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The sun sets on another day…

Umm, I know there was a sunset up there somewhere, but I was laughing hard at how heavy the snow was and how my driveway was starting to look like the death star channels.

When I was a kid one of the best Christmases I ever had was when my mother brought home a box of broken toys. I know this probably seems weird to many people because a lot of the people I have met in life had really fantastic Christmases with lots of gifts and tons of things to do. My family was different. We had little in life and at Christmas it was never a huge Christmas and instead was fairly small. The broken toys offered possibilities.

the first two things I noticed were a skeleton marionette and a little Red Riding Hood Wolf marionette. Both were tangled and in bad shape. Obviously, they had been floor models or testers of some type and played with until they would work no longer. There were a variety of other toys in the box, but I took those two out fascinated by the idea of a marionette. I looked at how the mechanism worked and how everything was tied and put in place. Then I laid them out and one at a time I untied the strings and worked out the knots. It was very time consuming and at the time I was only 10 years old. Still, I had patience and continued for almost 3 days off and on. 1 by 1 the strings we're straightened, and I retied them to their places on the control and the detachable bar.

The skeleton was unique as its head could be removed and controlled as though it were bouncing around on its own. It also had arm and leg controls allowing the different pieces to interact independently. This ability allowed it to be very flexible and as I've repaired it, I played over and over with the skeleton dropping its head and finally finding a way to put it back on. The Red Riding Hood had a reversible control that allowed it to flip over and be the Wolf as well. I was fascinated with this idea but far more interested in the skeleton.

As I thought about this today it was because I had a few other puppets on a book reading and enjoyed the articulation of the hand puppets. I suddenly missed my marionettes though that had been gone since I was 15. Lost in one of the dozen moves we had completed in my early life. the reason was simple. I was able to make a significant number of people laugh with the antics of my poor skeleton friend. There are few things more gratifying than helping people find laughter.

I get a kick out of all of these memories, but I enjoyed being in reality today and having some fun remind me of those good times. Do you remember something similar? Some fun memory that takes you back and lets you believe in excitement again? Was there something that makes you feel satisfied with what you've been through? If there is hold on to it and enjoy the ride.

So, as the sun sets on another day, give a few people some laughter. Give one person some laughter. Make yourself laugh. Find that path to happiness, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and giggle too…

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The sun sets on another day…

I am consistently amazed at how beautiful the world can be. It's easy to guess that I might be off staring at a sunset, slowly going blind with the excessive beauty, but it is just as possible that I'm looking at an animal or landscape or sometimes just a pile of snow. it appears I have a lot of that now.

People don't often see the mystical moments around them. sure lots of people scratch and crawl and try to find a moment that may or may not be there. In my opinion it always is if we just look for it. I know I sound like a broken record but whining about the past keeps us from seeing the mystical moments right now. Pining about the future does as well. Right there in front of you maybe the greatest thing you could ever be a part of and if you set it aside waiting for a better time it may be gone before you know it.

I have found in my life that indecision and patience have cost me many times. Indecision keeps a person from making a decision and not making a decision is a decision within itself. Patience is a virtue. Depending upon which chapter you are looking at there are seven holy virtues in the Bible and patience is not one of them, well not really. instead patience is often an excuse to buy time or to set something up that is safer. In my opinion there is nothing positive about missing out on the best moments of our lives.

Instead I'm going to suggest that we use fortitude to push forward and believe in ourselves daily and in the process unlock the mystical moments that are there for us. There are many and it is only in our positives and are positive outlook on life that we can unlock them. Let's do it together and find the best life that we can every day.

So as the sun sets on another day what are you waiting for? Set aside fear and the delusions that you have built to keep yourself safe and start living your life. After all we only get one so we better enjoy it the best we can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet,  love life, and let's live it…

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The sun sets on another day…

once again the sunset was gray and snowy but the fluffy snow was fun and the dog loved playing in it.

