January 01, 2021


Lake Martin Sunset 05 02/07/2014 Oil Paint Rendering — Beaux Bridge, Louisiana
Democracy is a fair shake for everyone.
Equal rights under the law.
No racism.
No sexism.
No misogyny.
No homophobia.
No favoritism.
No prejudice.
No discrimination.

All people enjoy equality,
and no special interests are catered to.
Nobody threatens the peace and security
of anybody else.
Everyone minds their own business
and stays out of the business of everyone else.

I want to live in that kind of environment.
Why wouldn't anyone?
So, why don't we live 
in the service of this sort of atmosphere
for everyone?

Why isn't this a fundamental,
given right for every human being?

What is wrong with it?

What is wrong with the people who oppose it?

I want to know why they are messing with this!

I'm talking to YOU!



Goodale 11/22/2019 03 Oil Paint Rendering — Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
My favorite question has long been,
"What guides your boat on its path through the sea?"

I like it because there are no paths through the sea.
There are destinations,
and currents,
and wind conditions,
and hurricanes,
and port availabilities,
and a long list of other things
to take into account
in determining how we get
to where we are going--
and then there is 
"How do we decide where to go?"
and all of the questions
this question begs to be asked,
and answered.

So, guiding our boat through the sea,
is a good one for examining 
what we think we are doing with our life,
and why this and not something else instead.

But, in these times,
it is more like
our boat is being towed through the sea,
at night,
in high wind
and heaving waves,
toward the clashing rocks,
and we are just along for the ride.

Our will is inconsequential.
We have nothing to say in the matter,
and everything is on the line,
at stake,
up in the air,
and there is nothing we can do.


We can elect democratic senators in Georgia.


That is the last hope for Democracy in America.

Republicans have the bit in their teeth,
and are rushing head long
toward the cliff at the end of the line.

Trying to stop their suicidal quest
for more money than they can spend,
is like trying to stop the Indian Wars,
or the Slaughter of the Buffalo
a hundred and sixty years ago.

Nobody is stopping to look/listen/see/hear
Everybody knows money is good,
and you have to get as much as you can
as soon as you can,
so that you can enjoy your wealth forever!

"Profit At Any Price!" is the driving force
behind the reckless devotion to living
without principles and standards
in doing whatever we want
and having our way no matter what.

The times seem to have suicide in mind,
and are carrying us all to the brink
and beyond.

The voting public in the state of Georgia
holds the future of the country,
and the world,
in their hands.

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.

2 thoughts on “January 01, 2021

  1. Happy New Year Jim. Miss reading you on Facebook. Glad to read your writings and gaze upon your photography here. Thanks for keeping this treasure going.


    1. Hi Gratia, I hope all is well with the Wright’s and all the Wright’s know! And that the new year sees a turn-a-round on a lot of levels for the good of the country and of the world!


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