Time for a change

I love my job, I love my family, I love my life but sometimes you just need a change of scenery. I’m not sure if it’s a vacation I need or it’s just time to rearrange the furniture.

I am starting with the furniture in my office. Trying to declutter the mess and change up the photos I look at all day long. I can feel my better changing, which is good. Now comes the harder part…the house.

The shape of the shotgun house doesn’t give a lot of room for movement. So I might have to get creative on how to make the changes. I really want to paint a wall in the house, but it’s a rental and the landlord put in the lease that I’m not allowed to paint the walls. So, I’m thinking a giant canvas over the wall so that I can paint it. But if that’s the case why not paint a mural! That sounds exciting.

Whatever I decide to do, I want…no need, to do it soon.

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Today’s Debate

Is kneeling during the National Anthem disrespectful? Today’s debate on social media because of the coverage of the NFL players and owners that are kneeling or not standing or not evening coming out on the field.  Well here is one thought on the kneeling:IMG_6146So then, kneeling isn’t disrespectful at all. However, there is something going on the country that these people are concerned about and are sending out positive vibes into the universe for a full recovery? Recovery? That would suggest that at some point this “problem” wasn’t there. So if its racism or inequality that they are hoping the country recoveries from…well that would be so much as a recover as it would be a first time cure.

Personally, I don’t have a problem with protesting as long as its peaceful. How much more peaceful can you get than to just kneel or sit or stay away during something. This isn’t the first time there has been kneeling…MLK Jr. did it. This isn’t the first sit in either, 1961 Greensboro college students. At least there isn’t tiki torches, yelling, signs, or violence. Therefore, their kneeling, sitting, or staying in the locker rooms are all freedom to protest and covered by the First Amendment. So…that part is a non-starter. What we really need to be focused on and figuring out how to how is WHAT they are protesting.

They say it isn’t the flag, its not the veterans, its not the President…its the inequality and racism in the country. Now I’m not saying there isn’t all those things but I have to insist on definitions of the terms as they are being used here.

Inequality to gays? Females? Blacks? Immigrants? All minorities? If not all, which minorities? Married people? Single People? Gingers? I need more!!!

Racism against Blacks? Asians? All minorities? Some minorities? If a white guy is the only white guy in a company of 50 people doesn’t that make him the minority? Is it racism as a whole/ across the country? In pockets? In industries? I really need more!!!!

I need more information before I will pass my person opinion or judgement on the issue.

Remembering 9/11

I am torn on this topic. It has been 16 years since that fearful day when planes flew into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in PA. It’s one of those things where you know where you were and what you were doing when it happened. It’s not something that you need reminding of. I can still tell you where I was and what I was doing when the Challenger blow up…and we don’t have yearly reminders of that event.

We tell people when they lose a loved one that time will heal the hurt. Time doesn’t heal the hurt, time teaches you how to overcome the hurt and continue to live. We don’t generally relive the anniversary of the day a loved one died. We don’t post pictures, write articles or visit the grave annually. If you live nearby you might visit. Or if they were lost recently you might post something. But over time you learn to overcome the hurt and start to rebuild your life and start living again. I feel that reliving the anniversary of a loved ones funeral keeps the hurt alive and doesn’t allow you to move forward.

I have never understood those people that have “birthday” parties for the their dead loved one. Or release balloons in the air on the anniversary of the funeral. I feel that all it does is hold you back from living your life. I’m not saying don’t remember them. I remember my father everyday, not just on his birthday or the day he died, and everyday I try to live a life he would be proud of.

Reliving the tragedy of 9/11 every year just keeps the hurt and anger alive. We are just fueling the hatred against those that caused the pain. It’s as if the government and media want us to remember the hurt from 9/11 so we still have the rage for the “war on terrorism” that has now claimed five times the people and property than that one day in 2001. They want us to be okay with spending trillions of dollars on a war on a concept. We will not win a war on the concept of terrorism because it is too broad a concept. Freedom fighters and insurgences are the same group, just a different name depending on what side of the fighting you are standing on.

We need to remember but we also need to heal; we need to move forward and open our minds to the world. Not all Muslims are terrorist and not all terrorist are Muslims; we need to stop having the day thrown in our faces every 9/11; we need to start living our lives again.

 

 

Recycling…it isn’t that hard

Sometime in my high school career I started to really care about the planet and the affect we humans have on it. It might have been that science project I did where I deprived goldfish of light and they turned white and were itty bitty. I realized that I could have an effect on other things. And that is when I went from loving wildlife to wanting to protect it for what harms it….us and our need for disposable lifestyles.

All of my children’s lives I have been recycling. I have tried to teach them to separate the recyclable materials from the trash. What is recyclable, what is compostable, what is actual trash and what has to go to hazardous waste for disposal. Now, I have a job where that is what I do….I go around to all the 87 schools in our school district and make sure they have the tools they need to recycle the items the school district recycles.

I wish I could say that my children all recycle all recyclable materials, but that would be a lie. I am constantly catching them throwing away some recyclable material in trash can. So how I am to teach other people’s kids to recycle when the adults in their lives don’t.

I run on the precise that I touch the heart of at least one kid a year. That I spark the love of the planet in at least one of them. If so, that I am doing my job.

