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.
Collateral damage ... me ... from 2 wars.
March 29, 2020 at 3:05pm
Collateral damage 29.march.2020 I wrote to on facebook: " I should write an article about the collateral damage ... me ... from two wars, one a War of Commission (Viet Nam), the other a War of Omission (Aids in the 80s). Peace of mind, vulnerability, economic fallout, depression and suicide should all be addressed. If I write it I should send you a link." So ... not in the mood to write it now. Notes: 1. Commission is action; Omission is inaction. Viet Nam was a war of... [Read more]
March 25, 2020 at 2:16pm
No leadership 25.march.2020 "Look ... I don't think and act like an American at times so I'll be screaming this until some asshole here shoots me (gotta love guns in Montana!): This hoarding, profiting, etc. is a predictable problem and can be dealt with. Too many Americans just shrug it off as if there isn't a solution. There is. LEADERSHIP makes a difference. I was in Taiwan in January/February. The TAIWAN government BANNED this kind of insanity there. They upped the pr... [Read more]
March 22, 2020 at 5:38pm
our society split by a virus felled by man [177.4a] Not exactly a haiku in my opinion but it'll have to do for now. Dear Donny and Mike, practice social distancing or I'll be president. Love, Nancy. [177.4c] To make Trump-Pence practice proper social distancing someone should whisper "President Pelosi" in their ears. [177.4b] ... [Read more]
CORONAVIRUS in a nation that's lost its mind.
March 4, 2020 at 4:45pm
CORONAVIRUS in a nation that's lost its mind. 4.March.2020 Use the following words as inspiration for your entry: inquiry, curiosity, investigation, suspicion, and clandestine. (You need not use the words in your entry, but if you do, please highlight them in bold or a different color.) Curiosity (nosiness) Investigation and inquiry (asking for information) Suspicion (distrust) Clandestine (secrets) These words are easy to connect. CORONAVIRUS Part of the probl... [Read more]
A sip of coronavirus anyone?
February 24, 2020 at 2:51am
A sip of coronavirus anyone? 24.february.2020 In response to Pat's post re USA lack of preparedness for a pandemic: "Taiwan's continuing response [re coronavirus] has been reassuring; but, I'm home now and not so certain the US can handle this. Outbreak in a prison, college dormitory or nursing home? Does the Diamond Princess ring a bell? If [it] hits the homeless community we'll have a situation similar to Daegu, South Korea [people who don't trust the government... [Read more]
Issues, Character and Personality
February 6, 2020 at 11:38pm
Issues, character and personality 7.february.2020 Issues can be intellectual games. Take the 'economy'. How does it affect me it what I'll ask. I don't have a business; I don't have stocks. For those who are White, male, heteronormative, and Christian and have 95%+ friends who are likewise, the issue of human rights may seem equally abstract. But for me it's a key issue. The military draft back-in-the-day was similar. Those it affected cared the most. So what... [Read more]
War Looms: Trump's Insane Assassination of Qassem Soleimani
January 4, 2020 at 8:08pm
War Looms: Trump's Insane Assassination of Qassem Soleimani 4.january.2020. I responded to Joey: "The thing is... Iranians do not have the same point-of-view as Americans or DJT. Putin, who isn't stupid, most probably realized that it was win-win for him to divide Americans last election. And that has proved to be true. DJT however, by boldly assassinating a popular general, has unified the Iranians against him specifically, against the US military in general (and hope... [Read more]
Will it take the drying of spilt blood to glue us together?
December 19, 2019 at 3:34pm
Will it take the drying of spilt blood to glue us together? 19.desember.2019 On facebook a friend of a friend, Donn Lassila, wrote: "This is how our republic unravels......Will likely take the drying of spilt blood to glue it back together." I felt this was a very strong and poetic image. I'll have to use it in a poem or flash fiction. It's worthy. Yesterday the Impeachment proceeding and the subsequent hullabaloo shows how deeply divided we as a nation approach... [Read more]
Trump starring in Lord of the Flies #2.
