C’mon, open your heart and…

30 09 2009

Tree SwingDo you remember when – it was o.k. to just relax and enjoy the day?

I remember when the news was just that – news of the day. It was not necessary for three or four people to give their opinions on every issue. We just watched the news in the evening and then made our own comments.

I remember when my children played all around the neighborhood. They could play in and out of houses for a two block area and no one even considered that they might be in any danger whatsoever. How nice that was for us and for them. They played army for days and days. They pretended to make movies of everyone in the neighborhood. They wrote a newspaper and played cowboys and indians and cops and robbers and no one found fault with their behavior. The girls played dressup and Mother May I. And House.

It was really fun to just sit outside and watch the sun set or maybe sit on the carport and watch the rain. Drink a slow cup of coffee and listen to the sounds of the neighborhood. A neighbor might drop by and join in with a cup of coffee, too. Or another time, after we had done our washing and ironing and cleaning and mopping and cooking for the day, we Mothers might visit with each other over a cup of coffee and a cookie. And maybe watch our kids playing in the sandbox or jumping rope or riding their bikes.

I remember when Dad went off to work and earned a good living. And Mom stayed home and cared for everyone and all their needs. It was a satisfying and full life for all concerned. Dad was not expected to care for the children – that was Mom’s job. Mom was not expected to earn the living – that was Dad’s job.

We used to read a magazine or a book in the evening. We used to just sit and talk the evening away. We enjoyed one another. We were a family. Sometimes, we had a card table set up with a jigsaw puzzle on it. Some one would sort the pieces, turning them right side up. We might stop for a minute and help put the border pieces on. Everyone in the family would help put the puzzle together. It might take a week or more, depending upon how much time we had. Or we might be busy playing cards together. That was when I learned how to play ‘Sol’. And Concentration. And Hearts. Lots of fun. Many a night spent together.

If it was a good night for television, we might watch the sitcoms together. But they were clean and pleasant and full of laughs for us all. That was before the sitcoms began to have a message for us all. You know, like Dad is stupid and Mom is dumb. Or Dad always wears a suit at home and never actually goes out to work. And Mom has on her high heels and perfectly coiffed hair. And she never has anything to do at all. But we all knew this was  just pretending anyway. So we could laugh at the jokes and enjoy the evening – together.  That was the point. We were together. We spent our time as a family. And we all enjoyed every minute of it.

That was a nice time. Such a nice time for everyone. I remember when.

Take a look at some of my books. You will enjoy them. They are full of some of those ‘remember when times’ together. Thanks.

Some Strings To Think About

29 09 2009

stringsI saw a blip across the tv screen recently telling people to write their congressmen to raise the minimum wage. Do people not understand? If you raise the minimum wage, all prices eventually go up. They have to because manufacturers cannot produce nor sell goods unless they make money to do so. They cannot make enough money to run their businesses unless the wage level is reasonable. So if the wage level goes up, then the cost of goods also goes up from the manufacturers through the retail industry and right out of  your pocketbooks.

If the wage level is raised, people also get to pay more taxes because they are automatically raised to a new level of income. Each level of income pays so much percentage in taxes. So now, not only do they make more money if their minimum wage is raised, but then they also pay more for everything they buy and then they also get to pay more taxes.

In the long run, they actually lose money when the minimum wage is raised. Who wants that? Only those that do not understand anything about the economy and think that someone is going to give them something for free. There are no free lunches in this world. Nothing is ever free. There are always strings attached. Pay attention to those strings!


28 09 2009

Writing_letterI sometimes write my congressmen about an issue of importance. But I have never realized before now what an impact that letter can have upon their thinking. Of course I know that all congressmen must follow their party and vote the way they are told to vote. If they don’t, then they don’t get any of that free money that helps them to campaign to get elected again. Only those who have enough of their own campaign money are free to vote the way they choose. But, if they get enough letters and emails and faxes supporting a particular position, they will listen and pay attention and perhaps even vote the way their people at home want them to. Give it a try. Write your congressmen and write them and write them some more.

Blair Holt’s / HR 45

25 09 2009

gun knotWhile Obama’s health care plan has everyone up in arms, there are other things going on behind the scenes. One of these is the upcoming gun control plan. It is called the Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. And if you think that is a mouthful, just wait until you hear what it has in the Act. First of all, the reason for the implementation of a system of licensing of firearms and a record of sale system for those firearms is because and I quote  “It is the sense of the Congress that – firearms trafficking is prevalent and widespread in and among the States, and it is usually impossible to distinguish between intrastate trafficking and interstate trafficking; and it is in the national interest and within the role of the Federal Government to ensure that the regulation of firearms is uniform among the States, that law enforcement can quickly and effectively trace firearms used in crime, and that firearms owners know how to use and safely store their firearms.” How about that!

