Connections

Recently I was asked to write up something in honor of a cousin who I've gotten to know in the last few years. I finally got around to writing it up this morning, a bit ahead of the deadline (meaning I can't post this until after August 23!) Here's the core of the piece I wrote but expanded into a look at today's society. Today on Facebook my cousin, Dan,…

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It’s the Day After

This day of the week, Sunday, tends to start out as a low news day with folks posting religious messages on Facebook and a true lack of US based news. I started off the day tussling with a friend who posted a video clip from the Daily Caller. I really didn't care what grains of truth were in that YouTube clip because I'm positive sure one of the reasons for the degradation of trust in reporting is due to this type of website. Any news source that promotes (and even creates) conspiracy theories is exercising its right to freedom of speech. I believe our duty is not allow that kind of discourse into the mainstream.

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Violence…by Men

The last 24 hours has had an over-sized impact on me. No, I'm not talking about just the latest shootings. My 17 year old miniature pinscher has been fading for over a year now and on Friday her kidneys had shut down. As always, making the decision to thwart nature and let the vet handle it was traumatic. This time was worse because it is obvious that we can no…

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it’s just words – or is it?

So much of today's political climate is just nasty - and that's talking about nearly everyone. It's bad enough when walking through such a minefield, but when you have direct experience in some things and not so direct experience (like a hubby, son or close friend), the words one chooses to use mean something. Mine do. So is it just words? No, says this writer, linguist and former English teacher.…

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I’m back…

My last post before today was nearly 2 years ago. In the meantime, I've been working on moving to Maine and healing from my last surgery. A year after our move, I'm working on figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I may be old but since Mom's still alive at 98, I may get even older still. In the meantime, I still have…

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Are Millenials Listening?

I am an angry white old person. Yep. I'm angry at many things right now as many people are also, but one of the nastiest quiet bits of today's political situation hasn't been highlighted like the rest. So what am I angry about? The administration. Need I say more? Totally disgusted at policies and behaviors. Tried to emphasize the dangers of Trump's presidency before the election. My first presidential election?…

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Resolution

During times of crisis I do two things, write and reflect. I dislike reacting only; therefore, after the presidential election I stopped to reexamine my beliefs once again resulting in my last post. So much of what you see is declarations of “if this is so, then this is so” as if life were only a series of directly opposing forces. As a Buddhist, one of my mantras is moderation…

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