My neighborhood is filled with dogs, which is a good thing in my book. While most owners are excellent about cleaning up after them, there are always the bad apples that ruin things for everyone. For whatever reasons, these types find it perfectly acceptable to allow their pets to decorate other people’s lawns with fresh from the source and overly pungent “treats”.
This in turn has sprung up a little cottage industry of homeowner’s outdoing each other with “curb your dog signs”. I find the dynamics behind this fascinating, so naturally I took pictures. Yes, I know this makes me more than a bit strange. Continue reading
It’s always good to remember the liberty our country was founded on and the sacrifices so many made for us to live in such freedom and comfort today. Happy 241st Independence Day America!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the name Charlie Gard. He is the infant child of parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates who have been fighting a desperate battle with the British State to prevent their son from being put to death against their will. Continue reading
All together now, “I love my job”, “I love my job”, I love my job”…..!
“It’s gonna be a journey where we’re gonna pour in to you, but you’re also going to pour in to your kids and you’re going to change the course of your life forever”–Chris Megison, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Solutions For Change
Please take 4 minutes to watch the video below before continuing. I promise it will be worth the added context and understanding you’ll get from it.
Homelessness is a complex problem and I certainly don’t pretend to have all the answers. There are some things though that can be said with confidence, because they speak to underlying objective truths about how the world works. Continue reading
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The news is just dumb. Every day it seems some unimaginably bizarre event pops up that reminds me why I’ve reformed my former media junkie ways and have all but tuned out. It’s like background noise to me now, it all sounds the same and just makes me sleepy. Stupefied maybe is a better word.
The head of the FBI willingly leaked intelligence? You don’t say. College students rioting over scary opinions? Yawn. Mass hysteria over withdrawing from a poorly designed and pointless climate accord? Yeah, whatever. My immune system response to the ridiculous just doesn’t allow me to get worked up over these things any more. I still care mind you, but not enough to devour the 24/7 news cycle for the latest piece of information. Continue reading
ColorStorm has a great post up called Random Goodness about the domino effect doing kind things can have on others who witness them. The video he has is just awesome too; really take 5 minutes to check it out.
This concept of how we can influence others happens to blend nicely with things I’ve been pondering lately now that it’s been a year since I lost my father. He taught me a lot throughout my life of course, but what’s been interesting to discover is how much I am still learning from him after his death. Continue reading
Citizen Tom has a thoughtful post up on the unpleasant habit many of us fall in to of denigrating our fellow Americans. There’s a lot of good stuff there, but I particularly liked this:
“Why do we want to say such negative things about our own countrymen (Admittedly, I have done it. So I think I know)? When there are all sorts of Americans, who exactly are we talking about? When we denigrate our fellow Americans, what I think we are doing is denigrating a caricature, that thing of legend we call The Ugly American. And I think we do it in pride. We do it to prove our own outstanding tolerance by denigrating the intolerance of the stereotypical Ugly American. Yet is this not in fact a form of bias? Against our fellow Americans?”
It got me thinking about our political world and how saturated in stereotypes it is. The Right is racist and evil, the Left dumb and naïve. Bigot, Commie, Fascist, Democrap, Repugnican, Libtard, Wingnut, the list goes on and on. Continue reading
Just the other day I was thinking I needed a cheap used beach cruiser to ride around town and voila this showed up for free on the curb near my house. Just my size too!
Now I’m thinking I need a million dollars….