December 7, 2012
I'm feeling rather subdued this writing day, today. Although it's the Christmas Season, (yes I said Christmas, not holiday.), many among us are not in a mood to celebrate and be festive.
I don't know why it seems so, but it's as though this time of year is when the most heinous tragedies take place in the newsworld, often involving children such as small children being abused to death or dying in a house fire, or maybe a young mother murdered by an angry husband/boyfriend and leaving behind 4 month old twins.
Losing a family member can change forever how one deals with the whole holiday season, any holiday, not just Christmas. My condolences go out to Bruce and his family on the loss of his son. This is just not right, parents are not supposed to outlive their children.
I'm officially an orphan now myself, having lost both my parents years ago. It's not typical to think of us "old folks" as orphans but according to the dictionary definition we are. But losing one's parents is something most of us expect to deal with at some time in our lives. It sucks, but that's just the way it is. We lose our grandparents, our parents and suddenly we wake up one day to realize we are the oldest generation in our family and we are the old folks that family worries about. People around us start to make jokes about nursing homes and adult diapers. But losing ones child goes against the natural order of life and death as we have come to know it.
I know a lot of people who are afraid of death and dying to the point that they can't talk about it to plan for their own funeral services. When my Dad found out he had cancer he started making his final plans. This horrified my sister who kept telling him to..." stop, I don't want to even think about it." In a way I can understand that feeling but also in a way I just don't get it. None of us want to talk of unpleasant things but death is a part of life, like it or not. And, in a way, death is emminently fair in that everyone dies; no one gets out of here alive.
But death is not the only way to lose a family member. I once had to take a restraining order out against one of my children who was on drugs and had gotten violent in my home. The restraining order was for three years and we didn't speak for almost the whole time. Holidays were ruined for that period of time. I mourned him because although only temporary, I did lose him. Not knowing how he was doing or whether he was getting enough to eat was the least of my worries. The news broadcasts that spoke of unidentified bodies being found would send me off on crying jags until it was reported that the deceased had been identified and was not my son. It took him nearly three years to learn the error of his ways but learn he did. Now when I say something he pays attention.
A co-worker of mine has effectively lost her husband this holiday season. He is not dead, just deported, but it has broken up a loving family. I know a lot of you are not sympathetic to the plight of deported illegals but this is one that just about anyone would have to agree that he would have made a wonderful citizen of this country, which he dearly loved. He and his wife had taken in several small children who had lost family members for one reason or another.That is in addition to their own small brood. She worked graveyard shift while he stayed home and took care of the younglings.
He was makiing plans to get legal and get his citizenship and got deported when la migra did a warrant sweep and nabbed him by accident. They both worked at jobs most Americans wouldn't even consider taking. Hard working, clean and sober, family oriented, who stepped up to the plate when the chips were down and took care of family responsibilities as a duty of honor. I can't think of any more admirable qualities for a potential citizen of this country than those. Nearly a dozen lives, mostly innocent children, were affected by this loss.
So that is why, dear readers, I come before you today with no article, nothing but an aching heart for those around me who are experiencing loss during this 'festive' time of year. It is never easy to lose someone but it seems to have an extra sharp sting during the Christmas season. Especially if the lost someone is your child.
We may not have lots of money to buy fine gifts for those we love but we have something else that is far more precious. We have love and support from our families, both the ones that we were born into, and the families we have chosen for ourselves. We can walk and talk, feed and dress ourselves and we can help those around us who cannot. What better gift than that?
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We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universe, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act. - Charles Darwin
It is people who are important, not the masses. - Dorothy Day
A very prestigious wealthy man and his wife were having dinner at a very fine restaurant when this absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a big open mouthed kiss, then says she'll see him later and walks away.
The wife glares at her husband and says: "Who was that?"
"Oh," replies the husband, "she's my mistress."
"Well, that's the last straw," says the wife. "I've had enough. I want a divorce!"
"I can understand that," replies her husband, "but remember if we get a divorce, it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more Jaguar in the garage and no more yacht club. But the decision is yours."
Just then, a colleague of the husband enters the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his arm.
"Who's that woman with Matt ?" asks the wife.
"That's his mistress," says her husband. "Ours is prettier," she replies.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.
