America the Beautiful

What America truly means.

We encourage everyone to read the words of our founding fathers and learn all about the Revolutionary War, plus where the founding fathers learned of amazing principles.

We can also read the words of John Locke and Montesquieu. Much about the philosophy leading to our government system.

The U.S. Constitution: the framework for the greatest nation in history.

America the Beautiful Lyrics

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O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

**I think the words and music say so much that time and experience grows with understanding.

**I thought, having read a few blogs, remembering some in the past, but also what I’ve seen on television from time to time, that all too many people really don’t know what America is and stands to represent. Reading the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the founding fathers words and how they came to believe and start a new country, along with the Revolutionary War history and all that surrounds, is a good beginning. I do believe, unfortunately, many, many people wave the flag, drive with the flag, but they don’t know America and her history. But today is always a good day to start. Each person can learn, then share, and discuss. How much they can enrich their understanding and feelings of hope.

**Often, once people start learning about America’s true history, they keep reading more. The story is incredible.

Beginning to the Declaration of Independence:

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

**With the Fourth of July right around the corner, how much we can share.

Maybe Humorous Wednesday

But I would never be that organized. Organization with real purpose is good. Hmm…

**How are you doing?

**Talking with a couple friends. You know how people say things like “How are you?”, “How’s it going?”, and “What’s up?” Yeah…. I don’t think the punctuation is right either. But it makes the point. ***I actually wrote a piece, long ago, that the purpose of punctuation is communication, and if it succeeds, then the punctuation is correct, for I’ve seen many authors breaking the rules we grew up with. Yes, I believe, a sentence can end with a preposition.

**Some time back, an acquaintance said when people asked how he was doing, he would sometimes reply, “Do you really want to know?” I laughed. That certainly said it all. The point being, we often say things that are common and accepted, but often not really thinking about what we’re saying. Or perhaps not really wanting to know: just to be polite. But it also asks a good question.

**Today, while getting a cup of coffee, we had that exchange with a new fellow. She said “good.” I said, “Getting better.” He said while smiling, “I had a good day once. Didn’t like it.” We had a good laugh.

It reminded me of a long-ago “Everybody Loves Raymond” show (A pretty good show except the producers used “men and fathers are silly” aspect of today’s propaganda.). Debra kept encouraging him to get an award, but he was always looking at the negative side of things. Eventually, he decided to give being positive a try, liking it for a little while, even winning an award, but feeling “not quite right,” until something went very katterwonky. Then, finally, he was happy. He knew things would go wrong. He said he felt best when being a pessimist.

People are interesting, but also there’s stuff going on. Some people simply cannot be happy, but don’t want to be either, and they get happier by spreading their misery. I knew a lady like that (among other men and women I’ve known over the years), at work, and she “glowed” when she was causing problems, being thorns in people’s sides. Without that, she was miserable, and you could see this. We stay away from those, as we can.

Then, some people are pessimist, but they look to make things better, so there are variations of the theme. But it’s a good question: How are you doing? Do you really want to know? Hah!

**Hey. Maybe “Punctuation Wednesday.” Maybe.

**For those who struggle with punctuation, or in teaching them, one method would be to look up punctuation marks and see how they’re used. I believe dictionaries can help in this effort: Look up the punctuation and see how they’re used. Then, practicing what they demonstrate using varying sentences.

**Another technique, which is my favorite, is taking a couple of novels (After all, they were published, and as far as I’m concerned, published writers speak louder.). Then, taking a page, copying it with all the punctuation marks exactly as they are. This is a good practice, something that can be done once a week, because in time, it sort of becomes second nature. But another good idea is to then write a self-created page, but similar to the one you were practicing from the book, and with proper punctuation. After all, to mimic is to better understand.

**Once the above two ways have been tried awhile, at least until it becomes automatic and without errors consistently, then writing your own 2-3 page essays or stories, or both, then checking how you used your punctuation to those of books and essays that have been published. Yeah. I think published/edited work is safer. This is actually how I learned punctuation, for I never did care for those English books, though I tried. This way was far more self motivating. Eventually, I never needed computer spell checkers or grammar checkers again, except, from time to time, we have to correct the computer. Hah! ***But there’s something else. I would suggest, when something is written, later, perhaps the next day, go through it, make the necessary corrections, then rewrite. Do this at least twice. Don’t overdo. Practice over time is better than trying to be good too fast. Just patiently improving. Remember, the purpose of good grammar and punctuation is communication.

**Cool. A carrot in his holster.

Life Lessons

**We’re born with understanding. Time and experience, together with parents guiding, help with the process to adulthood. A journey of wonder, learning, and, amazement.

                While watching a couple commercials (Yes, I’m cutting most advertisements out, but the clicker was across the room.), I observed incredible amount of lies, rhetoric, excuse making, and misdirection the likes I’m certain will increase with a recent decision.  All too many people have been taught, but also accepted, incredible excuse making which has had catastrophic long-term effects. And it was done over a long period of time, some obvious, some subtle, but always with the aim of changing the “outlooks” and “understanding” we were born with.

