28 02 2011

I have watched with much interest the demonstrations in Wisconsin.  Isn’t this ridiculous.  Reminds me of the hippy movement of the 60’s where everyone ran around protesting something.  Most didn’t even know what it was they were protesting.  They were just having a party.  Walking the highways, hitching everywhere, running in groups here and there.  Demonstrating as long as there was free food, music, and sometimes a bonfire.  Sheer morality no doubt!

Wisconsin looks almost the same to me today.  Everyone out screaming, shouting, a bonfire or two, and a big, big party.  Everyone is off work, not bothering to teach, and the senators have even left the state in order not to do their job.  Isn’t this the same scenario?  Sounds like it to me.  And I notice today that they are camping out in the state capitol although they have been asked to leave so the building could be cleaned.  Sounds like  hippy time to me.  They did the same things.  And I don’t know about you, but once around that block was quite enough for me.  Time to grow up, shut up, and get on with your job.

Democrats are spending money they do not have.  Republicans are saying that we don’t have the money to spend so you cannot spend what you do not have.  And the crowd is hollering ‘hell no!’  Makes sense to me.  Maybe all these people who are demonstrating can use their credit cards to pay Wisconsin’s bills with.  Why are they not willing to pay their fair share of insurance coverage and pensions.  Most people in this country do.  What makes them so different.

Oh, I forgot, it is their Union.  I know just a little bit about unions and their problems.  My father was a die-hard union man from the time I was born.  He never allowed anything to be bought or used in our home unless it had a union label on it.  As he got older, he became ever more union man.  Everything the union did was wonderful to him.  Yessir!  He supported them all the way every day.  He became the president of his particular union and that made him even more union oriented.  I went to many a union get together.  And there was always lots of rhetoric about how wonderful the union was for the working man.  My father was proud to say he was one of those working men.  

In his particular union, they had a retirement home out west.  All the men contributed some of their wages to this home because some day they were going to live there, sit on the porch, and enjoy the beautiful sunsets.  My parents even drove out to see this wonderful place.  And as president of his union, my father promoted this retirement home and urged the men to donate to it over and over again.  Of course I’m sure they probably had to donate.  Most unions make sure of that.  But each man still had to earn that money before he could donate it.  Wonder how many hours of work their donations took. 

Then the union had a big regional meeting.  My father made lots of speeches.  They showed a film all about this retirement home to all the people there.  And everyone dreamed that retirement dream of going to that wonderful place – because they had all helped pay for it.  One of the big union bosses even came  from up east to attend this regional meeting.  After my father made a talk, this man also made a talk and he, too, promoted this retirement home and all its many benefits and again urged the men to donate their wages to this wonderful place.

Then, later on, I heard some talk that the big bosses from up east had somehow gotten their hands on the money for that retirement home and it wasn’t going to be there anymore.  This really upset my father because he had urged his men to support this with their hard earned money.  And they had because they always followed my father and his union promotions.  

After that, I never heard about the retirement home again.  And I never knew of anyone being punished for taking all that hard earned saved up money either.  

As for Wisconsin.  I think the teachers should pay their fair share of their pensions and health care and get back to work.  The ones who are suffering are the children who are not being taught.  But then, I don’t think any of the teachers have bothered to think about that.  They are too busy shouting and screaming and camping out in the state capitol and probably singing around a campfire somewhere.  Enough!  Get real.  Pay your fair share and get on with your life so everyone else can do the same.  It is time everyone owned up to their individual responsibilities including the teachers in Wisconsin.  

As for the Democratic Senators, what else can you expect.  Just look around at the Democrat’s track record and you will see easily what they are and how they try to monopolize all situations.  Another junior high, yukkity yuk stupid joke.  Wake up.  Smell the flowers.  Get to work and do your job.  It’s past time!


27 02 2011

It is constantly amazing to me how those Democrats can take a subject, turn it around and make it into an entirely different story.  Doesn’t have to even resemble the truth either.  They are happy with it regardless.