Today's post will be a little shorter as I give you a short story of less than 250 words that I wrote for Facebook. the premise of the story was wrapped around the first sentence and all of the people writing stories had to use that sentence. Enjoy:

Half the names in the list had already been crossed off. I stared at the list as though I expected it to change on its own. I held it in both hands then brushed it against my pants wiping away the tears that had fallen upon it. I had never considered the freedoms that all of us in our country had possessed. I thought I was on the side of freedom and justice. It was be more complicated now. Cancel Culture had become commonplace with the elimination of the 1st and 2nd amendments. We were the law now, the only law.

I turned to the team behind me and pointed across the street in the clean brownstone neighborhood. The streets were clear except for us, curfew was in effect. The team, my team, ran across the street and pointed their weapons to the door of the home. The polished bronze door waited patiently for me to knock as I reluctantly sauntered up the steps. All of the thoughts going through my mind were now pushed into a corner by my job. I knocked at the door.

The young woman before me had beautiful brown hair and piercing blue eyes. She looked up at me, “Daddy?”

Silently, I nodded to the men behind me and they grabbed my daughter taking her to the waiting containment vehicle. She screamed my name. Closing the door, I saw the faded Red Hat, shook my head, then crossed my daughter's name from the list.

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope you have a fantastic day and enjoy every moment, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and check it off…

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The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was spectacular and I enjoyed every moment as it faded into the western sky. as you probably know sunset is always a time you can feel good if you want to.

I was looking through the list of all of the articles I had written and was surprised how many times I mentioned the word “moment”. it must be because I feel strongly that we are a series of moments and those moments can be either positive, negative, or something in between. I am certain that the idea of positive or negative is purely defined by us and that there is more likely a something in between than anything either positive or negative.

Still there are people that take moments and turn them into something else. I have always tried to be accommodating except during a portion of my life that I was less than positive. My accommodation truly lines with attempting to make most people comfortable. As I define this it is also, in my opinion, the definition of being a lady or a gentleman. In other words someone who tries to make the people around them comfortable.

Unfortunately I have found that some people prefer conflict to comfort. Perhaps the world has changed so much that people can no longer tolerate anything but what they feel is right. It is a brutal consideration but one that I thought about this evening in depth. After all you cannot make everyone happy all of the time and in reality you probably cannot make anyone happy any of the time, that is their choice. With that in mind I challenge each of you to be a positive role model for each other. That does not mean be a doormat or allow someone to treat you poorly, but when you are faced with the situation that does not necessarily affect you negatively it may be a good idea to set it aside instead of turn it into an issue. in our world today we see so much negativity wouldn't it be nice for all of us to be positive. In our world where people constantly consider themselves as the center of the universe wouldn't it be nice for many of us to think about others as well.

When I was in high school I read a book that changed my life. The name of the book is not necessarily important right now but it taught me the theory that we had a responsibility to see things from a larger point of view. It was this thought that drove me through high school and college to pay attention as often as I could to a bigger picture. I was not always successful. It is far too easy to look at what someone else is doing and point out what they are doing wrong instead of realizing that what they are doing may be right, just not right for some people. As I have grown older I have realized this is far more accurate than I ever expected. When faced with something you don't understand you cannot erase it , you cannot set it aside, you cannot attempt to destroy it, you must learn to understand it.

This can be difficult. The biggest reason it's difficult is because we naturally shy away from what we don't understand. In today's culture we complain or we attempt to eliminate those things that we don't agree with or that we don't have a point of reference with. I'm making a suggestion here, nothing more. The world is full of wonder if you open yourself to it. if you do not open yourself to the possibility of more than you understand you might very well be lost.

I hope this makes sense to you. I hope when you see that person that has lots of tattoos or doesn't that you can accept them. I hope when you see people from different cultures that they're just people. I hope when people believe differently than you that you can accept that they see the world differently than you. I hope you know that we're all in this together and when we start trying to make people into molds of our beliefs we embrace the worst that our species has to offer. If you don't believe me reach out sometime and I'll give you a history lesson.

So as the sunsets on another day, accept the unacceptable. it was the lesson in the book I read and the lesson I have had to face many times in my life. If you truly love someone and they hurt you wish that they find happiness. If someone tries to wrong you understand who they are and make their differences ways to find your strength. If the world gives you lemons sell them at market because they're too sour to eat anyway. Find your way, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and understand...