It is horrible that a man was killed by a police officer. I am not against protesting that (it doesn't matter to me his skin color - it was wrong how he was treated and many police officers agree with that). I am glad that the man is facing charges. However, I am very disturbed that rioters and looters have taken advantage of peaceful protests and completely nullified the importance of the matter. I see them as nothing but terrorists that are spreading their maliciousness throughout the country. Many are being swept up into the excitement of the moment and half of them don't even know what the fight is about - it's just an excuse to cause havoc. Disgusting.

It has spread even to here in South Dakota. A peaceful protest was scheduled. Bus loads of people came from out of state to attend. Once the protest was over, these terrorists started rioting and looting. Thankfully, unlike Minneapolis, they were quickly restrained, but only because the police and National Guard were ready for the outburst (though hoping it wouldn't come).

Let's not forget Rosa Parks. Obstinate, defiant... whatever you want to call her... but, not violent. She made a peaceful protest and changed the world.

Who wouldn't be surprised if these riots were backed by organizations designed to fan the flames of racism?

As upset as I am that we have been misled, many officials were just going on the information that they had available. With the information we were given, taking a time out was a good plan in order to get the hospitals and such the time needed to get the supplies that they expected they would need. Some officials went WAY overboard and that was not right. However, I would personally rather be told to evacuate for a severe hurricane or volcanic eruption and have the storm be less than was expected rather than to not be warned at all about possible calamity. I am thankful that this virus was not as bad as reported and I hope that those who lied will have to face the consequences.

I tried mixing orange and pink to make a coral color. The pink (not orange... not coral... pink) shines through on top, but you can't tell much in the rest of my hair. I guess I'm going to have to break down and bleach it if I want to keep playing with color and have more than my bangs show up (I even dyed it twice this time *sigh*)... so, for those of you with experience in such stuff, can I use a platinum blonde hair dye or do I need a bleach kit? To clarify, the pink dye is semi-permanent and said it was safe to use twice. My hair is super soft now versus the dryness of regular dye - though it'll be a month or more before I can do anything different now wink

I was called a racist just because I'm white and can't possibly understand discrimination - talk about racist! tongue out

I have been looked down on, ignored, and ridiculed because...

  • I'm a woman
  • I home-schooled my children
  • I'm a vegetarian
  • my religion is "too different"
  • I prefer to use alternative treatments instead of modern medicine most of the time
  • my family doesn't make enough money
  • my opinion differs from the majority
  • I'm an environmentalist
  • I am a gun owner
  • and even for being an American (while living in Germany)
I may never have had to deal with problems due to skin color and I, thankfully, have not had to deal with physical violence, but I think I have been through enough to understand what it's all about.

I spent the day making a new video. smile Enjoy!

Today is a day of celebration for me... I finished cleaning the barn! celebration

I'm so pleased with myself that I had to take a picture... yep, a picture of ... the taller pile with the grass is old. Every thing else came out of the barn - one wheel barrow load at a time. Sooo glad to have it out so we and the horses don't have to step on it every day!

Now, it's up to the land owner to move it wink

We were also able to get the horses much needed pedicures smile I'll also be less concerned about the horses now that this work is done when my next grand baby decides to make her appearance wink

Watching Star Trek. love

Kirk says to a soldier who wants to continue a battle that ended decades ago: "We change. We have to, or we spend the rest of our lives fighting the same battles."

This statement is true on soooo many levels! Let's make changes in our lives and thought patterns so we don't end up fighting the same battles for the rest of our lives. love

Yep. It all boils down to hating Trump and trying to keep him from winning the election. I understand now why Trump wanted to list Antifa (as this man calls them "professional rioters"wink as a terrorist organization. There are other American organizations that need to fall in that category too. Being American shouldn't be a shield for terrorist activity. blank expression

It's Not Black vs White - It Is Right vs Wrong

I love it when there is actual conversation happening between community and law enforcement (or, really, whomever has problems with each other) - that's how real change is made! smile

Anarchy in Seattle

Someone shouted "This is war". A forcible, armed takeover of an area that had no choice? Yeah, that is actually an act of war.