I was reading a column in my local paper written by a definite Democrat.  First thing he talked about was the fact that the Republicans were going to shut down the government.  Now, it seems to me that the Republicans have offered to work with those Democrats in a fiscally conservative way and the Democrats have refused.  Next item, he says the President and Democrat led Senate have indicated that the cuts are just too much, too fast, and jeopardizes the nation’s upward economic swing.  What upward economic swing.    What difference does it make it the cuts are too much or too fast.  They need to be made.  Sooner the better. 

He then  blames the last administration for the fact that they cut taxes and spent.  If I remember right, the taxes they cut stimulated the economy quite a lot.  Still had plenty of jobs, too.  And then he is blaming the Republicans because they have not created any new jobs yet.  Well, shame on them.  They have been in office about two months and have been haggling with the Democrats the whole time.   This columnist also tells how during the Bush administration, we were forced into high unemployment and a near depression.  Funny, but I don’t remember any of that.  Guess you have to be a Democrat to remember that one. The Democrats still think they are running the whole show and are not going to let the country grow, so here we are, as usual.  You might remember George Bush Sr. asking that the Democrats not maintain gridlock.  But they did anyway.  Then they did the same thing to  George W.  and that is why we had the slowdown and near depression we had at the time.  And those Democrats did it all while maintaining their same junior high yukking style, like the country boy putting one over on the city slicker.  Oh, how funny they are!  

And I remember George W. asking for the oil fields to be opened and drilling to begin.  But again, this was stopped before it ever got off the ground.  Democrats won again. Protect that environment even though it costs every American.  You can see that by the oil prices on today’s market.  And on top of that, we were to spend more money on ways to keep our country safe from that imaginary global warming.  Makes sense to me.  Of course it does.  Couldn’t drill in Alaska because of the bears.  Couldn’t drill anywhere else either because they always have a reason.  

And then the Democrat  tirade finishes by talking about the poor who will be deprived if the cuts proposed by the GOP go into effect.  Like the Wisconsin scenario where those who are getting all the perks are screaming on the television sets because their Governor is asking them to make fair concessions.  And I noticed the big signs that say Tax the Rich.    And when those so-called Rich are taxed until they have no more money, who is going to pay the next tax.  Has anyone ever thought about that?  

It is time we had a little common sense in this country.  I have seen these entitlements grow and grow some more over the years.  Ever since the Democrats ruled when the country was going crazy in the early 60’s, we have had nothing but entitlements for everyone for everything.  It is time for people to be responsible for themselves and their own welfare.  Quit paying for everything for everyone.  Time people paid for their own perks.  Time to get back to normal in this country.

Time for the Democrats to quit making up stuff, go to work,  and get on with the real life.  Like the Republicans are trying to do.  


26 02 2011

Some people have asked me just why should it make any difference what religion you belong to or even if you belong to a religion at all.  Many people have the ready answer that they pray to God wherever they are and they don’t even need to go to church anywhere.  And that makes everything just hunky-dory.  But it really doesn’t.  

I grew up in a standard Protestant Church.  Almost everything was based on community, whether it was the Sunday School Class or the Wednesday Night Supper or the Young People’s Organization, or whatever.    Now, there is nothing wrong with fellowship as it is called these days.  I am a great supporter of fellowship in almost all situations.  But, I do not think it is absolutely necessary that I have a fellowship feeling towards anyone when it comes to religion.  

I don’t need to be with anyone else or to join anything in order to have a relationship with God.  I have that one-on-one every day.  And that is one of the differences between the Protestant religion and the Catholic.  Catholics go to Church to revere Christ.  Period.  There is no other reason whatsoever.  They go to worship Jesus in His True Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist.  This is the whole crux of the Catholic Religion.  Anything that interferes with this worship, this reverence, this adoration is considered to be absolutely and completely unnecessary.  That is why Catholics normally do not talk while in Church.  And why they appear anti-social sometimes.  They are supposed to be busy praying to Jesus there before them.  

