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A Time in History

Posted by Thomas Ault on February 5, 2020 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)
THE CHOICE IS YOURS! Every major country in history, and every major country today, wanted or wants to be in charge. Each political hack that is elected, or takes control by force and fear, or perhaps is born into the position, wants his/her country to be the strongest, the richest, the wisest, and the leader of the rest regardless of a need for that endeavor. Our world is made up of leaders who have never, and will never, settle for peace when the temptation to be the country in charge is in sight, and as long as greed and money make it enticing. No doubt there is a need for moneyâ�?�¦there always is, but it must be used wisely. Think about thisâ�?�¦if each country used their own God given products to increase their countryâ�?��?�s ability to be independent, and all other countries would do the same with their products and then trade those products accordingly with each other for goods they require; or if the corporations of this world would realistically increase their income (especially in the upper echelon of their leadership) and take care of its people as they once didâ�?�¦ these world problems could be solved?. Unfortunately, we have too many greedy executives, and others in powerful positions, who worship power and money more than the people that make those countries great. What happened to the pride in our country? Many of the citizens of this great country view these things as unimportant, but I for one, belief we are witnessing the beginning of the end of this beautiful and free country that has been built on freedom, necessity, desire, and hard work. If we allow our government to succumb to socialism, we will inherit the miseries that go with that choice as so many other countries have. Please take a look at China, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Guyana, India, North Korea, Portugal, or Shri Lanka. Perhaps you would like to move there and become a socialist, or perhaps you would prefer communism like Cuba and Russia. Another strong prospect you may want to consider would be Muslim countries with Muslim rules. A large part of Great Britain has moved in that direction. I visited the Netherlands a few years back and was warned to stay out of certain areas due to Muslim domination and it was considered unsafe for any tourist. Or, you can just stay here and NOT LET this happen to us! My readers, we are in trying times. Our future is not looking as it should. Are you going to succumb to the fantasy â�?��?life of leisureâ�?�� where you would supposedly get everything for free? (That is as long as the government can exist without going broke?) There is no worse job to have then to have that of the President of the United States. There is no position in todayâ�?��?�s government that is trusted 100% by the citizens of this country, including that one. There are good and bad interests on both sides of the table, and if you donâ�?��?�t think so you have not been keeping up. I have to say, however, that even with the vulgarity and bad political judgement of the president, he has lived up to most of his pre-election promises ir-regardless of his egotistic attitude, he has worked to fulfill his obligations while being constantly been under fire by the democratic/socialist party that has spent more time in an attempt to derail the president than they have on what they were elected to do. Now we are coming into a new year. Perhaps a good look at what the future appears to be bringing us, as to political administration personnel would be worthwhile, keeping in mind, we have not seen what lays ahead with the Republican party hopefuls. Democratic Caucus - Iowa A quote: â�?��?For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party planned to report three sets of results: a tally of caucusgoersâ�?��?� initial candidate preference; vote totals from the â�?��?final alignmentâ�?�� after supporters of lower-ranking candidates were able to make a second choice, and the total number of State Delegate Equivalents each candidate received. There is no guarantee that all three will show the same winner when they're ultimately released.â�?�� If this is an example of what the political parties of our country in 2021 and beyond, perhaps it is time to completely re-evaluate the true needs of our country. I have never been 100% Republican nor 100% Democrat, but have attempted to ferret the truth and vote accordingly. Today, finding the truth is more than a full time job. We, as a country, are quickly losing our moral fiber and are in the process of watching the decay of a once strong country. Our legislators only view one thing as necessary, and that is that they become re-elected, regardless of their performance, good or bad. It is time that we take this country back and it would seem the only remaining way of doing that is by eliminating those in power through the ballot box next November. Looking at history of other great countries it stands out that they were affluent, they were powerful, and they had a loyal citizenryâ�?�¦then the people took it for granted all was well as they were being â�?��?sold down the road.â�?