THE RUSSIANS IN LIBERTY – Marilyn Armstrong

Garry and I have been watching "Reilly - Ace of Spies" starring Sam Neill. It's a really good, long mini-series. Very detailed, complex, and absorbing. Since it's more or less historical, I know how it's going to end ... which is one of the few things I don't like about watching history. You know it's … Continue reading THE RUSSIANS IN LIBERTY – Marilyn Armstrong

ASTONISHED? MORE LIKE DISAPPOINTED – Marilyn Armstrong

ASTONISH We had one beautiful day on Saturday. It rained on Sunday and through last night and this morning, it's cold, dark, and grey again. Not only that, but neither of us feels well. It was actually snowing a bit north of here yesterday. It wasn't sticking, but there was quite a lot of it … Continue reading ASTONISHED? MORE LIKE DISAPPOINTED – Marilyn Armstrong

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL – BY ELLIN CURLEY

A lot has been written about dieting and body image. What interests me is how we develop our body image in childhood and how this image haunts us through life. Here’s an innocuous example. I’m short. Very short. I’m less than 5’1” tall. So it would be reasonable to assume that “short” would be part … Continue reading MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL – BY ELLIN CURLEY

Thank You, Donald Trump – Jan Wilberg

I couldn’t have said it nearly as well — but this is a very good description for many of us these days. Brilliant, actually.

Red's Wrap

When Donald Trump was elected, I decided it was time to be the political commentator I’d wanted to be when I was sixteen. I’ll get a spot on Medium, I thought, and just tear the bastard up with my laser analysis and searing prose.

But within weeks, the guy became too disgusting for words. Every day, there was some horrible, gross, ignorant assault on our customs, values, law, civility, what we used to agree constituted basic decency, a man basically relieving himself on the country’s fine china.

So I turned my attention to people and things that knew how to act in polite company like me, for instance, and my dogs. But walking today, it came to me that Donald Trump, the sloppy, rude jerk that he is, had actually made me a better person and a better American. Here’s how.

First, I pay attention like I never have before.

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LAST CACTUS FLOWER OF THE SEASON – Marilyn Armstrong

Flower of the Day I got two blooms on my Christmas cactus. The first flower closed up this morning and the second opened this afternoon. By the time I remembered to grab my camera to take some pictures of what is probably the last flower for this year, it was late. Close to dark, really. … Continue reading LAST CACTUS FLOWER OF THE SEASON – Marilyn Armstrong