30 Days of Truth…Day 19 : What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?

So I was wandering around the blogosphere when I came across “30 Days of Truth” just being undertaken by a fellow blogger. The idea is to make a blog post each day for 30 days, using the prompts provided:


Day 19 : 
What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?

I hate politics. Absolutely hate it. People have such definite opinions about a subject that is so complex that a single opinion can’t encompass it. We live in a complex, chaotic world. To think your democratic or republican viewpoint is THE WAY…is simply absurd. And I DON’T do stupid. If you put forward your opinions, please take the time to get all the facts, not just the ones that support your side.

Religion: sort of the same as politics except I love religion. However, the arguing of religion falls along the same path as politics. You don’t know the facts, because there are no facts…only belief. No one can tell you what to believe, only you can do that. And I do believe in a higher being. I have lost most of my faith in organized religion, however because it is deeply flawed. In the end it’s really a bunch of people being…well people: judgmental, superior, holier than thou, and good, and right, and proper, but ultimately flawed. I don’t need a preacher to tell me how to behave. I don’t need to attend church religiously to believe. Those who disagree need it for their faith. In my opinion their faith isn’t strong enough to stand on its own without that external validation. But that is MY opinion. They have another.

‘nough said….

What about you? Care to join me in the 30-Days of Truth Challenge? Answer the question in the comments…it’ll be fun!

30 Days of Truth…Day 18 : Your views on gay marriage.

The idea is to make a blog post each day for 30 days, using the prompts provided:


Day 18 : 
Your views on gay marriage.

Now this is a post full of landmines. Let me say this up front. This is my blog, my opinions, and my opinions are just as right and valid as your opinions. We may or may not agree on the content of this post, but that is not the point. The point is that all our opinions are valid and should be respected as such, whether we choose to disagree is fine, but let’s be grown up about it.

So, I believe marriage is a religious union that has seeped its way deep into the civil fabric of our communities. Marriage is a union that is blessed by God and by the congregation who bears witness to it. Marriage symbolizes a man and a woman’s devotion to each other and their devotion to God to uphold the covenants of God and ultimately to bear children and raise their children according to God’s decree. Marriage is a spiritual union that has civil and societal pieces to it. That’s a civil union.

I am not against civil unions for the Gay and Lesbian community. Not at all. I feel it’s important to find your soulmate and to live your life according to your values. I don’t think love should be denied or hidden in a dark closet because it is not love between a man and a woman. But I want to keep separate marriage and civil unions. I absolutely support civil unions because I think it makes individuals stronger to become a part of something else. Couples are valuable commodities to a civilization.

As I said Marriage is deeply ingrained in our civil code, so it bridges both religious and civil territory. I have no problem with civil benefits being extended to gay couples. As we know Marriage is a hit or miss prospect at best with nearly 50% of them ending in divorce. Married couples are not superior to gay couples, but neither are they inferior.

I dislike the attack being perpetuated against marriage as a religious union. Homosexuality is a sin, as is lying, cheating, coveting, etc. Everyone sins and one sin is no less or greater in God’s eye. So the fact that you are homosexual, or that I lied to my spouse, or that that person just killed another, are judged the same by God. We’re all wrong and must pay penance, and must be forgiven. Am I never going to tell another lie in my life? No. I will. Will I never covet? Nope. I will probably never murder someone and I won’t bow down to idolatry. There are certain sins I just don’t see myself committing. But I will commit sins in my life. So I don’t judge others who commit other sins. In the end, we all sin, and are judged the same for our sins.

So, I believe that gay and lesbian couples should have the same civil rights as I do as a married woman. I believe they should be allowed in to see their spouse in a hospital just like I can. I believe they should have tax breaks as a couple just as I do (although it’s really a penalty). I believe they should be entitled to survivor’s benefits and family health care. I believe all of that. They should have the same legal rights and responsibilities.

What I don’t believe in is stripping the religious basis behind marriage.

And when are the Polyamorous Group marriages going to surface and demand equal rights, or the polygamists, or the child-predators? Who’s to say any of them are wrong or have fewer rights than the rest of us?

What about you? Care to join me in the 30-Days of Truth Challenge? Answer the question in the comments…it’ll be fun!

30 Days of Truth…Day 17 : A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.

So I was wandering around the blogosphere when I came across “30 Days of Truth” just being undertaken by a fellow blogger. The idea is to make a blog post each day for 30 days, using the prompts provided:


Day 17 : 
A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.

I think Steven Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time.” This book really cemented to me that we know so little about the world around us. There is so much for humans to learn. I love reading fantasy novels, and based on his book, I often wonder what is and is not possible? When does science become so advanced that to us it appears to be magical? What would the caveman or the Roman warrior think of our cellphones and video chats? Is that not magical?

