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March 2009 - Posts

  • Ghostburn

    Who woulda thunk that a ghost could get sunburn? Now, it is one thing to go out into a bright, cloudless day without sunscreen, no hat, no shirt, no sunglasses; one would expect to get really toasted by the sun. And this activity would be termed - oh, what's the word? Stupid. Yes, it would be really dumb not to protect oneself from the sun when we have so many experts telling us that sunburn is bad for us. There is no such thing as a "healthy tan"; that's just an old wife's tale. Yes, we need a certain amount of sun each day to encourage the formation of vitamin D in our body, and a little sunshine each day keeps our mood elevated, and a little sunshine takes away the blues. So, how can a person (let alone a Ghost) get sunburn when he has worn a hat with a wide brim, worn dark, polarized sunglasses, had on a long sleeve wind breaker over a dark colored tee shirt, and stayed mostly under the overhead on the boat? Such an enigma.

    On the weekend the Ghost and his first mate decided to take out Isis-1 for a spin near the lighthouse. Instead of launching the boat at the usual place, he drove to the launch ramp that is located very close to the lighthouse in the wildlife refuge. Getting the boat in the water proved easy enough and the adventure began. Skirting the coast about five hundred feet from the land, the crew spotted a deserted section of land (we pretended that it was an uncharted island) and they paddled to the beach. The crew disembarked and claimed the island for Captain and Crew. To make the deal official, the Ghost consecrated the land and then Isis-1 was returned to the sea from its beaching.

    The ship (oops, I mean boat) returned to the starting point of the voyage. It was only after returning to the dirt that the Ghost noticed that the sun had done its work. A new word, "ghostburn" has now been added to the lexicon. Maybe we will name our new island Ghostburn.

    Posted Mar 25 2009, 05:51 PM by Sam Post with 1 comment(s)
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  • Bear Facts

    This past weekend the Ghost had an interesting conversation with a salesman. As with most salesmen, this guy turned a five-minute sale into a two-hour marathon conversation - about bears. When the Ghost seeks to buy something, he does not want to waste time with chitchat but rather to consummate the sale and be on his way. On this particular occasion though, the salesman seemed to know quite a bit about bears - maybe. A little explanation might help.

    Somehow the conversation focused on some animal tracks that appeared on the driveway a few days ago. There were small tracks that were definitely made by a raccoon or an opossum, but there were other tracks that appeared to be human, or a bear. We traced the tracks backwards to discover that the animals had come through the neighbor's yard and then crossed onto my driveway and then disappeared into the front lawn. There was no damage to anything that I could find; there was no food left out in either yard, so the reason for the visit remains a mystery.

    The conversation went on ad nauseam. The salesman had hundreds of bear stories. He related stories going back to the days of Teddy Roosevelt and beyond. Then he told a story about a bear going in his neighbor's front yard. He was concerned about his granddaughter being hurt by the bear so he called 911 to get someone to come out to deal with the animal. They refused and told him to just wait until the bear ambled off. Evidently, if a wild animal - especially a bear - comes onto your property, you are to give him anything he wants and you better not threaten him. If you do try to chase the animal away, the authorities will come to harass you, not the bear. It seems that animals have good protection for their rights, but humans do not.

    As I was listening to this story, I was reminded of the American Indians back in the 1860's and 1870's. They had no rights at all. The White man (us) wanted their land so he killed all the food supply and then killed or ran off all the Indians. We just stole the land and ruined the Buffalo and other food sources. It appears that Native Americans are not regarded as well as some of the animals. It is no wonder that most of the world hates Americans; we ruin whatever we touch, even our own people. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Mar 16 2009, 07:22 PM by Sam Post with 1 comment(s)
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  • Good Ideas To Live By

    Every one of us has to live from cradle to grave. The time period may vary, but a life has a beginning and an end with a whole bunch of stuff in between. Some people are lucky in that they seem to avoid pitfalls; others are not so lucky in that they seem to find every pitfall. There are lots of problems in any society but there are some good things too. We don't have to look very far to see all the stupidities and problems in life, and we may have a little trouble ferreting out some of the intelligent and thoughtful advice that is all around us. To help a little with the ferreting, I present the following:

    This is a very good list of items to help every parent; it was written by Dorothy Nolte.

    If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
    If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
    If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
    If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
    If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
    If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
    If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
    If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
    If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
    If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
    If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

    In short, what you live with will define how you see the world. Said another way, a person adapts to their surroundings. As parents, we have the toughest job in the world. We must teach our children (if we love them) to find the greatness in their surroundings, in the people they meet, and in themselves. Who among us can say that we are properly qualified to teach the lessons mentioned above to children with varying degrees of understanding? In my experience, I have met only a handful of people who can handle the job.

    In contrast to the above, here is the normal sequence seen in most businesses these days.

    The Six Phases Of A Project:

    Enthusiasm
    Disillusionment
    Panic
    Search for the guilty
    Punishment of the innocent
    Praise and honors for the non-participants.

    Think about it; it appears that the caretakers of yesteryear haven't done a very good job in teaching good qualities to the people. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Mar 12 2009, 08:37 AM by Sam Post with 1 comment(s)
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  • Shoulds

    Many years ago Karen Horney (pronounced: Horn - eye) wrote a paper entitled: "The Tyranny of the Shoulds". This paper illuminated one of the many neurotic problems of people in civilized societies. It was written, I believe, back in the 1930's; the problems that exist in people today are very much worse. The average person is so tangled up in trying to decipher what to do in their daily life that they rely on "shoulds" as a default guide. It is like saying, "This is what I should do", instead of using common sense or experience to decide the best course of action. Even worse would be letting yourself be led by someone who is as lost as you are. This situation actually defines most people in America.

    Witness the extraordinary amount of rules, regulations, and laws that we have in this country. The average person would be surprised to find out that 99% of these "laws" are simply punitive; they have no practical application in helping society. Our system of "justice" (there is no justice in America), together with all our laws, lawyers, courts, cops, and politicians, are reactive at best. That is, all of these entities are dormant until something happens, then they react. This is the famous case of closing the barn door after the horse has run away; or the more recent story of putting an ambulance in the valley instead of putting up a guardrail to prevent cars from falling into the ravine.

    Shoulds, supposed to's, and all related phrases are indicative of neurotic illnesses in people. The antidote is simply to develop the ability to think, to approach things in life with true logic, and to learn what common sense means. In this day and age most people are severely mentally and emotionally crippled for want of simple abilities. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Mar 02 2009, 07:27 PM by Sam Post with no comments
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