Category Archives: Words to Ponder
In the dusk of evening the music begins
With the twilight song of the birds
Most likely a robin with a beautiful song
Singing praises to the world for day well spent.
As the sun descends further the frogs join in
Each calling for a mate to come and join him.
Those are the sounds that lull us to sleep,
My sweetheart and I.
The peace of the world settles in at last
And waits for the sunrise to bring forth a new day.
The morning awakens us with the song of a dove, a sparrow,
the chickadee too, and finches and towhees adding their tune
The robin once more praises a new day with her song on high,
Get up, wake up, there is much to do, come greet the morning
Be glad, for this grand new day is waiting for us,
My amazing guy, my best friend, my love and I.
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much olderwoman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bagsweren’t good for the environment.The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’back in my earlier days.”The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today Your generation didnot care enough to save our environment for future generations.”She was right — our generation didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in its day.Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to thestore. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized andrefilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they reallywere recycled.But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused fornumerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the useof brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensurethat public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was notdefaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books onthe brown paper bags.But too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.(There was almost no plastic, our bread came wrapped in waxed paper, which were opened up, cut in squares and used to wrap our sandwiches.And also to keep the irons gliding smoothly over the damp, starched fabric of our clothes)We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store andoffice building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwawaykind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burningup 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in ourearly days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,not always brand-new clothing.But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in ourday.Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room.And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?),not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blendedand stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to doeverything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, weused wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubblewrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cutthe lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised byworking so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills thatoperate on electricity.But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or aplastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing penswith ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in arazor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade gotdull.But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes toschool or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi servicein the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did beforethe “green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entirebank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed fromsatellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burgerjoint.But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folkswere just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson inconservation from a smartass young person…We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to pissus off…especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’tmake change without the cash register telling them how much.
The end !There is so much truth to this, but I for one applaud having a cell phone, permanent press clothes out of the dryer and I love my computer. I do think we could make this a better world if we embraced the ways we each can recycle and keep junk out of the landfill and keep people slimmer and healthier with all the walking. However walking to work wouldn’t be good, unless I lived much closer.So with thanks to an unknown writer and apologies for not being able to credit the right person, I hope you enjoy this and it brings back memories if you are one of the older among us. If you are one of the younger among us, perhaps you can learn something from history, or your elders and stop rolling your eyes, really it worked.Cheers,Shez
The following is from Darrell Scott whose beautiful daughter was killed at Columbine. This truly are words to take to heart, from a man who is being rational. Please do take the time to read this and re-blog it everywhere.
I copied this from Facebook. I will attempt to attach the url at the bottom of the page, so you can read it and see the photo of his beautiful daughter from the original source.
Word’s from a Father who lost his daughter in COLUMBINE 12 YEARS AGO!!
Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the transcript:
“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.”
“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.”
“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.”
“I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy, it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.”
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.”
“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
– Darrell Scott
Do what the media did not – – let the nation hear this man’s speech. Please send this out to everyone you can!!!
Thank you so much,