“A perfectly normal person is rare in our civilization.”
Karen Horney

(courtesy the Web)

We try to walk about an hour every morning.
And during our morning jaunts, we see an array of creatures
both great and small.

birds of every shape, size and description
and then there are a few oddities…
several fox squirrels along with several species of snakes..
the pictures offered today are of a black headed fox squirrel and a grey rat snake— the first image is taken by a photographer–my pictures are below…

The fox squirrels and the snakes wandering out along the neighborhood roads
appear a bit out of place…not exactly the normal animal fare.

(fox squirrel spied while out walking / Julie Cook / 2021)

And suddenly normal takes on a new meaning…

Due to my recent babysitting hiatus, I’ve been playing catch up here in blogland.
As I was reading over the various blogs that I oh so enjoy, I noticed an underlying
thread weaving its way throughout each post…it was the word normal

So I thought that it would be best if I looked up the word
to see what a dictionary might offer in the way of explaining the word…

adjective: normal
conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.

(of a salt solution) containing the same salt concentration as the blood.

noun: normal; plural noun: normals
the usual, average, or typical state or condition.
“her temperature was above normal”

mid 17th century (in the sense ‘right-angled’): from Latin normalis,
from norma ‘carpenter’s square’ (see norm).
Current senses date from the early 19th century.

conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern :
characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine

according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule,
procedure, or principle

occurring naturally

generally free from physical or mental impairment or dysfunction :
exhibiting or marked by healthy or sound functioning

So it appears that ‘normal’ is a standard.
It’s routine.
It’s centering.
It’s sound, stable…
It’s not out of the ordinary
It’s a means of measure.

It’s the starting point while anything deviating outward, upward, downward
or backward moves away from the standard, the norm, the home place.

And so as I consider the word normal, I can’t help but look at what is
currently transpiring around this country regarding
our public schools…a three ringed circus full of everything but that
which is normal.

Abnormal is actually more accurate.

It was in the mid 19th century that the nation’s leaders determined that
our youth needed to be educated.
Not merely the upper crust whose families could afford private educations
or tutors…but education for each and every child.
(and no that was not an example of white privilege–it was a matter of
aristocracy vs the average citizen…hierarchy has been with us through
the ages…
hence why the Marxists are hard at work to “level the playing field”
and that, mind you, is a key educational phrase…but I digress)

With a booming growth taking place in our cities, along with
a growing influx of immigrants, coupled with an upward spiraling industrial
revolution, we had transitioned from being that of a nation based solely
upon an agricultural economy to one that was of an
up and coming economy of technological growth.

Our wealthier children had tutors and private schools…
yet the general populace needed rudimentary basic educational skills.
Thus a free public education would focus on what was thought to be
the most important basic needs when it came to “educating” children…
reading, writing and arithmetic.

Eventually science, literature and history entered the picture.

And as the nation grew and expanded while young men were sent overseas to wars,
it was determined a wider depth of knowledge was needed and so courses in
geography, latin and civics were added.

Throw in courses such as drafting, the fine arts, music and we
had a full well rounded education shaping up

Now granted this is all just a simplified look at the the inception and growth
of our nation’s public schooling…
however somewhere in the 20th century, things took a turn.
And that turn was not necessarily for the better.

Sex education came onto the scene.

Mainly because the ‘powers that be’ were concerned about all the young
men who were being sent overseas to fight in wars and yet were contracting
a variety of sexually transmitted diseases at a rapid rate.

Fast forward through prohibition, a depression, a post war world,
an iron curtain, the growth of baby boomers, a police action,
rock and roll, civil rights, a sexual revolution, women’s liberation,
a space race, a drug revolution, assassinations, flower power,
a summer of love, an endless war, an angst ridden youth…
all the while, our public educational institutions were quietly

Normal quietly became a casualty of the times.

And other casualties of this generational madness…

Parental authority
Nuclear family
Judaeo/ Christian corner stone

We are now being sold a sorry sack of lies…
Our schools, school leadership, school boards have all given in to the lies…
lies such that our original normal is now a new normal…
and thus we must teach to a new normal…

any deviation from normal, according to each definition of normal,
means that things are not normal.
Normal is the standard.
New is not.

so tomorrow lets explore this new normal notion…
that of the abnormal

You believe that God is one; you do well.
Even the demons believe—and shudder!

