Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
As I sit at my computer pouring over the latest headlines and gathering information to help keep others up to date on the world of Marijuana Legalization and medical marijuana for the Marijuana Hillbilly Magazine, I am plagued by the neighborhood cats that have decided that my Koi pond is their “water bowl” of choice. Now I am a huge animal lover and have been the proud “parent” of many, many different members of the animal kingdom. But when it comes to the average cat I am extremely allergic and have no patience with the irresponsible owners who allow their pets to scavenge the entire neighborhood for scraps.
This particular kind of cat is the biggest carrier of ringworms in the feline community. And for some strange reason I am always the one they feel they must come around. So as I continue to cover my numerous outbreaks of the annoying, painfully itchy ringworm. Not only do they get on my legs but I fight them in my hair. Now if you are among the countless lucky individuals who have never dealt with this extremely annoying skin condition, I tip my hat to you for being so fortunate. Yet, if you are among those thousands of people who suffer as I do join me in the internal scream at those who do not keep healthy and clean cats.
Now don’t get me wrong I don’t truly hate cats. My family has had many cats in our animal family. On the farm we always had the notorious barn cat that helped keep the feed room free from the pestilence called mice and we were the proud parents of the coolest cat to ever live. His name was Brian and as a manx he belonged to the one breed of feline that does not ever carry the ringworm virus.
This cat was and we loved him very much, then at one time we were also the proud parents to a cougar kitten named Sasha. She was so awesome, she was the cub of the old Mercury Lincoln cougar and we truly loved her. But as fate would have it she died after the local veterinarian wormed her. That was when we found out that cougars as a wild animal should never be wormed with ordinary cat wormer, but that was sort of a blessing in disguise.
It was just a few short months after Sasha’s untimely death that Heather was attacked by a chimpanzee. A chimp that a local businessman kept it as if it were his child. This chimp was taken on a regular basis to local photography studios where it was allowed to hold babies. I shudder to think of that now as I remember the day this horrid little monster tried to kill my little girl.
We found out later that when these creatures are made mad they will attack the first thing smaller than themselves, which on this occasion was my baby girl. Funny how the only thing that stands out in my mind from that day after many sessions of hypnosis was the comment this particular man made. “Are we okay? What are you going to do?” Okay now at the time we should of killed the little monster immediately, but when your child is hurt so bad all you can think of is to get them help. That is what we did and the people that we are all we wanted was to care for her not sue this jerk over the monster.
Probably would have never done anything about the attack until he took another one of his little monsters to the very hospital that had denied my baby treatment until they received health papers on the chimp so they knew it didn’t have any diseases. But when he took another little monster to the hospital they treated the chimp in the Emergency Room without ever seeing any proof it was healthy. Where is the logic in any of that?
That was when I as a mother got so mad I decided he at least needed to pay the hospital and doctor bills that she had endured. Which included therapy 3 times a weeks, physical therapy 2 times a week, and those things were just to help her learn to sleep again.
It was not until a long fight and horrible meetings that this man finally paid part of the bills and Heather got so tired of the fight that at 8 she decided she didn’t want to go to court. She just wanted to forget. So this particular monster now lives just off the downtown square of our old hometown as if he is royalty. When in reality this particular animal doesn’t deserve to even live.
That is a perfect example of how I feel about the irresponsible owners of the cats that refuse to stay off my porch. When you are the owner of a pet whether it is a wild animal or a simple housecat you are responsible for its actions.
Please remember that there aren’t truly bad pets but there are very bad owners. And for heaven’s sake all those who feel they must own a wild animal as a pet, think about what you are doing. Theses are animals of the wild, they will always be animals of the wild, and they should not be a member of your household. They for heaven’s sake are not “children” as this one particular moron of a man thought his disgusting chimpanzee was and still is.
Makes me nauseous to look at the FaceBook group of my childhood hometown when he continues to post pictures of this obnoxious member of the animal kingdom as it is his child.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
In the news we have been hearing many stories of racism. From Paula Deen and her comments from the past to the headlines discussing the Zimmerman/Martin ordeal. But what is the truth? From the looks of the Zimmerman case it felt from the beginning that this was a matter of race, but I was not there and only know what I have read in the headlines. For Paula Deen it is the same thing, but where is the real truth? Will we ever really know what the exact truth was? Or will we all continue to put our own personal feelings in the mix?
