helplessness

Nothing I say will change anyone’s mind tonight.

No rant about politics or policies will unkill the many that are gone.

No spiritual meme about what good is left in the world will change the fact that people kill people.

No argument with a stranger will impose my beliefs onto him.

Nothing I write will change you. Not tonight.

So I’ll keep living my life, with all of its hopes and growing fears. I’ll hug my family tighter and be glad that they’re safe in their beds at the end of another day. I’ll keep dreaming about a better tomorrow for all of us.

And I’ll light a candle in my heart for those that aren’t safe in their beds, dreaming about their
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creation

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Nothing in my life has ever been handed to me. I doubt many of us have had that experience. Most of us have earned the life we have, working hard to achieve it.

I have noticed an obvious trait to those that haven’t: entitlement.

It’s not always a negative thing. After all, we hope our kids feel entitled to certain things – education, nutrition, clean water. Unfortunately, as recent news shows, these things are not always a given, even here in the U.S.

So how do we change this?

By being involved. By not being complacent. By voting. Cliche? Sure. Necessary? Of course. Don’t avoid your responsibilities and then bitch about the result after the fact. Earn your right to complain! I mean it. If things don’t go your way, don’t give up! Keep working. Keep showing up. Keep voting.

And get your friends involved. The more voices, the bigger the roar. Use your experiences to recreate your environment.

Make that happy life.

on politics

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I love politics, but I’m tired of the fighting. I’m tired of the Us vs. Them thing. I’m tired of reading comments that say things like “all tea partiers are redneck assholes” (They’re not – I know and love people who proudly call themselves members.) and “fucktard liberals need to get shot” (Because they want to help refugees AND the homeless? Really?).

It’s discouraging. It makes me feel like we’re watching the beauty that is/was America come to end.

The richest corporations get tax cuts as incentive to keep their businesses here, but they turn around and send our jobs overseas. Who cares if their headquarters have a U.S. address? We need to work. We need to get away from Fox News and MSNBC and actually remember that we’re neighbors here. We need to stop off at the local dive bar, have a beer after work, and be able to brag about our kids. We need to bbq on the 4th of July and wear too much red, white, and blue. We don’t need to punch each other in the throat on Facebook anymore.

We need to make education and educators important in our PERSONAL lives. The politicians aren’t fixing it for us, so it’s time we become “WE THE PEOPLE” again and work with our kids and their teachers. Don’t love Common Core? No one cared for No Child Left Behind, either. We need to shrug our shoulders, mutter under our breaths, and help our kids with math. We need to ask the teachers to help us understand. We need to trust them. If we don’t, why are our kids still in their classrooms? Because we need daycare? Stop it – these are our kids!

Guns, no guns; abortions, no abortions – are these issues really affecting your every day existence? Why are you letting them make you hate your sister?? She loves guns, you had an abortion…just, please…you’re sisters! Sit down and have a conversation about it. Hug it out. Argue, but, my God, love each other.

Half of you are rolling your eyes, because I can get pretty pissy about politics on Facebook (It’s no secret that I dislike Donald Trump and am disillusioned with Hillary Clinton.), but I bitch after reading both sides, looking at the extremes, talking with my friends (and clients…), and making up my mind that I really feel a certain way. I don’t post a meme without checking its validity. If it’s not fact, then it’s just propoganda and nobody cares.

In fact, as I write this, I realize that no one will read this, either, because no one wants to read anything that isn’t all “Rah! Rah! My team rules!” I’m always up for a discussion, though, if you do.

where did the time go? (or 15 reasons to ignore your blog)

I’ve been busy:

1. Goofing off with Pooka.
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2. Getting to know Soups…
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3. …while missing Cleo terribly.
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4. Back to school and all its expenses, er, new experiences
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5. Listening to great music
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6. Getting the BENCH going
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7. Meeting with artists and craftsmen
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8. And talking friends into making things (Thank you, Lisa!)
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9. Making stuff myself
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10. Doing some hair and finding an organic haircare line that lives up to the hype
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Neuma is fabulous!

11. Hanging with these goofballs…
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12.Spending time with friends…
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13. …and this handsome guy
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14. Drinking too much caffeine
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15. And celebrating love…
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…in all its forms!