About msplayful

I am someone who finds life humorous and often share my views with friends and co-workers. Since I've been told I should be a stand-up comedian, I thought I'd see how well I could do at writing funny things that happen, or that happen in my head.

Goodwill Industries

I both shop and donate to Goodwill Industries. My son has often criticized me for doing both. He asked if I realized that I am giving products to someone who will sell them for 100% profit? He says Goodwill makes a lot of money off poor people who shop there, and they do it with free (to them) merchandise.

I was in Goodwill with a friend this past week. The price signs were gone and I wondered why. They used to hang over whatever section I was looking in. “How do you know what things cost, if the price signs are gone?” I asked my friend. She said the prices are now posted behind the cash register. So I went to the cash register and put on my glasses so I could read the signs posted behind it. Everything had gone up. How could that be? Why? My son’s words echoed in my head about how Goodwill makes the ones in charge rich while exploiting the poor who shop there and the employees who work there. Suddenly I saw nothing in that store I wanted.

I wandered around just to see what was available that day. Did you know if you pick up something from one of the sections, where they put the price on those items in hand written black marker . . . if the price isn’t on the item, you cannot buy it? There is no price check. You have to let the cashier just put it behind the counter to be sent, so she says, back to be priced. How did it make it out to the floor with no price on it to begin with? Is that something an employee wants for themselves and they didn’t price it so they can get it later?

It didn’t matter which of the other sections I was in, if it wasn’t the section where the price was written on the item, I had to go to the cash register to see what it costs now.

I think my son was right. I just don’t know how much money the CEO or other high ranking Goodwill higher ups want to make from goods they get for free and sell to many who shop there because they cannot afford to shop elsewhere.

Then there are also those who shop there looking for the unusual or unique. However, if the price isn’t on the item, they still can’t buy it. And no, they won’t price it while you wait.



The news today is full of opinions and unnecessary mud slinging. I’ve quit reading or listening to most of it. That could be a dangerous thing.

When the populace quits paying attention to the news, the news can become whatever those in charge choose to make it.

Everything I read includes derogatory remarks from those on the left and defending, sometimes caustic, remarks by those on the right. If I wanted to listen to bickering, I’d be taking care of a roomful of undisciplined children. That’s where I feel like I am when I currently read the news.

One woman protested loud and long about being called a racial slur. Well, I’ve suffered through that myself and all I thought was (sarcastically), If you can live through that! you can live through anything!

I’ve seen statues removed that reminded us of our Civil War and what led up to it. When history is ignored, it is repeated. Why take down the statues? Are we planning to forget about the Civil War?

I have concerns about my country now, but I cannot wander through all the silly pettiness and opinions that have become “the news”.

That’s dangerous, when folks begin to not pay attention to the news. But with the news being what the news has become, the way it is biasedly covered, how long can anyone stand to immerse themselves in it daily? It may be a calculated, political ploy, or it may be “how things are today”. Whichever, I’m done checking the news. I assume if something important happens, it will be told in Glaring (although opinionated) Headlines. I hope so. Otherwise I’m going to miss it.


Great Day!

I’ve spent this day with my middle child, Conrad. He came this way on business and stayed with me while he was in town. He’s taken me out to eat three times today and I feel so spoiled!

We also went shopping and that was fun as well. I don’t know when we last spent so much time together!

He’s shared his latest project with me and I am impressed with his talent and abilities.

He’s an Aerospace Engineer. I don’t understand half of what he tells me about his work, but I certainly do enjoy listening to him tell me.

This has been a truly, truly good day.


It Worked!

Yesterday’s experiment in living the day as a new day with new problems, new joys, and new expectations worked! I will be viewing each day in the attitude of yesterday’s blog attitude, and not ruminating on past hurts or problems that didn’t work out. I truly enjoyed my day yesterday.

Today, I made the mistake of scrolling through facebook before breakfast. This (what’s written below)  is my last post on facebook and I will now use it only as a place to play games. I cannot continue to spend time with such angry people daily and still enjoy my days.


Facebook used to be a fun place to go and see what friends are doing. Now it’s often a post that amounts to “I’m mad about this and I want you mad about it too”. Seriously? I do have my own opinions. I’m entitiled to mine and you’re entitled to yours. Now I get a headache just scrolling through, trying to see what friends are up to. So much of it is politics. Politics has replaced friendship on facebook. There’s a time and a place for everything. I shouldn’t get a headache just from seeing how angry so many “friends” are that they cannot post anything positive or pleasant.


It’s A New Day!

Good Morning. Yesterday I got very upset with someone because of their actions and what it revealed about them as a person and what it showed about what I thought was our “friendship”. I got angry. I got very angry and I vented to family and one friend. I hoped when I woke up this morning, in the light of a new day, I would find that my anger had disappeared during the night. Nope, it’s still there. In fact, it has grown fangs and claws. I embraced it and then started to turn it inward (angry with myself for ever believing someone who repeatedly lied to me). And guess what. I’ve been here before. No amount of anger or depression is going to change how that person who has made me angry behaves. They are probably going about their day oblivious to the feelings I now have. The only one I’m hurting by holding onto anger or depression is me.