States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions. - all from Noam Chomsky, American linguist and political writer, born on this day in 1928
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Over the years we have had the government demand more and more information on product labels. Nutrition information has to be very explicit now days. Even if there are no specific nutritional elements in the product, it still has to be labeled with 0% for some aspects of the product. It has become so boring to look at the labels because of this. And, that leads us to ignore them altogether. That's not wise. You'll miss out of some funny stuff if you do.
Packaging often comes with instructions for use. Although the government hasn't stipulated specific wording for directions, per se, but, it seems lawyers have. There are some very silly instructions that have made it onto product packaging. Most of these wouldn't seem to be necessary at all by the average person, but, someone, somewhere, must have done something to warrant the inclusion.
We all heard about the lady who spilled hot coffee on herself then sued the restaurant chain. Most of us would have simply said, "Dumbass, you shouldn't have been driving around with it between your legs." Instead, she prevailed and now there is an inclusion on every cup that "contents may be hot". DUH! I wouldn't want my coffee any other way.
I don't know what caused a famous soap manufacturer to include instructions on their soap to "use like regular soap". Did someone try to eat it? Did someone think it was a suppository? Is there such a thing as irregular soap?
Some things require just a modicum of common sense. But, that doesn't stop everybody, I suppose. My wife was in the cosmetology career for a long time. Because of that, we would go to beauty supply stores almost as regularly as grocery stores. I would peruse the various things for sale for amusement rather than true interest. I was surprised to see one hair dryer with the admonition "do not use in shower". After all the thriller type shows and movies, you'd think everyone had seen at least one instance of someone being electrocuted by a similar device being used while bathing. Apparently not. But that wasn't the only caution. Another one said "do not use while sleeping". I wouldn't know how someone could use a hand-held hair dryer while sleeping, but, apparently someone had.
Recently, I was shopping to replace some Christmas lights that quit working since last year. On a box of lights I considered to buy was the admonition, "For indoor or outdoor use only." I guess that ruled out "internal use", but it may not be specific enough for the dill weed who wants to experiment.
Last summer, I was riding with a friend during a day's activities. When he parked the car he got out a sun shield to keep the heat down in the car and to protect his dash board. I noticed a label and just had to look. On it was clearly written, "Do not drive with sunshade in place." I guess you could back up since there is nothing blocking the rear window. But, did someone sue the company because they tried to drive off with the sun shade in the front window an hit someone or something?
Did you know, or would you figure that those fire starter logs are flammable? I would. It seems to be their sole purpose. Apparently not everyone got the memo. Clearly printed on each individual log's packaging is the admonishment that they are, in fact, flammable. That's not to be confused with inflammable. No, wait, it is. They are the same thing!
As a child I would get a towel, drape it around my neck and play superhero. Usually, I was impersonating Superman. I'd get in a tree or on a roof and jump down and fly for a brief instant. I knew I really couldn't fly. That why I had to climb something. And, when I leapt from whatever convenient perch I had found, I knew I was heading only one direction. Down. I wasn't very old. My age was still well in the single digits. However, today, a Superman costume has the notice, "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."
A recent automobile commercial showed the car going over the edge of a cliff. Although it did not show the car taking a nose dive, the commercial did include the reminder that "cars do not fly". Prior to that, the same manufacturer showed their cars in a seeming rush to get to the U.S.A. The cars were leaping, running pell mell, or otherwise rushing to their shores to cross the ocean. Of course, there was the insightful reminder that cars do not float.
On rare occasion, the instructions are not thoughtfully planned. I read one such notice that tried to be helpful. "Do not turn upside down" was clearly labeled on the box. The only problem was, it was printed on the bottom. Oh, well... I guess they can have their moments, too.
Here's your quiz:
Have you come across some interesting instructions?
What label item hit your funnybone or made you say, "DUH!"?
Have you come across something that needed a label but didn't have it?
Notices - Placed So You Do, Usually
Cliff (the High-Tech Redneck who doesn't rate a fancy 'signature pic')BJ's Ponderings
During our lifetime we will at some point encounter monsters that we cannot imagine. They will be horribleand have powers we cannot describe. If we try to battle these monsters with our own strength, we shall fail. We will need to call upon powers that defy our own imagination, our own knowledge, our own known base. If we do so, we will defeat these monsters.
