The other day, I heard the horribleist (new word o'the day) thing about someone. It was awful!! But as I was listening to it, I couldn't stop... I knew I shouldn't be allowing the other person to tell me the things she was saying, but as I said, I just couldn't NOT listen. Mind you, as a counselor, I hear a LOT of things about a lot of people. But, this wasn't in a counseling session. This was in the grocery store standing there in the produce section. As I left the store and reflected back on what she said, I was had such a feeling of dis-ease. However, I was even more disturbed by my reaction to it. I knew in my heart of hearts that what was told to me wasn't true. Still, it made for great 'rumor'. And, that's exactly what it was. Rumor. I was convicted at that point that I could either pass on what was said to me or let it die there. Telling it to someone else, even veiled by, "You're not going to believe this and if you tell anyone I said it, I'll deny it", was titillating. But, a rumor has a lifespan. If you feed it, it continues to live. Don't feed it (don't repeat it) and it dies. I chose to let it die. What good comes from hurting another person? To merely repeat something because it was said to me doesn't make it right. It's stealing... or at least it's attempted theft. And that's what gossip is...it's attempted theft. It's the attempt to take away, or do damage to, someone else's reputation. So, starting today, that's it! I'm NOT going to be a thief. I'm not going to gossip. Care to join me?
Okay, I've not been around for awhile, but I have great reasons!!! I had a housefull of children and grandchildren for 5 weeks. I adored every single minute of it but it took every minute I had when I wasn't at work. I didn't want to miss anything while they were here. After they left, it took 48 hours to clean everything...not because they left it a mess, but because it kept my mind off the sudden quiet. Well, that's not exactly true---my kitchen floor was so dirty, that walking across it in sock feet, I was guaranteed to step in some unknown substance and would walk right out of the sock! That was followed by my 40th Class Reunion. I look back on my years of school and am amazed that I was allowed to start school at 2. No way am I old enough to be out for that many years! It was faboo, though. The MHS Class of '70 has turned out possibly the MOST "famous" people of all the classes!!! More on them on another blog.
Then, my DH (dear hubby) and I left for a week with two precious friends on an "eat your way through 3 states" tour. Is it true that calories don't stick when they're consumed 100 miles away from your house? I'll let you know later! Anyway, I'm back and plan on getting back to the blog soon. Let me hear from you!
2011 W-2 Tax Forms and Obamacare ---On your 2011 W-2, your employer will be required to report what they pay for your health insurance as additional gross INCOME for you. At this point, you won't be taxed but it will be listed as 'additional information'. It will NOT be taxed as 2010 income. However, depending on how mid-term elections turn out, it may very well change in 2011. If the present majority remains in power, we will most assuredly be paying higher income taxes... this is how our government plans for us to provide for those who cannot, or will not, pay for their own health care. Please contact your representative(s) and ask if they are aware of this portion of the bill. My guess is...most are not. It's cleverly hidden in HR 3590. Source: Title IX Revenue Provisions—Subtitle A.. Further reading if you're still interested: Factcheck.org. --oh one more kick in the knees: Congress is exempt from having to pay the additional income tax.
I received a call today that delighted me!! A reader said that she was 'right there with me' on my blog about being invited to graduation ceremonies when I didn't really know the student. She and I share another peeve and she asked if she could speak out! I WELCOMED that and appreciate her sharing her opinion. Let me say here, too, that anyone that would like to "have a say" in my blog, may certainly do so. Just contact me and we'll make arrangements....and YES, you can stay anonymous on the blog. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, in her very own words, our guest blogger..
I just would really like to know if, with the economy like it is (people out of jobs, looking for jobs, that need a job, and want a job), if I, myself, or somone else out there, needs to open up a card design business, that prints cutesy thank you cards, like all of these cutesy invitations to these cutesy gals bridal showers, baby showers, just plain All About Me showers, that I keep getting, and never get back a cutesy thank you from them. You know, girls, I come from the ole school, where as soon as you received that precious gift for mini-ME, my Mama made sure that I immediately turned right around, and sat down (now this required some of my precious time) but I wrote that precious person that thought enough of me and my Mr. Right, and our new addition to the family enough to spend their time, and their money, to bless us with a gift. Whatever they chose to buy us, was so appreciated. Back in the day, I don't think they had such thing as a Santa Claus list, where I could just put my order in and tell everybody what I wanted, (in other words, what was GOOD ENOUGH for me). Girls, I am so happy for you finding that knight in shining armor, and I hope you have beautiful healthy children, I really sincerely do, but just take some time away from having your french manicures, and pedicures, and air brushing your cutesy little Barbie bodies, to let us ole gals that are "old fashioned", and still live in the real world know that our gift is appreciated. We only get one Mama in this life, mine has gone on to live with Jesus, so if yours is still here, you are blessed, but don't leave it up to Mama to verbally let me know you appreciate my gift, because it's not Mama's place to start with, and second, and most important, you are going to want to teach your children two important words in their first vocabulary, and they are "Thank You", but if you don't teach them how to apply the meaning of these words, they are going to comprehend them as " I want, and I need". I Love You, and I Look Forward to see what you come up with cutesy, to say thank you, You creative little thang.
