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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Presidential qualities

I don't need the nicest person, I want the most able to stop the bleeding and mend the wounds in our domestic and international relationships. But I also don't want the Oval Office held hostage to someone's temper. There have been enough tantrums. I don't want a revolution in all our systems, I want... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Media don't seem to want you to know who Elizabeth Warren is.

I posted this on Facebook this morning when a simple query about why NPR is freezing out Warren, never speaking of her. I got a lot of immediate knee-jerk responses that offered nothing but uninformed prejudice. Is it misogyny? Is it something she said? Why is anyone but the corrupt afraid of her? A... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Less worried about Bloomberg today

...after his poor showing in the debate--the only one I've actually watched. All his masterfully slick ads could not disguise that he has little to offer as a candidate, and a whole lot of history of more-Republican-than-Democrat decisions and values behind him. I can think of lots of better ways to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Watching the train wreck.

It's one thing to watch the train hurtle to disaster from a safe vantage. It's another to see it unfolding from inside the train, behaving as if we have no power to take it back from the criminals and maniacs who have taken over the controls. The important question is: What are we going to do about... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The political nightmare continues here in the US... Well, every great nation has had its mad kings, its reprehensible emperors, and more of them than the wise and good. The Founders did their utmost to secure the US from such things, but they could not imagine some of the events leading to this... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

There is no standing still.

It is so sad to consider how many Senators, mostly Republican, who have established solidly respectable careers in service to their constituents have eroded their honorable legacies during this administration. Formerly solid ships are leaking badly now. And some with their votes tomorrow, are going... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 17, 2020

CCT raised some notions about retirement...

I have recently had thoughts about what retirement is, really. Mothers can't easily retire from mothering, no matter what age the kids are. And, of course, there are grandkids to consider, and eventually their kids, too. You can't retire from motherhood. I'm thinking that retirement is about letting... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 12, 2020


There is a book I have known of for years, but never got around to reading until this past couple of weeks. It's John Steinbeck's TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY. In 1960, Steinbeck had a pickup truck mounted with a bespoke camper, and with his French poodle, Charley, set out to find America. This book is the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Learning Puzzle

Imagine if kids loved learning... Imagine if we had loved learning. Consider how the educational system we grew up under has relied on long-obsolete notions and assumptions of the nature of children, how they learn, that they, by nature, resist learning. What they resist is the system, not the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Not that clever...

Because Trump acted without consent of Congress, without even notification of those who by law should have been notified, this latest action was not legal or military action, it was assassination. That is what leaves us vulnerable and gives Iran and Iraq all the provocation they need to react with... Sign in to see full entry.

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