out of the box and clattered to the driveway (It had its protector on).  I stopped and bent over to pick it up.  The box shifted and post-stroke me became off-balance.  I dropped the box somewhere before hitting the ground.  As I fell, everything slowed down (my son says your mind speeds up – potatoes, pottatoes).  I managed two large strides while falling so I would land in the grass.  And I did, on the edge of the flower bed, which had been lined with bricks!  Messed up my hand (think blood and some pain, not a lot of damage), skinned one knee, and placed both jean knees in the mud.  My son walks out of the house and says, “I remember you being taller.”  (Yep, a chip off the old block).  After that, the party was fun and I made it home without further incident (though the peroxide and all put on the cut that night left me with words I won’t put on here.),

So, welcome 2020, so far I am happy with you…not.  Then again, the Law of Attraction says perfect, so yes, Welcome!

Namaste,

Scott

Looking Back Ten Years – What has This Decade Done

Looking at This Last Decade

by Scott L Vannatter

A decade, 10 years, 1/2 a score, about 365 days, each day with 24 hours, each hour with 60 minutes, and each minute with 60 seconds – what an amazingly long time for such a short period.

January 1st, 2010, I am certain, was just as important in many ways as was this one. We ate, slept, loved, got angry, cried, purchased, sold, worked, and did most other things…as a society, that is.

Individually, we each were different. For instance, in January of 2010, I had not yet had that life-changing blood vessel explosion of May 7, 2010. I was teaching special needs students at New Castle, not knowing it would be my last full year of teaching and my last productive one. I didn’t know what lay ahead and planning lessons and trying to date were the most important non-family things I was working on. I was still part of a full family, Father, Mother, Sister, and Me. We were living, working, loving, arguing (at times), and glad we were all together for what we hoped would be a long, long time.

My Father changed that on July 25, 2016 at 82 yo. (Richard Vannatter) .

Dad had a lot of physical problems, but it was during those last few months he and I learned to get along and understand each other. Dad and I had, mostly, been at odds over one thing or another for a very long time. It seemed to me that, during his last few months, he was starting to understand life and also how it appeared to me. I was understanding he was human and subject to everything that meant and we were father and son. We parted truly loving each other, which was very important.

We didn’t get too much time to really understand and come to grips with things as Darci (Sis) was just finding out she had cancer (I refuse to Capitalize that word). In fact, she would turn out to have 3 separate types of cancer, one of which was very rare and the other being in her brain. Having those two types of cancer at the same time proved to be too much for her and her passing on January 28, 2019 started this year by, once again, rocking the world of Mom and me.

(Darci Hill )

Darci had a lot thrown at her in life, but she, mostly, faced it with a smile, a laugh, and the attitude her God was watching over her and all. Her passing had taken two people from Mom’s home in less than 3 years and taken two people from my life in that same time.

Mom took the deaths hard, easy to understand, and worked even harder carrying on. To this day, she has problems with her back and hip, feels the stress of living alone, yet smiles and enjoys the time we spend together. I am very glad to have her here.

I have had many blessings and problems over the last ten years. The stroke proved to be extremely difficult and I came away changed and fighting. I was determined to live my life and not go out until I was ready. My spirit helped me along and I altered, greatly, my spiritual beliefs, I feel for the best. Life has been rough, but new and exciting. I have gained new friends, new hobbies, new goals, and a new look at life as well as at death. The stroke reset my brain, taking some things from me (my normal sight – now double vision with my eyes not changing as one is dilated and one never dilates, my balance is off quite a bit and I am a fall risk, and my short-term as well as long-term memories have been damaged some), and giving me some things in return (a life without the mental problems of OCD, most unreasonable fears, and a deep sense of trust). It is different each day and I rejoice in that.

I have also gained a new and relatively unknown problem (to us, anyway) in my diabetes complications. I do not look upon diabetes as something I have; it is not something I am; it is merely in me for now. The new complication is called gastroparesis:

Gastroparesis

It took a long time for me to find out all about the condition. The above article does an excellent job of covering all but one thing: diarrhea. I believe this is because to have that problem the food would have to move out of the stomach. In essence, it would have moved out of the “stomach stalled” area and would just be a normal result of bad food in the intestine.

