Sunday, October 31, 2010

Silent Sermon Sunday

The Wheel turns.
The old year gives way to new,
The light fades, enhancing shades.
The Queen sighs, as the King dies.
We sit with her as she cries.
We remember love survives.
Changes come.
Old is undone.
We welcome the blessings of the New Year.
Samhain is here.
Blessed be.

Namaste' Till Next Time,

Saturday, October 30, 2010

On Any Given Day

On any given day, any Human Being is engaged in a silent conflict, a battle, a struggle, a tipping point, a hurt, a scare, a concern, a worry, a fear that we can not see.

I hope to remember that with each person I encounter so that I do not add weight to the conflict, but instead, offer a moment of peace and Grace so that they can continue to fight the good fight.

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka She Who Is A Warrior

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Silent Sermon Sunday

God is great. God is good. Thank you for our daily food. By His hand we all are fed. Give us now our daily bread. (Or Primanti Brothers sandwich...)
~ Amen

Livy experiences her first Pittsburgh sandwich at the original Primanti Brothers.

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka Great Aunt Holly

Friday, October 22, 2010

NPR!!!!! Shame on you!

Okay, get ready for a rant! I am just as angry about this one as I was when I posted A Fox In The White House! Some of you may already know this story; if you do and you're not upset, well I'm going to ask if you have a pulse.

As a Centrist, (I do not consider myself a Conservative,) I make it a point to get my information from a wide variety of sources. NPR was one of those. I like the stories they cover, I like the in-depth time they give to their pieces. I'm sort of in love with the hypnotic quality of the voices they use there. Sometimes it's not a good idea to listen to NPR while driving; it can cause you to become so relaxed that it could be dangerous.

However, as of yesterday when I hit 'send' on the scathing email I sent them, I am done with them. End of story. Shame on you NPR! SHAME!!!

This man is Juan Williams. He has been a commentator on NPR for quite awhile. He had a ten year contract with them. He is a Liberal. He is very intelligent and well considered when he delivers an opinion.

Do you know where I first saw him? On Fox News. Yep. Imagine...Fox news has liberal commentators on their programs. That's one of the things I like about Fox...they don't mind covering topics from opposing viewpoints.

So Juan is on there most every day and representing quite well, liberal points of view for us to consider. But, you won't hear him on NPR anymore because, while he was driving in his car...
Let me say it again...

While he was driving in his car, he gets a call on his cell phone from his boss telling him he was being terminated because of an opinion he voiced on Fox news. Are you kidding me?! You fired a man while he's driving in his car? You fired him for expressing an opinion on Fox News? SHAME on YOU!

What Mr. Williams said, in a conversation about radical Muslims is that we must be very careful, in the current situation, to not fearfully view all Muslims as extremists. We must not think of every Muslim that we see as those radicalize Muslims who have sworn to KILL us simply for being Americans.

He went on to say, that he admits that even believing this, it is hard to do. He's no different than the rest of us; it is hard not to be a little nervous when he sees someone specifically dressed in ultra Muslim garb ,which to him, suggests that they are announcing their desire to be noted first as a Muslim before they wish to be thought of in any other regard.

And, NPR said that was unacceptable. So he was fired. Did I mention he was driving in his car when he was fired??????

Let's be clear about something. News people, those who profess to be news journalists, are not allowed to give their personal opinions on the stories they cover. ARE NOT! But commentators and pundits, are paid to give their opinions. Juan Williams is a commentator!

The CEO of NPR is on video saying some very crappy remarks about the situation just the other day at a speaking engagement. She was made to apologize for them. But, that's not enough. Shame on her, too.

Here's the thing; and I'm going to remind you of this one more time: This political correctness that we are plagued with, is the most INSIDIOUS form of censorship this country has ever faced. It even trumps McCarthyism.

When we cannot say how we feel about things, when we cannot express professional opinions or opposing view points, when we can't keep our jobs because we say something that goes against an agenda? We are screwed. This country will be ruined!

We must have freedom of expression and speech in this country. Must have it. And, this Political Correctness is SHIT! NPR, your public funding should be stopped immediately. I don't want my tax dollars spent on your agenda after how you've just conducted yourself. If you don't wish to act as a news source any longer, then you're on your own.

SHAME on NPR. Mr. Williams, I'm sorry this happened to you, but believe me, you'll come out on the right side of this.

Political correctness be damned! Now, come and get me!

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka A Professional Communicator

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ain't That The Truth!!

Here was my reading for the day:

"When the issues of someone else's life has you tied in knots, it usually means it's time to start focusing on your own life."

Man, those continual lessons about how it's always about me and never about them...
They never get old do they?! And, certainly no less startling when you're reminded!

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka She Who Is Knot

Monday, October 18, 2010

Look Up!!!

"Sometimes we get so caught up in our small daily duties and irritations that they become the only things that we focus on. What we forget is that God's love and beauty are all around us, every day, if only we would take the time to look up and see them."
~ Matthias

I hope you remember to look up this week! In fact, I hope you remember to do it often.

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka She Who Looks Up Often
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Silent Sermon Sunday

For where you go, I will go;
and where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God...

~ The Book of Ruth

Mr & Mrs Zach Schmitt, our daughter and son-in-law

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka Wicca'd Step/Mother-in law as of 10/15/10

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Silent Sermon Sunday

"May your comings and goings always be blessed."

Evan arrived home today, on leave for a brief while.
How blessed we are; how happy!
May you find the same blessings in your day.

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka Wicca'd Step Mother

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Having Its Own Way

Yes, it is Fall here. Yes, it is Autumn in Western PA which means that the days are already more gray than clear. Yes, it's been raining for years here, well, okay I made that up but it has been raining for days. Not that I truly mind; we had a very hot, dry summer. You get my drift though- it's one of those days when you want to stay in your jammies and in bed.

Despite the fact that it is Fall, my orchid has re-bloomed. Some say they buy them and then can never get them to bloom again. I don't have that problem. Oh sure, the plants are never as pretty as when I first bring them home, but they still show me what high fashion is about when they send out their flowers.

Some things simply insist on having their own way....flaunting their attributes...commanding attention...announcing their presence...sharing their gifts.

Despite what their surroundings might try to shackle them with or suggesting that the timing is not right...

Some bright spirits can still feel their own worth and merit. Some things insist, for the positive, on having their own way.

I think I should be an orchid.

Namaste' Till Next Time,

Monday, October 4, 2010

What Took Me So Long?

I spend way too much time thinking...
And not enough time feeling.
Now that I've finally figured that out...
My life is about to change. Again.

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka She Who Is Slow...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Silent Sermon Sunday

Mend the parts of the world that are within your reach.

~ Clarrisa Pinkola Estes

Namaste' Until Next Time,
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