Thursday, January 14, 2021

As Trump is Fond of Comparing Himself Favorably to Lincoln

 I have two points of agreement with our soon to be former president:

  1.  Low flush toilets are not all they are cracked up to be.
  2.  As he predicted, I am so very tired of his winning.
Yesterday, he won the dubious distinction of winning the only president to be twice impeached prize. No, Susan Collins, he definitely did NOT learn a lesson the first time.

Did he incite an insurrection? It really isn't up to me to make that call, BUT if it were up to me he and several others at their rally on January 6, 2021, would have been escorted off in handcuffs before the speeches were even over.

Fight. Fight like this is war. Be strong. Strength. Show strength. March. Now.

 AND I will be marching with you. By which is meant gleefully watching you on television from the comfort and safety of the White House.

Let me tell you, I have encountered many a bully in my teaching career and have seen over and over that they are masters at manipulating others to do their dirty work while they step back and enjoy the show. That is a perverse kind of power but it is not strength. It is aggression. I have never met a bully who wasn't lashing out in order to cover deep wounds and intense fear.

Strength is not the same as brute force or aggression. It does not come from hatred.

True strength comes from character. Strength of character admits failure and defeat and then learns from that. Strength of character is saying yes to life and no to that which is harmful to life. Strength of character does not destroy. It is seen in the ability to encourage the better nature of others. 

Strength of character calls on the "better angels of our nature" rather than appeals to the basest fears among us.

Int the eyes of the world, the "United" States has been systematically and sadly weakened over the past few years.  Those better angels of our nature have their work cut out for all of us moving forward.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


This is totally my sense of humor.

Monday, January 11, 2021


When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.                                                                                                     --Jimi Hendrix

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Who Said It?

 When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Breathing Easier

 Here's something that hasn't happened for a while -- like more than four years.

I wasn't holding my breath the entire time I was reading the news this morning.

I have hope that the heartburn I have been experiencing since November, 2016, will start to abate soon.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Stray Shots

From my sad but true file;





And funny*

* daughter and grandchildren=crazy cat people.
definitely cat-aholics

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Christmas Cookies

 About a week before Christmas day Don asked me if I planned to make Christmas cookies. I had been thinking about making what was the traditional (and easiest) batch of shortbread cookies from my family. So one afternoon I made a batch.

Don got home and saw them cooling on the rack. "What kind of fudge is that?"

"It's not fudge. It's shortbread. That's what kind of cookie I always used to make for Christmas."

"But these are not Christmas cookies. Christmas cookies are shaped like Santa and sleighs and reindeer and angels. They have frosting and sprinkles on them. That's what my mother always made. She rolled out a huge batch of dough and let us help decorate them."

"Does this kitchen look like it has room for that? (Condo kitchen is beyond tiny) And don't think I am spending the rest of my life trying to live up to expectations set by your mother, Mr. I-have-mommy-issues."

Good grief!

I did see a small package of tree shaped cookies at the grocery store. I made some icing and let him decorate.

But he is still whining about my not knowing how to make proper Christmas cookies.

My grandson was quite upset by this story (don't say anything bad about his grandma, God love him) but it makes me laugh.

Linda Reeder sets a damn high bar when it comes to Christmas cookies.