Still Bad…

Thought a nice rollerball pen would make my bad handwriting look better. It didn’t. My 4th grade teacher was generous when she gave me a D in penmanship…

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TO MY DAUGHTER

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, it is said that Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto became uneasy…and then said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Whether he said it exactly like that–or even spoke the words at all; I believe it accurately describes the October 6, 2018 nature of the women’s movement. This is but a single setback that will soon be pushed over by your generation. I have no doubt that more will change in the next 5 years than has changed in the past 100. Don’t ever flinch–just keep fighting…

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify at Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

 


It’s OK…

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It’s a warm breezy night under that bright hanging moon and hundred billion stars … you’d think it be desolate and alone. Instead…as I look up to infinity, feeling like a piece of the whole. A few thousand miles does not seem so far tonight. Get out there and breathe…


Ahhhh….

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There’s a certain feeling about working inside all day–and then walking outside at dusk with the cool breeze blowing. Quite similar to that moment you take your shoes off after hiking around the mountains all day–in reverse!


TROUBLED WATERS

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More than a million women, men and kids marched all over the country yesterday, including right here in Austin. So, what did it accomplish exactly?

Well, for this guy, I’m in the midst of recasting my outlook on the Trump effect. Seems his supporters perceive the rest of the country as  bleeding heart, non-conformist liberals who just won’t give their hero a chance, while non-proponents  tend to cast Trumpians as  wide eyed ignorant bumpkins who’ve  been hoodwinked.

And then we have the so called silent majority. Those who think and feel—perhaps just as deep and with equal conviction, but choose not to participate in the rhetoric. Is it to avoid conflict? Or maybe said  citizen simply does not want to lose precious Facebook friends?

Let’s stop that stereotyping right now! We are all (well mostly) good people who love our country, right?

Now some would say, “Just speak up, cause I want to bash your opinion and call you names–it empowers my endorphins for a moment.”

Ha! I’d bet the farm that Facebook is setting records with “Blocks” and “Unfriending” these past months.

So bad and yet, so sad, yes?

Oh wait! What was that little ruckus that culminated in 1776? Silence or noise?

Fast forward to a lady named Susan B Anthony. I read somewhere that she encouraged a bit of conflict back in the day. And then some guy named Martin Luther King. He sure was a troublesome dude–getting all those people to march till their feet blistered. Especially since so much of white America thought the world was just fine as it stood and so many black people didn’t want to rock the boat.

Look where that got us…

So–to all those who criticize me–or any of my friends or anyone else who exercises their right to protest and demand better–well knock yourself out–cause it’s also your right to speak up and do the same.

Last time I checked, that’s how progress is made.

The divisiveness we see right now is not a new thing. Donald Trump did not cause it, rather  the democratic process has shoveled it front and center. Regardless of whether you are for or against him–it’s showtime! With open mikes!

Sure we often take a step back for every two steps forward (sorry for the cliche), but what the fuck—welcome to the United States. Where freedom rings, yes?

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EAT YOUR VEGGIES!

CarrotsAndTomatoes-1024x683OK, so there’s a few ideas in this linked article, but take it from a dad of 4 very independent and iron willed veggie haters–none of this friggin’ works!
Except…one method that I used back in the day (not listed in this article). I would puree different greens, garlic, onion, carrots, zucchini, eggplant and other veggies and then lightly saute in olive oil. From there, I’d blend the mix in to their fave bottled pasta sauce and then proceed with spaghetti and meatballs (turkey meatballs – that was trick # 2) as normal. They loved my “secret recipes! And I don’t think they knew my tricks–until now, haha.