With the size of the universe, what possibilities are there for other cultures and civilizations to flourish and grow?

So I believe this book made me embrace the impossible as more improbable. Nothing’s impossible, we just have to work a little harder to find the solution.

What about you? Care to join me in the 30-Days of Truth Challenge? Answer the question in the comments…it’ll be fun!

30 Days of Truth…Day 16 : Someone or something you definitely could live without.

The idea is to make a blog post each day for 30 days, using the prompts provided:

Day 16 : Someone or something you definitely could live without.

UH…..uh….uh…not caffeine, not sweets, not carbs,…….uh….uh…I have to come up with something here.

I could definitely live without negativity. I dislike it when great ideas are stomped on by negativity, or when simple dreams are side-railed by negative comments. I’m a can do, problem solving, kind of individual. Tell me it can’t be done, and I’m going to show you how to do it.

I could do without incessant, inane computer based training. Who decided that all this new fangled technology was a great way to teach people anything? What I’ve learned is how to press the ‘next’ button so I can get through my mandatory training as quickly as possible. This is not meeting the goals of anyone. And how many times do I need to hear a lecture/training on suicide? I mean I got it…watch out for your friends, but my parents taught me that, my teachers taught me that, my philosophy professor taught me that, my friends taught me that, my co-workers taught me that, and yet I’m still considered a newbie by my ‘boss’ and have to relearn it year in and year out. I mean…srsly? I can definitely do without computer based training.

Stop teaching me what I already know. You’re wasting my time!

Someone I could do without? Nope. All the people in my life, good and bad, have lessons I needed to learn.

So…what about you? Join me in the 30-Days of Truth Challenge? Answer the question in the comments…it’ll be fun!

30 Days of Truth…Day 15 : Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.

The idea is to make a blog post each day for 30 days, using the prompts provided:


Day 15 : 
Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.

There is nothing or no one that I couldn’t eventually learn to live without. My initial gut reaction was to say ‘the hubby.’ He really is the light of my life and the thought of living without him terrifies me. But, I had to face the possibility of this about six years ago when a horrific car accident nearly took him from me. The thought of living without him paralyzed me on many levels. However, this is the way life works and I may still have to face that eventuality someday. At the time of his accident, I wasn’t prepared to live without him. We have placed into practice several items that will ensure I can, if and when that day comes. So I know I could, if I had to.

We joke about the ‘death‘ book. It’s something every married couple should have. It has all of the ‘important‘ stuff in it: lists of financial accounts, passwords, internet addresses, life insurance policies, car titles, mortgage info…etc. It’s our emergency book that we ‘take’ when fleeing a house fire, a tsunami, or any other natural disaster.

If I were to put in here a tongue and cheek moment…the thing I couldn’t live without is a pet. I love pets. They do the craziest things, and each ‘moment’ no matter how stupid/silly/banal is a moment my life is enriched. They say pet owners live longer than people without pets. So every time our pets do something stupid, we look to each other and say….”Another five seconds!” I’ve lived without pets and it’s just not as much fun. Even in college I had a pair of lizards when I couldn’t have a real pet (insert cat and/or dog).

What about you? Care to join me in the 30-Days of Truth Challenge? Answer the question in the comments…it’ll be fun!

30 Days of Truth…Day 14 : A hero that has let you down.

The idea is to make a blog post each day for 30 days, using the prompts provided:


Day 14 : 
A hero that has let you down. 

Wow! I have no idea. I have few, if any, heros in my life. And none of them have let me down.

I think the more interesting question is why don’t I have any heros?

What about you? Care to join me in the 30-Days of Truth Challenge? Answer the question in the comments…it’ll be fun!

30 Days of Truth…Day 13 : A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days.

The idea is to make a blog post each day for 30 days, using the prompts provided:

Day 13 : A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days.

I’m not really big on remembering bands names or such. But I have a few artists that ‘got‘ me through a few rough days. U2 for one “I can’t live with or without you.”  Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2U” and “Troy.” These were my ‘breakup‘ songs from my first foolish ‘love‘ in college. What an abusive crazy relationship that was as I found myself in a place, with a person, I needed to leave, but for many reasons couldn’t. Over time these songs gave me the strength to put that person firmly in my past. When I listen to these songs now, I don’t think of him. Instead, I think of the strength I found within myself to move forward and shut that door firmly in place. So they’re good songs, I still love them because their message is the same. I can triumph, no matter how hard it feels at the time.

Other bands that I treasure: Rush (all of it). old Genesis (when Peter Gabriel was still there), new Genesis…lots of great times with those bands that ‘got‘ me through whatever ‘it‘ was at the time.

What about you? Join me in the 30-Days of Truth Challenge? Answer the question in the comments…it’ll be fun!