There are numerous Masses offered in most Catholic Churches.  That is because not everyone can possibly attend at the same time.   So everyone has an opportunity to make sure they go to worship God at least once a week.  Many people go much more often than that.  But that is the simplest requirement.

We Catholics still have our social side, of course.  In some parishes, there are coffees between the Masses. Perhaps there might be dinners occasionally or other social functions to attend.  But these have absolutely nothing to do with the actual reverence of God, the actual worship of Him. We attend Mass for that. 

Each person is responsible for his own relationship with God.  It is up to him how he lives his life and how he follows the rules to assure the salvation of his soul.  No one is going to tell him how to live.  The Catholic  already  knows what is right and what is wrong.  He knows by simply following the Ten Commandments of Almighty God what is expected of him.   

He knows the requirements of making a good Confession once a year or certainly a lot more often.  He knows how he is supposed to act in his daily life.  He can choose to live as he pleases, but he also knows that he is the one who will pay the ultimate price for how he lives his life.  He knows his responsibilities towards his parish, his family, his job, his very life.

But with a direct relationship between him and His Almighty God, he also knows the rewards for living a good life and the penalties for living a bad life.  So, you see, in the Catholic Church, it is up to the individual to decide how he wants to spend his days.  It is not up to the fellowship crowd.  It is not up to the pastor.  It is not up to anyone else at all.  I personally wanted a relationship just between me and My God.  And this is what I have every day of my life.   I am so glad I do. 

When my life is over,  it is going to be just me standing before My God.  There won’t be a committee to back me up or a Sunday School Class to explain how good a person I am, or a group to say what I did in this life.  No fellowship at all.  Just me and God.  We are going to be the only ones there, I’m sure.  I sure hope I pass the test.  


25 02 2011

I think I was born wanting to be a Catholic.  I know it was always on my mind, even when I was very small.  I  had never met anyone I thought was a Catholic.  I was a typical happy child, playing outside with my friends all the time.  But I was always thinking about things.  One of my friends said it seemed to her that I thought too much for a child.  May be.  But this is the way i was.

I had never been inside a Catholic Church and did not even know what Catholics did or why.  I just simply always wanted to be a Catholic.  I didn’t work at this or do anything about this thought.  It just was always there in the back of my mind.  

I grew up going to a mainstream Protestant Church, attending Sunday School almost every Sunday and then staying for Church.  Neighbors took us children to church as my parents did not go at that time.  This was because my father worked almost all night and had to sleep late in the mornings, so Mother made sure we were ready to go when the neighbors came to pick us up.  When my father eventually got a day job, they attended Church every Sunday.

As I grew up, there were things in the Protestant Church that I did not really like much. For instance, I tried to talk to one of the young, pretty Sunday School teachers before class one Sunday morning and she shushed me and pushed me away.  I did not think that was really the way it was supposed to be, especially not at Sunday School.  And then as I grew, I noticed that people always congregated in groups and shunned some of the other people.  They also talked about others and laughed at them sometimes.  I  did not like any of this behavior.  I wasn’t old enough to do anything about it, but I knew enough to know it wasn’t right.

I eventually married a Catholic.  But I still did not join the Church.   When our son was born later, I still was not sure about this Catholic thing.  I had signed the papers at that time saying I would raise my children as Catholic, but was not sure I wanted to do this.  So I thought I would just see how serious my husband was about this whole religious thing.  He always attended Mass every Sunday.  I had asked him to invite me to go with him, but he had refused and said that if I wanted to go, I could.  It was up to me.  This turned me off and I would not go.  

So, one day, he was holding the baby while we were eating dinner.  As I cleared the table, I said casually, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to raise this baby as a Catholic or not’.Well, should not have said that one.  He slammed his fist on the table and said, ‘You most certainly will’.  And that was the end of that conversation.  

