Humanism


humanism

The definition of humanism is a set of beliefs and values based upon the idea that humans are basically good and that problems can be addressed using reason rather than religion.

So many of the world’s problems could be alleviated if more people would think this way. Remove religion and look at the human. Remove religion and feed the hungry, house the homeless, teach the children. Take care of the problems of the world without worrying about religious dogma.

The first hurdle to this idea is to remove greed from the equation as well. So many solutions get stymied by money. Food doesn’t leave the docks because the right palms haven’t been greased. Meanwhile, small children are starving to death in the streets. Wars are fought over the oil in the ground and the ones paying for that oil are the children killed when their world is blown to bits. Children are not educated because of the threat they may one day pose to those in power. I truly believe that the majority of people are good and well intended, but that greed causes those in power to ignore the plight of the majority.

Of course, the next hurdle is the religion removing the religious aspects that stand between us. And you find yourself back at greed. The leaders of the world understand the hold religions have on their followers. And they twist religion to meet their own needs. So, the people follow those leaders, believing that their interests are being attended. It ends up in vicious cycle with different leaders pitting their followers against those of different beliefs.

So, the question is….

How do we help all people without getting involved in this cacophony? We need to silence the noise and deal with the true catastrophe, the poor souls left out of the world stage: the children, the poor, the elderly, the sick. We need to save them and regain our human dignity and spirit.

Freedoms


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“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” — Preamble to the Constitution

The Constitution is the law of our land and has been for over 200 years.It was written as a way to unite a diverse group of colonies and to limit the power of the government. Specific safeguards were included to deny the tyranny of an autocratic power. The three branches of the government, executive, judicial, and legislative, were set up with a system of checks and balances to keep any one branch from holding too much power.

The amendments were added to address various issues as they arose.  James Madison put forward the first 12 amendments in 1789. Ten of those became the Bill of Rights. Of the other two, one was never passed. The other, concerning Congressional salaries passed in 1992 as the 27th amendment.

The 1st amendment covers a lot of ground, ground which has been trampled in recent weeks. It has five parts to it.

The first is that government shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion, nor can it prohibit the free exercise of religion. This calls for a separation of church and state. And it means the government can not regulate religions or the practice of religion, ANY religion.

The second part has to do with freedom of speech. The government does not have the right to prohibit one’s free speech. The Supreme Court has stated that there are cases where speech can be regulated but those would be handled through to court system. Abusive language, obscenities, and defamation are considered speech which can be regulated through the courts. The government cannot censor or deny freedom of speech.

The third part has to do with freedom of the press. Freedom of press was considered important and the press is often called “the fourth branch” of government. This protects the obtainment and dissemination of information without the fear of censorship or punishment.

The fourth part is the freedom to peaceably assemble. This means that as long as the assembly is not blocking traffic, people have the right to assemble. It does not mean that states can make laws to arrest or harm those assembled. Currently, eight states have proposed laws to criminalize peaceful protest.

The fifth portion gives citizens the right to address the government with grievances. They should be allowed to discuss problems without the fear of punishment.

As a people, we need to remind our government who is in charge. WE THE PEOPLE!!!

Linger


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Linger a little longer

Taste on my tongue

Touch on my skin

Breath in my lungs

Words in my ear

Memory in my mind

Love in my heart

Like the clouds caught atop the mountains

Waiting on the sun.

Following my Dreams 2017


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My plans for 2017 are basically to continue the path I started in 2016

Continue to work on my health, losing weight and getting stronger

Hiking…I hope to hike the Pino Trail to the top of Sandia and possibly La Luz as well

Camping

Road trips around New Mexico to see some of what I’ve not seen. In particular, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, Bandalier

Possibly some out-of-state travel… out-of-the-country would be cool

Finish the novel I’m working on and get some of my writing published

Make time for some of my other hobbies

Have Fun!!!!!

Happy New Years!!!!

Flight


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Flight

The stuff of dreams

High above, getting a bird’s eye view

Soaring

Freedom

 

Flight

Running rather than standing ground

Hiding not fighting

Self preservation

Instead of fear

 

Flight

of fancy

Daydreams turning to reality

Sparkling and new

Starry eyed

 

Flight

So many choices

Possibilities

Chances

Dreams

The Power of a Series by Katie Muhtaris


Nerdy Book Club

When I was about nine years old, a family friend gave me a large box of Nancy Drew books, the kind where Nancy still sported a stylish 60’s bob and sensible flats. They had once belonged to their teenage daughter who had passed away many years earlier.  I suppose they thought the books would be better served in the hands of another young reader, or maybe they were just too painful to look at.  Either way, we left Crown Point, Indiana, with a box of books in the trunk and me laying across the back seat watching the rhythmic passing of highway street lamps.  I fell asleep somewhere just before the Illinois border and woke up the next morning in my bed.

Bouncing from my bed with an uncharacteristic energy, I seized one faded folded flap and pulled the box, now sitting in the middle of my bedroom floor, open…

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Ginger Molasses Cookies



Ingredients  

2 cups flour

1 stick butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1 egg

2 top baking soda

1 1/2 top cinnamon

1 top cardamom

2 tsp ginger

1 tsp nutmeg

1/4 top salt
Recipe

Preheat the oven to 375.

Cream sugar and butter together. Add molasses and egg. Mix well.

Add soda and spices. Mix well.

Gradually add flour and mix until all combined.

Form dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

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