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Opinion: 23 and Me

We have come to the end of another year. We should be grateful for so much of it. Fortunately, the skinny old white guys and fatso potentates who seem to run everything have seen fit to keep the bombings to a minimum.

It’s been a tough year for me, learning to live with what has become my new normal.

Forty-seven years as half of a seriously mismatched set is quite a feat to pull off. However, I have always been quite cavalier on the matter of life and death.

I often told Fred that if I died first, he should have someone new before he ran out of clean sox.

I’m not sure what happens after life on this plane ends. There are so many versions of the hereafter that it feels like “Too Much Information,” to process.

I have been exposed to many different faiths, and they all have their merits. Which one is the true calling? I will never figure it out, at least not in this life.

I believe a man named Jesus was born and died to save us from our sins. But like Paul Harvey, I want to know the rest of the story. Read the Bible for enlightenment. I have read both the King James and the Good News Bible. I’ve read the new testament more often, just on its own.

I do believe everything is in the hands of a greater presence. Our job is to help make the world a better place.

Is Karma a tool of the all-mighty? She works in mysterious ways.

I once spent an afternoon arguing with a Church of Christ minister on the subject of: “If God has a gender, it is just as likely to be a Holy Mother as it is a Holy Father…

That’s three hours out of my life that I’ll never get back.

Reason and hope tell me the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will, like a dozen before him, be a one-and-done president.

It is hard to imagine who will be the next occupant of the Oval Office. I will vote for Donald Trump again if given the opportunity.

Biden having a weaponized Department of Justice, I can’t see The Donald being allowed to run again. Will the Republican Party once again put all its eggs in the Trump basket?

Or, ultimately, did it too, boil down to a matter of gender? Is any man preferable to a woman, or was it former First Lady Hilary Clinton, herself, they voted against?

Would another woman stand a better chance to sit in the big chair, or are all women deemed too inferior to be up to the job?

Queen Elizabeth ll ruled the United Kingdom for seven decades. Like an effective manager, she let go of the things that quit working for her. Other details of her reign are open to interpretation but, overall the reviews are mostly positive. The way politics has shaded every aspect of too many lives makes my head hurt.

Here’s an idea, start the New Year, the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, with good feelings and optimism. Smile and wave to your neighbors, even if you don’t know their names. Keeping one’s corner of the continent tidy and bright is a full-time job.

Let’s be grateful for the good things in our lives and let the rest go.

Worrying doesn’t change the future. All it does is ruin the present.

Life is a gift denied to many, until our time is up, let’s make the most of it.

May you have long days and pleasant nights. Have a blessed New Year.

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