Friday, July 30, 2010

From an Industrialized to an Institutionalized Nation

Our nation is not on a slippery slope, we are basically just wallowing in the mudhole near the end of the slippery slope. The only room to fall to hit bottom, now, is just sinking to the bottom of the mudhole. As a grandma, I am disgusted with what some school districts have done to the summer! First, let me give a bit of history. I loved school, I cried the last day of school every year, which was always before Memorial Day, and I started the "going back to school countdown" in August, even though the school year did not begin until after Labor Day. Well, then by the time my daughter was in school, they had made Memorial Day the last Monday in May, rather than the 31st, so the kids sometimes had to return to school for a few days after Memorial Day, and since that went without much of an argument, the first day of school got moved up to the last week of August. I've said all that to say this! That was then and this is now . . . Now, the school year is often lasting until early June while the school year begins in mid August. The kids are doing well if they actually have more than two months summer vacation! And if that isn't intrusively regimented enough, the school registration, back to school nights, etc. begin two weeks before school actually starts. Let's not omit for their safety, picture ID tags. School has gone from educating to programming, and now it would appear 3 months break allows too much time for free thinking and physical activity. As the jobs disappear and the time in school increases, just what are our kids being prepared for? I'm not sure, but I do know they will be prepared to live life en mass and depersonalized.
. . . and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore . . . Torah of Holy Scripture

Thursday, July 15, 2010


This is about the longest I've ever gone between blogs since I began blogging, I think. To be honest, the news has been about the same every day and my life has been so busy and exciting, I've had very little time for the computer, so, the blog ended up ignored for a bit. So many people spend so much time "connected" they seem rather distant and disconnected in person. I've always realized there is still a lot of life to be experienced away from the computer screen, and the past couple of weeks I realized the computer screen seemed so much the same old, same old. It's just not in me to continue serfing or find some computer game to play when my home pages lack change, and I'm just not a facebook sort of person. I'm keeping up with the latest reports on the BP oil mess and President Obama's recess appointment, and all the doctors that are shifting gears from high tech, high dollar tests, to a more natural approach at their regular fees, not to mention the push for more home health care for the elderly, the surges in the war efforts and the general mayhem, and the latest in the Palin saga; all of which really gets my panties in a bunch any way. I'm sick to death of hearing the collective decision makers pour more and more money down all these various rat holes that will be left for my grandchildren to pay. Well, the Palins don't go in that category, they are at least earning money by their willingness to publicly humiliate themselves continuously. I've had the pleasure of teaching my lifestyle to a younger generation and in that I've been delighted to hear the comments about the priorities they have observed. As our grandson was preparing for the fair, his great grandmother suggested that he come up with more entries for more prize money. His response was, "This isn't about money!" My granddaughter is learning Scripture and memorizing prayers from the prayer book and she recited a portion about G-D sending rain in it's season, the land would produce, we would eat and be satisfied. She then commented that this lifestyle was so "satisfying and peaceful." I found that quite astounding coming from an eleven year old. And my other eleven year old granddaughter is simply elated that her cosmopolitan mom referred our place as "home." It's been nice taking a break from politics as usual and reading all the religious and secular arguments. And spending time with my grandkids is a top priority!
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy descendants may live: Torah of Holy Scripture

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