Now that we are all safely stowed away in our little private boxes, with nothing but time on our hands, let us all get comfy, make a nice cup of tea or a good stiff drink, or whatever you enjoy most, sit in that easy chair, shut off all those distractions, the boob tube, the so-called ‘smart phone’, the radio, and then sit Still…..Now watch your thoughts move through your head, immediately your mind will attempt to distract you, oh! I have to go and do this, Oh! my favorite show is coming on, Oh! I have to text my friend, and so on…..Pay attention, do nothing, just watch your thoughts, over and over again you will find yourself distracted, that mind what a trickster! Now this takes paying great Attention, you are the observer, and you are the observed…..If you will hang in there you will begin to realize that all thought arises from Memory; you have an experience that was pleasurable, and thought wants to capture that moment, and find a way back, so it can experience that pleasure over and over, so it is living in the past, unaware of the present…..When we learn to live always in the present we become aware of the constant drumbeat of the national propaganda, and we begin to realize what dupes we are, brainwashed from birth to believe: “Father Knows Best.” Therefore we begin to relearn how to think for ourselves. Once we think for ourselves we realize some important things, we do not need any so-called leaders to show us the way…..We can do just fine leading ourselves, and then comes Right Action, we start to treat all men & women as Equals, and when that takes place we are well on the way to building “The House Of Mankind” In the truest sense of that word: Man-Kind…..Kind 1. sympathetic, friendly, gentle, tender- hearted, generous,etc…Thus; Benevolent, a charitable or altruistic inclination to do good…..And there you have it, now sit down and try it out…..Make good use of this down time…..
Shame on the President and his repugnant Senators and Con men who treated this disaster in the making as a silly joke, “No big deal people just get out there and keep working & consuming like always…..Do not worry we are going to bail out our corporations and the rich, and toss a sop to the peasants, just like we did back in 2008, 2009, remember that bail-out? ~~~~~Shame on all of those profiteering on the misfortune of others, a special Hell awaits your arrival….. ~~~~~Shame on all those selfish people who stuffed their shopping carts to the hilt, leaving nothing for their neighbors, know that when you need help, there will be no one there who cares….. ~~~~~Shame on our Government for refusing to go to the aid of other countries, and deciding to hoard needed medical supplies for ourselves, this is Not the Country I went to war to defend….. ~~~~~Kudos to China for stepping up to the plate, and doing exactly what America should have been doing, even as the American Propaganda machine rails against you…..You are a credit to the World in these hard times…… ~~~~~A Blessing on all those Medical Doctors & Nurses and Aides on the front lines, placing themselves in danger to care for others, and another blessing on all those hard working people manning the stores, so that we are still able to buy groceries. And our brave Firemen & Police, thank you all…..Oh, yes, a special blessing on all those who donate food & money to our food pantries so those less fortunate can still have a decent meal…… ~~~~~These may be hard times, but we will get through this by loving and Caring for each other, stay safe friends…..
