Awarded By Merit

Awarded By Merit

I was raised to believe that if you work hard and are honest you will succeed.

I raised my kids with the same premise. Be honest, work hard and there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.

Then we see news like yesterday’s college bribary scandal. Parents, very rich parents were found to have paid a great deal of money–in one instance more than a million dollars–to ensure their children a spot at an elite school.

What does that say?

It says loud and clear that those parents did not encourage their children to do their best.

They did not teach their children that they cannot have every capricious thing they want.

These parents did not show their kids how important honesty is.

And worst of all they taught their children that their strongest advocates–their parents–did not believe in their ability to get into college on their own merits.

While this is a horrible thing and it is appalling that some very deserving students did not get a spot at their college of choice because of these cheaters, I believe this is a good lesson for all of us to learn.

Work hard, be honest. Success comes in more important ways than in the name of your University.

Success comes by merit–by earning it the hard way, the right way. And success gives each one of us a very important thing–it allows us to sleep soundly at night knowing that your life was well earned.

Latinx

Latinx

Ah Millennials…you have gone and done it again.

One of the things I have enjoyed the most of being in my 50s now in the Empty Nest is watching young people as they develop and expand and continue to surprise me on the wonderful things we can create in this world of ours.

And by the same token, one of the things I enjoy the least is watching young people waste their time, and often times mine, coming up with stupid ideas–or worse following the stupid ideas others have put in their heads–and believing they are doing something worthwhile.

Case in point, the Latinx Movement.

The Latinx Movement is a hugely popular and growing number of primarily college age and young adults that stand for….absolutely nothing.

Latinx is a gender neutral term that takes the place of the term Latino or Latina. It is meant to represent people of Latin American descent. It is meant to help politicize the ideas of this group without identifying each individual’s gender.

So basically, it is a bunch of young people of Latin American descent that want to be acknowledged as a separate social group and who are confused about their gender.

And what do they stand for? They strongly believe the rest of America should care about them and their confusion.

This would be hilarious if it weren’t so incredibly sad.

Here is what I say to those of you that are flying the Latinx flag.

  • Understand that if you are an American Citizen, you are an American. You are not Latina, Latino, or Latinx.
  • If you want to honor the culture of your ancestors from Latin America, by all means do so–by enjoying food, clothing, art, music, language and celebrations in your life, with people important to you.
  • However, if you feel the rest of us must embrace your culture, your gender identity issues and your struggles with your self esteem, you are very mistaken.
  • If you’re Latin American roots are so strong and so important to you that you do not want to be part of the American Culture, feel free to move to the country of your choice and request their citizenship status.
  • Stop trying to reinvent the wheel by coming up with new words that do not mean anything. Use your time wisely and invent or do something real, something you can be proud of.

This world and especially this country offers us unlimited opportunities to do and create and enjoy and discover anything we can imagine. Why waste your precious time pursuing and being part of a movement that means nothing?

Don’t allow yourself to be a pawn of the far left inteligencia. Stand up and be yourself!

Climate Change

Climate Change

I really think many of our congresspeople and the people in the entertainment industry skipped Geography class during their freshman year of high school.

If they had attended or paid attention in class they would know that the definition of climate is the measurement of weather conditions in a particular area over a period of time.

So in essence, all these people are upset and terrified about what weather is supposed to do…and that is change.

These people are yelling at the top of their lungs and trying to create a panic about the sky falling.

This would be extremely funny if it were not so incredibly ignorant.

The most radical of these folks have actually predicted that the world as we know it will end in 12 years.

Did they find another Mayan Calendar like the one used to say the world was going to end in 2012? Hmmm, that was 7 years ago…and nothing happened.

Will this be like the hysteria of 1999 when all the computers were going to take over the energy grid and our world was going to end at midnight on New Years Eve? Hmmm, that didn’t happen either.

And now the new hysteria is over the changing weather, which is exactly what weather is supposed to do? So now the new doomsday is 2031?

Well I for one am willing to wait it out as I am sure the world will not end.

In the meantime, in southern Texas, in March it is 36 degrees! No global warming here people just the weather! Bring on the climate change!

The Era of Good Feelings

The Era of Good Feelings

I’m going to give you a short history lesson today.

After the war of 1812, our country felt a resurgence of patriotism, unity and national purpose. The Federalists (future Democratic Party) fell apart and a new liberal party did not emerge for almost 10 years.

Many historians have said the Democrats of that day went “underground” and were inactive until Andrew Jackson brought them back to life in the Election of 1824.

Makes you wonder why?

