Archive for the ‘IMHO’ Category

My brother’s keeper?

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Here is one of the fundamental differences between people, particularly in politics: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Today on “The View,” Jedediah said “No!” but Sunny said “Yes!”
This is an idea I had to struggle with many years ago. The answer was a resounding “Yes! I am my brother’s keeper.”
No child should have to die if there is a way to heal them. No family should lose their home because the dad was in an accident and lost his ability to work, and they couldn’t pay both the mortgage and the hospital and rehab bills. No working mom should have to go to bed hungry so her kids could eat. No one should suffer bodily horrors because a nearby company released toxic chemicals into the water. No college graduate should ever regret the learning experience because of the mountain of debt looming over him.
For me, this is just common sense. I think this is a definition of “liberal.”
Here is one of the fundamental differences between people, particularly in politics: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Today on “The View,” Jedediah said “No!” but Sunny said “Yes!”
This is an idea I had to struggle with many years ago. The answer was a resounding “Yes! I am my brother’s keeper.”
No child should have to die if there is a way to heal them. No family should lose their home because the dad was in an accident and lost his ability to work, and they couldn’t pay both the mortgage and the hospital and rehab bills. No working mom should have to go to bed hungry so her kids could eat. No one should suffer bodily horrors because a nearby company released toxic chemicals into the water. No college graduate should ever regret the learning experience because of the mountain of debt looming over him.
For me, this is just common sense. I think this is a definition of “liberal.”

Truth

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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.

Square peg, round hole?

Tuesday, 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. ♥

Call for impeachment

Saturday, 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.

R.I.P. Bill Walsh

Thursday, 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.)

Belief

Tuesday, 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

Send a thank-you note

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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THEM

Thursday, 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?

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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Personal power

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Never believe everything any one person tells you — including me.

– Mary Louise Ruehr

Books I can’t stop thinking about

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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May 4 remembered

Monday, May 4th, 2015

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Photos from the annual commemoration of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State. (Photos by Amanda Woolf, Record-Courier)

Books for Mom

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Books for Mom on Her Day.

Pulitzer Prize

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Among the winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prize is Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See,” which won in the fiction category. If you haven’t yet read this book, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It is absolutely stunning. (Click the link for the list of winners.)

Royal baby

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The royal baby is due any day now, and pundits are betting that it will be a girl and that she will be named Alice.

I’m throwing in my idea for a baby girl’s name:

MLnameIt’s appropriately royal, and it hasn’t been used in a long time. And Mary was William’s great-great-grandmother’s name. (I think that’s enough greats.) What do you think? Princess Mary Louise. Has a nice ring to it, no?

A good day for Pooh

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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If you need an excuse to read Winnie-the-Pooh, today is International Children’s Book Day. But since when did anybody need an excuse to read some of the best books ever written?

“We can’t all, and some of us don’t.” (This one is my motto in life.)

“No one can be uncheered with a balloon.”

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”

“We will be friends until forever, just you wait and see.”

“Then would you read a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness?”

“My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.”

“Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.”

“I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh. “I wish I were there to be doing it, too.”

“I used to believe in forever; but forever’s too good to be true.”

“It is hard to be brave, when you’re only a Very Small Animal.”

Saving the elephants

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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From Mother Jones: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced Thursday that it will end the use of elephant acts by 2018.

‘Fifty Shades’ is ‘a form of residue’

Monday, February 9th, 2015

50ShadesofGreyDid you miss this opinion piece by Gina Barrecca? She’s commenting on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book/movie phenomenon.

I agree with about every word, though I haven’t seen the movie. I could not stand the book.

It isn’t that I’m against sex scenes. I rather enjoy a good sex scene. But these are NOT good sex scenes.

But mostly, I think it is totally unfair to let young girls, or even boys, think this is the kind of relationship that they should be looking forward to.

The book’s author introduces a controlling man who gets a gullible, naive, stupid girl who has no idea what he’s talking about to sign a contract saying he can do anything he likes with her AND he can tell her what to do at all times.

She says she’s afraid of him, but she’s “in love” with him, so she’ll do whatever he wants.

Enough with the domination of women. Enough with making it acceptable for women to look stupid so “their man” can look smarter. Enough.

Sky-blue pink

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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OK, so the parking lot is ugly. But look at the sky! Sky-blue pink!

Liberation of Auschwitz

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. The Hollywood Reporter gives us examples of great films on the Holocaust. (Shown: “Schindler’s List”)

Ancient lands

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column, Visiting Ancient Lands.

Holiday gift suggestions

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on holiday gift suggestions.

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It Happened at Christmas

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on It Happened at Christmas.

Whodunit?

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Whodunits.

Love and war

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Love and War.