Sedona, AZ

I don’t have a bucket list–but if I did Sedona, Arizona would have to be on it.  I’ve heard about the place for many years and decided that I had to take a few days of vacation there.

I’m going to do some things that are fun and silly while I’m here.  I will take the UFO nighttime sightings tour, have my aura photographed with Kirlian photography, and visit the various tall rock monuments and energy vortexes.

Always good to see the fam


When Cary and I travel together we always get around to talking about our families.  I think it’s one of those habitual pastimes that we enjoy–because we do it so often.  I wonder, if others talk about their families the way we do–or if we are odd or something?

  1. Do you conclude that the rest of you family is: crazy, or stuck in the past, bigoted, don’t know what they are talking about?
  2. Do you conclude that you’re lucky that you were able to move on and not like your family members who stayed behind either physically or emotionally?
  3. Do you believe that your family is dysfunctional?
  4. Do you feel like that you were mostly misunderstood growing up?
  5. Do you talk about the psychological problems/conditions of your family–even if you’re not a psychologist?  Do you discuss their issues, psychoses, neuroses, borderline personality disorders or just conclude that they are nuts?
  6. Do you find yourself thinking that your family needs to get out more so they won’t make such dumb statements.
  7. Do you discuss how you have to ignore most everything you hear from family members or wind up in the mother of all arguments?
  8. Do you feel like the only normal person in your family?
  9. In spite of all the questions above, do you look forward to seeing your relatives once again–even for  a brief period of time?
  10. Do you feel somewhat relieved when you leave–and everybody goes home?
  11. Despite  it all, do you feel crazy love for your crazy dysfunctional family?

Hobby Lobby–It's not the end of the world

US Supreme Court hands down decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

So yesterday the supreme court announced that closely held companies may exclude contraception from employee health plans if it runs afoul of a companies religious beliefs. This ruling is being hailed as a victory for religious freedoms by the right and an attack upon women by the left. It is neither.

It is not a victory for religious freedoms. If it were, employees, who greatly outnumber employers, would have the right to exercise their religious benefits in choosing contraception from the employee plan. No, this is just another in a series of rulings upholding the rights of corporations above the people who work for them. In America, the rights of the rich have always superseded the rest of us. We should not be surprised that David Green’s Hobby Lobby money, allows him the right to enforce his version of morality on those who work for him. But this win in the courtroom does not make David (or Hobby Lobby if you seriously believe that corporations can be religious) more religious than the God-fearing contraceptive using  people who work for him. Green’s money makes might and might makes right. In this case there is a big difference between right and religious.

On the other hand, the ruling is not a vicious attack on women as the left is portraying it. Contraception is widely available and reasonably affordable. For years it was not a part of anyone’s basic health plan–at least the ones I’ve been a part of. Just because a company doesn’t offer something as a benefit doesn’t automatically mean they are attacking good people.

The supreme court narrowly tailored its decision to closely held companies and limited their ruling to the issue of contraception. I think we’ll all survive this.