Category Archives: Commentary

Need a Tracking Number for Something You Mail?

I’m not so sure you do.

I am having a bit of trouble with something I sold on E-Bay. Of course the one thing that I didn’t pay for a tracking number for the person says they did not receive.

So I went back to my receipt that had several things on it one of which I did purchase a tracking number. The item that I did not buy a tracking number for had instead a PID number. Hmmm what’s that I thought. I typed it into USPS.COM and guess what? It’s a tracking number! It told me the exact route of my package and that it had in fact been delivered.

So why would anyone ever pay for a tracking number? Anyone know the answer to that?

Lone Survivor

Have you read the book or seen the movie? If so, in the first big scene would you have shot or not? Aside from morals I find it disgusting that our brave soldiers have to be worried about punishment at a time like that.

Be Brave, Just Say Something

Sometimes all it takes to make someone’s life better is for you to say something. So just do it. So what if someone yells at you or won’t do what you are suggesting. You don’t know until you try it.

In this instance I am talking about a dog but it could be any animal or human. Speak up and take a chance on making someone’s life better.

For instance “I noticed when I come over to play with your dog she never has any water”.
We are talking about a period of at least ten hours. The dog has water now. Yahoo!

That’s all it took. Of course I did have to broach it nicely. Yes kind of difficult for me to do. Be brave, just do it.

How many children, animals or elderly people can you help by speaking up? Encourage others to do so. If you see a dog who doesn’t have what it needs then ask if you can help in any way. Can you walk it, play with it, provide much-needed water or food? Maybe the owners are in over their head. It’s not the dogs fault. By helping the neighbors you are helping the dog.

Do you notice a neighborhood child at the bus stop without a coat? Or good shoes? Buy whatever and give it to them through the school. Add in a little extra, like fun pencils, paper or whatever you think their age would enjoy.

Does an elderly neighbor need their leaves raked, snow shoveled? Firewood? Oil? Sneak and pay their gas bill or drop off a big bag of groceries for them!

Keep your eyes and ears open there are always people or animals who need help. Sometimes the need may be so large that you must have help, so be it. Sometimes it’s the smallest thing that will make someones life so much better. Whatever it is just do it!!!!!

What a wonderful world this could be if more people would speak up. Far too many people hide and cower away. Don’t mind your own business and you could make a life better or even save one. Don’t leave it for someone else to do, YOU DO IT! Be brave.

Tired of Thanksgiving?

As I stand here shoving the third and final giant foil pan of food into the oven, this one stuffing, I was wondering if any of us could really grasp the true spirit of Thanksgiving as felt by the Pilgrims. Here we are, most of us with our fabulous technology to do most of the hard work for us yet we still complain. I know that I have today. By the time I was working on the stuffing I could really care less if it came out right or not. No one would die if we didn’t have stuffing. There would still be plenty of food to go around. Most of us won’t go hungry. And there will be a nearby store or restaurant open to get something if it is absolutely necessary.

The Pilgrims were overjoyed at their abundance of food, blessings of life and new friends who saved their lives. For many present day people this holiday is just a family meal to get through, a travel ordeal, an all around major hassle. You would rather be sitting at home in your favorite chair wearing your pajamas, reading a good book or watching T.V.

Does your Thanksgiving really look like the ones on T.V? All happy and joyous? Does anyone still say Grace? Is there a tablecloth made of lace?

Is Thanksgiving still relevant? Maybe our world has evolved far beyond this more personal celebration of life by a people who had been through more than most of us will ever understand.

Or maybe we are inundated by too many holidays many of which are grouped too close together. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and As I stand here shoving the third and final giant foil pan of food into the oven, this one stuffing, I was wondering if any of us could really grasp the true spirit of Thanksgiving as felt by the Pilgrims. Here we are, most of us with our fabulous technology to do most of the hard work for us yet we still complain. I know that I have today. By the time I was working on the stuffing I could really care less if it came out right or not. No one would die if we didn’t have stuffing. There would still be more than plenty of food to go around. Most won’t go hungry. And there will be a nearby store or restaurant open to get something if it was absolutely necessary.

Now don’t get me wrong I am grateful for the sacrifices made by the Pilgrims, for family and friends but really wouldn’t a Bring Your Own Sandwich work just as well?!

Thank you Kathy Neal for pointing me in the right direction.

