A Rant for February Twenty Fifth

Winter has reappeared here in Dunwich.  The estimate is for up to eight inches of snow on Monday night.  Looks like I’ll finally break out the snowblower this winter after all.  But not yet.  Today I look out the window and a light snow is falling.  A fraction of an inch has accumulated and it gives the environs the correct veneer of New England winter to make the picture fit the calendar.

I read the headlines and what do I find?  All the same boring nonsense.  Inflation continues to impoverish us.  The Ukrainian war continues to impoverish us and kill Ukrainians.  Our incompetent federal government continues to impoverish our descendants unto the fourth generation and our monstrous Deep State continues to spy on and entrap Americans in false flag operations of their own manufacturing.  Really, it’s horror and tedium in almost equal measures.

But none of that is my topic for the day.  What I want to write about is the practical course of action for our people.  And that is to find the actions that you can take locally and do them.  Don’t think about doing them.  Don’t talk about doing them.  DO THEM!!!!

If you have children, teach them what you want them to believe.  Teach them by doing, not talking.  Show them how to achieve the things they want.  Help them in school.  Warn them about the propaganda they will hear in the classroom.  Help them to figure out their abilities and counsel them on figuring out what trade or profession they should get trained in.

And teach them patience and perseverance.  Keep them from picking up bad habits like wasting their time on frivolous on-line activities.  And socialize them.  Make sure they are comfortable interacting with their peers, the opposite sex and with adults.  Force them out of their comfort zone.    AND TEACH THEM TO WORK!!!!

Get involved in your community.  Find out how things get done.  Find out who runs the local government.  Volunteer for something with which you have some expertise.  Or if that’s not possible volunteer for something that anyone can help with.  Towns and local governments are always looking for help.  Pick something that can make your environment better.  There are committees for school, zoning, budget, infrastructure, etc.  Meet the local Republican committee and find out if they’re useful or useless.  And maybe even run for some very minor local office or position.  But at the very least find out who the people are who want to run your town or district.  And for pity’s sake at least make sure you vote for the ones who are least bad. Get to know what the problems are in your local area and decide if these are things that can be fixed and figure out whether they will make your life unbearable.

So this is me saying grab a hold of your life and your world and make it change in ways that make it better for you and yours.  You can’t fire Joe Biden or end affirmative action or lower the federal deficit.  But you can give your kids a shot at flourishing in whatever environment they’re in.  You can find out who really runs your town.  You can find out what kind of people they are.  You absolutely need to find out who is running your kids’ school and you damn well better find out what their teachers are like.

So, there’s my cabin fever rant for today.  Ahhh, I feel better already.

Strip Away the Rot and Build on the Strong

Living as I do in the land of fungus it’s important to look for where moisture has seeped into wood and rotted it away.  This is critical because structural members can be compromised and your whole house can come crashing down.  You have to look for the telltale signs and when the long horrible winter is over you have to figure out how the water has been getting in and remove that vulnerability.  And then you have to remove the rotted wood and replace it.  And it’s expensive and difficult.  Things have to be shored up while replacing structural supports and if you don’t identify the point of water infiltration you may have to do the whole painful repair over again.

Based on what I’ve observed I’d say that the Republican Party is pretty much rotted away.  To continue the analogy, the question remains whether it’s best to demolish the structure and build a new one or begin shoring up the structure and ripping out the rot.  I’ll leave that decision with whoever thinks he has the budget to build a new party.

But this post isn’t really about rebuilding a conservative party.  It’s about discarding the thoughts and actions that have become useless and redirecting my actions to things that are useful.  Writing endlessly about Washington and the atrocities of the dementia patient in the White House is not only useless, it’s debilitating.  Thinking about the daily assaults on us is like a drip of water that slowly over time erodes your mind.

I have to find positive activities and they have to have some measurable results.  That goes for both my personal activities and the things I choose to write about.  And maybe I’ll be writing less, at least here.  I have my own writing that I want to do.  Blogging takes up a good deal of time.  I intend to make sure I have something that is worth people’s time reading.

What I think I will concentrate on for the blog are things that I have found that are useful.  I like to think that the reviews of music, movies and books are of that sort.  These are things that can be useful to people looking for entertainment.  I’ll try to provide similar factual posts about other aspects of living.  Maybe it will be about a company that provides a product or service.  Maybe it will be an organization that supports the values that I believe in.  Maybe it will be an activity that I have heard about that is useful or enjoyable for families and communities on our side of the cultural divide.  And sometimes it will be a politician who seems to want to help.

Another aspect of the blog that I intend to change is interaction with the readers.  I really need a lot more feedback from you all.  I confess I haven’t figured out yet how to do this yet.  I think that the site would benefit from having people express their opinions.  I especially am interested in people who disagree with my opinions.  Not progressive trolls who just want to disrupt the proceedings but people on our side who think we are making mistakes either tactically or in a more fundamental way.  And I am especially eager to hear your thoughts about how we can thrive during these dark times.  A one-way conversation can be frustrating.  So, here’s to a new day and a new direction.  Out with the old and in with the new.