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March 19, 2017

Makes sense to me. Hugs

Filed under: Atheism, Ideas, meme, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 09:51


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March 12, 2017

The way we treat others matters

Filed under: Ideas, Reason, Stories, Thanks, Things I like — Tags: , — Scottie @ 20:54

I had someone who I really care about send me the following story.   When I read it I had tears in my eyes.   I know for a fact that the way you are treated during the day can change your mood and how you react and deal with others.  This has happened to me some years ago while dealing with the public.  I would start in a good mood, and then encounter someone who was angry or disagreeable.   Then my own mood would sour.  Often if I was in a sour mood I would encounter someone happy and upbeat and I would catch the mood and adopt it also.   Now I try to be the upbeat happy person.  I want to be the one who helps other people have a good day.   I never want to be a stumbling block that prevents anyone having a good day.  I never want to cause anyone to have a bad mood.   I never want to hurt anyone.   I have codes I live my life by, we all do.  I have no desire to ruin someone’s day, so I try to never take my pain or problems out on someone else, I try to always be positive with others, I try to help any I meet that needs assistance if I can.  I treat others with respect.   Please keep this in mind when you read the following story.   Think of the people in your life when you read it.  Be well.  Hugs 

The Story of Kyle

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.”

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up, and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.

My heart went out to him. So I jogged over to him, and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, “Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.” He looked at me and said, “Hey thanks!” There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him pick up his books and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before, but we talked all the way home, and I carried his books.

He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play football on Saturday with me and my friends. He said yes.

We hung out all weekend, and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him. And my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, “Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!” He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak.

On graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than me and all the girls loved him! Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech, so I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!” He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. “Thanks,” he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. “Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach — but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story.” I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. “Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.”

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize its depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture, you can change a person’s life.

February 21, 2017

Taking a Seat, Making a Stand. – YouTube

Filed under: Gender, Ideas, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 13:05

February 3, 2017

TV 2 | All That We Share – YouTube

Filed under: Family, Ideas, Pictures, Questions, Reason, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:11

January 31, 2017

Trump Fires Attorney General For Defiance On Muslim Ban – YouTube

Filed under: Bigotry, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 22:19

This short video shows how the executive order has parts that are clearly not legal and that tRump is in violation of 5 court orders.   If you question what the Ag did and what tRump is trying to do please watch this video.  Hugs

January 30, 2017

who is persecuting and disrespecting? Hugs

Filed under: Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 16:50

January 22, 2017

Nope won’t just roll over and show my belly for them. They will reap what they sowed. If it was good enough for a democratic president , it is good enough for the republican president.

Filed under: Facts, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 01:51

January 19, 2017

They vilified Pres. Obama

Filed under: Bigotry, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 17:55


January 16, 2017

Truth.. who is all talk tRump.

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Facts, Harm, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 16:23

January 10, 2017

Bible Hunters – Do you believe the the Bible is the inerrant unchanging word of God? – YouTube

Filed under: Ideas, opinion, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 19:45

This was in a comment left by Professor Taboo on a post by Nan here .  I think this is important to hear, see, and understand.  I have been reading the posts and comments on several blogs where at least one person and normally more will argue for the never changing word of God, the idea that god inspired and wrote the bible, or that we can take the magic parts out and the bible now is true and the characters and places are correct.  I disagree with these assumptions.  However if you want to know where I have been spending my time and you have hours and hours to try to follow the comments here are the links.  I find there are different people in these comments.  Those willing to listen and then apply their own reasoning.  Those who run in circles never giving an inch from their position and not content to let others disagree.  Those who answer in nonsense thinking they are somehow connected to god itself.  Also there are people who use overly broad statements they want others to take as fact, which I can’t do.  It is like someone saying to me “all highways are five lanes wide, it is a well know fact and everyone agrees”.   No not every one agrees, and yes some are five lanes wide and some most certainly are not.  So I am enjoying reading the comments.  I also get frustrated reading the comments.  I know which ideas make more sense to me and I like the ones I agree with .   I do recommend if you are interested in these things like I am ( I love a well reasoned position)  I suggest you not only go to this post by Nan , but to the current long debate on Nate’s blog here .  Above I mentioned a few broad categories of the people you will find, but really it is a much more diverse group than what I described.  I have to say I personally like it when a person will give their view based on such and then will show the link to the item or what the item says.  I do not like the statement “well most people see it this way”, as that gives me no reason why they see it that way.   I won’t tell you who makes more sense to me in either discussion and who I dislike because you should have the fun of finding out for yourself who you like and disagree with.  I left my couple of comments and then backed out to simply read all the others.  I find some are close to what I said and some are not.   Enjoy in the spirit of learning and thinking.   Hugs


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