Some years ago my youngest son asked me if the whole world was in black and white when I was a child. I suspect he arrived at this conclusion from looking at old black and white photographs. It was a logical assumption based on the information he had at the time. I of course corrected this misconception and assured him we have all been living in technicolor for a long time. For some reason the memory of this popped into my head the other day. I chuckled at the memory, but then I started to think that maybe we did live in a black and white world in “the old days”.
When I was growing up there were only two political parties that I was aware of, Republicans and Democrats. That was pretty much a black and white scenario. You were either one or the other and oddly enough I do not recall people hating one another because of their political affiliations. Since then we seem to have inserted many shades of grey between the black and white politics. Now we have right and left wing, conservative and liberal, progressive, moderate, libertarian and probably some others that I am forgetting or not aware of. Each group does not like the other. Democrats hate republicans and Republicans hate democrats and all the various shades of light grey hate the various shades of dark grey. Sadly, it seems that the hatred has gotten so intense that it is impossible for anything productive to be accomplished because the hate is in the way. It needs to stop.
Perhaps some of you who have been readers of this blog in the past have wondered what ever happened to this blogger. Probably even more haven’t wondered. Well, the good news and the bad news is the same; I am alive and still kicking. As to why I have not written for a while, I am not exactly sure. All I can say is I seem to have lacked inspiration. Okay, that is not exactly true. Often, I was inspired but when I sat at the keyboard the transfer of the inspiration from the brain to the fingertips seemed to be lacking. Additionally I got involved in several other websites and the time I was spending on them consumed my focus and at the end of each morning, once I completed the maintenance on those sites I was tired of correcting my typos and tired of squinting at the monitor. But this day I feel newly energized and determined to begin actively blogging anew.
As I have gotten older I find that the concept of “being set in your ways” is mostly true. I find I am most comfortable if I have a routine that I follow. My days go better if I wake in the morning and fall into my routine without disruptions such as robo-calls, internet outage, or work. I don’t mind work, I just don’t want to do it first thing in the morning. Another thing I don’t want to do first thing in the morning is to get upset by reading comments on Facebook. I used to look forward to “catching up” on Facebook, but not anymore. Here is how it was.
As some of you may recall, and probably many of you do not, the Townehouse Blog began life in 2010 under the name “Unorganized Thoughts”. Although the blog has undergone several name changes since then, the author of the blogs (me) continues to have random and unorganized thoughts. Typically, I share these thoughts individually and one at a time on various social media venues but for your benefit as subscriber (or potential subscriber) of this blog, I present a collection of some thoughts thus far generated in 2018.
I hate to think that I am going to start this Thanksgiving day with a rant, but yeah, that is what I am going to do. I know this is supposed to be a day of giving thanks for all the good things we have in our life. I am thankful, and I think we have much to be thankful for in this country, but it seems that this past year has been a year of negativity. It is hard to be thankful if one is constantly focused on the negative.