Some incumbent Democrats in danger of being voted out of office are attempting to lean heavily on the youth vote this election. I applaud anyone’s effort to reach out to that particular group, though I have to say the act seems tinged with desperation rather than genuine, lasting outreach. Voting demographics must be cultivated and allowed to flourish with time, not reached for when desperately needed. Considering this attitude, I find it unsurprising that few politicians can rely on such a crucial group. Instead of throwing one’s hands up or lecturing in hopes of creating guilt and shame, I argue that politicians, pundits, and columnists need to look at the subject very differently.
Oct 08 2010
Young Voters Are Apathetic? Look Closer.
Aug 21 2010
There’s More To Being An Elder Than Being Old
It takes more than being old to be an Elder. Not every senior citizen can be an Elder. Or wants to be one. And it doesn’t depend on whether you’re healthy. Or “spry” as younger people would put it. It depends on something far more elusive. It depends on whether one actually occupies the role of being an Elder. And how.
What does it mean to be an Elder? I’m going to be 64 in October. I imagine that I should be assuming the role of an Elder, and that I would like to do that. Am I ready to do this or do I need more time? Am I ready to be a beginning Elder? A novice Elder? Am I ready to start paying my dues to Elderhood?
Aug 14 2010
Change Is Not An Enemy or an Empty Slogan
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I give a tenth of my entire income.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Oct 14 2007
How old Are you?
When I first started with the blogs (about 6 weeks ago) I thought I’d be around a bunch of kids.
You know…like…sort of, kind of…like…you know…kids.
But since I came over to the good side (about a month ago) I’ve found that you are all my people whatever your age. I’ve also seen that there are a lot of my generation out here (I’m 51).
So, I’m curious, just exactly, “How old Are you?”
That’s a quote from my niece a long time ago when she was about 7. I told her, “I’m older’n dirt.”
She scrunched up her cute little face and thought real hard for a couple of minutes before saying,
“You can’t be older than Dirt, Uncle Jim.”