Friday, July 18, 2014

Poetry I Like: Sisterhood

This poem was with my mother's papers.  It does not mention an author.
Each of us is different from the Other.
One woman's weakness may be your strength
     While her strength may be your weakness
Thus we need one another.
The lonely need friendship,
     the sick need care,
     the feeble need support,
     the frightened, comfort.
For we all have many weaknesses and many strengths.

It is this constant giving of one's self and
     and receiving from others that brings happiness,
     nothing more.
Just as the pitcher that is emptied and refilled
     many times a day remains sparkling
     and gives the sweetest water.

Give them each day a little of your time
     your friendship,
     your sympathy,
     your understanding,
     even of you physical assistance.
And what you get in return will brighten your life
     a thousand ways.

And when you have done all these things
     You will have discovered the true meaning of

Words I Like: Andres Escobar

 These are the words of Andres Escobar, a few days before he was murdered.  Andres was a Colombian soccer player. 

"Life doesn't end here. We have to go on. Life cannot end here. No matter how difficult, we must stand back up. We only have two options: either allow anger to paralyse us and the violence continues, or we overcome and try our best to help others. It's our choice. Let us please maintain respect. My warmest regards to everyone. [A Great hug for all]  It's been a most amazing and rare experience. [It's been a great opportunity and phenomenally rare experience.]  We'll see each other again soon because life does not end here"

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Poetry I Like: Handprints on the Wall

 Lyrics by Scott Innes.  (Who is also known for voicing Scooby-Doo.)  The song was recorded by Kenny Rogers.

“Handprints on the Wall.”

The wait turned into hours,
Before you came my way.
The smile that filled a daddy's heart,
On that special day.
The moment left me speechless,
I didn't know what to say.
Then you took your first breath,
An' that took mine away.

Days go by so quickly;
Summer turns to fall.
Seems like only yesterday,
That you began to crawl.
So don't be afraid to take that step,
I'll catch you when you fall.
I don't mind if you leave behind,
A few handprints on the wall.

I can't describe this feeling,
Way down deep inside
"The Itsy-Bitsy Spider",
Was the first thing that we tried.
An' "Patty Cake, The Baker's Man,"
With your hands, so very small.
You could always stay this young,
And I wouldn't mind at all.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Megyn Kelly/ Bill Ayers Interview

I enjoy Fox News, and had the occasion to to watch this interview, and became more and more frustrated with Bill Ayers justifying his actions saying America was killing 6000 people a week.  Bill Ayers' actions included bombing the pentagon and other buildings (but not killing anyone.)  However his group was blamed for killing a San Francisco police officer by bombing, and a couple others by shooting.  Ayers denied involvement with these incidents.  I turned to Wikipedia for some evidence that this could be true. 
However I take issue with his use of numbers to justify his actions.  More people died from lack of U.S. involvement than by U.S. involvement.  The Viet Cong killed civilians at an incredible clip.  In the war, about 1,00,000 Viet Cong were killed.  There were also less than 100,000 civilian deaths.  There was mass genocide after after the U.S. left, of millions of people.  The Viet Cong killed about 200,000 civilians.
My point, those who battled against the war, could they be blamed for the genocide which followed, in Viet Nam, in Cambodia.  If you take credit for one part of the stick, the other side of the stick comes with it.  Bill Ayers and his ilk are responsible for millions of deaths.  We could have done so much more good in the world, had we had the will to finish what we started.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our Family's Favorite Card and Board Games

My dad use to enjoy chess.  Weldon and I both wanted to learn chess as fast as we could, so we could challenge him.
We also had a game we called marbles.  This is not the traditional marbles game.  My dad had taken a piece of plywood, and then with a drill press had made impressions around the board, something akin to Parchessi or Trouble.  We spent a great deal of time with this game, and used two die to control movement.  Of course doubles you got to go again, and if you landed on someone they had to go back to start. 
Another family favorite was Monopoly.  My dad was very good at being a tycoon.  I don't remember ever winning a family game of monopoly. 
As we became a bit older, Rook became our family game, and a version we called Mormon Bridge, which was similar but different.  I guess all families have their own rules, in ours the rook was the high trump and worth 20 points.  Ones were higher than a 14 and worth 10 points.  You had to trump if you could.  We would often have lengthy rook battles; especially during holiday season.  Mormon Bridge was fun because you had to guess how many tricks you could win, and were awarded, or lost points  based on your guess and how accurate you were.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Childhood Games: Othello

I was pretty small when we lived in Othello, so don't remember much about all the games we played.  We moved when I as attending first grade.  However, I do know we played a lot of house with my older siblings.  We played house in the old granary, as well is in the smashed down alfalfa homes.  If we got too aggressive in the smashing down department, dad would yell at us; but we could usually make a conservative home and have a good time.
Weldon introduced me to sports during this time.  Our first love was football.  We would take turns and reenact the Green Bay Packers.  They had won two consecutive championships, and that is who we followed, and loved, and reenacted every time we played.
My dad introduced us to softball.  He played on a team in town, but more importantly, he would sometimes play with us in back to the house, and hit the ball a very long way.
My dad also introduced us the chess.  We would visit somebody's home (I think the Yorgansons) for my dad to have chess matches.  We would watch and learn the moves.  Their matches could last a long time.  Sometimes we would play each other in our own way; and think of the day when we would play father.
Another activity was the interaction with animals.  We had dogs and cats.  Sometimes we would climb onto the clothes line and tease the dogs with some meat or bread dangling from a rope, much like a fishing line.  We would bob it up and down like a yo-yo and the dogs would jump at it.  Sometimes the dogs would grab it and win.   Another time a big dog won by knocking me down before I could get onto the clothesline.  I cried that day; some from the shock of having been knocked down, but also from having lost so quickly.
During the summer we would also spend considerable time at the pool in town.  Mom would take us and supervise, while we would enjoy ourselves.

I do not remember playing night games, but I assume there was tag and other such games.   Often I would sit with my parents outside as the night came on, and the glowing mosquito killer zapped the bugs as they got too close to the light. I use to like to listen to they talked about this and that.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Whats Up with Radical Environmentalism

At the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle Saturday there was a display that had me wondering.  It seemed the display was saying that we need less humans.  They wee showing the depletion of the rain forests, and comparing this to the growing world population.  The conclusion; as long as we have more people, then we will have less rain forest, until there is no rain forest left. 
I believe in conservation; we should all do our best to make our person impact on the environment as small as possible.  However, when you get to the "zero population is the answer my friend" kind of stuff, you have left me way behind.  Humans have a right to space and life, and that is the most fundamental right.  We should study animals, and how we can live together.  However, we should not make it difficult for humans to thrive.  Humans are able to interact in positive ways with their environment, and make it so we can all live together.