Technology Is Changing Humanity

How many conversations pass you by because of your phone? We live in a world where friends, loved ones can sit side-by-side and never talk at all. And when we do talk, we show the phone and say, “Did you see this?” I am beginning to hate my phone and my husband’s phone. During commercials we used to talk, now he picks up his phone, checking for the latest update. My daughter texts me from her room instead of coming downstairs. It’s a mad, mad world we live in.

My Reaction When People Clap at the End of a Movie

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Why would anyone clap in a movie theater? If you’re at the Cannes Film Festival or Sundance or at the red carpet premiere of the film, where the director and the actors and the screenwriter might be present, it would be more than understandable to clap at the end of the film because you would be voicing your approval directly to the artists.

Maybe they are applauding the projectionist, for making sure the transition from first reel to second reel went off without a hitch? Maybe they are applauding the Cineplex, for their clean theaters and their comfortable seating?

I wonder if these same people clap along with the studio audience when watching TV?

Live and Let Live

Live and Let Live

I don’t usually use this blog to rant but sometimes things irk me so much I have to voice my opinion… Live and Let Live is an idiom in which expresses the idea that all should be able to live their lives in the manner they want to, regardless of what other may think of them. And the world would be a much better place. As humans, deep down we all want the same thing – to be happy

Protestants were denounced as heretics and subject to persecution – 1600’s

Slavery was officially abolished in the British Empire – 1834

Tennessee became the first US state to explicitly outlaw wife-beating – 1850

US Congress abolished slavery – 1865

Canadian Women get the right to vote – 1918

Women get the right to vote in USA – 1920

Prohibition Ends (Canada) – 1920’s

Prohibition Ends (US) – 1933

Racial segregation ends in USA – 1960’s

Netherlands is the first country to allow gay marriages – 2001

Canada allows gay marriages – 2005

Facebook allows users to select custom genders – 2014

As Facebook continues to evolve, it also continues to acknowledge that we humans are perpetually doing the same. Facebook official: “We at Facebook believe that an open and connected world will ultimately make the world more accepting. This change may only affect a small number of people, but to them, it’s the beginning of something that makes a world of difference.”

I saw this on my Facebook news feed: “Dear Facebook, It really doesn’t matter how many “genders” you put on here to choose from – there are still ONLY two … God made them, male and female. Period!”

Those people who are so upset that Facebook has allowed people to customize their genders don’t get that it has always begun with one small step by a few brave people to make the world a better place for everyone. I imagine if you took these same people who are so upset with FB back to the 1960’s they would be the ones who believed blacks didn’t have the right to sit at the same counters as the whites, to attend the same schools.

The human race is diverse and diversity isn’t just our strength, but our GREATEST strength. Every single person should be able to feel comfortable being their true, authentic self. If you simply identify as male or female, fine that is who you are.  But why does this FB gender issue bother people so much? Why do you care? You’d think people who supposedly so love freedom and freedom of expression would cheer this. I guess for some people bigotry and hatred trump love of freedom & liberty.

It annoys me, saddens me that some people cannot move forward. And why does it seem like it’s always those who claim to be Christian that are bothered by this? Haters could quote all kinds of verses from the Bible to suit whatever point they want to make but in my opinion the one important thing that I take from the Bible is that Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)

“Come on people now, Smile on your brother, Everybody get together, Try to love one another, Right now” –Youngbloods, Get Together

More Than Words

More Than Words

You can say “I love you” as much as you want, say whatever you want, whenever you want. But, if you’re not going to prove that the things you say are true, then don’t say anything at all. Because, if you can’t show it, your words don’t mean a thing. – Author Unknown

There’s always a turning point in any relationship…a moment that makes or breaks it. You took a wrong turn somewhere and mired yourself into the muck, and now you’re spinning your wheels deeper and deeper.  It’s a sand trap, and you’re slowly sinking.  I think most relationships hit this point. I think this happens for a couple of different reasons, but I think the primary general factor that it all falls under is when complacency takes the guise of comfort.

Comfort is a slippery slope. Comfort turns to complacency, and complacency slowly kills a relationship because at some point comfort takes over romance.  Why?  Cause romance is hard work.  So the fundamental difference between comfort and complacency is that becoming complacent is a conscious choice.  You are making a decision to place the relationship on the back burner to work on the other aspects of life.  But generally when we become complacent, it means that we get lazy at working at it.  The comfort monster in our brain tells us “You shouldn’t have to work that hard for love.  Especially in an established relationship.” No matter what, the result is the same and that is an overall laziness…a complacency that becomes the downfall of many relationships.

Eventually, we all come to the realization that saying you love someone and meaning it are two separate things. I’m talking about people who simply stop trying, and live their routine every day believing that the love is there without ever having to work for it. Love can be attained in many ways, but not a single one of them takes an easy road.  There are no shortcuts.  It’s like raising a child…no good child that grew to be a good person, was ever raised in an environment where they were completely ignored and considered to be nothing but part of the “routine.”  No…they grow up to be the children who stab you in the kidney for a pair of slightly worn Nikes.

We all want our relationship to be full of life and love, and constantly moving and evolving. Sometimes it might not be a realistic ideal, but if you really care about each other, you should never stop trying.

My Favourite Thing About Winter

Winter

I couldn’t agree more. I’ve tried to like winter, really I have … downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, skating, snowshoeing, sledding … but I just don’t like the cold. And when I say cold, I mean it is really cold.

Brrr

 

 

 

 

 

The current temperature where I live. -29C feels like -39C with the wind. —>

I need a warm vacation.

Candy Corn Is Terrible

Candy Corn

Candy corn. What is that name? Whose idea was this, to pair a vegetable with the sugary treat for schoolchildren? It’s neither beast nor fowl, neither corn nor candy. It is a strange breed, maybe even a fraud. Yet despite all of this, candy corn continues to exist. Candy corn is yucky. It is waxy, brittle, and hard—yet strangely chalky, with a wiggly kind of flexibility to the mouthfeel, all at the same time. Does anyone actually like the stuff. I think they just like the colour combination.