Sugary O.D.

June 6th, 2017

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Fortune cookie non-fortune causes overdose of gooey, sugary sweetness.

Truth

May 24th, 2017

I’m always amazed by people who think the truth has a liberal bias & is therefore not credible. If they don’t believe it, it can’t be the truth.

It won’t end well

May 18th, 2017

At some point, we may be able to get rid of this insane clown president. (It won’t be pretty, and it will hurt the country, but it will hurt us even more if he stays.) BUT we will never be able to get rid of his sycophant supporters. (Oh, I don’t really want them to go anywhere; they are Americans; some are our neighbors and even relatives. I just want them to learn basic civics and face reality. Those things will never happen.)

And IF we are able to unseat the 45th president, those who worship him will never forgive us. They may even consider his ouster an act of war or domestic terrorism. Whichever way this ends, I see potential catastrophe.

Poor baby

May 16th, 2017

Seriously.

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Maternity leave

May 14th, 2017
From “CBS Sunday Morning”:
“Maternity leave by the numbers: As of last year, the United States was the only one of 41 advanced nations to offer ZERO weeks of paid maternity leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 does offer some employees the option of taking up to 12 weeks off, but it’s unpaid leave. In 2015, … fewer than 10 percent (7.5 percent) of new mothers in our country took ANY maternity leave. The more educated a woman is, the more likely she is to have the option of leave (71.6 percent of those who attended college; 5.7 percent of those with less than a high school education). … In 2015, fewer than half of all women on maternity leave were paid by their employers (47.5 percent), but 70 percent of MEN on paternity leave continued to get their salaries.”
Happy Mother’s Day!
From “CBS Sunday Morning”:

“Maternity leave by the numbers: As of last year, the United States was the only one of 41 advanced nations to offer ZERO weeks of paid maternity leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 does offer some employees the option of taking up to 12 weeks off, but it’s unpaid leave. In 2015, … fewer than 10 percent (7.5 percent) of new mothers in our country took ANY maternity leave. The more educated a woman is, the more likely she is to have the option of leave (71.6 percent of those who attended college; 5.7 percent of those with less than a high school education). … In 2015, fewer than half of all women on maternity leave were paid by their employers (47.5 percent), but 70 percent of MEN on paternity leave continued to get their salaries.”

Still think there’s pay equity?

Spicey

May 12th, 2017

Sean Spicer hiding amongst the Bushes.

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The easy way

April 26th, 2017

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Muffy on “Arthur,” trying to avoid as much exercise as possible on their mountain hike:

“Is there a place where the top of the mountain is closer to the bottom?”

Muffy on “Arthur,” trying to avoid as much exercise as possible on their mountain hike:
“Is there a place where the top of the mountain is closer to the bottom?”

Muffy on “Arthur,” trying to avoid as much exercise as possible on their mountain hike:
“Is there a place where the top of the mountain is closer to the bottom?”
Muffy on “Arthur,” trying to avoid as much exercise as possible on their mountain hike:
“Is there a place where the top of the mountain is closer to the bottom?”

Square peg, round hole?

April 11th, 2017

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Someone recently told me he had always felt like a square peg trying to fit in a round hole. I have described myself that way. Many of us feel like that.

Know that you are what you need to be. You are a spiritual being having a physical experience. You are made of love. There is no square or round in the spiritual state of love. We are all one, together. We all fit together.

In this context, you can love the person who has all the talents and blessings you have and who has endured all you have endured — you. ♥

History

March 20th, 2017
“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.”
– attributed to Mark Twain

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.”

– attributed to Mark Twain

Call for impeachment

March 18th, 2017

I’m done. I’m just done. I stepped back, because I respect the Constitution and the American system. He was elected. I had to accept that.

But this guy is dangerously ignorant. Not stupid — ignorant. He lies constantly. He flaunts the laws, rules, and ethics of the office of president.

statue-of-liberty-face-palm-2He has no tact, refuses to learn, denies reality, looks at everything as to how it will affect HIM. He installs incompetent people in positions of power, proposes to strip many of the programs that “make America great,” is incapable of high-level diplomacy, embarrasses Americans as well as foreign guests, provokes international incidents for a laugh, gets his intel from a pundit on Fox News whom even Fox News has disavowed (rather than reading daily intel from the U.S. intelligence community), disrespects former presidents, and taunts foreign leaders over social media. This person might just get us into a war with a casual word or two on Twitter.

His supporters double-down in their admiration for him, loving him for all the outrage he causes, laughing in the faces of the liberals they hate, happy that he’s fulfilling campaign promises, unaware that they are some of the people who will be hurt the most by his programs, and refusing to see the peril in which he has placed us all.

I’m not making fun here of the way he looks, or his wife or children, or even his male chauvinism or his extravagant lifestyle. I have always said that anybody has the right to be a jerk.

But he’s so unstable that he needs to be stopped. The risk is greater every single day that he will say or tweet something irretrievably catastrophic.

Our nation is in jeopardy. Donald Trump must be impeached. As soon as possible.

