The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
We can stay young by focusing on a dream instead of on a regret.
A woman recently said that she was going to vote for
president this year, for the first time, because we had a women
running for president. Hmmm
When Jennifer Granholm ran for Governor of Michigan, my boss
at the time, said to me, "Isn't it great to be able to vote for a
woman?" I couldn't believe that she thought I would vote for someone
just because she was a woman! I had a lot of respect for her before
that, but when she made that statement, I had to wonder about her.
Nothing wrong with voting for a woman as long as she has the
values that you have, or voting for a man who's ideas you admire, but
to vote for someone simply because of their race, or sex is
unthinkable to me.
I am interested in the political process because I feel
strongly about issues. I care about family values, unemployment, and
our jobs going out of the country because of greedy companies, global
warming, and alternative energy. Michigan is in last place when it
comes to jobs. We were a strong state, but we seem to have learned
nothing from our mistakes. The autoworkers didn't think about their
kids needing a job someday, when they wanted white-collar wages for
blue-collar jobs. They wanted the big houses, the boats, and the new
cars, but they priced themselves out of jobs for future generations.
Whoever leads our country and our state must be chosen carefully.
Our choices must be based on their performances of the past. If they
were in congress, what were they voting for? If they voted for the
war, are they backtracking now? Is it okay to vote for something and
then do a "take back" later? You can't take back a vote. Sure,
everyone makes mistakes, but when you admit that you made a mistake,
you can't just throw the blame on someone else.
And, was the war such big mistake? I am not so sure. I believe that
we "I want it now" Americans are feeling frustrated by some of the
fiascos that have happened, stupid, humiliating mistakes made with
prisoners, and huge funds going to contractors that made their way
into off shore accounts. But we cannot say that the nearly 5,000
American service personnel who gave their lives were lost in vain. I
feel heartened when I see children playing in Iraqi streets once
again, and families returning to their homes who had escaped before
the war. Some Iraqis feel that the war was not in vain. Only
history will tell the whole story.
I do know that when times are tough, we need to do our part. We give
lip service to "Buy American" but do we care?
And our mortgage fiasco was caused one family at a time who bought
something they could not afford to buy. We can blame the banks for
loaning out too much money, but we walked into the offices and asked
We did not ask, "What if I lose my job?" So we are essentially
losing something that was never ours in the first place. It's not
yours until you own it! That means paid off! It's easy getting used
to the "good life" when the money is rolling in, but what happens
when layoffs, or sicknesses occur. We needed two incomes to get by,
but when one or both change, we are stuck with too much owed at the
end of the month.
This is America, the greatest nation in history. But history will
tell if we as individuals allowed out great country to slip out of
reach. We need to get back in the black. We need leaders who will
lead, and are not just one of the "good ol' boys" who are filling
their own pockets at our expense. The best way I know to do that is
to find out what our candidates really care about. Do the homework
we would expect of our grade-schoolers. Because if we don't care
enough to vote, we have no right to complain!
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"Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a
thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to
weeds."~~Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
When you are angry with someone, you judge them. Good anger is when
you find what you can do to make a change in a circumstance you
3 large eggs,1 c brown sugar,1 cup granulated sugar, 1 t vanilla
1 t corn syrup, 2 t baking soda, 1 t salt, 1/2 c healthy margarine,1
& 1/2 c chunky peanut butter, 4 & 1/2 c rolled oats, 1/2 c all-
purpose flour, 3/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips, 3/4 c butterscotch
chips, 3/4 c walnuts
Mix marg. eggs, sugar. Mix in rest. Bake 350 until golden brown.
(I substituted unsweetened applesauce for ½ the marg to make them
even more healthy. You can substitute splenda or just cut down on
sugar, and add any options, such as coconut, of your choice. For
more fiber, use old fashioned oats.
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Keeping it Simple,
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