I had found out what I wanted to know.  Catholic meant a lot to him and our children would be Catholic.  So I went and took instructions and joined the Catholic Church.  I have always been so glad I did.  It took me a long time to fully understand Catholicism and I still don’t know a lot of things.  But I really, truly believe Jesus is present in the Most Holy Eucharist.  I go to visit with Him every day.  The way I look at it is that Jesus gives me stuff every single day of my life.  He gives me the air I breathe, all the necessities of my life, and this wonderful family, just for starters.  The least I can do is  go by and  thank Him every single day of my life.   And I will continue to do this all the days that I can.  I appreciate all that He gives to me and I want to thank Him.   He is there and He is always waiting.  For even that, I say Thank You.


24 02 2011

When I first became a Catholic, it was hard for me to accept the prayers to The Blessed Virgin Mary.  I did not really understand that.  It took me years to really understand what I was doing.  But then, I’m not always the sharpest knife in the drawer so this is not unusual for me.  Sometimes, it takes me a lot of thinking and understanding to accept something.  But then, I had this daughter who needed so much help.  She had problem after problem for years and years.  Always sickly, always needing something or another pill or another doctor.  I saw her suffering constantly.   Something had to be done.  

And so, in my agony as a mother, I turned more and more to the Blessed Virgin with my prayers.  ‘Please help me, please.  You see what is going on.  Help me.’  And I came to realize that what I was doing was asking The Blessed Virgin Mary to ask her Son to help me.  I had already been told this numerous times, but it finally got into my head and then I could rest with that thought.  

As any mother would know, if you want a really big favor from her son, you can ask the mother to ask her son to do it for you.  Would work almost every time.  And so this is how it works with The Blessed Virgin Mary, too.  You want something really special from her Son?  Then ask the Mother to intercede for you.  

Of course you don’t have to do this.  A lot of people get their back up about this and say things like ‘I don’t need to go through anyone.  My prayers are heard by God Himself.’  Or ‘why would I waste my time praying to The Blessed Virgin when I can go directly to Her Son and get the result I want’.  Well, then, don’t pray to Her if you don’t want to.  It is only a chance that maybe, just maybe, your prayers might be heard a little faster or a little louder.  Who knows.  I certainly don’t.  

But I’m going to take that chance and ask The Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for me on anything special.  It doesn’t cost me anything and who knows, it might just make things a lot better.  You might try it, too, sometime.  Works for me.  Might just work for you.


23 02 2011

I have been reading about and listening to discussions about the Electoral College lately.  Some people want to do away with this form of electing our President.  After thinking about it and studying for some time, I think I agree with this.  The Electoral College was established back when it was virtually impossible to tally the popular votes.  Therefore the Electoral College represented the votes state by state and this was the way the President was elected.  This method worked great for many, many years and no one ever even thought about changing it.

However, when Bill Clinton was elected President within a matter of a few hours, it was quite a surprise to everyone.  I kept wondering why Bill Clinton had campaigned in the northeastern states all the time.  What was so important there?  No other candidate had ever done that so much before.  And guess what – when the Electoral votes were counted, Bill Clinton had won the Presidency quicker than anyone else ever had.  By having the most Electoral College votes.  Those were obtained by winning those northeastern states, hands down.  He was announced the winner on the television stations before California had even closed its voting polls.  What a coincidence!  

But then, nothing is sacred anymore.  Anyone can do anything when and if they so please.  Winning is the most important issue.  Not how or why they won, but the winning itself.   If I remember right, it used to be said that it was ‘not if you win or lose, but how you play the game.’  That went out the window some time ago. 

In thinking about all this, I remembered that McCain had the majority of  popular votes all the way across the country.  And yet, Obama became our President.   Because he had the most Electoral College votes.  Did not matter that most of his votes came from the inner cities where people live on government subsidies.   The Electoral College didn’t even notice any of that.  Obama just simply got the Electoral College votes and this was all that mattered.  Obviously.

