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A Xmas Lesson From Buddy the Elf



For those of you who put up your Xmas tree on November 1st

Please accept my apologies. I’ve been close-minded. I just realized that this is entirely a matter of personal happiness and taste. Why does it matter to me? If you want your house to look like a cathedral to Santa Claus, proceed with wild abandon. Seriously, all joking aside, and in total honesty: if it makes you happy and your family is equally enthusiastic about it – then do it. Please don’t get mad if we joke or make stupid comments about it: that’s what people do. We can snicker behind your back (instead of to your face) if you want because that is also what people do. I think early decoration is weird for a number of reasons, but why should that make you feel less happy and proud for wanting to do it? That’s a dumb reason to not decorate when and to the extent you want and a worse reason to not shout it from the rooftops, throwing your curtains open wide to illuminate your neighborhood with tree lights. Let your crazy Christmas light shine. I’ll drive by and say, “Look at those doofuses!” Meanwhile, you’ll be in your house, happy.

This might be a good way to look at life, too?

Good Morning World

6yyyI made this picture back on July 29th. I captioned it “A Possible Future.” Only one person noticed it on social media. The attacks in Paris make it relevant.

flame-ribbon-backgroundI had made this for my “The Old Man Chronicles” series and put it in a folder for later. The quote applies to so much of what I’m hearing and reading from people who seek simplicity solely to feel like they are doing something.


Mike Rowe Should Slow Down and Think….

carolyn and cheryl on the end right

If someone says, “I’ve got a picture of folks working hard in the cotton fields,” why do people assume that there are slaves in the picture? Cotton was the territory of the poor.

My mom was literally born in the cotton fields and her family did the harsh work in them.

Mike Rowe has created a controversy by assuming that a news anchor had a picture of slaves on her wall as inspiration. That’s just illogical. Cotton field workers weren’t all slaves – but they were all poor and had to work like their lives depended on it – because it did.

(I’m not a follower of either Mike Rowe or Melissa Harris-Perry.)

Mike Rowe butchered logic by pinning an entire viral social media argument on the premise that Ms. Harris had a picture of slaves to define “hard work” for her. She said she had a picture of folks working the cotton fields. That picture could literally be a photo of my ancestors – and none of them were either black nor slaves. It is so easy to create a whirlwind where none need exist if you are more interested in earning a living fanning the fires on social media than you are in trying to get to the gist of what someone is saying and believes.