passed away

Posted: April 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

I was reading the paper this morning, what’s left of it, and found myself again in the Obits. I don’t read it to see if I am there so much as I do for some kind of, I guess, morbid entertainment. In a serious vein, there was a man 37 years old that died of a heart attack. Ouch!

Looking ahead at my eventual demise I always check to see what the 80 & 90 somethings die from. Most times, if stated, it is usually cancer, the occasional heart attack or pneumonia, often a side effect of some other chronic illness. Knowing that in most if not all instances someone other than the deceased has written the obit I am curious about how the death is described. Most often people just “die” however the next most common description is that they have “passed” or “passed on”. If so, passed on to what? The dictionary version I read said it was a “polite” way of saying died. From Wikipedia I also learned that Passed Away Vol. 1 is a compilation of Dr. Dog tunes. I noted that if you pass someone or something, you go past them/it. So in this sense a person is passing life on the way to something else.

This brings me to the next group of descriptions. These, I assume, are religious descriptions of what has happened. I find, “was called home” “went to his/her reward” “met his maker”. I have never read where someone has “gone to hell” but I suppose that on more than one occasion that might be the opinion of the writer. If you know what I believe concerning religion then you will understand that at this point I’ll just let sleeping dog lye (or lay).

Next time I’ll take up my possible choices.

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Posted: January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

posted this  two years ago….still

Posted: January 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Bowl season is near it’s end for another year. Honestly, this year I have not been glued to the flat screen over indulging in pointless (to me) football games sponsored by everything from a local department store (Charlotte N. C.) to Fritos. In recent years the most tiresome aspect of the games, be they college or pro, is the growing need on the part of the players to celebrate virtually everything that occurs on the field. It started a few years back with the mating dance of two player post touchdown. I’m not sure of the significance of two players jumping in the air and butting into each other but it has grown from it’s humble beginnings to a ritual that follows quite a number of plays. There is also the compulsory helmet slapping which I guess does not contribute to head injuries.

Expanding on the requisite celebration the entire team has gotten into the act. Defensive players now strut and make declarative gestures after every tackle as if it were the last play of the Super Bowl. Not to be left out, God gets a lot credit too. I see players point to the sky in thanksgiving after any number of accomplishments. I guess Tim Tebow forgot to tweet them that apparently God has forsaken football as he (Mr. Tebow) no longer plays in the NFL.

The latest in the parade of declarative gestures is the signalling of the first down by whoever make it. Apparently the players are not satisfied with the official making that declaration. So, inquiring minds might ask, what is this all about? I read recently an interesting theory. The reasoning goes that this is a form of self expression that has grown out of demeaning nature of modern football. Players have become nothing more
than a cog in the machine. It is illustrated by such things a the NFL blatantly ignoring the
consequences of head injuries and college level coaches with contracts that would make the CEO of any major corporation blush.

Regardless of the why behind all this my advise to that wide receiver and his teammate………. ..get a room.

Welcome

Posted: January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Just a quick hello to those who might have come here from my Facebook page.

I’ll be back soon…………..

Tis the season

Posted: December 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

Save it for a rainy day

Posted: July 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

Just my my mind a wonderin’

thinkin’ ’bout near nothin….

de de de de da da………….hm hm hmm hm hm hm

Save it for a rainy day

I am doing my best….

Posted: June 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

In the past several weeks I have become very upset with myself…the what and why are difficult to pin point.  There a parts of days (like now) when I almost fee despondent.   I know part of it is because I don’t really get a good nights sleep and am frustrated by the fact that I have other little ticks and twitches that are bothering me. Itchy bug and spider bits, 10 lbs I can’t see to shake off,  the sense that I am wandering aimlessly through the remaining years of my life.  Yeh…I guess you could call it a form of depression. I daydream about things that might have been and a reality that isn’t and maybe never was.  If I am this lethargic now what will it be like when I’m not working two jobs?

Letter on the Opinion Page

Posted: May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Read your letter in the paper and I think you bring up some interesting points.

You are absolutely correct in say that the phrase “separation of church and state” isn’t in the constitution.  What the clause does say is that government shall make no law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  This was essentially to outlaw the Church of England as the recognized official religion.  You probably also know that Thomas Jefferson wrote a famous letter to a group of Baptists in Danbury Conn. reassuring them and using the phrase “wall of separation”.

I like your Proverb. I have one (not a Proverb) that goes “Do not condemn the judgement of another because it differs from your own.  You may both be wrong”

At the risk of doing just that I make these comments:

You said “the First Amendment provides assurance that the Federal Government would not meddle in the affairs of religion within the sovereign states” Not true.  Maryland had the Church of England as their official church.  They could not continue this under the Constitution.

As for the ACLU…It isn’t so much that government and religion are enemies as it is foolish state and federal legislators enacting laws that are unconstitutional because they promote a specific religious dogma.  I can’t argue that the Supreme Court hasn’t damaged some of our values but not in the way you would think.  If bigotry is a religious value then yes the court ruled against that.

As a progressive (the term Liberal has been bastardized to the point that it no longer defines what it once did) I am only “fearful” of religious freedom when it is legislated into discriminatory laws.  Your reference to business owners using religious beliefs as a form of bigotry goes right to my point. If they are in business to serve the public. LGBT people are a part of that public. Can you imagine a world where a business posts a list of those people they will serve (or won’t)?  Say…old people like you and me.

I think I saw such a sign in Atlanta back in 1961.  It said “whites only”.