Sunday, August 19, 2018

Guest Post by Big H - My journey of faith.

The views expressed in this post are solely that of the Guest blogger, and do not reflect the views of Mostly Always Right.  

My journey of faith - by Big H

When I was nine my parents, sister, and I moved to upstate New York for a year so that my Dad, fresh off three years in the military, could complete his civilian training before he sought permanent employment. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Guest Post by Big H - Financial Literacy

The views expressed in this post are solely that of the Guest blogger, and do not reflect the views of Mostly Always Right. 
Financial Literacy - By Big H

For years I've believed Americans are reckless with their money. I've seen this in the number of people who max out on three to four credit cards, who experience foreclosure, and who don't keep an eye on tomorrow as they spend ghetto-rich today.  

Our grandparents -- the 'The Greatest Generation' -- suffered the privations of the Great Depression, and they learned valuable lessons. They experienced and saw poverty first-hand. Because they lived in hardship, they later saved their money, invested it wisely, and built foundations for America's unprecedented post-WWII prosperity.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Follow up. Was there a place for this Atheist at church?

If you haven't read my post "Is there a place for an Atheist at church?", I would highly recommend reading that post before continuing.  It explains the back story behind today's post.

Do you ever make a wish when you blow out your birthday candles?  Or when you see a shooting star?  How about if someone were to find an eyelash on your cheek?  Would you go ahead and make a wish?  I always wondered what other people wished for, and moreover, if they believed that these wishes were actually going to come true.  After all, just wishing for something alone, doesn't exactly make it happen.  Whenever someone would tell me to make a wish, I would always just kind of go along with it.  I would close my eyes and in my head, I'd just say something like, "I wish for things to happen exactly the way that they are supposed to happen".  In essence, it would be my way of not really wishing for anything at all.  This doesn't mean that I don't have goals.  It just means that I don't wish for things to just magically happen. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Should an Autism diagnosis always be followed by ABA therapy?

My son was 4 years old when he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The specialist that diagnosed him told us that we needed to get our son into ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy right away.  When I heard of ABA therapy, my mind went straight to thinking about what I had learned in psychology class about B.F. Skinner and operant conditioning.  His experiments were designed around rewarding good behaviors and punishing bad behaviors.  Some early methods of ABA therapy were not ideal, such as punishing behaviors like stimming or trying to mask a child as "normal".  While I do believe that ABA therapy has come a long way since its inception, I personally did not feel like it was the right option for my son.