December 21, 2021


The Sun 06/03/2019 — Indian Land, South Carolina
Today is the Winter Solstice,
the shortest day in the year,
and the day the sun turns back toward the earth.

The day all those human beings were sacrificed
through the ages
to bring The God back--
and it WORKED!!!

All of our ideologies "work" the same way!

"Let it be!" said the Beatles.

You can't beat that 
for a life-giving attitude.

Let the sun go
if it's going!
Let it come back
if it comes back!

We can't do that with The God.
We have to impose our will
with our supplications
and votive offerings
and even human sacrifices.

We are stupid in so many ways.
Let's see how many ways 
we can not be stupid any longer.



November Orchard 10 11/03/2013 — Springs Farm, Fort Mill South Carolina, Oil Paint Rendering
Joseph Campbell said,
"One should find,
and learn to live out of,
one's own center,
and be the source
of one's own
for and against."

This cannot be done
without killing the dragon
with "Thou Shalt" engraved
on every scale.

We cannot submit to the expectations
and mores of parents
and society,
and speak with our own voice
and follow our own sense
of what is called for
in each situation as it arises.

What is ours to bring forth
is unique among the ages,
and we cannot give birth to ourselves
following the dictates
of "Those Who Know Best" (Truman Capote).

We are different from everyone else,
and must have compassion 
for our different-ness,
and courage to befriend it
by living in ways
that allow it to shine through
and be known
all along the way!



Jenne Farm 04 09/28/2015 — Reading, Vermont
The next time you hear 
a politician denouncing/decrying socialism
ask them who pays their salary.
Ask them who pays for their health insurance.
Ask them who pays for their housing.
Their meals.
Their eye glasses.
And all things pertaining to living their life.

Then ask them who pays public school teachers
and employees,
including equipment and facilities.

And who pays law enforcement officers,
including equipment and facilities.

And who pays military service men and women,
including equipment and facilities.

And who pays all politicians, 
including their equipment and facilities
on all levels of government,
national, state and local.

And then ask them why it is okay
for taxpayers to pay all these people,
and it isn't okay for taxpayers
to pay for their own health care
out of the taxes they pay
which pays for all these people.

And why isn't it okay to subsidize 
their own salaries when a pandemic 
forces them into joblessness,
the way their taxes are used to subsidize
farmers when crops fail,
or businesses and corporations,
including air lines,
when their income is disrupted by a pandemic?

Ask them why socialism is okay in all these areas,
but it isn't okay for the people
who are paying the taxes
that support people in all these areas.

Ask them that.
And don't let them put you off
with anything less than
a completely satisfactory answer
that explains clearly
why you are less worthy
than any of these other people
of benefiting from the very taxes you pay.

Don't let them go 
until you know why you aren't as important
as all these other people are.

Your taxes benefit them.
Why do politicians oppose your taxes
benefiting you?



Catawba Trestle 05-B 12/21/2015 — River Walk Park, Rock Hill, South Carolina
The term "Truth Commission"
seems to have limitations and restrictions
that would interfere with its implied purpose
of getting to the truth,
so, let's call it
"The Katie Porter Grand Inquisition"
(The very Katie Porter who is
the Representative from California's 45th District),
and authorize her to determine
the most efficient and expedient way
of getting to the bottom of
"Who authorized whom
to do what to whom,
where, when, why, and how--
in regard to everything done
under the Trump Administration
from start to finish,
including what laws were,
or may have been, broken,
and what penalties have been called for
that need to be applied
to see that justice is done
and grievances addressed,
in every instance,
with no exceptions or exclusions."

And have her do it
however she determines it needs to be done.

Beginning on January 21, 2021.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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