Thoughtful Daily Post - Just Like Home

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It's common to see the graphics on the products we buy... "New look! Same Great Taste!", but what does that really mean? We should be able to see the difference in the graphics on a product, and hope it's not being changed because something is wrong with what's "inside"... right? I think this could be relevant to us... people; don't judge a book by the cover if I remember right. This is why I chose the title I did for this blog post... Just Like Home...



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I grew up in the country... I remember a gas stove, with an old Folgers Coffee can on the top. Full of bacon grease of course... (I was chatting about this earlier in the day, at the #teamusa Discord). We had a garden out back for our vegetables and a chicken coop for eggs. You knew how many neighbors you had, by counting the mailboxes. Every time I smell certain flowers; lilacs, peonies, or, iris's, I am taken back to my grandparents back yard... swinging on the swing. These are memories, and again; just like home. I was taught manners, respect, and compassion... raised by grandparents who surived the Great Depression and stuck together with those above mentioned neighbors. Kind of like the old television series, The Waltons, people just "got it". They worked together, and really... that's how they survived. Now, that doesn't mean that some of these people weren't bad neighbors, it just meant you had to pay a little more attention when they helped. My main point? Everyone worked together...

So you might be wondering... "What's this all about Wes?" And I would say, nothing in general really, but rather... the current state the world is in. This COVID virus has brought out the worst in too many people. Everytime I talk with my mother on the phone, she tells me of people stealing a can of Lysol from her shopping basket, or a business down the road that has been looted, and destroyed. (My mom lives in Merrillville, In). But she has also told me of a wonderful young Hispanic man that stepped in front of her at the checkout, and put his credit card in the register... he told her, "You look like you are having a hard time... let me get this for you!". So... there are still good people in the world, but sometimes, "It is , what it is", and all we can do is live. Life has no purpose, if we hide behind boarded up doors. But we must also have a little bit of common sense, and not go around licking toilets in a convinience store... I digress 😄. You can't make this stuff up! Much like the reasoning behind my #thoughtfuldailypost, we have this place, the blockchain, where we can create posts about hope, love, understanding, and finally... thoughtfulness. It is my hope, that by creating my TAG, as well as community, people will feel like they have a way to "get away" and be themselves... talk about what is bothering them. Because even when we are getting things of our chest, we are still being thoughtful. And no one is going to down you, for being you!

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When I was younger, I joined the Boy Scouts... I can vividly remember a story by our Boy Scout Leader talking about sticks... The moral was; if you tie a bunch of sticks together into a bundle, they are darn near impossible to break. If you untie that bundle and try to break each stick individualy, you will indeed break the sticks. Moral of the story... "stick" together! Oh! The puns!. It really is a wonderful story, and to see another take on this, check this link out! There's always a common thread to all my "ranting"...thoughtfuldailypost... tomorrowisthegoal... buildingpositivebridges... Those of you that know me, know how I am... never enough positive energy. Never enough chances to help spread help and awareness. Have I bitten off more than I can chew? Probably..., but it won't stop me! You know the old saying...

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again...

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I am still in the process of trying to come up with another contest, like my Cooking Memories Contest, but life always gets in the way! I am not usually able to get many posts out because I start typing, and MS brain hits... Then I forget what I was thinking; you can imagine how many drafts I have saved up! Wait... what were we talking about? All kidding aside, I wanted to slap some thoughts down that I felt would be positive inspiration for everyone. In case you hadn't seen, you can always share the love of #thoughtfuldailypost in #thelifestylelounge... check out the description here! I really do care about all of you, and certainly appreciate all of your kind words, and of course, using my TAG. Tell someone you love them today! Smile at a stranger! I guess all I am really trying to say is...

What are you thoughtful for, today?




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I had similar memories visiting my grandparents on the farm. Folgers coffee cans full of grease we never used but once a year. But I'm much younger than you I reckon.

While Im finding the community aspect flawed on so many levels I do love how some communities have very specific content I can curate easily like the deep dive community. They usually engage and lots of high quality stuff I love is there. Do I like seeing how evident half the large stake holders/ witnesses here on hive have shown they are against that community and watching down votes happen there regularly by people not apart of that community makes things awkward when really its one big community controlled by a very small group of early adopters and large stake holders, No.

People within communities won't say or protect their own community members because outside whales are watching. So the illusion of community isn't as strong as it was in the beginning of the community hf it seems.

That is not to take away from the greater upvote distribution by ocd and other notable hive large stake holders distributing votes on a scale i never imagined 3 years ago on steem. So there is a cognitive dissidence there.

Im just arguing people don't need stick together but rather hold stead fast in their own personal convictions and stand up for what is right now matter the consequences. Its a financially sharky world on Hive where protecting yourself and your own investments are priority and then building relationships with no attachments or expectations is second. At least that is what im striving for on Hive and in life as most people I know have burned me by sticking to them.

Hopefully my ramble didn't come off as ugly.

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@dynamicgreentk,

No... not ugly. More like...