�� The first two paragraphs are direct responses by the democratic convention in Iowa, not something I made up. This is just a repetitious continuation of politics for some time now. The democrats have spent three years doing very littsle with their time but trying to eliminate the president who won over Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Pelosi has spent so much energy on this endeavor that she has proven she has no place in the position to which she has been given. Her actions during the State of the Union message were deplorable and not acceptable as the third most ranking person in the government. Whether she agrees or not with the president, being respectable of the position is important and her blatant disregard for that office is something any young adult should consider bad conduct and hopefully not follow her misguided lead. Basic Information on Prominent Politicians Trump: There is little doubt that being raised in luxury, given several breaks in the financial world, and believing one has done everything due to his/her own ability could easily become a narcissist with an ego the size of the entire earthâ�?�¦thatâ�?��?�s right, no doubt! Taking that into considerationâ�?�¦is this the kind of person we need running the country? There are going to be a lot of yeas and a lot of nays to that question, butâ�?�¦what have we had for several years now? We have had glad handers, give away artists, war pushers, peace pushers, and a long list of governing typesâ�?�¦we have had the country driving further and further into debt and blaming it on the leaderâ�?�¦rather than the leader(s). I, for one, am not pleased with our presidentâ�?��?�s method of communication but maybe I am past this new means of communication called â�?��?Tweeting.â�?�� I do not like exaggerations, name calling, negativism about others, and bullying. In todayâ�?��?�s political climate there appears to be no going back to â�?��?almost acceptable politicians.â�?�� However, I do feel he is living up to his promises while fighting an enemy that has no foundation except hatred and jealous retaliation which has blinded them to common sense and reality. There is little that can be done only by the presidentâ�?�¦he is strong, but our government is supposed to be governed by the elected people, those elected by we the people, not we the immigrants, or we the people who want everything for nothing, who assume that money for those things grows on trees. Pelosi: 1. Pelosi has been credited for spearheading President Obama's health-care law when it seemed that it would go down in defeat. (It raised the cost after being initiated to an unstainable level for many of those that bought into it. There were good parts and bad ones, and many of the bad ones have been eliminated, but not the cost.) 2. She quotesâ�?�¦â�?�� We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income in our country and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest.â�?�� ( Pelosi's earnings are connected to her husband's heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook). 3. â�?��?We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long ways to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as â�?��?Americans (many people are relying on their stock investments to retire on. Taking away that income would cause serious consequence for millions of retired people who worked hard for their money, unlike many of the elected government â�?��?fat catsâ�?�� who have made their money from investments most of us never knew about plus an income we, the taxpayers pay for) 4. In 2009 that Pelosi's average net worth was US$58,436,537, ranking her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress. Net worth in 2014 was US$101,273,023 having ranked 8th out of 25 wealthiest members of Congress 5. Pelosi voted against the 1995 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment 6. In 1999, Pelosi voted against displaying the Ten Commandments in public buildings, including schools 7. March 2009, the New York Post wrote that the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch had obtained emails sent by Pelosi's staff requesting that the United States Air Force (USAF) provide specific aircraftâ�?��?�a Boeing 757â�?��?�for Pelosi to use for taxpayer-funded travel. (And she talks about other people?) 8. In July 2015, Pelosi said she was convinced Obama would have enough votes to secure the Iran nuclear deal, then In 2016, Pelosi argued against the passage of two bills, that if enacted, would block Iran's access to the dollar and impose sanctions for its ballistic missile program: Joseph Biden: 1. The Times added that Joe Biden, in 2016, â�?��?threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraineâ�?��?�s leaders did not dismiss the countryâ�?��?�s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.â�?�� The prosecutorâ�?��?�s name was Viktor Shokin. (This was not proven) According to John Solomon, it might be different from the presidentâ�?��?�s problem with withholding money for a favor. (Question, how different is this from todayâ�?��?�s request from President Trump? Can it be explained?) John Bolton: 1 Based on Boltonâ�?��?�s public financial disclosure report, he doesnâ�?��?�t appear to be financially reliant on future book sales. (Only one question hereâ�?�¦should anyone publishing a book about private information be regarded as influential in a probe into the very subject of the unpublished book?) THIS NOVEMBER WILL BE THE TIME TO VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE! NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE YOUR STAND. CHOOSE WISELY!

