Monday, November 16, 2020

These Times We're Living In

Okay, is it crazier than you'd ever thought it would get? And does the threat of even crazier simply make you want to hide for the next couple of years? Even here in our little town far from the populated throngs of California's biggest cities, the virus cases are spiking up. And the really big bummer about that is that many of the cases are simply community based, meaning transmitted not by someone known. Ugh. We're being careful and conscious whenever we have to venture out to the market. We're now wearing two masks because some of the masks simply aren't quite good enough to protect on their own. We are not going to socially gather for the holidays, and if you know us that's not too big of a change. Things are going to get worse, how much depends on each one of us. 

 I'm still running outside to catch the ephemeral beauty of our skies. This sundog only lasted a few minutes, and then it was gone. A brief glimpse of something other than a frightening headline. A moment that has nothing to do with the madman in the White House who won't concede. To have to deal with both the coronavirus and the political insanity here is a challenging task. Something that we contend with daily. So yes, run outside and look for something that lifts our hearts and reminds us of easier times. 

We hope you are all doing well and staying healthy and safe. The ride is bumpier than we thought it would be, and it ain't over yet. Thank you for being good kind thoughtful virtual friends. We don't even need a  mask to stay connected with you all. We're so grateful for that.

28 comments:

  1. As Bob Dylan misanthropically sang, The Times They are Changin'. But only for the worse, it seems.

    I see your lightest nightmare is that Orange Man may pardon himself. But why should he stop there? Were he to proclaim himself God, all those hairy guys strolling the streets in camouflaged underwear and picking their teeth with loaded AK 40s could then embark on a Holy War.

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    1. Roderick-- I love your description of the Orange Man's hairy support army. You've described them perfectly.

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  2. The internet is a fascinating place, isn't it? No masks required. And it can bring a beautiful sundog in Arcata to friends near and far. Thank you for being here on this bumpy ride through time.

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    1. am-- It would be a pretty lonely time without this connection with our virtual friends.

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  3. Love your sundog. Heard it means wet weather is coming.
    Just when we thought a successful election would make things better, we can't get rid of the current tenant. Grrr.

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    1. Patti-- Oh yes, wet weather is definitely coming. It's going to be a pretty rainy week. I'm Grrrr-ing right a long with you!

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  4. Lovely sunshine & colors you captured in the sky. I'm so grateful that this time of isolation came when we had the internet! If it happened 10-20 years ago, who knows how I could sit here in NC and share the beauty you see.

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    1. Barbara-- Yes, without the internet it would be such a lonely time. Our lives are truly enriched by the sharing.

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  5. You're so right, Robin Andrea, about staying connected without a mask needed! What a nice positive thought for the start of the week! I am so grateful for your blog!

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    1. EllenD-- Thank you so much for your kind words. I am grateful for your presence here.

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  6. We have two challenges at one time. You're right that the political situation is very alarming as it doesn't have to happen. The virus is a threat because of a politician's actions. Normality will ba a long time coming. Have a good day and keep watching the sky.

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    1. Red-- Yes, these two challenges happening at the same time is really alarming. Tiring too. I love watching the sky and sharing what I see with my friends here. Thank you!

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  7. Americans are spoiled. most of us living now have never really known hardship. our parents and grandparents suffered through WWI & II, the Great Depression, the Spanish Flu, polio. That so many people can't find it in themselves to suffer a little hardship like staying home and wearing masks is sad. I know a lot of people are really having a hard time since they've lost their jobs and the gov't could help them if our current gov't cared.

    we live a fairly anti-social life anyway so our lifestyle hasn't really been affected. no lost job because we retired but still have plenty to do to keep us occupied. it is nice to have the internet,sort of pen pal on steroids.

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    1. ellen-- We really are quite spoiled here. I think about it all the time, but mostly when I'm cutting up food for dinner. Food I went to the very nice co-op to buy; food that is organic. Food that I don't have to walk miles to find. We have never known hunger. It blows my mind how spoiled we are, and yet people won't wear masks even when it puts their own lives and the lives of their loved ones at risk. Such dangerous idiocy.
      Oh yes, pen pals on steroids. I love that. I had pen pals when I was young. It prepared me for this!

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  8. Well we are in Lockdown because of it but going into town it there are still people walking about though Social distancing is in evidence. I noticed the clown has gone quite while he sulks, pity the gobby lawyer does not do the same, must be hard when the accusations get thrown back in their faces.

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    1. Billy-- I have to tell you how much I love how you describe our clown. I love how much you truly dislike him. It makes me happy and glad that we are friends here on the internet.

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  9. I'm actually unsurprised how crazy it is in the US Robin. I expected as much. I feel sad to hear in the media that COVID is completely out of control there. I don't know how or even if it is possible to get it under control now. I wonder if rusted on Trumpists are getting the virus and what they think of him then. Surely real experience of it must change their minds and make it obvious how he has completely failed to fulfill his duties. The world watches in dismay but maybe not disbelief. I think there are aspects of American culture that have made it ripe for what is happening now. I just hope my country doesn't follow blindly along the same path - as it has done in the past. America can be great again, but I suspect not while Trump is alive.

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    1. Dr. Michelle-- I just learned a few minutes ago that here in our little county we went from Minimal Tier 4 risk to Substantial Tier 2 risk since October. How can people be this stupid? I am very worried. I didn't realize how far we had fallen in the eyes of the world.

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    2. I don't think most Australians are assuming all Americans are idiots at all. But from the outside it's clear the US is facing some very difficult issues. That's not a judgment - it's a warning to Australians that if you keep choosing trickle down economics, right-wing populist governments with neo-liberal agendas - this is what the future looks like.

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    3. Dr Michelle-- I'm hoping with a Biden presidency, followed by a Harris presidency we can change the direction we've been headed.

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  10. It's really odd how people are responding to the virus at this point. It's as if they have forgotten about it and have moved on the next shiny little bauble that catches their attention. I would say at most half of the people we see at the grocery store are wearing masks.

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    1. Mark-- Here in California there are rules, no mask no entry. That's it. I think with the latest uptick in the infection rate, all Georgians may start wearing masks. Well, I'm hoping.

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  11. I hear you! Missouri has had an increase of the virus. When I venture out to the small towns around here, I mask up. I am frustrated with how many people don’t use a mask. I don’t think I knew the term, sundog, before. I always called them prisms. I’m glad to know the correct term. That is such a nice catch! My sister and I decided no getting together for Thanksgiving, this year. A phone call will be sufficient.

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    1. owl-- It really blows my mind that people are not wearing masks. I hope they wake up before Thanksgiving. Glad you liked the sundog pic.

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  12. Every day I try to pay attention to what's beautiful around me, regardless of what's going on in the news. It helps keep me sane! Blogging is good for cultivating that skill.

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    1. Steve-- Yes, the beauty of our world is the best balance to the madness. You always inspire me!

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  13. It's always crazier than you think it will be with that one. We are in seriously dangerous times right now, as he goes on his revenge tour. Also, I am very nervous about our thanksgiving plans, with includes only our children, but still. I don't know if I'm doing the wrong thing. My daughter misses us terribly, and I miss her as much. My son might have to work. I pray all will be well.

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    1. 37paddington-- Such seriously dangerous times, and the madman exacerbates it with ignorance. It blows our minds everyday. I understand your dilemma. Such hard choices to make during a pandemic. I don't usually pray, but I'll add my prayers to yours that all will be well, my friend.

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