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Fairness Friday: Says Who?

When I was growing up, hurricanes used to be given female names. At some point, a decision was made that this was sexist, and that women were (or at least should have been) offended. Now we also give them male names, and I believe we alternate between male and female to make sure we’re being fair (I supposed it would be even fairer if we kept track of the sum of the destructive force of all the hurricanes of each gender, too make sure we don’t lay too much of the destruction on one gender or the other.

Things must be fair.

How is that? Who are the divinely inspired among us who are going to figure out what exactly is fair? Think about the climate change kerfuffle (that really is a word – I thought it was kerfluffle, but MS Word corrected me); even if you think that we can or are altering the climate, who is going to decide what the climate should be? You may want to keep it the same as it is now (or how you think it was in your youth), but maybe the people in Alaska would like it a little warmer, or the people in Iraq a little cooler. What would be fair?

As people where I work say, IT IS WHAT IT IS. Sure, they over-use it and include situations that they DO have control over, but most of the time it’s an acknowledgement that some things can’t be fixed – you just have to accept and make the best of them.

Life isn’t fair, and if The Creator can’t make it that way, who do we think we are?

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr’s just saying…


CollectionTheLast3CoverMy next release will be another collection of collections – The Last Three Things I Could Get Out of My Mind. This is a compilation of my last three OUT OF MY MIND collections, and includes several favorites, including “Dredging Things Up”, “Saturday He Fed the Cat”, “The Pipes”, “Endangered”, “Burial Details”, and “Solid People.” From the blurb for “Dredging Things Up”:

DredgingThingsUpCoverA predatory gigolo tries to cut his losses by retrieving a discarded piece of jewelry his victim threw into a lake. What he finds instead has him wondering about the wisdom of seeking riches. If you want to know why you should just let some things lie, read “Dredging Things Up.”

The eBook is available for preorder now at a discounted price at several online retailers, including:




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