Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Equal opportunity
Faced with adverse challenges many rise to
the occasion. Hence all of the heroes who
have helped us survive the Covid 19 crisis
so far. How could we have survived sans the
bravery of hospital and medical caregivers?
Along with the folks who stock our grocery
shelves? All of whom make a difference in
our lives. However not every one is a hero.
Some of us are cowards. Unable to take the
steps necessary to do what has to be done.
Who rather than step up, step back. Hiding
in the shadows. Waiting for somebody else
to make this world a better place.
The truth be told
This morning a friend shared that she was
taking Oprah's advice. Which is to "live
your own truth." In other words be honest
with yourself and others. All too often we
make things worse by doing anything but
that. Sadly most of us assume that candor
will get us in trouble. Hence we try to put
things in the best way possible. Twisting
facts to suit our own purpose. Attempting
to make everyone happy even if that's an
 impossible dream. Doing the right thing
requires communication. A dialogue with
oneself and others about facts not fiction.
Face time

Good intentions aside, trying to avoid the
inevitable only complicates life. Except
in rare instances can any of us transform
bad into good. Such a transformation is
hard work. The first step being to embrace
reality and develop a fact based strategy
that course corrects. Such a process isn't
always a "kum ba yah" experience. In that
embracing truth means accepting things as
they truly are. Yet in the end there no gain
sans pain. Which is why I can't agree more
with my friend. Living one's truth is the
only way to succeed. Try it. You'll like it.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Waiting room
Ultimately the majority of criminals are held
responsible for their actions. Karma kicks in.
The big problem being that what goes around 
rarely comes around when we want it to. Yes,
timing is everything. Payback almost always
being well worth the wait. As of today many
innocent until proven guilty  criminals are in
the process of being held responsible for their
actions. In Minneapolis the world watches as
Derek Chauvin's trial starts. In Boulder and
Atlanta two mass shooters await their days of
reckoning. As participants in the attack against
our U.S. Capital will soon be held accountable.
Behind the scenes
Often it seems that the worse of us find a way
to avoid the inevitable. Working the system in
their favor. Deferring retribution via a variety
of questionable detours. However we shouldn't
assume it's as easy as it looks. Even the worst
of us are tortured by the pressure and stress of
living in limbo. Knowing that ultimately they
will be held accountable. Which makes this
writer wonder what Donald Trump is thinking
as he hides at his Palm Beach enclave. Being
out of sight and mind has to be hell on earth
for an egomaniac. And as far as I'm concerned
it couldn't happen to a worst guy.
Patience please
It's been said that the higher they fly the harder
they fall. Hence those who abuse their power
sink to new lows. Left or right - red or blue - 
good and bad. Currently Andrew Cuomo faces
a barrage of accusations. All which appear to
indicate that rather than invincible, Andy was
all too human. And thus yet another example
that few if any get away with wrongdoing. No
one likes being taught a lesson. However being
held responsible for one's mistakes sets a good
example for the rest of humanity. Until then
we're all going to have to be patient. Justice is
worth the wait. It's over... when it's over...

Monday, March 29, 2021


The new normal?
Recent coverage of the shooting in Boulder
focused on the shocking fact that two gun
sprees occurred within one week. However
that wasn't the most disturbing of revelations.
Rather it was that I'd completely forgotten
about the spa murders in Georgia. Post said
crime spree I moved on. Embracing a new
world where bad things can happen to good
people buying groceries. Am I numbed by
the reality that Montanans can legally pack
concealed weapons? Or that last week one
of our state legislators mounted a bill to add
rifles to our flag. Am I just an easy target?
Safety in numbers?
I read a quote this morning from Senator
Toomey of Pennsylvania. Who stated that
whether someone being able to add more
guns to their arsenal didn't make them any
more dangerous. A philosophy which only
bodes well for gun manufacturers. Next
I read a report about the truly devastated
family of the Boulder gunman. All who
were gobsmacked when he showed them
the gun he's purchased for "target practice".
Claiming a week later that he was on his
way to "return" it. Only to stop at a grocery
store and shoot ten people in cold blood.
Well worth the risk?
Second Amendment defenders attribute
mass gun murders to a "mental health
crisis."  Yet do little to limit the access
of  "crazies" to guns. Obviously anybody
who is willing and able to shoot and kill
innocent bystanders is NUTS. However
whats even crazier is that post a series
of traumatic events we do nothing to
stop the next. Instead of learning from
our mistakes we ignore them.. An act
that makes us equally culpable for gun
crimes against humanity. When will we
stop the madness? Enough already!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

7th Day Surprise: Palm it Over


Even with a spring in our step
most of us want to be anyplace but here.

Some dream of palm trees
as others will be waving their fronds.

Whatever you do...
enjoy this Palm Sunday!