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Maybe that’s the point huh?

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Passing Time

I hope everyone is being safe and staying home. What are you all doing to pass the time? Are all of you home or are some of you still working?

I pretty much rearranged my kitchen. I took a week to do it because I was trying to spread it out to occupy my time. I hit half of my garage already and half of my closet. Mind you…they were in pretty good condition before…..but I need to fill this time so I am rearranging , reorganizing, and this and that. I still had my house keeper show up because well….I don’t want to scrub the other toilets. Ha! And I know she still needs income. Since the house was clean she took time to scrub upholstery.

My hair is another story. My grays are singing out loud. Before this lock down got crazy I had an appointment with my hair stylist which I canceled for a few reasons. My shoulder was bothering me and the pain went up my neck. Also….as much as I enjoy my hair stylist I wanted to find a new one. So the shoulder pain kind of helped me take the first step in leaving my guy. Mind you….I have been with Al for over 2 years. I ran into his shop by pure luck at the time. He only had 2 chairs…which I LOVED because I don’t like crowds and don’t like hearing all the salon chatter. He was located a few doors down from my Witch friends business so it wouldn’t be a reach for me to drive to. He was higher end…..double of what I was paying my other hair dresser I was leaving. But when I walked into his cute shop…..turned out he knew me. We apparently went to the same high school. HOW FUNNY IS THAT? He remembered me and my sister and brother. I felt horrible because I couldn’t place him. But knowing we grew up in the same area….knew some of the same people I felt we were destined. But lately….he has expanded his business and was taking on mentees and I felt he was outgrowing me and my simple needs. WHICH is good for him….because this has been his dream. But I am still stuck in the WANT for a small, 2 or 1 chair salon. I think working in the casino world all these years has permanently turned me off to crowds. Anyhow…..my search was on for a new hairstylist when this Corona business went seriously down so now…..my grays are very noticeable. I could order my own color and do them myself….but with my shoulder still aching I for some odd reason am ok with the greys. I actually mentioned to my sons….this may be the sign I need to just let them grow and really be natural. But my youngest looked at me with a serious look and said…..no. Ha! I have been wanting to try purple hair….so I might play around with color. Why not….where am I going

Buck up America! We will get through this epidemic despite TRUMP!

Just listen to and follow the health expert directives.  Believe that the science and health professionals and workers will get us through this.

I guess I will have to take my share of blame for what we have become such a society  —  We have become a society of self-fulfillment, autonomy, and privacy as ideals.  While I was born pre boomer era, I was raised during it and probably spoiled my kids as well.

And these habits do not bode well for the present situation. The cases of the virus grow everyday.  And what does the Trump administration do?  Make promises.  If Trump would have listened to his intelligence department warnings of the virus in January and February and acted then as he is now since March 1, we would be much better off.

Thanks to Chip Bok Copyright 2020 Creators Syndicate for an accurate report card.

And please keep this in the back of your mind – it could still happen here!

“People may think of authoritarian nations in cold war terms, as states with bombastic leaders who grant themselves extravagant titles and weigh their chests with meaningless medals. These are nations without legistures, without courts, with populations cowed by armies of secret police. This is not how many authoritarian nations work today. Most have elections, legislatures, courts; they possess all the trappings of democracy. But the democratic institutions that authoritarian nations retain have little power to check the executive, either because they are under regime control or because they are cowed or co-opted into submission.”  — Adam Serwer

Have a nice day – at home and alone.

An Eye for An Eye

I’m transcribing one of my old journals and I thought of something I hadn’t really put to words recently.

I mention C in the journal which brings back a memory of them saying that you liked me because of how much you like and comment on my stuff online (they could only see fb, when you had one) and I remember thinking in my head . . . no, that’s not quite right. You commented on everyone’s posts that much, you always put in the effort with everyone. No one was singled out. Everyone mattered. Everyone was equal. The only time you didn’t comment was when you didn’t know what to say, and even then, you’d usually leave a joke or a one liner just to show that someone had seen it and had stopped by.

Something that bothered me about the R and K situation was that he didn’t care about her . . . but one thing that has low-level bothered me about R and I’s interactions since the beginning to now is that it is MUCH different. Before, we would go whole days without talking sometimes, or when we did text, it wasn’t a lot. Even as recently as this summer, I knew how little he actually responded to my messages meant something . . . because with him, you can measure his interest with how much he engages with you in text or etc. That bothers me . . . Now, there isn’t a day that goes by without some sort of contact, and sometimes there’s whole conversations held via text. I know that once he or I finds someone, that will drop off again . . . and knowing that someday, someone else will be getting those texts and I won’t hear from him much . . . knowing that someday, I won’t matter as much. Someday, I will not be equal.

