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Get off the f’ing phone!

Get off the f’ing phone!

Let’s talk about cell phones. Have you noticed that people in general are so focused on these small screens that they forget where they are and become almost hypnotized? Here are a few incidents that I’ve observed. I was driving in the fast lane and some idiot was moving at less than 30 miles an hour even though the speed limit was 45. As I grudgingly passed on the right, I glanced over and saw the driver was having a…

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It’s My Body and I’ll Do What I Want With It

It’s My Body and I’ll Do What I Want With It

Note: I wrote this a month after my wife passed away 15 years ago.  Have you ever tried to talk rationally to a smoker about the effects of smoking? Oh boy, I think I’d rather have a discussion about the need for ethics with George Bush. Smokers will listen, nod their head, sometimes say they can or will quit someday, but they will not change. You’ll hear such idiocy as “it’s my body and I’ll do what I want with…

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The Legacy of Attempted Suicide

The Legacy of Attempted Suicide

Looking back on my life, I’m astounded the difference a few words made to my habits, relationships and feelings about myself. Just a couple of phrases, spoken in the heat of the moment, changed so much and resulted in a dramatically different me than I might have become. I liken it to the butterfly effect; according to chaos theory, something very small, such as the flapping of a butterfly’s wings, can result in a hurricane thousands of miles away. These…

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Why do some people think racism is okay?

Why do some people think racism is okay?

It all depends on what you mean by racism. Everybody is racist to one degree or another by some definitions. The left currently has this misguided and false narrative that it’s okay to be racist against white people. I’ve heard some of the most vile things come out of leftist mouths – things they wouldn’t dare say to somebody who wasn’t white. Saying someone has white privilege is racist because it’s degrading an entire class of people due of the…

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A quiet day of reflection

A quiet day of reflection

Today I drove over to the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden. If you’ve never been there before, you are missing an incredible treat – that is, if you enjoy green grass, trees, flowers, insects, squirrels and peacocks. As I entered the grounds of the 215 acre arboretum complex, I marveled at the changes that I see in myself. In fact, if I had looked forward to where I am now 20 years ago, I would not recognize me! I…

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Should we worry about Nestles water?

Should we worry about Nestles water?

There are people protesting Nestles because it is pumping 80 million gallons a year out of a spring in California. You realize 80 million gallons is not nearly as much water as you think. Let’s compare, shall we? “A shocking 2,100 gallons of water are needed to produce just a single pound of shelled almonds” (Ecology.com). That would mean that Nestle is using as much water as it takes to grow 38100 pounds of almonds. We grow a LOT of…

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Invader species

Invader species

Did you know your standard, garden variety honey bee is not native to the Americas? They came over with the Europeans after Columbus. http://bugguide.net/node/view/475348 Did you know earthworms are not native to the Americas either? They also came over with the Europeans and caused ecological disaster on the continent. Earthworms change the way leaves and such are decomposed and thus change the nature of the land. http://www.charlesmann.org/art…/NatGeo-Jamestown-05-07-1.htm http://ecosystems.serc.si.edu/earthworm-invaders/ Did you know tomatoes are not native to Europe?They were transported by…

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