Thursday, 8 OCT 2015 :: The days ahead.

Well... here I am again.  I made it to today, somehow...   :-)   TGI Thursday, for me, anyway.  I have been thinking I need to change this to a weekly entry, but haven't been sure when, how, if I want to do that...  With all my blog topic goals, below, I need to find a workable schedule... and weekly seems more reasonable.  Maybe I can make entries all week, and then post it on Fridays.

I don't know if the world is still out there... I haven't listened to the news.  :-)   Ha!  It can feel like that sometimes.  How much do we need to know?  I vote for less global news, except the most important, and more local good news.  I get so tired of a rundown of how many people are dead, maimed, or committing fraud and other various crimes.  The 20-second mention at the end of the news is usually the only GOOD news we get.  There must be more good things happening somewhere... don't you think?

It will take all weekend to catch up for this week of not feeling well... if I continue to feel better... maybe longer if I still have to rest a lot.  It is a pain... we want to be 100% healthy our whole life, but that is not how it goes.  I am thankful I got this far along before it all started to fall apart.  :-)

There is so much going on... all the time... everywhere.  Look at any community calendar and there can be ten things going on every day.  I was surprised to see at least three celebrity birthday posts yesterday... I think it was yesterday.  I am giving up on sharing a birthday wish on FB... except for the most important, those closest to me, or that I want to say something to.  I can feel myself getting sucked into this online popularity contest, but I am resisting... looking for my place to stand... and then I will build from there.

Sundays are my new day for planning the week ahead.  I also have a quarterly calendar I am working on.  I am hoping I finally have the pages for my goals notebook that will matter, and will go through them every Sunday for short-term and long-term planning... and budgeting.  :-)

2016 will be much better if I can keep this growth flow going...  

At my income level everything is S-L-O-W going... My life isn't like those business efforts you read about where they use credit cards to start out with.  My life isn't family loans either.  So, when I am not fighting homelessness and other poverty-related, or health-related, or starting-over issues, I am rebuilding or building for the future a little bit every month.

Poverty is a very slow growth cycle... by years, not months... sometimes by decades instead of years (depending on the issues that are faced). 

It is hard to believe I started Working Together in 1987 and have been battling the same issues for so long.  The End Time issues that I am concerned about involve differences of opinion in the church community also... I am hoping these will be dealt with by having a separate organization like Working Together... the one I have always envisioned it to be.

Once I am able to get it going, I think it will be a great resource for people in the Christian community as well as people outside of church populations.  Membership is my focus, with different benefits for Christians and those in the general public... most of them the same, but with priority for the Christian, our main purpose for existing.

I hope GOD allows me to live long enough to see it established and growing, but if that isn't going to be the case, then someone will have to build something later, or it is too late to do anything.   I find that hard to believe since GOD spent all these years leading me in this direction, but only GOD knows where it all will lead.  I hope it will be something safe, protected, and abundant... a Goshen for the modern believer...

Wednesday, 7 OCT 2015 :: Catching up with SOME of the news!

I'm not sure what to title today's post, as I write this it is left undone.

I wonder if I should write about GUN CONTROL and the RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS.  Every time someone uses a gun to kill, someone wants to take away everyone's guns.  Seems a bit strange to me.  Laws aren't going to keep the bad guys from getting guns.  I heard one "statistic" that most of the guns were owned by white men, in the south (I think it was), and even mentioned they are mostly Republican.  I thought that was evidence of real great reporting... no bias there.  No one mentioned how many of those guns might be for hunting.  The areas mentioned were big hunting spaces.  I think a lot of people still feed their families by hunting wild game.  A good food source, and we hope they aren't eating GMO crops.  I think one deer could be about 200-400 pounds of meat, if I remember right.  That's a lot of money saved over a year's food bill.

OR, maybe I could talk about the election...  it amazes me how fair the reporting is ever election year.  The liberal media shows great publicity for their favored candidate/s, usually all Democrats, and only the bad sides, laughable moments, carefully worded, and negative, events in the lives of the opponents are revealed.  I may be exaggerating, but not much.  Hillary Clinton is a favorite this time around, and there may be a little bit of competition with Biden possibly entering the race, but the conversations are always about the positive angles on the difficult media attention.

We may see a Republican win this time because Obama has really created a need for damage control.  I don't know how well they will do with our problems, but we seem to volley back and forth between the two parties, always hoping for change, always trying to find someone who will find the answers to our ever-growing problems.  I am trying to decide which one to vote for, but it is still hard to know who will be there at the final choice.

OR, maybe I should focus on the media alone... no, I said enough for now in the election comment.  I must be healing with an attitude... I don't seem very kind tonight.  Sorry about that.  These issues get me angry.

OR, I suppose I could talk about the way the entire world is struggling to survive... and we ( us regular people ) can't do much about it.
  • I noticed that Europe is trying to find solutions to the refugee problems, and finances are also an issue there... Germany wants to share the load of refugees among all the countries in the European Union, but no one wants to share the burden.  --  That is what I heard in the news report today. 
  • Russia wants to control their world again.  No one can get rid of Assad, or ISIS, or the violence of war and conquest.  The other day there was a report of someone giving the militants we are fighting against brand new Toyota trucks... so Toyota was to blame for that one.
  • I heard today that California is actually sinking at the rate of 2 inches a month because of the water shortage... in a space that looked like an entire valley... where most of the worlds nuts, veggies, and something else (may be fruit) grows...  that is a scary thought.  I tried to ask my son if he thought it might be in the area of the earthquake fault, and if he thought mountains might be the boundary of the faults because I think, if I remember right, from my school days, that mountains are made by earthquakes.  He didn't know.

I watched the news about floods in one of the Carolina's, and felt the pain of losing everything you own.  I heard about two people who decided to ignore a road block and lost their lives when the road gave way and they were swept downstream.  I remember seeing a house with water up to the roofline, and the story of one family being saved by a Facebook post, only minutes before they might have drowned.  More dams there are in jeopardy of failing... so many more could be in the middle of this tragedy. 

I am wondering how we can financially survive all these natural disasters.  No one really plans on these expenses... at any level... homeowner, county, state, federal, global... we have so much to deal with on a day-to-day basis already.  I, personally, wonder if my retirement income is safe.  I want to go spend all my food stamps the day I get them to make sure they don't get taken away.

I heard one report that pumpkins are in jeopardy for Thanksgiving pies... imagine that, we have pumpkins for Halloween, but not enough for Thanksgiving.  This is because a majority of pumpkin crops are located in disastrous weather areas.  I hope to stock up on canned pumpkin as soon as I can!  Do I know if it's a true report?  Do I know if we really don't have enough canned pumpkin? Do I know if this is a marketing ploy?  No... I don't know... but I want to do what I can to avoid the problem later, when it matters.   ( I remember how the price of lettuce went up at the slightest indication of a crop problem... even when the crop being discussed was six months away, or more!  --  I guess I have a bad opinion of crop issues like this. )

So, you can see how I get when I focus on the news...  That is probably why I try to avoid these topics.          But, I am worried about my country, and about all the problems we face.  I hope we can find real solutions to the issues, with less government and more community.

Tuesday, 6 OCT 2015 :: another note......

This seems to be a difficult week for me...

I suppose the gun control issues are the greatest issue in the news today...  taking attention away from everything else.

I will try to enter a better post tomorrow... but no promises...  I am still not feeling well... wondering what this all means, how to reach my higher goals...

Pray for me.  Thanks.

Monday, 5 OCT 2015 :: note

Well, it's Tuesday and I am barely catching up...  I wasn't feeling well yesterday and decided not to enter a post... I just wanted to note that here.