# 40 God Laughs

God laughs!

Didn’t anyone tell you? He laughed. He will laugh and he is laughing now. He laughs victoriously because he always wins. It’s a joy!

Who told you that God is angry? Did that person want something from you? Could they get God to smile on you?

The time has come to spread the Good News. God laughs and wants you to laugh and be in joy with Him. (With Him in you.) For that reason I have begun writing a new book, “God Laughs: God in Us.” It will take about a year to write it. Maybe I will post some completed chapters on this blog during the year.

Some may remember the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept.” How could that be when “God Laughs?” watch this space for my blogs and you will get the simple answer.

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# 34 Anger

Anger! ‘

My friend Pam was suddenly bedeviled several days with Anger. She had no idea what caused it. Or what she was angry about. She just was. So she called me on her phone just to vent. That was healthy. She is a Biddy and she lives alone. But she works and was so upset that she seriously considered calling in sick for a couple of days because of her distress.

After we talked for a while she suggested that I write a blog about anger that sometimes affects us Biddies and Geezers. So here we go.

Actually there is a lot of anger going on in all age levels of our society right now. Not good. Anger can cripple the physical and mental health of people no matter their age. Strong emotions stir up hormones and can be devastating to our well-being. So … what to do about it? What about me?

I must be doing something right because I am not (at the moment) infected with fear or anger or anxiety.

Typical “First Aid” remedies for people fending off the attacks of these emotions are comfort food, booze, or maybe a joint. But these are destructive in the long term. Pam’s reaction of venting to a non-judgmental friend was a healthier solution. (Although I suspect Pam enjoyed a glass of wine after she talked with me. There are people who are pushing for spirits to have a warning label: Warning: consuming two or three glasses of this beverage increases your risk of not giving a shit.)

I confess that I have momentary bouts of anger, or anxiety. But I have come to believe there are two practices that prevent chronic damage. I spend about 40 minutes exercising each day. This has a cleansing effect on my body and my mind. And the second? I try to do some good deed for another person every day. This can be as simple as giving someone my seat on the bus or subway. But it gives me a good feeling. It is healing for me.

Will there ideas work for you? I guarantee it! If they don’t I will cheerfully refund your misery.

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#34 Doug’s Book: A Stitch in Time: Stopping Trump From being President

We people of years appreciate the history of this country and the miracle of how it was formed for the people by aristocrats like Jefferson and Washington. But if some of that history was changed we would have a different world today. My book looks into that with an exciting story.

A powerful anti-Trump group sends mercenary magicians back in time to supernaturally change one event of history, the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. If Burr dies instead of Hamilton history will change and Trump will not become president. Nelson, and Amethyst also travel back in time to prevent that from happening, but arrive too late. History is drastically changed. Along the way we learn of these powerful women who did much to shape the United States.

Now Nelson and Amethyst must work with the surviving Hamilton, his charismatic wife Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and his mistress, Sally Hemings to try to restore the nation from the disaster it has become because Burr died.

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#30 When “Good Enough” is Good Enough: Wine

Questing for the superior or the elegant is a healthy activity for the young. Learning there is a difference between “good” and elegant is wisdom that must be learned firsthand. The quest is profitable if it brings awareness of the cost of going from “good enough” to elegant.

It is true that a qualified wine expert can distinguish between a “good” wine and an “elegant” wine in a blind taste test. But ask the expert to describe the difference will get you a muddle of non-quantitative descriptions. The vintner can be quantitative about the cost and effort and expertise he expended making the wine elegant. But the fruit of that extra endeavor is ephemeral.

In the real world the purpose of most wine is to complement the enjoyment of food in a meal. The subtle difference is masked and Good Enough is as said, good enough. By the time you and I are Biddies and Geezers we should have gained the wisdom to appreciate good enough. No?

Well, my friends if not then learn today and be ahead of the elegant pretenders for the rest of your life.

