June 29, 2022


Blowing Sand 10/29/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Life is hard enough with plenty of cooperation.
How long has that been?
Since we had plenty of cooperation?

The Familiarity of stabilizing routines
help nudge us along 
from one recovery to the next,
and they are getting more frequent
as time goes by.

The Supreme Court rocking people's world
is far removed from what its role ought to be,
guarding the systems of government
and the rule of law,
and enabling people to sustain themselves
within an environment that is grounded 
upon the values of liberty and justice
and not whims and why nots. 

But, here we are.
Waiting for stability to form
somewhere, somehow,
and help us find our way 
through each day.
Hoping they don't think 
of some more ways to say,
"You know that life you were living?
Well, you can't do it that way any more!"

The one thing I know for sure is next
is all people large and small
recognizing the importance
of voting for the Democrat
on all levels of government,
local, regional and national,
from this time forth and forever more
(Or until Republicans come to care about people,
whichever comes first).



Wasteland Hwy. 163 From Mexican Hat to Monument Valley 09/26/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — The Forrest Gump Highway
Live out of who you are.
This is one of the fundamental 
Laws of Nature.

The Natural Laws are inviolable,
and we ignore them to our peril.

What goes around, comes around.
Another one.

Extremes begat extremes.

One good turn deserves another.

Time will tell.

All in good time.

Everything in its own time.

What goes up must come down.

A stitch in time saves nine.

The shortest way through is the long way around.

The tide goes out and the tide comes in.

You can pay now, or you can pay later.

If you are going to dance the dance you have to pay the piper.
There are no free rides.

Growing up is bearing the pain of doing what needs to be done.

The list is long and gets longer the longer we live.


Window 05 Oil Paint Rendered — Through the Window Collection
I like to have my affairs in order.
To leave nothing hanging.
Nothing up in the air.
To take care of business.
To do what needs to be done.
With everything in its place.

It cannot be "a good day to die"
until things are as they should be
in all of the days 
leading up to this one.

That is harder than it seems.
We cannot order our lives
unless everyone in in life
is doing their part
in helping us tie things up
and file them away.

They don't return our calls.
They don't reply to our emails.
They don't see the importance
of what we see as essential.

We live at the discretion 
of someone else
more often than we would like.
And we have to let that be,
because it is.

I do better with that on some days
than on others.

Adjustment and compromise, Kid.
Adjustment and compromise.


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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