Archive for July 31, 2014

Gandhi’s Mind and Dirty Feet

Today’s Thursday Thought comes from Gandhi, who walked many miles and met many dirty feet:

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”  (Mahatma Gandhi)



Americana Trivia: Chairman of the Board

Before we leave the birth-month of our nation, it’s appropriate to look at an American term we hear often, “Chairman of the Board,” and how that term was born.

Go back to the 1700s, when life and household furnishings were simple.  There you’ll usually find people eating their meal on a long, wide, low board that they folded down from the wall.  People sat around it on the floor while the Dad, who was head of household, acted as the “chair man,” sitting at the end in the only chair.  Of course, if an important person came to dinner, he (yes, usually a “he”) was given the honor of being the “chair man.”  That’s how today the High Pooba of a company is called the “chairman” or “Chairman of the Board.”  (If you doubt it, visualize the shape of the common board-room conference table and where the Chairman suits.)

Another reason why sexism in the corporate world is slow to die?



Walgreens, Say it Ain’t So!

I’ve been happy with my friendly local Walgreens.  It’s near-by, I get some good deals on their sales, and the people there are friendly.  Now I learn that they’re taking their Medicare/Medicaid earnings (masking up 1/4 of their income) and my dollars and fleeing the scene.  They’re one of the latest companies to take advantage of “tax inversion.”  That is, they’ll not touch our familiar Walgreens stores but move their corporate headquarters to a tax-haven, a place that allows them to avoid paying U.S. tax on the U.S. money we gave them. It’s a nice little loophole for them and other corporations, but it cheats our economy out of funds that pay for our government, military, health, safety, and safety nets.

Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times article “Walgreens: The tax-dodger on the corner.”

If this bothers you, inform Walgreens CEO and President Gregory Wassen.  Sign the petition at the Credo Mobilize site.  If enough Walgreens custormers let him know of our disapproval, he may very well calculate how many customers–and how much financial loss–he’ll face and decide to do the right thing.



Veg Out this Summer


Look at all those yummy fresh fruits and vegetables in that Farmer’s Market!  And it’s all grown locally.  Why does that matter?  Because they’re fresher (haven’t traveled 1-2 weeks to get here), have fewer or no preservatives or genetic modifications to extend freshness, save energy (local production takes 3%-17% less oil for transportation), and have less packaging.  Besides, buying them supports our local farmers and economy.  So, enjoy the abundant fruits (and veggies) of summer!

Leaf 6

[For more easy, money-saving, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

Executions: Purpose and Practice


What do events in Arizona a few days ago, in Oklahoma in April, and in Ohio in January have in common?  Three botched executions, in which the condemned man tried to gulp air for nearly two hours (Arizona), writhed in agony for several minutes before dying of a heart attack (Oklahoma), and snorted, gasped, and struggled for some time before the lethal drugs killed him (Ohio).  These–and many similar events–also show that carrying out a death sentence can be far from the humane practice it’s legally supposed to be.

I feel compassion for families of victims.  I understand their need for “closure” (whatever that is) and that they believe in “an eye for an eye” (even Christians, whose faith says that Christ came to bring mercy and forgiveness, replacing the Old Testament law of getting even).  And I know that executions are codified in our laws.  But unless they can be carried out in a legal (meaning humane) fashion, they should be discontinued.  Otherwise, they aren’t justice but simply vengeance.



Just a Little Heart Attack

Like my friend Linda, I didn’t think anything about a woman having a heart attack could be at all funny.  Actually, I think it would be funny only to women, because a “typical morning” for a man tends to be very different from that of a woman.  Anyway, this short video gets the message across while letting us chuckle a bit–if somewhat uneasily.  Judge for yourself:

[Thanks to Linda Younts for this one.]

Recall? Be Safe


Another batch of vehicles is being recalled!  Seems like it’s happening every day.  At this point you’d have to have a car as old as mine (2004) to be safe.  But, no, recalls are going back farther than that.

To be safe, I looked up my Dodge van.  It had an old recall I never heard about and a problem hose that I’d replaced long ago.

I suggest you check your car.  The easy way is to go to the government website,  The page you need is at  Just put in your make, model, and year and you’ll learn if there are any recalls you should be aware of.  Please do it today. I’d like my readers to be safe.

Focus on Kids, not Parental Sexual Orientation

Why (according to a University of Melbourne study) are kids of same-sex parents healthier?  One possibility cited is that same-sex families tend to get along better.  Another is that because same-sex parents are likely to share more child-rearing duties, basing them on skills rather than traditional gender roles, the children grow up in a more harmonious household.  These factors lead to increased health for a child.

But how about in other areas–temperament, behavior, mental health, emotional role, and self-esteem?  Those children scored the same as ones in the general population.  Except that kids with same-sex parents suffered due to the stigma of their parents’ sexual orientation.

What hurts most, apparently, is a child’s growing up in a single-parent household, especially with as single mother, who tends to struggle more financially than a single father.

In my opinion, this shows that a child thrives best in a home in which parents work at their marriage, share their talents in caring for a child, and maintain a harmonious household, whatever the sexual orientation of the parents.  No sensible person believes anymore–considering all the studies and anecdotal evidence–that homosexual parents raise children to be homosexual.  So why not concentrate on how kids are being raised and not add stress to their lives by focusing on what their parents do in the bedroom?

 Read about the study at

House of Reps Closed Down?

Last week there was a problem with asbestos, causing the House of Reps to start late.  You didn’t notice?  Most people didn’t.  Could be because our Reps accomplished just as much by NOT meeting as they normally do when in actual session.

Oooooo….I guess I’m getting jaded……

Child Caught in World of Hatred


This short video is so heartbreaking. If the child threw rocks, set off a bomb, or yelled obscenities at the Israeli soldiers, what adults–the real ones at blame–taught him to do that? If the child was simply guilty of being Palestinian while walking down the street, what adults–again the real ones to blame–taught this soldier such hate and cruelty? Hatred begets hatred; cruelty begets cruelty. Why would parents perpetuate such inhumanity? Over land? Politics? A God who must, by now, have shed oceans of tears over the situation? So heartbreaking.

See video at There are about 10 seconds of a newsperson (not in English), then the video.