Monday, August 24, 2020

#LifeinthetimeofCoronavirus...and everything else

A friend recently asked me about my writing. In fact, every time he sees me, he asks. 'How's the writing going?' And I always reply, 'Not really doing much writing right now. Still just not feeling it.' 

My colleagues who write a lot just tell me to keep at it. Write a little bit each day. Just form some sentences. Do the work.

But right now my head is so full of anger and frustration about the state of our country that I have trouble staying on topic.

I am frustrated that people I know to be smart about so many things, don't understand the difference between the stock market and the actual economy.

I am angry because people I know to be kind and generous on a personal level continue to applaud and share the hate and lies that are posted daily by trumpers and Russian trolls.

I am grieving because I have to stop seeing people I thought were friends, and who can no longer be trusted to do the right thing. Like wear a mask to protect themselves and others from the possibility of passing along or being infected by Covid19.

I am tired of being angry all the time. I try to focus on positive things. I don't watch network TV any more, so I escape any political advertising/propaganda. I don't get my news from Facebook or Twitter, relying on reporting from sources that have been proven to maintain high standards of truthfulness and accuracy. I do my best to debunk conspiracy theories and outright lies.

Most important, if I see a post that is questionable as to its veracity, I do the research to determine if any portion of it is, in fact, true.

I'm so tired of being angry all the time. We need to take back the Senate and get rid of McConnell and his cronies. And we need to get that orange man and his disgusting family out of the White House.


Some thoughts from 'The American President' written by Aaron Sorkin: 

Lewis Rothschild: People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.

President Andrew Shepherd: Lewis, we've had presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.


President Andrew Shepherd"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free"."


President Andrew Shepherd:"We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them." 


Peace. Vote. #Biden/Harris2020

Oh, and did you read that a small asteroid is due to come very close to the Earth on November 2nd? 

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