Chaos and Madness

It looks like the Boys Scouts of America will be no more, in the sense of how and why and for whom it was created 108 years ago. No more “Boy” in its organizational title, because next year girls will be able to fully join.

Why? The Girl Scouts have similar programs to what the Boy Scouts do. Seriously. Why is it that some girls, women, have this need to infiltrate areas that are just for the boys and men? Is there something wrong with males and females having something special to call their own, to enjoy the camaraderie and friendship with one’s own gender?

Don’t get me wrong. I see value in males knowing how to cook and fold a fitted sheet. I see value in females knowing how to use a flat-blade screwdriver and change an air filter. It’s nifty when Dad washes the dishes, and it’s neat when Mom changes out a light fixture. It’s even more nifty when the kids learn cooperation and skills from Mom and Dad. And yes, it’s more complex that this, but I believe you get my drift.

I just don’t get the purposeful destruction of essential gender roles, the feminization of men, the killing of families, and the ruination of society in general – except there is the fact that this is what socialism/communism preaches in order to destroy a society, which then would build it into a socialist state that subjugates and neuters all. (And I have read that quite a bit of college age and above people think socialism/communism is just hunky-dory.) We’ve been down this road since the early twentieth century, further propagated by the alphabet soup agencies under The New Deal, and had its imprimatur sealed under The Great Society.

Given all that, and what has been happening in our world in fast succession since women reporters demanded to sit in the men’s lockers rooms during interviews (remember those days?), it’s no wonder today there are men who think they are women and vice versa; that men in general are put on the back burner in families; that people in general no longer understand their societal, gender, and familial roles, people have no shame, and the world overall embraces an acceptance of chaos and the “everybody gets a trophy” mentality.

It is vitally important that boys and girls, and men and women, have clubs, organizations, et cetera that are geared towards them – that something very special I spoke about. This doesn’t mean that a hatred should be fostered towards the opposite sex; in fact, I believe it enhances the genuineness of the male and female identities we need in society today.

Speaking of male and females identities, I believe that one of the real reasons some members in our society cannot handle the thought of our current President is that they have forgotten what a real man’s language and deportment are like, just as they have forgotten what real actors are like (no John Waynes or Charleton Hestons in Hollywood these days), and what real dads teach their sons and daughters (not the wimps we see on television, for example).

It would be wise if this nonsense would stop and that people would wake up to what they are doing and by proxy, accepting. Otherwise, we will all be androgynous, robotic, and even more confused on who we are and how we handle it.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

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Morning Meditation: Whoopsie!

Two ducks, one not showing his face, in a nearby lake by our cottage:

I am on a retreat this week to spend it on quiet reflection.  I will return to blogging on Friday, May 4th.

Wishing you a good and peaceful week,

Susan

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Blueberry Thrills

It was a busy week here at The Cottage. Mostly, we were gardening, particularly weeding and fertilizing the gardens. Because many of the plants need specific fertilizer ratios (palms need different fertilizer than the roses, for instance), it took time to get each plant the right food and the right amount according to its height and size. Some plants will have to wait for their food after their current bloom time is over, too. It’s a big job, and worth it.

Also, this week, the blueberries were finally ripening at one of the nearby farms. One morning, we got there shortly after they opened at 8 o’clock to pick what we need for making preserves and ice cream. The morning air was still cool, and the plants were still wet from their morning watering.

Between a row of blueberry shrubs.

The best ripened blueberries were on the lower branches and deep within the plants. We didn’t care that we were getting very wet from the water still on the leaves.

We spotted an unusual grasshopper on the underside of a leaf:

A Black and Yellow Grasshopper.

About an hour later, we picked almost eight pounds of blueberries between the two of us!

My pail is almost full!

We spent a little time walking around the farm, looking at their chickens, sheep, and goats, and getting a jar of the farmers’ orange blossom honey before heading back to The Cottage.

A friendly sheep in its pen.

 

The ladies, and there is a gentleman somewhere in this yard.

Today will also be a busy day at The Cottage. There is a batch of blueberry preserves and blueberry ice cream we will make, then freeze what is left over to use in the future.

Peach season is just days away, so we’re looking forward to picking our own. Looks like I’ll be making my ma’s Lattice Peach Slices, a few pies, and – ahem! – more preserves.

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Lucky Penny and Other Musings

The weekend turned out to be a busy one, with a few surprises.

My beau and I snuck off to see a movie, “Isle of Dogs”. We liked it because it was funny, serious, clever, and if there were any messages in it, they were subliminal.

The weather is finally getting better, and that means I am spending more time working in my gardens and enjoying other such outdoor activities. I’m looking forward to blueberry-picking soon; there are farms around my cottage that invite people to pick their own fruits and vegetables during the season. I’ve gone apple picking in Wisconsin, so blueberry picking will be an exciting adventure.

At the car wash, I found a foreign coin laying on the ground – a Polish grosz (which is sort of like a penny; it’s 1/100 of a Polish złoty). Usually, it’s Canadian coins you might find in your change, so this was a lucky surprise. Here’s a picture of it where I superimposed the obverse and reverse sides of it:

My gardens are doing spectacularly. The sugar palms are producing fruit, which is attracting birds. The bees discovered the blooming roses and bottlebrush trees. The gardenias keep popping, and the potted flowers (dianthus, petunias, and verbenas) are filling the pots nicely. The tomatoes are sprouting  more yellow flowers and fruit. Chives and mint are finding their way into my cooking already. So far, so good.

My dinner party was fun.  I served braised pork chops with grilled red peppers, asparagus polonaise, mashed potatoes, and after dinner cocktails with rousing games of backgammon.

We went to the farmer’s market Saturday, and from the produce I got, it supplied my dinner party.  I even made dill pickles from the Kirby cukes I got. They should be ready today, to have with a sandwich for lunch.

The sales of my latest novelette, “The Stars Do Not Judge“, are doing well, and if you picked up a copy, thank you! Feedback is appreciated, but not mandatory.

With the change of the season and warming weather, my schedules for working and extracurricular activities are in flux.

I think it’s high time to bring out my purple desk calendar book and get down to organizing my days to get in everything I need and want to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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