No respect for the American democratic process and peaceful education. A bunch of terrorists (enjoying American freedoms under the shield of being an American organization), holding hostages, and making demands. grimace

They want to be autonomous? We should strip them of their American rights and deal with them as any other invaders and terrortist.

This parable has been playing in my head the last few days, so I thought it must be what I should share next smile

Does anyone else find it ironic that these people demanding the dismantling of the police force to bring on a new enlightened, peaceful age are violating the laws of peace? They want to decriminalize many of the set laws and release the criminals.

I have not heard a list of what they wish to decriminalize, but I do wonder if that includes destruction of property, arson, and looting… you know, so they won’t have to pay for their own crimes…

Oh, wait… I remember people saying that violent actions are a cry for help. These are just people filled with trauma and need love and understanding to get through it… they are simply in need of mental health care.

They are going to be the first volunteers for their correctional programs, right? Or do they think their violent behavior doesn’t count?

I’m not against new, improved training, a better selection process for the police force, or even a review of the laws they uphold.

I’m not against adding mental health support and work training for those going down a wrong path. Those programs are actually already in place and ready to be expanded. I vote they be implemented into the “correctional facilities” that we already have in place (with the other free education they already have available) and prove that the programs work and that jail is not just a “revolving door”.

Of course, that would have to include creating jobs that the people can go to after their release because that is still a HUGE issue.

I also vote that the non-violent criminals not spend time in jail twiddling their thumbs and rather spend time giving back to the community. Wouldn’t it be better to pay for paint and tools and training and have them spend their days rescuing the neighborhoods that are falling apart? Not only would the criminals be learning new skills and be given a sense of satisfaction for building up the community instead of tearing it down, but the poorer communities could have a chance at feeling cared for and a restored sense of pride that could lead to a cleaner environment (inside and out).

I also think it is important to bring back classes to high school that teach kids life skills, so they are able to actually DO something productive after graduation and not just have the skill of passing a written test. It is only common sense… Reduce the crime and you have less need of a police force. Reduce the crime and the police force that is maintained can be more relaxed without the constant fear of someone trying to kill them.

The mentality of using excessive force to make demands in a cry against police officers using excessive force against others just boggles my mind. They should consider what their actions have already done to Minneapolis. Sure, tons of police are no longer working and they are going to vote whether to completely dismantle the police department or not (I don’t know if that’s happened yet).

The violence wins, right? Hmmm…

The businesses that have been burned to the ground will not be rebuilding. Many others are not only moving out of the city, but moving out of state. Why? There is no body to protect them.

Fewer businesses means fewer jobs. Fewer jobs means more people on unemployment and then welfare. No work historically leads to more violence.

The Bible says, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”.

There was already a problem with violent gangs in Minneapolis, what is going to prevent that problem from growing? Minneapolis will be able to say: Move over Detroit and Chicago – we are making history!

What a great way to herald in this new, enlightened age of peace.

Did not write this but sure expresses how I Feel.

I can’t keep up. I just can’t. I'm stressed. I’m exhausted trying to figure out what we’re all supposed to do, believe, and be outraged by next.

Two months ago, First Responders were all the rage. In fact, they were heroes. We gave them free coffee, meals, and cheers as they drove by.Today we hate them and want them defunded because they can’t be trusted.

Nurses and Doctors are still cool for now. But they may be unemployed. They too are heroes, unless of course they truly believe all lives matter. Then they’re filled with hate and are part of problem like so many others.

Just 45 days ago protests weren’t “essential” and were considered criminal, selfish and a murderous activity. Today they are gloriously critical and celebrated. All of the obvious criminal and murderous activities are simply ignored. If you protest about lockdowns for freedom, you are selfish and you will spread a virus. If you protest, loot, and riot for social justice, you are a warrior and the virus cedes.

