The Camp Directors During the World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans

Need to research of who were the camp directors their background and why they took these jobs.

  1. Who they were: qualifications and backgrounds
  2. Benevolent or malevolent
  3. Were they there because they were conscious objectors?   What is a CO during war time and what did they do when they were conscripted
  4. Who were the stand outs and why
  5. Theory;  many directors were CO’s and many have had spirutlal (Christian) backgrounds, thus benevolent.  Need to explore this more

Kisses and Claws: A Perspective Raising An Adolescent Daughter

A book that needs to be written…: Kisses and Claws: A Perspective Raising An Adolescent Daughter

Why Kisses

Why Claws

Physiology: Cycles and Zits

Developmental Factors:

Influencers: Friends, Church, Parents and Social Media

Parental Perspective:  Slow the reaction and response

This Too Shall Pass:  What goes around comes around.

Mansplain

Mansplain “(of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing”

My take:  A feminist term that is use to squelch communication of a man  to a woman.

Deepest Worry: Where are you?

This is just an outline:

That terror call at night…informing of an accident

Where are you going?  Parents asks child.

When a parent dies, children as Where are you going?  To answer this as a parent is one of the most loving things a parent can do for their child.

CEO Compensation

I am a capitalist to the core.  I believe in free market.  I understand that this is not a ‘perfect’ system, but I do not see any other system that does the most good for the most people and gives incentives for those to create and prosper.

What I do not understand is how many CEO’s can make millions of dollars AFTER they drive a company into the ground.  I believe in rewarding profit  and positive performance (yes, even in the millions) but not rewarding poor performance.

Furthermore how do BOARDS allow this to happen while shareholders are getting the short end of the stick?  Boards who give incentives for performance is appreciated, but in times of loss, how do they have the conscious and lack fiduciary responsibility to shareholders for these atrocities .  I’ve heard the argument that ‘we won’t attract the best talent if we don’t offer these incentives.”  I call that total bull shirt!  There is no way the managers of a company would allow their underlings to get paid a bonus if they screwed up!

Something needs to change!  I’m pissed.  This is NOT a free market capitalist concept to reward failure.

 

 

Rights of Passage: Cultural Comparisons

This is my book idea:  Looking into different Rights of Passage in several different cultures.

Overview:  Distinct cultural praxis and nuance are most often apparent in commemorations of life stage transitions. Ritual, artifacts, and beliefs can overtly manifest at a birth of  a child, birthdays, coming of age, graduations, anniversaries,  courtship, weddings, retirement,  funerals, etc. Each culture has its own expression during these milestones.

It would be a fun study to bring these to the light and also help serve as a guide to become more culturally proficient.

Normalization of Praxis

One of my oldest friendships asked me a profound question: “What has been normalized in your church that might not be Christ-like or biblically based? And, do you feel free to question those practices, values, structures, and traditions? (This is an open-ended question that has been heavy in my heart for decades.)”

I’ve been pondering this since you sent it and as I saw your email and FB post.  I am just putting down some bullet points because each of the thoughts but could become a book if thought through.  I’m not sure what your objective in this is, but I would like to dialogue with the points if you’d like… I kind of like this stuff!. As I got into this list and thought a bit more about it, it feels like I could be posting on the new 95 Thesis on the Wittenberg Door!

I get to openly and freely question and dialogue about these issues with friends, colleagues, and within the Church.  Some areas of personal theology and praxis are continuing to evolve in my own life.  I have seen some of these issues change with in the church.  Here are a few of my thoughts…This list may grow (on my blog)

  1. Churches as buildings.  I get that we need places to meet and gather, but I think we have been too absorbed and vested in funding buildings that are under-utilized most of the week.  I totally get the stewardship/investment argument but we may have been sucked trap.  If we must build a building, maybe create a space that the community can use the rest of the week.
  2. Musical Worship:  I see many people connect deeply through musical worship, but sometimes this has become so formulaic that it almost becomes an idol.  Pretty songs, pretty stage, pretty lights, pretty people…sometimes this makes me gag.  When we come together as the church, I appreciate being intentional and deliberate, but sometimes I feel disconnected in the flashy and cheesy.  I understand people have differents ways to connect…so I am not throwing all of this out, but we have to evaluate what we do.
  3. Ordination:  I affirm having some standards for elders, teachers, and apostles, etc., but the process of ordination and the term ‘Reverend’ have been usurped by human made institutions. Even though the US prides of self on the separation of church and state, ordination has been closely associated with who is allowed particular benefits from the government (ie. taxation issues).  Ordination has been used to filter who gets privileges and benefits.
  4. Denominations:  I can live with the freedom to associate (congregate) with like minded thinkers, but when those become siloed, the turn into denominations that flaunt distinctiveness.
  5. Sunday vs Sabbath:  Do I need to say more?
  6. Dropping of a liturgical calendar:  sounds contarty to my comments on denominations/ordination, but the Bible celebrates a seasonal rhythm of life.  The protestant church has really left this behind.
  7. Value of independence vs interdependence:  This is a western  and especially a US value.
  8. Para-Church vs Church:  there really is no distinction
  9. “Appropriate age for marriage”:  I still believe Scripture still teaches ‘keeping the marriage bed Holy,” but our biological clocks do not match with societal views on marriage and family.  We  applaud the western notion of a nuclear family, but Scripture seems indicate more an extended family model.  I am in favor that we reaffirm kids getting married earlier and restructure households to become multigenerational again.

On Guns

I own guns.  Some are beautiful historical pieces and some are functional.

One of the reasons I own guns is what the government “can do” and “can’t do.”

What the government “can” do.

Part of the original arguments of the Second Amendment was to bring some balance of power to the people in relationship to the power of the state.  The framers of the constitution who lived under tyranny understood that the common population would be “subject’ to the government if that government would be only entity to bear arms.  The government can easily take away it citizens rights if it only fears the vote…  The government ‘can’ take away rights, but a populace with strength can more easily force a democratic and protect it from a tyrannical solution.  I trust the government….sort of.  Having the right to bear arms helps insure that.

What the government “can’t do.”

The government cannot always be there for me in a time if crisis.  There have been a few situations in my home and traveling where it was nice to know that I could have the option to defend myself if needed.  In calling the police, even in haste, too them way to long to respond.  Knowing that I could have protected my self avoided me from becoming a victim.

If you experienced the LA Riots or any other public disturbance, you in fact know how alone you were.  In time of significant turmoil, the government can’t be there for you.  The practicality of caring for your family is unfortunately necessary.

I am not saying that YOU have to get a gun…but what I am saying, is that I continue to be a proponent of having the right to bear arms.  I also support some reasonability of proving gun ownership such as background checks, mental stability, competence training, and type of fire arm.

 

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Hawaii False Missile Alert

January 13, 2018 8:07am

38 minutes later, “false alarm” was issued.

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I cannot imagine what went through your minds during those precious 38 minutes.  This is no joke, and I am deeply sorry what you went though. What I’d like to know is what did your pray during those precious minutes?  How did the impeding doom shape what you thought about life, faith, family and friends.

Did you pray “God, “Please let this not happen?”  Do you ever wonder like me if He actually answered our prayers, but we really don’t even know it?

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