Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

The amazing thing about contemporary American culture is its predisposition to organize itself into neat little categories. This "pigeonhole syndrome," referred to by some as PHS, (not to be confused with PMS), is responsible for much ofrepparttar stress in our society today.

We even categorize this stress, enabling us to compare our stress with people we meet. Some fear they will one day meet someone withrepparttar 118151 same kind of stress as they have and will not know how to label him or her. Imaginerepparttar 118152 stress this would create. Or, visualize a situation where someone meets someone who has no stress at all.

PHS finds its way into every area of our culture, evenrepparttar 118153 religious. Nobody in these days of labeling madness can just be a Christian. Are you Protestant or Catholic?

If you are Protestant what kind? Baptist? Methodist? Presbyterian? My question is simply, why can't we just be Christians?

I was behind an elderly lady atrepparttar 118154 post office recently and could not help overhearingrepparttar 118155 conversation. The lady wanted stamps.

The Postmaster asked her, "What denomination of stamps would you like?"

The lady paused for a moment and then replied, "Presbyterian."

I guess a Presbyterian doesn't need as much water as, say, a Baptist.

Cataloging people into convenient groupings is not bad. In fact, it can be helpful in many ways. I attended a conference last year where 97 percent ofrepparttar 118156 people were ofrepparttar 118157 non-male persuasion and believe me when I say classification is important.

Following one session I followedrepparttar 118158 crowd; not paying too much attention to where we were going - and ended up inrepparttar 118159 ladies restroom. To say they labeled me is putting it mildly.

Women, regardless of what you may have heard torepparttar 118160 contrary, are quite cruel to any man (meaning of course, Yours Truly) found inrepparttar 118161 ladies restroom.

Duringrepparttar 118162 last days of this election, politicians and pundits alike are making much ofrepparttar 118163 undecided voter. I like to refer to these elusive people asrepparttar 118164 UDVs of our country.

Who are these people and where do they live? Moreover, how long did it take them to decide where they were going to live?

If UDVs exist at this point inrepparttar 118165 game, I would not want them voting for me. Personally, I do not believe in UDVs. In my mind, it is somethingrepparttar 118166 news media invented so they would have something to talk about, especially these 24-hour cable news programs.

Having something fresh and interesting to say 24 hours a day, seven days a week is a lot of airtime to fill. Not to mention that most (if not all) on-air personnel are full of hot air.

UDVs are only a figment of their tired and stressed imagination, searching for something new to say about something everyone already knows. In fact, I think UDVs,repparttar 118167 WMDs and Elvis are all hiding out in Syria.

I Should Be Doing . But

Written by Bonnie P. Carrier

I Should Be Doing . But

What a perfect fall Saturday morning, clear sunny blue sky, with a crisp breeze blowing. Its justrepparttar one Ive been waiting for to begin that yearly regimen, Fall Clean Up. Throwing on some old work clothes, grabbing a mug of steaming coffee and picking uprepparttar 118150 list of jobs offrepparttar 118151 kitchen table, I head outside.

First order of business is to sit onrepparttar 118152 back step, drink some coffee helps to getrepparttar 118153 eyes fully opened and begin going overrepparttar 118154 list. Its not a particularly long list, however, there isrepparttar 118155 possibility of finishing this mug of wake-up juice, which will then require a trip back torepparttar 118156 kitchen for another.

This is a yearly ritual, so Ive gotrepparttar 118157 routine down pat. The process was started several weeks-ago, by first leaving a pad of paper onrepparttar 118158 counter where it was always visible this way when someone usually me thought of a job it could be jotted down. This is going to save time and guarantee everything will get done. Well, it certainly sounds like a good idea.

All right, now thatrepparttar 118159 second mug yes, it did happen is almost finished, its time to takerepparttar 118160 annual walk. This means walking aroundrepparttar 118161 house and yard withrepparttar 118162 list of course and double-checking that everything is posted.

Oh, are you wondering whats on this sacred list? Nothing terribly exciting justrepparttar 118163 following: 1.Cleanrepparttar 118164 outside of windows 2.Gather up all lawn furniture to be stored in basement 3.Collect garden figures also to be stored in basement 4.Begin cleaning fallen leaves from garden beds 5.Cut back plants in beds after leaves have been cleaned out

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