Monthly Archives: November 2008

“Take to the oars..”

“I would not send a poor girl into the world, ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself .”Anne Bronte


I’ve been thinking about self-reliance a lot lately.  Maybe because we are, at our house, in the very beginning of some new endeavors, new “projects” I call them, wild and some would say crazy ideas to bump up our income.  No, no, nothing illegal.  We want to start a business, and maybe that’s crazy in this critically ill economy, but what the heck, we can’t just curl up.

It’s a scary thing, in a way, to be self-reliant.  You aren’t at all sure what your self is capable of.  You aren’t certain how hard you’re willing to work, and though you’d like to think that “I’ll do whatever it takes!”, you know that you just plain get tired sometimes.  You hope, and believe, that your self can be trusted and depended upon, and so you proceed.

Your gut instinct tells you that this is the only option.  Any dependence on others, whether it be family, friends, or government, is not acceptable to you.  (“Dependence” meaning permanent support, which is different from temporary assistance)  Whether it’s starting a business, or seeking a better job, or performing your existing job on a higher level in hopes of getting that promotion, or getting more or different education to advance in your career or launch yourself into a brand new one—this is how you were brought up.  This is what your parents did, and your grandparents, and their parents and grandparents before them.

You want to do this because, while uncertainty lies ahead, and you might fail, you also might just succeed.  And if you do succeed, your potential is unlimited.  If you fail, you fail, and learn some lessons, and get up and have another go at it.  Because you know, deep down, that success is possible.  And if it’s possible for some, then it’s possible for you.

Sometimes life events place you on an altogether strange and unfamiliar path, one not taken for increased wealth, but for pure survival.

I read a wonderful post Thanksgiving day, that I found on Michelle Malkin’s site.  A woman named Jennifer had written to Michelle talking about her own family’s experience with sudden unexpected hard times, and what they had learned from it.  Please read about Jennifer and her family, who sold their nice home and moved to a different state with a lower cost of living, bought a fixer-upper farm, and started walking down an unfamiliar path.  A path which led to deeper love, joy, and inner strength.  I’ve also linked to Jennifer’s own blog, wonderful reading, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

I applaud people like Jennifer and her family, and all the many, many other folks like them.  They inspire me, just as memories of my grandfather have inspired me throughout my life.  A man who saved for and finally  bought a bit of land so that he and his family could move from share-cropper to farmer.

Jennifer, all my best wishes to you and your family, and may God bless you.

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”–Latin proverb




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God Bless America, done right…

 

Magnificent!  Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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I Will Sing to the Lord….

…..For He has been good to me.—Psalm 13:6.

I have so much, so many good things in my life.  No, not money.  But I am so thankful that without great monetary wealth and riches, I am not hungry, nor cold, nor without clothing to wear.  My heart is full to bursting with love for and from family and friends, who would do anything for me, and I for them.  

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the piece of land upon which I live.  The same acres my grandfather purchased over a half-century ago, with hard-earned dollars, give me space and room to roam among the pecan trees, the hay meadow, alongside the creek.  I give thanks to our good Father for allowing me to just be here.

I am extremely thankful that God gave me a heart that loves dogs. So many people missed out on this, and I am sorry for them every day.  My dogs are my tangible, earthly, everyday reminder of a God who loves us no matter what.  My dogs are the very embodiment of love and joy in living, and I am a better person because I love them.

I am thankful beyond words that I live in America.  This country is a gift to all of us, despite problems, big and small.  Infinite opportunities abound, and I am thankful for those opportunities available to me and to everyone.

“I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me”.  So very good.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

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Choice For Me, But Not For Thee….

Do liberals believe that they should not be forced to participate in actions that are against their own moral code?

I feel sure that any person, no matter their own personal political leaning, religious beliefs, philosophical ideals, or taste in music, would agree that no one should be forced to take part in something that they find morally objectionable.  I would almost put money on that.

But, I could be wrong.  Apparently, I am.  Watching the Nation has a great post this morning about the struggle between President Bush and the left, including Hillary and others, over regulations protecting doctors and nurses who don’t wish to participate in abortions.  In a word, NOOOO!!!, screams the left.  No, doctors and nurses certainly can not have that protection.  Why, what a setback that would be for women’s healthcare.  WtN’s post is so good, I can’t add anything more.  Read it, it’s important information, and information is power.

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Socialism—Who’d a Thunk It?