What is going on here? When I click on a sites LIKE, My screen goes black, and then the like is not posted. & then when I go to the comments section all I get is the little loading circle going round endlessly…..I paid good money to have this site, and it would be nice if all the functions actually worked like they are supposed to. RSVP, please……
At 74 years + I have rowed that boat a damn long way, and I am nearing the end of my journey…..I rowed through childhood in a Chicago Ghetto, you know that place, it was called “Mother Cabrini projects”, then I rowed my way through a Catholic Orphanage, a few years of that and I rowed away again, (But at least those Nuns taught me how to READ! I rowed my way into a public High School, with 3,000 plus students, gangs and all, I idled there for a year and a half, before I realized all they were doing was filling my head with Crap, Brainwashing, I think is the right word here…..So I got back in my little row boat, slipped the oars and rowed on, wound up in Philadelphia, learned how to find a job, had many jobs, many new Loves & Adventures…..Then I rowed my way to Texas, age 18, no jobs there, but whoa, I could join the ARMY and be a Warrior! The Army rowed me to Okinawa, and then on to Vietnam, wow….I was a real Warrior, M-60 Machine gunner in a Recon Platoon…..What is the purpose of the Bayonet? “To KILL.” Well, I survived that little mess and rowed my ass back to the good old USA, where the San Francisco Airport Bar would not even pour me a drink, because I was not yet 21 years old, but I was good to go to War, it was cool, I had a suitcase full of Scotch, $2.00 a bottle in the good old Nam……Well, I rowed my boat back to Chicago, got some good jobs & some not so good, and then I got restless again, Set off for South America, but here the Waves got big and mean, I stopped in North Carolina to see an old friend, who told me this Special forces boyfriend of hers was beating on her kids, so he showed up and I shot him dead, Uh Oh, bad move, the waves were driving me backwards, no matter how hard I pulled on those old oars….. On trial for my life, the Jury found me Guilty of Manslaughter, 15-20 years the old judge said, can’t have those damn Yankees coming here and killing our citizens…..So I really put the muscle into those Oars, Central Prison, a riot, a put down of that with two hundred shotguns blazing away, man I must have surely had an Angel on my shoulder to survive that, then on to the old prison farm, where I learned how to pick that cotton, sweet potatoes, peanuts, just like Cool Hand Luke, guard on horseback, I became the fastest cotton picker cause when I would get close to that guard I had to sit down and roll myself a cigarette. Onward I rowed, to a road gang, cutting brush for mile after mile, at night I got so good at playing poker a few guys would bankroll me, and I earned them and me some decent bucks…..An aside here; I got sent to the “HOLE” because I would not rat my buds out, funny how inventive men can become when the chips are down, how to pass the time? Sit-ups, push-ups one small meal a day, it just toughens one up. One day I peeked through the bars and here is this cock a roach crawling along with a string on his leg with a tiny cigarette, a match and a strike plate from the match book, is that cool or what? Then we learned how to pull string out of our sheets, tie it into a long string, put a piece of paper on the end, holler “Flush” and on the other side a guy would do the same thing, and we then had a connection we could pull tobacco & papers back and forth, is that cool or what? ~~~~~Well I got a parole to California, land of the free and the Hippies so I was rowing my way through Pot & LSD, what an eye-opener that drug is…..Had a gal chase me down and insist I marry Her, and adopt her two daughters, that was fun for awhile, so I climbed aboard my rowboat and set off for Idaho, no jobs there so I bought a garage and a mechanic shop, when I knew Jack-shit about repairing cars, but thank God I could read and there were plenty of books on auto repair, so I did pretty good after those first two years of struggle, and then my old lady got tired of me working my ass off all the time so I was too tired to listen to her drone on about the latest gossip, so I got fed up and packed my little bit of stuff into my faithful rowboat and rowed on up to Alaska, got here just in time for the Exxon-Valdez Oil spill, got jobs engineering on Barges and Tugboats, made good money for awhile and spent it all in the bars, because by then I was almost deaf and the only way I could hear any music was to sit in front of the Bar Bands, Had a grand old time, sometimes I would be the only customer, and I would have a six piece band stand up and play all night long for little old me! ~~~~~And then I met the goat lady, and rowed my boat into another Love, man I had to learn how to Love and care for Goats, Sheep, turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese, as well as learn how to make cheese, milk those goats, raise and slaughter pigs, well Love is like that, kind of blind, but a good blind, if you know what I am saying…..That Lady and I spent 30 + years together and then she up and died on me, so here I sit, my old rowboat parked, because here is where I have decided to live out whatever time I have left, and then be buried next to my faithful dog, my Lady, and her Dog, with a lilac bush over each of our graves, and then the final journey into Forever……I hope you enjoyed this story of the Rowing man……