Racism is something that we have dealt with in many forms from the beginning of time. It doesn’t always have to include a color card to be racism, it merely has to involve hate. Will this ever change? I wish it would but seriously I doubt it. Even those who say they are against it will at times let this green eyed monster of hate come into their lives. So what do we do about it? That truly is the million dollar question, how do we stop hate from spreading and how do we move forward for a brighter future.
Hate no matter the root is the one thing in life that seems to carry on from generation to generation. Why do we hate? It comes from many reasons, insecurity, jealousy, to the hate that is taught from father to son. But the reason really doesn’t matter because the evil of hate consumes no matter which reason. This little four letter word has caused more harm than any other word in history. From the hate that the Romans had for anyone who was not Roman to the hate that filled Hilter’s heart it never mattered why, it only existed. Death and destruction follow this little word wherever it leads.
What drives mankind to hate others so severely that they will inflict pain on another human being simply because of a difference? When in reality it is those differences that make us a vibrant society. If each of us were the same color, had the same eyes, hair, etc. what a boring unfulfilling world it would be. Yet, the hate that is always present works its evil hands around the peace that is never quite reached.
Now we should discuss the fact of whether or not people like Paula Deen should be condemned. I do not condone hate or racism but as I was taught “Let him without sin be the first to cast the first stone”. That statement says it all, because each and everyone of us has said or done something in our lives that we should be ashamed of. So with that in mind should anyone condemn another for actions in their past? Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying I think it is okay to say what she allegedly said nor do I forgive all transgressions.
Hate is the one thing that if removed would help to move us into a world of peace. But do I think it will ever be removed? No, it is human nature to be jealous even if just a little. And that hatred that people have for others who are different will continue until the end of time. It doesn’t matter if the hate is because of the color of your skin, how you sound, clothes you wear, or the little plant you choose to medicate with; that hate will fester and thrive when nothing else does.
Each one of us should work on removing it from our own lives and our minds before we sit back in judgment of others.
Work each day to be thankful for the things in your life that are good and stop worrying that your neighbors have something you don’t. Stop focusing on the color of someone’s skin and ask yourself ‘Are they a good person?’. Listen to the words and not the sounds as you talk to people with a different accent. Look beyond the superficial and try to see what lies beneath.
Live, Love, Laugh. Use those three little words and work to remove the little four letter word Hate from your mind and your heart.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The use of marijuana as a recreational or medical aid has nothing to do with the way you raise or treat your child. If you are a bad parent you are a bad parent, the use of something for your medical help does not necessarily make you a bad person or parent.
That label of bad parent comes in the form of abuse, neglect, and other ways of not caring for this gift that was placed in your life. My biggest question to those who say that a person who uses marijuana is a bad parent, “Do you drink a beer or glass of wine after work?, Do you take prescription drugs?” Most will answer yes to those questions, but the world doesn’t jump up to classify them as bad parents because of their answer.
Now where is the sense in any of that? How many times have you seen a person totally wiped out on the prescriptions their doctors legally gave them, or how many times have you seen someone totally blitzed out of their minds after way too many drinks? And by parents.
Truth is we should be placing more concern on the day to day love and care of each child. They are gifts to us and we need to treat them with that in mind. Yet if you read just one headline a month you will see so many stories of truly bad parenting, where kids are molested, held captive in closets, beaten senseless, and starved. Now where is the logic on not focusing all the attention of bad parenting on those individuals?
Sense seems to have flown from the minds of the world as those children are destroyed by people who are supposed to love and protect them. Then the law and those opposed to marijuana instead only seem to see the virtual smoke in the air around these parents. Where is the true justice for the children? Where is the protection that should surround them?
Smoking a joint does not necessarily contain bad parenting anymore than drinking a beer does. As long as the child is not exposed to the smoke or the alcohol neither should be the entire reason someone is judged as a bad parent. Many MMJ patients have children and love them unconditionally. But those parents are being forced to give up the one natural substance that helps them be better people. When the reality of the situation is that when their pain or anxiety has been treated can these parents not perform their duties to their children in a greater capacity? So why is the world just seeing the smoke rings?
Open your eyes world when someone is beating their child THAT makes them a bad parent. But think how many times you have witnessed a child being mistreated, now think to the times you have done anything about that abuse. Sad fact is that most walk the opposite direction when they see any one being mistreated. They sit in the comfort of their homes and oh & ah about the sad thing going on in the world. So is it not time we instead stop pointing fingers at those who are striving to have a better quality of life through a natural plant and work to make the world a safer place for all children.
Stop stepping over those who have tripped in their way through life and take just a second to lend a helping hand. Is that too much to ask? Or are you going to continue to be among those who point fingers at people who are not harming their children?
