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Thursday, January 2, 2020

In My Minds Eye:-By Gary Graefen

In My Minds Eye:
I was fathoming the Universe..... something I seem to do more now. LOL.....I have the time. I was thinking about people, their ways and whims. I dwelled a bit on of all people, Dr. Laura. She was really nasty to a women who called her for advice one day. The women was trying to convey what was happening. And Dr. Laura was getting aggravated. Just answer my questions she said, in a rising note of authoritarian irritation. Her black and white prescription of what to do in a bad circumstance wasn't getting through because her "client" wasn't cooperating in a radio friendly way. I actually turned off the spot because she made me a bit angry. Someone was calling for help and her focus was in trying to help many with good advice...but essentially ignoring the actual individual with the problem. Radio is tough and I kinda understand. But it would have been better I think for her to have referred this women to someone with the actual time to "listen" and then prescribe better advice, and some real understanding. Then I flew LOL to understanding.
Sometimes, when I go searching for an Idea and then a photo to go with it, I find myself finding photos that are "ranked" or images that many people enjoyed. Usually the image features a white person, not someone of color. They tend to rank higher and be viewed more favorably. I thought, built in racism. Even from those of color. White people have happier lives, They are richer and have more money. therefore they have better and happier lives. Not a real picture in many cases. Yet the "ideal" winds up being something people want.
There is an example below. When I search for the simple phrase happy people see what comes up. Then we are going to search for happy Black people. You will see a real difference by simply emphasizing the word black.
You will have to forgive me, these are images of time that can fly through my head in micro seconds. But trying to convey the thought much harder LOL. The end result is that though we all have preconceptions about what happiness is, and who actually has it. Our own thinking can tend to warped, someone else has what I do not. Gratitude And Happiness are not external, but internal. Happy with my life simply because it is mine. I own it, and I agree to take responsibility for it. It is I who chooses to be happy, not those around me creating it for me. And not handed to me on a platter of oh if only I had more....I could finally be happy-Gary

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

I saw the next door garden lie.

Up into the cherry tree
Who should climb but little me?
I held the trunk with both my hands
And looked abroad in foreign lands.

I saw the next door garden lie,
Adorned with flowers, before my eye,
And many pleasant places more
That I had never seen before.

I saw the dimpling river pass
And be the sky's blue looking-glass;
The dusty roads go up and down
With people tramping in to town.

If I could find a higher tree
Farther and farther I should see,
To where the grown-up river slips
Into the sea among the ships,

To where the road on either hand
Lead onward into fairy land,
Where all the children dine at five,
And all the playthings come alive....

Robert Lewis Stevenson

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