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THIN SKINNED

Posted by Thomas Ault on October 28, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 


 

Thin Skinned TJA 10/26/2017

It is difficult to not feel sorry for those people that need to have everything their way. They are missing out on one of the important things in life. It is called understanding. Today it’s almost a crime to enjoy a good joke. Every word must be carefully spoken lest someone find fault with it. Why do so many think that everything said has to portray some nasty connotation? Are we living in a world of evil minds?

We used to tell a joke, play a prank on someone, and even tease a friend. It was something we all took in stride and smiled about, even when the joke was on us. As a matter of fact, if we didn’t get picked on occasionally, we felt left out! We learned to “take it on the chin,’ then forget it, even if it hurt.

Face to face confrontation is no longer acceptable. We have kids being attacked on Facebook, and iPhones, and iPads, because that is what they see every day in the media or on television. Too many continue to make a “mountain out of a molehill.”

I look back at my childhood and smile because it was a great time. I lived with my mother and my grandmother. I didn’t know that we were poor; someone forgot to tell me! I had the opportunity to bag potatoes at the local grocery store in my preteens. I didn’t make much money, but by working there I got to fly in the Wonder Bread Blimp, and that was great! (My mother didn’t have to sign a dozen waivers, pay a fee, and check with an attorney first!)

Our back yard had some great holes that my friend and I dug and used for foxholes to fight off a make- believe enemy. We didn’t waste time plotting against one another. If there was a problem, we confronted each other and solved it, generally peacefully. Occasionally a bloody nose, hurt dignity, but always a mother’s tender care for both of the boys (or girls) without taking sides, always insisting on a shake of the hands and an “I’m sorry.”

We since have become a thin-skinned, none-caring, over-regulated group, waiting like vultures to pounce on our next prey! Let’s try to understand each other instead of being pushed by the media to believe the worst in our peers?

 

LOVE/HATE, A PROBLEM

Posted by Thomas Ault on October 2, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Today we live in a new world, a new concept if you will. Over the past century we have gone from loving everything to hating everything.

The fact is we tend to hate anything someone else has and we do not.

What is the meaning of hate and love?

First, HATE: “Described as an intense hostility and aversion usually driving from fear, anger or sense of injury.”. From the American Heritage Dictionary: “Intense animosity or dislike.” There are more definitions you can find under that title.

Second: LOVE: “An intense feeling of deep affection.” or “A variety of different emotional and mental states,” or according to The American Heritage Dictionary, “A strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship.”

God’s followers describe love as being that which all mankind should embrace, one for the other.

Today we have decided to hate! We hate our neighbors, we hate the republicans, we hate the democrats, we hate anyone that disagree with us because without searching out the truth, we lazily hate what we don’t understand.

The shooting in Las Vegas is still under the microscope. Is there an answer?

From the beginning of this century, we have heard more about hate than any time in the history of our country. The tearing apart of our wonderful country is underway, and those that believe “hate” is the answer, are responsible! For one, I do not condone hate! Do you?

What fools we all are. We now have more that most, even in the better neighborhoods, had in the 1930’s and 1940’s. There was one real thing we had and it was called love. We cared for our neighbors; we cared for the lonesome hobo that wandered the railroad tracks; we cared for the poor and needy by sharing what we had whether it was a coat we no longer needed, or a scrap of food left over. Sometimes we made sacrifices to provide for those who had less.

Today the world is filled with “me’s.” Those that say “I” am important, “I” am smart, “I” have more than you do. “I” come first. What a sick bunch of “namby-pambies” we have become!

Take a good look around you and see the greedy, self-indulgent, and just plain ungrateful bunch we are. We are pathetic! We could do much better for our country and fellowman.

 

Athletes?

Posted by Thomas Ault on September 26, 2017 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I guess I have missed out on something in my education. As I recall, the definition of athlete, is, according to The American Heritage Discionary, fifth edition:

One who participates in physical exercise or strength, agility, and endurance for success in sports,a contestest, one who contends. " Taking this a step further  we look at athletics and we find, "Activities, such as sports, exercises, and games that require physical skill and stamina", or/and, "The principles or system of training and practice for such practices."

I don't see a sentence there that says anything about activisit, intellect, thinker, intellectual, or politician. Did I miss something?

We are facing so many uncertainties in these days with the weather taking its toll whereever it lands with its devastation and without regard to man,beast, or plant. Complacent with the discovery of the atom...a thing that should and could have made a difference to people possibly providing clean water and maybe even the elimination of disease for many.. The probability of war with a tyrant who has no boundaries, the continuation of a world with famine in every country, including this United States of America, and yet we have lesser men who are supposed to be above average in scholastics, sports; men who should be men of integrity, honesty, setting themselves forth as roll-models for young adults.

