life is an adventure

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life is an adventure

 

Because of my career in Natural Resource Management, my wife and I have lived in a variety of places in the Western US, mostly small towns.  We’ve been married for more than 52 years and have had many grand times.  I would not have wanted to spend that time with any other person.  She is truly my best friend and soul mate, and we love each other deeply.  We’ve had our ups and downs, but overall, we have been on an adventure and it is not over yet.  

My desire as a teenager and a young man was to leave the plains and live and work in the mountains, in that order.  As a result, we’ve been blessed to live in and around the Rocky Mountains for most of the last 39 years.  

One of our most memorable experiences was moving from a small town in Idaho to Los Angeles to go to school.  We were in our mid-forties and changing careers.   It was a shock to move from a predominantly English-speaking culture to one where many languages were spoken.  It was also a shock to move from a town of 3,300 to a city of millions with long lines at the post office and grocery stores and hours at the DMV to get a driver’s license. 

We lived just a few blocks off Sunset Boulevard where most of the businesses had bars on their doors and windows.  There were bars on the door and windows of our apartment.  Police helicopters flew overhead many nights of the week. 

But after a month, we began to adapt and drive like everyone else.  There was a saying back then that you’re either the “Quick or the dead.”  We learned how to get around the freeways and streets.  To support ourselves, my wife worked in Hollywood teaching ESL and I also worked in Hollywood as a custodian.  As a result of her job, we got to know and associate with people from many different countries.  We loved it and still do greatly enjoy associating with people from other cultures.  There were also many in the school we attended. 

When our schooling was complete, we would have been content to stay and work in LA, but we knew we were headed back to the Rocky Mountains.  Since that time, we’ve been privileged to travel overseas several times to parts of Asia and Central and South America.  We also lived and taught conversational English in South Korea for a time. 

Life for us has and is an adventure.  Many people don’t get the opportunities we’ve had.  But, no matter what one does, life can still be an adventure.  Part of it is attitude and our responses to circumstances.  Life is not always kind to many people, and it’s understandable that it may not be an adventure for them.  But I’ve found that, despite some hard times, my blessings far out number the hardships I’ve experienced.   And, I’m a natural pessimist, but I’ve discovered that it’s better to be an optimist no matter what happens.

BULLYING

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There’s been quite a bit of news in recent years about bullying.  No one likes a bully. Most people hide from them and do everything they can to avoid them.  Others fight back, which may end the problem.

The world is full of bullies.  In my opinion, Vladimir Putin is a bully, sending Russian military into the Ukraine.  Of course, I do not know all the particulars of the situation.  But, on the surface, it appears to be bullying.

Saddam Hussein was a bully.  Asad is a bully. 

It’s my observation that we here in America are being bullied on many fronts.  We’re being bullied by leaders who think they know best what’s good for our nation.  They pass laws and issue edicts that have no basis in common sense or in the will of the people.  They ignore their constituents.  Those leaders act more like kindergarteners than rational and mature adults. 

We’re being bullied by people who don’t like the laws that are passed by a majority of the people.  The opposing forces find a judge favorable to their position who rules the law unconstitutional.  The issue is then tied up in court for years.

We’re being bullied by those who want to throw out the moral standards that have stood the test of time for centuries.  Adherence to those standards has made America strong and great.  But we’re being bullied to accept the notion that America is the bully and the aggressor instead of the great benefactor.  If America was the bully, we would have wiped Japan and Germany “off the map,” so to speak, instead of helping them rebuild their countries and get a new start.  Our moral standards have been the foundation of America’s strength and freedoms which has made her the envy of people around the world.  Why else would people risk their lives and sometimes pay thousands of dollars to come here illegally?

We’re being bullied to accept the notion that other creatures and organisms are more important than the welfare of the human race, that we humans are the interlopers on the earth.  We are to be good stewards of the earth’s precious resources, the environment.  But we must strike a proper balance between conserving the environment and the care and welfare of people. 

These bullies are small in number, but loud and noisy.  America is being held hostage by them. The many are being ruled by the few.  And we walk in fear of them.  We’re afraid to say anything because we might offend someone.  We’re afraid to take a stand because we probably be challenged or taken to court. 

The bullies have changee the social and moral fabric of our nation, and now America is on a downhill slide.  She is on a slippery slope from which she may not recover.  If she continues down that slope, she will become like a lot of third-world countires(Is that a politically correct term?)—mass unemployment, poverty, social and political upheaval, violence, terrorism, rampant crime, killer diseases.  The list could go on and on. 

America has been the greatest nation in history.  It is still the best place to live despite all its problems.  But we—the majority—must awaken from our complacency and apathy and do what we can to get our nation back on the right track.  We need a moral and spiritual revolution. 

That doesn’t mean that we bully the bullies.  They have a right to be heard.  But once the majority votes a just decision, let that be the end of it.  The decision may need refined or amended from time to time, but let it be done in an orderly fashion and decently by the people and not through the courts. 

Of course, there will always be those who are never satisfied, no matter what. 

SOCHI

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SOCHI

The opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympic Games was great, except for the glitch with the one Olympic ring.  Mr. Putin and the Russian people should be proud of what they’ve accomplished.  I’ve always enjoyed watching those ceremonies, to see the athletes from all the different countries come in.  It’s a true parade of nations.  It would be nice someday to attend one in person, but that is not likely.  Having been a skier myself, it’s fun to watch the skiing competitions.  But the ice skating is always nice, too.

 

I read that there were some complaints about the accommodations.  As an American, I can say that we are very spoiled.  My wife and I have traveled and lived in other parts of the world.  You just have to know that it’s not America, adjust and enjoy the experience.

 

I’m always impressed by the dedication, determination, loyalty, pride and patriotism of the athletes, especially those from the U.S.  They are the best their country has to offer, not only as athletes, but as citizens.  There is amazing unity in the diversity that is represented by these fine people.  As the head of IOC implied in his speech, the nations of the world could learn a thing or two from these Olympians of the world.  In the midst of a terrorized world, these games can be a symbol of the peace that is so desperately needed.  May God protect all those is Sochi, and may they have a great time whether they win any medals or not.

 

 

New to blogging

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This is my first experience with blogging. Writing is one of my passions and this may be one way for me to share my thoughts, opinions, and musings on a variety of topics. My desire is to inform, entertain, inspire, and use my experiences to help others. Through my blogs you will be able to pick up on my beliefs and the other things which I am passionate about.