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      Today, here in my neck of the woods, I am alone for awhile, sitting here with my lap top, listening to music, looking out the window and thinking about a variety of things that effect my life, many that effect other Americans, and some that effect every human on the planet.

      It’s a ‘droop nootie’ day; grey, with drizzly rain, but mild temperatures (50 degrees) and I reflect on how lucky I am that I am not caught up in the mid-west’s cold, where people in double digits have died from that cold, and families are suffering; but it doesn’t change my mood of melancholia.

      I miss my little brown fur baby who died last month, as she would have been curled up and sitting beside me right now, and there is that empty place where she used to be.

      I despair at how little we are doing to impede the damages of climate change - the destruction of food from the ocean, the dearth of water, and how at least one corporation is using that to buy up water that should be for everyone; the damaging weather that will hurt my children and their children; our current government that is unwilling to even try to do something about it.

      I reflect on how fortunate I am to be in a warm environment, with electricity, food in my cupboard and refrigerator, while so many are doing without. My appeals to my government, my support of agencies who try to help others, and even my life’s work, don’t seem to make enough of a dent, for there seem to be too many whose greed and lust for power keeps causing hurt and even death to so many.

      I remember the naive beliefs I used to cherish when I was very young - that humankind would throw off racism, sexism, bigotries of all kinds by the time I was the age I am today, and I feel so disappointed that we seem to continually circle back into the same old miseries.

      I think of how important it is to keep my energy up, remain optimistic, love what I have and not bewail what I don’t have; but this day I can’t seem to manage it, so I am allowing the grief, the feelings of despair- just for a while - even though I know that my fighting spirit - what my mother used to call my rebellious nature - will exert itself again soon. I wish for so much better for myself, my family, for all of us!

      So for today, I am sharing my melancholy, my understanding of how small and human a speck that I and my energy represent in this vast universe that can be so wonderful at times for some of us, but so awful at times for so many.



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          opie
          3 months ago

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          Thank you, Opie for sharing the feelings that so many of us share. This administration is so exhausting. I feel overwhelmed by the multitude of wrongs they have committed and seem to be getting away with. It is like a grey cloud overhangs us on even the sunniest days. We have one another as allies in this and an awesome Congress that will challenge the administration and fight for what is right. I just watched Stacy Abrams and she was terrific tonight!

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              Mary Higgins
              3 months ago

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              Thank you Mary. I watched Stacy too. She is very upbeat, and knows what the country needs.

              One of the things we desperately need is to get away from Trump an his oppressive GOP! ;-)

              We (the people) are joining together to take back our country.

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                  opie
                  3 months ago

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                  Unfortunately opie, I feel the way you described your day more frequently than I would like to admit. It is very depressing, but we must remain strong for ourselves and as many people as possible we can help. Thank you for being you.

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                      TOCB
                      3 months ago

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                      TY TOCB - and thanks for the badge. I think that what is happening to the good people of our country (and even the world) just gets me down sometimes, but I agree to your sentiments completely.

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                          opie
                          3 months ago

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                          Due to the strictly family demands myself and my husband arrived to Austin TX right before New Year and we are staying here in Austin f0r now or for a while. The mood wasn’t the best and last week I went out to walk a bit the neighborhood streets in Tarrytown, usually quite conservative and quite a well to do place in Austin. I stopped before one house and read a colorful poster hanging on a door. It wasn’t about selling a car, or something like that, it was a statement; In this house everyone is welcomed, nobody is an illegal here!

                          I really cheered up, that is just three and half hours from the border and in a very white well to do neighborhood. And by the way every cheriff writing in local press or commenting on that wall business is saying not needed , we need recourses to protect us from drug trafficking, and new equipment for border control.

                          That seem to be enough to elevate my mood and gives hope for the future.

                          But always even being silent enjoy your articles!

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                              alohacowboy
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                              So very true. Love lights up the world, and hate cannot darken it everywhere.

                              Image result for love brings us together. Hate tears us apart.


                              Thank you for supporting my rambling post alohacowboy I appreciate your response.


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                                  opie
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                                  we didn't even make it out the door to the grocery store today. Try again tomorrow or later on tonight maybe. Or hang it up all together.

                                  Life hands us obstacles some are our own making, or the making from someone else, or crap just happens. Lemonade comes to mind. But it's hard to make lemonade when the person or people handing you lemons doesn't participate in their own making of carnage.

                                  so I try to cheer up or do some odd ball thing, or something I haven't done in a while. So tonight I am watching a John Wayne movie called "Hondo" and I thought about the Super Bowl and a Amazon commercial that was released early.



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