Sunday, June 19, 2022

We're Still in Trouble!

Have you been watching the Jan. 6th insurrection hearings?  I have and with growing revulsion.  There's absolutely no doubt what ever in my mind that Donald Trump planned and orchestrated the overthrow of the United States.  He should be prosecuted and imprisoned.  Every American should be disgusted.  But are they?  No, as evidenced by comments I heard from several people in Nevada who were being interviewed by reporters.  They're disgusted and appalled-not with Trump-but with the Congressmen holding these hearings.  

They think it's a travesty that there is so much focus on this.  Seriously?  What the hell are they thinking?  Are they really OK with the fact that American democracy was nearly destroyed by a lying, cheating, crooked slob who cares not one bit for this country.  His only care is for...himself.  And there are a good number of people who are OK with that.

Yes, we're still in trouble!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

What's wrong with this picture?

Pick a school-day morning at any school in just about any town across America-especially towns like the one where I live.  If you get there right at the start of the school day what you will see is a long line of cars-almost all SUVs-sitting there with one or two kids inside with the cars still running.  That line is parents dropping their kids off at school. 

While those cars are sitting there, picture a long line of big yellow vehicles arriving, aka school buses.  What you will observe about those buses is that they are about a third full-maybe!  All this while the American public continues to whine about gas prices.  

Do you see a disconnect here?  I certainly do. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2022


 

Holidays

Flag Day
Fathers Day
Juneteenth
Paul Bunyan Day
National Rose Month

National Dairy Month
African-American Music Month
National Ice Tea Month
National Candy Month

 

Interesting Facts about June

  • It is the first month of the summer season.
  • June in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to the month of December in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • June is known as a great month to get married.
  • The famous English tennis tournament Wimbledon is played during the month of June.
  • The longest day of the year occurs on either June 21st or 22nd.
  • Several countries celebrate their flag days during this month including the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Romania, and Argentina.
  • June 21st is Go Skateboarding Day.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

More About Guns

I have offered suggestions and thoughts about guns in America in this space many times so I want beat the subject to death (so to speak) any more but here's a little something I ran across recently from a book I'm reading now.

It seems every New Year's Eve in certain areas of Los Angeles when the clock strikes midnight beginning a new year dozens of people go in the street with their guns and fire thousands of rounds in the air!  Every New Year's Eve!  

The police turn a blind eye to this because they're either angry over the calls to defund the police or they're afraid of lawsuits.  

Does anyone else have a problem with this besides me?  Probably, but what can be done?  Well one thing for sure.  Do not under any circumstances go to LA on New Year's Eve!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

My Blog

I have been doing this blog for a long time.  I originally started to use it as a form of venting my frustrations for various aspects of life.  Over the years it morphed into a forum for making observations on all manner of things.  

Lately I have found I have been making things up just to prevent long gaps in time from one post to the next.  In order to address this issue I've decided to intersperse my regular blogs with stories I've been writing about my life.  

These stories started at Christmas when my son got me a subscription to a web site called Storyworth.  The idea is they send me a topic every Monday morning and I write about it.  At the end of the year when I have over 50 stories they publish it in book form and I can get as many copies as I want depending on who might be interested.   It's a pretty neat concept and it forces a person to reflect on his/her life.  

I have thus far completed 20 stories.  I am going to copy and paste the first one here.  At some point later on after a couple of regular blogs I'll post the second one and so forth.

I hope you enjoy them.

Story 1

“What was your Mom like when you were a child?”

 

If you look up the term “care giver” in the dictionary you’ll see a picture of my mother because that’s what she was. A life long care giver.  From the time she was 16 years old to pretty much the day she died she looked after people. 

 

She quit high school to work and help out her Italian immigrant family.  She was one of 10 children.  One died at birth and one died very young.  My mother was the second youngest child.  (By the way: one should not assume that because she quit high school she was uneducated and uninformed.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  For example when I got to college and had to take various American and World literature courses, I would show my mother the reading list of the classical books I was required to read. Guess who had already read them?  Correct. My mother.)

 

She married my father at the age of  22. She then spent her life looking after me, my father and my two sisters. My mother was a stay-at-home mom.  We lived in a very rural area and for economic and other reasons we only had one car.  My mother had polio when she was a little girl and it left her with one leg shorter than the other which made driving very difficult.

 

Growing up I  remember  my mother to be the complete opposite of my father.  Where my father was rather impatient, demanding and volatile, my mother was the opposite.  She was  kind, soft spoken and gentle.  She was very often put in the role of protecting my sister and me from some of my father’s demands and outbursts.