One reason is the nation was experiencing great economic growth after the war. The Industrial Revolution created manufacturing, farming innovations and international trade with protective tariffs and a strong Bank of the United States. In a word–capitalism!

James Monroe wins the Republican nomination and the Presidency in 1816. The Federalists (read Democrats) were furious! They wanted to control the Bank, trade with England, and the growth of the railroads.

But the people (and it was their country, after all!) were happy–they were prospering! We were a nation of peace, patriotism and prosperity.

So the Federalists faded away and were quiet for about 10 years–1816 to 1826-The Era of Good Feeling.

History always seems to repeat itself…the fury of the Democrats in the face of a strong President and a prospering nation is a repeat of what happened exactly 200 years ago!

Today, just like 200 years ago, people in power ignored the will of people for their own envious and destructive ends.

Then, like now, the liberals were on the wrong side of History. You’d think they would learn from their mistakes…

Thank you Mr. President for your strength and loyalty to the people of this great nation! The Era of Trump!

Our 3rd Amendment

Our 3rd Amendment

Certainly not an Amendment most people remember is the 3rd Amendment. Why is this Amendment forgettable…basically because we don’t use it.

The 3rd Amendment protects homeowners from having to quarter soldiers in times of war. And that means that soldiers cannot burden a homeowner by moving into a person’s home–even if it advantageous to the military to do so to fight and win a war– without the homeowners permission.

Almost everyone I know does not even think about this Amendment or the right it affords us, mostly because after the Civil War we have not fought a war on our soil.

No one expects to have to fight a war here on our soil…and so this is an Amendment that is pretty much forgotten.

It is one of those things we take for granted as Americans–the things that are actually our choice to do or not do.

As our political atmosphere continues to get complicated we should really think about what consequences our actions today can have on our future.

We do not want to open ourselves up to an invasion from outside the U.S. or from within. It may be that one day we may have to invoke the 3rd Amendment.

When we were in the midsts of the American Revolution and Great Britain was forcing citizens to quarter British soldiers the delegates at the Constitutional Convention felt this was important.

It is a basic premise of our country–the Freedom to do as we choose–without any coercion from the government.

Or are we being coerced now by the political climate we are in? How many people are being les by the talking heads on television about what to believe is true, what to think and how to vote?

Have we, by choice, allowed the soldiers of the enemy into our homes and allowed them to cloud our judgment with their rhetoric?

The choice is ours–right now–to not allow the government to come into our homes uninvited and to fight a war that would allow a tyranny to replace the government established by the founders.

The right belongs to us-the people.

You Are Doing Better Than You Think

You Are Doing Better Than You Think

Today’s post will be a little shorter than my others. I just want to express one idea in my multitude of ideas.

As a blogger, I read many other people’s blogs. This forum allows us all to share ideas, thoughts and what I call written prayers.

We all have good days and we all have bad days. Once in a while a bad day is not a bad day but just a challenging week. Because, as you know, life happens.

Life has been happening…for…has it only been 36 hours? It feels like days.

And in reading a blog post by Lori Deschene of The Tiny Buddha, I came across a quote that says it all:

“Most of us expect far too much of ourselves and never give ourselves credit for all the things we’re doing right. You’re trying your best, facing challenges that would likely overwhelm anyone, and learning and growing every day. And you’re doing it while feeling a range of messy confusing emotions and healing from pains large and small from the past. Stop and give yourself a little credit. You’re stronger than you know and you’re doing better than you think.”

Losing Track of Time

Time flies when your having fun…or seen another way, when we lose track of time it means we are content, engaged and dare I say…happy!

That is what happened to me this weekend. I lost track of time. And it was wonderful.

After working all week my husband and I took a short trip “home”. While we live in a new city now and love it, there is always a wonderful feeling when we go home.

At home, we spent time with family especially my sister and her kids who are growing so fast. I enjoyed my parents and got to spend time with one of the daughters that has flown the nest.

I marvel at how independent we all are now and at the same time so dependent on each other–in good way.

As I mentioned, the trip was short because on Sunday we were on our way back, enjoying the beautiful day and the open road and the calm and quiet of our empty nest that not too long ago I was dreading having.

What threw me off was I had Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Thank you Dr. King!). I took the day slowly and did my chores and enjoyed a relaxing day. I was at peace in our daily routine…

And I lost track of time…

I forgot today was Tuesday, beginning the work week. I missed posting my self imposed scheduled post this morning.

So I am saving that one for Thursday to share this message with you…strive from time to time to lose track of time.

The time that is past we can never get back–how wonderful when it passes us in joy!!