Loosely Speaking

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Do you really listen?

As I am writing, MEET THE PRESS is on in the other room, and I am hearing with a little more than half an ear what both Democrat and Republican supporters of their party's candidate, have to say about the campaign, the numbers, the candidates. Whichever one is your favored candidate, it is so easy,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Maybe some people shine more brightly under stress

But I don't. That's when my anxieties glow like they are radioactive, and my panic buttons start pushing themselves automatically, and my defenses come up and start looking around for what needs shooting or shouting down... Under stress I get stupid and reactive. How do you react to stress? How do... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What makes me especially sad about this election

is that it is so intensely polarized, that no matter who wins, the other side will find it a very, very bitter pill. Which of these candidates will, winning, actually be able to bring Americans together? I have spent 8 years loathing GWBush. Until Palin, I could have accepted McCain as a man I could... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

In this election season, I am trying to keep a sense of humor.

Sometimes they make it too easy. Is anyone else amused that when Obama refers to "...lipstick on a pig..." the Republicans immediately think of their v-p candidate? Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Offensive Bloggery

I just read comments on one of the blogs I have been frequenting, and have to wonder what moves some people to be deliberately, gratuitously offensive to another writer. It isn't as if the commenter knows the person he/she is assaulting with such mean-spiritedness. Is the commenter just that... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

What Kids Hear

One of my grandsons is a problematic child. He is a smart, bright 10-yr old kid two days out of three, but the third day, he becomes Something Else. He refused to go to school, ran from my daughter, his step-mom, around and around the car rather than get in. One day he got away with his tactics, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Okay, everyone who is pro-death, raise your hand!

"Pro-Life" is a lie. Just being opposed to abortion doesn't make someone life-affirming. Far from it. This issue is not about life, it is about choice, it is about abortion. I don't mean to open the debate about abortion, but to point out how words can imply a truth without telling a truth. Smooth,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 5, 2008

I've just learned something about the Alaska governor

specifically her policy on wolf hunting. From helicopters and planes. It is medieval to still be buying into the idea that wolves are rapacious predators that strip the land of caribou and moose and other large mammals. They are, in fact, the natural check on the herds that keep population... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 1, 2008

the Republican Convention

(this was a comment in one of Kingmi's blogs, before Gustav got on the planning committee. Regardless of hurricanes and emergencies, I am sure that my assessment remains accurate, though there will be less glitz about it.) Personally, I am expecting it to be more of the same attempt to manipulate a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

A new poem inspired by the road

Pioneer Cafe, Montana Morning Ladies of a certain age girls no more except in the heart: What Life has given you have taken despite the dreams you had, despite intentions and resistance; Age acquiring resilience for survival's sake when life is hard or dull beyond endurance. Power in the circle... Sign in to see full entry.

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