7 Polyps on Colon Wall — Cut ‘Em Down; Back on Town

Devil be damned!    —      The World Health Organization says as many as 25 percent of cancers worldwide may be attributable to alcohol consumption.  (https://www.stopcoloncancernow.com/news/april-2018/alcohol-increases-risk-of-colon-polyps-colon-cancer)

By Dan Bodine

Doctor cut seven polyps from my colon Wednesday in what’s becoming my triannual colonoscopy exam. And I don’t know whether to celebrate with whiskey or by eating more oatmeal!

For an ol’ drunk, these tests are increasingly dreadful — They foretell the wickedness of my past ways! Continue reading

Interrupting Dreadness in Doctor’s Waiting Room

 

Feigned Indifference in Doctor’s Waiting Room. (Image from CC)

By Dan Bodine

When you’re in a doctor’s waiting room about to be told a date and time a camera’s gonna be shoved up your butt for a bi- or tri-annual colonoscopy, you’re not happy. Fact of Life. Even in today’s Pandemic, this forced boredom (that actually is dreadness) we pull off only through feigned indifference.

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Will Confessing Old Misdeeds Help Nation’s Racial Reconciliation?

MONTGOMERY, AL - APRIL 26: Markers display the names and locations of individuals killed by lynching at the National Memorial For Peace And Justice on April 26, 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. The memorial is dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people and those terrorized by lynching and Jim Crow segregation in America. Conceived by the Equal Justice Initiative, the physical environment is intended to foster reflection on America's history of racial inequality. (Photo by Bob Miller/Getty Images)

MONTGOMERY, AL: Opened in April of 2018 as part of a national healing process, these suspended markers display the names and locations of individuals killed by lynching at the National Memorial For Peace And Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The memorial is dedicated to the legacy of enslaved African-Americans, and those terrorized by lynching and Jim Crow segregation in America. Conceived by the Equal Justice Initiative, the physical environment is intended to foster reflection on America’s history of racial inequality. AP is reporting this Memorial is now open at night — for those wishing to reflect on our nation’s past.                                                         (Photo by Bob Miller/Getty Images)

By Dan Bodine

 

First, this is an off-the-wall piece from 55 years ago (2-3 years out of high school — aka stupid years). It has nothing to do with racism, but… I’m hoping thru public admittance (finally), it can be slipped in as a moral substitute for what I feel is a national call for atonement now — for past racial injustices and generally just for bad behaviors. Kapish? Continue reading

“‘U ‘R Wat ‘U Hate” Good for Stutterers, Too

By Dan Bodine

Rush Limbaugh always felt comfortable behind a microphone. {image from https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/18/rip-rush-limbaugh-your-legacy-lives/]

Death of media mogul Rush Limbaugh last month reminded me of hearing my first hotdog sermon on hate back in the ’70s. I’ll tell this story again. My story! Actually has little to do with Limbaugh — he circled in a much higher orbit. But for stuttering, the hate part was a way forward for me, yes! An answer! Can’t imagine what just knowing an initial cause means! Continue reading

African-Americans, Whites and Empire’s Big Lie

Emmett Till, 14, was lynched by a mob in 1955, falsely accused of ‘touching‘ a white woman’s arm. Today he and his mom’s Chicago home is a designated landmark home. (Images courtesy)

Longtime California Atty. Doug Emhoff says he’s basking in his interracial role as the nation’s first Second Gentleman. His wife, Kamala Harris, is the first woman and the first African-American to be elected as U.S. Vice President! (Image link)

 

By Dan Bodine

Yeah, I’m soapy at fortune-telling, which this piece gets into! I’m a political junkie — e.g., always sensing for the next cusp! This one’s been a while in coming, yes!

But you have to be a little blind not to see a cultural reckoning happening among us now. For example: Continue reading

Daughter Spreads Wings with First Car

Using an old photo from a year ago, we are just as happy today after our daughter drove away in her first automobile. Too bad I didn’t have any whiskey to mark the joyous occasion! Hee, hee!

 

By Dan Bodine

 

There are demarcation rituals in Life one customarily passes through that signify a young person has thrown off its old skin and replaced it with a newer, more mature layer. Quinceañeras and high school graduations come to mind! Getting behind the steering wheel of that first car is another. Continue reading

Time for Christmas Cheer —

 

— Dear Readers

                             Who’ve Hung With Us: 

Passing along a “borrowed blessing” from us here,

With HOPE you’ve survived this worst of years!

:
 

Christmas Hope

— for the Holidays and Coming Year

 

It doesn’t matter how rough the year was

We always come back to here.
To those who are the most dear to us,
Those who stood with us through the year.
We asked for you to trust us,
And you did it without a pause.
That one act is more “Christmas”
Than the jolliest Santa Claus.
When things got rough, you stuck with us.
You never let go of the rope.
That’s the real meaning of Christmas—
A season of kindness and hope.
Wherever this road is taking us,
Together we’re going without fear.
Because thanks to you, and loyalty true,

It’ll be a happier Christmas and New Year, too!

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Wishing hope, health, and happiness

For you and those you love,

                        Today, Tomorrow, & in the New Year!

— Dan

Double your blessings!

Clean Up Our Religion; Clean Up Our Planet!

Introduction To New Series

Climate Change Protest. (Image courtesy unsplash.com)

 

By Dan Bodine

 

Welcome to a new category of writing for my blog. Ecotheology seems to be one of the fastest growing courses now on many university campuses, despite it not getting a lot of attention from our current political leaders. But it’s spawned some religious movements already – despite Trumpism – so hopefully the trend’ll continue.

Here’s how Wiki defines it: “Ecotheology generally starts from the premise that a relationship exists between human religious/spiritual worldviews and the degradation of nature. It explores the interaction between ecological values, such as sustainability, and the human domination of nature.” Continue reading

Double your blessings!

GOP Tied Church to Public Funding 40 Years Ago

This was the new Dallas Convention Center that opened in 1980 just in time for the New Right and its Moral Majority to “turn the country around.” (Image courtesy)

 

By Dan Bodine

It’s been 40 years this month since the floozy Republican Party formally married the Religious Right‘s church funding at the National Affairs Briefing in Dallas’ new Convention Center. And I mean “wed to the hip” our government is now! Try saying Billions for Church Bail-Outs real softly, i.e.

Anyone doubting the consternation raised then from Ronald Reagan’s flagrantly breaching our long hallowed constitutional Church/State wall of separation by saying “I can endorse you,” can simply read a recent list of the 400 ministries who bellied up to the SBA bar recently — to take at least a million dollars each in the Coronavirus Paycheck Protection Program. Continue reading

Yoho’s ‘Gutter Words’ to AOC Toxic to Civility

Seen are U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-New York)., and her accused “accoster,” “Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Florida) [Images credit]

 

By Dan Bodine

 

The toxic words U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) uttered to U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — AOC, as she is called — last week at the Capitol should be rolled up in a soiled tampon and forced down his throat! Criticism of such attacks, justly so, from this has been huge.

This is a critical moment in our society, yes. Continue reading