Well, now I’m really getting worried.  And angry.  This has got to stop.  Bailouts now are happening at the speed of light.  Any company in trouble, just head on over to the big government ATM.  

“‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.”–Friedrich Hayek

Friedrich Hayek, an Austrian-British economist and political philosopher, was known for his defense of free-market capitalism against socialist and collectivist thinking during the mid-20th century.  He left Austria to study and then chose not to return when Austria was taken over by the Nazis.  A wise and learned person, his words are especially meaningful today.

All these bailouts are in response to “emergencies”.  Just has to be done!  No other choice!!  If we don’t do this, we’ll all….!!!!!”…….

We’ll all what?  Yes, the economy is in big trouble.  But what our government is doing to try to “fix” it, is only going to delay the recovery of our economy.  What’s worse, it is a GIANT step on our seemingly unstoppable path toward socialism.

Here’s another quote that we should all memorize.  I think it’s so important, I’ve added it to my sidebar.

    “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism.  But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

This is scary stuff, people.  We have got to stay aware of what’s going on, we have to pay attention to what our elected representatives are doing, we have to call them and tell them what we think.  We have to help inform our misguided, underinformed, and misinformed fellow citizens whenever we can, in whatever way we can.

We cannot remain passive, and just “hope” that America won’t become a socialist democracy.  We can’t think that “it couldn’t happen”.  We can’t think that.  

A very good article about the latest bailout of Citicorp, with links to other stories, is at Michelle Malkin’s excellent blog.  Please read up on it.  

Information is power.  Let’s focus on getting all the “power” we can.

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Conservative Bloggers, Step Up!

Walter Alarkon, of The Hill, has written a piece I thought was important to pass on.  He talks about the role that the “rightosphere” will play in the coming months and years in reshaping the Republican party.

But this group of pundits is not content just to sit on the sidelines, like traditional media. Bloggers see themselves as advocates who want to take their party in a certain direction.

I am not for one minute suggesting that my little blog is going to make big differences, but I am willing and happy to do my part by sharing and pointing to good articles that others have written, in an effort to spread the word.  After the election I started this blog out of a sense of “I’ve got to do something“.  Something  to try to inform even a few of the uninformed and misinformed decent folks out there who just haven’t been paying close enough attention to the morphing of the Democratic party into the far-left-might-as-well-call-themselves-Socialists group they’ve become.

So this is my pledge.  When I can contribute something of my own I will.  When I can’t, I’ll share the words of others more eloquent than I, and if even one person happens to read something here that opens their eyes, then I will have done my part.

Conservative bloggers all, get blogging!

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A Pie, or a Bakery?

Are you a pie person, or a bakery person?

A pie person sees just one pie, for all of us to share.  This one pie, in their eyes, must be closely watched and fairly divided.  They see some people with more than their “fair share” of the pie, and, if without any governing power,  compare it to their own small slice and seethe with anger about “unfair” capitalism and their inability to get a bigger piece of the pie.  In their mind, they don’t have a bigger slice because someone else has a bigger piece.  It’s someone else’s fault that their own piece of the pie is so small.

If you are in a position of power with the ability to make laws for our land and you are a pie person, then you write laws regulating how much of the pie each one of us can have.  You take away from rightful owners slices of the “one and only pie” to give to me and others a thin slice.  Never giving enough, though, to fully satisfy.

If, however, you are a bakery person, you see many, many pies, and more just waiting to be made.  For you, there isn’t just one pie, for all of us to share, but an infinite supply of pies just waiting to be created.  You work and dream and plan a way to bake your own pie, that you may enjoy and share as you see fit.

I was reminded yesterday of Michelle Obama’s comment she made back during the campaign, that “someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more”.  I’m reading a little gem of a book right now that talks about wealth and riches, and the acquiring of such.  This author, who wrote this book in 1910, believes that the supply of riches is “inexhaustible”, and we don’t need to take somebody else’s  wealth in order to have some of our own.  “No one is kept in poverty by a shortness in the supply of riches; there is more than enough for all”.

His thinking appeals to me much more than Michelle Obama’s.  I prefer to be free to make my own pie, and have the whole pie, and then make even more pies, and share with others as I am guided to,  rather than having lawmakers in Washington take some of someone else’s pie and give me a small bit of it.  Or take some of the pie that I worked so hard on.

No, I’m claiming the American Dream for myself.  While I still can.

Off to the bakery.

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