I never knew how much I trusted you until I now know someone who I don’t have that kind of trust with. I knew that you wouldn’t share my secrets, I knew that you would treat me like you treat everyone else. And you always stood for liberty.

With you, you showing that interest wasn’t because we were romantically involved (at that time, we weren’t), that was you being you. And there was something comforting seeing you try with others, seeing you care about others.

He doesn’t care. He also has been hurt, as others have, and I know that his distrust comes from that. He hasn’t healed to the level you have. Innocent until proven guilty, give people the benefit of the doubt. He still lashes out because of pain caused by others. He sought revenge this summer. It still bothers me how he thought that was okay.

Because of you, I follow a different code. I want a world where it is not an eye for an eye, I want a world where people move past the pain and don’t perpetuate the cycle. I told him that if he ever does anything like that ever again, I will leave. He said, “I won’t treat anyone like that unless they deserve it.” And I know that someday he will come to a crossroads and if he chooses the wrong one, I will have to leave. Second chances, people deserve a chance to change. But if they don’t understand why they should change . . . You can’t force them . . . You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.

I want to stand up for a world where pain isn’t something to pass along to someone else. You taught me well. Part of me still sometimes wishes we could talk. But the other part of me realizes that this part, I have to walk alone. I have to fix myself. I have to create this world we talked about so much.

I don’t know if I have the strength to yet, but I am hoping to take some steps towards it soon.

ARRGH! The present administration just took a couple more steps towards that road less taken!

America, let’s turn this vehicle around and get back on the road to greatness! We need more loyal Americans working there and we need more free press not less.

Yes, we were great for about 299 years and we are now veering off onto a different path.

In 1787 we established a democratic republic. Our constitution established a three pillared government – the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial branches – and laws pretty well guaranteed that one branch should not infringe upon the other branches.  Well, it appears one branch is spreading out to control the others.

There have been no significant gains towards greatness in this administrations action, but many backward steps.  They have alienated many of our allies, their EPA actions are worsening our environment, loyal Americans can’t work for them and they now are taking legal actions to suppress the free press.  If we lose the free press, we may as well give up.

On that note I urge each of you to get the facts and then vote accordingly.  Don’t rely on social media for your news. Myself, I fact check any news through factcheck.org or Snopes, etc. and always check with many news sources, except Fox, for verification of any news put out.  And remember one’s opinion is not necessarily news.

I guess I’m just advising you to get facts, not hearsay and VOTE accordingly, But by all means VOTE.

 See: Steven “How Democracies Die.” , by Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Have a nice day!

PRAY WE ARE NOT LED DOWN ROAD LEAST TAKEN

        PRAY WE ARE NOT LED DOWN THE ROAD LESS TAKEN.

My fellow patriotic Americans.  I suggest reading “Washington’s Farewell Address”, “1984”, “Farenhiet 451” – in that order – to better understand my reasoning for this piece.

 While a disillusioned thirty to fifty percent of the population go around in their garish MAGA garb rah-rahing the narcissist in the White House, who has repeatedly stated that he is President and can do whatever he wants, and about half of the other seventy to fifty percent sit by in their ‘Que Sera Sera’ life, while he and a party of politicians, whether intended or not, are letting our constitutional republic devolve into an authoritarian state.  

 This excerpt from Washington’s address intimates why we should be alerted

.     “…Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally.” “…

  There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

   It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution, in those intrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the Guardian of the Public Weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way, which the constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for, though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield.”

 I fear we have taken a step down the road far less taken.  We have allowed a party with a narcissistic leader that has been basically given the idea that he can do anything he desires – of course anyone who pays attention to the news knows that he has always thought this in his mind. And if you don’t think he is a narcissist, look it up in the dictionary and then peruse his tweets, and vitriolic speeches like the on of February 6, 2020.  And together they are rapidly stacking the higher courts with their people even people whose peers have denounced – and thus by controlling the justice system they will be actively to gerrymandering districts, intimidating and suppressing voters to their benefit. They have alienated many of our allies. They are continually reversing policies that promote cleaner air.  We were warned by Washington to be on the alert for this to happen.

Ladies and gentlemen, really all I ask is that you educate yourself to what is happening in Washington and vote to keep us on a solid footing as a Constitutional Republic, and keep us from going down that road towards a Banana Republic.

“I don’t think anything will change until Americans revolt and get it into their heads that they need to be informed voters instead of just listening to the paid political ads.”  – DEBORAH PRYCE

Have a nice day!