Sunday, April 18, 2021

And so it goes............Week of April 11 - April 17, 2021

 


Brigid, killed at 5 in a drunk driving crash in 1993 would be 34 today, April 11, 2021. I still miss her and visit with her in my dreams from time to time. She was/is a sweetheart. I am so glad I got to know her.

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Some people’s God punishes people because they didn’t do what that God wanted them to do. What kind of God is that?

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It’s been rainy the last few days. Then I remembered that “April showers bring May flowers.”

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A friend of mine, recently released from prison, is finding it hard to adjust to all the requirements and expectations of non institutional life, and he keeps encouraging himself by saying to himself, “Resilience. I have to be resilient”. Yesterday, he added a new word to his mantra, “Gratitude.” He says now, “I have to be resilient and grateful.” Don’t we all?

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I read this in Neale Donald Walsch’s book, The New Revelations: A Conversation with God on page 29 and it made me laugh, “Everything depends not on whether you believe IN God, but on what you believe ABOUT God.”

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The millennial anti-vaxxers are people who benefited from childhood vaccinations for polio, small pox, tetanus, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, diphtheria, etc. The paradoxes in life seem amazing sometimes

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The problem is not the ethnocentrism of Trumpists but their denial of truth. The postmodern age which has taught that truth is socially constructed and contextual has done great damage and led to narcissistic nihilism for which Donald J. Trump has become the poster boy..

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A 17 year old nerdy, introverted, female became known as the school slut because she had sex with her first boy friend and six of his buddies. She became very depressed and suicidal. When I asked her how she explained this she said to me, “I guess I’d rather be used than be alone.”

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Grief over pet loss is significant and slowly being more and more recognized and acknowledged in our culture. Is this an evolutionary step forward as more and more people develop more reverence for the interdependent web of all existence. Animals are no longer exploited because they are increasingly appreciated as our friends and fellow travelers on planet earth.

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“I’m giving up vengeance and just forgiving people.” She’s 62 and had a traumatic childhood full of abuse, pain, and suffering which led to a huge chip on her shoulder and she became a “tough girl” that nobody wanted to mess with. “It served you well for several decades,” I said, “and now it’s outrun its usefulness. Time to give it up.” “Exactly,” she said with a smile. This is what A Course In Miracles calls a “miracle.” They happen more often than you ‘d think.

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