Monday, October 16, 2017
I came up with another one of those strange words that just pops into your head.
Oldliness! (Old-lee-ness) When one stops hoppin' and-a boppin' and tearin' it up!
Oldliness is a new state of mind that comes with age ... mostly retirement. A person has reached oldliness when fishing, hunting or golf become less sport and more interesting ways to while away the hours when work is no longer necessary.
It's the time in a person's life when it doesn't matter that the sink has a lotta dishes in it. You've got all the time in the world to do the dishes - and there is time to decide whether to do them manually, one-a-time or stuff 'em in the dishwasher and pull the trigger! It's pretty much the same with vacuuming and dusting, mowing the lawn, washing the car, planting those bulbs in the garden or sweeping the porch. About the only thing that won't wait is cleaning out the cat-box!
Oldliness happens when you're content to sit in your rocker without the TV going, sorta doin' nothin' just for the heck of it. It's the same thing that happens when you sit out on the porch (swept or not), just watchin' the world go by.
Oldliness is realizing that you don't have to keep a schedule. You don't need that alarm clock to wake you up anymore - heck, you already wake up at six o'clock every morning anyway! And any day you please, you can roll over and sleep in! Speaking of sleep ... nap-time is not by the clock, either. If you'd like a nap, you get to choose - will it be a snooze in the rocker or flop down on the bed or the couch? One word: Ahhhhhh ...
Only problem with oldliness is some people don't get to experience it. There are those poor souls who, due to infirmity or unfortunate circumstances, can't stop and smell the roses. Oldliness is a state of mind that There, but for the grace of God, go I ... and along with it comes thankfulness and grace.
As old age comes creepin' up on us, we must all strive to be worthy of the gift of oldliness, and bask in it for as long as it lasts ... being ever mindful that the grim reaper can bring that happiness to a halt in a matter of seconds. But then, even in death, we can fool the reaper with the bliss that comes to those who believe in the hereafter, accept a life's wages of the Corn of nourishment, the Wine of refreshment, and the Oil of joy (peace, harmony, and strength), and can look forward to the love of God, eternal, in the Heavens.
Improvise - Adapt - Overcome. Semper Fi.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
I was watching MSNBC or CNBC a little more than a week ago and was struck by a statement from the guest on the Sunday talk show. It wasn't Maxine Waters, California's 43rd District Representative. But, it might as well have been ...
This woman was advising the Democratic Party how to grow and win in the 2018 and 2020 election cycles. She said, and I paraphrase, "Democrats are the party of color, the party of black women ... and we need to stop trying to get back the Archie Bunkers of America."
Coming from a black politician, this struck me as a little strange. Of course, the Democrat Party is composed of minorities ... that goes without saying. But it's way more than blacks, black women, latinos, hispanics, native-Americans, gay people and the sexually challenged. The party still has a broad base composed of staunch Union members, construction workers, liberal government employees, progressive politicians and "community organizers." The Democrat Party makes "people of colour" feel like they make a difference. That's a good thing, but instead of excluding the Archie Bunkers of America, it needs to go get 'em back!
It is true that Donald Trump the candidate recognized the people he grew up with in Queens, New York - the ones who not only LOOK like Archie Bunker, they TALK like him! Theirs is an attitude that isn't just found in New York and New Jersey ... it's essential to the workings of middle America ... represented by all the Joe Arpaios and Archie Bunkers across the USA.
These are the hardest-working, most patriotic people on the face of the earth! These are the folks who have been driven from the Democrat Party by the progressive drivel and political falderal foisted on them by the liberal establishment. These folks, once-upon-a-time, were called the Great Silent Majority by President Richard Nixon. They helped elect him back in the day ... but even though John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, they were wooed away in 1969 by the then-conservative Democrats. Ever since that time, though, the party has moved farther and farther to the left, leaving the core of America's working-class wondering how in Heaven's Name President Barack Obama ever got elected.
These people are the old-timey, hard-core, working-class Democrats. These are the men and women who built this country. These are the folks who sweated and strained to build the great mining communities across the country taking coal, iron, copper, aluminum and oil out of the ground to build the greatest infrastructure ever created on earth. These are the people who built the railroads and the super-highways across this great country. These are the patriots who saved the world - in two tragic wars and numerous horrific skirmishes around the globe - from domination by fascist dictators. These are the Americans abandoned by their Party in favor of incomprehensible greed and avarice on the part of many of the candidates they worked so hard to elect over the years.
The talk-show quote was, "Democrats are the party of color, the party of black women ... and we need to stop trying to get back the Archie Bunkers of America." The Great Silent Majority composed of the Clint Eastwoods, Sam Elliotts , Joe Arpaios and Archie Bunkers from all around the United States of America has taken back its birth-right. These folks are not buying that Progressive garbage any more.
Today's Dem leadership doesn't have a clue!
Maxine Waters needs to take this message to DNC Chairman Tom Perez: At least former Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz understood how to get Democrats to work together.
Improvise - Adapt - Overcome. Semper Fi.
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