Trust the experts. No, not those experts. Don’t wear masks ... wear masks, but only good ones. Wait, don’t wear masks, wear anything as a mask. Nevermind on the masks. Not sure, but if you don’t, you hate people because you could be an asymptomatic spreader. Wait. That's not a thing anymore?

For 3 months, NOTHING was more important than social distance. In fact, we gave up all of our liberties for it. We canceled schools, medical and dental procedures, yet allowed the murder of babies, canceled activities, closed businesses, eliminated every spring rite of passage from prom to graduation, denied people funerals, even at Arlington, and we wrecked the economy for it. Then came social justice, and social distance was no more. Now things are more cut and dry though. A thousand people at three memorials for someone they never even met. It's a matter of "respect". But you can only assemble 100 or less people.

Black Lives Matter. Of course they do. Then multiple black police officers and individuals were killed during the “peaceful protests”. I don’t see any outrage. Black individually owned businesses burned to the ground. Silence. Deadliest weekend in Chicago. NOTHING!!

I’m really confused now. Look at the data, NO, not that data. Do the math. No, you can’t do the math like that. Only the experts can understand the data and math. What do you mean other cities/states/governors are interpreting the data differently? Pools are safe in Indiana, but not Michigan? Playgrounds are safe in your town but not mine? Amusement parks are safe in Florida but not Ohio?

Just listen to the black community leaders. No, not them.

If you are silent you are part of the problem. If you speak, you are part of the problem. If you have to ask, you don’t understand. If you don’t ask, you don’t care.

It’s all so predictable, tedious, and exhausting. Nothing adds up. It’s one gigantic common core Math life problem, with ever changing denominators that I’m sure the media and politicians are eagerly ready to solve for us....until the next "crisis".

So for now I pray. I pray God will heal our land and bless the United States of America.

I just went to check on the cake I was making... Discovered that I turned OFF the oven when I set the timer. Sigh. Some days, my brain just doesn't work right. At least I haven't tried baking in the dryer yet! tongue out

In Seattle's Capitol Hill autonomous protest zone, some Black leaders express doubt about white allies

Some have suggested changing CHAZ to CHOP because they really don't want to secede. I think that's the smartest idea I've heard from the group. Either way, they are making a joke of a serious problem (though many really don't seem to even know what they are protesting about... they're just there for the party time).

Seattle's CHAZ Has Become a Dangerous Joke

However, there is still no organized leader to negotiate with and just a rowdy bunch of people making demands that include abolishing the police department altogether (despite having a black police chief that has been pushing for reform for a long time) and a return of segregation with black medical professionals treating only black patients - talk about going backward!

Seattle’s CHAZ: Non-conformist Utopia, or Politically Correct Hell?

The mayor wants to sit back and let this run it's course over the summer and many of the black community are concerned that their new white allies will quickly lose interest. I think that's what the mayor is counting on. grimace

Meanwhile, crime in the area is increasing and it's taking the first responders three times longer to get help to those who want it. blank expression This craziness is very upsetting and I'm glad that we don't live in a city.

What do you do when you are hormonal and lacking in brain function and your daughter tells you you need a nap but can't quite go to sleep? You grab a bowl of ice cream, dust off the directions on how to use the TV (yep... I use the TV sooooo much that I have to refer to a list of directions! lol), and immediately get bored. tongue out

I might need to diffuse some Inspiration to do more than play computer games today... wink What are you inspired to do today?

Thank you lightning. Looks like we'll be getting a new TV grimace

This week has been very difficult for me. I am passionate about American freedoms. I am passionate for truth.

As an empath, I am quite affected by the turmoil going on in the world, which is why I normally minimize what news I hear or watch, but my feed has been saturated and I have gotten very upset.

Poor Bob has taken the brunt of it - listening to me verbalize my feelings and frustrations without complaint. He's wonderful like that big heart

As my anxiety has risen, my brain function has decreased (the ability to follow a conversation, to be able to put words together to make a sentence, remembering what I am supposed to do, etc), my energy has decreased (I have had to take 3 naps this week!), my chest started feeling tight and the old joint pain started coming back - all physical evidence that my anxiety level is far too high.

