I've been following a blog about "living green" etc., for some time now. I comment occasionally there, but not often. I sometimes agree with his position, other times i don't. I find that many of the things he recommends for living frugally, or using earth-friendly cleaners, or other issues are things i'm already doing.
The other day he had a comment on the health care bill. Now, Alane & i have already debated that here. In a nutshell, i DO think we should do something about uninsured folks in this country. But this plan put into place would be enormous & cover every American (actually, bring us under the direction of gov't "approved" health care in most every area). I think that plan is a huge mistake. And as someone who doesn't trust conventional medical care (or the gov't), i don't want the gov't involved, telling me what i can & cannot do. McCain currently has a bill in place that has the potential to limit OTC supplements at the discretion of the FDA & that has me more than a little concerned.
I stated my opinion on this blog. (In my opinion, tho i didn't express this there, anyone who is "green" & concerned for the earth should be concerned about what is happening with Big Gov't, Big Pharma, conventional medicine & the rights of people as well.) I believe i was polite in my questioning the support of the health care bill. (I don't believe i have ever been rude to anyone on their blog, tho i admit at times i want to be sarcastic.) I don't usually put myself down for email notification of further comments, but that time i did. He responded & asked if i have health care coverage. So i answered his question, further outlining my concerns that if the bill passes i will lose many of my freedoms of choice in regard to using alternative health.
A couple of days passed & i didn't give it much more thought. But then seeing that blog in the blog reader later i thought that it was strange that i'd not had any further notifications. I assumed he didn't respond to my answer. But he usually does get 5-10 comments per blog so i thought it odd. So i went back to the post & found that he had removed my original comment, his question, & my response.
A personal blog is a personal blog, & that person can do anything with it they wish. I like blogs with discussion & debate as long as the discussion/debate is respectful & not rude. Guess this guy doesn't tolerate any opinion that doesn't support his own. I'm not a reader any more. Figure that i've not time for someone like that.
I've been having an "empty" feeling week. But had a really good conversation with my sis (#3) tonight. I do so appreciate her.
Almost more than i can express. I was 9 when Sis #3 was born. I loved that child more than i could begin to verbalize. I'm not sure she ever really knew that. The way our family functioned did not encourage closeness between individual members. I moved away as soon as i turned 18, so she wasn't yet 9. My contact with her after that was quite limited, as my mother declared me "demon possessed" & restricted my sisters from seeing me.
After college my sister taught English in China for 3 years (thru a Christian Organization that sends Christian English teachers to China because they allow the teachers in but won't allow missionaries). When she returned to live in the US, she had a choice of two jobs. One was in Florida near Sis #2, the other in CA near me. I hoped she would stay in CA but didn't believe she would. She & Sis #2 were close & i assumed she would move to be near family (i didn't consider myself that).
To my great surprise & Sis #2's great displeasure, she chose to stay in CA. She & Sis #2 had some pitched battles about that, i've been told, & weren't on good terms for a while.
I can't help but think, today, how different my life would be had she made the other choice.
We were very cautious around each other, of course. I was still very much "black sheep" & no one in my family trusted me - nor i them. But time has passed & we have carved out a relationship that still surprises me at times with its depth.
What is more, had she not moved here, i would have essentially no relationship with any of my family. Sis #2 came out several times to visit. She came to see Sis #3, of course, but i happened to be nearby & so i sometimes was included. Had Sis #3 not been living here, no one would have made that trip.
When Duane & i went to visit my parents & family the holiday season of 2005 (just after we lost Kaylee) it was the first time i'd been to my parents' home since 1989. Not sure that would have happened had i not had a relationship with Sis #3.
I think, had she not moved here, i would feel even more empty, more lonely, more cast adrift & lost than i'm feeling now. Probably exponentially so. I'm still pretty empty tonight, but less so. My sis was kind & understanding. She touched my heart.
I am so blessed.
I'm blessed as well, by all the lovely folks who read my blog. Thank you for the supportive comments. I so appreciate you!