The Fear of “Not Like Me”

I’ve been thinking a lot recently – actually, a lot on this topic since college days, but also a lot recently – about all these differences between people that some folks seem so frightened of.

What follows is just my opinion, no matter how valid I think it is.

This fear is really stupid, and it’s exhibiting a lower level of civilization than most humans should allow. It’s nothing more than xenophobia, which is understandable as a survival characteristic in lower life forms, but should be outgrown by adult humans.

People are comfortable with what they know, what they’re familiar with, and are afraid of anything different. The fear is unjustified, but that doesn’t make it go away. Continue reading The Fear of “Not Like Me”

Moving? Nine Things You Must Have

As I write this (March/April 2014), my daughter and son-in-law and family are moving to a larger house. They are delighted to be getting the extra space, but the process of moving there is somewhat less than a joyful work.

They have packed once before, in anticipation of a move that didn’t happen, but this move is on for real. They close on the new house tomorrow. I’ve become quite accustomed to moving, having spent twenty years in the Air Force, and have learned a few things along the way about what are some good things to have on hand to make any move easier.

Here are some of the things you might want to stock up on, and some notes on how to make most effective use of them. Continue reading Moving? Nine Things You Must Have

Raising Kids – The Payoff (#1)

At some point during each parent’s kid-raising chores, they look at the sky and lament, “Why did I ever have kids?”

As of this writing (March 2014) my kids are 31 and 30, and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Every day, I thank God for the miracle He worked in helping shape these two incredible people, knowing there’s NO WAY I could have shaped them into who they are today on my own.

Why am I so proud of them?

Today, they are both responsible adults, people who make good decisions. You’ll hear more about that – making good decisions – in a later article, but for now I’ll just say these “kids” are who they are today based on the decisions they made in the past. Continue reading Raising Kids – The Payoff (#1)

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