Hope Lost


As the attacks on faith come with more and more frequency, regardless of religion, it seems that those who exhibit any faith in God or a higher being are ever increasingly under fire for those beliefs.

The speed and intensity of the attacks across the globe on those of faith seem to be increasing at such a rapid and rabid pace that at times it seems that total anarchy and chaos will prevail.

So why do these attacks on faith, any faith matter? Because without faith, there can be no hope. 

Faith is a necessary condition of hope. 

“Faith is for the sake of hope” – Benedict XVI

If hope is present, then faith must also be present.  Faith expresses a belief about the present while hope is for the future

Throughout much of the world and here in the United States of America hope of a future seems to be lost. 

When hope is lost, dreams cease, futures seem dark and relationships struggle.  Without hope, plans for our futures become stifled and motivations wane. 

“Hope is the anticipated fulfillment of intention” – Edmund husserl

Hope gives us the belief in a better tomorrow, dreams to chase and plans to make.   it gives us direction and motivations to be better, do better and help others.

Dictators destroy hope to control the masses.  If one feels that there is no hope for a better tomorrow then they wont fight as passionately against the tyranny, they relinquish themselves to despair, the opposite of hope.

It is this despair used against citizens to remove freedoms and liberties from all, not just the few. 

Those who advocate for the removal of religious liberties for anyone, threatens tyranny for all, including themselves.

For the removal of faith for some,  results in the destruction of hope for all



Thoughts in our head

directing our paths

never fully realizing

the power it has

success or a failure

driven by minds

thoughts running wild

taking our time

thoughts are the anchor

guiding our way

our hopes and our future

forever at play

so thoughts taken lightly

can dictate our life

they guide us to happiness

or a life full of strife


“A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes”





echo from the past, 

voices from the dust

in our hearts do always last

good words and the bad ones

leave a lasting mark

propel us to the future

or stop us before we start

so choose each one so wisely

for our words will leave a mark

for each word ever spoken

is planted in the heart




Golden Corral Limits Servers Tip to $4.00


Golden Corral, like most buffets is pay first then eat establishment, as such the few occasions we go we always ask for some extra cash at the register when paying so that we may adequately tip our server.

My wife and I will tip fairly generously when service is good and then usually only tip the normal 10-15% when service is adequate.  However, I find that a 15% tip on a $15.00 meal is insufficient and therefore my minimum tip amount is $5.00 regardless of the ticket.

Last night we headed out for a rare trip to Golden Corral for dinner, as I was paying for our buffet I asked for $5.00 back on the debit transaction for the servers tip as my total bill was only $18.00.

Much to my surprise I was informed by the hostess that I would only be allowed to tip the server a maximum of $4.00 as that is all she could give me.  Surely there must be change in the register for $5.00??  How about in ones or a five or even some quarters?  She said that they would only allow a $4.00 tip on this transaction amount.

WOW!!  I am amazed that this company would be unwilling to let me, a paying customer, tip one of their servers as I felt and LIMIT,  I repeat LIMIT the amount of a tip I could leave them.  I was limited in leaving a hard working, friendly, polite and courteous employee too large of a tip,  What kind of idiotic, stupid and demotivating policy is that?  Why would a company that relies upon servers punish them, their hardworking employees,  and limit how large a tip can be?

We asked our server, an older woman working a second job at night to support her family,  about this policy and was informed that they knew nothing about it.  She was aghast.  She went to the management to inquire of this situation.  The wonderful manager told their employee, our server, that Golden Corral was not an ATM and customers need to come prepared.

Appalling!  Disgusting!  This manager not only curtly responded to the employees concern but then turned his attack to the very paying customers that pay his salary.

My heart aches for those employees whom must work for a company like this.  A company who lets their customers pay the salary of a server and then limit what that customer can pay for such services.  Any company with management such as this and the blatant disregard for the people whom work for them and the disrespect towards their customers is doomed to fail!

What a disgrace!  What a shame!  What a travesty.  I can only hope that these servers can find a place to work where they can be valued for the kind hospitality and service they are highly adept at providing.