What do we have? We have a facade of men who have placed themselves on pedestals, who actually believe the hype the press sounds off about them and have now such inflated bank accounts that match their egos, it is next to vulgarity.;

When people place man above God in worship, yes I said man above God, I am referring to those people in our population that are so involved in the sport teams of this country they cannot see beyond the end of their noses. Just imagine how wonderful it could be if the same amount of "sports enthusiasts" were "God enthusiasts." Would that not be wonderful?

Instead, we have overlooked drug addiction, rape, even murder, when it is a sports idol that has performed the act. If an ordinary person who happens to work 8 hours or more a day, who is trying to raise a family, who probably goes to church at least once month, and is desperately trying to meet his family's needs,was to do half of what these "sports idles" get away with, he would be incarcerated for life and have the key thrown away.

Take a good look at this new breed of sports heroes. You must be very proud to call them citizens of this great country. If they really cared about what is important, which they don't seem to have the intelligence to do, they would strive to make this country strong.;

This is not a race thing! If anyone thinks it is they are missing the point completely! We have become so stupidly involved in "race," "equality," "religious beliefs," and a multitude of other things, we have allowed the tyrants who wish to overthrown our great country the opportunity they have been working toward for almost a century. Are you really going to buy into this idiocy? Take a look around at the other countries of the world and discover how fortunate you have been and how fortunate you are! If you are going to imbibe in self-pity, ask someone of age what their young lives were like.Believe it or not, most of them didn't even know that they were poor! I was one of them. I celebrated my friendship with the black kids on my block, the Mexican and Italian kids on my block, the Catholic kids on my block...they were and still are my friends.

The New World

Posted by Thomas Ault on September 14, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A New World

 

The angry storms cannot be regulated. They are nature’s way of cleansing the earth. It is an uncontrollable environment we live with each and every day of our lives, never knowing where or when a catastrophic storm might occur.

Perhaps now, after being devastated by two hurricanes, the people who have been demonstrating, demolishing historical monuments, and harming each other will see what damage can be done by needless anger and discover what is really important.

Unlike weather, manmade storms could be eliminated if all people would follow what has been laid out for them for centuries. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” might be a good direction to consider. The weather cannot think, but people can, if they just would!

We have seen the manifestation of wind and rain. We have seen the destruction made by bombs and mortars. Why can’t we also see the damage made by words and actions? So often we lash out at things we don’t understand rather than face them in a rational way. The first reaction of us humans is to kill or disable something we don’t understand. We prefer to eliminate rather than investigate.

Imagine what it would be like, that if instead of spending billions of dollars every day on destruction, we spent, along with other countries, the same amount to make the world a better place to live in. It would eliminate worldwide poverty and restore dignity. Can you imagine enjoying the culture of a particular race of people? The African cultures, the Spanish dancers, Asian foods, or a host of other wonderful new things that could be experienced and understood? Wouldn’t it be exciting to visit another country and see those people living the lifestyles unique to their culture?

In this barbaric world, power and ownership have continued to be goals. We, as a world, are in a position to eliminate all poverty, misery, and hatred by eliminating greed and instilling that “do unto others” attitude. Every country has something to share with their neighbors if the fences were torn down.

It is possible, that through these tremendous storms in our and other countries where severe wind, flooding, and mudslides have taken so many lives, we could change our understanding of what is really important! We can, we should, but will we?

 

 

 

Presidential or Not Presidential

Posted by Thomas Ault on July 28, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

During the last election phase in our great country, we endured one of the most foolish periods that I can remember with respect to our "hopeful" candidates for president, who spent most of their time fighting among themselves, rather than concentrating on what was important to us, the voters.

Along came a man who said what he thought, and for the most part, I agreed with what he thought. I didn't necessarily approve of his tactics, but he did say what a lot of us were thinking at the time. Then the time came to cast our votes, and cast them we did. Will the true outcome of that voting ever be knoiw? I doubt it! Never the less, that man became our president.

We have elected a president that I hoped we could all get behind. Granted he came on strong trying to implement his ideas, but having no regard for the system, he has failed in many ways. Have we all made a mistake? Could we have done better? Perhaps, but we will not know for some time if the choice was right or wrong, but in the meantime, it should be our duty to get behind the president and help him do what he said he was going to do.The question now is, can we?

Unfortunately, it is starting to appear that we may have elected a man who touts himself as a great salesman, but all I see so far is a very well to do man, who started out life with a lot of money, has never had to get down in the trenches and worry about the next day's meal. The problem with this type of person ( and don't get me wrong, there is more than one of them in our hiearchy of government) is he really has no concept of how the rest of us live! He (they) can read about it, can converse about it, can watch others suffer through it, but they have not lived it!

