DEMOCRATS!!!!

13 03 2011

I don’t claim to know a lot about history except what I have lived through.  Those Democrats have about ruined us as a country for the last 50 years.  FDR started the Social Security of course.  At that time, everyone was supposed to be dead before they collected.  Most of know that by now.  At that time, all Social Security payments were completely free from all sorts of taxation and anything else that would deplete their intent.    Jack Kennedy didn’t have time to do much in his tenure in the White House.  But then Lyndon Johnson made up for any lost time.  He completely destroyed just about everything that was the true U.S.A.   He and his Democrat buddies in Congress together gave the store away.  I can see him now telling the country how wonderful he was with his Great Society program.  He had all the answers except one – who would pay the bills for all his giveaways.  Well, of course you know the answer to that one by now.  WE are paying the price every day in all that we do and in all those taxes we are paying and paying and paying and have been paying for a long, long time and will pay for an even longer time.

And then Jimmy Carter came along and added even more stupid programs to those that were already there.  The Dept. of Energy is his crowning achievement though.  We are paying for that  fiasco every single day, too.

And then Bill Clinton came along and he has done even more damage.  When he was Governor in Arkansas, he raised taxes 148 times.  But the media didn’t tell anyone about that one.  They wanted their darling Bill to be elected and he was.  Just get the American media on your side and you can get by with anything.  As long as there is a story there and they can bring in all their people and equipment and make a big deal out of it.

On the Republican side, I can’t say a lot good about Eisenhower.  He really wasn’t cut out to be president.  He was a good guy, I’m sure, and liked to play golf a lot, but that was about it.    George Bush was a great president.  But he was a victim of those funny Democrats.  They refused to pass any of is legislation so we had gridlock over and over again.  And the Democrats just laughed up their sleeves.  Had put one over on the American public once again.  Ha Ha.  So funny.

Then when George W. came along, they did the same thing to him.  And are still doing it every day when they can get the media to print something else.  But the Democrats and the media were all laughing so hard and that was all that mattered.  To heck with the taxpayer.  To heck with the government.  None of that mattered.  It was the gotcha’ atmosphere once again.

Pay attention when it comes time to vote once again.  Do not listen to the media.  Study the issues yourself.  Make up your own mind.  Then vote.  But by all means, vote.  I said earlier I think only those with a job should be allowed to cast a vote.  That would be too hard to enforce since there are so many tricks to the trade these days.  Maybe if only honest people could vote.  Wonder how that would work.   Oh well, something will come along to straighten out this horrible mess.  Always does.

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STUFF

12 03 2011

Well, I don’t know about you but I am sick and tired of all this STUFF going on everywhere. The national debt is just plumb disgusting.  When you think that all those people who have never been born yet having to pay off all this stilly STUFF  that these politicians have thought up just makes you sick.  And don’t think it is primarily because of the Republicans because it most certainly is not.  Those Democrats have about ruined all of us.

The so-called housing crisis started under Bill Clinton because he and his bunch lowered the rules for buying a house in order to get more of those so-called poor into housing.  Well, I’m sure that was a good thought but just look at the mess it has created.  And George Bush didn’t do anything to stop any of it either.  And then this Obama has made it far, far worse all the time.  And now the whole country is in debt up to its neck.  Stupid STUFF!!!

And now they tell us that gas prices and food prices HAVE to rise because it costs more to ship STUFF!  Well, that’s a hoot if I ever heard one.  Obviously, we have oil running out our ears around here and yet we are buying from people across the world and being told we need to not be so dependent on foreign oil.  The way I see it is God put that oil under this land for us to use so how come we aren’t using any of it.  Ridiculous STUFF!  absolutely ridiculous.