Regardless, the condition appeared greatly about 1-2 years ago. I thought it was the flu, but 4 times in 4 months had me going back to the Internet. I was, pretty much, confirmed to have this last April when I went to the hospital and found I was dehydrated (a common problem). I went back to the hospital 3 more times by June and, finally, was able to piece together all needed to keep me out of the ER, anyway. I continued working on this and, by October 2019, believe I have it under control enough to function. This condition has been alleviated by changing my diet as follows:

  1.  Avoiding high fats (I eat food with no more than 6 grams fat listed on the label with 1 Hershey kiss or 2 a day separated by, at least, a meal)
  2.  Avoiding carbs (I did this, already, due to diabetes, but have increased my watch to be much more careful. I am also now on Insulin at night).
  3.  Avoiding fiber (I have cut back drastically on fiber as this is hard to digest)
  4.  Avoiding high protein foods (you need protein but I no longer overdo this as it also is slow to digest)
  5. Drink excess water (my goal is 2x what I eat.  This keeps liquids in my stomach allowing food to move better)

I also have made to med changes. I take a med to alleviate nausea, and thus, vomiting. It is a take-as-you-need-it med and works in less than 2 minutes. That leaves only one way for the bad food to pass – honestly, welcome as opposed to vomiting for 4 hours.

I have taken Omeaprozole for a long time, once in the morning. Now, if my stomach does not feel right, I take a second one.

I need to add to this regamine, exercise. That will come.

The one benefit I have seen from this condition: I have lost 28 pounds since April. I have also managed to keep it off as I don’t binge eat anymore. I have always prayed for my diabetes condition to leave. I understand keeping your weight under control and lower can help this to occur. At present, my sugar now seems to be regulated and remains fairly constant.

My daughter, Aarika, and I have decided to co-found a group on Facebook covering the Law of Attraction (Scott’s Group). This has allowed an open forum to help spread the idea and keep me learning more. The book “E Squared” by Pam Grout has helped me greatly and improved my understanding as well as practice.

Outside the family, the world has moved, also – affecting us as it turns. The general national (perhaps, world-wide) situations of Global Warming and the election and, now, impeachment of President Donald Trump have both done many things to change everything.

Global warming (If you don’t believe in it, then say the vast change of normal weather conditions globally) has surprised us this winter with warm weather, rain, and almost surprising snow a couple of times. Fall was warmer than normal and the trees did not lose their leaves in the normal timely fashion. My yard person was not able to rake up and remove my leaves until just in the last two weeks, something normally done in November. The world seems to be waking up to the fact we do influence things on a global basis, whatever areas you talk about, and also seems to want to help try and change them – good.

Mr. Trump presented something many did not see coming in total. I, myself, will admit to giving him my vote, though since that time he has not, at all, lived up to what I had hoped. Instead, this country is split and needs to take a good look at itself, both individuals and our government. Both seem a bit out of control and need a good idea or ten on how to straighten up. We will see. I know, whatever I thought he might accomplish is not going to happen. Still, as I believe in perfection in all things, I continue to hope for a great end, however that might come.

This has been rather long. I decided it would be suitable for a post on my Blog ( https://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com ), a letter to the family and my friends in email and on Facebook, and a reason for me to focus on this world and myself as we all need to do. Let this help to center you, set you on a good path, and enjoy the holiday for its wondrous timing – and I will have reached my goal.

Namaste,

Scott L Vannatter

Judgments deter miracles

Pam Grout

“The mind continuously creates hypotheses.”—Marilynne Robinson
knight

A couple days ago, at a wonderful vegan pizza restaurant in Ajijic, Mexico, I saw a sign that said, “Listen to your heart, not your habits.”

That could just as well be ACIM Lesson 342. Our brains are on autopilot. They’re wired to look for threats. To automatically mobilize around anything we judge to be scary.

The Course says it’s all a bunch of bunk.

James Twyman made a great point at Satsang yesterday. He brought up medieval knights. With all their breastplates and helmets and other assorted armor, you have to wonder—how did they even move, let alone guard their castles?

And that’s us. Walking around with way too much armor. Our judgments, our hypothesis, our masks make it kinda hard to move. They keep love away.  They deter miracles.

So today, instead of galvanizing myself against something horrible coming at me, I’m…

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