By Glenn Mollette
Is happiness possible? Problems plague the world. They always have.The world has never been void of troubles. War, hungerand unhappiness have dominated this life. There is plenty to go around.
The news gets us down. We hear about ISIS, Ebola and abusive NFL football players. We've watched communities torn apart such as Ferguson, Missouri. On top of this we cannot avoid non-stop political ads that pick opponents apart but never offer solutions on how to fix some of our troubles. While we have dramatic national and world troubles many Americans struggle with unhappiness. We battle depression, drugs, obesity, personal and family issues and a lack of job skills to survive.
Where is the happiness? We are only guaranteed the pursuit of this good feeling. We are only here briefly, so why not go for it? Today, go for some happiness, it's legal in America.
With any pursuit there are seasons. There is the season of pursuing or planting.And then comes the season of harvest or enjoying what you pursued. Farmers understand this concept. Whatever you pursue is a possibility. Some pursuits take time and may be extremely difficult. However, that day comes when it sometimes becomes reality. Often the reality is never quite as enjoyable as we imagined. Or, it may be more than we imagined. With every accomplishment there is a price. It depends on how much you want to sweat, study, work and toil.
Today, what do you want? What would make you happy? Often it begins with imagination. If we can imagine it we can begin to seek it. We simply have to know what we are seeking and why. Sometimes we don't know why. If we can determine what it is we want then with that clarity we can begin to knock on all the doors and utilize every possible roadmap to find what we think we want.
Be careful what you think about. Often a simple thought may begin a whole new life for you, good or maybe not. Thinking about a new career, a new direction, a new hobby or a different lifestyle is the beginning.
This is a good day to contemplate something good, lovely and positive. I realize a thought guarantees nothing. Many of us have been thinking about eating better but never do it. We think about giving up bad habits but constantly delay. We think about some new life choices that would make us feel better. Yet, we delay until tomorrow or just give up.
Today is a good day to write down two or three things you really want to do. Carry this piece of paper with you every day. Finally, go for it. Even if it doesn't work out,half of the fun is pursuing the happiness.
Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication. Like his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlennMollette
By Glenn Mollette
When I was a child I never got tired of watching the television program The Lone Ranger. He always rode in on his white horse Silver to save the day.
Most Americans are sick and tired of watching the Middle East drama about Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Few Americans want to go to these God forsaken places and chance survival. Yet, already we have several hundred boots on the ground and we are sending more to organize Iraqi troops.
I am opposed to sending ground troops. Our pilots should be strapped with enough artillery in case they have to eject from a plane. They should have a chance to either shoot their way out if they have to parachute or take their own lives. I don't think any of our soldiers would want to be captured and beheaded. None of us want to see our troops beheaded on YouTube.
Most Americans are outraged by the recent execution of our journalists. We continue to mourn September 11, 2001. We remember what terrorists did to an unsuspecting America. We grieve with the families who lost so many on that horrific day. We don't want anything to happen like that again. Yet, few Americans are really emotionally ready to mount up and ride into the face of war.
I urge the President and Congress to work together and get the job done. However in this day and time that seems to be almost like asking the Sunnis and the Shias to work together. We messed up badly by going into Iraq. America did not make Iraq a better or safer place to live. Next, we messed up by thinking we could totally pull out and everything would be fine.
Are we going to mess up again? We need to unleash a fury of shock and awe against every ISIS stronghold in Iraq and Syria. However, where does America get another trillion dollars for this assault? Then, after we think we are done, will we be ready for the Middle East blowback that will come against us?
The Middle East has been plagued with tribal religious wars for thousands of years. America will never eliminate these wars. On the other side of the coin we can't let them cut off our citizen's heads while shaking a bloody knife at us.
ISIS is a cancer. All sane, reasonable thinking countries in the world must work together to eliminate this malignancy. Our President has said other nations will be working with us in this effort. That's very vital. We cannot be The Lone Rangerriding in on our white horse to save the day. Our horse is sick and tired of it all and lone rangers rarely succeed.
Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization orthis publication. Like his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlennMollette
Dear Friends of the Appalachian Mountains,
Mountain Justice is now 10 years old.
For an all-volunteer, non-heirarchical organization with no paid staff that relies entirely on donations from our supporters, we think that 10 years is a pretty significant accomplishment. Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years!
If you have ever participated in a Mountain Justice Summer camp, an MJ Spring Break or Fall Summit, an MJ-organized march or a direct action to oppose mountaintop removal - we invite you to join us in two weeks in West Virginia to celebrate ten years of direct action in the Appalachian Mountains.
Thursday - Sunday Sept.25-28th
Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV (southern West Virginia, near Beckley)
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Mountain Justice has accomplished a lot over the last ten years. We have trained thousands of people in direct action techniques at our camps, and taught them about mountaintop removal, the fabulous biodiversity of the Appalachian mountains and its headwater streams, plus Appalachian culture, music, history and heritage. We've trained hundreds of young people in anti-oppression. We've done massive outreach and education on campuses, at community events, music festivals, classrooms and churches. We've distributed thousands of DVDs about mountaintop removal and our You Tube channel has over 600,000 hits. We've done community service projects from flood relief in Kentucky and West Virginia to tornado cleanup in Virginia, and we have helped to organize local communities in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. We were the first group to arrive to organize local residents at the 2008 TVA coal ash disaster and there is no longer a toxic lake of coal slurry threatening the safety of children at the Marsh Fork Elementary School.
We've opposed mountaintop removal, steep slope strip mining and valley fills for 10 years, and brought media attention and pressure onto coal barons from Don Blankenship to Jim Justice - such as last week's dramatic action in downtown Roanoke Virginia - and we have helped support our friends and allied organizations across America, from Black Mesa Arizona to the coal export terminals of Maryland and from New England to the Pacific Northwest. We have become a well-recognized and respected model for other organizations who want to fight fracking, climate change and other environmental abuses.
We are very proud of what we have accomplished and we invite you to join us for a weekend of fun and comaraderie.
This celebration will be a four-day event at the Appalachian South Folklife Center, the hallowed grounds of Don and Connie West where we had our first Mountain Justice Summer Camp in 2005. You can sleep in one of the dorms at the Folklife Center or you can tent camp. All meals will be provided. There are hot showers and the historic main lodge is comfortable and inspiring.
There will be good food, Appalachian music and some dancing, campfires, fun, and games. There will be storytelling and memory assembling, but no strategic planning. See old friends, and maybe their new babies! Bring your photos, clippings and memories of Mountain Justice in the early days.
We expect over 100 people to attend. There is no cost to attend but we will gladly accept any donations.
We hope that you can join us!
Please forward this far and wide, so we can find all of our long-lost friends from the past 10 years.
We look forward to seeing you!
Love, the Mountain Justice Reunion Planning Crew
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