                I am so incredibly appreciative that I grew up during a time, with people who held the youth accountable (I wasn’t at the time.), though I do see “excuse making” seeping in as I got older, which explains so much.  But if I got bad marks in school, I was punished, I was told to stay home and get my homework done, and never in my wildest dreams would I imagine my parents complaining to the school.  And if I didn’t get enough of grades, the school would have held us back, and I would have had to repeat. If I said I had a tougher teacher, that the homework was ridiculous (I never said that, but I had complained about work load.), they would have then said, “Well then, you better get started.”  Then, they would have ignored me, for it was my responsibility.  Chores?  Get them done.  And if I had back-talked, well, my dad would have taken care of that. My mother too, if he was at work.

                In sports, it was that way.  If you were good, the coaches put you on first string. If you were pretty good, you were a relief or second string player.  If you weren’t good, you would get maybe one or two plays in a game, then sit out.  That part I didn’t like, looking back.  I think if you’re not any good, you shouldn’t get any playing time.  Let those who are talented, work hard, and help the team win get game time.  In fact, if you weren’t any good, then you shouldn’t make the team.  That’s a fantastic lesson in life.  Want to play, work hard in the off-season and prepare, learn the game, and find a place for yourself. No one, except those who help the team win, deserves playing time. That’s what practice during the week is for. Could you imagine how well Belichik and the Patriots would have done over the years if they gave playing time to players who didn’t make the roster, then put them on the roster?

                We are seeing a developing society with all too many who blame everyone else but themselves.  While growing up, though not perfect, if we (my peers and I) did something wrong, made a mistake, got bad grades, broke something, back-talked adults, and were caught, we were the ones who got in trouble.  And if we wanted to get a job, we had to work to earn the opportunity.  Those were good lessons.  And those, along with others, were lessons I wanted to impart on my students, but we all know the direction of public propaganda indoctrination camps.  So, the problems will get worse.  Much worse. Which again, is why I keep encouraging home schooling with responsibility being a key factor, along with interest and projects. Also starting small businesses, for I believe, if they grow up figuring things out on their own, with parents as guides, then they won’t have to rely on others or public employment. They’ll find their own way and do much, much better.

                I’m going to write this without any asides:  children are not a choice.  Babies are not a choice.  As adults, we all have choices, and we are responsible for the choices we make.  And along the way, if a wonderful and beautiful life comes into the world, or is on the way, then our only direction is to help a most innocent and precious child have the opportunities we have.  

                I remember a radio conversation long ago.  The person with the radio show said something I’ll never forget.  He said that, since a baby was on the way (She had had a previous abortion for which she regretted.), that was their opportunity to be responsible and think of someone else, which would be good for their characters as well as the baby.  You see, the second baby was a second gift. They could no longer do anything about the other, but they could pour their love with this and any future children.

                There was another radio personality, and she said something I’ll also never forget.  Someone was saying they weren’t sure they could do this:  have the baby and raise the little tyke.  She said, no one cares:  no one cares whether you can handle raising the child.  But you’re (You’re refers to the people she was talking to on the radio.) going to raise the child.  You’re the parents who brought a wonderful child into the world, and you do everything possible to raise them well.  I thought that was pretty cool, for she herself had raised children, even when things were very difficult.  And I don’t think I ever heard her complain.  But one thing I noticed, even though I never met her in person, but called the show a couple of times.  She was/is a beautiful woman inside. 

                So, regarding the recent decision.  We have choices.  And a thoughtful, compassionate, and often beautiful people make the best choices, but once a baby is coming into the world, they roll up their sleeves and provide all they can for someone else.  They set aside whatever else they wanted and take care of a wonderful life.  And life is a gift.  In more ways than one.

***I wrote something akin to the above years ago. Someone responded that they could put those babies on my doorstep. I said, better that than otherwise. Then, the child would be alive with a future to be seen.

***It doesn’t matter what people decide to call anything, or the terminologies of doctors and politicians. Human beings are human beings. Babies are babies. We are here to protect one another.

**Life is precious.

**Life has many amazing times.

Purpose of the Supreme Court

The media and progressives won’t tell you.

The Supreme Court: One of the three branches of our government.

The Supreme Court Justices are charged to support and protect the U.S. Constitution.

We strongly encourage people to read this very important document.

We also encourage people to read the federalist papers, which share many discussions and arguments regarding our freedoms today: with responsibility.

Article 3 – Judicial

Article 3, Section 1

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

Article 3, Section 2

  1. The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;—to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;—to Controversies between two or more States;—between a State and Citizens of another State;  —between Citizens of different States, —between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
  2. In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.
  3. The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

Article 3, Section 3

  1. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
  2. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
  3. https://constitutionus.com › constitution › articles › article3

                This will be simple and short.  I won’t pretend to fully understand the U.S. Supreme Court, having read the U.S. Constitution several times, but also some writings, but I do believe the media is going to work night and day to disparage our justices, paint ugly pictures, and confuse readers of the real purpose of the justice system. 

