Thursday, October 1, 2009

American dream:Health

Sometimes the American dream just gets shredded to pieces no matter how hard we try. Listen to the words of one Dr. Ottoway at the Mad as Hell gathering this September 30,2009. I am sure there are many of us who can relate.

Monday, September 28, 2009

American Dream: a familiar scene

During the 1970's I used to visit the streets of Houston, Texas at night to see for myself just what they were like. Many times I was startled by the sudden movement of someone residing behind or under a bench or trash can. Many people don't believe this is real and others just cannot understand the how or why of it all. Mr. Dprince knows.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

American dream scenario?



I saw this photo and thought I recognized the person sifting through the trash. Is this the American dream revisited?

Just remembering something good


One thing I know, he was damn good.  I believe he was a good person also.  I miss him and his music.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cometbird browser rises to the top

I have been using the latest version of the Cometbird browser and I want to share my thoughts on it. I believe. no...I know it is the best browser around and it is FREE! This browser has speed and has yet to lock up in over 3 months. It has a great set of tools to use with my two favorites being the speed dial and cooliris applications.

Speed dial will allow more than the normal 9 pages links offered by the Opera browser. Cooliris offers searching the web visually and is quick and easy to use and actually exciting. The only thing I see that slows down the browser is if you add too many add ons to the browser, especially tool bars

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Live Writer is easy to use.

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Since acquiring my new Toshiba laptop and moving up to Windows Vista, I am now able to use Windows Live Writer.  This little gem has to be a blessing to a whole lot of bloggers like myself.  It can be used offline to do my compositions and save for later uploading.  I have linked several blogs for instant uploading.  Even those sites where I can not upload to directly, I am still able to compose, save a draft and then copy to the appropriate site.  Live Writer has a simple look and a number of useful tools and plug ins to use.  I love it…I love it…I love it!
Currently I use tools to insert hyperlinks,pictures, photo albums,tables, maps, tags, videos and more.  Everyone should give it a try.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Juneteenth almost forgotten

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I saw this picture quite by accident and realized that I had forgotten about this celebration for the black American community.

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Though I am not of the same racial persuasion, I too must celebrate the Juneteenth holiday because it is at the heart of what our country stands for.  All Americans should join in unity for the freedom of all people in all corners of the world.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

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Somebody was talking to me the other day about the health insurance problem in America. Most Americans are without insurance because either their employer does not offer paid insurance or they cannot afford coverage as an independent contractor, self employed or unemployed individual.

An idea was pushed into our conversation that the government should pay for health insurance for all Americans. Well, let me tell you, I did not like this idea (except for the free part). From what I see as an individual citizen, a lot of scenarios would be better as long as the government is not in control. It seems that they screw up enough programs as it is. Why would we want more government inefficiency and financial waste than already exists?

No, my opinion is that at the present, I do not get enough bang for the buck when it comes to the taxes I pay. Big business cheats me enough. Big government would leave me destitute. We must fix our health care system but on our level and on our terms. There are ways to accomplish this if we really apply ourselves.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Today is the day that mothers all across the country have been waiting to enjoy. The thrill of receiving chocolate candy and a beautiful bouquet of flowers is a thrill that never gets old. Why? Because all parents need to know that their children, whether young or old, still appreciate and love them.

My hope is that today you will attempt to make your mother a happy person. Try cooking her breakfast in bed or maybe working her garden with her. Maybe just spending time watching a good movie with a little popcorn and soda to boot.

Most of all. spend some time talking with her. Let her remember the good times of life. Sometimes the memories seem trite and boring. For a mother in her senior years, those memories are her biggest and most prized possessions. Try to give her one more good memory to keep in her heart.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Mama's Hibiscus

I just wanted to post a picture of my Mama's red hibiscus flowers. It is the first picture I took with one of those miniature digital cameras that cost $7.99. It came out rather well. Soon to come will be the gold hibiscus, but, it is a much smaller plant. This is what an elderly person can accomplish in her spare time.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

MLM...Try to Understand

Over the past 20 years or so I continued to read article after article about the negatives of multi-level marketing programs.  Not even President Bush got slammed as much.

The truth is that mlm is a very viable way to increase income because it employs all the basic business principles.  The problem is not the idea of mlm but rather the program that uses mlm and how they demand you use it.  Control is a key factor in all things.  As long as your actions are controlled then the business is the only one truly benefiting.

I had the fortune of being in Amway twice.  I had a great time but was restricted as to what I could do on my own. I never really understood the business principles until a few years ago.  I would join again if they would cut the hype and mind control.

Without getting into details let me say that a matrix works, levels are viable and low costs are a definite.  But, there must be selling and profit or it doesn't work!  

Remember, to every problem there is a solution...or at least a way around it. 

Renters Beware

The Houston, Texas areas have been experiencing higher than normal rates for home evictions of renters falling behind on their rent.

Recently ABC News affiliate channel 13 aired news of one such eviction,  What made it different was that they were not much behind coupled with the landlord actually locking them out without any due process or notice.  This landlord also confiscated all their belongings including Christmas presents.

Having helped with evictions, I have some knowledge of what is allowable and these acts certainly are not acceptable.  I can only hope the renters sue for breach of contract and losses with added damages and suffering.  In this area the renter must be notified in writing and then taken to court where a judgment is made.  Then a notice is handed by the local authorities to the renter allowing a set amount of time to pack up and leave

Then, should they not leave the premises, the authorities may evict them by force and allow the landlord to lock them out after they have removed all possesions they wish to take at that moment,  The remainder of items must be placed outside on the street where the renter can either take them or allow others to take what they want or the landlord can haul to the dump. 

Some people try to move their stuff next door with friends but they must remember that by contract they cannot live there.  Landlords have the right to file a warrant of trespass where the delinquent renter cannot be seen on their property, even to visit a friend without cause for arrest.

No one wants to see an eviction.  But, landlords must realize that even delinquent renters have some rights and among those rights is due process.

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