What is a phobia?

According to the free dictionary online, a phobia is “A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. ” Many people have irrational fears, such as the fear of cockroaches. These bugs are filthy, disease-carrying insects, but they can be quickly squashed by a human foot.

Fears are not something that people should make fun of. Most everyone has at least one irrational fear. This is why I get angry when liberals slap the label of homophobe on anyone whose religion teaches that homosexuality is sin and something that should not be practiced. People whose beliefs teach them that homosexuality is wrong do not have a fear of homosexuals. They don’t fear the individual nor do they fear becoming one themselves.

Liberals believe they can influence society by teaching that people who are against homosexuality as a lifestyle are people with irrational fears. Therefore, they must be homophobes or irrational people.

Common sense tells the person who is able to reason that homosexuality is unnatural. Liberals can’t find a way around this fact so they label sane, rational people as irrational. Have you ever heard a liberal explain how homosexual activity is natural? I didn’t think so. Even they know that a case can’t be made that homosexual activity is natural. That is why they refer to it as an alternative lifestyle. Alternative to natural, that is.

The argument against homosexuality is easy to make. Whether a person believes in a supernatural being who created everything or they believe people evolved from microbes in the ocean over millions of years, they can’t make a good sound argument for homosexuality.

Because we do not fear becoming a homosexual, nor do we fear a group of homosexuals, we should loudly object to being called homophobes. If they qualify for special rights, surely we qualify for basic human rights. It is past time for conservatives and Christians to take a stand and push back when homosexuals push us around and attempt to manipulate us by calling us a name that is simply untrue.

There have been and even now are homosexuals in my family. I love them. I place no conditions upon that love. I enjoy being around them. They are funny, respectful and intelligent. They would also say that homosexuality is wrong. They don’t try to force others to believe that they have irrational fears of homosexuals. They just enjoy life and keep their private lives private.

If they feel the need to identify themselves by their sexual activity, I suppose heterosexuals should introduce themselves as such. “Hey, my name is Robin and I don’t attempt to have sex or fall in love with a member of my own sex.”

Realty Blogger Award

I would like to thank Sweta (http://www.practisingpt.com/) for nominating me for this award. She is a dedicated blogger and physical therapist who has combined the two to enlighten the public. Check out her blog. 

My nominees for the award:






Obama’s new taxes and rising food prices

Many people believed the President was going to make their lives better. They are learning that he was not honest about the promises he made. Everyone believed he was going to make their health care so much better and cost so much less than they were currently paying for insurance.

Reality is hitting people hard and they are confused and upset. They should be. So many of us tried to warn them that nothing is free and that Obama speaks words people want to hear, but has an agenda that cares little about the struggles of everyday people.

There will be a new tax for manufacturers of medical devices. A 2.3% excise tax on their total revenue will mean that customers will pay more for x-rays, MRI, crutches and other medical aids. There will be a 3.8% increase in taxes on unearned income, such as your investment in your 401k, interest on your savings account and on dividends earned.

If you itemize your deductions, you can’t claim any health expenses unless they exceed your income by 10%, up from 7.5%. Contributions to your church or other charity will not be deductable in 2013.

The average person or household earning $10,000 will see a tax increase of about $300 in 2013. A family of four making $50,000 a year will pay about $3,000 extra in taxes this year. The Bush tax cuts will expire, increasing the amount of taxes everyone will pay.

Everyone will be forced to buy a health insurance policy that Obama will approve or disapprove. If your policy is disapproved, you will have to buy a more expensive policy or pay a penalty(higher taxes – maybe one or two thousand dollars higher).

Food prices will be rising due to a number of factors. Milk is rumored to increase to $10 a gallon. If this happens, every food item that contains milk will rise relative to the price of milk.

My best advice is to buy extra food to put in the cabinets, pantries and freezers. Look for household expenses that can be eliminated. Entertainment is a big expense that may have to be sacrificed. Look for less expensive phone plans to switch to. Check insurance and compare to other companies to find a lower price.

If you wait and see, it will be too late. Lowering your expenses can only be a good thing, no matter what is coming through the pipeline of economics. Keep an eye open and ear to the ground. Something wicked this way comes.

The difference between happiness and joy


Everyone wants to be happy. That is a given. Ask people what it means to be happy and you will likely get a different answer from each one. Depending upon what we already have, perceived needs and our area of interest, we will give an answer based on who we are at the moment. Since every life is fluid, the definition of ‘happy’ is ever changing.

