Monday, October 08, 2018

The Times We Are Living In


It seems we spent all of our outrage before the vote to confirm Kavanaugh actually happened. So, when it did happen, it was simply a meh moment. All the tears had been cried; all the shouting had finally left us quietly muted. We do wonder who we are as a country and what we have become. We know that there really no answers to those questions. Someone is jubilant. Someone is weeping. This broken country we call home has a gulf that cannot be bridged. This has been true a very long time.
We have no idea what comes next. I was thinking that I would have to put the blog on hiatus because our anguish and grief will overtake everything. Who needs all that crying and shouting here? But then I thought maybe we could all just take a deep breath and work out a plan on how to stay sane while we hope for a blue tide this November.

I can't express what it is like to have the President of this country actually say, "...You don't hand matches to an arsonist, and you don't give power to an angry left-wing mob." How do we survive this craziness? For all of our friends who live outside of the United States, we wonder, what do we look like to you? Are you afraid for us? Are you afraid of what he might actually do next?

So, while we wait we do our usual stuff. We go for walks. We read very little news. We don't have cable TV, so there's none of that constant hum of insanity. We even stopped watching the PBS News Hour. Is this a good plan of action? Looking away from it all. What are you doing?

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  1. Happiness is the art of knowing what you can do to improve things and doing it, but also knowing what you cannot do and accepting it. I think it was the Dalai Lama who said words to that effect and he seems a cheerful sort of guy! Yesterday I heard someone on the radio refer to Trump as "The Limbo King" - just when you think he can't go any lower, he does.

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    1. John-- You made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that... "The Limbo King." Yes, we definitely need to find what we can and cannot do. Dalai Lama does seem like a good role model!

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  2. About the same. Reading fiction. Going to the woods. Coping with the mundane (leaky roof, scandalous lawn, dog hair everywhere). Hoping for a Blue November (and not a blue November).

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    1. Paul-- Coping with the mundane sounds like the perfect answer. It's a great balance. Yes to the BLUE November!

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  3. The Fart the Clown will be gone one day but not soon enough. He worships money and has other clowns doing his bidding. Hopefully he will get his comeuppance. Maybe some one will give him some lead to chew on. Me I just try and forget. I never get a paper and only watch the BBC news. There are nicer things in life to get one with

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    1. Bill-- I love how you feel about Trump. You always make me laugh, and I really need and appreciate that. Thee are definitely nicer things in life to get on with.

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  4. Just now I listened to John Trudell's Thanksgiving Day 1980 talk a second time. I'm moved by how John Trudell spoke of ways to survive what was happening in 1980 and what he so clearly saw coming.

    "... We must take a little bit of time every day anyway and put some of that confusion to the side and think about who we are in relationship to the earth. The earth has the ability to heal, and the earth has the ability to help us. The earth is power ..."

    If you have time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkzF5TOr0k8

    Those who have 500 years of resistance behind them, those who are willing to resist for 500 more years, give me hope. John Trudell voice is strong and powerful. He does not call for violence. He speaks of a sense of community. He speaks of a true power that can outlast the violence and brutality that is entrenched in U.S. history and is so blatant today.

    "... We must gear ourselves for a long struggle. We must never give up hope. We must never turn our backs on it and say, "We're not going to make it ..."

    Your photos of sky, water, land, and our friends with wings give me hope. We are going to survive against all odds.

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    1. am-- I will watch the video today. This earth is all we have, and the headlines are not very promising about its future. We are definitely all in this for the long haul. But I'll tell you, I'm glad I'm as old as I am and came of age in an entirely different era of dreams.

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    2. robin - I'm feeling that way too. I just read one of the IPCC reports and my mind was doing the math in the background -- and thinking, well, at least I won't be around to see the worst of what may come. Bad attitude, I know, but that's about where I'm at right now.

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  5. Believe me, I understand trying to find a way to cope. I'm still trying to make sense of everything. Enjoying the shorebirds seems like a good start.

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    1. Steve-- We're working on our coping mechanisms. Trump throws something new at us everyday. Pretty soon we're going to be pretty good at ducking!

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    2. coping mechanism: more pasta!!!

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  6. From your Canadian follower. We are not afraid, but we are very concerned. We are also angry because of Trump's behavior. However, we know that the american people are good. But you do have some major political challenges.

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    1. Red-- We do have some major political challenges ahead. We're hoping for things to improve in November, but if they don't, it's definitely a scary time here.

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  7. The news is an endless cascade of horrible things and potentially disastrous things. I can't watch much of it; it's too much like watching a train wreck as it happens. I have to assume that there will be something left on the other side of this nightmare, but I fear it won't be what I'm hoping for. Sometimes I envy the dogs. They couldn't care less about politics as long as they get their walk and their treats.

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    1. Mark-- Yes, it is like a train wreck happening right before our eyes. We do look away. Dogs are a pretty good role model. Kitty cats too!

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  8. I have to say that I'm much more concerned about the environment than about the states right now. The news coming out of this week's IPCC conference is as grim as anyone has expected. What happened in the US last week, while disgusting, was pretty much as I'd expected, so I avoided thinking about it. Instead, I was paying more attention to world news and particularly the tsunami Indonesia on Sept. 28. It was all but ignored in the US news for the first couple of days and barely discussed by anyone I know online other than friends in Asia and the Middle East - who were very upset. The same with the two typhoons in the Pacific last week. Barely a murmur spoken. I found that pretty pathetic, actually. Also, the hurricane damage in the US also seems all but forgotten. Ho hum. Old news. It's always like this lately -- just one big DT sideshow after another -- the ugly free trade agreement last week, the disgusting SCOTUS circus, Trump's horrid mockery of Dr. Ford this week -- ugh, it all makes me ill -- so I turn away. The old "not my circus, not my monkeys" strategy. I'm much more concerned about more dead whales this week, and the new report on the depletion of oxygen levels in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence River, and all the death of sea creatures around the Florida coast, and more similar news coming out of Asia. That's the real news. It's pitiful, but hopefully sanity will return in time to salvage the natural world -- the creatures and innocent human lives that will be lost in this ecological death spiral. Of course, the problem is worldwide as those in power operate on an international level - spreading their poison around the globe. But even they becoming desperate in an effort to profit from the last of everything. That's how you sort of know it's becoming an end game. Eventually, they are going to lose control. It would be just be better for all of us if it was sooner rather than later. In the meantime, I think you're doing the best thing -- avoid the brain damage of paying too much attention to the political sideshow -- and hope for a Blue Wave. Instead, put your energy into that which seems worthwhile. There is nothing that can be done to convert the Trumpster minions. They are a lost cause - their guts are full of bilious hate. Last night, I read an interesting essay by Tom Nichols, a professor at the US Naval War College, explaining why he has finally had it with the Republican Party. I must confess that I actually laughed out loud at this line -- because it's so true and he's so right on. “I’m out. The Trumpers and the hucksters and the consultants and the hangers-on, like a colony of bees who exist only to sting and die, have swarmed together in a dangerous but suicidal cloud, and when that mindless hive finally extinguishes itself in a blaze of venom, there will be nothing left.” I think he's nailed it. What remains after is anyone's guess. But really, in the overall scheme of things, I suspect that there are still more who care about the other humans, about wildlife, and have a strong moral base, people who believe in equality. Good people. Given time -- if there is enough time remaining, that is -- the world may heal -- or at least that is what I choose to believe.

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    1. Bev-- I will confess to what my true wish for the planet is and that is for all humans to disappear. I don't want it to be violent or gruesome, just POOF and somehow we are gone. Then, this poor poisoned planet can begin to heal. There are simply too many humans here who all need food, energy, and water. Of course that will never happen, so the next best thing is leaving a small footprint and hoping for an awakening. Maybe Trump is really the last gasp.

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    2. Agree. Too many humans. It's not sustainable. Small footprint is the best we can do, I think.

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    3. I had not heard that quote. Wow. I wonder what the numbers are on how many have actually left the Republican party? A lot of high profile folks, for sure. Could they possibly form a viable third party and just isolate these right wing bozos out of existence?

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  9. It's really awful, I agree, esp the IPCC report that has me stunned since I read it earlier today.
    But there it is, Robin, we must look across borders, leave national political battles behind us, we must concentrate on our planet. All our ideas and our creativity must concentrate on this. I have no time left for squabbling politicians. I pledge my faith and my support (and vote) to people who stop the destruction of forests, rivers, oceans, wildlife . . . humans if we have a chance.

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    1. Sabine-- The IPCC report is truly a stunner. I sadly believe that nothing will be done. We have a small window of opportunity to make changes, and really I don't believe that there is a will to do so. I am hoping that I'm wrong. I pledge my faith and my support and vote to people who stop the destruction as well. We are in this together, my friend.

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  10. Yes, I am very afraid of a President who has harsher words to say about peaceful female protesters than he did for Nazi sympathizers. Who will tell boldface lies when the facts are not in dispute. Like you, I have turned away from television news. I rely on reputable Internet sources I can take in smaller doses. I regularly write to my Senators and Representatives although I know it is to no avail. Mostly, like you and Roger, I get out as much as I can and enjoy Nature. It is balm for the troubled soul.

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    1. a President who has harsher words to say about peaceful female protesters than he did for Nazi sympathizers. BINGO.

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    2. NCmountainwoman- Nature is truly the balm for the troubled soul. I hope we can save our country and our planet.

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  11. I too am backing away from the fray. We knew what was coming but we had to try anyway. I really can't wait till November and hope we don't get surprised and burned like we did in 2016.

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    1. Patti-- I'm with you waiting for the midterms and hoping for the best. I have no idea how things will turn out or even if the count will be honest. Sigh.

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  12. When you and Roger walk into nature and share those images and experiences, well, THAT is healing to me. I appreciate that you keep the rants to a minimum, because, really, we are now living in a giant echo chamber of ranting, teeth gnashing and hair pulling. We have to move beyond that into whatever small actions we can perform. You know me -- lots of naps, reading novels, watching movies, getting outside when I can, lovin' on my doggies. Enjoying my neighbors.

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    1. Tara-- I am not much into ranting. I'm more into chanting. I'm hoping we can all exhale a bit after the midterms, if they are honest and move in our direction. I'm glad that you are working on how to stay sane in these deeply troubling times, my friend.

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  13. I'm obsessed right now. However,I absolutely do NOT watch television news anymore. It is too much. Living in Florida I probably have a different perspective. It is a bit like Star Wars down here. I am hoping for the best in November, and doing what I can to make sure the Blue Wave happens. If it does, I'll take up meditation and try to learn to relax again in anticipation of 2020. I am unable to look away. Sometimes I wish I could.

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    1. Colette-- To be perfectly honest, we never fully look away. Our internet connection is 24/7 and we always know what's going on. We just listen to music instead of all those talking heads. Yes, if the Blue Wave happens, we can breathe a bit of relief and learn to relax. Sort of!

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  14. Thanks for the wonderful photos!

    And thanks, everybody, for the comments.

    xoxo

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    1. kathy-- You're welcome! Glad you liked them and the comments.

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  15. Dear Robin,

    Of course I am not afraid of you or the millions of lovely and loving Americans. But yes, we here in Canada and people all over the world are terrified. Beyond the terror, there is just the disgust and moral repulsion; day after day after day after day. It's just so inconceivable that is president. And yet he is. It is just so inconceivable that he has as much support as he does. But he does. This is a time of menace and destruction, as Sunday's IPCC report on the ravages of runaway climate change tell us, on that truly global front. Anyway. I'm trying to pay a bit less attention to the decisions that are being made. But it's hard. Because they matter. WAISTTTOL.

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    1. John-- Yes, disgust and moral repulsion. I feel it too. I worry so much about the future now. I feel like we are living in a time of new Nazism. It's a dystopia, and we are frantic here. Sometimes we think about moving to Canada, but what difference would it make. The monster is big and looms over our entire planet. I don't know what to do anymore. Thank you for your kind words. WAISTTTOL.

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  16. Not reading the news here either. The grief of what is happening overwhelms me. Can't find the words for this so I remember Samuel Beckett's words and try to carry on. "I can't go on, I'll go on.

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    1. kerrdelune-- I love that Samuel Beckett quote. Thank you so much for sharing it. I need to remember it... "I cant go on, I'll go on." Yes.

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