A man stopped me at a gas station one day and asked me if I felt guilty about driving a big car.   I said I most certainly did not.  Why should I.  I enjoy driving it and have been driving that sort of car for years and years and years.  He was a so-called green person and was driving an old clunker – which uses more oil and gas – and pulling a trailer – which uses more oil and gas.  More STUFF!  ridiculous STUFF!   Electric cars?  Had them in the 1930’s and 40’s.  As long as you only wanted to go around the block, they were a lot of fun.  Not for me.  Not for most people.

And why should our food prices rise.  We have enough food here in this country that we ship it overseas regularly in order to feed all those hungry people we see in the pictures and on the television.  So why should we be paying more for our food here.  Doesn’t make much sense to me.  Just more STUFF!  stupid STUFF!  In the first place, we have farmer’s markets all over the country.  Why are we shipping food in from everywhere else.  Mexican tomatoes that had food poisoning a couple of years ago.  Why not buy the local STUFF! Even Wal-Mart pushes the local STUFF!  So buy that.

Seems to me that one solution to all our problems would be to make it mandatory that a person  have a job before they can vote.  Used to be back when, a person had to own property in order to vote.  Now everyone votes, even those who have no idea what or who they are voting for.  Just follow the crowd.  Plug into the internet and do whatever you are told.   If they cart you to the polls, you vote for them.  If they provide a meal, vote for them.  Whatever works.   And now we have people everywhere who do not work, live on the handout, and vote for administrations who think that is the way  everyone should live.  So maybe if everyone had to have a viable job before they voted, it might solve some of these problems with STUFF and more STUFF and more STUFF!

 





LIVING WITH AN ALCOHOLIC

9 03 2011

Do you know what it is like to live with an alcoholic?  Unless you have done so, you cannot imagine the life.  Although everything seems o.k. on the outside, nothing is really o.k. on the inside.  It may be that the alcoholic is a very nice person, never causing any problems at all.  But you can believe there are hidden things going on all the time.  For you see, the alcoholic really doesn’t care much for anything else except that alcohol.  That doesn’t happen overnight usually.  It builds up over time.

And gradually over time, the family takes less and less thought or love or even civility.  For as the alcohol becomes more important, everything else, including the family becomes less important.  That includes the wife, mother, father, children, or whoever might be considered a part of the family.  The alcoholic eventually has no desire to be with anyone else or anything else except that alcohol.  For here all his problems are solved.  Or so he thinks.

Meanwhile, he is compounding problems with his family and his work and his friends.  But he doesn’t care anymore.  All those people could just simply disappear from his life and he would be very happy.  Alcohol eventually becomes a matter of money.  If the alcoholic can get enough money to drink that day, he is satisfied with life.  If not, he will figure out some way to get that money, no matter what.  He might steal from members of the family or from his workplace or wherever he thinks he can get by with it.

Eventually, too, work ceases to exist.  And comes the day when he no longer has a job or is retired early or some other reason why the employer can get rid of him.  He doesn’t care about that either.  If he can manage enough money to drink, he will be set for life.  

I am writing a book now about living with an alcoholic.  Check out my books at booksbybet.com    They are very good and pretty cheap.  The first one is #2503 which was the address where I grew up.  I had a normal, fun filled life and tell about that while giving lots of information on the history of the times.  Next is In The 1940’s which tells the story of World War II and the family’s life before, during and after that War.  Lots of daily living history in that one.  Then there is The Wonderful 1950’s when changes, changes abound and the whole world seems to change.  Fun and laughter in all the books.  Then I also have a cookbook entitled Bet’s Cookbook that gives lots of fun advice and good cheap from scratch recipes for feeding a family.  I had to learn how to do that since I didn’t have much money and did have a lot of kids to feed.  It was like King Henry VIII sat at the table with knife and fork in hand and said ‘Feed Me’!  So I had to learn how.  Look the books up.  They are available on Amazon.com.    You will enjoy all of them.  Thanks. 





