Writer and Observer: Injustice, History, Family, Love, and Politics. Electrical Engineer. Completing First Historical Fiction Novel.

During World War I, many able-bodied men went to war. But the work of the country still had to be done.

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There were thousands of job openings and not enough men to fill them.

All of a sudden, women had hands, a body, and…a brain.

In the photo above, Ice Girls carry out a delivery to a customer. The block is heavy, and yet, they are not pushed aside by men because it’s too strenuous for their delicate bones. They’re not too sensitive or even too weak. They just do the job.

Fascinating what society will adapt to when necessary. Did well-dressed, highly coiffed ladies stop them in the streets and say, “Does your mother know what you’re doing? …


Unless you were Black, of course

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I have never lived in Georgia. It’s possible it could have happened. My mother is from the state, and if she hadn’t gone up to Philadelphia to work as a maid, she wouldn’t have met my dad, who was in the Air Force. Then they (with me, my sister, and two brothers) wouldn’t have lived on bases from Germany to Idaho to New York and the Phillippines. She’d have stayed in Georgia, married a hometown boy, and, well, then I wouldn’t be me. I’d be somebody else.

But as long as I’ve been alive, Georgia was known to have a…


My in-laws are 83 and 85. How hard could it be?

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I’m beginning to panic. My heart pounds and my hands are sweating because I have anxiety…not for me, but for my in-laws. They are wonderful people, and a little unusual. For example, my mother-in-law, who is 83, still works. She won’t listen to anybody who will tell her to stay home. And what does she do? Why, work with children of course! She’s the monitor who straps them into their seats every day for their safety.

I can assure you that any child on her bus will have no choice.

They WILL be strapped in. Securely.

In the meantime, she…


This Black History Month we should honor Representative Jim M. Hinds

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United States Representative James M. Hinds is dead.

Even though he was born and raised in Hebron, a small town in northern New York, Congressman Hinds was the Arkansas representative for the 2nd congressional district. He had arrived in Arkansas after the “War between the States” which had ended in 1865. A graduate of the Cincinnati School of Law, he realized that St. Peter, Minnesota, the town that he and his wife, the former Anna Pratt, lived in would not grow much further. …


He sicced a mob on the U.S. Capitol

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Today domestic terrorists breached the U.S. Capitol building. They carried a confederate flag, showing where their allegiance lies. They never truly believed in the United States of America. They never really bought into the tenets of democracy. Only this time, slavery is not the subject — or is it?

It was a dark day.

The ghosts of the Civil War, the traitors, that is…still live. They live on in today's Republican Party. The evidence of that was demonstrated quite amply at the U.S. Capitol today. The allegiance is not the abolition of slavery this time; it’s the worship of President…


U. S. death tolls are going up, and up

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My brother was in Desert Storm. But soldiers were able to come home now and then. And right in the middle of some of their worst conflicts, he was able to visit. We were living in Dallas, Texas, at the time.

It didn’t go well.

We drove through the streets. Everything looked pretty normal; various people walked the streets nonchalantly, and there appeared to be no drama.

But it was when we stopped at a Chili’s to catch up that he exploded. It was full, and we had to wait for a table. Inside were groups of people talking fast…


The scientists can’t get the COVID19 vaccine to me and mine fast enough

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All five of us (spouse, son, and twin, preteen granddaughters) have been here in our townhouse for five days straight. I’ll have to put in another order of food from Amazon Fresh before too long. We never see the guy when he comes which is probably best. The doorbell rings and by the time we get downstairs, the food is waiting for us to put away. A friend of mine shopped for us last March and April — it was like torture not to hug her when she came by. This is more impersonal and businesslike.

When we're locked down…


Here’s a secret: They’re terrified that he’ll steal the next term.

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They raised a pit bull and now there’s nothing they can do with him. The situation is out of control.

Some Republicans saw the situation early and went home, like Senator Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. He had too many conflicts with the president and left Congress in December 2018 to “spend more time with his family.”

It’s probably best. By now he’d have been identified as a “RINO” (Republican in Name Only) and pushed out of office by people who deemed him to be unloyal and insufficiently servile to…


It might actually make a difference and then where would we be?

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The states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia are hot spots right now. Well — perhaps not as much as it was since Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan have certified their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden as of today.

There were three other states in contention; Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. (Nevada recently certified its electoral vote.) But the protests for President Trump in those states were muted; the fervor was not as strong. There are a few reasons for this. It’s not that these three states aren’t…


They voted for President-elect Joe Biden and Democracy in the 2020 election. That is how he won.

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For four long years, reporters tramped out to rural areas, trying to scrape inside rural folks' brains to see what THEY wanted from Washington. And nobody could miss the forlorn videos of wasted, ruined factories in the small-town landscape, surrounded by tableaus of sad faces that held memories of prosperity in the years gone by. There were videos of children and parents who passed away due to alcoholism and opioid use. It was poverty porn USA.

President Donald J. Trump called people like…

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