Archive for the month “February, 2016”

Finding America: Love’s Labor Lost

I’ve been reading Fred White’s The Daily Writer (2008) and today’s entry is “Writing As An Act of Love” (59). In this entry, White writes that “Love not only makes the world go ’round, as the cliche goes, it inspires us to go around the world; it makes us care enough about the world to get involved with it, to contemplate its beauty as well as its ugliness, its past glories and future possibilities.”

It strikes me as a bit cheesy, but I think that is half the point. It is this idea that we need to see the world with a higher degree of innocence, that we can’t let experience harden our hearts and build walls where doors belong. It is the human experience, I think, to love and to hate, “to murder and create” as we struggle to understand our place in history.

It is this capacity to love (and in loving to hate), that makes us human. If we lived by logic, like Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, or Spock from Star Trek, or Sherlock Holmes, we would lose as much as we gained.

Finding America: World Center For Birds of Prey

When I first came here to Boise, Id I lived with an acquaintance just South of town. While living there, I was introduced to the World Center for Birds of Prey and had the opportunity to go see a Fall Flight. 

Seeing a hawk on the wing and an owl swoop back and forth to their handlers was a wonderful sight.During the presentation Bill Heinrich, Education Center Director, told the audience about the Center.

The center is a part of the Peregrin Fund, a foundation that aims to restore rare species through captive breeding and release, and improve local conservation  capacity. The World Center houses the Peregrin Fund Research Library, one of the largest collections of scientific literature on birds in the world.

The center is open Nov – Feb 10am-4pm, Tues-Sun. And March – Oct 10am-5pm Tues-Sun. General admission is $7, with discounts for youths and seniors.


Finding America: Minimum Wage

I’ve been coming across a number of memes about minimum wage increase in the past couple days. Many point out that a minimum wage increase would create inflated prices and job loss:

Some suggest that the CEO’s and Business Leaders of the world are increasing their wage while letting the hourly employees suffer:

But the main point, I think is this: that cost of living has increased while wages have stayed the same.

I don’t yet know the full story, but I’m certain that raising minimum wage will solve nothing on it’s own.

Instead of asking how to raise minimum wage, we should be asking how we can increase the US Dollar’s value; how we can improve transportation and production to decrease food costs; how we can budget our private finances to live within our means; and how we can live with less waste and more efficiency.

These corporations and the 1% are the product of capitalism: they and/or their predecessors invested and built a massive wealth for themselves. I think we are in the middle of a paradigm shift where we can choose to re-embrace the damning freedom of entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and self reliance; or continue this trend towards dependence, blame, and self-entitlement.

Personally, I want a USA where the mindset is that of the entrepreneur.

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