Quiet snipping

Fiskars
StaySharp Max Reel Mower by Fiskars.

When I was little in the late 60s/early 70s I remember my grandmother pushing one of these around the yard. It sounded like a bunch of scissors snipping away at the grass. By the time I was old enough to be taught how to mow the lawn she’d taken ill and sold the mower to the maintenance guy who helped out around the neighborhood sometimes.

Honestly I don’t know what my carbon footprint is. I suspect it’s no larger than most people living in the States. I drive a gasoline powered car. I eat and drink out of plastic and aluminum. I have petroleum based cleaning products around the house. I’m slowly working to clean all that up. Slowly. I’ve been replacing the CFL bulbs with LED. I use plant-based soap in the shower and an organic toothpaste. I am not able to purchase a new vehicle right now. Something newer should run more efficiently.

A few months back I was driving through my mother’s neighborhood and I saw one of her neighbors using one of these that he’d picked up at one of the big box hardware stores. It’s the Fiskars 18 Inch StaySharp Max Reel Mower. I like it. It makes a similar quiet snipping sound to what I remember from 50 years ago. It took a couple of passes and a bit longer to cut the front yard. The thing is, this isn’t about speed and convenience. There’s more than enough of that in the world.

Unsolicited bad grammar

USELESS OPINIONS

This is old news now, and Candidate Rubio’s grammar isn’t the issue. It’s actually a comedic distraction. Everyone who cares about grammar and usage, myself included, tried to correct and make fun of him instead of looking at the substance of what he said.

I’m not sure whether guidance counselors should hand graduating seniors a crystal ball or a magic 8-ball for picking out what they want to do after high school. Whether the boy or girl goes to Rubio Grammar 640community college, a university, vocational training, and/or bounces from job to job until he or she finds something that is a ‘good fit’…whatever they do, you cannot predict future job prospects.

The needs of any industry can change in a few months. Technological advances are being adopted faster and faster. Your vocational curricula could change directions before you complete your certifications. You have no control over that. However you can control how you respond to it.

I worked at a newspaper for nearly 20 years. During that time we went from cutting type out of sheets of velox paper, a job that did not require computer skills, to everyone having to learn to use a mouse. This was a major shift in technology and process, and valued skillsets became obsolete.

Why then are politicians pontificating as to what career choices people should make? Mr. Rubio’s ability to guess about the future of careers and industry is just as good or bad as everyone else’s. In other words, he doesn’t have a clue either.

I wouldn’t presume to tell you what career to pursue. That is for you to decide. What we need are conscious, thinking people who value life more than they do money, power, and control.

Just imagine

EVERY HUMAN INSTITUTION

imagine a world run by psychosThis is exactly what we have. At the top of every human institution are people who are only interested in power, money, and control. The rest of us are a means to an end. Corrupt government is intimately involved with corrupt religion, finance, education, science, and industry. If you’re part of something seemingly benign and are thinking, “yeah, but not us,” YES, YOU TOO. The ones that never get talked about are the worst offenders.