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE politics. It's consuming if you follow it, be it local or national. I keep the news channel on all the time, volleying between FOX and CNN... can't stomach MSNBC. I even sign on the computer and read several news sources there. Look at North Carolina---a virtual unknown dude, who has been accused of showing porn to some young girl, who has no job and draws unemployment, sneaks in the political backdoor and gets his name on the ballot and, by cracky, he wins!!! He's shaken 'em up in NC, for sure, teaching them that you don't assume anything in politics. Just because your name is the best known doesn't give you a free ride. Just ask the guy who has to battle against him in the next election. Mr. Unknown won't win there but he's definitely had his 15 minutes. Next door in South Carolina, a woman is facing a run-off today when it wasn't believed she'd get as far as she did. Her opponent, a man, played hard and dirty---even questioning her conversion to Christianity and stopped short of calling her a tramp. She showed him!!! I say all that to briefly relate an incident: the other day, a spirited conversation took place where I work between 2 opposing parties. One group couldn't blast the pOTUS hard enough, telling it like it is including all the latest gaffs he's pulled concerning this oil crisis. The other group couldn't praise him enough. You get the picture. But, what became clear is this: some people simply don't pay attention to any of this, following blindly and applauding anything linked to this character's name....why? Because they don't know better. If they actually did tune in, would they continue to follow him? Some would but some wouldn't. A clear test is if our mayor decided to disallow Meridian from participating in the World Day of Prayer because it may "offend someone". Can you imagine what would be said of her??? What if she were to decide that we'd pay homage to the Muslim faith on the grounds of City Hall? She wouldn't make it home. Well, that's exactly what our esteemed "leader" did....but, was much made of that nationally?...only if you looked really hard. "One nation under God"? ...looks like it won't be much longer if people don't wake up and really take a look at what's going on.
The only time I can recall getting involved in my children's school experience where I vehemently decried a teacher's decision was when the entire class was required to write an essay on cheating when it was discovered that only 2 students had cheated. I don't remember all the particulars, but I do recall that the assignment was revoked...well, that's not all I remember--I remember sitting in Principal Autry's office trying to articulate it as clearly as possible while praying that my neck wasn't too flushed. The idea of group punishment for the sins of a few is as ridiculous as closing I-20 for 6 months because 2 cars collided. Or, as crazy as saying that no one can purchase a vehicle from ABC Dealer because those 2 cars were purchased there. I should not be punished for something YOU did. Of course, there are exceptions: speed limits were set because speeding can hurt ALL of us, no public smoking because of second-hand effects, etc. But, those limitations are permanent protection. We're not disallowed from speeding for 6 months so that we can all learn the lesson nor are we not allowed to smoke in a public building for only a few short months but can resume after the required "sit out" time. Those things are permanent and they should be. Get my point? Good. Now, will someone tell me why our president (not capitalized on purpose) thinks everyone should be punished because of one oil companies horrible actions?? Why should the good people who depend on the fishing industry to feed and clothe their families be penalized for the sins of BP? Look, if I had a wreck at an intersection one time, you can bet your bippy that I'd be more cautious the next time I encountered that intersection even if the fender bender wasn't my error!!! Does the pOTUS not think that other companies would not be even MORE cautious of their drilling now that they've seen what could happen? Does he not think that Americans have more sense??? It would seem to me that, given the immeasurable financial toll that this devastation in the Gulf is creating for the entire coastal region, he'd do all he could to infuse an off balance to their economy by allowing others to continue to generate prosperity!! What a piece of work.
A touch about me:....Life is a hoot and worth living to the fullest. That's not to say it doesn't have its share of bumps...it certainly does, but as a counselor, I know the value of talk therapy and, as a woman, I know the value of friends. I'm a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a child of God. I have balance. I'm still young enough to have fun but old enough to not need the social pretenses that comes with the days of young wifehood. I'm free! My prayer is that my family stays healthy, I improve the world each day, and that I arrive wherever I'm going wearing shoes that match! Join me...share with me...let's have fun! Love, Sidney