Friday, July 14, 2017

The Wisdom of Homer

"Son, If you really want something in this life you have to work for it. Now quiet! They're about to announce the lottery numbers"--Homer Simpson

I Love Mountains

Dear Joe,

Right now, two important mountains are slated for destruction in Southern West Virginia and we need your help. This week the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is taking comments on the renewal of the now expired Camp Branch Permit on Blair Mountain, as well as the Beetree Surface Mine Permit on Coal River Mountain.
If approved, these surface mines would not only contribute the destruction of nearby communities by jeopardizing the health and economies of the people living beneath them, but these two mountains have become the line in the sand for our movement.
Thousands have now raised their voices to protect Coal River Mountain and Blair Mountain. We can’t lose momentum now! Please do your part and join us in the fight to protect these communities and save these important places.
Take Action Now!
Submit comments for Coal River Moutnain by August 9th -
Sumbit comments for Blair Mountain by August 13th -
In 1921, 10,000 workers marched on Blair Mountain to demand basic labor rights in the largest armed uprising in the nation apart from the Civil War. Just two months ago, 1,000 people gathered in Southern West Virginia to march on the same mountain as part of the Appalachia Rising March on Blair Mountain, demanding that the mountain be preserved and rightly recognized as a National Historic Place.
Just weeks later, two tree sitters began an occupation of Coal River Mountain, which as a result, have stopped blasting on the mountain for over two weeks. This occupation is ongoing as part of the RAMPS Campaign, and continues to prevent blasting on Coal River Mountain.
Over 500 mountains have been destroyed in Appalachia due to mountaintop removal. For the safety of the citizens of Blair and those in the Coal River Valley, please take action today and help us prevent these two mountains from being added to that list.
Thanks for all that you do!
Matt Wasson

The Power Appreciation

The habit of expressing appreciation is oil on troubled waters. It is the essence of graciousness, kindness, and fair dealing. Fortunately, it is a habit that can be formed by anyone who will take the trouble.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trickle-Down Theory?

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And You think you're having a bad day?

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I Love Mountains

Dear Joe,

The most important historic landmark in Appalachia is slated for destruction andwe need your help to save it. 

Last week, a federal judge threw out an appeal by a coalition of environmental and historic preservation organizations to re-list Blair Mountain on the National Register of Historic Places -- an effort that would have prevented mountaintop removal coal mining from destroying Blair Mountain.

Without these protections, coal mining could wipe out Blair Mountain and the historic battlefield forever. Take action now to protect Blair Mountain.

Coal mining behemoths, Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources, are moving forward with their plans to conduct mining on the Spruce Fork Ridge battlefield, the site of the largest organized armed uprising in American labor history.

The 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain was the culmination of a three-year struggle to unionize the coal mines of southern West Virginia and ended only when federal troops intervened on behalf of anti-union coal companies. There are few sites as significant as Blair Mountain and the bottom line is that protecting this invaluable and irreplaceable landmark is well within the administration's power, and the President is accountable to you.
So please, take this opportunity to tell the President how important it is to you that Blair Mountain be protected and demand his agencies use every means at their disposal to ensure it is not blasted off the map.

For the Mountains,
Matt Wasson


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Rainy Night in the Desert...finally!

Monday, July 10, 2017

My Boy says...

Showdown at the McCorral

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Helping Others...Helping Yourself

The sages teach that the places we feel lack are merely indications we are not on the right path. 
We have so many decisions to make every day. Do I change jobs? Do I stay in this relationship? This city? 

How do we know the right path from the wrong? 

When we are making decisions based on ourselves—what we want or how things will affect us—we are likely on the road to chaos. When we are looking for the choices that will most benefit others, we are acting in similarity to the Light, and putting ourselves back on the path to fulfillment. 

When our focus becomes how we can help others, everything realigns itself—our businesses, our friendships, even our bodies! 
Let’s choose the path of making decisions based on how they’ll help others—and see what happens. 

Who let the dogs out?

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McBumper Snickers

1. Grandpa-The Man, The Myth, The Legend
2. I'm not insulting you, I'm describing you!
3. I used to have superhuman powers, but my therapist took them away.
4. Be Silly...It's OK!
5. Metaphors be with You
6. Nuttier than a Squirrel's turd
7. Keep Honking...I'm reloading
8. National Sarcasm Society..Like we need your support
9. Although the VOICES aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas.
10. What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?
11. Nurses--Here to save your ass, not kiss it!
12. LOST? Study Geography!

Makes Perfect Sense

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Meanwhile over at Disney...

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It's OK to be Different..Embrace it!

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It’s hard to remember that the Light is always with us. It’s easy to have certainty during the good times, but in the moments that seem dark or difficult, we can forget the Light is there still. Consider a situation where a man misses his flight. Maybe he is furious because he has so many things to do at his destination and so many are depending on him. Little does he know that his soul mate is sitting next to him as he waits, desperate to get on a standby flight. Now, if he becomes angry or depressed, sulking in a situation he sees as horrible, he can become so consumed that he may never notice the woman sitting to his left. If he chooses instead to be proactive and to seek the Light in this situation, if he surrenders to the situation remembering to trust and appreciate that the Light is working on his behalf, he might choose to strike up a pleasant conversation with the woman next to him. It is in fact in moments like these, the ones that are really chaotic or distressing to us, that our greatest blessings are hiding. When we choose not to be reactive and have certainty in the order of the universe, we can discover the real reason why it is happening. One sage would always tell his students, “This too is for the best,” no matter what was happening. The Creator intends only what is best for us. Always. 

Green Eggs and Ham?

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