The thoughts of a writer.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Super Bowl 50

Due to a very busy weekend and trying to get everything finished, I must admit that I didn't give Super Bowl 50 as much attention as I have given other NFL championship games. I was hoping on some level that the Carolina Panthers would win simply because they never have. However, I must admit I like Peyton Manning so if he won the big game (again) with the Denver Broncos in his last NFL game, I'm happy for him.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

2 Days to Super Bowl 50

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Handy Cultural Translator

It can be interesting, challenging and frustrating dealing with people from another culture. After working in a situation where I was often the minority, and after marrying into a particular Asian culture, I have learned some things. The first is that logic has little to do with it. That's right folks, Spock would be quite out of his element! The second is, that extremely important cultural values and traditions today, might mean little tomorrow—depending on which side of the advantage to be gained, an individual finds him/herself on. Also, women may traditionally have limited power, which means that women can be ruthless in seeking it. Additionally, men will not acknowledge a woman's rights—except when she marries into another family. Another good thing to remember, is that if you are white, you will be wrong no matter what. If you disagree, you are a racist. I'm not saying this is true or accurate, just that this is often the view or tactic used to gain an advantage. Most white people will allow themselves to be pushed into compliance for fear that they will be seen as not politically correct. This label, in today's society, is worse than being labeled an axe murderer. But be forewarned, the result of following every whim of another group is that you will ultimately lose yourself and your identity.
Now then, we move to the translator portion. When he says, "You always have to be controlling and have everything your way!" The translation into a more realistic voice is, "You are making me upset because you are preventing me from being controlling and having my own way!" Likewise if you are told that you must comply or there will be social sanctions—such as the individual may not come to help you when you need it, would actually be more accurately portrayed as , "I'm playing the 'guilt card' and the 'fear card' and I sure hope I get my way—I better make an angry face too!" If she says, "Don't you disrespect my culture!" it really means, "You can't disrespect my culture—only I can disrespect yours!" Once you learn to retain your individuality and your own culture (yes, even white people have a culture), you will be met with periodic and sometimes hostile reactions. But eventually, you will probably be tolerated and hopefully, "tested" less frequently once you are found to be "stubborn and negative;" (i.e. uneasily intimidated and taken advantage of). Vive la différence!

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Human Exhibit

During our recent trip to the zoo I found the new "Human Exhibit" to be fascinating!

The New Human Exhibit!

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Snow No!

While following a car on the freeway after yesterday’s big snowfall I marveled that someone could be so dumb as to not brush the snow from the vehicle before driving. Obviously the driver could not see my car behind his/hers with several inches of snow covering the windows. Is safety really that inconvenient?

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Even in the Darkest Places

He was a sick and twisted man. He liked to gossip about the "sins" of others but he didn't see any of his own. He loved his sisters. Maybe he loved them too much. His attraction may have prevented a healthy relationship with a non-related woman. Well that and his inability to be responsible or get a job and earn an income. He slept late. He didn't like to work. He didn’t like to shovel or mow or do much except put pictures on his Facebook; because one day, he might be known as a great artist. He wasn't good at talking. His social skills were sub-par. His motivation nearly nonexistent. He let his parents support him and take care of him; decade after decade. But he still had lots of "advice" for others about marriage and raising children—of which he had done neither. He was talented. He could spot other people’s shortcomings and he was always right! He had computers and smartphones and cameras and Wi-Fi and Netflix and he didn't have to work for it! Obviously he was the smartest guy in the world and everyone else would just have to admit it! After all, he "had the goods on them." This one yelled at his kids. This other one was controlling. This one assaulted his wife. Only the sick and twisted man was "guilt free" because he had no one to do that to except for in-laws or perhaps his elderly parents. Was there a glimmer of something to be learned from his one-way rants? Although he was too cowardly to permit a response to his attacks, and though he blocked communications and hid in his room, he would sit up late at night and unleash his fury at those who made any reference to his irresponsible lifestyle. Ahhh Facebook. The haven of the anti-social. He was right that was for certain. He would always be right. But was there something to be learned from the opposing point-of-view? Even one as one-sided and narrow is his? Perhaps… but eventually one has to separate himself from negative people and mental illness and leave the past in the past. So the other man pressed the delete key and then blocked the email to prevent further cyber-attacks.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Happy Groundhog's Day!

FYI - Spring comes every year regardless of what Phil says or who he bites.

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Snow Coming

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Trump Comes in Second

Trump comes in second in Iowa. Maybe the GOP will survive afterall.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

St. Paul Public Schools Bans Holidays


St. Paul Public Schools Bans Holidays
UnAssociated Press
January 29, 2016


In order to make children from diverse backgrounds feel more welcome, St. Paul Public Schools plans to ban "dominant" holidays; that are enjoyed by the majority of children throughout the United States. Such horrid traditions as celebrating Valentine's Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving, will no longer be tolerated in the spirit of making everyone feel equally left-out. "How can we celebrate the pilgrims feasting and eating turkey with the indigenous Americans, when it might be upsetting to an immigrant from another country?” said one school administrator. “We just can't assume that a holiday like Thanksgiving could have a wide appeal and be a truly secular American celebration!" Already plans are in the works to eliminate Independence Day, Christmas, New Years and any other "dominant" holiday that might not be celebrated by people arriving here from other parts of the world. St. Paul Public Schools is also planning to eliminate the English language, as it could be offensive to people who speak other languages. Already heralded as a positive step in the right direction by a number of "do-gooder" white people who want to prove their political correctness, Valentine's Day will be the first to go—since it occurs already next month. "How can I feel good about a holiday that promotes love, when there is already so much hate in the world?" said one elementary school principal. This certainly does sound like a much more important and worthy goal than teaching children to embrace other cultures (and holidays) and to pursue academic achievement! I say Bravo St. Paul Public Schools! Way to make the children suffer to make your point... ummm whatever it is...

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Trump Wins Debate


Trump Wins Debate
UnAssociated Press
January 29, 2016


Though Donald Trump was not at the GOP Presidential debate yesterday, he still won! Undeniably, Mr. Trump sounded smarter and more likeable when he wasn't there; than if he had attended. Furthermore, it should be (but isn't) plain to everyone that if Trump is faced with unpleasant people or situations as President, he will likely just skip the debate or conference and have his own by himself. This will be a good strategy for America—and will show the rest of the world how cooperative the USA is. It seems that no matter what Trump does, there are enough angry right-wing conservatives to prove that he is always right! Hopefully, Donald Trump will miss more events—as it can only serve to increase his popularity when he is absent!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Trump Afraid to Debate

Donald Trump will not be participating in the GOP Presidential debate on Fox News tomorrow night. Even though Fox TV is the most conservative venue, it seems that Trump does not like Megyn Kelly. Since Kelly will be one of the moderators, Trump is going to take his toys and go home! Good for you Mr. Trump! Now we know how you will handle uncomfortable situations that might come up if you become President!

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