My Gmail account has disappeared into thin air, I am a non-machine, and Google has gone to A.I., no humans left on the Payroll, Meat machines need not apply, my Word Press account no longer recognizes my “Likes” nor my “Comments” Mayhap, they did not like what I had to say on this site? ~~~~~I know, I know, the Truth is hard to swallow, the lies are easier to stomach, as they are filled with Acid……It seems to me that this life is largely filled with a wish to escape from it, that is why one watches the T.V., it is a convenient Escape from what Is…..Here is a Truth: This world is a Mess! ~~~~~We, You and I, treat it like an endless supply of good things, at the same time we treat it like a Trash Dump, we drop Bombs on it, we spill endless amounts of blood upon it, we waste the precious water on so-called “Soft Drinks”, soda pop, that rots your intestines……Meanwhile there are millions of refugees, driven by drought, or worse, a tyrant running their country, yet nobody is willing to allow them in? Where has Compassion gone? “Oh! they will flood our hospitals, use up our welfare payments, eat all of our food” “Keep them OUT!” “I went to the Cosco today and bought all of those giant packages of toilet paper on their shelves, I could care less about anyone else needing it.” ~~~~~Makes me wonder, if Shame has lost it’s meaning……
To the Sound of Silence, maybe alone in your apartment, no visitors, no T.V., no Radio, all alone with yourself. This, my friend, is the perfect time to get to know yourself…..Be still, and start to pay attention to the wanderings of your own mind…..What happens at first is your mind will work to Distract you, go off on a tangent, it takes attention to recognize this distraction, just keep on going back to the beginning, start again to Pay Attention, now watch your mind, just going in all directions, a news article, a neighbor talking, an AD on The Computer Screen, Click Here to Order Now! ~~~~~Uh Oh! we got distracted again, need a fresh Beer, football game is coming on, don’t want to miss this…..How hard it is to just sit still, to do nothing, to be the observed and the observer. Who is thinking these thoughts? Where does thought come from? ~~~~~First there is the here & now, and then there comes the Memory, thought captures each moment and then tries to Relive that moment, even tho it is lost forever in the Past which is not subject to recapture, and so the mind spins a web of desire, I want this, I want that, go get it for me……If one is not endlessly aware of the minds tricks, out will come the credit card, and once again a temptation is fallen for…..Another piece of useless crap, soon toted to the dump…..But I digress……… ~~~~~I hold this whole world in my little, tiny brain, I also hold the Universe, which is hard as it continues on into Infinity…..Yet I dream of a world of empathy, of compassion, of the endless love we hold for one and the other…..This is what I view in my brain, there is no past there, for the past cannot be changed, all we can do is be aware of the Now, this moment, when we can pinch ourselves and say Ouch! This is all there is, this present moment in time, which is already sliding into History, even as we think. All of the so-called Hero’s who forgot about themselves for a moment and leaped to the rescue were out of Time at that moment, they were in Infinity…..A Lovely place to be….. ~~~~~This is a hard time to live, this Virus Bug, has the whole world on Standby…..Yet it is a message perhaps, from Mother Earth; “You humans refuse to accept responsibility for the wanton destruction of your own Mother, the lady who provides the air and water and soil to grow your food, how you treat this Lady is a Shame upon you all…..”Everyone’s Values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others” William Greider…… ~~~~~And so I am thinking, I have said my piece for this evening. Stay Well, People, have Faith in the “House of Mankind”
Why is it that when I click on :ALL,Unread,Comments, Follows, & Likes all I get is the loading circle going endless round and round? Plus when I click on LIKE below and article my screen goes black for a moment and then “No Like” shows up????? Answer Appreciated, I paid top dollar to have my site and I would like it to Function!!!!
