Tuesday, March 2, 2021

CAUGHT RED HANDED

Stormy whether
Power corrupts. Throughout time those at the
top assume they're exceptions to any/all rules.
Hence when the mighty fall there are usually
ample excuses why. Boys will be boys in that
the male species sexually takes advantage of
any situation when given the chance. Eagerly
grabbing any chance to hopefully rise to an
occasion. Therefore why are we surprised
when our leaders fail us by being too human?
When literally caught with their pants down
some deny. Others confess. And some come
back fighting. Inflicting further pain on their
victims. About whom they couldn't care less.
Equal opportunity
We should've known that Andrew Cuomo and
Donald Trump shared more than animus. In
that both have the swagger that good looking
power brokers display on a daily basis. Along
with an obvious inability to resist temptation.
Especially given they've come to believe that
they're different, special, unique. And hence
entitled to whatever (whomever) they want.
Yet when confronted with the errors of their
ways few perpetrators learn their lesson. The
end result being a vicious cycle that given the
chance only happens behind closed doors. 
That is until somebody finally speaks out.
Repeat offenders
Some suggest people in glass houses should
resist tossing concrete bon mots. Hypocrisy
being the inevitable byproduct of such crimes
against humanity. Post any signs of weakness
others seize the moment to their advantage.
Piously judging those unlucky enough to get
caught doing just what they do themselves. 
Creating an even more vicious cycle. Which
is why many victims of bad behavior keep
their mouths shut. Their silence insuring that
of given a chance - those in power will still
continue to take an unfair advantage. Until
they are outed, convicted, and shamed.

Monday, March 1, 2021

CRAZY AIN'T IT?

U.S. versus them
If you're like me - you're not sure what or whom
to believe. Most crave easy answers. Honest -
straight forward data. Yet for many Americans
warped perception has become their surreality.
Facts aside - said devotees dogmatically decry
those foolish enough to speak the truth. Angrily
defending fantastical dreams. As others deem
them nothing more than nightmares. Part of
me admires their commitment against all odds.
Although deep down I am absolutely terrified
of their blind ambition. Afraid of what they'll
do next. Or of my realization that we have no
chance of changing their minds for the better.
"Q" and nays
For reasons beyond our control we've lost all
reason. At least the ability to work things out
amongst ourselves. Political myopia warping
the hearts and minds of so many of our family,
friends, and neighbors. Hence true or not they
believe Trump is the victim. That the world at
large is plotting against them. Stripping them
of their rights, beliefs, and freedom. Holding
onto a promise that he'll still be inaugurated.
As our nineteen President on March fourth.
Willing to do anything to prove they are right.
So how can the rest of us prevail against such
a tsunami of delusion? 
Den of thieves
When will this ever end? Are we destined to
be immersed in a never ending war of fantasy
versus reality? Can sanity be victorious? Will
we hold them accountable for their falsehoods?
The path to redemption is accepting the truth.
Anything else threatens our very democratic
principals, Therefore we cannot hand over our
country to a band of thieves. Crazed vigilantes
who honor nothing except hatred, derision and
delusion. Is that how we want our American
dream to end? A sacrificial lamb murdered on
their altar of maniacal ambition. We cannot
surrender to lunacy? That would be CRAZY!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

7th Day Surprise: Innie? Outie?


YIN OR YANG?

In theory our entry into March
yields positive or negative end results.

Ready or not... here it comes!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

ME TUBE

Remote control

Oh the things you'll see. On Youtube that is.
Lately I'm addicted to an odd assortment of
videos. Given I'm over politics I had to find
something to absorb my time. Mostly I have
been viewing old BBC documentaries that
cause Frank's eyes to glaze over. However
for many reasons I love learning. And thus
can't resist a roaring recap of Chippendale's
for over two centuries in the Hermitage. A
bit boring to most but completely engaging
for an artistic type such as myself. 
Viewer discretion advised

Search and find a video about the good, bad,
and ugly. Along with all things fascinating,
charming, and illuminating. There are more
"how to" videos than any honey do list can
ever encompass. But one must be careful
who they "follow". As some may lead lead
them in the wrong direction. Like Kacha
the Russian chalk paint queen who destroys
vintage furniture. Slavering fine wood with
vile pastels, floral decals, sparkles, faux gold
leaf, and who knows what else. Be warned.
Viewing said desecration is like driving past
an auto wreck. You just have to look...
Who, what, where, and when

I'm not the only one. Frank is addicted to travel
vloggers. Who take him to places he's not been.
And may never get to see for himself. One of
our favorites are a gay couple who frequently
post via "The Way We Saw It". They hit the
hot (as in vacation) spots. Yet tread lightly as
some video tour guides can grow a tad tedious.
Especially when their homemade videos try to
earn their keep. Fortunately there are plenty
of other places to travel via Youtube. Hence
when you've had enough you simply change
channels. And search to your heart's delight!
So why not go ahead and tune in to tune out!

Friday, February 26, 2021

HOME SCHOOLING


Back to basics
 
It appears that our viral crisis may finally be
on a downward trend. Mostly driven by the
availability of vaccines. While not as of yet
there is hope is on the horizon. Promising
a return to "normal" life. Whatever that was.
Yet I can't help but consider some aspects of
our self-isolation as being positive. Both of
my daughters have been stuck at home with
their offspring for over a year. Parenting both
toddlers or a teenager on a 365/24/7 basis has
been challenging. However I'm proud of all
involved. Because through it all they've risen
to the challenge. And are the better for it.
School chums
Home schooling - let alone virtual learning is
not easy. Just ask my teenage grand daughter
in Michigan. From the start few actually knew
what they were doing. Hence technological,
social, and other issues plagued the process.
At times her Mom "E" had to fight the fight.
Diving in to help solve the problems. As in
algebra. Both learning along the way. About
each other that is. And growing closer day by
day. So while being out of the social world at
school has been hard - staying close to home
with Mom has a gift from God. Forcing them
to work together to conquer their challenges.
Breakfast of champions
My grandsons in Chicago don't know what
they're missing. This year would have been
"H's" first in school. Instead his parents kept
him home. Transforming their dining room
into "school". Said re-focus benefitting both
their five and three year old boys. And in the
process bringing out the hidden educator in
my creative daughter. A growth experience
for the entire family. Everyday she integrates
whatever they are studying into all aspects
of life. Right how it is gardening. Hence even
breakfast blossoms! Creating memories that
both boys will never forget. 
Home sweet home
Back here in Montana it's been much the same.
While both Frank and I have much to learn our
school days are long gone. Even so being stuck
at home for a year has taught us much. Mostly
that we're more than self-sufficient. Perfectly
happy living as hermits. Growing closer as each
day passes. To the point that when we're apart -
even for an hour or so - we miss each other.
The fact is that during this Covid 19 crisis our
lives have improved for the better. Teaching us
that the people we live with on a daily basis are
all that truly matters. And that even in the worst
to times - together we truly are STRONGER!