Pageants

There you are. In the audience. Listening to one of top 3 finalists, who is about to win the “High School City Princess” competition or the “Miss Whatever-County” Pageant. As you listen, it goes something like this:

“I’m senior class president. I play tennis and am on the swim team. And the drill team. I have a part-time job in the evening. I’m majoring in:  1.Elementary Education—–(or)—–2. Environmental studies —–(or)—–3. Political Science —–(or)—–4. Fashion Design (of course! Is it ever anything else?).  I’m vegan, I work out and I do volunteer work on weekends.”

Wow! Sounds like a real “go-getter”, huh?

Uugghhh! YOU COULDN’T GIVE me…..you couldn’t PAY me, to have a Life like that!

Ask yourself:  WHEN?!?—does she even have time to kiss her boyfriend?

To go to a movie in a theatre? To watch a sunset at the beach? Ha! No way. She’s farrrr too busy being a “success”. But she has no free time. How sad.

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Shopping at Walgreen’s

Walgreen’s is a terrible place to shop.

They *are* handy for gift cards, cold remedies, their pharmacies, pens & notebooks but it’s a Gawd-awful experience when you go to pay for any of it.

I don’t care about “points”, “miles” anything else they may be offering or pushing more buttons at the checkout, or my phone number, etc.  I want simplicity. Don’t you?

Here’s what I’m buying. How much is it (tax and total price) ? Here’s the money. Thank you for my change. Goodbye! Why should this be too much to ask or expect? Anywhere, really.

But Nooooo!  I don’t want to fiddle with any push-button anything at checkout. Period. Even if it might be to my benefit. It won’t be enough to matter to me. And I’m not rich, either.

If my purchase is over 40 dollars and I can write a check for up to 20-dollars and pay for the rest with cash, what’s the problem? The purchase still gets paid. Now. Today.

But the unfriendly clerk at checkout is about as helpful as a brick. Always some hassle or more steps to go through. God forbid I could simply pay, get my change, and go. If I knew what her days off were, then I could simply shop when she isn’t there. That would be better. Maybe that’s why there’s hardly ever many people in there at all. But then it should be easier and quicker to get in and out. As it is, it’s a pain in the ass nearly each time.  Walgreen’s needs to simplify and minimize the steps for all purchases.

 

Why are there hospital Chaplain’s?

This will likely be an unpopular post. Why are there hospital Chaplain’s at all?

Let me quickly add: No, I am not an Atheist.  I don’t go to Church but I do believe in an intelligent creator.

The immediate answer to the question that comes to mind is: to pray with patient’s and to give comfort.  But my problem is not with doing either of those.

The problem is the lack of any definite principles or stance. “Anything goes”. Everybody is fine. No patient’s faith or path is wrong, or at least not criticized. So what does the Chaplain believe? Nothing? Everything? How politically-correct can you get? Are they a Christian? But if that’s the case, where is the Chaplain’s credibility? The Chaplain’s make their rounds. They walk into a room. They don’t know if the patient is a Christian, a Buddhist, a Wiccan or whatever else. But the Chaplain will pray with all of them! But if the Chaplain is a Christian, do they really believe the Wiccan or Buddhist will go to Heaven? If the patient announced they are an Atheist, would the Chaplain say: “I can’t pray for you, then.”  I don’t think so. The Chaplain would pray for/with ALL of them. But I seriously doubt they will “witness” to them, or tell them their soul is in jeopardy of going to a bad place in the afterlife. The Chaplain either violates their own beliefs, or, they don’t stand for anything. If they say they “love everybody”, there must be 1000 other people, even strangers, who can also say/believe/do that.

But if everybody is OK, then beliefs don’t matter. If beliefs don’t matter, why does the Chaplain have a job at all? To give comfort? If widely conflicting beliefs (and many people’s beliefs do conflict) don’t matter, then where is the integrity or “realness” of the Chaplain?  A family member, a friend, or if someone is old and alone, even a nurse on-duty could “give comfort.” The Chaplain seems like a completely politically-correct position.  I prefer credibility over a “yes-man” (or woman).

 

 

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41. Keys to a Successful Marriage

62. Assertion, Aggression and Passivity

89. The Three Major Types of Psychotherapies

97. Got a Problem? Take Something for it? Or Do Something About it?

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