Archive for September 27, 2019

Winning an Argument with a Loved One

The more politics invades our lives, the more conflicting news and half-truths bombard us, the harder it is to avoid “discussions” that turn into arguments. And–darn it!–we’re right, so we deserve to win! This is especially hard with older adults, who feel they’ve lived long enough to have a very good perspective on life and how things should be.

The best way to win an argument with a friend or loved one is to avoid letting it come between you and, if nothing else, finally agree to disagree. Getting there is the problem, though.

How to Avoid Arguments When Discussing Politics with a Loved One was written with our seniors in mind but offers good advice for such discussions with any of our loved ones–or others, for that matter. It explains the dynamics of those situations and offers six concrete ways we can, in fact, have an animated discussion and still share a hug afterwards.

Harvest Season

Fall is in the air. Well, on the calendar, at least. Reminds me of harvesting pumpkins and other goodies. That’s why today’s Thursday Thought quote seemed appropriate, with its lesson on harvesting.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

Poetic Justice for the Pup

My 11-month-old puppy chews everything she can get her paws on. Including my Bible (good Christian dog really devoured the Word)! She can’t reach my refrigerator magnets, though. Now you understand why I liked this cartoon. I hope you do, too.

For Our Kids–Arm Everyone

I’m all for having armed guards in every school.  In fact, they should be anywhere children gather.  That includes churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques; Scout meetings; children’s birthday parties (disguise the guard as a cowboy); family reunions (never know when there will be a drive-by shooting); the zoo and children’s discovery museum; even political events where politicians kiss babies.  And hire only babysitters who pack pistols. Nothing is too extreme to safeguard our children.

These should be trained guards, required to take a two-hour gun safety course.  Some may be volunteers (I’m sure the NRA will recruit willing volunteers from their membership).  But many will be professional peace officers, fire-fighters, and school principals.

Expensive?  Not really.  The  Kids Are Our Concern (CROC) program can easily be paid for by money saved by revamping our penal system.  First, execute all the roughly 725  people currently on Death Row–they’re taking up space and using too much court time and money on appeals.  Maybe a few will be executed for a crime they didn’t commit, but if they’re on Death Row they must have done something else terrible enough to be taken out of society permanently.  Then, within two weeks of having been sentenced to death, execute newly convicted felons.  Next, sentence to death anyone using a gun that causes, intentionally or unintentionally,  any kind of bodily harm (except to animals, of course).  Think of all the money we’d save on housing and feeding these monsters AND we’d free up space in our prisons–maybe close down a few, thus saving even more money.

And all that savings would be earmarked for the CROC program.

I urge you to write your members of Congress (once they climb up from the bottom of the cliff) and urge that they adopt the CROC program at once!

[To my shocked readers: Remember that irony is one of the tools I use to make my point.]

Non-Toxic Way to Kill fleas

Kill fleas on pets and their bedding with non-toxic vinegar (white or apple cider).  In a spray bottle, mix 1 cup of vinegar with a gallon of water (1:16 ratio).  Spray your dry dog, rub it into his fur, and leave it on. (May take a couple of applications.) 

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Our Seniors are Hungry

The AARP reported some startling statistics about our senior citizens (age 50+). Many are going hungry in the U.S. Here are their figures:

10+ million are at risk of hunger each day.

3 million use food banks each year.

$130.5 billion is the yearly health care cost estimate resulting from food insecurity.

Why aren’t we taking better care of our older citizens?

A Day for Black Cats and Broken Mirrors

OK, so it’s Friday 13th. You’re not superstitious, of course. But your security camera DID show a black cat cross your driveway this morning. And that cracked mirror is in danger of shattering if you use it today….

Have some fun with the day. And learn a little about its origin (well, at least some theories) and see some interesting artwork by going to 13 Facts About Friday the 13th. And add two words to your vocabulary: araskavedekatriaphobia , which is also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Why We Bother Working

Sometimes we feel all we do is work, work, work. And to what end? Today’s Thursday Thought gives a glimpse into the future.

“Our work is to sow. Another generation will be reaping the harvest.” (Dorothy Day, Aims and Purposes)  — So let’s get to work!

More than Just Remembering

Sept. 11 is more than just a day we remember the horrific attack on our country and all the devastation and loss of life. It’s a day when we banish division, hatred, animosity, self-centeredness, and all the evils that are tearing our country apart. Let’s let today be the re-start of a nation-family that honors, respects, and listens to each other and has the highest good for our fellow Americans–and the whole human family–at heart.

A Small way to Fight Poverty

Think about it: the last poverty statistics (2017) show that 39.7 million people of all ages in our country are suffering from the ravages of poverty.  These are men, women, and children off all ethnic backgrounds.  They are healthy or unhealthy, mentally unstable or perfectly stable, families or individuals, unable to work or have been “downsized” and can’t find work.  In short, poverty can strike anyone at any time–and it has.  We can’t fix our economy overnight, but those of us who are fortunate enough not to be part of the 39.7 million can help through our donations not just of money but of time.

Everyone has a little time to give.  If serving at a soup kitchen takes more than you have, how about spending a few extra minutes while you grocery shop to shop for food items for a local soup kitchen or food pantry? Bake extra cookies for the kitchen or a shelter while you’re baking for your family?  You probably have some time to help an organization serving the homeless by packing sack lunches for distribution to them or sorting clothing at an organization’s clothes closet for people in need. If not, there’s no question that you have a minute to smile and say “Hi” to the homeless man outside the store, thus letting him know that he’s recognized as a human being rather than an objectionable object. After your daughter’s softball game, when you go with the team to pizza, you have a second to invite along as your family’s guest the girl who can’t afford to go. 

In other words, poverty can be fought on the human level–one human being to another.  And you fight the battle in little ways.  As I always say, Small things really DO count!