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I Fixed Things.

What’s the big idea?

Now that I had retired things started breaking down.

First the washing machine, next the furnace, then the refrigerator, door bell, stove and car.

It seems like the forces of nature wants to keep me working or to keep me broke.

O K. first things first, a plan: diagnose the problem, next, find parts for make and model.

Next find out if the job is to big to handle.

Get the right tools for the job.

Where to look for help? Where else YouTube.

It seems that everybody from novice to pros have solutions on the internet.

You can also find parts at reasonable prices and by doing the work yourself you save a lot on labor cost.

My 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee 6 cyl 4.0 would have been about 3 years old I purchased it from a used auto lot in Villa Park IL. Premium Autos for about almost 3 grand, the vehicle was in great shape,I couldn’t have gotten a better bargain at that price anywhere, IT WAS LIKE NEW!

I wish I had gone back after a guy ran a stop sign and totaled it,  I came out alright, boy. I loved that Jeep.

Now I drive a 2003 Jeep Grand  Cherokee 6 cyl 4.0 it’s a good jeep but not like the 2002.

I thought It was the same dealership, the name was similar.

I had to put in a little work on this one.  Brakes, Tires, Tune up. motor mounts. I did most of the work myself with the help of Youtube 

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So I found the parts the car on E bay and Amazon and they would arrive in about 2 days top, I needed motor mounts, and a passenger side window actuator ( the motor was shot and cable had broke). easy work once you get the know how.

1A Auto have a large selection of videos of how-to auto repair installation for your specific year, make and model.

The videos will guide you with step by step instructions to empower you to tackle your own repairs

My Favorite Music

Now retired I listen to music all  day and night.

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My memories of the songs that I grew up with that kept my spirit alive and gave me joy that has been apart of my life still sustains me. The music award shows that entertained me with sheer excitement.

I want to share with you the emotion, the deep joy that made me laugh, cry, dance ,sing and love.

When I first heard the horn of Hugh Masekela, for the first time that was some feeling.

I can still smell the sweet fragrance in the air of that year.

I recently visited youtube and this music brought back fun memories of music,

check it out.

https://youtu.be/qxXZF60EPdM

https://youtu.be/2Jvdy6khEmA

Meditations

The Teachings

The Toa (pronounced ” dow”) means the Way. All meditation and spiritual exercise lead to the Way. The Way does not refer to peace in your general outlook when dealing with daily life. When you have found the Way you can find peace in all things. Violence and hostility shall disappear from your being, to be replaced by love for all things.

The teachings of the tao are to be found in the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tze http://www.with.org/tao_te_ching_en.pdf (an older Chinese contemporary of Confucious) and in the book of Chuang- Tsu, https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=the+book+of+chuang+tzu&tag as well as the works of many lesser-known sages.

For those of you unfamiliar with Oriental sayings and philosophy, some may seem difficult to understand: so do not try to understand them; meditate on them. So, read the thoughts and meditate upon them. Read them over and over until the words flow effortlessly through your head. The meanings will be unveiled to you when you are ready to receive them; probably when you least expect it.

The Way is to find meditation and peace in everything you do, be it mowing the lawn, playing an instrument, washing the dishes, looking at the stars, building a house. As long as you find yourself doing that particular thing, you might as well enjoy it. Do not think of what you could be doing. Think of what you are doing and find peace in it. Doing this you find peace within yourself. This is the aim of all meditational practice.

A Union Man’s Dog

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Four workers were discussing how smart their dogs were,

The first was an engineer, who said his dog could do math with calculations.

His dog was named T Square, and he told him to get some paper and draw a square, a circle, and a triangle, which the dog did with no sweat.

The accountant said he thought his dog was better,

His dog was named Slide Rule. He told him to fetch a dozen cookies, bring them back, and divide them into piles of three, which he did with no problem.

The chemist said that was good, but he felt his dog was better,

His dog, Measure, was told to get a quart of milk and pour seven ounces into a ten-ounce glass.  The dog did this with no problem.

All three men agreed this was very good and their dogs were equally smart.

They all turned to the Union Member and said,”What can your dog do?”

Coffee Break went over and ate three cookies, drank the milk pooped on the paper, screwed the three dogs and claimed he injured his back while doing so, filed a grievance for unsafe working conditions, applied for Worker’s Compensation and left for home on sick leave.

Moral of the story, some folks in Unions misuse their privileges and just dog the employers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Beginning My End

Why do I keep giving my blessings away

God has given me everything,

His Will is my way,

but I keep giving it away,

I know right from wrong

I know how to be strong

but I keep giving it away

my heart is in the right place

but I keep it in another space

What’s the sense in having a blessing

When all you do is give it away.