                To understand starts with reading the U.S. Constitution, reading article three a few times, then proper documents regarding, but also the words of our founding fathers to understand origination of ideas.  The federalist papers will help as well.

                When Mr. Donald Trump came into office, those against him, and the U.S. Constitution, were gnashing at the teeth.  I knew that.  My friends knew that.  He knew that.  And when our U.S. Supreme Court properly overturned Roe v. Wade, for there is no constitutional right regarding, but returned control to the states where those decisions can be discussed within them, those same people were gnashing at the teeth.  But this is where we are.

                Our country has been headed down a dangerous road for a very long time, perhaps shortly after it began, for not everybody believed in freedom with responsibility.  Not everyone believed in the U.S. Constitution.  And as the years passed, as we can deduce from the Federalist papers, we know competition for ideas and the future would take place as long as this country existed. 

                **As I understand, the U.S. Supreme Court is not supposed to support people’s feelings.  They’re not there to become popular.  The U.S. Supreme Court was and is designed to support and protect the U.S. Constitution.  As such, all cases must be interpreted as regards to our founding documents.  And as I’ve read the U.S. Constitution with the Bill of Rights, I can find no writings other than what the justices decided at the end:  as I understand.

**It’s not about what this party, that party, those people, or whomever is having a bad day wants. It’s about following the U.S. Constitution, the laws of the land.

**There’s something else. The founding fathers said it. Only a moral country can remain free. The country was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.

**Having read a few articles, I “feel” necessary to add something not part of the original article.

**In my youth, like my friends, we understood the “facts of life.” Thankfully, I was aware of two things: 1) Diseases, 2) Possible pregnancy, but also 3) Wonderful marriages with happy children. As such, I knew I could not be with anyone until I got married. Responsibility required thinking carefully with understanding.

**I remember a young man, recently turned teenager, asking me if the possibility of a child exists every single time. I said, yes. Every single time. I think that very honest and direct answer helped him with any decisions he was considering. Honesty with responsibility is always the way to go.

**For those “lamenting” the Supreme Court decision, they need someone to face them with responsibility. We all have choices, and we all are responsible for the choices we make. And babies are not a choice. They are alive, human beings, and deserve all the protection we can provide while they grow up and have the chances we all have in life.

What Would It Mean?

If anything? What if one thing happened, then what if….

Sometimes, we like to let others reason out their own ideas. Maybe if they follow the rabbit of reason down the trail of understanding, they might… Maybe.

                I am very much in favor of a space program which includes landing on large asteroids, on planets, and all the studies of space including what we can “see” via satellites that might go far beyond what we currently are capable.  What might we learn should satellites enter nebulas and more, perhaps the technology to both investigate and bring information back, even via laser or other technology.  I can only imagine what we learn would help here on the Earth, including in the field of medicine and research. And there will mostly likely be continued discoveries of things we have not even thought about thus far.

                For this article, I am only following the rabbit a bit, then asking a question:

                Let’s say, we visit Mars, even setting up stations on our moon from which to launch and continue investigations of our next closest neighbor.  On Mars, we set up colonies, self-contained stadium-sized research facilities, trekking across the lands, doing research, drilling into various plates, taking samples, and learning about the complexities and nuances. What we’ve done here on the Earth, we might attempt to do there, gathering information, data, and recording discussions.  And since we have so much more to learn about our own planet, I think we can be certain to have much to write about regarding the red planet.

                With all of that, let’s say we learn quite a bit, such that, future planetary landings, setting up posts, and doing on-site research becomes a far easier endeavor, our having the resources and information to set up such adventures.  Also, we learn more about planetary compositions, atmospheric tendencies, and relationships between minerals, rocks, and more, even the spectrum and correlations. And what about space?

                So, with time, we visit say… Neptune, Pluto, heading outwards toward the belt surrounding, perhaps latching onto some asteroids and other objects, and continue learning, which I’m greatly in favor of doing.  For I think true and honest science is very cool.  I still enjoy walking about hills and empty terrain, looking at this and that, pondering, then coming back home to read.

                Okay, now.  Ten, fifty, a hundred, or a thousand years of space exploration (And yes, the Earth will be going strong, everybody breathing fresh air except those who’ve been conditioned to think in terms of fear. They will be wearing oxygen tanks, complaining, and wondering why others aren’t worried.), and we’ve found a way to go to farther galaxies.  Yes, we can then leave the Milky Way galaxy, for we’ve developed warp power, or whatever, and we’re now investigating other places, including their planets.

                On one planet, a team of astronauts have set up a stadium sized facility, using materials from the planet, for that’s a new technology, and we can then create our own air, food, and gravity.   One day, two astronauts using their space suits, which are far advanced, are walking through the woods (Yes, plant life is abundant on this one planet, but the air quality does not meet human survival needs.).  Suddenly, two aliens turn the corner and stop.  They all look at one another, and….