FORGIVING YOURSELF

4 03 2011

If you are to find peace in your soul, you must first of all forgive yourself.  You probably have not done much wrong anyway.  But people have a tendency to blame themselves for everything imaginable.  It might be problems at work or at home or with your spouse or with your children or just not feeling like you are a part of things.  But for your own peace of soul, set your guilts aside and forgive yourself  NOW!  You cannot progress in your everyday life if you are carrying resentments and/or guilts from years past. 

As I have mentioned before, if you want to find true peace of soul, go sit down in the nearest Catholic Church or Adoration Chapel, and visit with Jesus.  Tell him all about your life and the many things you might have done or feel like you have done.  Tell Him you are sorry for having offended anyone.   And tell Him you are sorry for having offended Him.  And then give Him your many sins.   Ask Him to let you know you are forgiven.  If you are Catholic, make a point of going to Confession very soon.  Talk to the Father in the Confessional.  Tell him what you feel.  He will help you to walk through your sins and lead you in the prayers.  There is nothing to be afraid of here.  You are asking for forgiveness from God.  And God is always willing to forgive if you just ask.

But you must ask for forgiveness.  That is all you have to do.  God will take care of the rest.  Give Him a chance.  Go visit with Jesus and let him lead you on in your life.  This is the only way you will ever find true peace in your soul. 

Forgive yourself and get on with your life.  God will help you every step of the way.  All you have to do is ask.





FORGIVENESS

3 03 2011

So many people cannot forgive themselves for past wrongs or imagined wrongs.  My husband grew up in the Catholic Church when people were very judgmental.  If anyone stepped out of line, they were ostracized by everyone else.  It was the same way in my Protestant Church around the corner.  In my Sunday School class, there were probably about 8 girls.  If the teacher talked about ‘don’t go dancing’ or ‘it is wrong to play cards’, the other girls would all look in my direction and laugh.  They all did those things, too, but they singled me out as the one bad person in the room.  My parents were very good people.  But we kids grew up going to parties and dances.  And we played cards quite often at home.  In fact, I learned how to play solitaire from my mother and did so almost every night.  I loved it!  And I never saw anything wrong with anything that we did.   We were a family and we acted like one.  

In my husband’s experiences, people were laughed at if they went to Confession too often because then everyone was sure they were up to no good.  Or if they didn’t go at all, this meant something was wrong, too.  And not everyone was good enough to receive Jesus in Holy Communion.  As a result, my husband did not receive Jesus in Holy Communion for a great number of years.   He always felt like he wasn’t good enough to receive Jesus.  I had a different attitude altogether.  I had come into the Church as an adult and as far as I was concerned, I needed to receive Jesus in Holy Communion in order to help me be a better person.  And to also bring me closer over time to Jesus.  And this was what I wanted in my life.  I wanted to grow in Grace and I could do this by receiving Jesus in Holy Communion.  

Finally, after many years, my husband said, ‘looks like Father would ask me to come back to Church and Communion’.  I answered – ‘that is up to you, not Father.’  After that, my husband started receiving Jesus in Holy Communion.  And he, also, grew in Grace more every day.  That is the whole purpose, to help you to grow in Grace to be a better person.   And also to learn from Jesus how to be closer to Him.  

Of course, I also go to Confession on a regular basis.  I once read that it was suggested by The Blessed Virgin in one of Her apparitions   that a person  go to Confession once a month.  I have continued this practice for many years also.  Sometimes, I cannot get there within the month, but it is never longer than six weeks or so.  I am so glad I learned about that.  It makes such a difference in my life. 

From the time I became a Catholic, I received Jesus at every Sunday Mass.  When I was able to, I started going to Mass every morning during the week.  I also received Jesus then.  And as time has gone on, I have continued this practice every time I can attend Mass.  This is what keeps me close to Jesus.  I am so glad I have the opportunity.  What a great blessing this is.