My love, my precious love

My soul, my precious soul

Should mean more to me than precious gold

Now that I grow old

I think back to all the lost

all the lost

what a cost?

the waste

the empty space in my heart

that I can not replace

Now I have to live.

for a better day,

Do things

in a better way

Make a choice

not to lose.

My soul.

Can you spare a dollar?

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How many times have you passed a person on the street with a cardboard sign asking for money?

Some folk look down on them.

Do we really know or care what another person is going through?

What if you were that someone?

Could you just ignore and not give?

Would it hurt to let that coin go?

What can you sell?

coconut oil

There are a lot of natural products out there that

promotes good health.

I have found a few that I have tried,

like coconut oil.

The results are amazing.

 

I know we work hard for our money and feel if you work,

everybody should work.

You are absolutely right.

Everybody has something to give for a price.

Begging is the oldest profession known to man, next to prostitution.

We live in a world where some people have so much more than others.

Selfishness and greed have caused many problems in our world.

The United States donate so much to organizations.

Some foreign countries get a lot of food and money to help their starving nation, which the leaders hoard for themselves, causing wars and unrest among the people.

Some have more and waste, even throw away rather than give. but it’s their money.

When one begs, one gives away one’s pride

and that is a very high price within its self to pay.

Who has more than enough?

Who can spare one dollar?

my goal is to see how many people

can and will

open their hearts

to donate to help

a fellow man

to get his dream off the ground.

What will you do when you see that beggar on the street?

Only God knows the truth, only God can judge.

All you can do is open your heart and give that dollar.

It won’t hurt you, you’ll probably spend it on something you could really do without anyway.

So why not beg.

You never know until you ask.

The Bible says ask and you shall receive.

This is true, no one should be without.

Give and it will be given unto you.

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The root of all evil is the love of money.

You can’t take it with you.

If a million people give you a dollar

That makes you a millionaire,

When we all give a little.

 

Rings and Things

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These are a few meaningful gifts that were given to me by ones that are a dear part of my life.

The watch on the far left was a gift from my heart and soul my one and only daughter Patrice, who made me feel so special even when I knew I didn’t deserve it, who let me know I am her father and family inspite of, not because of.

The pocket watch was a gift from a beautiful young lady and very dear friend who looked after me and took me into her family when I was too drunk to drive home,  Shannon.

The third watch was from my dear baby sister, who has made me so proud of her life in Christ Jesus, I truly believe her prayers have kept me.

The copper bracelet was my Step Dad ‘s  gift of healing, from the only dad I know and Love.

Here it is to the man, who rocks his child and rocks his child alone, Here it is to the man who rocks another man’s child when he could be rocking his own.

I was that other man’s child. I had no choice, but to color this man father.

Before his death he also gave me his ring, that is on the far left.

The watch on the far right was a gift from a man who almost changed my life.

Gus was the owner of the small, but popular liquor lounge, (on the south side of Chicago) who hired me as his D J in the late 80s. he ignited the power of music that I had dwelling inside of me that could set the world on fire,  Thy Will Be Done.

The second ring from the left was given to me by a woman who wanted me for her very own,  but I declined, She told me to keep the ring to remember, what all I could have had. I can still hear her words…..” Can you afford this”?

The second ring from the right was my gift for winning a chess contest at the Art Institute of Chicago,(at a party back in the late 70s), my glory days of chess.

Never underestimate a young black son of a biscuit who plays chess.

These are just a few gifts I have received over the years that bring back fond memories of good times and good people.

All Incidents are Preventable

accident-banana-skin-be-careful-36763.jpgSafety First…

There is a difference between an accident and an incident, you have control over one, (an incident) but the other ( accident ) happens due to conditions. On the job or at home in the streets,working or playing we must be aware of our conditions to enjoy the benefits of a safe and healthy life.

I worked at a corrugated box plant for thirteen years in Bedford Park Illinois, where I was introduced to a valuable principle which stated:” Have the Courage to Intervene .” this meant that, if you see hear smell something wrong in the plant, don’t ignore, take action, do something. By taking the courage to intervene, you could save lives from accidents and prevent incidents from happening. We were instilled this, by having meetings every Monday before we started our daily routine with an added safety committee meeting once a month. We were also encouraged to carry this principle in our everyday lives away from the plant and share it with our family and friends.

Safety First was our motto, we wore it like a badge, nothing was more important not even production if it stood in the way of safety. We were told to leave the Job the same way you arrived ( alive, healthy and in one piece). One of our main principles of safety. out of the seven was safety was a condition of employment, if you couldn’t work safe, you would be terminated after a warning.

I am now retired, and I give thanks to having had a privilege to work in such an environment that cared enough about my safety.

I know from reading other blogs that there are so many places of employment that care nothing for the safety of employees, their main concern is production, that is why I applaud the honest men and women of organizations like Osha.