 

Thinking back on my childhood I realize that my mother was not particularly comfortable meeting new people.  She was definitely an introvert.  I can’t remember a time when she visited people or when people came to our house to visit her.  That’s partly because of  the remoteness of where we lived but I think it’s also because my mother was simply comfortable being alone.  I think that might be where I get that tendency. 

 

My mother was the kind of person who suffered in silence.  My father was not an easy person to live with.  We had many financial difficulties and his alcoholism seemed to get worse as he got older.  For a long period of time my mother’s job as a sales person at a department store  was the sole source of  income.  Eventually my father obtained steady employment but he lacked the ability or desire to manage his money responsibly.  He believed it was more important to spend money on things he wanted rather than pay bills.  This of course created all sorts of problems in addition to being contrary to my mother’s beliefs so there was a constant undercurrent of conflict. 

 

In thinking back to my childhood I recall that my mother’s method of discipline was to simply scold us for what ever it was we did wrong (usually fighting) or worse she would look at me (or my sister) with a very sad expression as if to say “I’m so disappointed in you, George”.  That would be enough to make me feel terrible.  Very effective.  Certainly better than hitting me in the head.  Modern day child psychologists could learn a lot from her!

 

As I grew up and matured (some what) and inevitably changed, my mother stayed the same.  She continued to care for my father as his health failed and eventually my Aunt Rose went to live with her.  When my father died, my mother and Aunt Rose moved in with my family where my mother took over cooking and cleaning duties.  I didn’t like her working for a family of six but I think she wanted to give back.  Always the care giver.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Hello, May!

About the Month of May

The Night Sky

May 16-Full Moon

Early morning is the time for viewing planets.  You’ll need good eastern exposure.  Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will all be in a row.

 

Holidays

May Day

Cinco de Mayo

National Teacher Day

Mothers Day Victoria

Day Memorial Day

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Symbols of May

Birthstone: Emerald

Flower: Lily of the Valley

Interesting Facts about May

It is the third and last month of the season of spring.

The birthstone of May, the emerald, symbolizes success and love.

May in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to November in the Southern Hemisphere.

May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says "Marry in May and you'll rue the day".

In Old English May is called the "month of three milkings" referring to a time when the cows could be milked three times a day.

The Indianapolis 500 car race is held each year during this month.

The Kentucky Derby, the world's most famous horse race, is also held on the second Saturday of this month.

The month of May is devoted to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church. The United Kingdom celebrates May as the National Smile Month.

The last week of May is Library and Information Week.



Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Check it out

Recent updates to my web site.  Check it out. http://georgeswebpage.com

Saturday, April 16, 2022

It's Just One Aggravation After Another!

 So the other day I got a call from CVS that the scrip I'd been waiting for was ready for pick up.  I went there and discovered it was the wrong one.  The lady told me to go to the other counter and someone would help me.  I stood there for several minutes watching people behind the counter scurrying around doing this and that but no one came over to help me so I walked out.

That's the second time I've had to walk out of CVS because I couldn't get help.

I then attempted to contact an actual human at the doctor's office where I got the scrip I needed.  I kept getting answer machine options, none of which was what I wanted so in desperation I drove to the office and explained my dilemma.  

The lady said she would check.  When she returned she said someone would call in the scrip.  I waited two days for a call.  I then went back to the same doctor's office to see what the hell was going on.  She said she'd check.  When she returned she promised the scrip would be called in.

I finally got a call from CVS that it was ready. But what a bunch of aggravation to get one lousy prescription.  I am thoroughly fed up with doctor's offices and CVS pharmacy. I can't wait for CVS to send me one of those customer satisfaction surveys they email after a visit to them!

Friday, April 8, 2022

Living With COVID

 Well, in spite of our best efforts, we couldn't avoid contracting this stupid virus.  First Sandi tested positive and then me.  Our symptoms are pretty much what they described-labored breathing, achy and fatigue-especially fatigue.  Oddly enough we had no fever.  

I was miserable for maybe three days.  I was coughing and extremely tired but I bounced back pretty fast.  Sandi wasn't as lucky.  She has a persistent cough and she's very tired.  But she's improving by the day so I think we're headed out of the woods.  

I can't imagine how sick we would be had we not gotten the vaccines.  I'm positive Sandi would be in the hospital.

I've returned to pretty much normal routine but Sandi's recovery is taking longer.  It's bed rest for her until she's strong enough to resume some degree of activity.  

