Day 27 of 100 Days of Blogging, My First Love

Good morning, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Love and Relationships category, and the card says “Write about your first love.”

Here’s the thing. I’ve never been big in the dating scene. I’ve always been more focused on my school and work usually, and I’ve never had a whole lot of time for a relationship. Have I tried to pursue some relationships in the past? Yes, but to talk about a “first love” I think would be a bit presumptuous.

Because if we’re being honest here, the only “relationship” I’ve had lasted four dates. It would be presumptuous to call that a first love, at least in the romantic sense, since it really didn’t last that long and it came and went in a flash.

The only other thing I could write about would be my love for my family, but I don’t think that’s necessarily what this prompt was asking for.

Really short one today, but sometimes that’s what happens when the prompt doesn’t have all that much to it.

Day 26 of 100 Days of Blogging, If I Could Choose Jobs for My Child, Which Would I Choose?

Good morning, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Education and Career category, and the card says “If you could choose jobs for your child, which would you choose?”

This gets interesting really quickly since, as of this writing, I have zero children, so I can’t really say what I would pick for a child as I don’t know what kind of person they would be.

However, I would probably take a similar tact as my parents did when talking to my brother and I about our career choices. They said “As long as you’re happy, and can support yourself and whatever family you choose to have, we don’t care what it is that you do.” And that’s something I would like to continue with whatever children I eventually have.

Because here’s the thing, without knowing what my hypothetical children would actually like to do, I can’t be making decisions for them. The last thing I would want is for them to be stuck with a job or career that they hate and be unhappy.

Though, one thing that I do think that everyone should be required to work in retail on somewhere else in the service industry because if you do, you tend to be nicer to people in the service industry, and too many people look down on service employees, even though without them they wouldn’t be able to get their food or goods, or whatever it is that they’re wanting to purchase or have done to their house.

So there we go, if I had children, and explanation as to why I wouldn’t want to just select their jobs for them.

Day 25 of 100 Days of Blogging, When Do I Feel Happiest?

Welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging, where we’re now officially a quarter of the way through this little project! Today’s topic comes to us from the Life category and the card states “When do you feel happiest?”

I would have to say that I feel happiest when I’m with my family. I absolutely enjoy getting together with may family and it’s been hard recently with the pandemic going on and us not being allowed to get together.

However, recently, on the day that would have been my graduation party to celebrate graduating from law school, my Mom got almost all my cousins together and surprised me with a Zoom call celebrating my achievement. It was amazing because all of my cousins are in various other places throughout the United States and we’re not able to get together all that often, and when the call started I had no idea what was going on because my Mom had me convinced that she had some sort of meeting through Zoom so I wasn’t expecting to see all of my cousins there.

So yeah, I’m at my happiest when I’m with my family and we’re hanging out and we’re catching up on our lives, and reminiscing about funny stories from previous times that we’ve been together.

Day 24 of 100 Days of Blogging, What Are My Views on Religion?

Hello, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the World category, and the card states, “What are your views on religion?”

Well, for anyone that knows me this won’t come as a surprise, but I am a Christian, and I would say devoutly so. To be more specific I am Episcopalian, by way of Evangelicalism and Seventh-Day Adventism. So in that regard, my views on religion are that I am religious so I don’t find anything inherently wrong with religion, otherwise that would be a lot of cognitive dissonance.

However, I do feel that religion, while it can be a great source of hope for people throughout the world, me included, can be a very harmful force in people’s lives. Religion has been used as an excuse to kill, torture, maim, and otherwise oppress people throughout the years. Slave owners in the antebellum south used Christianity to oppress black people for hundreds of years. Islam has been used to keep women oppressed according to various interpretations of Islam. Christianity has also been used to oppress women and keep women’s rights truncated from where they will be.

Essentially, religion as a concept can be used by anyone to keep the marginalized and the oppressed down and “in their place” so to speak. Religion is a double edged sword. It is simultaneously a place where people can come and find hope and a place where those that wish to abuse people and oppress them can find a place that will welcome them in and provide them a place to commit those acts. We only have to look at the various scandals in Christian churches where a priest or other clergy member has abused a parishioner and been protected by the organization at large to see that not everyone in religion is abusive, but that abusers will find places in religion that will protect them and allow them to operate with impunity.

