Monday, June 14, 2010

This too shall pass

I have had my share of difficulties in the last few days. But that's not really what this blog is about. We all go through tough times now and then. It's simply part of the human condition.
This afternoon I went out on my balcony to get some fresh air and a break from daily chores. I'd been feeling a little sad, a little lonely. I have a wonderful view from the balcony and it usually cheers me up to go out there.
As I sat there enjoying the calm I noticed a large white cloud. directly above it was a small, black one. As I watched, the dark little cloud dispersed, leaving the white cloud basking in a soft, golden glow.
I couldn't help thinking, "This is the way life is". We can let the little black clouds overwhelm us and completely miss the golden moments, or we can simply let the darkness disperse and find our calm in the aftermath.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Age and the Oil Spill

In 2008, when Barack Obama won the Presidency, I began to feel that I was aging. President Obama is the first President in my lifetime that is younger than I am. Since April, 2010, I have begun to feel another indication of my age. It is with much sadness that I realize that I will die before the full effects, much less any rehabilitation of the damage caused by BP's disaster in the gulf will be realized. It is a sobering thought.

Friday, June 11, 2010

let's blog something

Dear Spacetrucker,
When are you going to give us another of your pearls of wisdom? I concur with our fellow blogger that this site has too long been neglected, so I have added my piece, as Eve has added hers. Lets get this blog running again...please!!!!!!!!

When congress ignored the first amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
And yet, consider the history of the Natives of our country. Rounded up, placed on reservations and punished for practicing their religion, speaking their native tongue and embracing their own culture. Even today, the rights of our native brothers and sisters are being violated by rules and laws that should never have applied.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

God in School

Alright, I have been fussing for weeks now about this blog and Spacetrucker's negligence (You hear that, Spacetrucker?) so I guess it is up to me to get back to it.

There is a constant uproar by the Christians about putting God back in school and a muted fight by Atheists to keep that from happening. While I am an atheist, I see nothing wrong with teaching Judeo-Christian history in school, as long as it is taught in the framework of history and not dogma, and as long as equal time is given to other faiths and their contributions to history. However, I do not believe that teachers who put illustrations up on their walls purporting to teach American history and the history of our founding fathers, with the various mentions of God are doing so to teach history. Judge for yourself, but what I see is a calculated effort to push their faith and make a political statement with American history as a veil of legitimacy.

CitizenLink: Poster Child - You won't believe what California school officials found on a classroom wall.