The feeling or emotion we call ‘being happy’ is a fleeting emotion. No one can be happy all the time. I know this because people die and this makes us very sad. We get hurt or become ill and there is nothing to be happy about in those situations. Even if you love your job, there are days when you just want it to be over so you can go home, kick off your shoes and collaspe on the sofa.

You may love your spouse and your children, live in a comfortable home and lack nothing, but you still will not be happy all day long every day of the year. Happiness is an emotion. Emotions change constantly. Joy is a state of being.

My children and grandchildren bring me joy. I enjoy gardening, making things with my own hands, writing, living in the mountains and going to church with my fellow Christians. I enjoy watching the deer graze in my front yard and knowing that a black bear cub makes his rounds through the edge of my property where he robs the wild honey bees every summer.

There is much joy in my life. I am content most days to do the things I normally do. I don’t live in a fancy house or drive the newest vehicle. I don’t have everything I want or many things that would make my life easier. I do have joy in my life.

Learning that a friend has overcome an illness and is back at work makes me happy. Seeing my children and grandchildren makes me happy. Winning the lottery would probably make me happy. Being happy comes and goes. God never promised us we would always be happy once we became Christians. He did say we would know peace and joy.

No matter what happens in our own lives or what happens in the world, we can live in peace and joy. The kind of peace that comes from knowing there is nothing too big for God to handle is the ultimate peace. It is a lasting peace. We can have a lasting peace and lasting joy in our lives by knowing that God is in control of everything.

We won’t be happy every minute of every day. There is too much life in living for us to always be happy. We have to earn money to pay bills and buy food. We have obligations that come even when we don’t have the energy to deal with them. We will have our hearts broken by people we thought we could trust and believe in. We will experience great sadness when those we love die. No, we just can’t be happy all the time. But, we can know joy every day.

Does the beauty of a sunrise or sunset bring you joy? Do you know joy when a cool breeze touches your face on a hot summer day? Can you feel the joy on a late summer night when the heat begins to wane and the crickets sing? Maybe you feel the joy when it rains at night or when you hear your child say something that proves he does listen to you after all.

Joy can fill your day. Happiness comes and goes. Don’t expect others to make you happy. It is not their job. It is not your job to make others happy. You can make them comfortable. You can feed them good food. You can make their lives easier, but it is not your job to make them happy.

Enjoy the riches of your life. You don’t have to be wealthy or be the prettiest or most handsome to know joy. Accept what you have and be at peace with who you are. If you believe you need to change, change because you want to change. Don’t change who you are to make someone else happy. Happiness comes and goes. People come and go. Sometimes, it is just time for them to go. Let go. You may be sad for a while, but sadness comes and goes also.

Blog of the Year Award 2012

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A very talented therapist and blogger, Sweta Ardent, nominated my blog for Blog of the year Award 2012. This is a big honor in itself, but it is more so because MS Ardent ( http://ardentpt.com, & http://www.practisingpt.com)  was the one who nominated me. Check out her blog to learn interesting things about how the human body works and the need for using the right tools in diagnostics.


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(Most of this has been copied. It is suggested that you do the same…makes posting easy!) 

  • Do you know a blog that deserves an award?
  • Do you have special blogs that you love to read?
  • Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?
  • Would you like to give them an award this year?
  • Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1.  Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
  2.  Write a blog post and name/tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award
  3.  Please include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012 Award-http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/  and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5.  You can now also join The Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars.

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!


Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information, check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.

My nominees are:

Sweta Ardent, http://ardentpt.com. MS Ardent explains different illnesses and diseases of the human body, the tools needed to diagnose these illnesses, diseases and accidents and the suggested treatments in physical therapy. Her blog includes professional photos, graphs and charts that are easy to understand and help make her blog come alive for the reader.

Dear Ferrero, http://dearferrero.Wordpress.com. Ferrero writes tongue-in-cheek letters to the editors of products we use every day. Sometimes, he receives replies that are almost as funny as the letters he writes. I visit this blog to get my laugh of the day. Ferrero is very talented as a writer and I hope he complies his letters for a book one day soon.

Another rainy night in Georgia

There is something that can’t be defined about the comfort of listening to the rain fall outside while I am warm and dry inside. Rain makes its own music, different from location to location, depending on the landscape. I love the music of rain on a metal roof and as it hits a tin pail outside my bedroom window. I enjoy the sound rain makes when it falls on freshly fallen leaves and as it travels through the dry winter leaves still clinging to the tree.

There is so much pain in the world, so many people with twisted minds and twisted thoughts. The entire world would break down and forget to begin again if not for the simple things that remind us there is still joy and magic to embrace in this life we live.