We're both planning on getting a second booster shot when they become available.  Maybe that will keep us safe for the foreseeable future. 



Thursday, March 31, 2022

Hello, April

 About April

 

Holidays

April Fools' Day

Autism Awareness Day

Easter

Earth Day

Arbor Day

 National Poetry Month

National Arab American Heritage Month

Teacher Appreciation Week

Jazz Appreciation Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

Cancer Control Month

 

Symbols of April

Birthstone: Diamond

Flower: Daisy and the sweet pea

History: In the initial Roman calendar April was the second month of the year until January and February were added in 700 BC. It is thought that the name April comes from the Latin word "to open" and describes the trees opening at springtime. It could also be that the name comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

 

Fun Facts about April

 

It is the second month of spring.

It is a time of planting and spring cleaning.

In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the same as October in the Northern Hemisphere.

The diamond of April symbolizes innocence.

The Boston Marathon is held during April.

In Ancient Rome the month of April was sacred to the goddess Venus.

The Japanese fiscal year for most businesses starts on April 1st.

In England there are many cuckoo festivals.

The arrival of the cuckoo bird in April is a signal that spring has arrived.

April is the month when the professional baseball season begins in the United States.

The month of April gets its name from the Latin word aperio, meaning “to open [bud],” because plants really begin to grow now.

 

April Calendar

April 1 is All Fools’ Day—otherwise known as “April Fools’ Day.” Where did this silly day come from?

April 2 marks the start of Ramadan (beginning at sundown). Learn more about Ramadan.

April 10 is Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter and the last Sunday of Lent.

April 15 is Good Friday. Learn more about Good Friday.

April 15 is the start of Passover, which begins at sundown on this day. 

April 17 is Easter Sunday. (April 24 is Orthodox Easter.)  Did you know that Easter’s date is related to the full Moon?

April 22 is Earth Day. To celebrate, see some Earth Day ideas and activities.

April 24 is the birthday of Robert B. Thomas, the founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac!

April 29 is National Arbor Day. Find out who started Arbor Day and how we observe this day honoring trees.

 

“Just for Fun” Days

Apr. 1: Sweet Potato Day

Apr. 6: International Pillow Fight Day

Apr. 7: National No Housework Day

Apr. 17: Blah, Blah, Blah Day

Apr. 21: Go Fly a Kite Day

Apr. 26: National Richter Scale Day

Apr. 27: National Sense of Smell Day

 

April Astronomy

The Pink Moon

April’s full Pink Moon will rise on Saturday, April 16, reaching peak illumination at 2:57 P.M. Eastern Time. This full Moon is also the Paschal Full Moon this year. Learn more about April’s full Moon here!

 


Friday, March 25, 2022

Odds and Ends

 1.  Three cheers for the Ukrainian people.  Talk about gumption.  From their president on down they have shown uncommon courage and loyalty.  We should be doing all we can to help them in their fight against Putin-the biggest thug in Europe-maybe the world.  

2.  For the umpteenth time and once and for all the higher gas prices are not Biden's fault.  Has it occurred to anyone that it might be a case of good, old price gouging but greedy oil companies?  First republicans complain because we don't leave the private sector alone and then they complain when we do exactly that.  Come on, guys.  Make up your minds.

3.  Have you heard some of the questions being asked by republicans during the supreme court nominee hearings?  Ketanji Brown Jackson has handled people like Ted Cruz and Lindsay Graham with class and diplomacy.  The aforementioned senators are a pair of ignorant morons who continue to embarrass themselves but Jackson deflected their stupid questions skillfully and politely.  

 4.  Are you watching the Oscars Sunday night?  Me neither.  I haven't seen a single one of the movies and I never heard of most of the actors. 

5.  And now for something I ran across a little while ago.  Check it out.  It pretty much says it all.  

 




Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Setting the Record Straight

 I am sick and tired of listening to ignorant, redneck Trump supporters blaming Biden for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  Their reasoning is that Biden is weak.  That of course is pure bull.  Just take a look at the image I've posted below.  It says it all.  

When Biden was elected, someone observed that it was going to take him a very long time to undo the damage Trump caused.  Here's another example of how true that is.  



Monday, March 7, 2022

It's Time to Put Things in Perspective

 Stop what you're doing.  Do you hear that?  Listen carefully.  It's a high-pitched, constant annoying sound coming from somewhere.  Wait, I think I've got it.  It's coming from-everywhere.  It's being made by millions of Americans.  It's called WHINING.  You know, that sound your kids used to make (or are still making) when they weren't getting what they wanted. 

