Pre-Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving in America is a time for families of all types and friends of all types coming together to give gratitude for the things they have in this life. Granted it has a problematic past when you look at it with 21st century eyes and sensibility.

I will admit a lot has happened since that first Thanksgiving celebration that has not been good. However, I believe it can be a positive holiday for people where you can remember the past but forge a new future. In the days we live in being grateful is important.

For those celebrating where they are not fully accepted for one reason or another, I hear you and you have my support. Some folks cannot go home because they have been kicked out for living their truth on their own terms. LGBTQ folks especially. May your future be one of reconciliation and restoration.

As you observe and celebrate remember those who have been lost due to illness, violence, racism, and the Coronavirus. Many tables will have spaces where loved ones a year ago were celebrating. Much has changed since 2019 and I understand that fully.

Be good to one another. Seek peace and mercy as we head into this holiday season. lean on one another and be kind. Love to you all good people. Remember a big table is better than a small one.

I will do my best to lighten things up here on the blog coming up. But as in anything life will have its say which influences what you see here.

Something About Being Respectful

I am passionate about what I believe and with that being said I really hope I am respectful to others who might share my view or passion. Some folks who happen to be conservatives on Facebook are moving to other social platforms as a protest to the current political climate and to find a more supportive community. This is troubling and I hope I do my best to be considerate and kind.

If I have ever been disrespectful in these weird times, we live in, know that I am sorry and ask forgiveness. My bleeding heart is too big .

We are living in weird times my friends.

Set Your Clocks Back One Hour Tonight

Tomorrow standard time returns to clocks in a lot of places. Be sure to turn your clocks back one hour before turning in. You get an extra hour of sleep. Not sure I want an “extra hour” of 2020 though.

Saturday Wisdom – Old School Mindset

I know a lot of men who are what you would call “old school” guys who embrace the culture and understanding of how they were raised. To be honest I have a little of that, but I never want to be so “old school” so that I cannot understand what it means to live in the here and now.

It is important to evolve and grow as one gets older. Relating to my friends in their 20’s is as important to me as relating to my peers. Some folks struggle with being relevant and I do to a point. Still don’t fully grasp Tik Tok, Snapchat and some of the lingo of the kids going around today although I will look stuff up to see what’s what.

Being “old school” in some things is good. Manners, how you treat others, respect, kindness, love, and some grace should be timeless. Those are things I will not abandon for something else that doesn’t make people feel appreciated.

Doing things to keep you feeling young in spirit is good. In my mind eating a meal with people of all ages would be fun. There is much to learn from one another. A lot of 20-somethings are out there with very old souls and some 50-somethings who never grew up. Maturity and aging are two different things.

Personally, I am a 51-year-old who frequently acts like a 15-year-old. It’s the nerd/geek in me that won’t let me be an old guy. And for that I am grateful.

Rock on good people.

Writing The Story Of 2020

Whoever in the hell is writing this episode of life called 2020 has done their job. They can put down their pen or step away from their keyboard. What we have seen in these months can only come from someone like Stephen King. Think about all that is happened, and it seems like a fever dream.

From COVID to the presidential elections to our own personal situations it’s been a tough year for us all.

Each day that passes is a new page, each month is a new chapter. What is being written is scary. Every morning you arise you wonder what chaos will meet you. So far 2020 isn’t a rom com.

As a blogger, I get to chronicle all the weird stuff that has happened. I am hoping for more positive things for the future. Part of that writing is a history of what we have all been through. Some of it is unbelievable.

I am not certain 2021 will be much better. I hope that won’t be a sequel but a whole new story with fresh ideas and new directions.