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Youth – Gotta Love ‘Em!

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I saw that it was time for my next flash fiction or short fiction entry on this post.  However, I am always allowing myself to step away from that routine in order to bring to you what I consider a very important item.  This time, it’s about our youth.  I am reading a book by Neale Donald Walsh entitled “The New Revelations.”  In it, one of the main themes is about how we can change this messed up world of ours.  Part of the answer seems to be to quit teaching them the same old stuff.  I am not talking about Math, Reading, and so on.  I am talking about teaching them how to hate, dislike, to find differences in others as a reason to pick on them or ignore them.  I have been thinking a lot about that and how my life would have been changed had most of my world been aimed to help me love the world instead of to fear it and to be angry with it.  Something inside of me kept pushing back at that teaching; it still does today.  I meet so many people and organizations who, whether they know it or not, they keep pushing this agenda forward.

You know it’s easy to see this in something like ISIS or Concentration Camps or India’s treatment of women in so many parts.  It’s easy to see it when it’s far away and has little to do with you.  But look at your life right here.  Ask yourself some really tough questions and think about them and then answer them “honestly.”  It’s too easy to blow off with “yeah, a lot of them are like that.”  Here’s a couple of the really tough questions:

1)  Does your school teach boys and girls to be different in what they strive for? Do boys only have boy ideas and girls only have girl ideas?

2)  Does your church teach that there are those who are separate from you?  separate from the church?  separate from God?

3)  Does your job pay men and women the same?

4)  Do you think that women (or men) are inferior to you?  Do you think that others are inferior to you?  Do you think you are inferior to others?

There are many more questions.  I will let you ponder the ones above and start a dialogue if you wish.  My email is bookman23@comcast.net  Just make sure to put “Tough Questions” in the subject so I don’t delete it out of hand.

Read a couple of books “Conversations with God” (3 books), “The New Revelations” all by Neale Donald Walsh.  He isn’t the only person talking about all of this.  He is just who I am reading now.

To add to it here are 3 short videos about our youth, the ones who aren’t “listening” well…good for them:







What’s in a Word?

I was having a difficult time today.  I really could not decide what to blog about.  I have a list of about 7 different topics and none of them sounded just right.

I was going through my email tonight and saw “baby conservation”.  I thought, “conservation?  What the heck?”  I decided to click on it and, as I did, I saw my dyslexic thought – “baby conVERSATION!” Oh, now it makes sense!

See? What’s in a word?  A whole lot depending on the word.  I have more problems since the stroke.  I am guessing that my brain has to do just a bit more sorting at times in order to read.  I doubt if the patch helps matters any.  I find myself, frequently, turning something like “the red turnip” into “the read turnip”.  That one makes no sense, so my brain says, “Whoa!” and I retry it.  But, “Baby Conservation” made sense on some dumb video level, so it almost stuck.

Reading the posts I follow can get very interesting inside my head.  I have to go back frequently and look at something because I “know they would not have said that.”  Sure enough, I switched something.  It doesn’t happen so often that it causes me more than a few mild issues in a few days’ time.  It’s not frequent at all, but it can be overwhelmingly funny and I wish I had written them down for you.  Oh well, perhaps an oven day (yeah, that’s what I mean!).

Back to the clip.  This baby has her own language and is, apparently, very fluent.  She reminds me of Robert De Niro in “Cape Fear” when he was speaking in tongues near the end of the film.  It was a little spooky when I thought of that, but she won me over in the end.  It’s less than 2 minutes, please enjoy.

When I was getting that one from YouTube, I found this one which makes me really wonder who are the smart ones: us or them?



Friday Fictioneers: Historical Fiction

History in the Making

“Do you think it will last?”

“What?  The fireworks?”

“No, I was thinking about the country.”

She stepped closer to him while waiting for his reply.

“You shouldn’t worry about it so much.  We pray and God is with us.”

“Will He always be?”

“You shouldn’t even think like that,” he scolded, his voice rough and his eyes darting around.

She looked at the child wrapped up in the quilt.

“I am … sorry.  I worry for Alexander.”

“I know, but stop worrying.  We will always be strong and safe.  After all, it’s 1776 and we have come so far.”



Beauty lies within yourself

The only impossible journey in life is you never begin!! ~Tanvir Kaur


Philosophy is all about being curious, asking basic questions. And it can be fun!

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I read lots of books, from mythology retellings to literary fiction and I love to reread books from childhood, this is a place to voice my thoughts for fun. I also like to ramble about things such as art or nature every now and again.



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