So what are these monsters? For me, I have witnessed and my memory suppressed it for many decades my father beating my mother when I was a child. How could I as a child, defeat this monster? He was a drunk and when drunk was out of control. Another monster was my mother who had little time for me. She wrote on a birthday card she wanted God to be my parent. Well gee that's nice but She later in life admitted she was not allowed to say she loved me or to hold me as an infant. I was lucky and blessed to visit a loving aunt and uncle every summer of my life if not for them, I do not know what monster I could have become.
I have seen many monsters in my life, drug addicts, people who were extremely violent, murderers in fact, drug dealers, arms dealers and I do not know how to reach these monsters. I have helped people who wanted to end their life, helped them to deal with the monsters in their life. I have been around when people needed help with financial help when the monster of hopelessness has arrived at their door.
How about you? Have you met with a monster, dealt with one, defeated one, is it still residing with you?
BJ CassadyKirsten's Krazy Kaleidoscope
Kirsten was unable to write today.Lucille's Lunacy
Maybe I wouldn't brag about it either. Yesterday, my hometown paper had an interesting article in print. I can't find it on the web, but my physical therapist, my sister, Chicagoann and my mother all assure me it is true, so you'll just have to take their word for it.
My mother is in the hospital. When I was visiting her yesterday, she and Chicagoann were both laughing at an article which was in our local newspaper. It seems that a manure truck was traveling in the vascinity, at a high rate of speed. Being the home of a speeding poop hauler may not be a cause for merriment. The fact that it flipped over into a restaurant's front lawn might merit a chortle, but would not call for the gales of laughter that were eminating from my relatives. They did have reason for glee.
The guy who was driving the truck had minor injuries. The poop that was in the truck flowed freely, stinking up the environs. The bio waste company who owned the truck immediately dispatched another truck to help clean up the mess. That truck arrived, did its poopy scooping duty and went along its way for about a mile. Then, (this is unbelievable, and I really did try to find the story on line) it flipped over, too, spilling its contents on the road.
The local emergency crews washed and barricaded what they could to keep the mess from contaminating the small body of water that happens to be located near where the second spill occured. The name of the creek only adds to the humor to be found in this story. "Honey Creek" shall hence forth be known by this writer as "Honey Dipper Creek". Should I suggest the name to the city counsel?Poet-Tree
Odds and Ends - A Moment in Time - Time flies and heals all wounds; we try to save it, make it, manage it, kill it; and there's never enough of it. And, of course, time keeps everything from happening at once. Time is the most used noun in the English language, yet remains a mystery. For example - how long is the present? The past has already happened, and the future hasn't happened yet. But yet the future is just a nano-second away. I think I'll touch my nose. It hasn't happened yet, so it's in my future. The closer I bring my finger to my nose, it's still in the future. Yet the instant I touch my nose, it becomes the past since I can look back and reflect on it. The very instant I touch my nose, the act has been completed and now becomes the past. So, at what point were we in the present? In fact, it appears to be the point in which past meets future. So, the present is indeed a very tiny imnmeasurable amount of time, or even non-existent at all. I'll give you time to think about that... but wait - is time mine to give? Tick tock - LDO
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The clock on the wall was quite dead...
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I once stuffed my sister in a tire.....
Fulfilling a long held desire.....
When I rolled her down the hill.....
'Cause she was such a pill.....
Then suffered my parents ire.
I once stuffed my sister in a tire.....
That was hung from a limb by a wire.....
She really threw a fit.....
As in that swing she sit.....
And I got in trouble with our "sire".
- SkeeterReader Comments
Re: Death Sucks
I am a long time reader but never post (too shy I guess) but my condolences to the family. - Wayne
Our prayers are with you. God takes a lot of the really good ones young. He will always be just a thought away. Blessings to you. - Karen
Thank you for being such a good friend. I grieve for your loss but you have the right attitude to survive. Hang in there with your friends and keep at the prayers. Prayers carry people far beyond where they could go alone.
Merry Christmas - Myra
Well, Lucille--I kind of like your little "dream". Frankly, if we all still carried guns I suspect there would be a lot more civility and politeness around. Especially if there were stiffer consequences for those who choose not to be. - Ruth in WA
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