Winter Solstice offers a time to look back on the past year to acknowledge my challenges and the things I chose to do to solve those problems. This recent past year was a very hard one for me with the death of my oldest son, Cary, a victim of cancer at the young age of 53 years and one month. This loss turned out to be harder on me than I imagined. Thankfully, Craig and Laura and their families walked these dark days with me.
After wallowing in that pain I turn my attention to the…Continue
Part 4 Booms and busts punctuate the history of capitalism; it is a systemic problem.
Remember General Motors, producer of automobiles? Over the last thirty years, General Motors created a subsidiary called GMAC, General Motors Acceptance Corporation. It is a bank. It lends money. It began by lending money to people to buy cars because their wages couldn’t pay for them. Then GMAC discovered they could make more money off the interest of the loan than they could make…Continue
Part 3 We reached the limits of the kinds of capitalism this society can endure.
Turning, now, to the big business community, the last thirty years have been spectacular. Everything about the working class, with the introduction of computers, U.S. workers became more and more productive. We had a thirty-year period of rising labor productivity. Each year the worker produces more, and the wages stayed the same.
The gap between what the workers…Continue
Part 2 How do people cope with so many changes taking place in such a short period?
First, wage-workers dealt with the end of rising wages by adding women and other family workers to the paid labor force, and they worked more hours per year. Between the 1970s and today, the average number of hours worked per year by a U.S. citizen rose by about 20 percent. We worked 20 percent more hours on the job than we did thirty years ago. By comparison, for example, if you…Continue
Part 1 Why did the wages stop going up? There are four reasons.
There were a hundred and fifty years of rising standard of living for all people. Workers every decade enjoyed more because their wages rose, and they could buy more. They understood more and more work meant they could buy more stuff, i.e. homes, cars, education, health care, retirement, and recreation.
In the 1970s, that history of the United States stopped. Real wages…Continue
mathematics, why does one plus one equal two?
mechanics, how do pistons work?
navigation, why did the plane change course many times while flying from L.A. to China?
nautical astronomy, How did the Polynesians in canoes get to the Hawaii’s Islands in 300-600 AD.?
heat, why is my home warm and cold according to my wishes?
Trump Macho Infection
Trump rises to power by tapping into the reptilian brain of humans. He is a con-man who recognizes a patsy when he sees one.
Trump pretends to be masculine in ways that remind me of Benito al when I was a child. Both behave with attitudes of entitlement, arrogance, selfishness, egocentricity, overbearing, pompous, and cruel. They believe in Social Darwinism…Continue
Finding foods that Cary likes that can be cooked to a mushy stage and put through a blender and seived has been harder to find than I thought it would be. Yesterday, I had success. I made chicken stock using a big package of *chicken wings, simmered it until it was reduced by half, used that stock to cook the tips of asparagus, sieved it and put it in a glass Mason jar, labelled it, put it in the refrigerator after offering it to Cary while it was hot. He rejected it with vigor! Sometime in…Continue
Another batch of tests today, more scheduled, and the diagnosis made. Various people conducting the treatment plan will do all they can to make him comfortable. Cancer starts in his esophagus, moved into the lymph glands and lungs. Surgery is out. It has not been decided yet if he will have chemo and radiation.
The good news is Cancer Care Northwest provides Cary with the greatest group of people, from physicians, technicians, nurses, support staff. They all have positive attitudes.…Continue
Menus for easy swallowing is a new challenge and one I am not well equipped from experience to meet.
The reality is, I explore options and need some brainstorming partners. Remember when I had cancer, and so many of you were on my Cancer Team, encouraging, advising, teaching me how to proceed? Now I ask for a Foods To Nourish Cary Team.
beef, chicken, or fish stock;
mashed potatoes cooked in homemade…Continue
I followed Cary around. First I worked at the boys' ranches after his release. The Community Colleges needed someone to teach at the prison, which I did after Cary left; I taught Life Skills to men who had been in prison for long periods and were about to return to the public life. They had to learn how to get a job, manage money, control anger, communication skills, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. Many had wives and children "on the outside" and my task was to help them…Continue
Cary, my son who was a real handful from the moment we picked him up from Deaconess Hospital in Spokane when the nurses put me in a wheelchair with Cary in my arms, and we went to the door. The nurse said all babies ride in the arms of their adopted mothers so no one can know the baby is adopted. We waited for six months for his birth. We didn't meet his birth mother; however, we knew she was just a kid, 17 or 18 years old. His birth father was an airman at Fairchild Airforce Base near…Continue
Rosa's Story demonstrates how religious dogma, social systems, and capitalism exist as part of the problem. She was my maid when we lived in officers' quarters at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. She traveled an hour by bus to Juarez, Mexico to get to the border crossing. She took another length of time by public transport with a transfer to get to my quarters. She worked all day, a full eight hours doing all my cleaning and laundry and floors and windows, for $2 a day!…Continue
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I ran across this post on Facebook from Ben Andrews on May 6, 2016. It offers a good, solid response to those who want proof there is no god!
"Proof there is no god?
"How often have we encountered the Theists, when you ask for proof that god exists demanding that you 'prove' that God does not exist, and then get in a discussion who has the burden of proof instead of answering the question…
Justice is the only worship.
Love is the only priest.
Ignorance is the only slavery.
Happiness is the only good.
The time to be happy is now,
The place to be happy is here,
The way to be happy is to make others so.
- Robert Greene Ingersoll
Thanks, Daniel W
The world’s economy faces a puzzle In which growing numbers of citizens find it harder to maintain a superior quality of life. Workers do all required of them by their various elected governments, over many decades, yet they continue to fall behind, economically.
This documentary collects hard…Continue
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I endeavor to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures faithful to reason.
My cause of action exists in the pursuit of justice over laws and institutions that exploit, manipulate, and dominate.
My body is inviolable, subject to my will alone.
My feelings are mine, alone.
I respect the freedom of others,…Continue
Learned Distrust vs. Learned Trust.
Learned Shame vs. Learned Autonomy.
Learned Guilt vs. Learned Initiative.
Learned Inferiority vs. Learned Industry
Learned Identity Confusion vs. Learned Identity
Learned Isolation vs. Learned Intimacy
Learned Self-Absorption vs. Learned Generativity
Learned Despair vs. Learned Optimism
The painful process of growing up requires facing the things you learn from family and community. They may…Continue