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"I am financially more stable and I have enough experience to recognize the ways being white-skinned did contribute to that fact over time. " I agree with you that this is true and admire your ability to write it. Some will disagree because it takes away from their own accomplishments. However, I assert that structural racism hurts ALL of us and it is because of the bias against people of color that we have whites who are poor. They are caught in the net.

IF we behaved like the happiest countries (Finland, Iceland, and so on) we would have healthcare…


Jason,

Thank you! I'm honored. I was shocked when I did my research to find many of these things in the history of our country. The police are made up of honorable and brave men and women. But we have to keep an eye on the origin of some of the negative things that can come from unbridled power. Then we can fix it. Again, thank you! This made my day!


Simplicity is the key.

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It was interesting to watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix deliver advice on clearing out your house. I watched the first three episodes of the series and then stopped. Nothing personal; I just realized that I was experiencing clutter overload. I mean, how many times can one watch someone's kitchen be de-cluttered?

Recently, I realized that this de-cluttering could apply to other parts of life as well.

I’ve started a new thing. You know that uncomfortable flash you get in the back of your mind when something’s not right? You’re irritated or just plain mad. …


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

Former New York City mayor and current attorney for President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, poses with members of the Arizona Legislature Nov. 30, 2020, after an unofficial hearing on alleged election fraud in Arizona. Trump announced Dec. 6, 2020, Giuliani was diagnosed with COVID-19, leading the Arizona Legislature to close. From left are Sen. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, an unidentified man, Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, Giuliani, Rep. Leo Biasiucci, R-Lake Havasu City, Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, Rep. Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa, Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix. Arizona Capitol Times

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…


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…

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