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“And He said unto them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.’  They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.”  John 21:6


  

Roy and I have fun with our Christian beliefs, because we understand that, yes, our God does have a sense of humor.  He wants us to enjoy life even though we are serious with our faith. 

It’s Palm Sunday.  Rejoice!  Be joyous!

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http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17928/what-i-wish-more-people-understood-about-losing-a-child.html

I posted this link on my FaceBook page recently but re-reading it on the commuter bus home tonight … Friday night … In the middle of my tough time of year … made me need to write more about it.  It says there are 2 very tough days for parents who had a child die.  While overall I concur … there are some of us who had a child with major health issues.  For us, there are many. 

Keegan was born on Leap Day in 1984 so for me I’ll remember on February 28 or 29 … or March 1 … or all 3.  He was diagnosed with the genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis on May 5, 1984  He received a call for his life-saving double lung transplant on March 18, 2000.  He received the transplant on March 19, 2000.  He contracted an unknown lung infection and went by LifeFlight to the hospital on March 23, 2001.  He died May 30, 2001.  All of those days can be up-and-down. 

Most people that know me well understand it and also understand that I love hearing about their memories of him.  They also understand how little things during those times can make me laugh hysterically or tear up, sobbing uncontrollably.  There are those however that think I should be “over it” and “have closure” after all these years.  However … that simply won’t happen. 

If you know someone who has had a child die, heed the words in the link above.  Show compassion.  Listen.  Ask.  Talk.  

Essentially I advise you to be available and understanding.  That’s what it will take.  

When a child dies, part of the parent dies too. 

  

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It’s interesting to me that people talk about “bullying” like it’s a new thing.  It’s not.  It’s been going on since Adam & Eve.  Didn’t their son, Cain, kill his brother, Abel?  Didn’t Joseph’s brothers despise and bully him, because they felt he was favored by his father and then sell him into slavery?  Didn’t Hitler bully the Jews?  Isn’t ISIS bullying Christians and Jews?

 

Therefore, when I hear about people trying to “eradicate bullying”, it makes me wonder how they can be so naïve.  They act like it’s a new thing.

 

Everyone at work today was talking about how Charlotte McKinney, the beautiful model that is now competing on this season’s Dancing With The Stars, indicated she was bullied when she was younger.  I didn’t see it, but they’re all amazed by it.  Quite honestly, I’m not really.  I guess I’m not, because ALL of us have encountered our share of bullies that try to put us down or treat us badly or get us to go their way or whatever.


I’ve spoken about this before, most notably in a blogpost I posted 2½ years ago titled “Cliques & Sheeple” … 


https://5ringlife.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/cliques-sheeple/



Bullying is just another form of “Cliques”, and the bullies want you to know that you are not part of theirs, and they want to make you feel less because of it.  They want you to bow down and pay homage to them.

 

I can say I was “bullied” as a child (& I was) and have everyone go “aww … poor you” and feel pity and sympathy for me, but that’s not my point.  My point is … yes, I was bullied … and no, it’s not a new thing.  I simply learned to get past it and to not let the bully get the upper hand. 


We have all been bullied in one way or another at some point.  I was a tall, gangly, freckled, red-haired, “smart” girl that wore glasses and that was always “the new kid” from moving around with my family when I was younger.  I didn’t much care if I fit in or not.  I’m sure you get the idea what sorts of things were said to me and about me.  It wasn’t pretty.  My point with all of this is, however, that my parents raised me to believe in myself and to believe that I had something to offer and to ignore the nay-sayers and stick with my principles and with those who loved me for who I am.  Apparently Ms McKinney has also, and, for that, I am proud of her.  She didn’t give in, like the bullies would want. 

 

Did the past words and comments made to and about me hurt?  Of course they did, but I learned that only I could control what I felt about myself and only I could control how I treated other people and only I could control how I responded to what was said.  I learned how to protect and stand up for myself.

 

We’d all like to think that bullying ends when we become adults … but it doesn’t … as is evidenced by people killing other people because they don’t look right or believe like they do or fit into the crowd.  It won’t either.  It’s unfortunately one of the baser human instincts to try to belittle someone else, thereby (in theory at least) making the bully superior to them.  It doesn’t work, but that’s an entirely different topic.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I do not feel it’s right to bully, nor do I feel we should do nothing against those that do.  What is important is to make people aware that there are in fact bullies in this world to whom they need to stand up, even when they (again … in theory) are supposed to be “protectors” (and I can name a few major political bullies in the USA right now … both male and female … that *in theory again* should be protecting our form of government and our people but instead are busy attempting to bully the populace into submission).


Bullying and attempted bullying will not stop.  It’s gone on throughout history.  However, those of us that can and do recognize it for what it is need to stand up against it, get the upper hand back from said bullies, and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

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Happy PI Day. 

No. It’s not “pie” day, although I think I may bake a pie in honor of it. 

It’s *Pi* Day.

You know … that pesky math thingy. 



I hate math. I truly do. 

I like to write though … and I like PIE … and I like unique days, times, anomalies, and thought puzzles (but not puzzle pieces … they annoy me … I don’t have the time or the patience for them). 

Anyway … I digress (as usual).

Today at 9:26:53 a.m. (when this posts to my blog … or at least as close as the blog server would let me get) … it’ll be a once in a century … and for most people … once in a lifetime … occurrence. Today is March 14, 2015 … or … 3.14.15. 

Therefore … to be “pi-like” … today, 3.14.15, at 9:26:53 a.m. … we celebrate PI. 



Hey … you don’t have to be a math wiz to enjoy a good celebration (although at that precise time, I’ll be at a nice relaxing hair appointment, probably getting a scalp massage about then … hey … we all celebrate in our own way). 

Later … it’ll be time for PIE. 



Happy Pi Day. 

😏

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A very wise friend stated the below comment recently and, while I know the sentiment has been around a while, and while I have definitely heard it before, I want to reiterate it as the thugs and goons in Washington DC try to take away my 2nd Amendment RIGHT.

“The best offense is a strong defense.”

 


 


 

 

 

Yes. 

“The best offense is using a strong defense.”

Remember that.

 

 

 

The best offense is a strong defense.

So … with that … I offer the below … and wish to state to BO and his gang of cronies and thugs the following:

1.       You aren’t *MY* president because you don’t love and PROTECT this country and her citizen’s rights. 

2.       You don’t seem to understand the Constitution as much as you like to say you do.

3.       This is my 2nd Amendment RIGHT. It’s not a gift. It’s a RIGHT.

 PERIOD

(By the way … my stating “PERIOD” means something.  Roy and I are quite well aware that your stating that means absolutely positively NOTHING.  When you state “period”, it means the “period” followed an outright LIE.)

 

 

The best offense is a strong defense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BEST OFFENSE

IS

A STRONG DEFENSE.

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