So there we go, my views on religion in general.

Day 23 of 100 Days of Blogging, If I Had to Write a Book, What Would I Write About?

Hello and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Random category, and the card says “If you had to write a book, what would you write about?”

Oh the horror! If I had to write a book? What ever would I do! Oh…wait, I’ve already written one full one with other books currently in progress. Though I guess I could branch out into another genre and see what I would write about in there.

Very well then, let’s say I’ve been commissioned by a publisher to write a history book. This isn’t too outside the realm of possibility as I do hold a BA in History, and did write a long paper on Religion and the Wars of the Roses. (Spoiler alert: The only religious figure that really cared was the Archbishop of Canterbury and only because he got tired of constantly arranging peace agreements between the Lancasters and the Yorks only to have the Lancasters break the peace.) Anyway, I’m commissioned to write a book and it has to be about history. What would I write about in history?

World War II is overdone in the popular history department, as well as the American Civil War, so those are both right out. It would need to be something that hasn’t been done to death, but can also hold people’s attention long enough that they keep reading. There is a reason why certain periods of history have more written about them than others.

I’ve got it. What I’ll write about is a history of nursing, focusing on the impact that various nurses and nursing organizations have had on the medical field, and how they have been historically underappreciated. I have a few primary sources for recent history in my own family, and since a lot of medical information tends to get written down for records searches later in a patient’s life, it shouldn’t be too hard to find primary source information about various periods of nursing.

So there we have it, if I had to write a book, and it wasn’t one in my usual wheelhouse, what would I write about? A History of Nursing.

Day 22 of 100 Days of Blogging, The Moment I Became a “Grown-Up”

Welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Self-Reflection category, and the card says “Describe the moment you became a ‘grown-up’.”

Another interesting question from the deck, and one that makes one reflect on what it means to be a grown-up. Because the older I get, the less it seems like I’m actually a full-fledged adult.

I remember when it hit me that people assumed I was a responsible adult though. I was 19 years old and working in the Rec Field of my then church’s Vacation Bible School, and I was in charge of one of the inflatable water slides that we had set up on the field. I looked over at the slide and saw a sign attached to the slide that said “Adult Supervision Required”. I looked at the uniform that I was wearing that identified me as an adult member of the Rec Team an realized that I was the adult supervision. Which astonished me that anyone would consider me to be a responsible adult who was supposed to keep people safe.

That was really the first instance that I was hit with the realization that society considered me a responsible adult. Not voting, not having to sign up for the Selective Service, nothing like that. It was a church vacation bible school where I was put in charge of making sure people went down a slide safely.

Day 21 of 100 Days of Blogging, the Friend Who Moved Away

Hello, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s category comes to us from the Love and Relationships category and the card says “Write about the friend who moved away.”

So, the easiest, or rather most proximate would be either of my next door neighbors from when I was growing up here is Sacramento. I’ve lived in the same house for the past 21 years and have actually only had two different families for neighbors.

The first family that lived next to us in this neighborhood had two kids that were roughly my age. One of them was in my class at the school that we went to, whereas the older kid was a few years ahead. Both of them were my friends, but the younger one was obviously the closer friend since we actually were the same age and in the same grade.

We were able to study together for the various classes we had since the school was small enough that there was pretty much only one section per class. Our families also hung out together a lot since us kids were the same age and conveniently enough we could just walk next door in either direction if we wanted to do dinner together or just hang out.

Sorry for there not being a whole lot of detail, but while I’m willingly writing about different facets of my life no one else that I’m writing about actually agreed to having their name plastered over the entire internet for everyone to see. Either way, that’s just a little bit about the friend who moved away. Eventually the parents moved away as well and now we have a young family living next to us.

So there we go, a little bit about the friend that moved away. And more proof that this was initially a journal prompt deck as some of these prompts would definitely have different answers if I was only writing for my own consumption.

Also, it’s Memorial Day when this is published, so take a moment to remember those that have lost their lives while serving our country.

Day 20 of 100 Days of Blogging, What Are the Most Important Things That Should be Taught in School?