I’m sure if McCain had won as he should have, we would not be in the mess we are in today in this country.  So think about the Electoral College.  Study up on it a little bit and learn more.  Then make up your own mind what you think should be done.  Should the Electoral College form of voting be thrown out?  Is it time to go for the popular vote?  I think it is.  What do you think? 

Maybe then we could get back to the ‘it’s how you play the game.’  It’s past time for that one!


21 02 2011

I have talked of going to the nearest Catholic Church and visiting with Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist. I have suggested in a couple of  blogs that people should do that.  But I thought maybe I should say why I believe in this so strongly.

I was having an awful life for awhile.  My husband was a terrible alcoholic.  No bills were being paid.  I had 5 young children and no means of adding any income.  I also had a handicapped child in the middle of all this.  Something had to be done!  And I couldn’t do anything except wait.   So I started going to visit with Jesus every single day.  I would pile all those kids in the car and go by the Catholic Church for only a few minutes at a time.  This was all the time I had to spare.  If we had to run errands of any kind, we went by the Church first.  I sat in the pew and thanked Jesus for all that He had given to me.  For the fact that all these kids were healthy.  And for the fact that we had enough food for dinner that night.  And then I told Him whatever was on my mind that day.  Maybe I needed to buy something for the kids, or needed more groceries, or whatever it might be that horrible day.  

I came to feel that Jesus was waiting for us to come every day.  Hardly anyone else even bothered to come by and say hello.  Jesus must be very lonely.  He gives all this stuff to mankind and hardly anyone thinks to come back and say thank you.  So I came to realize that maybe it was important that I come by.  I continued to do that every day that it was humanly possible.  Things got much better in my life over time.  Eventually, we had a very good life.  

I continued for years and years to go by every day and visit with Jesus and say thank you for all that I received every day.  I still continue to do this.  I think it has probably been about 47 years now that I have been visiting with Jesus every day.  I hope He has been pleased.


20 02 2011

I hear of people who are begging for help in their own way.  Depression, illness, economic problems, job problems, whatever.  Seems everyone has a problem or two these days.  Guess they always have.  But some of the problems are more serious than others.  And people seem to be having more problems at younger ages than before.  

What people don’t seem to understand is that sometimes their problems are simply that they are looking for peace.  Peace in their lives, peace in their homes, peace in their families, peace in their jobs, and  peace in their illnesses.  This is not the usual form of stress that you hear so much about.  This is the deep down desire for something that cannot be obtained by reading a good book or turning on the tv.  It is far deeper than that.

Right now, I have a friend who is deeply depressed.  She doesn’t understand that her whole being is simply looking for a release from the problems she faces each and every day.  Her soul is trying to find a peace where it can rest.  I have urged her to go to the Catholic Church and visit with Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist.  Such a peace can be found there.  I tell her to just simply go and sit and talk to Jesus.  Tell Him what her problems are.  Tell Him how tired she is and how much she tries and can never seem to get ahead.  And how she doesn’t feel well at all these days and needs to talk to someone about something, everything, all this stuff.  And yet she really has nothing to tell about anyway.  But every day it is harder to get up and go.  Every day it is more difficult to be that someone everyone expects her to be.  The nice person at the desk, the good mother, the great wife, the friend who is always there.  Everyone seems to want a piece of her life.  And she has always done this before.  But it harder now. 

She needs something  and cannot seem to find it no matter where she looks, no matter how hard she tries.  So again, I tell her, go to Jesus.  Go to the nearby Catholic Church.  Sit down in the pew and tell Jesus what is on her mind.  Or tell Him nothing.  He knows anyway.  Just go make that visit.  And then go back again every chance she gets.  She will soon find that peace she is looking for.  She will soon notice that she becomes again that nice person at the desk, the good mother, the great wife, and the friend to all.

