Sunday, December 1, 2013
Have to redo this main page soon. I like having distinct pages on distinct subjects rather than one long rolling blog so I'll keep that. but like having a "HQ" page as well. For more trivial musings, postings, more immediate contact, I can also be found at
Friday, December 7, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Love cannot be silenced.
It never has.
It never will.
Let justice roll like a river
from the oceans to the hills
- Sister Kathy Sherman
Saturday, December 1, 2012
As the following image is posted shared and reposted I note that as it is passed along people add their memory and sorrow and hope and comments and reflections like something of an electronic quilt and so those who shared it with me and with whom I shared would see the comments of a friend who wrote for my 4 clients who won their disability appeals - and died before they received their money. Their families got nothing, because there is no such thing (yet), under federal law, as gay marriage. For you, we struggle on. For everyone currently living with HIV or AIDS, we struggle on, and for the new infections - occurring in the US no small part due to cuts in preventive education by Bush II - we struggle on.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
One of the many unknown to me who fought for civil rights, and he saw the similarity between the right to same sex marriage and his right to marry a woman of another race. Civil rights laws were passed, but are they being effectively enforced today? See my Careers page for my perspective of concern; Memoriams for full article. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/us/lawrence-guyot-civil-rights-activist-who-bore-the-fights-scars-dies-at-73.html?ref=todayspaper
Why not? Facetious? I found I missed writing once I retired, even though I only wrote complaint investigation reports, documents, and findings for the "feds". I realized I always loved writing; editing not so much. So I am stepping into this brave new world of writing without an editor, or serving as my own editor. Scary! A common comment by a manager when removing my favorite writing was that it was facetious. So? At first, I later realized I had the ego of a writer and ownership of every word. Like I don't now. It was awhile before removal of every word was not akin to a paper cut. Another step was realizing the stress during the drafting. As if I wasn't already tempermental enough. Finally, the end product. Relief. Oh, sorry I went off on everyone all week, I feel much better now, thank you. And then the editing. Ugh!
This desire to write has grown so strong that write I must, reading by others not required. I have to get this stuff out of me somehow, this seems the safest and most peaceful way. And quite therapeutic. Like little endorphin rushes. Much more healthful than other methods I have used to make my self feel better, or even happy.
The most shocking experience recently was during the stress of a days long conversation with someone newly encountered, trying to work off the stress digging irrigation ditches in my yard, I felt like I was going to burst, with words. Finally I rushed in and grabbed a pen and paper. Words rushed out. They seemed to form the cadence and rhythm of poetry. Some of the words even seemed to rhyme. Where did that come from? Now I admire e. e. cummings, Walt Whitman and a few others whose names I can't think of at the moment, but never once did I ever consider writing poetry, nor a novel for that matter.
And then today I wrote another poem! Shocking I know! Although whether the products would actually be considered "poetry" I will have to find an expert to determine.
So there is something here I have to develop. I would like it to range from the serious to the fun to the silly. The initial topics for which I would like headings under which I will add posts as the - what? muse? I guess, strikes me, are:
Politics and Government
My Career, starting with my retirement message, then perhaps including chapters for a potential memoir to be called Fact or Fiction - You Decide - Stories from My Life as a Cog in the Federal Bureaucracy
Popular Culture and Music and all that, especially that, Jazz
Reviews of Live Performances
Contests, with an interactive feature if I can figure that out
Memorials, also interactive hopefully
Diana Ross, of course
Dogs, with chapters to be collated for my forthcoming chidren's fable (she's really taking this writing crap seriously) called : The Adventures of Haley, Princess of Alsatia.