Here or there…

                No, it’s not bugs bunny meets the alien from Mars.  But the question is, other than how wonderful to continue learning and discovering, what’s next?  And other than finding life on another planet, perhaps intelligent life, what do we expect from such a discovery?  Might they be asking the same questions we ask? That would certainly an interesting discovery.

                For myself, I gather an entirely different set of experiences (i.e. life, communication, ideas, culture, and more) from those on another world, but then again, I wouldn’t know until we were there, discussing, sharing, and many years have passed with learning and further discussions.  And perhaps, there might be a communication impossibility.  I wouldn’t know until such an occurrence happened, with all the efforts after.  As on the Earth, when people met other people, new people, and on other continents, discovered different plant life and animals, then meeting those peoples with different views, we might expect a learning curve.  I imagine a long and steep learning curve.  And as I’ve said, discovery is always worth the effort, if done honestly and responsibly.

                But here’s the second question.  For those who feel finding life, even intelligent life, on another planet important, what would you be expecting?  What would it mean to you?  Would it change anything?  For me, I don’t think anything would change, for I’ve long said that while I don’t believe we’ll ever find intelligent life on other planets, much less life of any kind, I’ve never said it can’t happen.  I only know, from my own readings and research, but also common sense in pondering, that life never could have spontaneously formed on this planet, nor could/would have there been the necessary mutations, all working together, to produce the myriad of life forms leading to human beings.  Not by accident or pure happenstance.

                So, the two astronauts meet the two living “aliens” on another planet (I guess, in that situation, we would be the aliens.), and what are you hoping for to happen or mean?  For myself, continued learning, research, and discovery.

**Of course, space is so cool!

**To see a comet up close… To study the elements and composition…. To learn of it’s trajectory, changes from each return, and how the space around is affected: if at all.

**To send satellites into nebulas and take pictures, perhaps gaining some information.

**Again, what are people hoping beyond the joy of learning and discovery? Me? I keep it simple.

A Matter of Perspective

                There are at least two sides to the comforts of society, and for this article, we’ll look at only one aspect, which also connects with others. 

                The other day, one of those soft bathroom tissue with the bears came on and I nearly hit my leg on the table, laughing so hard.  Or those commercials about having the right diet, the right make-up, the right exercise plan, the right relationships, your feelings, and blah, blah, blah….  Every conceivable comfort, every conceivable worry, every conceivable outlook…, then more is coming around the corner.

**Of course, there are legitimate “concerns,” but the question is what happens when companies, the medical establishment, and organizations go so far as to encourage “helplessness,” and constant attention on personal “needs”? What happens when everything reminds us that we need this and that and more: a ton more, rather than encouraging our independence, thinking for ourselves, and doing more with less?

                If those people above, in covered wagons, or those sharing with the Indians, were talking, do you think we’d hear any of the concerns related to those commercials?  Would they be “whining,” or “concerned” that they couldn’t find the right vegetables on their travels, that people didn’t “understand” them, or that there was no Walmart nearby to pick up some prepared supplies (perhaps water filtration devices rather than heating the water to remove bacteria), rather than make things on their own? I would hope not.  And one has to ask, what does that do to the overall outlook of people?  Another way to ask the question is, if we’re thinking about the best bathroom tissue, how our feelings make us feel, whether we’re making the most of our diet, or whether that new solar lamp will brighten our mornings while eating the latest cereal, or many of the other “new” concerns, how does that affect our outlook upon entering the real world?  Or is it in response? In other words, because of all the constant messaging, are we responding with more messaging rather than turning the box off and figuring things out on our own?

                Here’s another aspect that might help with perspective.  If those people in covered wagons, and those men who faced, worked with, and fought with many people, had been a people worrying about how soft their tissues were, how their feelings might affect their overall perspective on things, whether their diet might lead to problems, or whether they have all the right channels on their television, do we think they would have had the mindset to survive such journeys, such a life, and endure? Sometimes, to stop bleeding, they had to burn the tissue damage in order to stop, and at others, sew. How would they have survived?

                Perhaps reading some of the old classics, reading the records of men and women of history past, and learning about the lives of those who began America (and those before), might shed some light of perspective on things.  Perhaps change the priorities a little.  A pondering. 

**We see our own “civilized” conditioning, for how I want my coffee from the local store each morning, or what happens with the electricity goes out.

Words and Meaning

A caution regarding the usage of language: for those writing and those reading.

Walking down a mountain path, then looking about… Sometimes, it just….

                I have been pondering something from time to time.  I don’t know if I have the words, but we’ll move forwards regarding.  Let readers fill where the writer can’t find the music.

                I imagine most people have found, at times, that they lack the words necessary to fully, or even adequately, share an idea, sight, experience, or memory.  I know I have. And sometimes, I return to articles in order to better edit, having had more time to consider.

                The other day, while looking at some flowers near a lake, I very much appreciated them.  They were beautiful.  They reminded me of many posts by photographers. And, I found, I really couldn’t put much words to the music other than that one word.  And that’s okay.