But really….recycling isn’t that hard. It takes some time to find out what is recyclable in your area. What can go in the curbside verses what you have to take to drop off center. What’s free and what has a fee. Then, just like brushing your teeth, make it a habit with everything you have. Before you throw it away take a few minutes to recognize what it is and how best to dispose of it.  Taking that couple of minutes to think about what you are about to throw away just might make you ask yourself if you needed it in the first place. The best thing we can do for the environment is to reduce our consumption…. consumption of everything. Next, reuse what you can and recycle the rest.

Are we at the beginning of the end times?

I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination. I am a humanist through and through, but everyday I feel that our governments and our humanity is failing us. This morning I awake to hear of another mass shooting in Orlando, Fl one week before the one year anniversary of another shooting that happened in Orlando. There was a terrorist bombing the night before a fundraising concert for a bombing in Manchester that happened only a few weeks ago.

Who is doing the bombing and why? So far the major player taking responsibility for the bombings is ISIL. So in other words….religion is causing end times…a self fulfilling prophecy?

Religion, doesn’t matter which one you chose so long as the Old Testament is in their library of holy scriptures, talks about the end times and the signs that go along with it.

Now let’s take a look at some of the signs.

War on a large scale.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:4. There is no way not to say there is war on a large scale going on. There are civil wars in several countries and the religious are constantly bombing those who do not believe what they believe.

Famine.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:5, 6. With the droughts there is famine.

 

Great earthquakes.—Luke 21:11. Fracking is a major cause of earthquakes in the US where there is no fault line likely.

Pestilences, or epidemics of “terrible diseases.”—Luke 21:11, Zika, measles coming back, cancer increasing…

Increase of crime.—Matthew 24:12

 

Ruining of the earth by mankind.—Revelation 11:18. The US just pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. We are fracking up the earth for natural gas to replace our coal all of which is polluting our air and our water.

Deterioration of people’s attitudes, as shown by many who are “unthankful, disloyal, . . . not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride.”—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

There are other “signs” but they become more subjective then the above mentioned. I think that religious or not we can agree that the above “signs” are definitely upon us.

But end of times, doesn’t necessary have mean the end of the world, or mankind. Maybe just the opposite. Maybe it could mean the enlightenment of the world to the unnecessary trials and tribulations of religion. That man and woman are enough and that no supernatural being controls us or our destiny. That we alone hold the keys to happiness and we alone have the rights and ability to protect our planet. And that the planet is worth protecting. How about we make that a self fulfilling prophecy?

Machine uses plastic bottles to pay for cell phone charging

http://www.kob.com/news/machine-uses-plastic-bottles-pay-cell-phone-charging/4385099/

It always feels like your phone runs out of battery at the worst possible time, right when there’s no place to plug it in.

But some young inventors have found a solution using plastic bottles.

James Rogers from Kentucky is explaining a new machine he and his class built last semester, where dropping in a plastic bottle is payment for 15 minutes of phone charging time.

“Place it down the slot in the machine and it’s going to trigger power to all 32 of these USB ports across the front,” said Rogers. “Just about every backpack you see at school has some kind of water bottle in it.”

Joe Stuecker leads the energy management class.

“I hate that we don’t recycle and then they said, ‘Well, we hate dead cellphones,’ and I said, ‘Well, why don’t we use those together?'” said Stuecker.

Stuecker will be the first to tell you this isn’t your typical class project.

“No one has done anything like this before,” said Stuecker. “What really gets me excited is the applications that this could be used for.”

The machine uses less energy to charge than a normal outlet and the savings get bigger as more phones are plugged in.

“Each time we plug a phone in, it doesn’t double,” said Rogers. “It goes up a small percentage each time.”

What started as group problems turned into a solution, and Stuecker is proud of his students.

“For them to be able to see it now and get credit for the work that they’ve done, it’s huge,” said Stuecker.

Right now the class is reaching out to businesses about ways to use the machine.

Wish I understood

“Jesus walks right with us, and we are never alone!”

“Thanking the man above that gives me the strength to keep with it everyday!!”

“Celebrate all the things God has left for us to do”

IN a matter of minutes on my Facebook news feed I can find several of these post. I was raised in a household that allowed me to question everything…and I did.  Why the sky was blue, why the sun set in the west, where babies came from, and if all my loved ones are going to meet me in heaven what about the ones that went to hell…is there a visitation day?

My questions needed answering and as time went on, finding the answers lead me further from religion not closer. For every answer that was at least one more question raised. The more I learned the more I realized that the invisible man in the sky wasn’t listening to us and his “will” wasn’t always nice. I would rather do things my way and not hurt people than to do it “His” way and see people suffer.

I have learned that the root of religion is in the yearning to be with people like you…like minded, values, beliefs…so you don’t feel alone. Others who can understand your joys, sorrows, fears and worries. But its that what family is for? People to celebrate accomplishments and team members to do the tasks too big for one person.

I have found that over the years there are few people that stick by you. Fewer that care about your accomplishments or sorrows. I believe that all people are good, that we don’t want to hurt others, that we are not all selfish. Now don’t get me wrong there are those out there that their happiness is above all others, and to them I say, “and it harm none do what ye will”.

Never should your beliefs, desires, happiness ever harm or take away from a others. If your religion says to hurt others, deny them freedom to find happiness, or restrict what makes them happy but doesn’t hurt others, then your religion needs a new mission statement.

All my decision are mine, as yours are yours. My accomplishments are because I worked hard…not His will. My disappoints are because of my choices…not His plan. I would never ask for strength seeing as the only way to build muscle is to put more strain on them and tear them down before they rebuild. If you want to ask the universe for something ask for wisdom, knowledge and common sense.