A New Direction

Posted by Thomas Ault on December 1, 2019 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Well, it is time for me to do something different...as many of you know we have been fighting cancer in our household for a year now and only the good Lord knows who is winning, it or my wonderful wife, Paulette... At any rate I can tell you that after a year of 24/7 caregiving, I woke up feeling a bit old the other day. Being around for so long has probably got something to do with the feeling...who knows for sure? There is a new Tom Ault book in the process....it is written and some folks are checking it over...it is called "The Parables" and it is taken from the Bible. There are many books out there regarding this subject so this is not something new, or probably not even profound but, it is my take on the parables so if any of you would like to take a look at it, let me know and I will send you a download. Now, many of you have signed in and few have left any messages or other information on the site...I would like to hear from all of you, and I hope that you are all well and enjoying the holiday season. Feel free to check out any of the books for sale, and if you want a free download of the newest one, let me know. I recommend downloading it using Microsoft Word. If you reduce the size a bit you have two pages on your screen and that will allow you to have the picture relating to the parable across from the parable and it will look like the book should when it gets published. Hoping you are happy and healthy, Tom Ault


Posted by Thomas Ault on November 27, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Shamefully, our country has decided to worship a buck rather than God. It also has chosen to attend a sporting even but never time for church. I am devoted to bringing more people to the realization that there is much more to life than having a good time and piling money in the bank. A few years ago, when most folks had nothing, or next to nothing, they had a wonderfully un-complex life. I don't know about you but when I was growing up the family didn't have money to spare. I had suit for Sundays church and special occasions. This was a luxury that was saved up for all year long and was purchased in time for Easter. By that time, a year had gone by and as most children, I had outgrown the old suit but we gave it to someone who needed one, provided I had not spilled something on it or ruined it in some other way. My father worked, like most men of that time, five and one-half days a week, at least eight hours a day. On Saturday afternoon we might do something, but generally that time was devoted to house maintenance, lawn mowing, or some other endeavor that required the strong hand of a man. No, women were not doing much outside of the home. My mother worked all week long mending clothes, cleaning house ( and that was a lot tougher then since these new conveniences we have today were not available. Saturdays were saved to help my father if need be, and getting the family ready for Sunday services. Monday was always wash day at our house and that meant using the old washing machine with the wringer on the top, then after wringing out the clothing, putting it into baskets and carrying it all outside where is would be hung with clothspins on that long group of rope lines stretched between two posts my father had cemented into the ground to keep them from tipping. Yes, those were hard days, but I never knew it. We all appreciated what we had. It was called family in those days. We actually ate at the same time around the table in the evening when my father got home. We went to church as a family on Sunday, there were not stores open back then as Sunday was a day to thank God for what we had. Saturdays did have baseball somewhere during the summer, and some football, mostly at the high schools, on Friday nights. Its was a good time when our family sat around the one small room in the house that housed a piano, mandolin, violin, and a trombone. Singing the old songs and some church songs was wonderful, especially in the winter when we could also enjoy the heat from our coal furnace, some hot cocoa, and on special occasions fudge or popcorn. I would trade today, with all the conveniences I and my wife enjoy, for yesterday with all of its hardships just for the warmth of family and the love that we shared.Nostalgia? Yes! Would I have lived as long as I have now? Probably not, but I would not have all of these "old age" illnesses and pains either. All of these thoughts are just some fodder for your imagination in case you are still under that wonderful retirement age. Hopefully, you will be able to think back to when you were a child and say "I am happy to be alive...I am happy to enjoy this marvelous holiday season, and especially this God filled Christmas.


Posted by Thomas Ault on November 27, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Who Are We? A Thanksgiving Message More and more each day we are being rained upon with words from those who do not appreciate our country, and those who would like to see it become a different place than that which we were taught was our beloved United States of America. I am a Christian and I don�??t have any problem saying so! With that being said, I would like to point out some certain truths that our country was based on. The very first adventurers that came here to make a new home were the passengers on the Mayflower. They wrote the Mayflower Compact in 1620 which in part stated, �??Having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in northern parts of Virginia,�?� etc. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln, in part said in his proclamation, �??I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer to our beneficent Father, who dwelleth in the heavens,�?� etc. The Washington Monument includes a bible in its cornerstone. The Supreme Court has the Ten Commandments inscribed in four places. The Library of Congress, White House and Jefferson Memorial all have references to God. In the United States Capitol the declaration �??In God We Trust�?� is prominently displayed in both the United States House and Senate Chambers. This is also declared on our paper money. How much proof do we need to point out the need for God in our everyday lives and in our deeds? It is time to start looking at what our future holds and start thinking about why our past provided us with today and how we are going to prepare ourselves for the future. The infighting that is taking place in our country will lead to an unhappy future should it continue. It is time for our leaders to start thinking beyond their own personal future. I hope each and every one of you have or have had a Happy Thanksgiving. (complete quotes can be found on via google)