I hope all my fellow readers/writers are still in good health, Blessings on you ALL! Well, my G-mail has all disappeared into thin air, is anyone else experiencing this? ~~~~~Our “Great Leader’s” answer to all this turmoil is; “Let’s throw Trillions of Taxpayer bucks at the problem, that will make it all go away.” “Am I not the greatest, smartest, wisest president in world history?” ~~~~~Maybe the lone employee at Google got the Virus? Man these machines are sure a let-down to me, I am going to go back to Snail-Mail, at least the Post-Office still employs Live Human Beings, and anyway I sure enjoy receiving nice hand-written cards in the Mail….. ~~~~~Well the Greed Monster, Earth destroying Machine, has been brought to a screeching halt by a little tiny invisible Bug! The Masters of the Universe have had to watch their imaginary fortunes disappear into “Thin Air”, which, by the way, is sure a lot cleaner now that all those Air-planes are parked, the Cruise ships are without passengers, and the cars are parked in garages and the humans are packed into their Apartment/Prison Cells……now if Mother Nature can just come up with a few more of her defensive bugs, maybe we can get our over-population problem under control…… ~~~~~Those brave Children, marching in their millions failed to get the Powers that Be to listen to them and take action,”The World Is On Fire!” they cried, Ho Hum, Business as Usual…..So Mother Nature had to step in and make them pay attention……How is it that we have 7.8 Billion humans on a planet whose maximum carrying capacity is maybe 1 Billion? Well, the Corporations must have a steady supply of Cheap Slave Wage Labor, Cannon Fodder for the Armies, and above all:Consumers, consuming ever more, more, More! I hope all the people sitting at home now will take the time to re-assess their function in this world, and maybe realize that it is time to Clean Up This Mess we have made of our one and only Livable Planet, as the beautiful Oceans have become plastic waste dumps, the few fish that are left are inedible due to it, our lands are denuded of life, the birds and animals are disappearing faster and faster, yet we just merrily roll along, singing that “Good Consumer Song” ~~~~~Well, brothers & sisters, this old man is going to take a nap and worry about this No More…..Mother Nature is back in Charge!
So, Lady, should I ask you now this question; “What is Love?” Could you give to me an answer? Is is just a silly word? A word that has no meaning? Is it just the impression of our bodies on a mattress, soon changed like the sheets on the bed? Or some drunken one-night stand? What is Love? Could it be what makes this world roll around the Sun? Could it be what makes the Forest & Flowers to grow, or that look in Your Eyes, when you look at me? Could it be what brought You to Me, to live and share our lives together, forevermore? So, Lady, if I ask you now, this question; “What is Love?” Would You give to me an answer?
Well, fellow humans, we had a million + children out in the streets, calling out to our so-called Leaders; The World is Burning, do something! Ho Hum, business as usual, get your young asses back in brainwashing school, brats…..So we, as usual, refused to listen to our “Beloved Children”…..Merrily, Merrily, we roll along, ripping up our one and only home for Profit, the future be damned…..The Earth looks now like a Giant Trash Can, so what? The bucks keep rolling into our coffers…………………….~~~~~Well, says Mother Earth, if the humans will not live up to their responsibilities, I will have to teach them a lesson…..So out of nothing she fabricates a tiny little virus, invisible to the naked eye, and says: “Sic em, boy!” And thus she accomplishes what years of futile protests failed to accomplish, and the World eating machine begins to falter, and then to shut down…..The Airplanes are parked in row upon row, the Cruise Ships are tied up at the piers, the cars stay in the garage, and The Air is once again almost Breathable! That over-inflated Stock Market watch’s their trillions of imaginary dollars evaporate into thin air…..Humans are confined to quarters, forced, maybe, to begin to talk to one another……………………………………………………………………………Or Not, perhaps they have lost the fine old art of discourse, lost forever in endless trivia on those “Magic” little screens; “Whas, up,Bro?” “Hey man, same ole, same ole.” To quote Kurt Vonnegut; “And so it goes.” And our brave Leaders say; “Those Consumers are not Consuming, something must be done, we cannot have the rich becoming less rich.” “Oh! we will just bail them out, after all we will all be dead before the bill for this comes due.” For example, remember G.W. Bush after 9/11? “Just get out there and shop folks.” While he proceeded to launch us into a ‘Forever War’……Trillions of our national treasure spent, millions of lives lost, but the Military/Industrial complex was in seventh heaven………………………………………………..~~~~~People huddling in their homes, scared to death by the powers that be, and a little tiny virus, that so far has not even come close to causing as many deaths as Malaria & the Flu…..This makes me laugh & laugh; “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” H. L. Mencken………………………………………………………………………………..~~~~~Perhaps, just perhaps this is the time to rethink our priorities in life, like pay off that debt load, stop being a “Good Consumer” Start thinking for yourselves, and begin to realize how good ‘The Simple Life’ can be…..Think about it!