A Day for the Irish

March 17th, 2017

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

R.I.P. Bill Walsh

March 16th, 2017

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“Bill Walsh, a Washington Post copy editor who wrote three irreverent books about his craft, noting evolutions and devolutions of language, the indispensability of hyphens and his hostility toward semicolons, and distinctions — for the sake of clarity — between Playboy Playmates and Playboy Bunnies, died March 15 at a hospice center in Arlington, Va. He was 55.”

What a loss. I’ve admired the curmudgeon for a long time — since I discovered his website — and I enjoy his books. What a wonderful sense of humor he had. My kind of person — a funny word lover. So sad.

(Click on photo for obit.)

Book Day!

March 2nd, 2017

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Happy National Book Day!!

Belief

February 28th, 2017
People believe what they need to believe. People believe what they want to believe.
– Mary Louise Ruehr

People believe what they need to believe.

People believe what they want to believe.

– Mary Louise Ruehr

Duck duck goose?

February 20th, 2017

Anatidaephobia: The fear that somewhere in the world a duck or goose is watching you.

In chains

February 9th, 2017

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“That’s just what they want: for you to doubt yourself. As long as they can make you think you’re not worthy, they still got you in chains.”

–Jodi Picoult, “Small Great Things”

Crash course in hatred

January 25th, 2017

“How do you give a crash course in hatred to a boy who has only known love?”

– Emmett Till’s mother

Above all else

December 14th, 2016

“My eyes long for you, above all else.”

– Catherine of Aragon

in her last letter to King Henry VIII

Send a thank-you note

November 10th, 2016

We can send Hillary a thank-you card for all the hard work she’s done on our behalf:

Hillary Clinton
Post Office Box 5256
New York, NY 10185-5256

Thank you, Hillary

November 9th, 2016

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Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2016

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The use of fear

October 12th, 2016
“The fact is that no Republican politician enjoys the widespread appeal, deep devotion, or impressive record of public service that Hillary does. The only way they can win is by using fear and sensationalism to undermine honest debate.”
–David Brock, “Killing the Messenger”
“There arose a professional political class on the right, bankrupt of ideas and issues, whose sole and relentless preoccupation is slinging mud at the liberal alternative.” –David Brock, “Killing the Messenger”
“The fact is that no Republican politician enjoys the widespread appeal, deep devotion, or impressive record of public service that Hillary does. The only way they can win is by using fear and sensationalism to undermine honest debate.”
–David Brock, “Killing the Messenger”

The cost of education

September 23rd, 2016

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Slinging mud

September 12th, 2016
“The fact is that no Republican politician enjoys the widespread appeal, deep devotion, or impressive record of public service that Hillary does. The only way they can win is by using fear and sensationalism to undermine honest debate.”
–David Brock, “Killing the Messenger”
“There arose a professional political class on the right, bankrupt of ideas and issues, whose sole and relentless preoccupation is
“There arose a professional political class on the right, bankrupt of ideas and issues, whose sole and relentless preoccupation is slinging mud at the liberal alternative.”
–David Brock, “Killing the Messenger”

THEM

August 25th, 2016

I may be beginning to understand the incomprehensible.

First, Donald Trump is an unacceptable candidate for president. Whatever one thinks of his opponents, they are not this bad.

Second, anyone is allowed to be a jerk. It’s our right. He is one, and he keeps proving he is one, and he has a right to his jerkness.

Third (this is the part I can’t quite get my head around), knowing he’s an unacceptable loose cannon, a jerk, an intolerant bully, who would support him for arguably the most powerful office in the world?

Here’s the answer: THEM. This is where the problem lies.

They’ve been forgotten. Nobody has worked as hard as they have. Foreigners have taken all their jobs. The government is taking all their money and giving it to lazy people who won’t work. The government is coming for their guns. They aren’t going to be pushed out of their own bathrooms by perverts.

They want the country run by a Christian version of sharia law.

Electing Trump would be a giant middle finger in the face of liberals who have forced THEM to accept people they don’t believe are their equals. It’s also a middle finger to the conservatives who have been force-feeding them platitudes they didn’t really agree with for decades. Trump is their weapon, their loaded gun, aimed at all the rest of us, throwing political correctness back at us like spit in our faces.
They don’t care how outrageous Trump is. They love it. The more outraged we feel and the crazier it makes us, the more they are thrilled.

Diplomacy? Tact? Nuance? Fairness? It escapes them. Trump appeals to the lowest human qualities: racism, sexism, intolerance, hate, greed, selfishness, lack of compassion. Khyzir Khan said “He is a black soul.” He’s a total egoist, a narcissist, but with charisma. Dangerous.

ALL the media are responsible for jumping to his constant bait, giving him free airtime over all other candidates. The media’s finding fault with him just makes THEM, who hate the media, love him even more.

Of course, he’s a pro. He knows how to work the camera, how to work an audience, how to get his name and image on the front page and in TV’s “breaking news” every day. It’s all a reality TV show, a game with a giant prize. But he has no — NO — knowledge of what the job requires.

But THEY don’t care about this. They aren’t the ones who will have to sit in the oval office in the wee hours of the night during a crisis. I doubt they ever think about the awesome responsibilities inherent in that position.
And, if he’s elected, as soon as he screws up, they’ll probably wash their hands of him. “It isn’t our fault. We trusted him.”

