Couldn’t Have Said it Better!

paulette-turner-and-her-broodPaulette Turner posted this the other day:

I grew up in Garden Grove, California, during a time when everyone treated each other like family. We went outside to play, we got dirty….we bought chips & candy from the store. We played “Red Light, Green Light”, Simon Says, “Hide and Seek”, Dodge Ball, Kick the Can, 7-up Baseball, Softball, and Football and marbles. Played in water from the fire hydrant. We ate beans and hot dogs, mac and cheese & peanut butter sandwiches at school. We walked everywhere .

We weren’t AFRAID OF ANYTHING. We made our own go carts, biked everywhere no helmets. If you fell down you would just get back up. We challenged each other everywhere…King of the Hill. If someone had a fight, that’s what it was…a fight. Kids weren’t afraid of fake guns when I grew up. We left our houses as soon as we could in the morning and right after school till our neighbors would yell out for their children as a reminder to get in the house for the night. If one kid was called for supper then we all knew to go home. We watched our mouths around our elders because we knew if we DISRESPECTED any adult, there would be a price to pay. We had manners and respect, otherwise someone else’s parents put you in your place. Everyone’s mother was mom and father was dad, we were a community, I am thankful for so many great memories of growing up.

Hold your finger down to copy and paste. Please re-post with your block if you’re proud that you came from a close knit community and will never forget where you came from!!♡ 12172 Hackamore Rd., best block and neighbors!. We were so fortunate – great memories.

Thank you, Paulette. I, Doug Wolven, grew up at 12621 Fletcher Drive in Garden Grove and graduated from Garden Grove High School, class of ’64 (the best—most spirit)—as did Jack Skogman and Kim Frizzel who lived on Fletcher (there were eleven of us kids).  Jack falls into what he calls “the Fletcher Moon” and I’m right there with him—remembering the golden fifties.

Paulette didn’t miss a thing, except maybe our b-b gun  club (Robert Doss started it), and Doctor Doss chopping off the heads of chickens in their back yard (talk about a chicken with it’s head cut off, what a show, but ya gotta eat). And, Jackie Scholl would remind you of the family car and Foster’s Freeze. And…

Conscience: Accusing or Excusing

Clark deNoon writes here as a guest author—
I’ve noticed that people implicitly ascribe a high degree of reliability to conscience, as if were either the underlying foundation for both their words and actions. Some find refuge in conscience as if it were a restoration of inClark deNoonnocence and purity. Others, evidently think that speaking or acting according to conscience is an expression of righteousness or, even, godliness. I find such behavior neither comforting, nor encouraging. Rather than admirable, reliance on conscience is, at best—naïve, worse—negligent, and worst—stubbornly juvenile.
My experience has been that reliance on conscience is flexibly either a substitute for reason, or the name given for a position that doesn’t stand up to reason. I find conscience to be both a dim light and primarily effective only in retrospect.
Perhaps, conscience was beneficial in the halcyon days of early childhood, when it was as tender and responsive as our flesh and bones had been. Placed in us by our Creator to accuse or excuse our behavior, its usefulness is limited and erratically obeyed, but as the years stumble past, and by the time we reach voting age, it has become numbed by bad decisions, conflicting knowledge, twists of logic, adoption of contrary values, the influence of education, and the many voices we have chosen to listen to and believe.
Under the sway of such influences, I find practicing reason and collaboration to be safer, more sensible, and more reliable. Reality has a way of defeating idealism, facts have a way of exposing fantasy, truth has a way of undermining wishful thinking, time has a way of ending naiveté, and reason has a way of correcting emotional decisions and transforming our thought lives.
Paul of Tarsus, a writer of many books in the Bible, describes in Romans 1:18 to the end of the chapter, what can happens to conscience when truth is denied and reason is abandoned. Chapter two makes clear how powerless conscience is to change the outcome of someone who relies solely on it in the face of judgment.
Isaiah the prophet quotes God saying, “Come let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18), as He goes on to urge the people of Israel to use sound reason, or suffer the long-term consequences of bad decisions.

07.24.2016
Clark deNoon