Friendship? Yes, Please.

thomasaquinas163328Those words were said by Charles Dickens, and they still sure fit today.

There’s nothing like having a friend ~ someone you feel so comfortable with that you share the best and worst of yourself, without wondering if they’ll still be your friend.

I love having Patti and Petie as friends, but I also have other friends, too.  I get to share my thoughts and dreams, my successes and failures and have lots of fun with all kinds of people.

By having friends outside of my family, I get to learn how other people live, what they believe in, different foods they eat and holidays they celebrate.…

Being Stewards of the Earth ~ Just Like the Lorax!

I’m always amazed at how beautiful our Earth is ~ it really never gets old to see pictures of the Earth or watch a television show or a YouTube clip like Petie put up in his latest blog, seeing the Earth in all Her glory.

The mountains and rain forests, the rivers and streams, the majestic deserts, the beautiful hills and valleys, and all the magic Mother Nature shares with us ~ this brings me to a place of awe and gratefulness.

And this weekend, I’ll be celebrating the Earth with lots of other people as it’s the 42nd Earth Day on Sunday, April 22.…

The Real Agenda of the Pro-Voucher, Home Schooling Crowd

A previous posting about voucher schemes as part of the right wing’s larger War on Public Education solicited this highly enlightening comment from Daniel Newby:

I promoted tax credits, and even vouchers, for many years, until I realized the damage they would do to the private institutions we are attempting to empower.

There are better ways to speed the inevitable collapse of the government school system. For some ideas, see http://www.helmsmansociety.com/Issues/2007/trojanchoice110.

May Day ~ International Workers’ Day

In my history class, I was surprised to learn that International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, actually has its origins here in the United States.

Yeah.  I had assumed for a long time that it was a holiday celebrated in communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union.

Boy, was I surprised to learn differently.

It was the very dawning of day
when the term ‘dignity of labor’
meant something.
~ George E. McNeill…

Celebrating the Spring Equinox ~ Part 3

Long, long ago, when there were no supermarkets to buy food from, people were dependent on what they grew.  To be sure they planted at the right time, they were sensitive to the seasons changing and aware of those changes by watching the heavens, how the sun and stars would move in the sky.

With such dependence on Nature, the ancients knew how sacred Mother Nature is and, during the Spring Equinox, the ancients honored and prayed to fertility Goddesses, asking for healthy crops, good soil, and sufficient sunshine and rain so there would be enough food to sustain them for the rest of the year.…