James 2:19

26 comments on “normal

  1. Pastor Cathy says:

    On Thursday, June 24, 2021, cookiecrumbstoliveby wrote:

    > Julie (aka Cookie) posted: ““A perfectly normal person is rare in our > civilization.” Karen Horney (courtesy the Web) We try to walk about an hour > every morning. And during our morning jaunts, we see an array of creatures > both great and small. Deer Rabbits birds of ” >

  2. bcparkison says:

    Oh what a mess we are in. And all of this mess has lead us into the Dumbing Down of America and Why Johnny Can’t Read Is there no end in sight? Only God knows.

  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good point: “Normal is the standard.
    New is not.”

  4. says:

    As an American, I don’t think normal should even be in our dictionary. If we go with the flow there will be no innovative thinking. If we strive for normalcy, we have no where to go. If we reach beyond normal and trust that God is in it, we can achieve greatness.

  5. Snake? My walk just became a fast trot. The other way.

    • I tried shooing him away from the street as I didn’t want him run over— rat snakes are good snakes— but my husband explained that I was agitating him as he was getting in a striking position— so it went on watching him from afar heading back towards the bushes versus the road

  6. hatrack4 says:

    The snake might be a king snake, one of those that loves eating the poisonous ones. But I agree that our new normal is a pack of lies and it has only made rapid movement in the last few years. The problem is the slow movement over the previous 30-40 that no one noticed. I had an argument with my niece who has a masters in history, teaching history for many years, and she was convinced that the lies in history in her day are facts and my facts were from an old man who is not with the times.

  7. hatrack4 says:

    And do not get me started on the lack of Francis Bacon’s scientific method. Science is going the way of history, math, language, etc.

  8. oneta hayes says:

    Normal is to believe every child has a conscience which is a minimal but valuable start at knowing right from wrong. Do you agree? It is terrible to see children who seem to have no sense of right and wrong. Is that really normal? Expound please, Dear Thinker. 😀

    • yes—normal is a starting point.
      The point from which we know right from wrong…but then something happens and we begin to veer off track—we veer at times purposefully and then at times blindly or even accidentally.
      Why is that?
      I think I know.
      I’m currently writing tomorrow’s post about this very notion—but it is now not what I had originally intended to write—Mary Magdalene actually interceded.

  9. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I agree that America is in trouble. Too many lies are being perpetrated as truth; too much truth is being touted as lies or is being suppressed–and not just in our schools. How can a stable society survive such a reversal? It can’t.

  10. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Julie offers another take on “normal.” She addresses the role of education in subverting the traditional and more healthy notion of what it means to be normal.

  11. Tricia says:

    As a former educator this nonsense going on in our schools must be driving you nuts. It’s hard to believe really what’s going on. I am glad to finally see pushback from parents and some politicians against critical race theory.

    Cool snake pictures by the way! Yuck, but neat!

  12. I agree with you especially on education.

    Recommend instead of using the word normal or abnormal, use on wise or foolish.

    My reason is what is normal to one person will always be subject to the saying “beauty is in the eyes the beholder”

    Add other human and physical factors as time, cultures, bias, truths or falsehoods, etc ,to consider what is considered normal and the word normal becomes mindboggling.

    However, what is truly wise or truly foolish is much easier to discern if you have a common proven over time source such as a Bible rather than a dictionary.

    Regards and goodwill blogging..

    If interested

    King Solomon, Only Wise or Foolish (Repost) – Rudy u Martinka (

    • Well, you’re right Rudy- wisdom and foolish would have been the wiser ( get it 😅) choice but since I was playing off of everyone having used the word normal I went with the obvious…
      What I should have done is to have turned it, as you did, for my post— thank you for the input!

      • Julie,
        In my opinion, your post and selection of Normal or Abnormal, especially in regards to education was spot on if we consider ….for anyone to not seek wisdom during our short time span.

        In life is not normal, it is foolish if we discern the alternative of experiencing a bad experience we could have easily avoided if only ……??????

        ,Regards and good will blogging.

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