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The “News”

I was standing in line at our grocery several weeks ago.  I don’t go through the regular lines often as I enjoy the diy self-checking lines as much or more.  But, late and too many items, I decided I wouldn’t deal with the auto-voiced machine that tells me way too often to “remove your items” when I am loading them as fast as I can.

While I am standing in line I notice the last-second sale items and candy and magazines that stores place in the checkout area so you can impulse-buy to your heart’s content.  And what should I see? —>

 

I became entranced with several things.  First, was the variety of Gift Cards you can buy.  I mean, all types of stores and restaurants and online places were offered.  I had someone tell me once, “Just give money.”  My opinion on that hasn’t changed much.  If I don’t want the temptation to be to put the money on bills and/or necessities (which I went through time and again), then I figure out what they like and go for that.  Amazon has been a recent catch-all as they can get needed supplies, books, or go for that special something they wouldn’t normally get.

But, apart from the towering selection of forced buys, I saw the “News”.  I mean the magazines that offer everything from latest diets dos and don’ts to who got fired/rehired on the soaps and sitcoms.  People amaze me at times where they will spend their money.  I sell older magazines I have purchased on Amazon.  People who live in New York will, often, spend $7-$15 on a single issue of a magazine that is only a few months old.  I have concluded the cost of them in NY must be high enough that $7-$15 is a decent price.  I usually sell them still in the plastic.  I took the magazines at a very reduced  price when I was teaching as educational aides.  After my stroke, I still got the magazines for a few years, so…

But the magazines on dieting and movie stars (especially soaps) just floor me.  I have gone on and read about diets for a long time, but I use the Internet (no charge).  Most of them don’t work and may even be bad for you.  I have read and become quite the sage of diets.  As for the soaps, I used to watch several and enjoyed them, but to read about the stars and their doings and undoings?  Nope, not me, not much, anyway.

Back when info was slow coming and only on TV (4 channels) and magazines, I did my share of buying a few (not many as $0.25 a weeks only bought 2 comics at $0.12 apiece plus tax and I loved my comics).  Now, with the Internet and instantaneous news, why bother with print?

The biggest thing repeated over and over was the new royal baby.  Why do we, here in America, still love the royalty and their offspring?  Not that our own ruling body doesn’t have its own fair share of news, but that is … different.

And, then you have the “crap” mags that have those stories that are “based” (what a word) on truth…the merest shred of honesty lies at the bottom of some of the most stellar stories on these pages.  “Alien baby grows up in the Heartland” turns out to be about a Mexican child who moved to Indianapolis after finishing High School.  My daughter and I used to get one of these issues and pick apart the stories.  I would ask her (all 3-6 years old) what she thought after I read a short article and she would tell me why she thought it might not be true.  Is it any wonder she grew up to be a psychologist who loves watching TV shows like “Criminal Minds”?  She is analytical and thoughtful.

I was only in line a few minutes and snapped the pictures to remind me to write this post.  Still, people amaze me and I think someone should write about that…oh, forgot there’s YouTube,

Namaste,

Scott

Not “I’m Sorry” Again…

I’m sorry I am late!  I’m sorry I am talking so much…I AM SORRY!!!

Are you?  The comic strip below tells it like it is:

Comic about being sorry

It made me realize how much I used to say, “I am sorry.”  I felt like I was worthless, so I shouldn’t even be around others.  Slowly, I overcame a lot of that.  My stroke (more and more a blessing) tossed that out and I really no longer feel worthless or sorry about much (sometimes, that is not so good!).

I try now to live a life in which I almost always (I try for always) to tell the truth.  If you are truthful, why should you be sorry?  People don’t always want to hear the truth and I might not always know the truth, but the effort is there and I feel better because of it.

Mark Twain said, “If you tell truth you don’t have to remember anything.”  He is pretty much right there.  I don’t have to keep track of my lies because I try hard to never tell any.  There are times when that is put to the test.  However, I believe the greatest people (Jesus, Socrates…) tried to always tell the truth, so I am in good company.

But, getting back to “I’m sorry”, don’t you know people who are always apologizing.  Some almost get nothing done because they are too busy being sorry for not doing it.  It’s almost a prophecy at times.  They apologize because they “know” they won’t do it or do it well enough.

When I was teaching, I tried hard to always be honest with the students and to let them know when I appreciated whatever it was they were doing, even when they didn’t know they were doing it.  They appreciated that!  I could tell because a lot of them were just constantly told they were worthless, sometimes by adults who should have known better.  I became friends with my students – something you weren’t supposed to do as a teacher.  However, I always told them I had to be a teacher first, so they still had to behave, learn, and try.

I think most of us simply need to behave, learn, and try.  If you do those three things, truth should come easy – as should sleep.

Namaste,

Scott

 

Reality Bites, um Bits…

On January 28, 4amwriter, nominated me for an award.  The “Reality Blog Award”.  This simply made my week.  It has been a rough week, made especially bad by my injury to my neck and shoulder.  This has resulted in pain ranging from a 10 Sunday night to a 5-6 on Wednesday while I am writing this.  It stemmed from sleeping on the couch while I was sick a week ago Sunday and made worse by my putting heat on it instead of ice (yeah – idiot).  My hope is that a second trip to the Chiropractor will take care of it and I will be okay by Saturday.

Regardless, this award is wonderful and I am so happy.  Thank you k.johnston!!!

It goes like this:  I am to answer 5 pretty serious questions and then I will choose 5 more nominees.

The Icon:

The questions:

1) If you could change something what would you change?  The day I injured myself playing basketball with my students.

2) If you could relive one day, when would that be? The day I asked my second wife to marry me.

3) What one thing really scares you? That I might get Alzheimer’s and stop remembering things (tie with “go blind”).

4) What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it? I know it sounds petty, but I would love to be independently wealthy.  It is still my hope to complete it with God’s help (there are just so many things I want to do and places to go).

5) If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be? A woman, just so I could understand better how it feels and how they think.

My nominees:

1) Behind the Mask of Abuse

2) Rich

3) Swirling Turnip

4) Blessed with a Star on the Forehead

5) Mullberry Whine

Namaste,

Scott

Welcome!

Namaste! to All. My name is Scott. This blog will be dedicated to spreading the news that, in the words of Alanis Morrisette, “Everything’s gonna be fine fine fine.”

I am a deeply spiritual person and want to share my stories, my travels, my life, and my truths (those being what is true for me). In return, I hope to help you share your thoughts, questions, fears, worries, and concerns over all things affecting our spirits and emotions here on Earth.

This is not a “religious” blog. My definition of “spiritual” is that which constitutes your life in terms of your truths on God, love, and the way things work at this time for you.

Our truths change constantly. They must or we would become stagnant and we would cease our spiritual growth. You are on a path. Where that leads and what becomes of you on the way is up to you. My hope is that by sharing all of our collective thoughts, feelings, and concerns about our “truths” we may grow more quickly and lovingly on this trek.

I look forward to sharing with you. I will post my thoughts and truths on several different areas of life to help us all begin our conversations in the hopes that our community may grow and work together so that all people may become more loving and less fearful.

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