What this all means is that Congress knows better than anyone else exactly how to regulate firearms use for all of us. And they don’t want you to be able to move any firearms across state lines.

They are saying that we don’t have any right to move firearms anywhere anytime and so they want to register every gun in the country so they can keep up with it and its movements,

And then they want to tell you that you cannot have a gun anywhere around children and if you do, they will confiscate your gun and possibly fine you or charge you with a crime.

Blair Holt was the name of a young man who was shot on a city bus in a random shooting. So now, the Congress wants to give all authority to the Attorney General of the United States to insist that you must register all handguns or semiautomatic firearms and you MUST be licensed to have your gun. You must present along with paperwork, a current passport sized photo, a clear thumb print, and a statement that you are not prohibited by Federal law or by the law of the State of residence from obtaining a firearm. Then you will be required a certification verifying that you will keep any firearm safely stored and out of the possession of persons who have not attained 18 years of age. Then you will be required to take a written firearms examination which will test your knowledge and ability regarding the safe storage of firearms, the safe handling of firearms, the use of firearms in the home and risks associated with such use and the legal responsibilities of firearms owners including Federal, State and local laws relating to all this as well as ANY OTHER SUBJECTS AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DETERMINES TO BE APPROPRIATE.  Failure to follow these rules can cause imprisonment of 5 to 10 years.

And this is only the beginning.

The Attorney General will provide for submission of the application through a licensed dealer or an office or agency of the Federal Government designated by the Attorney General that will require a person to provide all the I.D. as listed above and require that a completed application be forwarded to the Attorney General not later than 48 hours after the application is submitted to the licensed dealer or agency of the Federal Government. Then you will pay a fee for this license the amount of which will be determined by the Attorney General.

Then, it will be unlawful for anyone to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a qualifying firearm to, or for, any person who is not licensed. And then, within 14 days after transfer, this must all be recorded. Within 9 months after this Act becomes law, the Attorney General will establish and maintain a Federal record of sale system that includes all this information.

A licensed manufacturer or a licensed dealer must comply with all this and maintain such records or supply such information as the Attorney General may require so he can track or keep records of all guns and their movements.

And to top this all off, the Attorney General shall issue regulations for all this as he determines to be reasonably necessary to reduce or prevent deaths or injuries resulting from qualifying firearms used in criminal activity. If the Attorney General issues a proposed regulation with respect to a matter, it automatically becomes binding within 120 days. No vote. No public comment required. He can make any new rules he wants to.

The Attorney General may issue an order prohibiting the sale or transfer of any firearm that he finds has been transferred or distributed in violation of this Act, or any amendment to this Act or any regulation he has made regarding this Act. This means complete control! Absolutely! Positively!

Also, the Attorney General shall keep complete records including investigations of any causes and prevention of death and injury associated with firearms; conduct continuing studies of such, and collect and maintain current production and sales figures for each licensed manufacturer. In other words, he will completely control the firearms manufacturing industry.

Furthermore, this Act will not override any state provisions except where the individual state’s laws are inconsistent with the provisions of this Act or an amendment made by this Act. Meaning, that if your State does not comply, then it won’t matter anyway. The Federal Government will just override the state law.

The Attorney General may certify a firearm licensing system by a State if State law requires the system to satisfy the applicable requirements of the Federal licensing system. Government control again.

Now remember, this Blair Holt Act is only going to be put in place because the Federal Government needs and wants to know where your guns are and will maintain a constant record of this. They need to know all this supposedly because they are going to stop crime with all this regulation.

What do you think about this one? Write your congressmen now!!!! t is imperative that you stop all this before it gets started. This Act can just be put into law before you even know it is being presented. Write your congressmen today!

You can get a copy of this Act on the internet by looking up Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 at U.S. Open Congress. It is H.R. 45 in the House.

Sneak Peak of New Book

24 09 2009

porchAnd now for the preview……

He bent down and carefully placed the almost smashed package of cigarettes under the step. He wanted to make sure no one could see them. Didn’t want Mama to know he smoked. He was all of 18 years old, but he still didn’t want to offend his Mama. She meant the world to him. They had been together, just the two of them for years now. Daddy left when he was 5 years old. When he was 7, he had to quit school and go to work delivering for a drug store so he and Mama could eat. Everyone has to eat you know. She couldn’t work at all now. She had a hard fall and broke her hip and well, you know that old story. Can’t hold down a job now.

He hurried into the house, tired as usual. He had progressed now to a better job than delivering on a bicycle. He was an apprentice and was learning a new trade. He worked long, hard hours and was ready to hit that bed as soon as he got home every evening. Trying to be as quiet as possible, he slipped into his room and hurriedly took off his shoes and socks. Then he checked the soles of his shoes. Always checked to see if they were still holding up o.k. Couldn’t afford new soles just yet. As he slipped off his shirt, he was thinking about that cigarette he was going to have tomorrow morning. Just as soon as he ate breakfast, he would slip out and get one out of the package, light it up and really enjoy it. His friend had only three left when he gave him the worn out package, but that was alright. Better than nothing you know.

