Wilderness — A Meditation

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Prairie - A Time to Leave — A Time to Stay

Living on the prairie is very like living in a more cosmopolitan spot in the country thirty years ago.  In some aspects of life, time kind of stands still.  To be sure, the close-knit community has its positive and its negative points.  For instance, folks are always around to help if one asks. Most don’t realize that help is needed until or unless the individual in need actually reaches out with a request,  but even when the request is even barely murmured, aide arrives.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Setting – You Can't Go Home Again

Flaxton, North Dakota, the setting for the manuscript on which I am currently working. Eight years living along the American/Canadian border has changed me in subtle ways.  

I am far more willing to understand (not necessarily accept)  the conservative point of view.  Living with people whose entire lives depend on the soil gives one an appreciation for what it means to carefully consider what change entails in life.

For the next few weeks, I'd like to share a tiny part of each day's material as I formulate a story of this tiny prairie town and a celebration of  the people who inhabit it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018



INTPs want neither to control others or to be controlled. The desire for power over people is an aspiration for egomaniacs and INTP is more interested in non-people related exploits. INTPs are hard to impress and a person’s title in and of itself has little impact on an INTP’s regard for them. INTPs tend not to discriminate based on status and focus instead on an individual’s way of thinking and will likely view things like rank and other symbols of authority as superficial and contrived. They understand why they must comply but authority is almost irrelevant when it comes to challenging or questioning the validity of what is commanded of them.
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Makes me smile! 
I remember the day two police officers knocked on the front door.  They were looking for my husband's son, a strapping twenty-four year old.  Hubby left me to talk with the officers as he went downstairs and had a conversation with the youngster in the garage car port
He excused himself with, "Nope the twenty something hadn't been seen in the neighborhood in weeks. Where did he live? Over in Springdale somewhere?"
"Can you give us his address?"
"Address?  No. We haven't been invited yet.  The kids just moved in. Gotta give em a chance to decorate."
Frustrated, the officers climbed back into their police car and drove off while son and dad continued their car port conversation about carburators and other oily workings of the screaming blue motor machine.
INFJ respects authority and falls in compliance so long as they do not feel coerced or disrespected by it. INFJs can appreciate the utility of authority in maintaining order in society and to enforce policies (at least the ones they agree with). All INFJ wants in return is to be shown the same respect, dignity and compassion they are willing to give elected officials and individuals occupying positions of power. If INFJ perceives an authority to be morally corrupt, then all that will go out the window.
If you want to check out other types reaction to authority, check out the link below.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday, January 08, 2018

The Death of a Nation - Brought to you by the Republican National Committee and #45

"Eventually, we’ll hit the ground, and assuming America survives, there should be a reckoning to dwarf the defenestration of Harvey Weinstein and his fellow ogres. Trump, Wolff’s reporting shows, has no executive function, no ability to process information or weigh consequences. Expecting him to act in the country’s interest is like demanding that your cat do the dishes. His enablers have no such excuse."

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Aphasia - The Plight of the Soon to be Demented

a•pha•sia | noun | [uh-fey-zhuh]:

 a communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to process and use language.

It is a neurological condition caused by damage to the portions of the brain responsible for language, and it does not affect intelligence. Because language plays such a central role in our daily lives, aphasia can be very challenging. Individuals with aphasia may find it difficult to speak, understand speech, and read and write.
The type and severity of aphasia depends on the precise location and extent of the damaged brain tissue. Aphasia can range from mild—where a task like retrieving the names of objects is difficult—to severe—where any type of communication is almost impossible.