# 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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#35 Starting Over: The Decision

In the wee hours of the morning I made the decision. I’m going to start my life over. Reboot. Seems to help my computer and has helped me before.

Start over at 85?  Shouldn’t I just concentrate on putting my affairs in order and just die? No way!

“Putting my Affairs in order?” In order for what? I’ll tell you what I need to do. Change what is not working and start over. Another part of my  Decision is to write some of these things down and pass them along to you, my reader. Hey, some day you may decide not to accept where your life is heading. So this is a log (blog?) of what is working for me. So here we go!

I’m sitting on a pillow thrown over a folding chair in front of my sliding glass doors. I have a view of the Boston skyline and Fore River. I’m writing in a black marble composition book propped on a high wooden stool. Writing with a blue Bic pen. Simple.

And I have closed down my mind to only the thoughts and sensations of the very moment. Unplugged from the past or the future. The future waits for my command. I say, “I’m happy!”

And my mind sends signals that send happy juices throughout my body. Healing has begun.

Now I stimulate myself with a cuppa coffee. Instan with milk and sugar.and I think, “Doug … something must be wrong with you that you want to start life over.” And you may wonder if I am going to tell you.

Not going to happen. But I will say this. Back in the day, many years ago, I worked for a few years at Guideposts, founded by Norman Vincent Peale. Norman changed the world. Transformed the lives of many people from sadness and misery to joy and fulfilment. Norman wrote a book and taught many sermons on “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

Change your thinking and change your life.  Like the old song says:

You gotta accentuate the positive,
Eliminate the negative,
An’ latch on
To the affirmative
Don’t mess with mister in-between!

You gotta spread joy up to the maximum,
Bring gloom down to the minimum,
An’ have faith (amen!)
Or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene.

Listen to the once famous Bing Crosby sing it:

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So … that’s my decision. And I will tell you more of the adventures in the following blogs.

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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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#33 My Lobster Roll Lament

I was about to write a blog critical of the viral outbreaks of ANGER  that are sweeping across our culture. I wanted to warn Biddies and Geezers that it is totally unhealthy and will shorten your life to let your organs be subjected to the bad juices that are generated by anger. For some cause.

Then it happened to me. Tell me. Is this a just cause to inflame the world and have demonstrations? It goes like this.

There are two classic ways to make lobster rolls: the Maine way with mayonnaise and the Connecticut way with lemon and melted butter. Either way, the locally caught lobster is always be the star. In a sit-down restaurant $20 is about what you would pay for this bit of New England gastronomic pleasure. I love them.

One or two years ago McD’s put them on the menu for just under $9. And they were delish. But they were only on the menu for a few weeks around the 4th of July. Several times last year I trekked from my Quincy apartment to Boston South Station to enjoy a lobster roll. On the Internet this year I read they had them again, so I took the T to South Station to get one.

Bummer. Not on menu any more only a few days after the 4th of July. Now, here is my question to you! Give me feed-back. Comment!

Is this a cause worthy to go viral with demonstrations? Regardless of the damage the anger does to our bodies? Is this cause any less worthy than others being demonstrated?

You decide.

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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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