There is no Try

There’s no such thing as “trying to give.” Give or give not. It’s that when giving, understand the expectation of having it returned is the bigger problem. That kind of control is beyond our ability. So give without expectation, and know you are the better for it. Love comes in ways we cannot force or command.


Good Morning World

Nothing much to really say, other than I spent some time reading my text book again. Where once this time in the morning was spent writing in my journal, it will now be spent doing school work.

Oh, and I finished chapter two, which was statistics. Chapter three is brain biology. Ugh.


The Trump campaign held a rally to get Latino support in Anaheim, California. It was called “Operation Taco Bowl.” Really. Are they planning an “Operation Watermelon” in Watts to get out the black vote, or is that too on the nose?

via Today’s “You Can’t Make This Up” Entry — Bark Bark Woof Woof

A Return to College

Well, I’m up to page 72, in the second chapter, of my textbook for the Introduction to Psychology class. Granted, the class – online – doesn’t start until September 9th, but I wanted to get a head start. So far, some new things have been introduced. But, for the most part, it’s not anything I haven’t learned from various CEU courses I’ve taken for my LADC license or from high school.

However, it’s just the start. I’m sure I’ll be introduced to new concepts and ideas as I progress into the book, as well as getting into the actually class itself.

The one area that the book delved into right away was pseudoscience. Though I’d never actually studied anything about it, I was pretty much in agreement about what it is. I also understood most of the stuff about bias, etc.

I really am looking forward to starting the class. Just waiting on the instructor to email me the syllabus for the class. I doubt we’re covering ever single page of the book. My experience with taking classes though the College of Continuing Education taught me that almost every book I had to buy I only ended up reading just small sections for class. Hell, there was one required book that was not even assigned for reading in classes. We were just supposed to read the whole thing. I don’t remember there ever being a discussion, quiz, or test on the thing. Yet it is was probably the most influential book I’ve ever read about counseling.

But that’s a post for another time.

Unlinear Time

(WWDN) I wish time wasn’t linear.

I’ve never considered time as linear. Instead, I think it is a function of our speed and position from the center of the universe.

That is all.

Carry on.


New Theme

But it appears to not be working well. I can’t get the posts to show up on the home page.

Update: Extremely steep learning curve on the new theme so I’ve reverted back to my old theme.

How It’s Supposed To Work

Good news this morning for those who depend on EpiPens. Well, not good news good news, but better news than yesterday anyway. Mylan, the pharmaceutical company which manufactures the EpiPen epinephrine autoinjector, announced today that they are lowering the prices of the medical device. Mylan is also expanding its voucher program for low income/uninsured…

via The Latter Days of a Better Nation, Part IV — Stonekettle Station

Damn good read. Do yourself a favor and click on the link above.

The Republican Party of Minnesota finds itself in a pickle. 

(City Pages) It’s their fault.

Earlier this year at the state Republican convention in Duluth, the party picked its 10 electoral college voters. The state party was also supposed to choose 10 alternate electoral college names. It didn’t.

Therein lies the problem.

What could’ve been an in-house mess went public yesterday, when blogger and former Republican Party of Minnesota official Michael Brodkorb noticed that something didn’t look right about the Secretary of State’s sample ballot. Donald Trump wasn’t on it.

Honest to FSM, could it become any more of a clown show?

The state’s Republicans are now scrambling, after realizing they hadn’t picked and therefore submitted the 10 alternate electoral voters.

The party has attempted to piecemeal a solution, appointing alternate electors in a hastily called meeting Wednesday night, according to Brodkorb. (State GOP officials could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.) That solution defied party protocol, which calls for a 10-day notice for any on-the-fly party convention.

But Brodkorb suggests that by circumventing the process, the Republican Party exposed itself to possible legal challenges that would keep Trump’s name off the ballot. Party leaders should “hope and pray” their last-minute appointment doesn’t bother any party members.

Well, I guess it can. Pass the popcorn.

Oh, and the highlighting is mine.

And butter on the popcorn, please. No, not that crap they serve at movie theaters. Real butter.