Cling to the simple joys until there comes a time when the pain eases a little and you can feel good about feeling good again. 

As the rain falls past these 80-ft. White pines and Tulip Poplars and the 40-ft. Sourwood trees, it sings a tune of sadness tonight. The night is so dark and the air is cold as the rain puddles on the ground. For now, the world outside is wet and dreary, but the sun will come out again and dry up the rain and warm the air. I can never tell if the contineous sunshine makes me long for the rainy night in Georgia or the rainy nights make me long for the sunshine.


Connecticut killing grounds – devalued lives?

Twenty babies and six teachers were murdered on school grounds. A lone gunman walked into kindergarten and first-grade classrooms to gun down 26 innocent lives. This leaves a lot of questions to be answered. Parents, relatives, friends, neighbors and strangers alike want to know ‘WHY?’ Why would someone murder tiny children with a powerful gun?

There are two answers to this questions. One is long and involves many aspects of life, while the other is brief. The majority of Americans – Christian or not – are loathe to believe either.

Answer number one involves the ingredients for creating a murderer.

  1. Divorced parents
  2. Parents divorced multiple times
  3. Divorced parents dating instead of parenting
  4. Lonely child living with no explanation for absent father
  5. Child told that absent father still loves him
  6. Child told that absent mother still loves him
  7. Child of divorced parents allowed to see adult things; allowed to grow up too fast
  8. Lonely child spends too much time alone with parent’s complicity
  9. Parents talking vulgar and using God’s name in vain
  10. Child never taken to church or is taught cult religion

Mix three or four of these ingredients together and allow to brew until child begins to die from lack of love. Dying child’s brain becomes twisted from conflicted information and perverted ideas of what normal looks like. Add the factors of (a.) feeling unloved + (b.)perverted idea of what love is + (c.) isolation + (d.) no positive feedback = murderer. 

God created man to be a social creature. The family is man’s wolf pack. Being social, the lone man begins to dry up and whither inside. The mind of a child must be stimulated with good thoughts. 

Answer number two is simple in concept but not easily accepted by a sinful society. Every person is given the opportunity to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. How many times the opportunity is given may vary from individual to individual. Once God decides to offer the opportunity no more for an individual, God gives them over to a reprobate mind. The person is given over to his own vile, sinful nature and to worship the god he chose – Satan.

Because there is free will given by God – meaning God does not interfere – the reprobate mind proceeds to do evil things. The shooter of innocent babies and their caregivers is just a human pawn for Satan. The devil, the old deceiver, knows that broken families will produce a broken child if they are not diligent. 

Often, when parents lose a child early in their marriage, the marriage will end in divorce. Satan knows his time is fading away. He knows he must work double time to destroy the family. 

Even when people understand why someone murders, they still don’t want to face the issues and make changes that can change lives.

Pets as Christmas gifts: Do it the right way

It is never a good idea to have Santa leave a kitten or puppy under the Christmas tree. Pets may be the ultimate in natural gift-giving, but there is a better way to handle pet adoption.

Because the holidays can be chaotic, noisy, erratic and unorthodox, introducing a new pet isn’t fair to the pet. Small kittens and puppies are a lot like newborns, they need calmness, quiet and a schedule. The ideal time to introduce new kittens and puppies into a household is during the time a family member will be available to feed and comfort a new pet until it is old enough to be left alone.

Older cats and dogs would fare better in a new household at Christmas, but even for them, the coming and going which leaves them alone is no way for pets to bond with children. Where there is too much excitement, new pets become nervous and anxious, often never bonding with a child.

There is also the possibility that a child may have an allergy to pet dander. For the health of the child and the animal, it is best to wait until a more normal routine can be established. Usually, during the spring or summer is a better time to introduce an animal to a new household.

If it must be a Christmas gift, leave pet accessories wrapped beneath the tree. Leave a note in a gift box with an IOU for the pet, a photo of the pet and the date that the pet will arrive. Arrange for the animal to be adopted between December 26 and January 1. This will be after the chaos of Christmas and before children must return to school, allowing time for the child and pet to spend time together. You may even consider adopting from a local shelter and allowing your child to choose his own pet.

Make sure your child is old enough to be responsible for an animal. Discuss the needs of the animal and the expected responsibility of your child. Never buy a pet from a cat or puppy mill. These animals usually have a much stronger propensity for sickness and disease. The worst thing you could do for your child is have her fall in love with an animal, only to have her pet get sick and die.

Christmas should be a time of happiness and joy. Make sure it stays this way by introducing a healthy animal at the appropriate time.