Where is the Real Truth About the State of our Union

Political convention

I’m in the second week of political conventions and if I didn’t have common sense, I’d be scared to death. My father often said if sense were common, everybody would have it; after listening and watching the past eight days, he was right.

From what I can see and hear from the speakers, whichever way we go, we are up the creek with no water, paddle, or life jacket. With the Biden/Harris ticket or the Trump/Pence ticket, all our dreams will come true or they will all turn into nightmares. I suspect the truth is out here in the middle struggling to be free, and we, as an electorate, are left to sort through the demonizing/ hopeful language and decide which road to take.

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Don’t Mess with the Post Office

U.S. Mail

Do Not Even Think of Messing with the Post Office

U.S. Mail. I saw it etched on the stagecoach to Tombstone in an episode of the ancient western, Tombstone Territory, Monday and I smiled. The stage dropped off mail, picked up copies of the Tombstone Epitaph, the star of the newspaper series, and keep moving safely through the wild West. I’ve watched a hundred episodes of this show with the cool theme song without noticing those two words but with all the talk about the United States Postal Service (USPS), it struck me as worthy of note.

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Ball of Confusion, That’s What the World is Today

confused world

“…Ball of confusion, that’s what the world is today, hey hey.”

These lyrics from the pen of Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, though more than 50 years old, won’t leave my mind today.  This powerful classic doesn’t specifically name today’s situations, but similar ones: unemployment, virtual versus in-person school, deaths are climbing/ miscounted, the country’s doing well/it’s headed for the tank, wear a mask-don’t wear a mask…and yet, every day, along with our neighbors and friends, we get up, put one foot in front of the other, and keep going.

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Binge Watching TV is Addictive, Educational, and Inspiring

Orange is the New Black series

Netflix calls itself “the world’s leading internet entertainment service,” and that’s probably an accurate description, but what it doesn’t say is that it’s like an addiction. First, I confess that I’ve never tried drugs—too cheap and too scared—but I’ve seen addicts plot and plan full-time on how to get access and that’s exactly what happened to me when I discovered Netflix and the series Orange is the New Black.

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