Romans 6:17-21

17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!

Laugh So Hard It Hurts

Bucket List checked- laugh so hard it hurts. It first happened when I discovered this product on the blog “All About Cats”. The post: The 50 Best Gifts For Cat Lovers in 2019

It took me several minutes to recover- it’s not just cat shape tissue dispenser- what made me laugh is that the tissue comes out of the rump.

And then I saw this one on Amazon- and the laughter started again. This one reminds me of my cat Nieca- right down to the white tip of the tail.


The No Ride Challenge

This is the one month / 30 days No Car Challenge

We live in a world where having reliable transportation can mean the difference in type of employment and socializing. Employers want people with ‘reliable transportation.’ People will pick up and drop off friends for only so long. For those of us who don’t have a car we rely on pay-per-ride services (taxis, Lyft, Uber, city bus.). The downside is that not every city has city busing. The ones that do are limited by schedules and routes; if there’s service where we live.

So, I came up with this challenge idea. It seems to me like some have forgotten what it’s like; while others have had wheels since they were old enough to drive.

The challenge is to live without your vehicle for 1 month / 30 days. You pick your month.

Try to figure out how to get to school, work, shopping, appointments, the health club, the mall, and social activities without using your car. In short, figure out how to live your life, still managing your daily activities without using your vehicles.

Feel free to get tips and advice from those friends who don’t have wheels.

My tip- buy a month unlimited bus pass, if there’s a bus system in your area.

The intention of this challenge is a reality check. For some it won’t make a difference, for some it’ll open their eyes about how they take their wheels for granted. to remind people of what it was or is like to not have one.

Science Fiction vs. Science


This is an opinion piece that, I believe, is a long time in coming. Written by James Davis Nicoll, he discusses the necessary evolution of science fiction based on science facts. He does a great job of explaining, why writers need to adjust their stories the more we learn about other planets. His focus was on the pulp stories of the early to mid 20th century and the writer’s depictions of the other planets in our system.

I skimmed over some of the comments, They seem to be close in line with what James states in his piece. It’s my opinion that writers working on science fiction have a much better chance of successful sales if they’re work is based in science fact.

What Society Has Taught Me about Doing Unto Others

I’m going to be 48 this year. Yikes! As I contemplate my life I wanted to share some things I’ve learned in my journey.\

We’re all familiar with the words ‘do unto others as you would have done unto you.’

Sage words, and yet so few people live by them.

Here’s what people have taught me:

When you see something at a friend’s home and you’d like it for yourself- just take it.

When someone asks for your help with something, like moving, tell them you’ll do it, for a price.

When someone hosts meal gatherings, and you know they’re on a tight budget- still show up, and when they ask for help in the cost- stop showing up.

When someone confides in you that someone is hurting them, tell them ‘it’s all in your head.

Make sure to tell your friends how you miss hanging out with them- especially the ones without cars, and you have one. Make this comment sweeter by telling them you’re some place just around the corner.

If you feel cheated out of your life dreams, do the best you can to sabotage someone from achieving theirs.

Put yourself first, no one is more important than you are- so go ahead and cut in front of that city bus because you come first.

Everyone is prejudice and racist. It doesn’t matter what the truth is, because it’s about the color of your skin.

Sometimes you have badger or berate someone to get them to see things ” the right way” meaning yours.

Don’t bother asking someone for their side, your perspective is good enough.

Opinions are more important than truth

I could go on but I think, that is, I hoe you get the gist of what I’m getting at. And people shake their heads wondering what is wrong with the world. People need to take a look around, and especially look at their own ways.

We say we want a better world but what are WE, individually, doing to make it so?

Examples from my own life:

The Maintenance man of my last apartment complex took of box of my DVDs. Sure, I can replace most of the movies unfortunately there were some I cannot. The point is, instead of going to a store and buying copies for himself- he decided take mine. The manager of the complex protected him.

