Remember when it was always the thing to do, to use the paper towel you dried your hands with in a public restroom, to wipe down the sink counter where your hand-washing splattered? Remember when you'd just automatically say who you were when you called someone before asking any questions? And how about saying 'goodbye' before ending a call? Why doesn't live-chatting online deserve this same courtesy? Some courtesies have improved, in my opinion, over time. For example, I, a woman, open the door... Sign in to see full entry.
An unwritten rule forbids overt actions by the Justice Department that could affect an upcoming election. That is raising a dilemma for the department’s inquiries into Donald Trump. (NYTimes this morning.) Really? With all the piling up of evidence of blatant wrong-doing, of criminal and even traitorous activity, should not the DOJ settle these questons before the man is even allowed to run for any office at all? I still say this man is a test from God sent to see just how far we'll spiral down... Sign in to see full entry.
For the past week, I have been re-watching GAME OF THRONES, as a prelude to the prequel now on offer: HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, set 200 years earlier. I imagine there will be some post pre-shadowing of events to come, so I wanted fresher memories of the later/earlier series. There is a new Tolkien-based show, too, just getting started: THE RINGS OF POWER. I watched the first episode. It claims to be based on the early history of Arda, of which Middle-earth is a part. There were other lands, long... Sign in to see full entry.
In fact, they lost. Wyoming, the GOP lost the integrity of Liz Cheney. Have to wonder if they will ever get it, how much they have traded in to continue the Reign of BS of Trump and his partisans. Now she declares that she will do whatever it takes to prevent him from ever getting back into the Oval Office. I hope this will include promoting the heck out of legislation on the federal level to protect and enlarge voter rights. Seems to me nothing else will make a difference if we don't have... Sign in to see full entry.
It looks like Wyoming is about to fire Liz Cheney, one of the last bastions of integrity and good sense still remaining in the Republican Party. The state went 70% for Trump in his last presidential election, so unless they have gotten back their own good sense and moral consciousness, she will be looking for work elsewhere. I daresay she will find it, too. Wyoming, the first state to enfranchise women voters, will be showing whether it has lost its collective mind over the years since. Sarah... Sign in to see full entry.
There is comfort and empowerment in knowing what has happened before, not just history but the patterns of history, the records of how the pendulum has swung, how it still and always swings. Here is a post I was moved to write over on Facebook a year ago: I recently watched a film that showed the bigotry and hostility in America towards Asians. Not just the historic stuff, but that it still is an active influence. For the first time, seeing that only some Americans promoted the violence and... Sign in to see full entry.
e p o S t r s o n d 3 4 e p o S t r s o n d Back then, 7 years ago, pre-Trump... could hardly imagine how bad it would get, how close it would come, and how the game of the long coup is still going on, and will until we finally effectively deal with it with consequences and accountability and prison terms where they are so richly deserved. When the world went into a frenzy of updating old repressive regimes, I began to consider why that happens there, but is not likely to happen here in America.... Sign in to see full entry.
Today I saw on Facebook a cartoon lamenting the habit of grocery stores to rearrange the goods every so often so shoppers need to look around at more stuff in order to find what they came for. Haha. Our local Kroger store has just re-arranged their entire freezer section. That's half a dozen rows to search for what last week I knew exactly where what I wanted was to be found. I finally spotted its usual neighbors, and it wasn't there at all. An employee agreed that this kind of rearranging... Sign in to see full entry.
A friend on Facebook shared this one today, and I don't doubt that most of my friends here will also enjoy it: "For what we need, all of us who go on two legs, is to reimagine our place in creation. We need to enlarge our conscience so as to bear, moment by moment, a regard for the integrity and bounty of the earth. There can be no sanctuaries unless we regain a deep sense of the sacred, no refuges unless we feel a reverence for the land, for soil and stone, water and air, and for all that... Sign in to see full entry.
This is Mary Stewart's second book based on Arthurian legend but written from the point of view of Merlin. The first book, THE CRYSTAL CAVE, established Merlin as the bastard son of Ambrosius who was High King of Britain, who acknowledged him and brought the boy into his court. On the death of Ambrosius, Merlin's uncle Uther Pendragon became the High King. That book ends with the night of storm and enchantment, during which Uther, magically disguised as her husband, comes to Ygraine and begets... Sign in to see full entry.