May my opinions gather wind under their wings and fly, perchance to soar.
These are my opinions. The good, the very bad, the really really ugly.
Pinions are the flight feathers of birds. Without them they remain as grounded as we do. With them they soar.
As "Joy gives us wings" so anger and irrational feelings and thoughts ground us too. It is my hope that not all of my opinions are negative, that some may gain flight (or at least flop around. )
During the Azalea Fest the larch's knees approach the fronds.
The fountain's on and soft green feathers brush the surface.
In the mirror of the pond see by what I choose to share
(there... by the golden knees of old larch trees)
what lies beneath my surface.
Three factions: Libertarians, Progressives, Culture wars
March 21, 2021 at 6:39pm
Why Americans attack leaders? 21.march.2021 To Pradeep Pk Maheshwari: "I don't think that either Biden or DJT were the worse candidates. Both reflect a slice of American society. What I do think is that there's a total disdain for those who govern. On fb (especially in Montana) there are many who are nostalgic for a false Wild West past where guns not people ruled. Others want to be told by dictators (the one's who agree with them and war on their enemies). This is g... [Read more]
Americans are anti-Asian.
March 19, 2021 at 4:25pm
Americans are anti-Asian 19.march.2021 A fragment? Thoughts I shared with Joey Huestis on foosbaak: "I'll mention this for these next four years. It's up to his constituents and if his constituents are ok (remember this is Texas) with this language than all the outcry may not matter. Go there Joey, explain to his people that his racism is NOT acceptable. And do it in their language. Reach the White Identity folk, the White Supremicists, The Christian uber alles cults. Y... [Read more]
Cultural Wars a la Seuss
March 6, 2021 at 7:48pm
Cultural Wars a la Seuss 6 march 2021 I have no problem with Seuss's heirs deciding to not continue to publish 6 of his books. His other books have withstood the test of time but in time some of them will be left by the wayside as well. I do have one issue with all my friends who are offended by this though. They are all White, by-the-way. A White person doesn't get to decide whether or not a depiction of an Asian or African is acceptable or not. Any more than a Man gets t... [Read more]
On reviewing, mea culpa.
February 4, 2021 at 2:06am
On reviewing, mea culpa 3.February.2021 I mini-whined at Blimprider: "My reviews tend to be short. I wish I could review without rating. I also wish I weren't reviewing newbies or works 10 years old. I'm part of a blogging group and I don't choose what to review. I do a mini-critique in my blog. Then within the month I dump a bunch on the review page as I reread and tweak what I wrote and the rating I gave. I send a trinket that explains my rating system. I cring... [Read more]
Fear. What's your fear?
January 26, 2021 at 12:22am
What's your fear? 25.januar.2021 Posted on facebook: "Allen Tiffany: I'm a democratic socialist in the Nordic sense. Yes, I hear your fear... I just don't understand it. (I've visited Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia... didn't feel oppressed nor fearful.) What I suspect many Americans fear is having to share the American Pie (bad joke) with people they don't approve of, including, but not limited to: non-Christians, non-English speakers, non-3rd-plus-g... [Read more]
Going the Way of the Whigs 1834-1854
January 24, 2021 at 5:22pm
Going the Way of the Whigs 24.january.2021 As I commented elsewhere: "The news has been 'calmer' without T stirring the pot and adding eye-of-Hillary, soiled lace and arsenic to his cauldron of conspiracies. There are so many issues that need to be tackled. Did you hear that there's a killer pandemic out there? Obviously, T hadn't. So, yeah. I think that to move forward we all need a break and there's some glimmer of hope that a certain Ghost of ... [Read more]
NO! but there are legitimate concerns
January 14, 2021 at 9:57pm
For: Do you feel banning Trump on Twitter, Facebook,etc is only allowing one side to talk as some of the GOP is claiming? Is this opening a door to changing the US to a police state because we've invited censorship? NO! But there are concerns... Lets get some FACTS straight. President Trump, like any president, can hold a briefing or press conference. He can even make a national address. No one is stopping him. He can even issue directives and proclamations. He has... [Read more]
December 6, 2020 at 10:08pm
