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I love to read, I read books, magazines, newspapers and anything else I can find to read. I love to read different types or styles from Stephen King to Bishop Fulton Sheen. Give me a Catholic book, magazine or

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Just a few random thoughts and views expressed here…

The heat wave of 2010 is here, and in Michigan we have been feeling it, with the temps in the upper 90’s but feeling like the 100’s. It’s been a  hot few days, but it looks like it is over, for now. The stupidity of some people never stops amazing me, just the other day on the news was a story of a grandmother who left her three year old grandson in the car, in a

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With the political session to start in full swing soon, I thought I would take the time to mention a few things. As any reader of this blog knows, I am a concretive both in my faith and

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Yesterday was Fathers Day, so to all the dad’s Happy Fathers Day! The word dad is a lot larger than the 3 letters that make it up, the word dad encompasses a whole concept and radical idea, or at least in today’s world it seems radical. As of late the media has been hot and heavy on the idea of downplaying the rolls of dad’s in the family life. their have been several articles published about how the man is not a necessary part of family life, and some that have even gone so far as to state that the dad is a detriment to the family. Now I will admit that most have been written by anti-male femi-Nazi’s but still the media has taken and run with it. They have published the reports as if they came from

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In a soft voice, full of concern it was spoken. “This is my body”. It was spoken with a love that was felt by all and it lofted lightly in the air waiting for the soft breeze  to carry it away.

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One of my favorite people to look to or to quote is Albert Einstein. I think is because we both are so much a like…. (I’ll let that one sink in a bit before I move on…….)

Truthfully I do see a lot of similarities between us, no I am not as smart as him, no were near, but we both share a thinking pattern. For anyone who reads my blogs or knows me personally will know that I am a person with an imagination and a positive attitude. Albert also has this trait, and I have quoted him several times, in fact I have a small postcard of his hanging in my office and I have read biographies on him. I find him to be a very interesting person. I have no ability to understand his math or his logic (most of the time), but I can understand his outlook and his way of dealing with the world. Today as I was thinking I should blog about something, but I didn’t know what. I didn’t want to blog about politics again, not because I don’t have anything to say, because I do, but because both of my blogs are not primary political they are primarily spiritual. So my latest rant concerning Obama will have to wait…. So what than do I blog about. As I often do when I don’t have a solid idea I will look up quotes on the internet (God’s gift for writers block). What I found was this quote from Mr. Einstein:

The important thing is not to stop questioning. -Albert Einstein

I like that, in fact I teach that… I have from the start, I have always valued questions. To me if you are not questioning that you are dead, dead to the topic at hand, dead to the presenter, dead to the faith, dead to what ever it is you are not questioning.

To an insecure presenter or teacher the questions may come across as attacks, good question by e-magic.as if the questioner is challenging there domain. And they very well may be doing just that, and that’s ok. Hell if it was good enough for old Albert, than it’s good enough for me!

My overriding passion is my faith and teaching my faith to youth. In fact this will be the first time since 1990 that I will not be actively involved in a teaching ministry, but back to my point… My passion is my faith and the passing on of my faith (teaching). Part of this passion is also learning more about my faith on my own and taking formal classes. It is the process of questioning my teachers and my students that grow and learn more. It is the process of questioning that allows my mind to explore other areas it normally would not travel. It allows me the freedom to play the “devils” advocate in the name of knowing.

Questions are what makes America a land of the free, if were are not allowed to question of government, than we are no better than and no different than present day Cuba. Our ability to place our public officials under the microscope of public questioning is our key to freedom. My ability to question my faith is what makes my faith mine is my ability to question her teachings and to question my understanding.

Albert got it right, The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Think about a toddler and there constant why? why? why?, it is their ability to ask why that allows them to grow, why should that be any different for a pre-teen or teen, a parent of grandparent. Our ability to grow never ceases, just our own limitations placed on ourselves do. We have that same power as the curious 3 year old, the power of WHY… That power to change the course of events is not limited to the mind of a 3 year old, it is innate in all of us, it is our nature to question. God created us to question and he celebrates us when we do so.