Posted by Thomas Ault on November 26, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Nostalgia comes from time to time, and it is especially true at this time of year. I tend to reminisce more during the late fall season that any other time. Thinking back of when a Christmas tree was a real one because there weren't anything fake than even resembled a real tree. When the downtown was decorated and all of the stores decorated their windows, every department store tried to outdo their competitor with special automated and extravagant displays. How glorious it was to go downtown... sometimes with my older brother, but more often with my mother or my grandmother holding my hand. (There weren't any shopping centers) There was always a big crowd where Santa sat listening to all of us kids as we told him what we wanted for Christmas, even when we were old enough to know that Santa might be our mom or dad. Why should we have let on that we knew any better? Then there was the strolling minstrels singing their Christmas repertoire while smiling brightly in honor of Christ's birthday or sometimes bawdy songs of the New Year with the cheer for the season. Church was filled with Christmas Carols, stories of the first Christmas and everyone seemed to be friendly and good will was everywhere. People greeted others with cheery greetings, even folks they didn't know. Many times the snow was falling, but no one seemed to be bothered by it much. Many of the streets were not paved so cars that ran on them and then came onto the main streets of town, brought along the mud from where they had come from...we didn't care, love was everywhere! None of us knew we were poor. We all thought that we were equal. We had some well to do shop owners across the street from our house who were just everyday folks. All of us were neighbors and if there were any of those "higher-than-mighty" types, I don't recall seeing them. Maybe they were perched somewhere that I could not see them, but I have to admit I don't recall. Even the owner of the department store in our town was jovial and enjoying the season, even with the long hours he and the other merchants had to endure. Now it is today...most of those old downtown stores are closed and moved, or the windows that held those wonderful displays are bricked up. The streets are not bustling with people anymore as the stores have all moved to "more convenient" locations. The store owners aren't as cordial and happy as they seemed to be in the days gone by. Shopping centers are open all hours of the day and night. Holidays when families used to crowd around the table or into the living room to be together and enjoy what they had, now are talking on their cell phones, listening with speakers stuck in their ears to music that seems to have no words and sometimes no "music," or just keeping busy and complaining about the work he season has brought to them. We have traded those wonderful holidays, those days that no longer is what the dictionary describes. I read it again today and thought how can that be? "A day appointed by law for suspension of business in commemoration of some event." Or even better, "Any day of rest." I suppose that the dictionary should change that, as our country has twisted so many things to become commercial days instead. We have lost the true meaning of, not just Christmas, but all other holidays as well. Today's world is money oriented. Holiday dates that used to mean somethings are now shoved either forward or backward to facilitate long weekends so we can go to more sporting events, drink more beer, or spend our time traveling to some location we all wish we could escape from after being there a short time. Oh well, it is that time of year that comes every year, like it or not. We can't escape it, but we can relish it and try to recapture the beauty of this holiday season but calling someone that has been forgotten, stopping to see someone who needs a friend, or just being a part of your family by putting away the earphones, the cell phones, and the other things that keep us from good old family love and conversation. To everyone, Happy Holidays and especially. Merry Christmas and Happy (safe) New Year. God Bless us one and all!!!

False Accusations or The Truth? Does it Matter?

Posted by Thomas Ault on October 5, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)
It is against my better judgement to take sides in political discussions that usually have about as much substance as a grade school gang�??s knowledge level. I am not going to choose sides on the debate over Kavanaugh�??s abilities. I don�??t know what is in his mind and no one else does either! I do think, however, that if these puffed-up senators, who actually believe they are more important and smarter than any other human in the world, would open their minds, close their mouths, and start acting like the people we thought we elected. The right questions for the job should be asked instead of trying to sling as much mud as they possibly can. They seem to forget, of course, it splashes back on the person that throws it. If you read the Bible, you will recall that Jesus was accused falsely, beaten, and murdered! It only takes one person to turn a crowd into a frenzy and it would appear that one person has been found by those who would ostracize this man, a man who has been a pillar of his community, a wonderful father to his children, as well as a husband to his wife. If you are part of the accusers, you should be pleased that you have destroyed a man�??s life, home, and children. Can you imagine what would happen if every time you looked for a job a check was made into things you may have said or done, when you were in high school, grade school, or even in college? I don�??t know about anyone else but I am sure there are things I really would not like everyone to know about. I may have done something, when I was young. That is the time we are allowed to err and hopefully learn from our mistakes! It is time to stop destroying someone because they are of a different party, a different race, or a different culture. We need to start acting like adults and if we have to get rid of all of the �??so called�?� intellects that think they know how to run this country, let�??s do it. It would appear most of them need to get a job that requires them to do something other than preen for the camera, look in the mirror and admire themselves!