                During another time, while looking at a scene, one that was changing, I just looked.  No words.  Just looking.  And as I gazed, I just let the moments pass uninterrupted. Or until a fish bit the hook.

                With some of the bloggers’ pictures, with scenes, mostly nature, but some city/buildings, but also those of their own observations (Like one photographer does a really good job with buildings but also scenery.), there aren’t really words to explain, though something seems that could be said if the words were available.  But possibly, sometimes, better without words. For sometimes, communication is in the quiet.  I’ve considered that sometimes, when we do put words to something, perhaps from a “need” to add words, it seems to take away.  Best sometimes to just let things be: no need to add anything…. I think. 

                In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” one of my favorite lines in the movie was when the fellow he had been tracking was taking pictures of a wild cat in the far-off mountains.  The cat finally came out of hiding, but he just looked at the marvel, not taking a picture.  He said something like sometimes he doesn’t want anything interfering in the moment.  Even the camera.  I think, to some degree, I get that.   

                I think writing can be that way.  The difficulty is everything must be by words, for how else could we communicate in books, blogs, and so forth.  But then again, I have seen some people utilize other resources, including music, pictures, and other “things” for lack of a better word.  But I do find that words on paper cannot fully communicate.  I suppose then, we hope the readers get it over time, perhaps from reading other writings and their own experiences.  

And it’s also from the readers’ perspective. Sometimes, I think, readers read quickly, and some people think they got the meaning, but sometimes I wonder. One comment demonstrated clarity and communication received. Another I wonder if they’re really taking the time. For even in reading, one follows the rabbit of reason down the trail of understanding, even if it’s to have a different perspective.

                Okay, now we’re into the article.  Yeah, that was setting things up, but this won’t take very long.

                Many people, I find, use words to explain and describe, but I often get the sense that some think they know what they’re trying to say and communicate, but they themselves don’t understand what they’re saying or communicating.  And sometimes, what they think is meaningful and purposeful, I wonder if they themselves missed the point.  Even the “need” to find something meaningful (Hearing someone from work talk way back, I got the distinct sense that they talked to always fill the empty space. Take a break I thought once.). Like, maybe, all those programs about meaning, people around trying to find themselves or meaning in life, and so feeling like that’s what they should be doing, perhaps?  Another thought is have they themselves been somehow conditioned to believe certain things, and believing they’ve found something, can’t break away to take a better look, but feel compelled to remain with those ideas?  It’s a pondering.  I have to ask myself that question from time to time.

                So, I sometimes caution others that not every writer, or writing, no matter how well-intentioned the writer might seem to be, may necessarily have the words or understanding about what they’re writing.  Perhaps, to some degree, and varying with each writer.   Which, again, is why I caution people not to accept ideas, even my own, without their own checking and understanding, for I would never want to “influence” anyone except that they themselves understand and see for themselves, having themselves followed the rabbit of reason down the trail of understanding.  And some things, I believe, cannot be communicated with words. 

**Sometimes, I find or believe, some writers write because they’ve been conditioned to think or believe in certain ways, and then feel compelled to tell others, but they didn’t arrive at those ideas and words from following the rabbit of understanding. Some even do so out of guilt, perhaps having been conditioned to, something they’ve learned to be motivated by.

**Just because something sounds good does not always make it so. However, it might be very good. And sometimes, how the words are phrased changes the purpose.

**Following the rabbit of reason. But to each his own.

**Looking at something, then walking away and working, gardening, or fishing, upon returning, might look different.

Purpose of Writing

This will be very short, but I’m attempting to “support” a couple writers in their efforts. People, well, many people, will differentiate between honest writing, writing that the “writer” shares through time and reasoning, writing that entertains, writing that energizes with hope, and writing that borrows without understanding: even if the “passages” sound good because they’re published or accepted. We see a little of all, but we caution against the last one: accepting ideas that haven’t been honestly arrived at, checked, poured through, then motivating others towards unchecked even misunderstood thoughts and beliefs. This is, in part, why so many are certain of unchecked beliefs, and why rhetoric grows and gets footing. I guess some are looking for a “shortcut” to quality writings. There are good articles and a host of others. This is why I’ve never encouraged anyone to blindly accept any of my articles, but to check them against their own experiences and honest understanding. I always hope they’ll honestly see and understand in time. I would much rather they see for themselves.

Some time back, I was “checked” by another blogger regarding some of my information being written from information written long ago. When that happens, when I discover someone else realized long ago what I recently came to understand, I think: “Cool.” For it goes to show that real understanding is something everybody can share, something that crosses through all the years, the principles everyone can arrive at. But it also supports that what we’re seeing in following the rabbit has merit: at least supported by others who we believe were truly looking to understand. That encourages us to read writings of long ago, for we hope to find some words of wisdom when that often seems lacking today. We also can often “track” how they arrived at what they’ve learned and are sharing.

