Be all you can be are the signs I have passed standing on the curb sites and in windows of the different branches of our armed forces throughout my life. There is a lot of truth to that statement. Some of our children may grow to maturity only to know that they either do not have the ability or want-to to further their education. This does not mean that these individuals can not learn or even dumb. We seem to have become people who compare their children to other’s children. We seem to have evolved into people who do what they have to with their children by way of the traditions of how it was as they were growing into their maturity. Perhaps we have lost the balance of knowing what we know to survive and teaching our children without our opinions to know what they know for their own survival.
Since my last posting in March of this year, we here in Louisiana have gone through a lot of rain which possibly led to the emptying out of those waterways to their respective avenues to get to the main body of water to take to the big waters. Seems like it did not work this time starting August 16 2016. The main water avenues as well as the bayous of our little state were heavily laden with excess waters from the rains that came down on the heavily populated land owners who either have resided in their homes for years or bought homes in those many subdivisions that seem to have been built on a frequent basis within our little parish of Ascension. Places that have never flooded were flooded, and places accustomed to their area flooding just a bit saw more water within their homes. One could argue that residents living directly on those waterways were used to water cresting within their four walls, and had grown accustomed to knowing in order what to do after the waters receded. Others could argue that they built their homes just outside of the flood-plain so they would not have to worry about waters entering their homes. And yet another argument to those that built their homes inside the flood-plain, yet either digging a pond for the use of the dirt to build up the foundation on which to build. Lots of arguments out there as to why Louisiana experienced flooding that generally does not happen but once in 500 years. It happened. All residents experienced the fear of rising waters with the question of “Should I leave my home? Do you think the water will get in my home? Where do I go, if it does?”
Through all experienced, we have heard of the federal government officials possibly requiring that homes be raised to the government-required elevation set. These are homes grandfathered in before the rush of development of subdivisions being built. These are homes that someone built to the requirements of the day they were built. Is it right to demand they raise their homes to requirements of today before government will forward monetary help for repairs to homes?
I really get that there are some who abuse the monetary privilege they receive, but there are some who actually obey the laws set forth for the building or repairing their homes. #No quick fix here because a bit of #education may be needed within both the local, state and federal levels of government as well as residents affected.
A look at the storm system that lingered for a few days that was one of the causes of the Louisiana Flood of 2016. https://www.facebook.com/twcstuostro/videos/10155075032169057/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED
Please bear with me as I try to ‘Keep It Simple S…’ with recording what I have learned in my study of Isaiah. Isaiah was apparently one of the descendants of the tribes of Judah and lived in or near Jerusalem; close enough to go to the Temple to pray and seek the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Isaiah was a major prophet who received his calling from His God, but I perceive that calling was received only after he recognized his sin which was the same sin of those he lived and associated with each day (chapter 6 of Isaiah).
The first five chapters of Isaiah as I am perhaps seeing is like a courtroom setting. God is revealing to Isaiah the ways of life that the people of Judah and Jerusalem are living, and to be quite honest here, it is not so different to how the people on earth are living. Male and female of the race of mankind all living for self with no thought of others or even checking in with their God. No one was doing right in the sight of the Lord; right down to sacrificing of those animals that were to be sacrificed. Israel did the sacrifices, but their heart wasn’t really in it. They did it just because it was the law handed to Moses by God for them to live in a civilized manner while recognizing the one God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as they lived on the land that God had promised to them way before they came out of slavery of Egypt.
By the start of chapter 6, Isaiah was sitting in the Temple at Jerusalem, and I am assuming that he was prayerfully seeking guidance from the Lord. He described in his writing what he saw. He saw the Seraphins on either side of the altar. Some minutes later, Isaiah saw his sin because it is written about his mouth and not only that; he lived among those with the same sin. Sound familiar? It does for me.
Once he recognizes this sin, the seraphin take a piece of coal from the altar and places it on Isaiah, and then the Word says his sin was forgiven and healed. Isaiah saw that God was still on His throne, and heard him talking with the seraphin about “Who are We to send?” As it is written, Isaiah heard and responded by saying: (paraphrasing) Here I am, Lord. Send me.
Christmas has come and gone; as well as New Year celebrations, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras celebrations. Children are about to have a break from their schooling. Thinking about what it would take to foster children. Too old to adopt so perhaps fostering may be something I may think about. Then again, there is the very short term through Volunteer of America program where children are placed in very temporary homes for the removal from their parents’ home till danger has passed. As I understand, one doesn’t have these children too much more than two or three weeks. VOA supplies toys, computers, food and such for needs and entertainment while in home. Something to do; something to do; paying it forward.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch with my work and thoughts: All is well, just feel the need to tighten those details that need tightening. We have seen rain for quite a few days this week; not hard rain, but steady rain. Yard is soaked. Weeds and grass growing. Work in the springtime with mowing, planting, etc. Thinking fruit trees and river bamboo cane, the spreading kind all around the borders. I like cane. I have an idea on that spreading; perhaps in the helping it to spread in the right directions.
Make some tabs to this blog for the posting pictures for all to catch a glimpse of those with some of the same blood that runs through each of us.
Do we perhaps as children are reared, put too many demands on our children? I tend to look at mama birds pushing their babies out of the nest when they naturally know they can fly. I know there are some mothers who stay in demanding mode throughout the different stages of their children’s lives. Would this be a form of controlling the actions of their children through their lack of ability to trust that they have taught their children enough of the tools it takes to venture out into the real world to secure their place in life?
Yikes, USAs birthday has come and gone and headed toward another celebration since my last post. From right before the federal holiday known as Thanksgiving all the way through the federal holiday, New Years, a lot has happened. Some good and some not so good, but a whole bunch of self-discipline was applied to gather the stamina to carry me through this period.
What is fun? Does it cost a lot to have fun? What do I need by way of buying for this fun to happen? Is fun ever free?
Fun is possibly either digging for worms or buying some and casting that line out to perhaps see that bobbing thing go under. Fun can be a trip to the bowling alley and throwing a ball down the aisle in hopes to make as many stand-up things fall down. Fun can be a trip to a state park within your state to look at the lay of the land or different species of flying, walking or crawling things.
Fun costs. To what degree of cost is dependent on the partaker of the fun.