I could be wrong, but it seems to me a president should be a solid leader, a person who works the system well, speaks clearly to his constituents, and thinks before he tweets. (Should I have said speaks?) There are many people who "tweet" these days, who use Facebook as a means of communication, and have all but forgotten how to carry on a conversation without those devices. While our president appears to think that this new communiation is the answer, perhaps he should consider it is more like a cloak to hide behind.

I want to know where the man I voted for went! Is he hiding behind all of those relataives and friends he placed in various positions where they have no business being placed in, sitting in a corner with his cell phone tweeting his annoyance around the world? Isn't it time for him to stop his childish ways, grown up, and be a president?

He has to make a choice, to be presidential, or  to continue to be  "not presidential!" LIke had been said in the past, "If its too hot in the kitchen, get out!"

Once Upon A Time

Posted by Thomas Ault on July 25, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Not so long ago, in the land of common sense and simplicity, there was a place you could buy needed drugs to ease pain and medicate the body as doctor recommended. During that time you rarely saw money wasted on advertising available drugs.

In those days, one could go to the doctor, meet the secretary/nurse/insurance clerk/doctor assistant, which was (believe it or not) one person. This one person generally knew you by name and had your name written down, or typed, along with the scheduled time to see the good doctor, it was called an appointment. An appointment meant that you would see and talk to your doctor at an elected time and date, and he was there. You could plan your day, because within a few minutes, he was there as he said that he would be.

Another wonderful thing in those days was that one could actually pay the doctor, in cash, on the spot! You could generally afford it! There was no up-front payment (co-payment) and no yearlong wait for another bill to come from people you can’t see or talk to. Frequently they request that you pay for a many medical codes that frightened you just to read them, let alone try to figure out what they mean…or for that matter, frequently left wondering if they were even yours.

Today, we pay for a few unseen things, none of which actually applies to the doctor/patient relationship.

1. Lobbyist: (804 in 2016) Works for the pharmaceutical industry. To influence lawmakers toward their goals.

2. Pharmacy Benefit Manager: Negotiates rebates and discounts, the pharmacy receives, in exchange for preferred placement on list of covered medicines.

3. Insurance Clerk: Establishes you have insurance, files claims, and submits the proper code number for the treatment and payment thereof. (hopefully)

4. Receptionist: Person who greets you, answers phones, frequently takes your money.

5. Computer: Programs required to handle claims, personal data, and your account.

6. Membership in the Medical Association which dictates how much he has to charge.

These are just a few of the things that the doctor gets the ‘cost blame’ for, and you, the person in need, gets to pay for. Is it time for a change so we, the average person, can live healthily?

 

Another World

Posted by Thomas Ault on July 25, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Not long ago, men were men, women were women, and children were, well let’s just say that they were children.

Yesteryear. I was a child, according to the guidelines of the time, until I reached that magic age of 21. I did some childish things, just like other children did. They were not well thought out, but often, a test of wills, more than anything else. I was not incarcerated for the silly things I did, but I was dealt with in a way I understood, that if I did it again, certain consequences would be in my future. I was loved, and through that love, I was also punished appropriately, if the thing I did was requiring of that act. Parents were my guide, through love.

Today. A child (someone under 18) performs a foolish act, and gets caught. Immediately 911 is called, the child is held by someone in authority, then taken into custody, and charged for the act, then detained in a juvenile detention place, or put on display for everyone to ridicule. This act frequently gives the child a perverse opinion of the police and any authority. Government is their guide, through fear and without love.

They now see themselves as:

(1) An awful person, doomed to be forever badly thought of, thereby eliminating any self-esteem he or she might have had, and on down the wrong road.

OR

(2) Loving the attention they received, and deciding it was a great idea and will try something similar, as soon as possible, to retain that attention from his/her peers.

I am not advocating that children should pull pranks and get away with it. I do suggest that kids need guidance. That guidance should start at home, and it should carry through with intelligence and common sense, rather than some new law that make all things seem black or white.

Children need to understand right from wrong. They need to learn to take things less seriously. When every word spoken is to hurt, something is wrong in our society. When we reward anyone for doing nothing, rather than pushing them to achieve, we are killing competitiveness, and replacing it with weakness.

We now live with fear of our neighbor, distrust of our friends, and a loss of morality. What happened?

 

And They Laughed While He Died

Posted by Thomas Ault on July 25, 2017 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Morality Lost

The first paragraph in the July 22nd article about “laughing teens” says it all.

The problem with our “legal experts” is they have disregarded all common sense, common decency, and certainly all moral, responsibility. It is incomprehensible that anyone, young adult, adult, or child could be educated at home or anywhere else to believe that laughing at a person drowning is funny.

It was pointed out to me that we have so much garbage on television being watched and somehow approved of, that it is no wonder our youth think everything is okay as long as it does not affect them directly. Some parenting in this case could be a benefit!