A single question has changed the course of history, a single question can place common scene on it’s ear and turn right to wrong and evil to good. The power of a question should never be over looked nor should it be played down or belittled.

The question was asked of Jesus, “Are you the Messiah, the King of the Jews?” and all of history was changed for ever. The question was asked, “What is the price of liberty” and a new nation was born.

The ability to question is our basic right as part of humanity, to stop questioning is to stop participating in humanity. Teacher and politicians and parents that stifle the questions of those they are charged with not only stifle that individual but also all of humanity.

Just imagine if:

  • Edison never question electricity
  • Ford never question the assembly line
  • Jefferson never questioned Liberty

It is the questions that have created the humanity we know today. With each stifled question our next Ford, Edison, Einstein or Jefferson might never be able to ask that all important, life changing question.

If we do not allow questions, than who will question poverty, hunger, global war’s and the outer limits of space or the inner limits of the mind? Sniffle one is the same as stifling all.

 

 

Just something to question….

Paul

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What ever happen to  the concept of responsibility? It seems we have lost that somewhere along the way to enlightenment. As we grab onto those lofty ideas of inner growth and walk down the path of opening our minds, we seem to forget that we have an obligation to self, that we are responsible for our own actions.

In the modern world, all-to-often we hear people state “Not my fault”, “I didn’t know” or even “But, I wanted too” or something along those lines. the basic underling theme of each of them is the same, the lack of personal responsibility.

And the sickening part of it all is that we as a culture now think this is an appropriate response. We now expect and accept the concept that it was out of our control, that we had nothing to do with it, that a great force overtook us and we could not stop it, we were at it’s mercy, that we are the victims (because everyone loves being the victim).

My 17 year old nephew is a perfect example, or for that matter, any teen will prove the point. Ask a very direct question, such as did you_(fill in the blank)_? and 9 times out of 10 you will get the response of an excuse, a reason why they did not.  The question required a simple yes or no, nothing more nothing less, but what you get is reasons why they had no control over the situation. Now you may be saying, well that’s just teens, they all do that… And I will respond by saying, Yes you are correct they all do do it, and that’s my point! We, the adults, allow them to, because we, the adults, accept that, we nurture it in them. If we, the adults, did not allow it, than they, the teens, would not do it. Example, when my nephew, or any other teen, responds to a simple yes or no question my response is “That’s not what I asked you”. I didn’t ask for the six million reasons why the dishes are still in the sink, or why you lost your phone or anything else, what I asked was “Did you _____?”. Simple question requiring a simple response. And the funny thing is, he now knows (for the most part) that he needs to respond to the question, and not play the victim of his own lack of responsibility, in fact, the scary part of all this is, that most youth I deal with learn this lesson rather quickly from me, because I do not allow them to skip over personal responsibility when they are responding or talking to me.

But as long as we, the adults, allow them to continue placing the blame elsewhere, as long as we accept and expect them to do so, they will continue to do so. But, and this is a big but, we must also take stock in our own lack of personal responsibility. We as adults do the same exact thing, I wave worked with and still do work with many who never take the blame, the blame is always place on someone or something else. I have the same exact conversations that I have with my nephew with adults, ask a yes or no questions get a five minute dissertation on why they did not or could not or would not, but the same theme runs through it all, it is never, under any circumstances there fault. Funny how that works, with so many perfect adults in the world one must wonder how we ever got so screwed up.

The challenge before us is one of paramount responsibility, in a world were the Nanny State is on the rise, and were the populous wants and expects the government to take care of them from birth to death we are entering in to a world of no responsibility. We are entering a unprecedented time in American History, it is a defining moment for us, as our President (Mr. Obama) likes to keep telling us, and he is correct! The defining moment is now, and it is all about responsibility, our own personal responsibility. We have to decide if we want to keep passing our responsibility to the government or do we want to keep it for ourselves. Do we want to be truly free (keeping our own personal responsibility) or do we want to be slaves (giving all our responsibility to the government).

