I've been reading that book about de-cluttering, and now I'm working on paper items. I'm stalled on some letters I wrote to a friend during the 70s that she sent back to me. Wow. What an embattled person I was. That was necessary for survival at the time in a foreign country, Switzerland, with two little girls, a husband busy with his career, living in a small apartment, always short of money. There was not much scope for self-development then, so any steps along those lines felt like a foolish indulgence. But it was also a beautiful time and a fully lived one and the basis for all my later literary and artistic interests, which carried over into my higher education when I returned to the States.
I'm still pretty feeble and feel sad that I could not join in the fun more when family was here.
I am hopeful about the political situation though still pretty wary. The left is not supine! Push back is going on everywhere, with Obama in the lead. He just threw a bunch of pesky Ruskis out of the country! With 48 hours' notice! What a thrill!
My personal favorite in the comeuppance department is that populist Queen, KellyAnne Conway, can't find places for her children in any prestigious D.C. private school. I'll bet she was really surprised, but what can she say? Private is private, and the gummint can't make them enroll her kids. My friend Twisty Faster has a good suggestion:
The way to deal with Trump and his toadies is just to say NO, very loudly, to anything they do. Forget about nice for the time being. They don't deserve any mercy. They have been way too nasty. And expose all their criminal activities, too, of which there are so many. Michael Moore is right. Trump isn't going to make it. There may even be strict limits, after all, on the damage he can do. He has lost a lot of key allies on the right and is down pretty much to the lunatic fringe. Of course, crazy as they are, they will do awful things, so I'm not exactly looking on the bright side here.
We must continue to overreact to everything Trump does. No capitulation, no cooperation, is the best strategy. Protect what we can, the way California is doing; resist the nativist right wing agenda and the assault on women's rights and attempts to dismantle the government and ruin the environment.
I wish I did not feel so old and tired right now, but I am starting to regain my faith in my fellow Americans and my hope in a better future. Holding the line is what counts now, though, the big NO.
There was a time when pop celebrities' deaths were not perceived as terrible losses to humanity. I confess that I'm not a person who is primarily interested in movies, jazz, rock, rap, etc. and other pop culture that these people sell. Most of these products are of their moment and do not last. The few things I like are in that category, as well. That's Dylan, the Rolling Stones, all that stuff which I find totally boring now but which once meant something to me. I kind of liked and still like some 80's videos, esp. the British ones, punk, etc. in small doses. Sometimes novelty stuff and hooks get my attention but I rapidly forget about them. I looked at some of Beyonce and Rianna's expensive overproduced videos and found them unoriginal and in Beyonce's case pretentious and artsy. All that money for what?
This puts me out of synch with most of my fellow Americans, but I guess at my age that's to be expected.
I knew I was total back number when I went into a Borders a few years ago and asked a clerk where the classical CDs were. He directed me to the category known as "classic rock."
So what am I after here?
I'm wandering down memory lane to that time when Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fischer were America's sweethearts. My math teacher, when he wasn't teaching math, would go on rants about how awful and gooey they were. We see how that turned out! Now the popsters are selling us "transgression," fancy clothes and hairdos and shaking your booty. Why are we paying attention to these people at all? Don't we have any sense of quality? When the word "great" attaches itself to a man like Trump, I really have to wonder.
Or as Happy as we'll be able to make it -- All things considered! And I do want to thank you for the Blog. It has been more than entertainment -- more than culture -- it's been a lifesaver. The results of this election have been terrible for me. For weeks afterward it was hard to go to sleep, and each morning I would wake up feeling happy, and then suddenly recall what was upon us. The only thing I can really compare it to was learning my mother had cancer. And I think I was starting to slip into delusion. "It could be all right. We'll see." And this was NOT helping. (I'm sure Freud would comment on the dangers of repressed emotions.) Well, following your blog snapped me right out of that. It is worth reading the 6 rules every day. And fighting. We have two good senators -- Cantwell and Murray -- but even they need reminding. Our rep is near hopeless -- Jaime Herrera Buetler -- but our district quite purple. So regular reminders to her are in order. (Although I have done that enough in the past that her staff probably has me in the "they'll never vote for you" list. Anyway -- thank you for the blog and have a great new year. Warm regards,
Now that's really nice!
He brings up an interesting point and something I've been thinking about. The way to get to our representatives is to remember that they need to get re-elected every two years. It seems to me that a rep like Buetler, in a purple district, could really respond to threats of losing her seat in the House of Reps.
I am thinking of this in connection with Tulsi Gabbard, our district rep, who needs to be challenged. I have got to say, looking at her web site, that she is on the side of the angels in matters such as domestic abuse in the military, revision of the criminal justice system and other such issues. And she has worked on these things with Mazie Hirono. But still she seems to be in thrall to the military as an institution, and that really worries me.
These reps may not be defeatable, but they can be kept in a state of insecurity. I notice that Buetler, like Gabbard, stresses her service to her constituency and her love of the military. I guess this is boilerplate for reps.
They want to get re-elected! That is their #1 priority!