When I discovered before, that ideas I had, that many around me didn’t support, or didn’t “see” the pathways leading to those conclusions, I was appreciative when later I did find others who did share those realizations: in books and other publications. Then, I knew, I was not ridiculous as many might have liked to frame me. Of course, that was when I was still a kid or teenager, and with time, I would have had plenty of education and experience without those “supports.” Like when I asserted that real facts do not need publishers to be. But it was cool to read others having followed the rabbit of reason.

So, what is the purpose of the article? I would write it this way. For those writing to inform, patience is important. Got nothing to say that day? Don’t say anything. Or share something entertaining or wonderful, like something cool that happened in the neighborhood. Don’t know the topic well enough? Then be patient. Take your time. Read. Research. Ponder. Discuss with others. Then, when ready, share, but be prepared for people to sift through the pathways.

There are some bloggers that share some interesting and thoughtful articles. With time, it’s nice to see that experience and time that brought forth such writings.

Hmmm…. Went fishing yesterday. Maybe take a hike and some pictures today.

**Always follow the rabbit of reason down the trail of understanding.

**With so many people the opportunity for good discussions.

The Sights and Pictures

From here to there, an entire world to see…

What might all this have looked like thousands of years before, and what might we see thousands of years from today? And what changes in between, people moving along?

Beneath each mountain and hill is an entire story of historical events, different rocks, some in layers, and minerals working over the centuries. Erosion and tremors creating changes.

The patterns of life ever changing, ever creating, images and events never before seen.

                In attempting to share the incredible dynamics necessary to fully understand many things many people have taken for granted, even if believing they fully understand but don’t have the resources, we have encouraged people to disconnect from the media, from politics (Still keep up with important stories and events without taking in all the nonsense and excessive stories.), perhaps even from “studies” for a time until they have had the time to reflect and ponder.  Patience is key.  In other words, allowing a natural “gap” between themselves and the learning (including all the noise and rhetoric) without disconnecting.  Yeah.  I guess that’s hard to explain. 

                I’ll try it another way.  This will go back to “climate change” and “global warming” in a sense, more so for people who are following those media/political stories.  But that’s not my focus at all.  It would be in regards to learning and accepting anything regarding our planet in scope.  It also would be in regards to learning anything at all, but falsely believing “mastery” or a “full-scope” regarding available information.  To a degree (And I apologize for being overly intellectual but this is the best way I know how to explain.  On my own, I don’t really think in this manner.  For me, it’s kind of spontaneous, noticing little things, and patiently pondering from time to time.  Many “ah haaa” moments.), it’s in regards to understanding, but encouraging people to realize there is so much more, much we’ll never know while on this Earth. 

[[Any time I hear “the science is settled,” “experts all agree,” or people make blanket statements, my red flag goes up. Honest science never fully agrees on complex and large scale beliefs and/or theories. Honest science always tests and challenges one another. Blanket statements often mean design and dishonesty. Ulterior motives.]]

                One thing among many I’ve learned from others and by just listening is the variety of conclusions and modes of reasoning people engage, often to their own detriment, because building on false concepts and beliefs clutter future thinking and reasoning.  It’s like a computer with a virus.  Until the virus is cleared, until false assumptions and beliefs are discovered for what they are, thinking often continues in error. Like building a house of cards. Eventually, the cards on top will fall because the bottom cards are shaky.

                I was driving to another lake yesterday, to see if the fishing there was better.  As I was halfway there, I looked at the land, then looked at some hills, then at the streets, then at some people working on a home.  While looking and driving safely, I remembered the geology book and parts referring to data collection (i.e. infrared images, pixels, heat signatures, percentages that are reliable, searching for gravity discrepancies, changes in atmospheric compositions, and so forth), and thought to myself:  “There’s no way scientists can ever state they know the full-details of this planet nor could ever connect human beings in a direct relationship with planetary climate.”  Of course, I already knew that, but what I saw, connecting with the reading, was so incredibly obvious.  But it also explained to me why so many don’t see because they’re not exposed to quality information and reasoning to connect those dots.   **I’ve said this before, real scientific understanding cannot be emotionally motivated.  Only what is real and true can be shared and discussed.   

                You see, as I looked at a hill, then thought of mountains, I asked myself, “Who has completely mapped out those landmasses, fully dissected the interiors, knowing the patterns of rocks and minerals within, can mathematically quantify the patterns and changes over time among minerals, and know the patterns of biology and the impact with our environment, down to perfect percentages?”  Yes.  The answer is no one.  Not even close.  I thought of a tract of land, again, asking myself, “Who has completely mapped out that land, which is undergoing changes both by human beings and nature, which is subject to movements and heat, along with minerals and changes from below, knowing all that’s beneath, but also the interactions and long-term effects?”  Yes.  The answer is no one.  The same will go with most of the Earth, almost all the land under the ocean, not to mention terrains and topographical changes.  Then, I asked myself about some of the studies being done, how very new those studies are, and how incredibly difficult it would be to input all the data into a Craigs Supercomputer when we don’t even have all the data, and more so, not even a small percentage of all the data necessary.  While we are growing in technology, growing is data collection, we are so incredibly out of the ability to ascertain so much that goes on in this world, but also in the universe around.  And forget long-term effects.