December 16, 2019 at 12:59pm
Trump starring in Lord of the Flies #2 16.diciembre.2019 A comment I posted at facebook on Holly Jahangiri's wall: When Trump ran in 2016 he was the most centrist of the Republican candidates. Cruz and Rubio were at the far right on policies. During the primaries there were on-line quizzes about issues and who one would agree with. If I remember right Trump was at about 30% for me; Sanders 90%, Rubio 5%. The problem with Trump was his despicable behavior towards anyone and e... [Read more]
GDP is not a good indication of wealth.
November 14, 2019 at 1:48pm
In response to Naomi's posting that Costa Rica is 82nd in the world in GDP: "What is more important though is food, clothing, shelter. Does everyone have the minimum. Are they secure and happy with what they have. In Costa Rica rent and housing isn't too bad. Food at the feria and local markets is cheap. Clothing isn't so cheap. Are people happy? I wonder... Since there doesn't seem to be much concern about the future and a focus on today is the way of living (Pura Vida) i... [Read more]
Russian Trolls? We are our own worst enemy!
July 24, 2019 at 2:12pm
Russian Trolls? We are our own worst enemy! 24.juillet.2019 I responded to my friend Nick who posted an article from last year from 538 about Russian trolls: Key last phrase: "'They are trying to divide our country,” Linvill added." I think the Russian trolls just are on to something very American. Now? This goes on regardless, in the tone of some of my friends. They've bought into the idea that no one can have an opinion that contradicts their own. The level of c... [Read more]
Hillary is to be blamed for e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. ad nauseum
July 20, 2019 at 5:51pm
Hillary is to be blamed for e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. ad nauseum 20.juillet.2019 Holly's thread at facebook descended once more into the abyss of discussing uranium and blaming everything on Hillary. One person in particular has that ax to grind. Joanna Adler disagreed to that insanity, so I had to chime in with my two wooden nickels: "It's not easy to convince people of any truth when they are 100% sure of the opposite. Also... dragging up issues from the past, be it Clinto... [Read more]
Semantics of race
July 18, 2019 at 6:52pm
Semantics of race 18.July.2019 "Kevin and Holly: Is it the word that makes one go hmm or ah? Colored people > Negro > Black > Afro-American > African-American > People-of-color ... they don't always mean the same thing but my grandmother from Pennsylvania used "colored people", my older cousin was brought up with "nigger", I was brought up with "negro". In Costa Rica I use moreno. I can't say what is/was the proper usage in Tennes... [Read more]
MAGA = Sycophant
July 17, 2019 at 6:10pm
MAGA = Sycophant 17.juli.2019 "I suspect DJT thinks (stretching it there...) that it's fine if you're black... as long as you aren't a mouthy woman (he prefers legs spread and mouth shut) and definitely not poor. Poverty = germs and he's a germophobe. If you are a powerful male that's best... he likes power, he likes wealth, he loves sycophants. If you can be manipulated? BEST! So... most people have some sense of integrity and won't sell themselves. There a... [Read more]
Not every country is a cult
July 12, 2019 at 11:36pm
Not every country is a cult 12.july.2019 Yes, there were red flags galore in İstanbul. The face of Erdoğan was everywhere. He had been mayor of the city before becoming president. Many were concerned about his autocratic tendencies. But I didn't wake up to the national anthem every morning. And, this year the opposition party won the recent mayoral election. Yes, there are flags all over Norway. They are proud to be Norwegians and not a mere province of Denmark, Germany or Swe... [Read more]
Homeless vets and refugees. Y'all don't care about either!
July 11, 2019 at 6:41pm
Homeless vets and refugees. Y'all don't care about either! 11.juio.2019 My response to Holly in Houston re housing homeless vets and refugees: 'Our city is undergoing rapid gentrification as the uber-money of the nouveau-riche funnels in from the West Coast. We don't have as many empty buildings; they are bought up, demolished, and a distillery or condos for the wealthy are built. But... Montana has empty units and empty towns east of here. 40,000 homeless is a drop ... [Read more]
Really sick of apologizing for telling the truth?