So what are they whinging about?  High prices.  High prices of food, heating oil, natural gas, gasoline, you name it.  Just high prices.  

Listen, I get it.  Higher prices for families just getting by can be crushers and when situations like this occur people want to blame someone.  Naturally the first person they point to is the president-whoever it may be at any given time.  Only this time it would be wrong to do that.  

The reasons we're in the fix we are are complicated and varied.  From supply chain delays due to the pandemic to the Russian attack on Ukraine, the natural order of things has been thrown out of balance. 

Certainly there are things government can do to alleviate some of the pain for those suffering the most but for many of us it's just a matter of biting the bullet and waiting for the time when things return to a state closer to normal. And it will.  It always does.  

Take for example the gas prices.  In many ways it's simply a matter of supply and demand.  The higher the prices go the more people conserve which in turn cuts demand thereby lowering the prices. It never fails. 

So let's all be thankful that our country is not being bombed into the dark ages. Things could be a lot worse. 

Monday, February 28, 2022

Hello, March

 Symbols of March

Birthstone: aquamarine and bloodstone

Flower: daffodil

Zodiac signs: Pisces and Aries

 

March 18th Full Moon

 

The evening sky in March is free of planets so any viewing you might want to do has to be during the predawn hours in the eastern sky. 

National Nutrition Month

American Red Cross Month

Fire Prevention Month

Fun Facts about March

It is the first month of Spring which begins between March 19-21.

In the Southern Hemisphere, March is the same as September in the Northern Hemisphere.

Each year March and June end on the same day of the week.

It is the time of year when animals start to wake up from hibernation.

March Madness is a basketball tournament played by the NCAA.

Easter is sometimes celebrated in March.

 

·  March 1 is Mardi Gras (aka “Fat Tuesday” or Shrove Tuesday), which is the final feasting day before the Christian tradition of Lent begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday (March 2, 2022).

·  March 7 is Clean Monday. Also called Pure Monday, this day marks the beginning of Great Lent for followers of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. This day is similar to Ash Wednesday of the Western Church.

·  March 8 is International Women’s Day, which is a day that not only celebrates the achievements of women and the progress made toward women’s rights, but also brings attention to ongoing struggles for equality around the world.

·  March 13 is the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins at 2:00 A.M. that day. If your area observes it, don’t forget to “spring forward” and set the clocks one hour ahead, or you may find yourself an hour late to everything! 

·  March 15 is the Ides of March! Legend surrounds this ill-fated day. Beware the Ides of March!

·  March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. According to folklore, folks wear a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day because the saint used its three leaves to explain the Trinity. 
·  March 20 brings about the March equinox—also called the vernal or spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere—marking the beginning of spring. In the Southern Hemisphere, this date marks the autumnal equinox and the beginning of fall. On this day, the Sun stands directly over Earth’s equator.

·  March 29-31 are known as the Borrowing DaysAccording to lore, the last three days of March have a reputation for being stormy.

 


Friday, February 25, 2022

Another trip around the sun

Well, that makes 79.  Seventy nine trips around the sun, that is.  My last year in the 70s.  The only member of my family who has made it this far is my paternal grandmother who lasted to 91.  All things considered I'd say I had a fair shot at that. It all depends on how the kidneys hold out!

The logical question at this point is: what have I learned in 79 years?  Well, the logical answer is no more than I knew when I sat down to do this last year.  I guess the only thing you can do is what ever it takes to  keep going.  At this point I take nothing for granted.  Within the past year alone I've lost several friends so I'm acutely aware of the fact that only the rocks live forever.  

So the goal for the next year is to be able to sit down a year from now and pretty much repeat what I'm saying here.  Fortunately I have a network of friends and an awesome family to help with that so we're good to go.  See you in a  year!

Thursday, February 10, 2022

My Kids, My Decision

 This is a really good moral dilemma problem to present to high school/college kids. 

1. I have the right as a parent to decide whether or not my children should wear masks.
2. The public good supersedes your right to make what might be a negligent decision regarding your children. 

What's prompted this is the growing wave of rebellion among parents who are insisting they and they alone have the right to decide if their children should or should not wear masks in the midst of a pandemic.

On the other side are state & local governments and school systems who are insisting that children wear masks for their own good.  

However, many states and schools are folding to parent demands.  The questions is, is this a good thing or not?  Is the health and welfare of the public more important than a parent's rights or not?  Thus the dilemma. 

