Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Life and death

I've decided that I don't believe in death.

Hundreds of my cells "die" each day, yet I do not die.

Could it be that we are just "cells" of a more complex system?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Emotional and physical scars

Many folks today are under the impression that once a past emotional injury has healed that it can no longer pain you. And that if you do experience pain over past hurts then you have obviously not allowed that to heal.

I've been thinking about this lately and I have decided that I flat do not believe it.

I severely injured my wrist many years ago, left quite a scar. It has completely and fully healed. I've even regained the feeling in my fingers that doctors said I might not. But sometimes when I lift something or otherwise stress that wrist, it will hurt like hell. I believe that emotional scars are much the same way.

My childhood wasn't -- by far -- the worst, but there are a number of emotional scars back there. I believe that I've made peace with my past, and that those hurts have healed. Still, under the right conditions they do cause me pain.

Folks expect me to behave as though the pain doesn't exist. But I can assure you that if you come up and stick your thumb in the scar on my wrist I'm going to yelp and probably try to slug you. I don't know why I would react any differently to folks shoving their thumbs in my emotional scars.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Gambling and the lottery

Some folks we know will be put off to find that we occasionally play the lottery.

Why? Because they believe that gambling is wrong.

But most of those people have health insurance.

So which is worse? Gambling that something bad is going to happen? Or gambling that something good will happen?

At least when I lose my gamble the money goes for a good purpose, helping public schools. When they lose their gamble the money just goes to make rich people richer.

Garage sale finds

Here are a couple great bikes I found at a garage sale today. Great stuff.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

At the fort

The family spent some time at the old fort here in Fort Scott, Kansas, before folks started home.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Courthouse tulips

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Tulips in bloom at the Vernon County Courthouse in Nevada, MO.
Originally uploaded by Nick David Wright

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Nation's Finest

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The home of Key Work Clothes, the Nation's Finest, in downtown Fort Scott, Kan.
Originally uploaded by Nick David Wright

Jesus is Lord

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A mural on the side of a building declares that "Jesus is Lord over Ft. Scott."
Originally uploaded by Nick David Wright