Blessings

 

As you look at the hourglass of life, and the sands of time appears to be slipping away… you need to give thanks for the blessings you’ve received. Many of those blessings come after struggle and hardship as you turn to God for divine guidance.

Today I am blessed to look ahead and see the possibilities for the future. But before I delve into that realm of dreams and the execution of the necessary steps to achieve those dreams, I will look to the present.

I have a beautiful daughter, Chelsea. She has taught me so much about life, myself, and the importance of unconditional love. She is growing into a beautiful person both intelligent and loving. I am very proud and blessed to have Chelsea as my daughter. 

Each present we share with friends and family is a gift to share with all those that enter into our spatial consciousness. I take this time to acknowledge how blessed I am to have Nancy in my life. She takes care of me and loves me like no other, which allows me the freedom to concentrate on the finances that gives us the freedom we enjoy.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my dear friends. You know whom you are, the love and caring you give me, and how much that means to me. Each friend that comes into our lives provides an insight into communication and the importance of honor and commitment.

As we get older, those dear friends are the shinning lights focused on the memories we share. Each memory brings laughter and joy as the special bond becomes even stronger. How precious is that to step back to the past while enjoying their company for as long as forever is.

In addition to Nancy we have two little pets that bring a smile to our faces everyday. Grayson and Sassy Girl are our cats. They bring affection and joy into our lives as they scurry around the home, mostly playing, but as they get older their sleep has become a priority.

The simplicity of structure and the beauty of where we live add to this perfect formula. Our home, travel, writing, playing music, riding my bicycle, and not having (for the most part) to be anywhere at any given time adds to our stress free life.

As I ride my bicycle down Tie Creek Road I view the wildflowers I used to drive past in a hurry to enjoy a limited vacation. Then, I was always thinking about getting back to work. Now I stop and literally smell the roses.

The vibrant colors of the wildflowers, the wildlife surrounding us, and the fragrant smell of lupin and honeysuckle penetrate the senses. Add to this the middle earth like experience we enjoy (referring to the mythical place where the Elves live in Lothlorien), and how much it means to both of us.

Being at peace is so very special. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would look to the forest for places to have a fort. Everything was so simple, basic, and nature was a wide open view into exploration and the wonderment of discovery.

I’d  sit, as a kid, and stare at the crystal clear creek as it meandered to places I had yet to discover. I imagined the beauty of waterfalls with deer sipping the nectar before jumping back into the canopy of the forest.

I was blessed to have those simple thoughts because I had parents that wanted me to learn and grow as a person. They were nurturing and guiding lights into how a family should be raised. Their love would radiate to friends and family, bringing a lasting delightful exclamation mark to the music and laughter they shared with others.

Another important blessing is the travel Nancy and I look forward to. Each trip opens up the history and geography books we studied in school. Now we live in the experience of finding out about other cultures. Their historical buildings, battles, discoveries,  languages, music, poetry, and of course food and wine.

We are especially blessed to enjoy other cultures food. Soon we will be taking a trip to Spain and Portugal.  We’ll enjoy cooking classes with recipes we can bring  back to produce for our friends and family.

Then there is flamenco in Malaga, the city where Picasso was born. Driving to Rhonda a city where Orson Wells was buried, then Seville (world class Sherry), and my favorite, vintage Madeira and vintage port from the isle of Madeira and the city of Oporto. Throw in a cruise, train ride, and the unbridled joy of seeing new places for the first time, priceless.

Yes, we should all look at our lives, not to compare but to rejoice in the many memories we have that make each of us unique and truly blessed.

 

 

 

 

The Political Climate

 

Very much like the smoke and mirrors related to climate change this is a political climate that is depending on the strings being pulled on one side and attempting restraint on the other.

Here we have Donald Trump backed by a throng of loyal, patriotic followers. They hear his message of draining the swamp, upholding the constitution, and ending the divisiveness of the woke/liberal agenda.

On the other side we have an equally committed left wing group that believes in reparations for black people, teaching gender pro-nouns, and first and foremost, hating Donald Trump.

The left points to January 6th as a threat to our government orchestrated by Donald Trump and carried out as the single most egregious act of terrorism since 911. While a case could be made for this by stretching the truth like a gumby in an old cartoon. Lets first look at the event and then the cost of damages to the Capital.

The left narrative is that this “riot” disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of affirming the presidential election results. Even though Donald Trump called for the National Guard to be called to protect the Capital in case the demonstration got out of hand… Pelosi and the Mayor of D.C. turned down the suggestion.

Now, most people on the right believe that election fraud was committed, although it has never been proven. In the time frame provided to demonstrate this point, and the lengths taken to cover up this narrative, there is still no conclusive proof of an organized plot to change or destroy the vote. At the very least you could say that the voting system didn’t come under the necessary microscope that would dissuade the populace of thinking, something was amiss.

The “riot” or “siege” caused approximately $2,734,783 losses. During Donald Trump’s presidency, Antifa and Black Lives Matter were organized and sent out to cause over two billion dollars of damage. Although there were thousands  involved in the riots to protest the death of convicted felon George Floyd, a small portion of those have been sentenced to significant time while most  had their sentences commuted.

The two sides seem to be light years away from finding the common ground so necessary in healing the country. To further divide the country we have a complicit media favoring the message of the left. With softball questions thrown towards President Biden, the left leaning media has propped up this sad political figure to the detriment of the country.

Donald Trump’s followers are called radical right wing racists that threaten our constitutional federal republic. However, after the latest debate, the left leaning media is finally starting to question the mental acuity of the leader of the free world.

Now we have a very real constitutional situation coming into play. The 25th Amendment to the constitution has been invoked six times. These sections within the 25th Amendment were mainly called upon for medical reasons. The last time was November 19th 2021, President Joe Biden transferred presidential power to his vice president, Kamala Harris, while undergoing a colonoscopy.

Now we have come to a crossroads as Biden’s confidants are urging him to step down. They realize that his incompetent reign of ineptitude has run its course. Lets look at a few of his failures:

  1. Biden said the border crisis didn’t begin “overnight”. It actually did, the moment he took office.
  2. The average American family has lost $7,100 purchasing power under Biden due to inflation and high interest rates. This is the highest rate of inflation since the last terrible democratic president, Jimmy Carter.
  3. Biden and his administration frequently took opportunities to portray half the country as evil, anti-democratic monsters.
  4. Afghanistan symbolic withdrawal at the expense of soldiers and civilians.
  5. Piling on debt with such programs as “student loan forgiveness”.
  6. The weaponization of the DOJ, FBI, and CIA to create election interference, going after a political opponent.
  7. The Woke agenda devoted to the cult of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The federal  bureaucracy has been hard at work injecting every college campus with this insanity. The bottom line is that Biden, with the power of the federal government wants to ensure that your child will be gender transitioned whether you like it or not.
  8. Hunter Biden and his lap top being swept under the carpet. Interesting how no politician has lied more to the public about his accomplishments or events as he panders to whatever group he’s in front of.
  9. Ukraine is another example of a terrible diplomatic decision. Printing more money (as inflation soars) and sending it to a country we don’t have any responsibility for,  is ludicrous. Billions of dollars sent with no accountability to Ukraine. We see their politicians buying expensive homes in foreign countries with this money and no one saying anything about it.

Now we come to a point where section four of the 25th Amendment might be invoked because the leader of the free world is incapable of putting two sentences together. Then we may see the cackler (Kamala Harris) become president. If that doesn’t scare you (after her handling of the border crisis), I don’t know what will.