I want to shake people!

ImageThis is probably going to be a very quick, non-poetic, jumbled up mess of a post. The only reason it’s going here is because I really don’t want to offend some of my loved ones on Facebook. When I say loved ones, I mean that I really L-O-V-E my FB family, but some of them are driving me nutso! The constant political rants, the abusive fear tactics and the bashing of this country’s leaders are getting to be too much. When will it stop? Can’t we just live our lives and write our Senators and Congressmen? Stop typing and posting silly pictures of the POTUS not holding his hand over his heart, not having a US flag behind him, blah, blah and blah. Stop striking fear into everyone’s heart that ATF is going to be knocking on everyone’s door and taking away their second amendment and their banana clips.

Those of you who read this and don’t know me need to know that this has nothing to do with who I voted for. This has nothing to do with whether or not I stand firmly with my second amendment in hand. If you do know me, you know that I love things that go pow and you probably know who I voted for and how left AND right I am.  It just has to do with wishing everyone was more informed and wishing they would stop showing their ignorance. The most recent posting I saw included a picture of Obama (now Secret Service is reading this. Yay me!) standing behind a podium before a group of people and he didn’t have an American flag anywhere near him, behind him, or waving out of his nostril. I can find the same type of setup with Reagan, Bush and Bush! 

If you believe in prayer, pray for our leaders. If you believe in sending positive energy, do that. If you believe in nothing, do nothing. By the way, doing nothing means don’t post it on FB!

It seems like it’s the same people who talk about prayer not being in school or keeping Christ in Christmas are the ones who are trying to scare the cheeses out of everyone who doesn’t know how to go to snopes or mental floss and get the real story. No one can take prayer out of schools or banish any spiritual entity from being there. Last time I checked, Christ can be anywhere he wants, including Christmas. 

Write someone who counts; don’t put it all over your wall! 

As far as gun control is concerned, plan on hearing more rants about that. This Rogue Mare has to be able to run somewhere, and her blog is a 20,000 acre field. 

Peace from the Rogue Mare

Why where it was made matters to me

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Several years ago I visited the remains of a town that was once a booming textile community. They proudly made sheets, bath towels, kitchen towels and such. This visit was way before I thought about American made and such, but I can remember feeling the energy that once inhabited those streets. I felt bad for the people who no longer had jobs and wondered what they did to take care of their families now.

Today I needed to buy new sheets for my bed. I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t made in India. My mind went back to thinking about those ghosts who still walk around the textile mills. Empty parking lots with chained link fences and buildings with broken windows abound in that area. Images of people with their metal lunch boxes walking from their cars into their steady job filled my mind.

The mills have since been leveled, imploded, demolished. I’m sure that there is a lingering heavy spirit that still covers those grounds.

There was a nearby village where mill workers lived. I did a little homework on this area and found out that the collapse of Fieldcrest-Cannon and the surrounding village was basically put to death by Wal-Mart’s insistence to send production overseas. The company, then Pillowtex, refused to do so. Because of undercuts by other companies, 7,650 people lost their jobs. The Cannon Mills era was over.

This was just a spot on a map when I visited. I didn’t realize the impact that it had on me until many years later. No wonder I felt the sadness and the energy still lingering in the air. There’s no telling how many families were destroyed, how many suicides complete, contemplated or attempted.

What you buy does matter. Take small steps in buying American made products. Don’t let it overwhelm you.

Make 2012 the year you try to make a difference in the American economy and in the lives of those who work here. Don’t forget to make it a happy new year too!

Peace from the Rogue Mare