                It’s one thing to learn about the Earth’s magnetic field, that it changes, and that the field isn’t the same all over the surface.  That’s cool to learn.  Actually, I really enjoyed learning about that one. And to me, it’s definitely worth studying, even creating university classes, something I would have attended when I was in college.  But it’s a far cry different thing to pretend understanding all the dynamics and long-term effects of this ever changing field.  The same would go with ozone.  The same would go with temperature changes. The same would go with how gravity is not consistent all across the globe. And what happens if the world got warmer, causing melting, and ice bergs shrank?  Wouldn’t more clouds then snow, increasing what was reduced?  And clouds and fog?  No one knows what to do with them.  Where one thing happens, something else happens, often to compensate.

But that, how the warming might shrink ice bergs, polar ice, and other ice on lands, but then create other conditions leading to snow and increasing ice would be something to read. Even take a class. Even study the numbers and past events. Honestly.

                As we’ve discussed before, it doesn’t matter what we think we know.  We know very little.  But we have learned that our air is cleaner than ever, that temperatures haven’t really changed, and that when I walk outside, the hummingbirds are still enjoying the flowers, the groundhogs are still digging, and the plants are still growing.  We also know how to provide clean water to all homes so we don’t need to buy bottled water, but for some reason they don’t do that.  I wonder why?  There is a reason.

                Television only does so much.  Textbooks can only relate so much.  Discussions will only go so far.  And when people aren’t encouraged to think for themselves, don’t think for themselves, don’t follow the rabbit of reason, aren’t observing, listening, pondering, and reading, looking here and there and asking good questions, then they can often be talked into believing anything the “experts” say.  Because they haven’t looked, observed, pondered, and weighed the information, following a proper reasoning process.  But I’ve long since realized such a word as “expert” is, to a great degree, meaningless.  Only one who is honest, seriously researches and ponders, and always demonstrates what they’re learning and what they don’t yet know might be called an expert, but more so in comparison with all the rest who don’t put honesty and integrity as the number one priority.  For under all circumstances, regarding science, honesty and integrity are what matter most if we’re going to listen to “experts.”  To me, as far as I know, Einstein was what an expert should be, because he would not trade discovered facts for anything.  And I think, at times, when he recognized his own bias, pushed them aside to discover what really was.

                Here’s a thought.  When looking at a mountain, ask how much scientists know about that one mountain (i.e. growths, rock distribution beneath, but also moisture and water patterns, chemical, and temperature changes today and in the future, what goes on deep beneath, and the sun’s effects among others.), then the same question for all other mountains both on the ground and below the oceans.  I mean, ask “them” if they can quantify into exact numbers over time. Then ask how complete are their data collection, which must adjust daily, even minute by minute, while the Earth undergoes tremendous changes, and the sun constantly undergoes changes, and how they can manage to input the data (including gravitational nuances, pressure changes, velocity, and much, much, more) into a computer, but in an accurately usable form.  Then ask how they know the program and equations are the right ones to adequately explain everything.  There are many more questions, but we’ll leave it at that. 

                **Okay, I wrote that a bit ago, saved it, then something occurred, which I’ve alluded to before a time or two.  Let’s start it this way.  I’m not that smart.  I’m curious.  I observe.  I’ve noticed the rabbit pointing towards the trail of understanding.  But a lot that some of my friends and I have put together over the years, also listening to speeches and reading papers online, begs a very strong question.

                The question?  What is going on?  What we’ve been writing anyone can figure out.  It’s that easy.  It only requires a quality education, being challenged to read and reason, and being pushed back upon yourselves when your reasoning is filled with errors and holes.  Not dramatically.  But over time.  With quality teachers dedicated to real education, honesty, integrity, and encouraging the youth to think for themselves with responsibility. 

                So, the next question?  Why hasn’t that been the way of things for the past century, but certainly the last fifty years?  And because we’ve been asking the questions, following the rabbit of reason down the trail of understanding, and putting two and two together, we do understand many of the reasons.  But to fully explain the trail thus far, much more time than we’re willing would be needed, especially when the editing would take a lot of time.  But most people can reason for themselves.  And that’s the better way.  And this is why I’ve been strongly encouraging home schooling, but also private schooling when opportunity avails.

                But someone asks, what if the parents don’t have a quality education?  Okay, here’s my answer.  Today’s the day.  From today onward, the parents with their children can learn together.  And I firmly believe, if the parents are truly committed in love and understanding, patiently going down the learning trail together, they will find the days, then weeks, then years, far better than anything that ever could have happened in public propaganda indoctrination, education camps.  Far better.  Even better than when America’s public schools were tops in the world.  Some science and mathematics might need a tutor later on in their education.  And upon choosing a university, find the non-pc ones, where real education is the schedule of each day.  Or you’ll just have to continue learning in your own way.