She will find her true peace.  Her soul can then rest for awhile.  What a blessing that is.


19 02 2011

There was an article in my local paper the other day that told of a group of teachers who provide backpacks for hungry children to take home on the weekend.  These backpacks contain enough food to keep the child fed while at home and not receiving the free breakfast, lunch and snacks from the local school.  In another district, a group not only provides these backpacks for the children, but also enough food for their siblings at home.

My question is – why aren’t the parents feeding their own children.  I fed mine.  I’ll bet you fed yours.  Sometimes it wasn’t all that great, but they were fed and full when they left the table after each meal.  All species feed their young.   Why is it suddenly alright for today’s parents not to feed their young.  Is this the Great Society that Lyndon Johnson envisioned when he set up all these free programs?  Makes me wonder about those Democrats and all their freebie policies.  

I know some of these parents do not know how to cook a decent meal because they have never even tried.  But, you know, a box of oatmeal and a loaf of bread can go a long ways towards filling a hungry stomach of a youngster.  I used to figure my grocery money very carefully and I could pay for a box of oatmeal and plan on several morning’s breakfast instead of a box of cereal that would only go round a couple of times at a much higher price.  Why can’t these parents do the same thing.

Are these parents the ones that my tax money is supporting these days?  Are they the ones who holler all the time because they are out of a job when they don’t want to work anyway?  Are they the same ones who line up to get every freebie available?  And then they don’t even bother to feed their own youngsters.  I know times are tough.  I know there are fewer jobs.  I know everyone is having to tighten their belt a little bit.  But not everyone is out of a job.  And not everyone has to depend upon the freebies for sustenance.  

Meanwhile, feed those young children.  They are hungry and they have no reason to be hungry.  Surely, the mother or the father is capable to providing something on the table for every child.  I’m sure the mother and father have something to eat.  If not, they would be lying in the ditches everywhere.  So we know they are eating and probably eating very well.  Just too much trouble to provide for their young ones.  Too much effort to stop playing on their computer or watching their TV set in order to take the time to provide that meal.  If they have any kind of income, feeding their children should come first.  Period.  

It is the parent’s RESPONSIBILITY to feed their own children.  It is not the RESPONSIBILITY of the government, nor the school, nor the neighbors, nor the church.  It is the PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to feed their own young chiildren

Feed those hungry children – NOW!


16 02 2011

My father-in-law had struggled for every breath for many years.  Emphysema had taken a big toll on his life.  But he kept right on going and going and going. He could walk only a few feet and then would have to hold onto something while he caught his breath.  

My mother-in-law came down with the flu and had to go to the hospital for a few days.  This left my father-in-law at home alone.  And he certainly could not stay alone.  So he also went to the hospital to stay until she could recover and go back home. 

We ate our usual Sunday lunch and then drove out to the hospital to visit with them.  It was about 20 miles away from our home.  We visited for a minute with my mother-in-law and then went into my father-in-law’s room.  When my husband saw his father, he immediately bolted out of the room.  I did not know what was wrong as I saw nothing different.  I looked down the hall and my husband was on the telephone at the desk.  He returned to the room and said he had called the local Catholic Priest.  Then he said his father was dying and needed the last rites of the Church.  I still saw nothing different, but sat down in a chair and waited for the Priest to arrive.  

When the Priest came in, he  immediately bent down and talked with my father-in-law.  He asked him if he knew who he was and my father-in-law said ‘Yes Father’.  Then the Priest anointed my father-in-law and gave him the last rites of the Catholic Church.  Within only a few minutes, my father-in-law breathed his last agonizing breath and was gone from this earth.

The Priest turned to me and said, ‘Sometimes a soul will wait.  I have had this happen many times.  The soul will wait for the last rites and then can go in peace.’

What a warm and wonderful thought that is.  I hope my soul waits  until it can go in peace.