Understanding Amidst Conflict

So vulnerable, so true. Love is something I personally need to focus on when dealing with differing political opinions.

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Politics has this subtly unnerving way of creating conflict in otherwise peaceful relationships. Over this last election, I developed this horrible habit where I would unconsciously categorize people in my head based on how much their political views agreed with my own. As my daily conversations with people inevitably turned to politics, I would closely watch for how people reacted to the mention of certain political ideas and take note of it as a key factor in how I saw them as a person and how I viewed our relationship as friends, family or classmates. Even when I outwardly put up a cordial front when people expressed political views that I disagree with, inwardly I would unconsciously make a mental note to think less of the person and, in certain instances, try and limit contact with them. It was as if I thought of my own point of view as…

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Streams of Mercy

The snow has been coming and going. Mostly coming. I haven't written you for a long while and I'm sorry. Not because I think you have suffered at all from my lack of correspondence, but because I look over the last few empty months and realize I didn't write about anything I've been through. I … Continue reading Streams of Mercy

Hope: I Am Enough

I don't know if anyone else is like me, but I have problems. Looking at Facebook, is sometimes seems like I'm the only one. But I don't post every time I have a bad day, and I guess neither do you. What I don't post are days that I cry solely because my brain chemicals … Continue reading Hope: I Am Enough

President Drumpf

I didn't want Drumpf to win but he did. That night it felt like someone had died. I have received that news late at night before, and it felt similar. About all I could do was get into bed and hope that it was a bad dream. It wasn't. But I've been lucky. I've been … Continue reading President Drumpf

contact

Hello, my dear readers! I would love to connect with as many people as possible. Please feel free to contact me with questions, personal stories, post suggestions, topics to cover, possible guest posts, or nonsense like that using this contact form: Or, if you prefer, you can email me at this address: maneysmilesback at gmail dot com … Continue reading contact

Maybe Jesus Was a Lousy Carpenter

I like the parallels drawn in this.

Must Be This Tall To Ride

bad fence “Thanks for building our fence, Jesus. We promise to leave you a fair review on the Angie’s List bulletin board next time we’re in town.” (Image/Home Services by Gary) I don’t know whether things like building inspectors or mechanisms for people to leave positive andnegative customer reviews existed in the Middle East 2,000 years ago.

But maybe in the Nazareth town square there was a bulletin board of some kind where townspeople could leave reviews.

“Ezekiel the shepherd did an amazing job! He took our goats and pigs from Town A to Town B in just a few weeks’ time and he only ate three of our goats to survive! If you need a shepherd/goat herder for a cross-country flock transfer, Zeke’s totally your guy!”

Or maybe.

“We hired Ishmael to help us harvest figs and grapes. He was the absolute worst. He showed up late every day, collected the…

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A Quick Blog Insider

Hello, I am planning on revamping this blog soon. Smiling picture (seems appropriate, right?), adding contact information, changing the Facebook page a bit, reblogging old posts. You know why? Because I am wondering whether this blog is ever going to earn me some kind of income or fame (tbh that would be nice), and I figure … Continue reading A Quick Blog Insider