Covid-deniers 6.desember.2020 Commented to Elisa re covid-deniers: "I remember watching that clip [march for guns] from Helena. I'm in Missoula so "we love our guns" is an issue throughout the state. Denial... not the only reason. Some people really believe they are 'sanctified' from anything bad (and churches instill this). Others are born skeptics, questioning everything. Some have the screaming me-mes and little empathy. For the racists it became appa... [Read more]
Culture Shift and Covid Corridor
November 15, 2020 at 6:00pm
Culture Shift 15.november.2020 As I bleated (edited) to : "The culture is shifting due to covid... will it go back to 'normal'? No. A new 'normal' maybe. I'm a Cafe Culture person and now I don't dare step into buildings. I love cash not credit (so some places have lost my business). I live up 42 steps; delivery is 'iffy'. Plus, I don't believe in it. I'm not a shopper on-line and even in person; Target/BestBuy once, twice per year is... [Read more]
Misperceptions... Things will change with Joe and Kamala
November 11, 2020 at 3:19pm
Misperceptions... things will change with Joe and Kamala. 11.november.2020 Comment sent to Zehra Shallwani in Pakistan (edited). "Perceptions can start wars. I fear American xenophobia and islamophobia. Not as bad as Hungary or Slovakia but they can't nuke the world; the US most definitely can. There is hope here... especially with Kamala as vice-president. She brings a sensitivity to South Asian culture. Yes, I know Pakistan and Bangladesh aren't India but her cultural... [Read more]
Message to Nevuh-Land
November 7, 2020 at 3:00am
6.november.2020 I'm very sorry to inform you-all that Montana doesn't give a fuck what you who live in Nevuh-Land think. We just voted in fascists across the board. Am I bitter when the fucking Left thinks that moderates are evil or that a better candidate would matter? You-betcha. Hitler got in because the Socialists and Communists couldn't get along. And if you're young and too dumb to figure that out? What the Leftists do NOT understand is compromise and playing well with ... [Read more]
2020 Election Predictions and yes, I expect VIOLENCE
November 2, 2020 at 2:47am
Votes: 153 million. 52% Biden 46% Trump 02% other A voting margin of 10 million. Electoral College: Wrapped up: 240 Biden 100 Trump Almost wrapped up (only a surprise): 240 Biden 116 Trump Most probably: 251 Biden 131 Trump Notes: Alaska and Montana are both elastic and very hard to predict. Both states can be ornery. I think Alaska will tighten to +5 for Trump and Montana to +3 (compared to +20 in 2016). Arizona is also in this group as the West can be under... [Read more]
Chaos versus control
October 12, 2020 at 5:27pm
12 oktober 2020. I posted in WDC newsfeed: Oh... fighting... with online grammar know-it-alls. How many syllables are there in a string of four letter words... hmm. Okay. As a poet, I hear what I read (a gift or curse...mostly a gift). But "grammar" is based on standard written language that would be used in an essay... not the way I speak or anyone speaks really. Not always useful for poetry! Which I will defend as an oral-aural art form. (I pronounce those two words the same.... [Read more]
Emperor Trump versus King Covid
October 5, 2020 at 1:09am
I could make this a fuller opinion piece but the news/fake-news surrounding Emperor Trump and King Covid is so uncertain I leave this here: I responded to Bleak but reasonable assessment. I guess I'm not surprised that I basically agree with you (for lots of reasons). I've told people, "I hope he gets good and sick for a few days." Is that a shock? Shouldn't be. Most people do get ill occasionaly. Most suffer personal heartbreak, poverty, random disabilities, a... [Read more]
Crossroads of covid and racism
September 16, 2020 at 3:51pm
Crossroads of covid and racism 16 september 2020 Covid-in-Montana. Too many stories and details. Too many headlines. I responded to Nick Engler: "190 new cases today. 9% positivity rate. Overall death rate once hospitalized about 30% (overall death rate about 2% when figuring that 32 of the presently 106 hospitalized will die). I've been looking at these numbers and they stay fairly stable. However, there's reason to believe that testing is inadequate. Also, many ... [Read more]
Crossroads of covid and racism
September 16, 2020 at 3:30pm
Crossroads of covid and racism 16 september 2020 Covid-in-Montana. Too many stories and details. Too many headlines. I responded to Nick Engler: "190 new cases today. 9% positivity rate. Overall death rate once hospitalized about 30% (overall death rate about 2% when figuring that 32 of the presently 106 hospitalized will die). I've been looking at these numbers and they stay fairly stable. However, there's reason to believe that testing is inadequate. Also, many lo... [Read more]
Why hasn't there been more progress?