July 7, 2019 at 8:17pm
Really sick of apologizing for telling the truth. 7.july.2019 I think this should be reworded... Really sick of apologizing for telling MY truth. Why? because you don't own the TRUTH. Any Truth. I've gone head-to-head with Christians over this because some think that they have the exclusive right to the Truth and have leave to crucify anyone who disagrees. That's so Old Testament... but many wouldn't get the pun. Other religious faiths, agnostics an... [Read more]
July 5, 2019 at 1:43pm
DIVIDERS 5.juillet.2019 Because we compartmentalize our lives. Work is work. Family is family. Church is church. We divide our time and resources, even our emotions. This is my bridge group. These are my friends who live under the bridge... It's like children who can't have their peas touching their carrots. Heaven help us all. Because we don't have the mental strength to both see our differences and our sameness at the same time. MAGA hats are awesome! .... [Read more]
We R Socialists?
July 4, 2019 at 12:06am
We R Socialists? 4.juli.2019 Re The GOP memes about Democrats being Socialists: "They will paint all of us as socialists though. It's code for anyone who-gives-a-damn about others... and they apparently don't. The scare tactic will work until reasonable folks understand that public education is "socialist" as are libraries, rural-electrification, highways and bridges. Some of my friends still won't care because they believe that they can do it all alone and d... [Read more]
July 2, 2019 at 9:25pm
@brianschatz 2.julio.2019 Kids in cages. Tanks on the streets. Friendship with dictators. Fights with democracies. VIP access for donors at a July 4 event. Attacking the press. There is nothing patriotic about any of that. 7/2/19 @ 1:17 PM There is a problem when one makes a "flat" list like this. Which is most important to you? Personally, the attacks on the press are disturbing because they have a lasting effect. Fights with democracies also undermines them. I actually be... [Read more]
Las huelgas... y el viajero...
July 1, 2019 at 7:52pm
Las huelgas... y el viajero... 1.julio.2019 Mi respuesta a Fabián: Como viajero: 1. es un disastre cerrar las carreteras. 2. nadie quiere visitar a un país cuando hay guerra (y la huelgas se parecen al estranjero) 3. a fin de cuentas hay otro países más barato, cómodo, con mejor infra-estructura. (Serbia y Taiwan son dos ejemplos.) 4. Hay playas lindísimas en México, Belice, Jamaica, Puerto Rico... en en juilo aún en Michigan. La naturaleza se encuentra en mucha parte de los ... [Read more]
About those debates
June 28, 2019 at 3:25pm
About those "debates". 28.juin.2019 "I agree that preaching to the choir has limitations. The audience should be America not merely partisans of a political party. But... that's how this process is set up. Plus, with 24 running and 10 on stage it doesn't lend to any depth. A few sound bytes is the best one can get. Tomorrow's meme. A quote by the media. The more in-depth interviews that are being done are much better. But, even there, it's up to the host t... [Read more]
June 11, 2019 at 5:48pm
Echo chambers June 11th, 2019 I am somewhat concerned that many people who are upset are only speaking to people who are upset. Not everyone is upset. Not everyone sees a reason to be concerned. How do those of us who are upset handle the issue? How do we educate? Or do we merely scream? As we look across the chasm at those "inhuman" people we need to ask ourselves many questions. Only when we are prepared to listen and educate can we go forward. Comment left for Rivermoon: ... [Read more]
June 10, 2019 at 3:47pm
Blame everyone 10.juin.2019 "Many Christians act like atheists are their mortal enemy. In this society your enemy is to be blamed for anything and everything. The attitude is best exemplified by Hillary Haters... who would blame WW2 on her if they could. Atheists are treated like that by people who do not know them. So yes, someone must be blamed for all of Christianity's faults of the last 2000 years. Any group will do: Witches, Muslims, Jews, Atheists... the trail of blood is l... [Read more]
Third parties :-( and Pink Wave 2018
October 10, 2018 at 9:23pm
Two election rants in response to comments and memes on facebook. October 10, 2018. Re uselessness of voting for a third party: Exactly! Two part elections would allow third party candidates to make their case the first round and then a majority is necessary the second round as only two advance. This is happening in Mississippi this election, has happened in Louisiana last election. Is how it's done in California and Costa Rica. Re Pink Wave: Regarding women and turning the... [Read more]