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I turned 51 on June 29th... been around the Sun a few times! Communities are indeed great, but not if they foster separate circles... ya dig? It's "The Blockchain" with everyone on it. Everyone wanting to do both their own thing, AND be a part of the whole. As we have discussed before, I am not a financial expert... don't understand half the jargon and don't care to. I am a people person... and I love helping people, I love seeing people succeed in what they want. I also can agree, that sometimes people with power (money) may not like what someone else does; that's awesome!! Freewill!! But not at the expense of the person whos doing the thing they don't like. I never intended to become rich and famous here... Never thought I would still be here lol. But it's a way to forget about my problems, and help other's (hopefully) forget about theirs too.

Im just arguing people don't need stick together but rather hold stead fast in their own personal convictions and stand up for what is right now matter the consequences.

Oh! No arguing here brother! I agree on both counts to what you have said. But there's no reason we can't remain ourselves, AND work together. What's that one thing called? Oh yes... Happy Medium! lol... Appreciate you coming to visit, and leaving a comment. Hope you are having a good week!

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Im glad you dont take my bold, random and often obtuse statements/comments too full heartedly. I tend to seem aggressive at first but really I dont bite and just want to illicit abstract thought especially as the day drags on and my mind starts to get too wound up in trying to keep up with casting comments with my autovoter(@dynamicsteemians).
So thanks for letting us vote on you and letting me stop by and visit your post😄

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I appreciate your honesty, my friend. And certainly the support. I have been through many things in life. At the end of the day, we are all just brothers and sisters under the same sky...

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I think part of the community aspect in a given IRL space is also dependent on regional culture. Back east (I'm from NJ originally), the kids played on the block, neighbors knew each other, parents looked out for the other kids and kids looked out for our elderly widow neighbor, etc. We had our characters - the guy who would pop your ball if it flew over his fence like a caricature of the "grumpy old man," the guy who was so obsessed with his picture perfect lawn he literally would go outside with a pair of scissors (no joke), but generally it was a pretty safe neighborhood and you could knock on a door if you needed help.
Then we moved to Colorado when I was 12, and everyone had privacy fences, no one knew their neighbors, if there were any sidewalks at all they were one person wide and no kids played on the block, and there is no sense of community at all, but a hard sense of "rugged individualism" and bootstrapping with a side of disdain for those less fortunate. Here, when I was (regularly!) followed and chased by strange men as I walked to and from school, absolutely no one stopped to help me and I would not have felt any safer knocking on a random door to ask for help. Whereas back east, I probably could have rustled up a posse of Neighbor Dads with Tools As Weapons if I told them what was going down.

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@phoenixwren,

Hello, my friend!! Good to see (read) you!!

I think part of the community aspect in a given IRL space is also dependent on regional culture.

I didn't want to reply without actually looking up what that might mean 😊. So I found this...


"Regional culture – the whole of the environment and the cultural activities carried out therein that is created and fostered by the residents of the region and which reflects the ethnic, linguistic, historical and cultural regional identity and traditions and creates preconditions for the development of cultural and social competences in the regions which meet the needs of modern society."

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Which still left me with that "huh?" face... However, as the grandkids say, "I smell what you are stepping in!!" It's a fine line to balance, and we all want that decentralized vibe, and somewhere to fit in. But sure is a lot easier when everyone can get along... right? I have lived in the country, as well as the city. Even went to Germany in the service. It's that funny thing that happens; birds of a feather, flock together! I guess the only thing I want, is to be the medium that helps "everyone" feel like they can fit in because they fit in. Not because they wear these!! 👇 👇

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Quick story!! My grandma used to take people's old Jordache jeans, and pull the tag off... put it on my "Hand me down" jeans. I never knew until I was older that she did that! Aren't grandma's awesome?! Sounds like you wish you could move back east... Sure is good to see you... Hope you are doing ok, and thank you for stopping by; always good to see old friends!!

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Ha ha, did your grandmother do that because she didn't like that there was a brand name on them? Sounds like Blackspot shoes. Adbusters magazine - which is basically about questioning our consumerist society and the effects of living in it - sells shoes as part of their fundraising and they are essentially like Converse shoes except they're just solid black with spots on them like they had just crossed out a logo. It's supposed to be like, the anti-branding, lol.

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Oh no no! She felt bad, for me, because all the other kids were running around with those jeans. And yes... Nike's. Fast forward many years later... you know most of the people you go to school with, are still the same ding-dongs that they were in High School lolol. But I stopped worrying about what others thought of me long ago!

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Ohhhhhhhhhh I see what you mean now. My family didn't care at all how I felt about my clothes. Pretty much my whole childhood was in ugly as sin hand me downs and what few things were new, I did not get any say in. I distinctly remember asking my mom if I could just have some jeans like a normal person (didn't care about brands) and she told me no because these multicolored courderoys were cheaper even tho I hated wearing them. The next year I was finally allowed to have jeans (I think the store that sold the cords went under), and a classmate told me "you look so much better this year, you used to dress like a homeless person." That statement just lived in my head even tho I had zero input into what clothes I was allowed to have.

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