FROZEN SPRING

2 03 2011

Well, down here in the south where I live, we are getting ready for our Annual Frozen Daffodil Festival.  You see, every year, the daffodils come up and all the other early bloomers, including the pear trees and the tulip trees and some redbuds and those tiny little pretty flowers spread around the flower beds.  And then – ZAP! – the weather drops down and it freezes again.  Then all those poor daffodils droop and are stiff as boards.  Those tiny flowers disappear completely and most of the trees look as though someone shot at them.  They are droopy in all directions.  Even the people don’t look the same.  

It’s hard to be zippy and fresh for Spring when you just put away all your heaviest clothing, just knowing Spring is finally here.  And then, here it goes again.  Down past freezing and another night or two of the same.  How do you justify putting on those clam digger pants and the short sleeved  T’s when it is 32 degrees outside.  So, you turn the heat on once again and go for the blue jeans and the heavy sweaters.  And the jackets and the coats and the gloves and the hats because the wind is usually about 40 mph during these days.

But, wouldn’t change it for the world.   Look forward to that Frozen Daffodil Festival every single year.  We all do. The name itself  is a joke that was written about many years ago in the local newspaper.  Everyone just keeps right on smiling and waiting for the sun to come out once again and for Spring to actually arrive.  Maybe it will be soon.  Hope so. 

Waiting for the Iris and the Azaleas and all those other warm weather flowers to show up.  And then it will be hot as blazes and everything will be drooping from the heat.  Oh well, such is life.  Can’t have everything you know.  





FRIDAY FISH EATERS

1 03 2011

For many years, the Catholics were called Friday Fish Eaters.  However, no one was required to eat fish.  It is just that we were not supposed to eat meat on that day.   It was a form of penance to God for all the evils of the world.  And a remembrance for the death on the cross of Jesus Christ on that Friday so long ago.  It was a very good thing for the Church to recommend this penance.  

 In my case, however, the not eating meat was a big deal.  Half of my family was allergic to milk so we couldn’t rely on cheese like a lot of people could.  I live in an area where there is very little fish.  Those frozen fish at the grocery store at that time were almost all breading and no fish.  With all those hungry kids, it was almost impossible to fill them up on Fridays.  I finally settled on having lots of bread, a salad, and several packages of no meat spaghetti sauce over lots and lots of spaghetti.  That was the only meal I found that would allow me to get the dishes washed before they started coming into the kitchen ready to eat again.    

When the Church did away with the No Meat Fridays, a lot of people made remarks like ‘that wasn’t important anyway.’   Or the people had been taken advantage of for many years, etc.  

But as with anything else, times change and people change.  The Church has tried over the years to recognize the individual intellect of its people.  And since people had evolved to being quite a lot more independent and even more intelligent, the Church said it still recommended the penance of no meat on Fridays, but now, the people could decide their own penance.  So, we are all told to do something in the way of penance on Fridays in remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, but we can now choose to do what we would like to do for our own individual penance.  Lots of people still do without meat on Fridays. Others do other kinds of penance such as giving up a habit or doing a chore they do not want to do, or helping someone else, or attending Mass on that day.  Whatever is a penance to the individual is what that individual should do.  And this is usually done by the individual without any fanfare or notice by anyone else.  Which is the way it is supposed to be done.

There have been other changes in the Church over the last hundred years.  Some are highly publicized.  Others are barely mentioned.  But the one I like the best of all is the re-emphasis on the Adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  This used to be done in what was called 40 Hour Devotions where the parishioners came during a 40 Hour period to worship Christ in the exposed Blessed Sacrament.  Over time, this had almost died out.  There was very little devotion to the exposed Blessed Sacrament.  This Devotion is gradually being started up in more and more parishes all over the world.  And I, for one, am so glad to see it.  

Jesus should be adored.  He should be worshipped constantly.  He should be the center of all the universe.  It is time.  It is really past time for all this.  Visit Jesus in the nearest Catholic Church when and if you can find the time.  It is well worth your few minutes.  There is peace there.  There is hope there.  Because  Jesus is there.