As he lay his tired body on the bed, he relished the thought of that cigarette next morning. Would be worth the wait.

He drifted off to sleep in a deep, tired sleep.

And then he heard the rain pattering on the steps out front.

…..This is a small excerpt. Interested? Please visit my site.

Bad Behavior and Personal Responsibility

23 09 2009

tantrumI am always spouting off about personal responsibility. Obviously, you cannot have personal responsibility if you have never been taught to have this. Parents are responsible for teaching all their children about taking care of themselves and being fully responsible for all their own behavior. This makes for responsible teens who do not get in any real trouble. And it makes for responsible adults who have good lives and nice families.

As I walked into the lobby of the school today, there was a young boy, kindergarten age, wallowing on the floor. His mother and teacher were both watching him as he whined and shed real tears because he did not want to attend school today. The boy even crawled over to the corner and stood up against the wall with his back to the adults. The teacher was obviously pretty exasperated. But the mother was begging, and begging, and begging the young boy to go to class. He looked over at me and grinned that grin that all spoiled kids  do when they know you are aware of their spoiled behavior. In other words, he knew that I knew he was just showing off, putting on, and getting his own way with all the attention he could possibly want.

And poor mother was put in a position of begging her wayward 5 year old to stop acting like a 2 year old. Poor Mother should have pulled him up off the floor and insisted that he go on to class. She should have let him know in no uncertain terms that it is his responsibility to act like a 5 year old and to attend the kindergarten class where he belongs. And then she should have turned her back and walked out the door. And she should have done this when he showed off and acted spoiled when he was 2 years old and 3 years old and 4 years old, too. He finally won this morning and poor mother took his hand, led him out the door, and even carried his back pack for him. Mother is not doing her son any favors by coddling him and making over him and begging him to act his age.

In fact, she is doing him a great disservice by refusing to make her son behave. Is he going to grin that spoiled grin behind her back and get into trouble when he is 15? Or when he is 25? When is she going to finally recognize that it is her role to be the mother and act like the mother and insist that her son act like a son should.

How is her son going to know about personal responsibility if she does not teach him? Is she expecting the teacher to be the one to instill this behavior? Or the principal? It is her job as his parent and first teacher to make sure that when her son walks out the door if it be age 5 or 15 or 25, that he is responsible for his own behavior. If she had been doing a good job, her 5 year old son would not today be wallowing in the school floor, crying fake tears, and whining.

It is up to the parents to teach personal responsibility to their children. And it must be taught every day in every instance. Day after day, year after year for all their growing up years.

If you expect your children to be responsible adults, you must teach them now – at home – to be responsible children. Personal Responsibility is an absolute must. And Responsible Parents always teach this to their children.


22 09 2009

HuckabeeI see in the latest reports that Mike Huckabee scored as head of the pack in a Values Voter straw poll. Out of 597 total votes, Huckabee got 28% of the votes or 170. Next was Gov. Mitt Romney with 137. Others listed in the poll were Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Alaska’s former Governor Sarah Palin, and Indiana’s Rep. Mike Pence The poll was organized by the Family Research Council, a conservative Washington advocacy group. I know this straw poll doesn’t mean a whole lot since the next presidential election is a long ways off. But you might seriously consider Mr. Huckabee as a real candidate and one worthy of your vote. He doesn’t have a lot of financing, but will probably attract more as the presidential election nears. By the way, don’t ever confuse him as being anything like the other Governor of Arkansas who was later President of the United States. Two complete opposites!

Mike Huckabee is Mr. Nice Guy, but he is also definitely honest, forthright, kind yet strong in what he says. He means what he says and says what he means. He is a great family man and he and wife have been happily married for many years. He was Governor of Arkansas for the allowed terms before running for president the last time around. Most people did not know who he was then so he didn’t garner enough votes to get the Republican nomination. But this time around, he has a lot more name recognition. You might want to watch his show on Fox Network and see what kind of guy he is. He was quoted recently in a speech to a conservative organization, ‘Our power has never been in our pocketbooks, but in our Creator.’

He is a former Baptist minister, but not pushy about his beliefs. He is definitely one of the right wing conservatives of this nation. He believes and states strongly that he is against abortion. He believes in the one man one woman marriage. He speaks up for family rights. And he is quick to state his beliefs to anyone who asks. He does not waiver in his beliefs. He does not mince words and he does not have any gray areas to discuss. As far as I know, he has no skeletons in his closet and no affairs to discuss. He was quoted recently as saying ‘It is never right to do wrong and never wrong to do right.’

Just my kind of guy.

Keep him in mind for the next presidential election. He might just be your guy, too.