Remember those children whose bodies are found murdered and abandoned, remember those children who are molested, raped, and left for dead, remember the children who go to bed (in a box or abandoned building) hungry and cold, remember those who hide in fear of the true BAD parents. Remember the children they are the greatest gift that God brought into this cold cruel world.
Stop pointing your fingers at people who are just trying to be the best parent they can be and open your eyes to those who just seem to be good parents only to hide behind locked doors as they mistreat their babies.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
In our highly technical world the cost of living is reaching a point where it is nearly impossible to kieep up. From the price of milk to the gasoline we place in our cars just to go to the grocery store, prices are escalating at a rate that the average man cannot compete with. But there are small ways that we can help with those costs and still live a good life.
One of the easiest ways to help break the cost of everyday enjoyment is to cut the cord that binds you to your satellite or cable television. If you have internet and the majority of homes now has access that they pay for. If you are one of those then the ability to watch television is already in your hands. Through the different devices that you may already own or you can purchase for a one time price you can turn your high cable bill into a small monthly fee and all without a contract.
Netflix, Hulu plus, and Amazon on Demand are just a few of the places quality television can be found atia lower price. Netflix and Hulu Plus both run about $8 bucks a month and Amazon is $7 or the entire year. So how many are paying around $60- $120 a month for their entertainment through cable? More people than you would realize are using these services each month. Sure most of them offer a low price to hook you into getting their service when in the end that low price begins to grow and reaches those extreme prices.
So what can you do? Well through internet you can stream your television and with an antenna you can get the local channels. Roku is just one of the streaming devices that can be added to your television in the form of a tiny box. That little thing c
an allow you to watch Netflix, Hulu or what ever other service you want. Most television is found on both of them as well as the other FREE places you can watch TV. Crackle is one addition that will give you access to movies and then the offerings of older television shows or movies can be found in the menu.
There is no longer a need to spend money to sit with a remote complaining that with all those channels you still can’t find anything to watch.
Check out the different services most offer a free period of trial, then decide if you want to rip the cord from your life and save money.
We stopped our satellite service almost 3 years ago and have saved a ton. Plus we watch on our schedule now. So if you want to save money and still watch your movies and television it is now possible.
Over the years many things have happened that bring laughter to a weird world. Many of those things have occurred around weed. In our teens many, many years ago a man’s nephew who was just a few short months younger than him always wanted weed. Being a caring uncle and not wanting the more immature young man to have anything that might hurt him, his uncle folded into giving him some weed.
Now because he didn’t want to give him anything that would bring him asking for more, the couple went into their yard and gathered lawn clippings. After a sufficient drying of those clippings, they placed them in a bag and gave them to the younger man. Ironically it was barely a week before the kid came begging for more, seems he got so high he couldn’t believe it. And the truth was it was all a mind trick, just because his uncle told him it was the best he believed it and this continued all summer until the grass was no longer being mowed. The poor kid never knew that the highest he ever got off weed was literally grass.
In another instance a friend had spent a great deal of time helping out others trimming their crop after harvest. And for anyone who doesn’t know trimming is very tedious and your fingers can get extremely sore. So the amount of medical marijuana that was given to the trimmer for services was something that is coveted by all. This day after trimming for the others this person picked up her son at the babysitter and headed home. But the trip home was sent on a detour as she was called to the river to help her husband start the boat.
This is where the story begins to take a hilarious approach. She parks her car next to the water with her son buckled in his seat in the back. Leaving her door open she steps to the water to help with the boat. But now is when she realizes her young son has figured out how to extricate himself from the seat and is making his way to the door. Running to put him back in his seat, then rushing to help with the boat was a comical event as it resembled an Abbott and Costello moment. Yet, in the meantime she did not close her driver door and a gust of wind rushed into the car and picked up the bag of her earnings tossing it in the air. Now her time went from rushing across the lot to catch the bag, help with the boat, and keep putting her son back in his seat. The sight must have appeared to be a comedy sketch on a movie set, but this is the reality of those who trim. You put so much effort into your work that when you get a bag for your time it is a valuable commodity. Just as her son is a valuable part of her life. But only someone who has small kids and works hard at trimming the harvested product can relate to this time.
The world is a hilarious place if we just sit back and watch for the strange and unusual things to jump up and grab us.
So as trimming season reaches the world again, remember to watch for gusts of wind.
And for the grass that the young man smoked at least it was a good blend of fescue and rye.