Saturday, July 18, 2015

Dickens Redux

Still continuing with the best of times and the worst of times.  Many things to do and a lot that is very confusing. On the other hand the house is ours. Registered with the government and everything. We're about half moved there and have another 21 days to get finished.

Wonderful time with my dear old friend Susan. She came to help and helped a great deal. But more important she gave me great joy reminiscing about old times. 
Also lots of time with the grandkids.  That's really hard in the middle of all of this, but it's also so refreshing to my spirit and my soul. It is family that matters to me first foremost and always.  

We split living arrangements for now. One of us lives in the old house and one in the new. That will continue until the old house is empty.
Tonight I'm exhausted. But at least I had the kids so it wasn't a total loss day for me even though I did nothing toward the house. And there's a huge list to be worked on tomorrow. I'll get there soon enough.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Progress Report

It's about time for an update.  As I expressed around the beginning of the year, I hoped 2015 would be an improvement on 2014. Last year had been difficult in so very many ways that a little bit of hope was more than called for.
And the first six months of this year have certainly been a time of change.  It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. A very appropriate quote.
Some of the bad things came to an end, some have continued. One or two have gotten worse.  
But it is also true that some very good things have happened.  All in all, a mixed bag, with more good than bad.
So it has not been an easy year so far, but I would have to say that if you look at the whole picture there has been, in some significant ways, an improvement over last year.
In a few days we will start moving. Officially the house is not ours yet, but everyone is agreed that there's really nothing that can go wrong now. It's time to begin getting out and starting a new chapter of my life.
Some of the things so long on my list and never done have either gotten done or are in the process of getting done. That is a massive improvement.
So, I must say that right now it looks as if this will indeed be a year in which old problems either got cleaned up, or at least didn't get too much worse (with an exception or two) and in which some new beginnings have given the promise of a future flowering.
So it seems that this year is living up to expectations halfway in. Things should get much better in many areas over the next few months, although for a few I'm afraid there seems to be little hope.
Clearly difficult challenges lie ahead, not the least of which is moving!  But we're definitely moving in the right direction in most areas and I am cautiously hopeful.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Too Little, Far Too Late

A post from a Biker group defended the Confederacy, claiming that revisionists were deceiving us all.  They declared that the Civil war had nothing to do with slavery.  I reposted and  commented:

This is a pack of bizarre lies.  Every leader of the confederacy declared, in writing, repeatedly, that the preservation of slavery to maintain white supremacy the one and only issue leading to their secession.  Google the documents they wrote and signed.  Either the glorious leaders of the South were filthy liars or slavery was the the only reason for secession.  Their plans to conquer neighboring nations to spread their slave empire are a matter of cold hard fact.

Revisionist history?  You mean accurate history.  You mean factual history.  Your "history" is delusional.

Later, a friend posted that " I am a firm believer that it is never to late to do the right thing" regarding the lowering of the Confederate flag. I added:  I understand the people who have emotional ties to the flag and want to cling to it.  I am half Texan and once I was as blind to the flag's historical evil as they still are.  I was bitterly resentful of the racists who, I felt, shamed the flag by using it it in their cause.  But facts are facts, and I realized that I was the one who was distorting the flag's meaning. It never stood for anything other than racism and slavery. 

1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

The South may finally be giving up its childish ways...we can hope.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Soul Sisters

Soul Sisters

These two battle flags share the same meanings:

-  They stand for White supremacy.
-  They stand for a slave empire.
-  They affirm that the superior master race has the right to expand that empire through war and             conquest.
-  They represent the historical heritage of a people and of their ancestors.
-   They declare the right of the master race to rule the world.
-   They have been used as symbols of rebellion against authority by teenagers and others.

Do I really need to go on making comparisons or do you get the pont?  










The Albatross Around Our Neck


In resonse to a Facebook post questioning why we allow Southern states to hold back the rest of us, I replied:

I am not one of those who suggests the South be allowed to seceed.  I have long advocated expulsion.  They are ignorant, lazy, welfare states which consistently take more money from the federal government than they contribute in taxes.  They embarrass us on the international stage again and again. They rig elections, prevent effective government, hate science, confuse religion with magic and superstition, and whine about how they are abused by those of us who pay their states' bill for them.

Let them go? No way!  Kick.  Them.  Out.

http://www.forwardprogressives.com/can-please-stop-allowing-southern-states-ruin-country/

Friday, June 12, 2015

the Götterdämmerung Cometh


http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/welcome-bible-belt-mam-louisiana-teachers-are-using-book-genesis-science-classes

In response to this, I posted:

These are the same people who destroyed the power and grandeur of the medieval Islamic culture by turning it away from science and forcing it to submit to fundamentalist religion and its allies, superstition and delusion.  The current Islamic belief that the Crusades were the cause of the downfall is baseless.  The culture committed suicide by fundamentalism.

We may yet go down the same path, though I believe that the anti reality, anti science crowd has lost the culture wars and is now at the same stage as Fascist Japan was when a growing sense of inevitable defeat lead to the utter desperation of kamikaze attacks and training little children to blow themselves up to kill invading American soldiers in the blast.

To Americans, the Japanese fascists appeared so determined that some of us began despair.  But the victory was coming. The  kamikaze attacks were effective in spreading fear and a sense of hopelessness among Americans, yet the very same fanaticism contributed to the belief that the use of atomic bombs was not only justified, but necessary to save both American and Japanese lives.  I am convinced that while gerrymandering and voter suppression by Republicans may delay the downfall of their fanatic obsession, they will also make that Götterdämmerung more complete.

Books to read:  Downfall, Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, What Went Wrong, and The Demon Haunted World

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Homeward Bound?

Time for a summary/update.  Due to our loss of her husband, Ed, my middle girl, Racquell, left Kansas and came home to California to take care of me.  While I love the home I have been renting for 17 years, I have been fighting to have essential repairs done.  I have begun to refer to my landlord as a golf course slum lord. Note: the home is located on the golf course and is in an expensive area of fine homes.  The list of deteriorations and damages allowed to accumulate by neglect is large, suffice to mention the carpet and flooring are at least 20 years old!

By combining her down payment (legally a gift to me) with my credit, we began looking for a home.  Several offers have come and gone, no point in reporting them.  We are now in   escrow, so it is time to let everyone know. 

The home is nice, but less than I owned in the past. Still, it will be mine and will be not only maintained, but improved.  The family agrees that since Racquell has paid the down and has taken on the burden of caring for me, the home will be hers if something happens to me.