Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Status quo
At this point things here in central Montana
are back to normal. Most locals have retired
their holiday flotsam and jetsam for another
year. With chances of any houseguests next
to nil. Snowbirds have gone south. Leaving
those behind to hibernate, cocoon, and chill.
Which is why this time of year happens to be
my most favorite. Finally there is more than
ample opportunity to get one's act together.
Given the weather, it's best to stay close to
home. And do all of the things that up until
now have been impossible to accomplish. As
once the weather improves, we'll be too busy.
Deferred engagement
Could there be anything more decadent than
cleaning out that closet? The only exception
being able to organize the basement. Or file
away all of the paperwork from the year prior.
Some now have to time to read the book that's
been on the nightstand since July. Whatever
one's new year's resolutions may be, chances
are most folks in town are checking off their
wish list. Hence even in the darkest of times
it's possible to see the light. Given the weather,
we'll be forced to stick close to home. And so
the odds of accomplishing something are in
one's favor. So why not seize the moment?
Opportunity zone 
Random bouts of shoveling aside, it's important
to keep busy. So rather than sit and stew, why
not braise some short ribs? Instead of throwing
in the towel, reorganize the linen closet. Given
the winter of our discontent will be herr until at
least mid-May we might as well make the best
of things. Now is the time to fo whatever you've
been putting off and then some. Leverage your
assets and maximize this limited opportunity.
After all, life is what you make of it. Whether
that means binge watching on Netflix or tatting
a quilt is up to you. In fact, this winters should
be all about you. So why not try to enjoy it?!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Contrary to popular opinion

Captive audience
Wherever one goes there is inevitably some one
in the room. One who assumes they know better
than others. Leveraging bravado and brute force
in order to get their way. Confronted with such
shameless self interest most shy away from any
confrontation. Hoping against hope that this too
shall pass. Waiting for anybody but us to step in
and make things right. Such passive aggression
rarely yields positive results. Allowing instead
the biggest bully to usurp all other's rights. Thus
said self imposed victimization leads to only one
conclusion. We have nobody to blame for this
mess we're in but ourselves - "we the people".
House arrest
The pomp, circumstance, and puffery currently
in session within our capitol is but one example
of such foolishness. Such a diatribe makes it
almost impossible to discern right from wrong.
Rather whomever bends the truth the longest or
loudest seems to win. Confirming that in the end
the only losers are innocent bystanders. Those
who only want to believe in the validity of our
democracy. Even when it seems little more than
a sham. It would be all too easy to lose hope. To
assume that those we've empowered to lead us
are feckless lemmings at best. Consumed with
their self interests - not ours. Imagine that...
Truth and consequences
If I've learned anything it's that many of us are
only able to see the light in the darkest of times.
Therefore my hope is that some one, somehow,
some can pierce our current haze of deception.
To step forward and show us the way. History
shows us that often the humblest amongst us do
just that. Therefore I've no idea who she or he
will be. Yet an optimistic that one among us will
inspire the best in most of us. All that has been
achieved thus far in this impeachment process
is the proof that our leaders are all too human.
And that when faced with evil kist wait and see.
Shame on them. And on we their constituents.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

7th Day Surprise: Tricky Dick

For reasons beyond our control,
one's moniker
can take on multiple connotations.
Hence Richard Long
can quickly become
a porn star.
See Dick run...