I was reminded last night that this (getting upset about stuff that I have no control over and can not do anything about) is not my purpose in life. This is not what God has called me to do.

I am fully willing to aid whomever God puts in my path, but the only way I can be of benefit to anyone at all is to take care of myself.

So, as much as I would like to give my insights about what is happening in the world (like: aaargh! don't kids learn any kind of useful history in school any more?!!), it drains me too much and I have to step back and trust that God is in control of this situation and has people in place that will do far more good than I can. And I will focus on the stuff that He has for me to do instead - which, honestly, is far more fulfilling and not so stressful. I have come to realize that, sometimes, you just have to let things go. love

Today I feel weak. My skin hurts, my eyes hurt, my hair hurts. It's a nerve condition triggered by anxiety. May the Lord grant me the strength I need to keep my mouth shut and stay on the path He wishes me to walk. The issues surrounding us are important, but the emancipation of the slavery from sin trumps all. While the nation celebrates Juneteenth by removing the memorials dedicated as reminders of what we went through in order to claim such a grand holiday and make calls to further strip freedoms that this nation was built on (essentially making us all slaves) as was prophesied in Revelation, I look forward to my eternal home where we can leave all this nonsense behind. May you all have a blessed day. energy

Here's a picture from visiting the grand-baby yesterday love We wanted to go my Dad's too but my youngest developed a sore throat after we arrived to visit my oldest and family. My Dad (understandably) opted for us to keep our germs to ourselves. It appears that it was a good decision as that sore throat is quickly turning into a mild cough. grimace Hopefully, it's nothing more than a cold. tongue out

Hurray for the oils! Seriously, though, I do love mine (and so does Bob wink )! Now, off to conquer the day! smile

After deadly CHOP shooting, activists and officials look for ways to prevent protest zone violence

You'd think it would be a wake up call, but...

“That murder represents what we’re fighting for. There is violence against Black men that is not being dealt with.” said while preventing a thorough investigation to be made.

Most of the stuff that has been in the news lately has me confused. How does this other stuff prevent or change police brutality? What does it have to do with it at all?

I figured out yesterday why this all bothers me so much... much of what is said and done is a bunch of hypocrisy and I have a HUGE problem with hypocrisy. (if you don't see the hypocrisies, I can point some out)

I also have major issues with narcissists. Symptoms include:

  • an excessive need for admiration (we are fighting for a good cause!)
  • disregard for others' feelings (you don't agree with our statements so your feelings don't count!)
  • an inability to handle any criticism (you don't understand what we're going through so your thoughts are invalid!)
  • and a sense of entitlement (our ancestors went through so much hardship so we deserve better now - without additional effort on our part or any care about what hardship others have gone through and overcome).
Yep. Narcissistic hypocrites. That's what I have a problem with.

My lack of patience with them may have something to do with living with such people for far too long - ever trying to shine logic on subjects only to be shushed.

Yep. I've been traumatized. And watching this nonsense (far more than CHOP) unfold causes me additional trauma. [sarcasm] Where's my sledge hammer and matches? I could go spread my trauma by smashing some homes and burn some buildings that have nothing to do with my problems instead of dealing with them in a healthy, logical fashion... [/sarcasm] Oh, wait... I'm a white woman without large, political organizations backing me. I'd never get away with it. Besides, it's WRONG. tongue out

Woohoo! Bob was able to fix our TV! smile

Bob has been a TV repair guy for most of his life, so he knew what to look for. He said the sad thing is that often the parts cost more than a new TV, which is why there aren't that many repair places any more. grimace But, in this case, it was well worth the cost of parts. The picture I took didn't turn out so well though...

Thought for the day: Do you suppose rich cats are snooty to alley cats because they have a pedigree? Do you suppose long haired cats are snooty to hairless cats because they have such lovely fur? Or, do you suppose cats are snooty toward other cats because they are... cats?

