When we flew in to Seattle last night it was bitter cold and dry, Arctic. It seems a little warmer this a.m. Thank god for the big warm men's sport jacket I bought at Value Village for $10.00 last time I was here. Value Village, our clothier.
The plane out of Hilo was late coming into Honolulu and we literally had to run to the gate to make it in time for our flight to Seattle. Once we were on the plane, though, it was fine, and we even had extra leg room seats, enjoyed the small meal they serve, read and snoozed. Our suticases will arrive this a.m., we hope.
Our daughter did what she called a deep cleaning of our condo, and it was a real treat to come into this immaculate, uncluttered space when we struggle so hard in Hilo just to keep the place reasonably decent! We have been thinking very hard, lately, about rationalizing our lives. The free and easy days are long gone, and we need to calculate everything in order to survive and be happy. She just called this a.m. and we are going to the movies tonight. I want to see Fences. It is a filming of the August Wilson play. I have never had the opportunity to see one of his plays performed, so this will be the closest I can get to that.
The Republicans are coming at us so fast & furious that it's impossible to keep up with. But millions are on it. Best activism is coming from liberals in red states like Texas and Missouri. They know the beast from the inside.
I never could read Annie Proulx or Cormac McCarthy or Don DeLillo; Myers explains why I have always thought they were boring phonies. My eye slips off the page as I try to read their tedious sentences and paragraphs. Stuff he quotes, like this paragraph about horses from McCarthy:
"He said that the souls of horses mirror the souls of men more closely than men suppose and that horses also love war. Men say they only learn this but he said that no creature can learn that which his heart has no shape to hold ... Lastly he said that he had seen the souls of horses and that it was a terrible thing to see. He said that it could be seen under certain circumstances attending the death of a horse because the horse shares a common soul and its separate life only forms it out of all horses and makes it mortal ... Finally John Grady asked him if it were not true that should all horses vanish from the face of the earth the soul of the horse would not also perish for there would be nothing out of which to replenish it but the old man only said that it was pointless to speak of there being no horses in the world for God would not permit such a thing. (All the Pretty Horses)"
How profound. Sort of like Hemingway but wordier. Manly yet sensitive?
Proulx always annoyed me with her gee whiz attitude toward the details of human existence, repacked as peak experiences. I have not read much of her work but enough to get the idea. I think Myers is a little hard on DeLillo. I got through White Noise and another novel of his, about archeology, I think it was. Sure, he's pretentious, but in White Noise he is describing aspects of American life that are odd. His characters are like marionettes. That, however, could be DeLillo's point.
I don't agree with Myers 100%, but this is the kind of criticism that does the job, not afraid to express a point of view based on deep knowledge and careful reading, insisting on quality, calling out pop and kitsch manifestations selling themselves as high culture, etc. Bravo!
Packing caps and gloves, carrying our heavy jackets as we head north. Brr. Well, it will be a stimulating experience, at the very least.
No aromatherapy for me! Now those House Republicans are after Planned Parenthood, sneaking a defunding measure into the ACA "reconciliation" package they want to send to the Senate. People are still not sufficiently alarmed about what's happening, even as they contemplate the loss of health care and other benefits to friends and relatives and maybe even to themselves. Too busy to do much more than keep up with their situation, they are not making the connection between their struggles and our fraying safety net. It's not that way for people like me--we are well fixed-- but somehow the struggles of others don't make me feel good about myself. Sure, it's liberal guilt, or maybe survival guilt. But guilt is good. It's the signal that you are in the wrong and had better shape up. That's what I'm trying to do. I think I, and a lot of others, would have gotten off the mark sooner if we had not been so certain that Clinton would win.
I just wrote to thank Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz for the way they are fighting Republican measures. Republicans want a list of bills for Trump to have ready on his desk to sign on his first day in office. Our Hawaiian Senators will do everything they can to block every action of the Trump administration. They learned resistance from the masters, the Republicans themselves. I'm not so sure about Tulsi Gabbard. I called her office this a.m. and stated my opinion that she should work hard to defend ACA. The woman I talked to, the same one I talked to before, knew who I was. I think this means the Gabbard office is not getting many calls.
A letter to the editor from friend Margaret Drake:
Letters to the Editor of the Tribune-Herald do not get published on their online site. I wrote to them requesting that they start publishing them there so they can reach a larger audience.
The yard's pretty nice. I was able to get this orchid to re-bloom, because I took the advice on how to take care of it from a professional orchid grower. This is quite an accomplishment. It's small size, about 2 1/2 ".
Anthuriums grow well here under partial shade. They need no care. They also need no soil. Just lots of filtered light and lots of water. I fertilize them now and then if I remember.
A pretty azalea. Decades old, needs no care.
Bleeding heart. A flowering vine, not the same plant as the bleeding heart that grows in temperate climates.
Had a great Thai lunch, and now it's nap time. OOps! Well, taking it easy I little bit, I guess!
Tea Party tactics are working. I am amazed at how powerful they are once they get rolling. Politicians cringe in fear in the face of confrontation, esp. from their constituents. The Tea Party group were low caliber people motivated and led by clever amoral planners, but we can use the cleverness while ditching the amorality and replacing the Tea Party agenda with our own agenda. We have needed a new direction, and this is it. It is not necessary to "purge" people who are not ideologically "pure," as the Tea Party did. The author of the News piece is wrong about that. Leftists with wide differences of opinion can work together on a negative campaign focused on stopping the Republicans. And that's a lot of people. Tea Partiers never had the numbers, and look how far they got. We have the numbers. Media people are probably miffed that we have gotten ahead of them.
There is no time for hemming and hawing and deliberating. This is an emergency.