September 13, 2020 at 3:40pm
Why hasn't there been more progress? 13.september.2020 Zehra Shallwani [from Pakistan, on facebook]: Yes, I would too. What immediately comes to mind: 1. The government shot at its own citizens (Kent State May 1970), 2. Many hippies became yuppies; they liked the party but then decided they liked money better. 3. The following half-generation (Late Boomers, now 56+) reacted and became me-me-me (basically the mantra of genX now 40-55 who grew up with Reganomics and the War-on-the-Po... [Read more]
Masks and incompetence...
August 25, 2020 at 5:42pm
Response to : "When covid hit I was in Taiwan. They did two things of note: 1. banned the export of masks, 2. upped the production to millions per day. They also rationed at the beginning to prevent hoarding. Later they made mask mandatory to enter certain buildings and on the metro/trains. This was 'easy' to accomplish because East Asian cultures do not have a cultural fear of masks and use them when someone is sick. They also have a high level of respect for others. And ... an ... [Read more]
2020 unmasked 
July 28, 2020 at 8:39pm
2020 unmasked You with your fist raised to high-heaven, singing praises of corrupt politicians, treating themselves to roe-of-salmon, eating their lobster on the finest linens! Anger that comes from being a minion, spitting and sputtering trumped-up opinions, praying for the wrath of God's Dominion, blaming 'others' for your own situation. Never have you picked that thorny cotton. Never do you put on masks of cotton. What will you do when you face this dra... [Read more]
2020 wish for secular governments and human rights
June 28, 2020 at 3:47pm
2020 wish for secular governments and human rights 28.june.2020 Don't get me started... In politics and culture: 1. Secular governments that affirm human rights. 1a. Race? We can start with the US. 1b. Religion? Again ... the US. Christians oppose a secular government, as does the GOP and political parties in Costa Rica. Iran. 1c. Sexuality? Poland and again the US. 1d. Indigenous/minority rights? China, Brasil, Australia and ... you guessed it ... the US. Balkans, Bur... [Read more]
Rebuilding a blogging community
June 27, 2020 at 1:12am
Rebuilding a blogging community? 25.june.2020 When spacebook and Open Salon got popular circa 2009 bloggers drifted off. Serious bloggers went to Open Salon. And then people who wanted to chit-chat went you-know-where and eventually those who needed a quick fix switched to Tweeter. Of those left I think Robert Waltz is about the only serious blogger. The rest of us are sharing personal stuff ... more like a diary or memoir. Prompts can help, but frankly, half don't. It's wh... [Read more]
See me take your dis out of disABLED
June 13, 2020 at 12:05am
See me take your dis out of dis ABLED 12.june.2012 We all rant and rage and have a right to do so. There's so many injustices out there and some have found you and some have found me! But to explain these injustices to others I need to build bridges. As a wordsmith I use words. Writing stories may help the public to change their hearts, but asking leaders to makes changes is a different audience. In many cases one needs to be clear, direct and eloquent. I wrote to a fellow... [Read more]
Cops should be civilian peace keepers
June 13, 2020 at 12:04am
Cops should be civilian peace keepers 8.juin.2020 To Serena Valentino: Oh, I'd argue ... except I agree. Beat cops? So 1950 ... like Mayberry. I do believe we need: 1. cops on the beat, 2. cops must live in the city they serve, preferably in the neighborhood they serve; everyone should know their name. 3. peace-keeper cops not Rambos. 4. total disarmament; first step is to take away all the military toys; second is to determine whether they even need a gun. 5. traini... [Read more]
July 5, 2020 at 8:14pm
Botanist's conspiracy 4.juni.2020 I don't need to be woke, J Shimmers! I have believed and worked on racial and peace issues for 40 years. I know a thing or two besides being a gardener since age 9. Can you tell the difference between tomatoes, eggplant and nightshade? Clue: one is poisonous. Bon appetite! When you eat rhubarb do you eat the leaves or the roots? Hmmm... things that are related or look similar aren't the same. The protesters are not the same people as rioters.... [Read more]
It was 'death by cop' and 'being black'. [re autopsy]
July 5, 2020 at 8:20pm
It was 'death by cop' and 'being black'. [re autopsy] 2.june.2020 Some of my facebook comments today: More succinct: it was 'death by cop' and 'being black'. [re autopsy] Actually ____, people who live together get along just fine ... with people they live with. Racism kicks in very strong however when people don't. It's basic fear, distrust or hatred. It's taught by 6, 7, or 8 (to quote 'South Pacific'). Racism at its core is a... [Read more]