I'm feeling a little patriotic today (despite the many problems)... I have ideas for an article in my head but can't quite get it to paper yet. In the mean time, here's the song playing in my head today smile

I am very sad today. A friend of mine shared this image a few days ago, which spurred a heated debate.

My original comment was: "Black pride IS saying proud of skin color. If you wish to differentiate and make it about culture then it would be African pride (or, to be more specific, certain tribal pride), Aboriginal pride, Jamaican pride, et cetera. If black pride can group all of these different cultures that are outside their current citizenship (American, European, et cetera), then white pride can group all of their different cultures outside of their current citizenship as well. Black/white - both are just skin tones and not about heritage."

Lots of things were said and I thought I would just let it go, but this came to me in a dream last night and I couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I think it must be important…

Child A starts a project to give to Mom and child B decides she wants to do the same thing. When they come to the mother with their gifts, child A complains that she started the project first and child B just wanted to ruin it. What does the mother say?

It doesn’t matter whose idea it was or who started first. They are both wonderful! She may even make specific praises for each one, because she wants to show equal love and appreciation to her children.

A child is asked to categorize flowers according to their colors… she lists yellow, red, blue, purple, and white. But, she is told that red flowers can’t have their own category because red flowers are so common that they feel superior to the others. Therefore, they cannot be grouped by their color. How confused do you think that child would be?

Child A created a Black Pride team and only the black kids are allowed. A lot of kids felt left out, so Child B created a White Pride team and only the white kids are allowed. Unsurprisingly, screams of “unfair” and “racist” erupt from both sides. What do you do? The kids of both teams need to feel accepted and want a feeling of belonging to a group. Don’t you think there will be a lot of confusion if you say the white kids are racist for having a White Pride team name, but the black kids are not?

Kids understand fairness and equality at quite a young age and become righteously angry when not treated with fairness and equality. Let’s face it, most adults are nothing more than children in bigger bodies.

The White Pride team has opportunistic devils and racists in it. So does the Black Pride team. But, neither are innately evil. They each have a need to be treated equally and desire a sense of belonging. If one team is allowed to keep it’s name of color, then the other team should too (without name calling). It is only fair.

Petty? Absolutely! But, we must encourage and support equality or the negativity gets fed and grows.

Me... in my house I'm like... I don't care what your team names are or who started what... if you kids can't get along and play nicely together then there are chores to be done wink

Her response: “Well if white pride is that important and black pride is so offensive then by all means say white pride. But for real if that were my child i would have this to say: since the beginning of time white people have jumped to every coast on this earth and made it theirs through brutality. They have treated ALL indigenous people like they have been placed on earth to serve the white man and make sure that he doesn’t sully his hands too much. They have ravaged natural resources and doled out punishments such as amputating your child’s Hand of you don’t collect enough for them. They have taken this sacred earth and completely diminished it so that they can have their material comforts. They have torn apart millions of families and layed heavy burdens on minds and hearts that they later mock.There is no stopping or reasoning with them. Therefore when the other colors want a chance to shine we are okay with bestowing some of the limelight. I would say, it can't always be your way. I would have to add that they must always be on guard because the white man has a loud swan song and will fight tooth and nail not to feel as they have made others feel.”

I may have over-reacted when I told her that she’d be raising racists and that whites are not the only people with a brutal history. According to the Bible, each of us is responsible for our own sins. Ezekiel 18:20 tells us, “The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son.”

I think that is just. It just seems that we are all doomed if our current actions are already condemned due to actions of our ancestors from the beginning of time. What do you think? Am I over reacting?

How is it that I can think of better demands to actually improve the lives of the "oppressed" black community? However, my ideas require work on the individual's part and would be beneficial to ALL black lives that may be struggling and not just the ones that insist on perpetuating the racist stereotype that blacks are fearful thugs that are set on destruction. blank expression This list? This is just asking for hand-outs from the supposed white supremacists. tongue out