Personal responsibility is walking towards a slow death, so far it has been an uphill walk, but we are now at the top of the hill, and what we choose to do at this moment in our history will determine the direction and speed of our walk. If we choose to continue to negate our personal responsibilities we will run, not walk down the back side of the hill in to slavery to the government, but if we choose at this pivotal time in our history to turn back towards they way we came from, if we choose to re-accept our personal responsibilities, that we can start our slow, responsible walk back down the front side of the hill towards our personal freedoms once again.

We have a choice to make, it is our responsibility to make the correct choice, not only for our today’s but also for our children’s children’s tomorrows.

Paul

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Time for your self is important, each of us need to set aside a little time each day for ourselves. Now I can hear some people already says, sure maybe you have time to set aside, but me, I’m so busy that I barley have time to sleep, with work and the kids and this event and that even….

and so it goes….

Well I say bull crap to that!

No one, and I mean no one is that busy that they can not find 5, 10 or 15 minutes each day for themselves, I am sure President Obama does, and you can not tell me you have more stuff on your plate than the leader of the free world does.

I am sure he has time for his wife and kids and for himself. If he can find the time, so can we. It’s called time management, and its a skill we all need to learn. And it is one we can discipline ourselves in, if we truly try.

As proof to my point, the young man that lives with me, my nephew, he use to spend all his time after school doing nothing but homework. He would come home, sit down and start on his homework, stop for dinner than study until 10 or 11 at night, and sometimes wake up a 5am to study more. He did ok in his classes, but nothing great. I was on him for over a year to stop this madness and go out with friends, hang out and play a little , to take time for his mind to rest and time for himself.

This past semester I forced him to do so, I refused to allow him to come home a study, he had to go and do something else with his friends and than after dinner do his homework. He got his best report card to date! He has learned a lesson for life, that time for himself is invaluable. His comment to me after getting his report card was, “I guess to much studying is not to smart”.

No truer statement can be made, and you can replace the wordy studying with any other word you like:

  • I guess to much overtime is not to smart
  • I guess to much helping others is not to smart
  • I guess to much volunteering is not to smart
  • I guess to much ________ is not to smart

We all can find the time, it’s not a matter of needing more hours in the day, its a matter of using the hours we got smartly. If my 17 year old nephew can figure it our, we should be able to also.

Sit down and write out your typical day, hour by hour, see where your time is going, and discover how you can re order your day or remove from your day to gain 10, 15 or 20 minuets to give to yourself.

Paul

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Our personal freedom is under attack, we are in parlous times. Our nation is about to vote in a new president, and with that president a new way of life. We can choose between Freedom or Socialism (see my other blog at www.staticyouth.wordpress.com). We are faced with a decision that will change the face of this nation for generations to come, one vote can change the face of history.

I normally am not a alarmist, but I fear for our great nation. I fear that we will, by the very act of exercising or freedom by voting, vote away that most precious gift of freedom.

Please understand that I do not think that the next president will remove our freedoms wholesale, but rather put in place a system of government that will, over time, slowly transform us in to a socialistic form of government and in doing so, remove our freedom to choose.

 

free·dom     /ˈfri dəm/ Pronunciation KeyShow Spelled Pronunciation[free-duh m] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation

–noun

1.

the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.

 

2.

exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.

 

3.

the power to determine action without restraint.

 

4.

political or national independence.

 

5.

personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery: a slave who bought his freedom

 

The dictionary defines freedom as a independence, personal liberty and power over our own actions. Freedom is a fragile thing, one that can be removed under the cover of protection or empowerment and entitlements. 