Today marks 20 days, or 1/5th of the way through our journey to 100 straight days of blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Education category and the card states “What are the three most important things that children should be taught in school?”

While it would be easy to through out subjects that I liked in school or my recent area of study, I think that what should be taught in school is a combination of abstract things as well as some practical “real world” skills.

The first thing is that everyone should be taught critical thinking. A lot of times in schools the teachers are forced to teach to the test because of the importance that our society places on standardized testing scores as the true measure of what people are learning, and teachers are forced to teach just what is going to be on the test rather than skills that will help students learn what they need to learn as well as the information that they want to impart. Teaching critical thinking skills will improve the political process and how we consume media.

The second thing is that everyone should be taught how to deal with the police. Because in this country we have an issue where people are far too trusting with the police. Plenty of times, talking to the police is fine, when you’ve been the victim of a crime, when you need directions, essentially whenever you initiate the conversation with the police. Whenever the police initiate conversation with you? Only talk to them if you have a lawyer present. If the police start asking you questions, especially where you were, or if you were with someone, they’re going fishing. And when they’re fishing, they often don’t care if they find the right fish as long as they catch a fish. So people should be taught how to interact with police.

The third thing is that everyone should be taught is how to do common household tasks. This ties in with the first point in that schools, because home economics isn’t on any standardized testing procedure, have done away with the class and as such people are getting through high school without the skills that many previous generations take for granted. Then those same generations that did away with those classes write articles about how the young people don’t know how to complete various household tasks and it’s a sign as to how stupid and lazy the younger generations are, when it’s their fault in the first place!

So there we have it, the three most important things that children should be taught in school.

Day 19 of 100 Days of Blogging, What Decision Should I Have Made Yesterday?

Good morning, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Life Category and the card says “What decisions should you have made yesterday?”

Which is an interesting question to me, because how can we know if a decisions that we didn’t make just a day ago was one that we should have made? There are very few times in my opinion where a decision should have been made yesterday where that same decision shouldn’t have been made some days previous.

The thing is is that human beings as a whole aren’t that great when it comes to seeing cause and effect. We often look at things that we think have caused something, and it turns out that there are a lot of different reasons that the thing happened. It is rare that there is a single cause that can explain why something either happens or doesn’t happen.

We as humans don’t like to have unexplained actions left unexplained, just look at all the various cryptids and other conspiracy theories. We want there to be some sort of reason that something happens, especially when we don’t have a good story to back it up.

So while I may have taken a different tack then this prompt initially meant, I think there were some good points to be made.

Day 18 of 100 Days of Blogging, What News Stories Have Affected Me the Most and Why?

Hello, and welcome to Day 18 of 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the World Category and the card states, “What news stories have affected you the most. Why was this?”

First and easiest news story to pick for this one is 9/11. For anyone who came of age in the 2000’s 9/11 was the defining moment for us. I’d argue that the United States hasn’t recovered from 9/11, whether socially or politically. We’re still at war in the two countries that we invaded as a result of the 9/11 attacks, and the federal government still has a lot of the security powers that they claimed post attacks in the name of security. Growing up in that kind of era leaves a strong impression on you.

The second news story would be the death of Rachel Held Evans. When I saw that she had passed away after her short illness I was deeply affected. As I’ve explained in a few other posts both during 100 Days of Blogging and earlier, Rachel Held Evans’ work left a profound impact on me and my relationship with Christ and my belief in Christianity. Her family live streamed her funeral and as I was watching I was super emotional, even though I never met her. Her work both on social media and in her books was instrumental in my faith journey and without her work I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Another news story that has affected me was of course all the news surrounding this current pandemic. At the time that I’m writing the world is embroiled in the Covid-19 (not China Flu, not WuFlu, not Kung Flu you racist jerks) pandemic. A lot of the United States is still in shelter in place mode and my bar exam was rescheduled from July to September, as well as possibly being done remotely. My school went with online distance learning to finish out the school year and my graduation ceremony went from being in May to occurring in October. This news story has had probably the most direct impact on me as a news story as any other news story.

So there we go, three news stories that have impacted me the most and why they have affected me the most.