Slaves? Immigrants? Never!

ben carson

I just could not believe my ears.  Ben Carson is a doctor and a man of color. This is what he said:  “That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,” Carson said while speaking to HUD employees. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

I’m sorry but what history books did he read?  Slaves were never ever immigrants.  They were sold into slavery and brought forcefully to the new world under terrible conditions.  Once here it was even worst.  Black people were chattel, property to be bought and sold without any rights.  Slaves were renamed, raped, beaten, mutilated and were without any rights.  Even the mangiest dog was better than a slave.

I understand now he has retracted what he said but I just cannot understand how he even could twist his mouth to utter those words.  Trump people!  Definitely alternative  facts. What next!

Washout Sunday

dscf4039Sunday morning and I wish I were in this picture right now.  It is the Washout at Folly Beach.  I call this my washout Sunday.  Home, torn meniscus and waiting to see the orthopedic doctor tomorrow.  I will take it easy today and not go to church.  I need to stay off the knee as I was on it way too much last week for work.  This trial…it too shall pass.

Back at it again!

This is my first post here.  After all this time finally a “matrixity” blog.  I have been blogging for many, many years.  Too many to count.  I know I began in the late 90’s.  As soon as I found out about “blogger” I was on it!  I have taken the last few years off.  I felt like I did not have much to say but times have changed.  Life changes and I have found my words again.  I think I have.  Sometimes the words are  hard and sometimes the words are easy.  Sometimes time is short and there not enough time to get the words out.  It is important to make the time.  It waits for no one and it makes no sense to live with regrets.

Here hopefully you will find some interesting things to read.  Maybe something to laugh and even cry about.  Some things that are of great beauty, as well.  I love to capture my surroundings with my camera.

So climb on board and choose the red pill.  Join me in my matrix.  I’ll show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Life is a Picture

I take a lot of pictures.  I love taking pictures.  I have always been of the mindset that you have to have evidence that it happened.  Otherwise, did it really happen?  Were you really there? If something or someone tries to dispute something, there is proof! I believe a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Living in beautiful Charleston, I have many opportunities to get great pictures.  Sometimes after a busy day at work, trying to get to a place to see the sunset before it is gone becomes my personal challenge. The sunset does not last long.  It is just a few minutes.  Arriving a few minutes before allows me to capture all of it.  The actual myriad of changes that the sky goes through until dusk finally comes is just a miracle.  Only God can paint the sky that many colors.  I normally do not use any filters.  Nor do I do a lot of editing.  That can spoil the picture.

Recently I had someone ask me if I  found pictures on the internet and just posted them.  REALLY?  She did not believe that with my schedule and other activities I had the time to actually take REAL pictures. SMH!  Of course those pictures are mine. REAL!  Getting those great sunset shots or sunrise are the best parts of the day. I was not rude when I explained it to her. I just made her realize that I plan for beauty in my day.  Planning for it is the best part of my day, even though it is at the end of the day.

I live for those quiet moments when the day sky is about to slide into night.  Purples gather to replace the brightness of the day, ushering in sooty, indigo clouds that turn the sky to dusk. There is nothing better or more beautiful. When I look back at those pictures I can say I was there.  I saw that awesome sky that took my breath away. My life is tied up in pictures!

Lenten Things

Last week I had a coworker ask on several  occasions what I was giving up for Lent.  I was not sure at that time.  I had been contemplating things in the two weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday.  When I look at the picture on this post I think of ingredients or all the “things” needed to make up a recipe for life.  I have finally decided I’m giving up “things” for Lent.  No shopping for any frivolous things, clothing or anything extra.  Instead I will be focusing on purging “things” around the house.  It is amazing how much stuff we humans can accumulate without realizing it.  “Things” come in but anything rarely goes out.  I’m reversing that. This period of Lent will be devoted to less being more!

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