Project Runway Finale

Wow that was a shocker! I really liked Dom but I was sure that Justin or Alexandria would win. At first I didn’t think it would be Alexandria but at the last-minute I realized that I did like her work best with Justin coming so close!

Alexandria had a cohesive selection that was so young and vibrant. Maybe not vibrant in color but I am a huge fan of gray, white and black. I loved that there was so much choice involved.

Alexandria in my eyes you were the clear winner on Project Runway!

She’s a Fighter

She's a Fighter

Mom was diagnosed with advanced stage pancreatic cancer just before Thanksgiving 2012. She is still alive and doing very well considering. She is having her treatments at MUSC in Charleston SC. I hear nothing but great things about them.

As for risk factors there aren’t many that fit her. My mom never smoke, drank or had diabetes. She is white and has never been obese. There is no work place exposure nor family history of pancreatic cancer.

There have been some rough times but not as many or as rough as I would have expected. She gets plenty of meds to handle nausea that comes after a chemo treatment but she has lost her ability to taste food so that makes it difficult to eat enough. She has also had a lot of problems with A-fib after getting her Neupogen shots so she is going to have to stop those. Those shots also cause terrible back and leg pain. She has also problems with getting her Coumadin regulated and a blood clot just above the port in her arm.

My dad takes wonderful care of her and they have a lot of help in the form of friends and family. My brother drives them to Charleston every week and friends bring food quite often. Others email, visit, and call. I know all of this is extremely helpful.

I have only seen look really band one time but I know there have been many days when she felt horrible but every time I have seen her she looked a lot better than I expected. Many days she is still up about walking around as much as possible. Of course she does not go out and about to keep at bay any illness that could be acquired from being out in public. I’m sure that is difficult to not be able to go shopping or out to eat.  In spite of what everyone says I hold out hope that she will recover. I have been surprised to see how much of a fighter she is.

A Little More About My (Near) Death Experience

I just watched this video that I found on Youtube of a man telling about his own death experience. I wanted to share it with you because at the end of this experience he saw his mother and realized that he had to come back to earth because of her. This part is very similar to what happened to me.

Near Death Experiences

This article from news indicates that many people think a near death experience is maybe just a hallucination. Or a lack of oxygen, maybe even caused my particular medicines. I suppose that I can only speak for myself. I have had a death experience. I don’t call it a near death experience because that’s not how I see it. It didn’t nearly happen, it did happen.

I have also had hallucinations caused by medicines at a completely different time of life. I know the difference between the two occurrences. They are nowhere near the same thing.

The hallucinations caused by medicines were never pleasant. They were always very frightening. The death experience on the other hand was not only pleasant but I was aware enough just before it happened to wave to a family member and say good-bye, I have to go now, beforehand.

It’s not something I am prepared to write more fully about at this time but to those whose friends or family members inform you of a similar experience don’t be so quick to dismiss it. By the way in my case there was no light or tunnel but there was an unearthly peace.

Do Something Wonderful!

Go buy loads of ice cream and chocolate syrup and take it to your local orphange. Just think how happy you will make a lot of kids. Just imagine the smiles and the joy you give to them. Sometimes in the really bad times it’s the little things that we all take for granted that means so much to someone else. Go ahead spread some joy today.

Mother Theresa A Jerk? Maybe

Many, many years ago I read three books about Mother Teresa. The first two were exactly what you thought they would be. They painted a picture of a wonderful, saintly woman who did so much for the sick and poor.

The third book however brought up a lot of questions and pointed towards a woman not quite as nice as everyone would like to believe. In Mother Teresa: Beyond The Image by Anne Sebba I distinctly remember a part where someone overheard her crossly snatch away a literal crumb of bread that a person was hiding. She scolded them for hiding food and if they didn’t believe God was going to take care of them. We are talking about a sick and dying person who was malnourished and used to being hungry. I don’t see Mother Teresa’s actions with that person as being very Godly or kind and loving. That book really opened my eyes and I have thought differently about her ever since. It seems she wanted the fame although not the money and did not care that much about people. It was also as if she were gathering up points with God for doing good works which the Bible clearly states can not be done. Jesus and Jesus alone paid for our salvation by his blood.

So I challenge you, read the book for yourself and see what you think. Anytime you read about someone you need to get more than one perspective. We all know that the media monster hypes what they want us to see and that is not always the truth.