The new Beatlemania?

July 6th, 2016

Political pundits are falling all over themselves trying to figure out the sudden attraction of Donald Trump. It reminds me of the 1960s when psychologists tried to define the causes of Beatlemania, coming up with a lot of bizarre theories we fans knew were wrong. The guys were cute, had interesting hair, were fresh and exciting, played good music, were different and exotic. (Trump isn’t pretty, but his face does glow.) And mob mentality is exciting.

Look — he’s FAMOUS. See also Schwarzenegger and Reagan. Which brings me to my controversial idea: conservatisim. Did Independents and Democrats vote for Reagan because he was a great conservative? They say they did now, but no. Then they just wanted him because he was famous He looked good. He had that good hair and an adoring wife. Did they understand his lofty conservative ideals? No. But they signed on to him and his party for the long run and the party went further and further right and claimed that was the new center and where most Americans stood.

For a long time now there hasn’t been any room in the Republican party for moderates. The people have been going along with the label without knowing what it stood for. I think most of Trump’s followers are probably Libertarians at heart. Some may even have liberal views but would refuse the label because of the onus thrust upon it by Republicans (starting with Reagan).

This IS a revolution of sorts.

Trump tossed a coin to pick the party he’s run on. He saw that Hillary was too popular to defeat her in the Democratic party, so he picked the other one. He’s NOT a conservative. He’s not really a Republican. He’s perpetrating a myth that he’s a “good” Christian when he clearly knows little about Christianity. (He’s not the first politician to pander to the evangelicals — again, look at Reagan.)

The wildest extremist “nut job” has the same number of votes as the loftiest conservative — one.

The moderates who still call themselves Republicans finally have somebody to vote for. He’s done the hardest part, getting people who support him to go to the polls and vote. My advice: Republicans should use that. He got them there. Tell them to vote for all the R’s.

A fictional diary

June 17th, 2016

“One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd” by Jim Fergus is fiction that reads like a true-life diary. It is at times funny, sad, frightening, and always interesting.

In 1875, May was in an insane asylum because she wouldn’t toe the line with her family. “I have never had much interest in the church. Perhaps the hypocrisy inherent in Father’s position as a church elder, while remaining one of the least Christ-like men I’ve ever known, has something to do with my general cynicism toward organized religion of all kinds,” she writes.

An opportunity arose to volunteer in the Brides for Indians program, and off she went.

She gives advice to her inexperienced friend about how to make a man happy: “Wait on them hand and foot, cook for them, have sexual congress whenever and wherever they desire — but never initiate the act yourself and do not demonstrate any forwardness or longings of your own; this appears to frighten men — most of whom are merely little boys pretending to be men. And, perhaps most importantly, just as most men fear women who express their physical longings, so they dislike women who express opinions — of any sort and on any subject. … Thus I would recommend that you agree unequivocably with everything your new husband says … oh, yes, one final thing — let him believe that he is extremely well endowed, even if, especially if, he is not.”

On the way west, she meets other women in the program and talks about their motivations. “On this train all are equal.” They are “volunteers in an important social and political experiment.” She says, “Frankly, from the way I have been treated by the so-called ‘civilized’ people in my life, I rather look forward to residency among the savages. I should hope that at the very least they might appreciate us.”

At the Indian camp she observes, “Perhaps our cultures are not so different after all: the women do all the real work while the men do all the talking.” “I am already a fly in the ointment of savage society, already rocking the conventional boat, already considered to be something of a scandal.” “The savage life, it strikes me, and particularly a woman’s life among them, is one of nearly constant physical effort. There is little time for leisure.”

It’s a fascinating read. It was recommended to me by a book club.

A fun mystery series

May 10th, 2016

I found a fun murder-mystery series featuring a female amateur sleuth in today’s world. In her Italian Kitchen mysteries, Rosie Genova introduces us to Victoria “Vic” Rienzi (age 33) and her Italian-American family.

It starts in “Murder and Marinara.” Victoria writes mysteries under the name of Vick Reed. She wants to take a little time away from mystery-writing and work on a historical novel based on her family, which owns and runs the Casa Lido restaurant, set near the Atlantic beach in Oceanside Park, New Jersey.

Her family members are all lovable characters, and the world of the Casa Lido is a comfy place for the reader to inhabit, like having a nice, hot plate of spaghetti. Her big brother Danny is a cop, so he and she are in conflict whenever a crime happens. Her former boyfriend is still on the scene, and she’s disconcerted by how she feels whenever he’s around. But oh, there’s also a new guy to bring butterflies to her stomach.

I don’t want to go into the plots because there are surprises. The first book was so good I ran right out and got the next two: “The Wedding Soup Murder” and “A Dish Best Served Cold.” The books, which should be read in order, remind me of the Stephanie Plum series: funny, sexy, well-written.

Looking back at the KSU shootings

May 4th, 2016

67shotsaHere’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Looking back at the Kent State shootings.

What [women think] men should read

April 6th, 2016

From HuffPost Books: 22 books women think men should read