An Opinion On Writers Bias

Is biased journalism really journalism?

Bias from any side; isn’t that manipulation?

In my research for this post, I found even the a few articles about bias, could themselves be considered biased, some, but not all.

 →A really nice chart on journalism bias can be found here.

Not that “Left” is bad or “Right” is bad, only that ARGUING about either is bad.

Isn’t it a good journalist who’s “Side” cannot be told after being read?

Explore the possibilities, positive and negative from each, but without allowing the reader to know your own PERSONAL bent.

This idea came to the forefront for me mostly in the past week. (I’m switching over to regular, every day social media writers now)

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When words won’t come, I spend MUCH time reading.

On nearly all of the social media, and print journalism that I’ve read, and many the blog posts I’ve read, I’ve read some really well written stories, and then, out of nowhere, someone blasts either the “Right” or the “Left”, or makes derogatory statements about persons, by name, that they disagree with.

Disagree if you must, but if you resort to name calling, I’m out.

Your writing acumen is in question, for me anyway.

All this being said, I’ve been accused multiple times, of always thinking the best of people and giving people lots of chances.  

So, I’m not mad if this is you.

What I’m saying is this –

You can do better! I can do better! We can do better!

Let’s have conversation without the vitriol and venom,

without the name calling and nastiness,

without the rage and the hostility.

I hope we can agree to disagree sometimes, and not hate each other because of it.

I would sure love to hear YOUR opinion.

And we an still be friends even if we disagree.

Until next time …

Friday Favorites – Bird Songs

When I hear this sound, it takes me back to my childhood. I’m at Gram-pa’s farm, walking the fence rows to the pond. Such a simple time.

These little guys are always happy. They always have something to sing about. We should take lessons from them!

Nothing says Spring like the sound of the Robin!

Wide eyed and feisty!

This. This sound brings calm to my soul. When I hear it, I know I’m home. Wherever I am.

Back to Gram-pas farm, and here where I am now. The best of both worlds!

With Winter, comes this little guy. Such a clown – always out for a good time. Can you hear him laughing?

Thank you for joining me on this little audio tour.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Until next time …

Room Full of Questions

“In a room full of questions, the one with the answer is the automatic leader.”

Tommy Tenney

Well I used to love this quote, up until a couple of months ago.

Looking at the “Automatic leaders”, kind of made me ill.

Maybe it’s really the one who speaks first?

With truth, or something else.

No one, but no one really knows how to fix this.

Reminds me of a scripture;

Romans 1:22 (KJV) says this; Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

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So, I said all that, to say this;

My Father in Heaven is not surprised by all of this.

He is not afraid.

He created it all.

It stands to reason that He , and He alone, knows the answer.

We need to be humble enough to receive His answers.

Humble.

That’s tough.

Humans really aren’t wired that way.

Why not you ask?

Why doesn’t He just DO something?

I believe that reason is because He wants us to have he freedom to choose to listen to Him or not.

If He chose for us, we could never really appreciate all of His creation, and we wouldn’t choose to love Him anyway.

Romans 8 (ESV) says this; 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 

We don’t HAVE to be in bondage, even when things look chaotic.

The key – is choosing well.

Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

Until next time … Choose well.

Making a New Choice

Today, May 4, 2020.

Over one third of the way through the year.

I’ve heard of this time period called many things.

“The longest month ever!” “Maypril” and a plethora of other names that I will not repeat here.

We’ve all heard stats, instructions, projections, and the moaning and groaning of fear and heartache from all points on the map.

The heartache is certainly real.

The facts and figures are coming at us so fast and furiously that we cannot possibly keep them straight.

Today … I’ve decided to make a new choice.

Frankly I’m really sick of the my old choices.

So with that, I let you know that it’s been a real toil for me, as with others to “Think lovely thoughts”.

I’ve watched, listened and read the most positive stuff I could find;

and still found myself having a difficult time, especially having always worked hard at being optimistic.

Last week, I read something, that helped me to cross the line back to positivity.

I want to share it with you here; with hope that it may help you as well.

The author is the President and CEO of an organization I’ve been involved with for over twenty years.

Her voice is a voice I know I can trust.

Take Shelter in Jesus

 Published: 31 March 2020

Take Shelter in Jesus

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the news is strongly telling us to “Shelter in place!” Leaders are trying to find ways to control the further outbreak of this insidious virus. It seems, that in a short amount of time a strong storm has hit our shores.

Protection from the Storm

So, this morning, as I read the Word, I intentionally looked for Scriptures that spoke of “shelter.” Of course, we know that the meaning of the word shelter is: To protect or shield from something harmful. 

Shelter is one of the basic human needs, along with food, water, and companionship. 

Shelter is a structure that protects from the elements, against attacks or danger. It is a place to live or dwell.

For instance, if you get lost in the woods, the first thing you do is to seek shelter or a protected place to stay. So, shelter provides cover!

Our Strong Tower

Psalms 143:8-9 says —
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in you do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk.
For I lift up my soul to you
Deliver me, o Lord from my enemies
In You I take SHELTER.

Psalm 61:4 says —
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a SHELTER for me, a strong tower from the enemy.

Joel 3:16 says —
The Lord will roar from Zion
And utter His voice from Jerusalem
The heavens and earth will shake
But the Lord will be a SHELTER for His people.

The Presence of the Lord

Jesus is a safe place to SHELTER. He covers us in the storms of life. He redeems our life from destruction, and He crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

Bless you today, as you continue to take SHELTER in His Presence. Find some good worship music and join Heaven in worshipping Jesus.

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Until next time ..

Be safe, be well, and make good choices.

Opinion Page

This morning I read a post on a Facebook page of a friend.

It was not written by her, she just simply shared it.

The writer began by saying that they were a liberal.

They stated that up front.

Liberal, conservative or somewhere in the middle, didn’t matter too much to me.

I respect my friend, and her opinions, and wanted to see what she was thinking about.

You see I believe that we all have the right to our own beliefs.

I rarely, if ever, share my political views to the general public.

There are two main reasons why;

One being that I HATE confrontation. I want to live in peace, and

Two, because I believe that each one of us has the right to think what we want to.

Each of us sees everything we see, through a different lens;

world view, experiences, training, maybe you had a wonderful life, or maybe yours was full of pain and abuse;

The nuances of which are just too many, and too difficult to explain. 

Who am I to judge?

Now, I did not agree with each point that the writer had written, but I thought that the writer’s points were well thought out, and presented in a fairly non-confrontational way.

The ideas in the post were presented with minimal name calling, and was not super in my face.

Just listing ideas, and why they had them.

People –

We can learn from each other whether we fully agree or not.

We may or may not change each others minds.

But we can “seek first to understand”.

and we can still love each other,

because we are all part of the HUMAN race.

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Thanks for reading.

Thanks for sharing.

And thanks for not shaming people to make them believe the way that you do.

It’s important!

Until next time …

Fullness of Joy – Now?

During these days of isolation; some are doing well.

Others, not so much.

Even those of us who enjoy the solitary space are beginning to get a little edgy.

In the Old Testament during the times of David, he similarly had feelings of being left alone in a difficult spot.

It was then that he cried out to God.

Maybe you have cried out something like this yourself.

How Long, O Lord?

13 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 13 (ESV)

David took on a course of action.

He made some choices.

He prayed yet again;

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16 (ESV)

Regardless of our circumstances we can make decisions that will cause are hearts to be glad, even when times are difficult.

In HIS presence is fullness of joy.

And that’s a promise!

Until next time …