Mt. Bonnell

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Central Texas with sunshine, a few puffy clouds, low 70’s, and a slight breeze. We decided to take a drive into Austin to see the view from Mt. Bonnell, a landmark that has long been considered the highest point in the city at approximately 780 feet above sea level.

Boyfriend and I have been in and around this area many times but had not known about Mt. Bonnell until somewhat recently. We decided to take our own route rather than the suggested route, which included tolls, and I’m glad we did because our route was full of rock walls, windy roads, and beauty all around us. We split the driving for the days so we could both have a little fun and enjoy the scenery. It’s to believe that this bird’s eye view of the Colorado River and the surrounding Austin area can be experienced so close to people’s houses and apartments.

After a bit of exploring the path around Mt. Bonnell, Boyfriend and I headed downtown to get a snack and continue to enjoy the beautiful day. After a stop at Whole Foods Market, we walked through the west side of downtown and found ourselves along Lady Bird Lake near Auditorium Shores.

Such a beautiful, sunny February day in Central Texas!

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Money for Nothing…

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In response to the Daily Prompt, “Money For Nothing,” If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.

I used to think that it would be great to be a writer, but I don’t know that I could commit to a novel or flesh out ideas long enough to create one. I also used to think it would be great to fly around the United States and Toronto to watch and report on Major League Baseball. Not that I don’t still enjoy writing, as I have a blog I post to from time to time, and not that I don’t still enjoy MLB. It’s just that some things sound like a great idea but are not for everyone to fulfill and carry out. There are many people who would like to be the next Michael Jordan or Serena Williams, but how many athletes are able to attain that level of success? Not I, and not a lot of others who find other means of success.

As mentioned in previous posts, I tossed around a few career ideas before settling for a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (by default), and then continued on the Social Services path. I am proud to have helped many people, especially young people and their families, however, my career has  had its ups and downs. I am about as happy as I have been in this field currently, though I have less freedom and more pay than I have had in other jobs. The job I worked prior to this was on my list of least favorite jobs I have had, in a three-way tie with working at a retail store selling Women’s shoes and working in a group home for teenage girls. These are all honest jobs for honest pay but they were not suited for me.

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I think my dream job would be to work as a blogger/investigative reporter. I like news, I like research, and I like the truth. It was very cool for me to see Joe Biggs from Infowars.com film a “man on the street” segment about Hillary Clinton’s six coin tosses . I remember being very proud when my brother was interviewed years ago by a Chicago news outlet as well. I enjoy blogging about episodes in my life and my feelings about matters related to U.S. politics, and I wish I could find more time in my week to do so. I like learn and I like to research things that interest me, and I like to  share some of this information with those around me. I think I am as close to my dream job as I ever will be, unless I win the lottery and can afford to be a full-time writer.

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Justice Scalia…

I join the many participating in conversation about Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s death, and I am one of the liberty-loving Americans that is greatly concerned about the direction the United States will take without Scalia protecting the U.S. Constitution.  Whether you agreed with his opinions or not, Justice Scalia has been an important part of our government’s checks and balances. May he rest in peace.

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We can only hope that the Supreme Court is graced with someone just as fair and conscious of the U.S.  Constitution, and what it means for the freedom, justice and liberty of all Americans, not just the Americans who agree with the U. S. Constitution.  Freedom-Graffiti-Writing-2014110421

This means having a choice, whether you support  free speech or wish to ban it, whether you wish to express your feelings or not, whether you believe in the right to bear arms or not. When we lose freedom, we lose the choice and the ability to express it.

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Quote Me…”I shall never surrender or retreat.”

In response to the Daily Prompt,” Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?”   WP_20151207_014

I’m not sure that I have a favorite quote but this quote by William B. Travis, captured on a statue commemorating The Alamo, has come to mind recently. It seems that many things in this life are a battle each day, from being out amongst a poor manners public, who cannot say excuse me or ask politely to get by, to the daily search for truth and real information, to the upcoming elections that will take place this year in the United States at the federal and local levels. Will the people elected for president and other offices act supposed in the public’s best interest as they further restrict our  daily choices and our God-given rights?

Some people are fighting other public and personal battles with their families, their employers, society and its rules, and the harsh realities of life. Psychedelic-Hearts-Tunnel-3

This quote also comes to mind because I have had to defend my opinions and justify my feelings to people throughout my life, often when it was not the other person’s place to question me. I can admit when I am wrong most of the time but I don’t like having to justify myself because I don’t fit someone else’s idea of normal. Nor do I like having to play along because I refuse to just accept what I am told as the truth, even though it’s a funny looking duck. I am who I am, and you are free to be who you are, too, whether you are comfortable enough to do so or not. Be yourself with courage, dignity, and strength while still having love and respect for others.

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Free will or predetermination?

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I was sitting in a conference room today watching a webinar with several co-workers. We started talking about our jobs and functions of the municipal department for which we work, how or department and agency as a whole affects youth. This led to expression and discussion about our lives having free will or being predetermined based on birth to a family, the socio-economic  status attached that family, where you grew up,  and other factors.

My feelings were that some factors and choices are out of our control, such as who we are born and where we grew up, but that we have free will to make choices within the parameters that are our lives. I am tied to an organized religion but was raised Roman Catholic, and I believe in God. Some people at the table don’t believe in God, which affects their views, and I whole-heartedly believe that they have a right to their beliefs. Others do believe in God and have various religious beliefs, and thought that lives are predetermined and not governed by free will. Vessel-Of-Sublime-Wisdom

I was glad to know others views and that they shared them with me, even though we didn’t agree. It was all done very civilly by intelligent educated people of different sexes and backgrounds, though I was actually the minority as the only Caucasian at the table. I was able to see their sides of the issue, although I don’t completely agree, and I ultimately cannot be anyone other than who I am living the life I live to the best of my ability. I did not feel animosity for my opinions as I have in the past in other similar situations, and I wanted to know where these people’s thoughts and experiences were drawn from, rather than feeling I needed to retreat from an attack.

I hope to learn more from my fellow co-workers in the future as we continue to work and get to know each other.

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