It is not safe to hold political, social, or religious opinions in the United States anymore. Unless you know you are among like-minded people. A hundred times, I started to put down my ideas in a blog as to the nature of one polarized camp’s arguments, but with each review, I realize that either the ones holding contrary views will get offended, hurt, angry or recalcitrant.
It was good to put the misgivings, concerns and questions about the social, economic, religious and constitutional future of this country to ‘paper’. I got it out of my system – unless I know I am among like-minded people, it will only create disharmony.
Camping is not for everybody
No one has come to blows, had families stop seeing one another, marched in the streets or called for politicians to be thrown out, over camping. Spouses may choose to remain home or find comfortable accommodations rather than share a tent. but rare for divorce to occur over it — At least I am unaware of this.
Go out in the fresh air, the altitude, the granite cliffs, and among the trees older that the arguments that people wrestle with since our country’s founding. Trees, assuming fire or disease does not destroy them ,outlast the petty squabbles of humanity. The water falling over the cliffs at Yosemite may have started as a mist in Japan flowing into the sea, Near California that same droplets evaporate and are blown over the Sierra to fall as snow at the source of the Merced. This may have gone on for ten thousand years regardless of drought policy and endangered species acts. It makes camping awe-inspiring and people’s squabbles less significant.
Why "notdonner" for my 'nom d 'guerre'? When we decided to add the dog, Comet. to the household, we didn't change his shelter name, but also couldn't remember it. Since it was the Christmas season, I thought of Santa's reindeer: not Dasher, not Dancer, nor Prancer... not Donner, etc.
I don't know too many who are not dog-men. I have often eschewed politics in favor of talking about dogs, existentialism and everyday perspective as one of the dog-people. Not that I don't like cats, I do. But cats tolerate you, while dogs enjoy having you around.
While a vice-president of the New York Mets (MLB) organization, and an attorney in New York share the same first and last name with me, I have no greater honor than having served my country as a U.S. Navy Senior Chief.
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