The Texas Bohemian

Word artist. Jack of all Trades.

Why do I do it?

The third letter in a month appeared in the Lufkin Daily News this week calling me names and blabbering all kinds of stupid-think in place of real discussion.  This last and worst letter is purportedly written by a 14 year old girl.

A child of fourteen who writes such horrid remarks must live in a household led by extremely radical parents.  This young girl’s rhetoric is indicative of brainwashing.  I can’t imagine the hateful attitudes and cruel intent that must permeate a house where a child of fourteen would be driven to write such a mean-spirited letter.

What kind of world do we live in when children cannot be children and adults are so hateful of those they disagree with that they force their hate upon their children?

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June 26, 2009 Posted by | Blather | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Peace. It’s not just for wimps!

A little over a week ago my wife and I did something we have not done for many years.  Seven years, in fact.  We went on a little trip all by ourselves.  It was great.  We had a good time and grew our relationship.

My wife, as usual, wanted to shop.  We spent some time in a mall west of Houston.  When we left the mall we went in search of a grocery store to get some snacks.  Waiting to turn under a freeway I saw a man with a sign: “I’m Old, I’m Ugly, and I’m Hungry.”  He looked pretty ragged.  I took a few bucks from my bill fold and gave it to him.  As usual, all my money was in the bank so I didn’t have much cash.  I wanted to give more.

Leaving the man behind I drove half a block to a massive super HEB grocery.  It was a huge store, the largest HEB I’ve seen.  The amount of food in that store and the incredible variety and the price of most of it made me very guilty.  What a contrast, a man probably my age in ragged clothes begging for money half a block from a store with enough food to feed a whole community for weeks full of shoppers spending hundreds of dollars for expensive wines, fancy cheeses, foreign delicacies, and so much more.  There’s just no equity in this world.  Life is not fair.

I am working on a re-write of my book The Lies, The Truth, The Way.  When I finish that I’m going to write a short book called Buddha is not God… and other things Christians need to know.  Those are top priorities.  But they are yesterday’s projects.  I have to decide what I am going to do next.  Where shall I put my effort?

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May 14, 2009 Posted by | Blather | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sad.

There are times when I read articles describing human injustice and tragedy I want to just cry… mostly out of frustration.  The article below is one of those.

Read it and weep.

Tragic Traps: Make a Mistake in America

and You May Pay a Heavy Price for Decades

By Joe Bageant, CounterPunch. Posted June 17, 2008.

June 17, 2008 Posted by | Politics. | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment