True Then, True Today

Monday 6 March 2017 - Filed under Politics

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960)

Narrator: [Closing Narration] The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.

Republicans. Is your firm believe in lower taxes, less regulation and smaller government worth the price in innocent lives, bigotry, nationalism, racism and hatred that the Republican party now stands for? Will the media groups that spread this bile ever be held accountable? When will the GOP centrists stand up and speak reason/demand action from this radical group that now controls our government?

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Monday 13 February 2017 - Filed under That's Living

gees. crazy. time is a crazy bitch.
it deserves more respect than most people give it

(from a chat with a friend)

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Get Educated

Monday 30 January 2017 - Filed under Politics

In the coming months and years, we as a democratic citizenry will need to develop the skills necessary for avoiding and diagnosing such failures of discourse. We need to reacquaint ourselves with concepts like reason, evidence, justification, argument, and objection. We need also to cultivate skills of reading and listening closely, not with suspicion, but with a critical eye and ear. And these skills enable creative and clear thinking, too.

– Via 3 Quarks Daily

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Get Up, Stand Up

Wednesday 25 January 2017 - Filed under Hero


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Future Hope

Tuesday 17 January 2017 - Filed under Hero + Politics

Today I feel hope. In the past few weeks and days I’ve heard from friends I made in my teens, my twenties, my thirties and my forties many of whom are taking action in light of the current political climate. Friends who are marching in Portland, Austin, Denton, Oakland, Dallas, Edinburgh and London and family who are marching in DC. Folks who are donating money or time to charities, legal organisations, political parties and journalistic outfits. I’ve gotten messages of solidarity from clients around the world in various industries. There is a movement afoot (pun intended) and it gives me hope. Which is a much needed “commodity” in these times.

Additional inspiration:

The women achieved their goal of showing Iceland their value by essentially shutting down the country for a day.”



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Monday 16 January 2017 - Filed under Curiosities

[No. 1 in an ongoing series.]

I still can’t spell “rhythm” without help.

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Text Message Haiku

Sunday 15 January 2017 - Filed under Creations

wanted you to know
one chopstick fell behind sink
it was a brown one

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It Begins Today

Friday 13 January 2017 - Filed under Soul

Today was the first day when I could tell the light is beginning to return. More light in the morning, more light in the evening. The change is afoot. It is cold and snowy and certainly still the winter, but, ah, the light is coming back and everything will be just fine.

I love living with real seasons and real changes.

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A Bit of Reflection

Tuesday 10 January 2017 - Filed under Politics + Rant + Soul

I recently responded to an email from a friend and thought parts of it should perhaps go here as well:

Ah Brexit. That was the first of many very surprising mornings in 2016. We all went to bed so smuggly…absolutely certain that Remain would win. Of course Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay, so I woke to realize that I live in quite a liberal bubble and much of rural England is akin to rural America. Many of my coworkers are EU and so the devastation of the vote was really felt around my office. Truly everything in the world had suddenly changed.

As for us, we still don’t know what it will mean for our being able to stay here. There are so many factors that we can’t yet know. Will there be a “grandfather” clause for those already here, what of the England/Scotland divide on the issue, when will it take place (will we be past our 5 year minimum stay requirement for residency application), will there be a backlash that will place all immigrants in the same basket of eviction, will any of my employment be able to offset/mitigate my application, what will become of the free movement of people in Europe in general? Right now we are inundated with media horror stories of long time residents being told to leave by home office bureaucrats. For the time being we just plan as if we will be able to stay and keep an eye on any new developments. But, I am now an immigrant in a world that increasingly wants “you people to go home”.

Likewise, I was so certain in reassuring my friends that Trump would drop out, never win the western states, lose the primary, be rejected at the convention, lose the women’s vote because of his pussy comments, never win the election, something else will stop him….  And at every turn I was wrong. Now the only “something else” I can think of is advocacy and protest so I’ll be joining the Women’s March in London. It may seem only a token gesture, but I look forward to meeting other motivated women/men and finding ways to continue to hatch plans and act politically for change.  (And yes, it is strange to do all this from abroad. As the “token American” I am often asked to explain the unimaginable and defend the indefensible, whether it be Trump, or health care, or black lives matter, or guns. In reality many of these things are the “superficial” reasons I found it easy to leave “America” – (that is outside the decision to leave my friends, family, community).
I fear we are living in an increasingly complicated world and we are being led by the narrowest of imaginations and the lowest common denominator of fears.
But in spite of it all, I do still carry the hope and belief that things are generally getting better and that this regression is just the riptide created by the progress that we have all recently made. So keep swimming, right!?
So here’s hoping/working for a better 2017.

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Something To Look Forward To

Thursday 5 January 2017 - Filed under That's Living

Just got the tickets for my birthday trip to Copenhagen for the first week of February. It’s not exactly a warm getaway break from the Scottish winter but it is a city that C wants to visit, and I’ve always enjoyed my time there. Most importantly, Its a nice work break to look forward to so that the January blues don’t grip so tightly.

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