Crime or No Crime

Posted by Thomas Ault on September 11, 2018 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)
TJA 08/09/2018 I assume that before I write this, backlash could be in the future. Are you sick and tired of the disgusting situation where people are not innocent even when there is photographic evidence of the crime, yet he/she pleads �??Not Guilty,�?� as advised by an attorney who is abiding by an oath that is questionable, and it is accepted? Every day we see videos of criminals being shot for �??no apparent reason.�?� The video left out the fact that the person shot was running away from a stolen car, an abused victim, or some other criminal activity that they have just committed. It doesn�??t make any difference whether the person is black, yellow, red, white, or whatever color they claim to be; if they have committed the crime they should not expect leniency�?� yet our courts are so afraid that they will be condemned for doing what they should do, that they do nothing at all or cave in to prefabricated criticism and set the criminal free while condemning the person who did what they should have; the one who had to decide in that split second of time what was right or wrong. Don�??t misunderstand me! I am not saying that everyone does not deserve a trial by their peers. I do believe that they do. My problem is that too many times only the video, or an unauthorized picture, that depicts the criminal as the victim, is shown. Years ago, I handled some rental property. One afternoon, as my wife sat with a renter in her kitchen, a young man, who was the grandson of the renter, dashed through the house and lifted my wife�??s purse. We found it an hour or so later down the alley in a garbage container, without any money of course! There was no investigation, no real concern for my wife�??s loss, only concern for the poor young man who apparently needed our money more than we did. Of course we had to pay the property owner for the rent collected. After all, we were considered rich�?� since we collected the rent. Perhaps you have never been a victim, and if that is the case, you should thank your creator for that! If you haven�??t been a victim, maybe you should consider the complete picture instead of the one that is frequently presented�?� without all of the facts. What do you think?

Tort Relief

Posted by Thomas Ault on September 11, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Tort Relief TJA 08/19/2018 From time to time, as most other folks do, I read something that requires an answer or at least a comment or two. Today is no exception. �??Church group�??s opposition stuns advocates of tort reform�?� has caused me to consider the �??tort�?� situation. First and foremost, the word tort is defined �??A wrong that is committed by someone who is legally obligated to provide a certain amount of carefulness in behavior to another and that causes injury to that person, who may seek compensation in a civil suit for damages.�?� People should be compensated, to a realistic degree. Looking at some of the crazy and unnecessary amounts of money being awarded is sad. For example, let�??s say a person, on a yearly basis, earns $100,000.00. He/she is no longer to perform �??any�?� kind of work. That person certainly should be awarded a sum equal to what they could be earning until the age of 67, or whatever retirement year is in vogue at the time. Let�??s say the person is now 25, and has 42 more years of life expectancy before retirement kicks in, and is definitely unable to work. Assuming that the income will jump by 4% a year (this is not based on any factual finding) that would amount to more than $4,368,000.00. (Accumulative yearly increases is impossible to figure) The 1st year�??s assumed income could be given the person, and the remainder put into an interest bearing account that would pay out each year according to the average wage of the time, for that income level. Of course if there was actual continuous medical treatment that would have to be taken into consideration. Today, we are rewarding many times that amount of money with a generous portion going to the law firm that represented the individual. The problem here is that if we award the $4,368,000.00 as a lump sum and the fee is 10%, (which I understand is way below the going rate) that firm, or that attorney, will receive a minimum of $436,800.00. Now I am not against anyone earning a reasonable buck or two, but if that took a year of work, that is still a pretty hefty bunch of money, don�??t you agree? If you received that balance, in this case, $3,931,200.00, would you take it, put it in the bank, and never say another word? Let�??s wise up!

Time to Grow Up

Posted by Thomas Ault on March 6, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Time to Grow Up and be Counted 3/6/18 /tja I was reminded today about how history, whether in the Bible, or just in memory, seems to repeat itself. The uninformed many have assumed that he/she has not fulfilled his/her obligations, and to some extent, while that assumption may be true, the question is, who is to blame? A good friend of mine pointed out that we continue to throw mud instead of roses. A case in point, whether we like our new president or not, he has been one of the very few that has tried to live up to his promises. We are experiencing the greatest, even though somewhat alarming, surge in the market place than at any time in history that I can remember. The out of work folks have become much more employed than in recent history, and the taxes of been slowed down, not just for the rich (as the news likes to preach to us), but also to us, the less fortunate, in the lower income brackets. If we truly look back at biblical history, we find such men as David, Saul, Moses, and a few hundred more that were not perfect by today�??s standards, did do the will of the Christian God, and while what they did seems barbaric in today�??s world, was something than needed to be done in the period of time in which they lived. Were they wrong? All of us, including those we consider to be perfect, have not always been perfect! Many of us did things that neither we, nor those that know us, would want to publicize, yet each day we see our elected officials pointing out every flaw in their opponents character, even if they are fabrications. They hire people to start unnecessary probes. They remind me of the investigator taking pictures of private family situations in an attempt to tarnish their character. We should overlook some of their promises that could only be accomplished with a bit of assistance from those that would rather wreak havoc instead of serve the people who elected them. It is my hope that one day our elected ones get over this juvenile attitude and start doing what they were elected to do. They would the not only earn our trust, but their pay!


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?