We look to the government to fix all our ailments, and expect them to fix them, to make it all better. So why should we be surprised when the government starts to dictate what we can and cannot do. We already see the start of this, the government is trying to pass the “Fairness Doctrine”, a bill that would remove from the air waves (radio only) the voice of the conservatives. All this is being done under the banner of looking out for you. Deciding what is best for you, how you should spend your money, what you should eat, and where you should go. Each new program or law created to “take care of Americans” in one new program or law bringing us closer to a new America. One where we the people no longer have the freedom to choose, to decide and act upon issues and concerns as we see fit.

The government has decided that we the people of America are not smart enough to make decisions that they know better. Hitler and Marx had the same idea that they know better than the “common” people that government will care for you, just sit back and relax.

This idea scares me more than any other idea in the current political philosophy. We are willing to turn over our freedoms, to make our life easier, let big government (big brother) take care of it all. I’ll just follow along and do as I am told, so at the end of the day I too will get my government cookie.

No thanks, I prefer to back my own cookies, and share them as I see fit. The government as a place in society, and her woes, but the place is not providing for all, it’s not controlling her citizens in the name of fairness.

Fairness is not taking for the few for the masses, fairness is not redistributing wealth as you see fit. Fairness is making the playing field as level as humanly possible, allowing each person the opportunity to create for themselves the life they choose. Fairness is allowing freedom to work, allowing the individual to achieve greatness on their own.

We have less them one month left until we decide if freedom is worth fighting for.  Stop and look at the state of America, stop and think about your freedoms, is that worth fighting for? Are you really ready to hand over your freedom in the name of fairness, In the name of big government? Are you ready to sell out America; are you ready to create the world’s new socialistic government?

Paul

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With so much politics in the air, I thought I would add to the mix. In truth this election holds a lot at stake for America. We have both parties with historic candidates, the democrats with Obama and the Republicans with Palin.  But as important as that may be, that is not the real issue, what is at issue is how we see our roll in this country.

Do we see ourselves as free, free to choose for ourselves or as being taken care of, needing others to choose for us? To me that is the only question that needs to be asked this election, it’s not about the war, nor is it about the economy, it’s about freedom.

At this point I will give all democrats an out, I am a conservative, a strong, pig headed conservative, who believes that people should and can make their own decisions. So if you are a liberal that believes in the government making your donations for you in the form of taxation and redistribution they stop reading this blog,  if you’re a liberal who feels that the government should protect you from the bad corporations out there, then stop reading this blog.

My faith is in humanity, not in government. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in the United Sates government, and I love her for what she represents. But I do not like the directions liberals of this country are trying to take her, and we as Americans need to fight back, and take back our freedoms! We do not need the government telling us where our own money needs to go, who I have to support and so on. We need to choose for ourselves what charities we support, what social programs are worthy of support, we need the freedom to place our hard earned money where we want it to go!

But it’s not just about money; it’s also about basic personal freedoms. It’s about our ability to choose what doctor we want to see, or even what insurance program we what to purchase. It’s about a company’s ability to choose the path they wish to travel. Be it sound or not.  To remove this freedom, even for good intentions, damages the country more then to leave it. We are a kind nation, one that is known worldwide for giving in times of need, we are known for fighting for people who cannot do so for themselves and for teaching them how to fight. As the old saying goes, “Give them a fish, they eat for a day, teach them to fish, they eat for life.”

All too often social programs are of the “Give them a fish” mentality; we feed them for a day, but never teach them. That’s because to teach them would be to give them freedom, to give them the ability to fight for themselves, removing the need for the program, and the control that comes with it.

We are a nation of great intentions, we want to see everyone “make it”, but you cannot, nor should we want to, force it on someone. We, as individuals need to earn it, work for it, and sacrifice for it. To be given all I need, with no effort on my part, is to ask me to sell my freedom, as a very low price, for freedom is priceless!

This election holds the nation in a balance, depending on who we vote will determine the nation’s future. Will we vote for personal freedom, or for a nanny nation who watches over us, and decides for us? We have the freedom to choose, let’s choose freedom!

Paul

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