Back to the oil spill and other things

My father worked on oil rigs from the time he was in his early teens. He was born in Taft, California, and the first rigs he worked on were wood. He and his father had a part in drilling almost all the wells on Signal Hill in Long Beach. During his life span he worked in Iraq, Indonesia and many other countries. He worked as an oilfield consultant during his later years in the business and was on the Ekofisk (a platform rig) in the North Sea off the coast of Norway. I think his first question to BP (he did work for them too) – would have been: “WHY wasn’t there a continqency plan for this in the first place?” There should have been a plan in place.

But since there wasn’t, I personally have these thoughts about it. I heard a new blurb that said that “from the beginning” of this the government has been in charge. That’s not very reassuring.
I don’t even think they should be in charge. What do the feds know about oil disasters of this magnitude? Not much in my estimation.

Also, for those who are up in arms against BP, I honestly think they are doing everything they can to get this disaster under control. It would be in their best benefit to do so! They are the experts and I think they should handle it. I also this it’s ridiculous to spend millions trying to prosecute
BP on criminal charges. It would be criminal to waste any more money than is being wasted already on ridiculous things! It was a horrific and devastating accident.


Last night on the local news we watched that the marijuana “festival” that was held locally was surprising quiet, no laws broken, no complaints from anyone. (What a shock to me – NOT).

The next story was about how many alcohol related accidents their had been on a local lake – driving a boat under the influence, broken bones, accidents, arrests, and so forth. (What a shock to me – NOT).

I have never known anyone that smokes pot blacking out or getting violent. If anything they get mellow and more loving and/or spiritual. Speaking of my experiences with alcohol – I have known raging drunks who spin out of control, blackout and do things they would never do in their right minds. Everyone of my worst life mistakes was when I was drinking. Every dangerous position I’ve been in, and every word I regretted saying was when I was “socially” drinking….

Legalize pot and stop the influx of Mexican cartels selling drugs and growing in California wilderness areas. Smoking pot does not lead to other drugs for the majority of people.


As our perception of God grows dim, materialistic desires become increasingly important to us. God extends grace to anyone who humbly returns to him. If you notice someone who’s faith is imperceptibly degenerating…you will notice cynicism and indifference to moral laws.

STOP and realize that the lack of blessings you may notice is not caused by God’s lack of concern, but by your own disobedience to the simple laws of God.

Take a breath and re-evaluate what is important in these moments that flash by. Enjoy your moments and thank God for all the blessings that are daily in all of our lives.

“Things work out the best for the people who make the best of the way things work out.”
Art Linkletter
Dakota – taken yesterday. One year old.

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5 Responses to “Back to the oil spill and other things”

  1. Frannie Says:

    I love the variety in this post, Marsha! Couldn’t agree more about the BP criminal charges: what’s up with that? And the marijuana bit reminds me of my brother’s friend who reminisced that they smoked pot during high school in order to stay out of trouble! Love the picture of Dakota, and your story about our perception of God growing dim reminds me of the verse from James: “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” (And, of course, the opposite is true too.)

    Thanks Marsha for your post today!

  2. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Wow! You just made my day! I so appreciate your comments and thoughts. Funny you would mention that verse from James…I have a small heart taped to my computer with that very verse!

  3. angel709 Says:

    Beautiful post, beautiful dog, beautiful author!

  4. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    I am going to get conceited with all your kind remarks – you really are a little angel! Have you ever noticed it seems angels are sent just when they are needed the most!

  5. angel709 Says:

    Conceited? Ha! Fat chance! You are cloaked in humility, Marsha. You know when to let the chaff of injustice get a rise out of you, and you know when to take a breath and go walk the dog 🙂 that’s humility! Being who you are and being proud of it, colored pencils and all.

    Thank you as well; but this little angel has been sitting in the corner letting her sword rust out, I apologize to God for slothing on my gift and letting my current circumstances dictate what I do….I pray, “No longer!”

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