I asked the folks at my church for help in moving my possessions into a storage unit. Two friends were able to help. Elizabeth Lee helped as she could. And then there’s Jana Erdmann. She wrangled up her sons and some of their friends. I was in absolute amazement at how she coordinated them. Elizabeth and I were concerned that there might not be enough room in the 5 by 10 unit. Jana and her team made it all fit with a little room to spare. No one asked for a dime. When I offered money, Jana said don’t worry about it.

What do these ladies do?

They are true friends, they know and understand the value of friendship. Outside of work, Elizabeth nurtures her family and friends. She is a daughter, and sister. She is patient, kind, understanding and when she doesn’t understand something, she questions.

Jana is a wife, a mother, a teacher, and a missionary. Even with her large family and home life plus church activities, some how she still finds the time to do missions. She teaches women, in less fortunate regions, how to use sewing machines so they can earn a living.

Now, who’s making the world a better place?

I am thankful to God for people like Liz and Jana. They are two women, strong in the Lord and yet so different from each other.

What society has shown me is very bleak and wrong in so many ways. What these ladies have shown me is that to be better, we must rise above what society peddles.

We need to start treating people the way we want to be treated.

If we want respect we need to be respectful. We need to show consideration, sympathy, empathy, and steer clear of manipulation, lies, and coercion. We also need to check our egos. While we may all be important, not one of us is more important than anyone else.

With this ‘me first’ attitude; realize that you do not have to be first in line. You will still get to where you’re going, even if you’re driving behind a city bus.

When it comes to opinions, we should look for the facts first. We shouldn’t make up our minds, form our opinion based on what one person says. Anyone who watches the TV show NCIS knows about Gibb’s Rules. One of them is about verifying.

Rule # 3 Don’t believe what you’re told. Double check

Colombo would say “just the facts ma’am’.

The lesson is short- we can make a better world by being better to each other.

Listen to the lyrics, or better yet, read the lyrics of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”

Even better- read the Bible. There are lessons in the Word about how to treat each other, how to behave. People say there’s no manual on life. There is. It’s called the Bible.

Even if you’re not a believer, the morals and lessons inside are invaluable.

The Writer’s Personality Traits

Today I read a blog post by Kristi Holl, one of the writers I follow. She re-shared this post that she made from 6 years ago:  When Your Writer’s Personality is Rejected

I was unable to post a comment so I opted to share my word in a blog post. Please read Kristi’s post to see what inspired my response.

Some of the signs of a writer’s personality

~ you’re sensitive to emotions, yours and others

~ you notice things that tend to gets passed others

~ solitude is your friend

~ you like to think and think deep

~ you tend to be introverted, the observer at parties, not center stage.


Thank you Kristi. I grew up feeling like everybody hated me. As a child, I wasn’t invited to many parties and was always the last one picked for a team. In my teens, I fell into a debilitating depression. Writing was my one solace. It’s what got me through the loss of my adopted Dad when I was 12.

I was thrilled when two of my teachers said I had talent and should focus on it. One suggested I consider becoming a writer. Unfortunately, it was the one thing my family did not want me doing. They were not supportive and sabotaged my efforts emotionally with negative comments. And yet, while they each had a love of reading, they had not read anything of mine. They didn’t even want me going to college. One relative actually said “You need to give up your dream and go to work for McDonald’s.”

I pulled away from them, drew more towards my writing. It’s what got me through the chaos. Believing that something was wrong with me, I leaned on my writing for the sake of my sanity. I had no idea that I was some kind of normal. I didn’t know that these traits of mine were geared towards a specific personality. Now I know thanks to you.

It’s a relief to know that there is nothing wrong with our personalities. As the phrasing goes, people are geared for different things. Some people are geared for center stage. Some are geared to write about those in center stage. It is such a wonder to see how many different personality sets there are. It would be a dull and boring world if we  were all geared the same way.

I’m still looking for my writing companions. I’ve found many other writers. Some have stuck with me. Some are like fleeting moments. This can be a good thing by choosing the positives of the moment. Others though, treat writing as a competition. This is not a good thing when a writer is looking for connections, companions, community, and shared support.