Well, how many times have I read those words before? I did not understand them. They are powerful words.

I will live this day as a new day with new problems, new joys and new expectations. I will grab this day by the horns and make it mine and mine alone! No intrusion from so-called friends who have disappointed me for the last time. No!

I’ve made a to-do list and I will be to-doing it all day. I’m not going to drag yesterday’s anger or even what was turning into yesterday’s depression into this new day. It doesn’t deserve it. I don’t deserve it. I’m the same person I’ve always been and I will continue to be. I will not go down the path of anger and/or depression today. I choose to free myself from those thoughts.

Good Morning. I’ll be back tomorrow to let you know how this works out. Hopefully I’ll get a lot done today, but if I don’t, I’ll still enjoy my new day.


Did Jesus have to stand by helplessly as someone he loved suffered and died?

Did Jesus know the feelings of loss of a mother who succumbed to some disease?

Did Jesus ever watch his child suffer from illness and die?

These questions have filled my mind today. Jesus carried with him the power to calm the seas, raise the dead, heal the sick, make the blind see, etc.

Jesus walked on earth and many preachers have said afterwards God was more gentle with mankind. The God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament were not the same in many ways. Their attitudes towards mankind were not the same because God had experienced the world as Jesus.

But did he really experience the excruciating pain of loss, knowing he was helpless to do anything to help or save someone he loved?

That is my question today.

We are told that there is life after death and we will be reunited with loved ones. Jesus would even have had the certainty of that knowledge, while we are expected to accept it on faith.

I don’t think Jesus got the whole picture of what it is truly like to be on earth and helpless to change many things that come our way.

Jesus was never helpless. He chose to rebuke the devil. He chose to remain on the cross. He had choices the average human will never have.

Millennials, Lead the Way!

Millennials certainly complain a lot. They seem to think that the baby boomers they are looking at today are the same individuals and had all the same stuff and job status when baby boomers were the age of today’s Millennials.

A recent complaint I read on facebook was that college graduates are often expected to start at salaries of $15 an hour. Millennials complain that they can’t live on that amount. Back when baby boomers were their age, baby boomers often married. Then there were two $15 an hour incomes (ha, ha, as if that were the starting salary back then), but for the sake of explaining it so a millennial can understand, a married couple, who both worked, would then be earning a combined income of $30 an hour. Today’s millennials refuse to marry until everything is perfect. They have to have the perfect job with the perfect salary and they complain if they don’t.

I have Millennials for children now and they often say that baby boomers (me) had it soooo much easier. Yeah? Do they mean when my fellow male students sat in their twelfth grade classrooms wondering if they’d be fighting a war next year this time in the jungles of Vietnam? We had the draft back then, and whether or not you believed in the war, if Uncle Sam called you, you reported for duty. At age 18. And back then, drinking age was 21. Yeah, heading off to war when you were not even old enough to vote or drink alcohol was a breeze.

Baby boomers are also blamed for the student loan debt that plagues many college graduates. That’s somehow our fault as well. I would hope the millennials got loan counseling when they were signing the forms to borrow all that money. I know we did. We had to read the paperwork while standing in the financial aid office and signing the forms. We also had to sign up for classes by going to a building and if we wanted to drop/add classes after we saw our schedule, we had to go stand in line to do that. No computers back then to let us sit in our air conditioned dorm while we tended to those mundane chores. Also, our dorms were not air conditioned. It was fans or nothing.

I could go on about how baby boomers had it tough also, but back then we expected toughness. I’ll never forget John F. Kennedy’s famous quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you. – Ask what YOU can do for your country.” We did ask how we could improve our country. We may have resented older people who seemed to have it all, but we listened when they said they didn’t start out with a house and two cars and nice furniture. It took time and work to have those things.

The most recent thing I read that Millennials are suggesting is that no one use the self-checkout lines at Walmart. Really? Why not? Uh, they think the cashiers (who make less than $15 an hour) should be kept busy and be kept employed. Well, I think I prefer to go ahead and check myself out when the lines are long. I get done more quickly and my cans aren’t dented and everything is rung up exactly right because I notice the price as I ring each item. No more heading to Customer Service to get a refund on an item that was rung up at a higher price than it should have been.

I’m wondering if we old folks should listen to the Millennials and do the opposite of what they suggest. They seem to be the ones having so much trouble dealing with life and accepting the notion that success or failure is up to the individual and the choices s/he makes. I’ve seen myself fail, and I’ve also succeeded at times. The difference was, I blamed myself, not some old person who happened to be doing better at the moment than I was.

Respect for elders would be nice to see again, but I don’t think the Millennials will be giving baby boomers that ever.

The Silent Generation: Born 1928-1945 (73-90 years old) Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964 (54-72 years old) Generation X: Born 1965-1980 (38-53 years old) Millennials: Born 1981-1996 (22-37 years old)Mar 1, 2018