I'm Henry the VIII I am
I’m Henry the VIII I am

We are half way through the Lenten Season before Easter. Next Sunday we start daylight savings and lose an hour of sleep. When I was younger losing an hour of sleep didn’t mean much, but now that I am in the “twilight” years I know I will never ever get that hour back. Time marches on. Speaking of moving on…what’s new? Well after a week off visiting my daughter and her hubby in Portlandia I stepped back into my ESL classroom. I’m not sure if anyone knew I was gone, but we picked up from where we left off. It was an easy transition, back to pronunciation and stories and sharing adventures. I still love it and it is still fun. Conversation class this afternoon was about gender roles and gender identity with advanced speakers. It was a lively and at times hilarious discussion. All of the students have great senses of humor. As a matter of fact their humor is funnier than my humor if that is at all possible.

I still feel the glow of our visit this past week. It was fun and funny all at the same time. I got a chance to hang with my daughter and my doggie. My wife fell into the Pacific and my son-in-laws shoes bore the water and the sand all the way back to the rented cottage. With no internet we watched movies and played board games picking on each other as we normally do. Just a word to the wise, any one whom we invite to dinner is on his/her own…no one gets out alive.

Speaking of alive…and demons, today’s quote comes from the Gospel of Luke:

Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute,
and when the demon had gone out,
the mute man spoke and the crowds were amazed.
Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons.”
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself,
how will his kingdom stand? (Lu. 11)

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t go figure! I’ve been watching what has been going on these days in Washington and it seems that everything Obama is for, the Republicans are against. If he is for one of their ideas, then they flip flop and, surprise surprise…they are against it. They don’t seem to be able to take “yes” for an answer. If this tactic was supposed to work to keep Obama from a second term, it didn’t work. He has a second term. Are they afraid he’ll go for a third term? How about trying to work for the good of the American people for a change? Yes, I know, this democracy thing is messy, but does it have to be this messy? I don’t think so.

I think to begin to clean up the mess, we all need to turn off Fox News and while we’re at it  today I think Bill O’Reilly needs a hug. Top of my list.

and so it goes…