                Now, the university isn’t the only way, though I would recommend high quality, honest, integrity motivated schools.  But there are technical schools and others.  One only has to research.

**How well do we know the properties, amounts in the ground, the temperature and moisture traits, and changes to input all into a supercomputer?

**Following the rabbit of reason down the trail of understanding leads to more understanding.

**We’re also encouraging people in learning the time of answering false ideas and rhetoric.

Have You Considered all the Dynamics?

Watching a little golf today: very little. Just curious about a couple players and how they were managing their games. Each in their own way, the caddies helping and guiding.

I thought a short article about complexities, even in such a game as golf, might be interesting in extrapolating and/or relating to other sports, activities, and events in life. Just for fun.

                Sometime ago, back more than twenty years, I decided to give golf a whirl.  As I had an “old set,” I did end up purchasing a newer set, including a cool putter, and set off, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone.  And as with many things, I watched those with more experience.  First on television, then at the practice ranges.  I knew I wasn’t going to pay okoo $$$, so I would have to “absorb” what others were doing.  **For some, I would recommend a coach, but for each person they know their own goals.

                For instance, how do golfers hold their hands around the clubs? How firmly do they grip, or is there play depending upon circumstances? How do they swing each type of club?  Their stances?  Power?  And so forth….  

                Well, I got good enough to get pars frequently, a rare birdie, bogies frequently, and rarely double bogies. And usually I stayed out of dangerous territory so I wouldn’t have to “climb out” of holes.  That required a lot of practice on the driving range, to keep the ball in the middle, then understanding the different clubs and their uses.  And the practice was worth it.  Getting par on an 18-hole course a couple or so times during one year, maybe more, was well-worth the time.  Getting a birdie from time to time was well-worth the practice put into those chances.  So when I see those golfers on television, I am amazed how consistent some are.

                Okay, now for this article.  Look at all the things that have to go well in order to consistently hit the ball well.  Different clubs sets will have different dynamics, including warpage, twist, angle, and so forth.  How the club face meets the ball (which have varying surfaces and interiors for distance) makes a tremendous difference in direction, flight, angle, and how the ball meets the wind, but also how it bounces on the turf. Also, how and where the golfer is standing, for if he/she is standing further back, the club face angle is different than if he/she is standing more forward, close to, or further away. Tiny, tiny, little changes makes differences. Sometimes, a little adjusting might mean the difference between a twenty foot putt on the green versus a five foot putt. Boy do I know.

                While watching some golfers practicing their drives, later comparing them to television competitors, I noticed how each person used their legs and arms.  But I also watched those who hit “poorly” versus those who hit well.  Why does one grip cause the ball to veer left and another to the right?  Why the slice?  And the differences can be so small.  Shoulder tilt. Turn. I can’t tell how many times, when I was practicing, that I would drive the ball straight, thinking I’ve found the technique, but suddenly, all the balls were slicing.  What was going on?  Yes.  Little things.  Might be anticipation.  Might be a slight movement changed.  Might be small finger placement alters the turn of the club at impact.  Even a stronger grip. And other things.

                Then, on the green, or just off the green, putting it into the hole for a good score.  Sometimes.  Little eddies and deformation in the surface.  The sun.  And moisture.  The angle of the sun, for how we hit when the sun is on our right is not the same when it’s on our left.  And are we maintaining a good diet, staying hydrated, and sticking with what works?  Sometimes, getting too competitive with a friend can alter one’s game.  Golf, to some degree, is truly an individual sport, unlike football or basketball where it takes everyone working together. 

Question: Why is one swing good and the other not? One small step can make all the differences.

While the surface looks smooth, it isn’t. Golfers spend a lot of time with their caddies reading the greens. There were times I had my chin near the ground to guage a path.

**Just from switching from an old sand wedge to a newer one completely changed the hitting. Well, I still wasn’t going to purchase a thousand dollar set. But I understand why some do.

                I think what I liked about the game was, while simple in concept, it was always challenging.  And of course, like one of my friends suggested, we can’t over-think, but practice earlier in the weeks helps with game time with friends.  And the more you worry, the less you do well.   Also, the more you’ve practiced, and decide it’s just a game, more often, you do better.  It’s a good lesson.

**Most things we think of as simple are far more complex than we realize. While coaches can provides clues and tips, practice, unending practice, is often the difference. Yes, a change in hold, a move in feet, and so forth, can make a positive difference, but for me, it’s the many, many, many swings over and over again that improved over time. One thing I learned, which helped a lot, was not to go for the really long drives, because if I kept the ball on the fairway, I had a much better chance to make the green on the next shot.

**We’ve watched a little college baseball world series, discussing how two excellent college players, and only one will make the pros. Little things.

**Learning the complexities in one arena often helps with others. Understanding is often transferable.

**Before yelling at the screen, and some of my friends and I have done in the past, best to have played those sports to better understand.