Sunday, January 14, 2018

Practice turning people into trees

Taking a lesson from nature as food for thought this Sunday.

I love this lesson from Ram Dass...

When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are. 


Regarding judging others... and even ourselves (in my own words).



I shall "practice turning people into trees."

Meaning I will have appreciation for them as they are...

Understanding and acknowledging that we are ALL victims of circumstances at times.

Remembering that circumstances can create an environment that is nurturing - or destructive.

Everyone gets through their circumstances the best way they know how. 

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No one is perfect.

No one truly wants to be a "problem."

We are all just walking each other home.

It's time for a little empathy, compassion, and love.



Now from Ram Dass...


turning people into trees


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Monday, January 08, 2018

Medicare Caps on Therapy for 2018

There are new Medicare caps on therapy for 2018.

Medicare 2018 Caps -  

Outpatient therapy caps:

For occupational therapy, the cap is $2,010.

For physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined, it's also $2,010.


Details: Medicare.gov...

You can apply for extensions in some circumstances.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Living Blue in a Red State

If you're a Democrat living in the south, your are most likely living Blue in a Red state. If you speak out about issues, values, and equality, you are quite often met with scowls, slurs, and vile insults - even from your family and friends.

I salute all of you who join me in this struggle to keep equal rights, justice, and acceptable moral values alive in this country.

Today, I especially want to thank the majority of voters in Alabama for voting their conscience and not their party.


you did the right thing



Values matter.  


Integrity matters.



Honesty matters.



Equality matters.


Thank you Alabama!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Why do white women support and vote for morally bankrupt men

When I was young, I was warned to be particular about what I wore, because how I looked might trigger bad behavior from men.

When I was young, I was warned about whom I should trust, because boys and men were never to be trusted alone with members of the opposite sex.



When rape, sexual assault, or even harassment happened, it was mostly blamed on the female, because males apparently were not considered intelligent or mature enough to take responsibility for their own actions, regardless of their religion, level of education, or their age.

Enough of this nonsense. I am now 63 years old and it's time for this to change. 

Men need to grow up, and women need to hold them accountable. 

 #MeToo

There is a huge difference between flirting and sexual harassment, and anyone who tells you it's similar is simply trying to excuse their own bad behavior, or the bad behavior of someone they care about. Hand them a dictionary marked at #flirting and #harassment

Perhaps then, they will understand that there are #NoMoreExcuses.

This is the year of reckoning.

We are all human beings and we are all accountable for our behavior.

Why do white women support and vote for morally bankrupt men?


Religious dogma has brainwashed many women, especially those in the south, and especially those whom have never studied any subject since high school.

This group may also include women who feel they have too much to lose if they have an opinion that might insult their "man." They are happy with their circumstance and can't be bothered to help or defend their victimized sisters and brothers.

Here are some Biblical items to share with these women: 

Passages copied from BibleGateway.com (words of Jesus in red).


Your God is neither male nor female, therefore males are not superior to females. See the words of Jesus in John 4:24 (KJV).  
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
You are ALL created in the image of God. See your Bible, Genesis 1:27, King James Version (KJV)
So God created man (meaning mankind) in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
A man who oppresses people, is not a man of God, regardless of what he claims to believe. Matthew 7:21 King James Version (KJV).  
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Actions speak louder than words. Matthew 7:20-22, King James Version (KJV). 
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Luke 6:31, King James Version (KJV). 
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

You reap what you sow. Galatians 6:7, King James Version (KJV).
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.



"White women have thwarted the women’s rights movement from the 19th century onward."

NBC News: White Female Supporters of Roy Moore



One more Bible verse and discussion for good measure...

Who is your neighbor? 

Would you agree that if a female (or male - as the case may be) is not your wife / girlfriend / betrothed, etc., that she then indeed belongs to someone else - if not yet, then in the future? Does the circumstance of not being married or engaged entitle your "male" government representatives, pastors, deacons, elders, partners, husbands, fathers, brothers, cousins, friends, and acquaintances, free will to harass, assault, attack and/or abuse her? 
Then why do so many self proclaimed "godly" men believe it is not only okay, but indeed expected and accepted social behavior for them to not only covet said females (or males), but to act on their foolish physical whims and desires - without consequence?
Explain to me how anyone claiming to be righteous, or even claiming to believe in Jesus Christ and his teachings, can justify, applaud, endorse, and vote - for such a feeble excuse for a righteous man as Donald J. Trump or Roy Moore.


Deuteronomy 5:21, King James Version (KJV)

21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.

As Marcie Blanco, managing editor of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, so eloquently stated in her article at THINK on NBCNews.com:


There are some women—white women in particular—who would rather cleave onto abusive men rather than support other women.


I consider such women to be ignorant, which is to say that they are uninformed because they choose to be, which is vastly different from being stupid. However, in my opinion, choosing to remain in ignorant bliss is definitely not a sign of intelligence.

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