Friday, December 2, 2016

Still wondering


As the potential of early retirement lingers out there, I still wonder if there are some money-making options.

Santa, of course, but limited to one time of the year as long as I live where I live.

I've already considered writing. Some options there, but not a lot given the type of writing I do. Try other subjects/outlets? Maybe ... but not sure there's much out there.

Recording and going on Youtube? Doing what - reciting poetry? (A big money maker there!). Singing original songs or storytelling? (See the previous.) Pontificating? To what audience? I'd love to be on radio as a talking head, but breaking into that market is really a stretch.

So ... a combination?

Oh well. Back to work on Monday.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Franco is still dead ... and now so is Castro



A Clerihew that's no longer true -

Fidel Castro
speaks Spanish like Franco.
They have lots more in common, it’s said,
except that Castro’s not yet dead.




Pax et bonum

Friday, November 25, 2016

Deer haiku



deer crosses the road,
leaps a fence, and disappears -
pre-Mass homily

Pax et bonum

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thoughts inspired by the memory of Blessed Miguel Pro


Today we honor Blessed Miguel Pro, executed by the anti-Church Mexican government basically for being a Catholic priest.

I think of him today not only because it is his feast day, but also because of the recent election.

Although I certainly did not think there would have been executions of Catholics and other Christians had Hillary Clinton been elected and the Democrats had taken control of at least the Senate, I did believe there would have been continued, perhaps increased persecution of people of faith. I don't think she is "anti-Catholic" in the full sense of the phrase, but I do believe her attitude and those of key staff would be hostile to people of faith. Remember, she did say we'd have to change our teachings when it came to abortion, and her campaign staff talked about subverting and coopting the Church.

I think people would have been forced to pay for or take part in things which they find morally objectionable - or face loss of jobs and businesses, fines, perhaps even jail. That had already begun under the Obama administration, and I think she would have at least continued his policies. And given her ties to the abortion industry, I could imagine it getting even worse.

I'm under no illusions that Trump will be perfect. I don't see him actively fighting the subversion of morality and faith rampant in our culture - he's very much a product of that culture. I also don't know if he's informed or self-aware enough to fully understand what is going on. But I do have hopes he will cut back on government involvement in this, and on the official policies that attack people of faith.

It's up to us to challenge the culture. But at least we will not have the government attacking us as well.

Pax et bonum

Trump is not a Nazi



As anyone who has followed my posts here - or on social media - knows, I did not vote for Donald Trump, and I've had concerns about him for a long time. I disagreed with him on a number of positions and proposals (at least with what he said about them), I criticized some of his tactics and language, and I had reservations about his grasp of the issues.

But, I never called him a Nazi or a fascist or a xenophobe or a homophobe or a bigot or an anti-Semite or any number of such extreme terms.

I pointed out that much of what he was saying during the campaign was rhetoric, and that if he got elected he would likely chose a much more pragmatic course. As his actions and comments since the election have shown, that does indeed appear to be the case. (So far, anyway)

Yet folks continue to condemn him for "hate speech" - by using hate speech of their own.

Seems kind of hypocritical.

I think what we need to do is focus on his actual proposals and actions once he takes office and, where appropriate, to oppose specific things, or to push for what we want.

I will be watching how he treats pro-life issues and immigrants and health care and any number of other issues. I will speak up when I disagree with him. I will urge him to choose courses with which I agree,

But I will not criticize his policies until he actually does something.

And I will not engage in hate speech.

Pax et bonum

Friday, November 18, 2016

Santa Season Begins


Santa season starts tomorrow. Plenty of shifts coming up - I'll be a busy boy.

Time to get out my mall Santa poem:

A Mall Santa's Prayer

As I hold each precious child
let me treat each one
with the love and care I'd show
Your most holy Son.


Pax et bonum