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#31 Run Away

 

There are times for all of us when there seems to be only one solution to the day’s problems. RUN AWAY.

Oh by the way. Some of you might have noticed that this is # 31. What happened to #30? Well … there are several number blogs I started but did not finish … yet. I ran away. Until I could face what needed to be done to put it online to you. I just ran away.

And … I’ll bet there are days that you wake up and feel like just running away. . LOL.

I watch old reruns of “Frasier” and he sometime “runs away” to someplace like Bora Bora, spending a pot full of money. Yvonne, a Biddy friend of mine says, “I am not going into old age quietly!” and last week she ran away to go parasailing. Great. But I can’t spend the money to go to Bora Bora … and I don’t need the excitement of parasailing. But I often need to run away … just get out of Dodge. Here’s what works for me:

I take the subway to the Amtrak South Station in Boston. It’s a busy place. People are taking busses and trains to destinations all over the country. Departure times and track numbers and a PA announcement regularly gives departure and track information. There are dozens of fast food venues and a sit-down restaurant.

I like to get some coffee and food and then go up to the mezzanine where I can get a table, enjoy my meal and watch the action below. I am out of my empty apartment and surrounded by people of all descriptions on their own adventures and it inspires me. Sometimes I bring my marble composition book and start writing a new story.

So … are you feeling blocked, frustrate, fearful, angry, whatever? I recommend running away for a bit. If you can afford Bora Bora … fine. Want the excitement of parasailing ,,, Ok. Or jest a new scene like South Station which works for me, just do it. Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

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#25 No Sex or Love Scenes

“You don’t do sex and love scenes well!” That is what a friend of mine said about my writing. She has read much of the stuff I write while it was still in draft … unpublished. She was, “of course” saying that about my “writing.” I never did any sex or love scenes live with her. So, she would not know if I was “awesome” live. I’m a Geezer but I still have some life. How about you?

Maybe my friend likes her sex and love scenes hotter than I write. My writing is not “overtly” graphic for a reason. I want the reader’s imagination to fire the scene to their desired level of passion. I’ll just supply the clues.

My friend “hated” the draft of a novel of mine she reviewed that dealt with some love and sex issues. So I put the work aside for a while. I picked it up later and did some rewriting and finished it. And gave it a new tile, “Love Outside the Lines.”

My intended readers are Biddies and Geezers. I don’t think the younger readers have enough life experience to appreciate the situations the characters of the book live through. But you do!

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#24 Random Thoughts

It’s 2 AM. Could not sleep. I made myself a cuppa coffee. Not a good idea for sleeping but I needed the caffeine. Wanted to talk to you. I’m thinking of you, my Biddies and Geezers. Are any of you awake? Maybe some on the left coast never went to bed yet. On the East Coast some are sleeping and some are awake like me, could not sleep. Hi!

A sip of my sweet coffee brings me pleasure. In self-defense I quickly apply discipline to my thoughts to only be in the very moment. In the very recent past there are a couple of sad events I want to exclude from thought. Another sip of coffee stimulates me in the present.

My mind is now awake enough to realize it is decision time. In the discipline of being in the moment observe my room. Spartan. But … nothing is missing that I need right now. And therefore between happiness and misery, the choice is easy. I choose happiness and live it. Oh, and now another thought joins the thoughts of you my readers Joy. Joy at the thought of sharing these feelings with you. I am not alone in my Spartan room. So my love for you flows from my heart, down my arm to my fingers, and through the Bic pen to the page of my marble composition book. Later I will type if on my laptop, and send it to my blog on the internet to you.

As I pause in my writing for the moment a few thoughts cross my mind. What shall I do today? I don’t need food. I should restock a little wine so I will take a little trip on the bus to Quincy Center today. Will I have lunch while I am there? I don’t need that decision now. Now I need to reheat my coffee.

As I zapped my coffee, my thoughts went to you, my reader. Loving thoughts whether you are male or female … you are my companions in my Spartan room as I write.

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