The show on television that people find so funny, where people do stupid tricks and frequently get hurt badly, just so they can be on television and win a prize, for being stupid, amazes me. Does anyone that watches those programs consider the idiocy of the actions made, or is just me that does not find pain humorous?

In ancient times, people were devoured in the arena by lions, massacred by other people with swords, chains, and all of the other weapons of those times, just to please a crowd of people wanting to see blood. Should we start using the arenas we now have for sporting events, invite the mayor of the city, and let him/her turn their thumb up for life, or down for death, depending on the desires of the fans? Should we should start that new sport with the ‘so called’ judges that interpret the law the way they see it and expect us to buy it!

Have we, as a country of people, reached back in time to bring forward this horror and total lack of morality to please ourselves, while watching others suffer? Before this becomes a new national spectator sport, maybe we should put a stop to it!

Our Supreme Court interpretations have become a wart on the constitution and the amendments. Some are so old they can hardly walk or think, others are so political they have no idea what was meant when the constitution was written. Those that interpret the law should have to be judged as they judge.

Read: Mathew 7:1-3 or John 7:24

 

Early to Rise

Posted by Thomas Ault on March 2, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Remember that old adage, "Early to Bed, Early to Rise? Well, I have come to the conclusion that whoever wrote that was probably from firm farm stock and did not live in the same block that I do now, or did way back when either.. I talked to my Doctor the other day and he asked, "Are you getting eight hours a night." I looked at him and asked, "Eight hours of what?" He looked at me like I had just evaded the most important question of my life, and he had no idea why, I thought I asked a simple question about his question. He then said, "Eight hours of sleep, what did you think I was talking about?" Well, I figured that was about enough questioning for one day, so I just put my jacket back on and turned to leave. He stopped me and suggested that maybe, at my age, I needed some kind of mental help. I returned his gaze, and instead of answering the last of his invasive questions, suggested that he must have been reading a chart that belongs to someone else because I work 8 hours, play for another couple of hours, write my books for fours, talk to my wife ( or listen, depending on the day) for another three hours, talk on the phone or handle email, facebook, tweeter/twitter for another three hours, and then there is the time spent eating (which is another two hours for three meals), and one hour for snacks and a before bed cocktail. That only leaves me about an hour of actual sleep time; of course that does not include dozing time when I am too bored to do anything else. Now he could not understand that, but then again he isn't as old as I am. That dozing time could be quite lengthy at times. For instance, the other day when I was working at the computer something crazy happened with the time. I started at two in the afternoon, and the next time I looked at the time on the monitor it was five thirty. I don't understand where the time went since I only had typed one page of my book, but I figured that I spent three and one half hours on the computer, even if I could not account for it...or maybe the computer time was wrong? At any rate, I have decided that at my age I have to know more than that doctor that continuously takes my money and leaves me nothing to show for it except advise. I kind of wish that I had had a job like that early on because I have always been good at giving advise, even when not asked for, and I could have laid aside a sizable amount of cash had I charged for it like he does. Well, I guess I have talked too much already, so let me just say that you should spend more time doing intelligent things, like reading my books and not my tirades written in this blog. Love you guys (and gals) Tom

It's Over and Yet Just Beginning

Posted by Thomas Ault on January 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Well the elections are over, the fights are still raging, and people are still not settled in on the new programs which are coming whether we like them or not. I don't know about you, but I think it is time for us to settle down, read a good book (hopefully not one filled with those "F" words to a point you want to gag! I haven't had any comments for a long time, so I just thought I might let you know what is happening around the Ault Place. 1. We decided to move to a different place, one where you don't mow, you don't shovel and you can just relax with your hobbies. Did you know that I like to do simple wood working? I am not great but I do enjoy being in my own workshop. 2. I have a great room to write in and do research in. Where do you do these things? Library? Home Office? Outside? Inside? 3. PJ has had a cancer operation and I am glad to report that she is doing very well and has ridded her body of he blasted thing...we think! 4. We voted, our guy gto in...now we have to listen to the exaggerations of a lifetime. I think he means well, but the extensions of the facts get a bit out of hand. 5. I decided to build something for my wife...a Necklace Hidaway...something to put here necklaces in, hang on the wall behind the door and make it look like a full length mirror...hey, if you haven't tried it, don't knock it. 6. Painting some woodwork, straightening some light switch plates and painting a little outdoor door to the patio. 7. Working driving cars for a Ford Distributor...I seem something new everyday, although I only drive back and forth between two towns. But during that driving time I I do a lot of thinking about what to write next. Oh, I forgot to mention I am on chapter 7 of a new Deavereau mystery...I am only about four months behind, unfortunately. Well, that is about it for the Ault household other than my granddaughter has now written and published two books about her area of the country, and son Mike has added a couple of books to his group of published writings. Now it is your turn...how about writing something about yourselves that others may enjoy...after all we are just a happy family of writers and/or authors....right??

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