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Opinions

Insanity or obsession?

Food For Thought

It’s been said that insanity is repeating the same actions over and over again and expecting a different result. Albert Einstein, who probably didn’t do a lot of housework, without a doubt was referring to some complicated mathematical theory that didn’t work out, but I believe that statement to be true of a lot of the futile things people do– including most of the chores involved in keeping a house clean and orderly.

Good Morning Mama

Walkin'

I’m in Indianapolis this week.
Hannah, my youngest daughter, and her son Julian (J) moved here about two years ago. Hannah found a job as an environmental engineer and Julian, now 12, is in the seventh grade and doing well. Hannah is off to a conference in D.C. on building green, so I’m the DB, designated babysitter, although who should be watching who is debatable.

Giving thanks

Food For Thought

You sneeze; “Gesundheit,” says your friend. You say, “Thanks.” The waitress deposits your hamburger and fries on the table. “Thanks,” you murmur, reaching for the ketchup. The check-out girl tells you to have a nice day. You mutter something that sounds like, “thanks,” even though you know she doesn’t care because she’s busy asking the next person in line if they found everything okay. Most of us say “thanks” several times every day. Dozens of times in a month. Hundreds of times during the year. That doesn’t mean we’re grateful; it simply means that we’re polite.

Riverview Park

Going to Riverview was a big deal.
In the late 1800s, the area was used as a shooting range by a group of German immigrants who fought in the Austro-Prussian War, AKA the Seven Weeks’ War. Germans fought on either side of that quick but brutal conflict over real estate. By the early 1900s, however, the old guard died off and the new guard decided to turn it into a park, and then an amusement park.

Strange gifts indeed

Food For Thought

You hear the expression quite often, in regard to just about anything; “I have a God-given right to...”
To drive a car. To own a gun. To carry a gun. To shoot anybody who annoys me beyond endurance? Mankind has been interpreting, and sometimes attempting to dictate, what God does, wants, grants us, since we first suspected there might be some greater power than ourselves, and we still haven’t any clear evidence that we’re right. At best, we can only suppose that bad results from our actions are signs that we probably acted unwisely.

Global golfing

Food For Thought

Sabra and I got in one last round of golf this past week.
I don’t believe in man-made global warming because of the weather we’ve had in Iowa lately, but it’s tempting. I mean, two 1,000-year-floods in a little over a decade, winters without ice thick enough to fish from and golfing weather on Nov. 5: sure tempting to think something’s happening.

Music and math

Food For Thought

I’ve been told that music is a mathematical skill, people who are good at math are also good at music, and composing music is a matter of patterns and equations similar to those found in numbers. You’ll have to take somebody else’s word for it because, although I was a whiz at math up through high school, it failed to spill over into the piano and guitar lessons thrust upon me for seven or eight years before my parents gave up hope.

Room for disagreement

Walkin'

Following is part of a Facebook conversation I had with a friend, Todd, after he posted he was in favor of shutting off funding to Planned Parenthood (PP).

Ghosts of Halloween Past

Food For Thought

When I was in grade school, we had a different spelling list each week. The list consisted of 10 new words we were to learn to spell, and five review words from past lists. During October, the list was sure to include Halloween, which, at that time, was officially spelled with an apostrophe between the double E because, it was pointed out to us, the word was a contraction for “All Hallows Eve.” I’m afraid I didn’t notice just when that apostrophe was dropped, I just know it’s been missing it for quite some time.

Blasts from the past

Okay, so this isn’t the year for the Cubs to win it all as predicted by the movie “Back to the Future,” which was revived on Facebook and other media for all to see recently.

How much is too much?

Food For Thought

It was just a movie after all, but it brought back memories of a long-ago television program called “The Millionaire.” Every week on that half-hour program, an anonymous multimillionaire gave away a million dollars to a working class person, then sat back and observed how the windfall changed that person’s life. There always seemed to be some problem that accompanied the gift and made us, the viewers, wonder if having so much money was a blessing or not. Apparently many of us didn’t have the self control or good judgment to deal with sudden riches.

This is the year

Walkin'

I woke up with a sore arm the other morning.
It was probably just another dull unexplained ache of age 63, but then again, the pain was sharp and in the elbow, making me think I strained it the night before.