It’s Amazing The Things We Take For Granted


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Critical Thinker readers out there! If you recall in my last post (, I began it by sharing with you how I was at that time waiting for the plumber to come and repair or replace my hot water heater that had suddenly sprung a leak. Well indeed the plumber did come and $750 later, the hot water heater was replaced and I had hot water once again. 

This week was Thanksgiving and I thought back to last weekend and about how everyone in the house was thrown off a bit by not being able to just turn on the faucet and receive hot water. We had to boil water in several pots in order to bathe, wash dishes, etc. etc. We had become so accustomed to just being able to turn the faucet to the right or to the left and the water would just flow either hot or cold depending on our need. What seemed to us to be disastrous was in reality a mere inconvenience for a couple of nights. I shared with my family how there are countries who do not have running water at all let alone hot water. I also shared with them how when I was a child and would visit my grandmother's house in South Boston, Virginia (Halifax County), that she did not have running water in her house and we had to boil water and take a bath in a metal tub. We boiled cold water from the pump/well that was located outside of the house and that the bathroom was an out house located several yards down the hill away from the house.  

As I looked upon our hot water heater dilemma, I then thought about how many other things we just take for granted until they do not work as expected or are gone. There is that old cliche that "You don't miss your water until your well runs dry,"(no pun intended) and in some respects that is very true in terms of us taking things for granted. As you are reading this, think of some of the things we take for granted such as our car starting when we turn the key; our computers booting up when we press the power button; our heating systems kicking in when the thermostat reaches a certain low temperature; the lights illuminating just by the flicking of a switch; the refrigerator keeping our food and beverages cold; our online connections buffering at the speed of light or faster; and the list goes on and on. Some may say we even take God for granted. I was speaking with someone this morning and when I asked her about her Thanksgiving, she responded that it was quiet, but she also shared with me that when she was talking to her brother he said to her that he had nothing to be thankful for......nothing. My response to her was, he is breathing isn't he? He awakened on Thanksgiving morning, didn't he?  She agreed and went on to share that after her conversation with him that she did not go to his house on Thanksgiving. She said she did not want to be around that negativity particularly on Thanksgiving. Speaking of breathing, we even take that for granted. We take for granted that we are going to wake up each morning when we lay down to sleep at night. My point of this post is to bring to our consciousness just how much we have to be thankful for and if you don't believe me, let the proverbial "well run dry" and see just how much you miss what you were taking for granted. Something to critically think about and I invite you to join the conversation by placing your commentary in the comment section of the blog and follow The Critical Thinker on Twitter @thinkcritical01 and on Tumblr at

Why We Must Read


This podcast deals with illiteracy and why we must learn how to read and read well. You can read this podcast in Blog format at my blog site of the same name as the podcast The Critical Thinker at .  The blog post has the same title WHY WE MUST READ. There is a difference between decoding words, fluency and comprehension.

We must read with our children and have our children read to us. We must turn off the TV and other electronic devices and take some time to just read an old fashioned book.  You are welcome to tune into The Reading Circle with Marc Medley on Saturdays at 6 a.m. ET on and WP88.7 FM. You are also invited to follow me on Twitter @thinkcritical01 - Tumblr and  Instagram @readingcircle01.


No Educational Degree or Professional Skill


For the written blog version of The Critical Thinker  visit

"After having invested most of his life in basketball and having no educational degree or professional skill, Ray Williams struggled financially and filed for bankruptcy in 1994."


There is a Time and Place for Everything; There is not That Much Cool in the World


Take a listen to my experience at a relatively upscale restaurant on Valentine's evening while at dinner with my wife.


Parents Please


This podcast deals with the disrespect that our children and teens have become so accustomed to that they feel they can disrespect anyone regardless of title, age, or gender without suffering any consequences.  It is clearly seen in this YouTube video of a teenager who disrespects a sitting judge in Florida   I also address the issue in The Critical Thinker Blog at  I invite and welcome you to follow The Critical Thinker on Twitter @thinkcritical01 and to read The Critical Thinker Blog at


It’s Hard To Run Carrying Luggage


As I write this post I write not only to you the reader but also to myself. Since the new year arrived, I have been posting on Twitter and Facebook for us not to carry our luggage from 2012 and before into 2013 to remind us how luggage can and does slow us down. Of course like many things, it is easier said than done; however, we must find a way to check our luggage at the counter, curbside or at a kiosk of 2013. The metaphor of luggage is truly appropriate in terms of the things that we carry from one year to the next that constantly weigh us down. When you think about it, even at the airport you are only allowed to check a certain amount of luggage with each bag only allowed to weigh but so much. Ironically, dependent upon the airline you are travelling with you are now even charged a fee to check your luggage; so luggage costs. The luggage of life also costs. So let us go into 2013 determined to be able to run like Jerry Seinfeld is running and not be bogged down by luggage like Elaine (see YouTube link below). I wish all of us a blessed, luggage free and prosperous new year. (Seinfeld The Airport - Running)


Happy New Year - Happy 2013


May you have a blessed and prosperous 2013. Take a listen to the first Critical Thinker Podcast of 2013. It is my New Year's greeting to you.


Christmas Day 2012 Podcast


Merry Christmas everyone!!  Please take a listen to my Christmas Day podcast. I think you will find it thought provoking providing you with some things to reflect upon about Christmas.  Enjoy your day with your family and friends and remember what Christmas really is all about.  Feel free to follow me on Twitter @thinkcritical01 and the blog at  I am on facebook under the name Reading Circle and Inistrumental Jazz. I look forward to sharing with you for the remainder of 2012 into 2013.  Be blessed.


“Which we always thought was the safest place in America.”


"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America." Every time one of these incidences occur,  reporters always find someone who says, "We didn't think that could happen here." My question when I hear that is , where is it supposed to happen? Why could it not happen "there."  This whole notion of anywhere being the safest place in America is absurd.  We must come out of denial and face the brutal truth that anything can happen anywhere at anytime.  Read between the lines or decode what the statement really says. It says it could happen somewhere else, but not here.  Why? Because it is quiet and has tree lined streets?  I truly wish the reporters would remove that line from the scripts. This also holds true for the phrase "Quiet tree lined streets" said in a hushed tone.  Does the fact that the community is quiet and have tree lined streets make them exempt from tragedy?  Take a listen to today's podcast. It is The Reading Circle with Marc Medley in its entirety for December 15, 2012. The show is heard live on Saturday mornings at 6 a.m. ET on WP88.7 FM and is web streamed around the world on  My prayers are with the people of Newtown, Connecticut and everywhere else these tragedies keep occurring. Something has got to give because enough is enough.  Follow The Critical Thinker on Twitter @thinkcritical01 and follow the blog at


What’s Wrong With These Pictures Part 2


Read both What's Wrong With These Pictures Parts 1 & 2 by visiting the links below:

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