If you thought you were going to get the answer here, you were mistaken.  But I can tell you this. I am leaning toward the "public welfare" side-for now anyway.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

A Sad Commentary

 The Republican National Committee (RNC) recently held their national convention and they managed to accomplish two things:

1. They rebuked efforts to investigate the January 6th insurrection.

2. They renewed their support for Donald Trump.

This to me is the official end of any sense of decency the RNC ever had.  There was a time when republicans were able to hold to a conservative philosophy but at the same time maintain a civil, cooperative approach to governing. 

No longer.  Those days are over.  Now the question is will the nation respond with the same level of disgust I have or is it OK with republicans?  We'll see this November when  the midterm elections are held.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Hello, February

February was added to the Roman calendar in 713 BC. The length of the month changed over time and, at one time, it had as few as 23 days. When Julius Caesar remade the Roman calendar, the month was assigned 28 days during normal years and 29 days during leap years which occurred every four years.

Birthstone: Amethyst

Flower: Primrose

 

Holidays

Chinese New Year

National Freedom Day

Groundhog Day

Valentine's Day

President's Day

Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday

Black History Month

American Heart Month

 

Fun Facts about February

It is the shortest month of the year.

The Welsh call February "y mis bach" which means "little month".

It is the third month of winter.

In the Southern Hemisphere February is a summer month the equivalent of August.

The month is named for the Latin word februum which means purification.

Together with January, it was the last of the months added to the Roman calendar.

The largest American sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl, is held in February.

The Saxon term for the month, Sol-monath, means "cake month". This is because they offered cakes to the gods during this month.

The 2022 Winter Olympics begin in February




Tuesday, January 25, 2022

A Yea

President Biden has now completed the first year of his four year term.  It only seems fitting that we look back at his first year and draw some  conclusions.

First of all, I don't agree with his dismal poll numbers.  He's definitely doing better than his critics think.  It's easy to forget the mess he inherited.  It's going to take time to repair the damage done by Trump.  In fact some of that damage can't be repaired.  For example the appointment of incompetent judges to the Supreme Court.   We have yet to see how much that is going to hurt people.

But about Biden himself I have to say the reviews are mixed.  The first and biggest blunder was his handling of the evacuation of Afghanistan.  There is no question that that war needed to end.  When the government of Afghanistan won't even take measures to defend themselves, then why should we shed American blood? The short answer is we shouldn't but the exit strategy (if there actually was one) was poorly planned.  Many people were left behind.  You need to do better, Joe.

I'm also wondering what our policy is toward illegal immigration.  It is still a mess at our southern border.  And while we no longer separate children from their families as Trump did, we still don't seem to have a handle on the situation there.  VP Kamala Harris is supposed to be overseeing that end of things.  I'm disappointed in how it's going.  You've got three years to get this under control, Kamala.

Finally, Joe's public appearances need to improve.  He often seems confused and a little out of it.  

In spite of all of this the economy is perking along as it should and while the pandemic is stalled,  that's because the country is full of jerks who won't get vaccinated.  That's not a government problem.  That's a people problem.

We need to give Biden and his people the time they need to straighten things out.  It doesn't help that we have an uncooperative congress.  They need to step up and be part of the solution. Not part of the problem.

All in all I'd say we are damned lucky the other guy isn't there.  That would have been disaster after disaster.

 


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

As the years go on...

Yesterday was our oldest grand child's 18 birthday marking her official entry into adulthood.  I use Brooke's birthday to keep track how long I've been retired since it was the June after she was born that I left a 32 year teaching career to become her part time baby sitter.

 Looking back, I wonder where the years went.  All I can say is thank God for digital photography because now I have a photo record of all those years and the years of her sister and cousins.

Nothing gives us greater pleasure than watching the 4 grand children grow and mature while returning to earlier years by going through the literally thousands of photos I've accumulated.

We are blessed to have them nearby and hope to be able to see many more years.

Friday, January 14, 2022

The truth, please.

 We just returned from over two weeks in Florida where the weather was beautiful.  As we were leaving, it was cooling off to....the low 70s.  We arrived back in Connecticut where it is in the 30s.  Tomorrow (Saturday the 15th) it's going to be in the single digits and windy. But, hey, this is New England. It's supposed to be cold.

But the weather is not the point of this post.  What I observed while in Florida was that a very small percentage of people wore masks in spite of us still being in a pandemic.  This observation was coupled with a piece on TV a few nights ago where a news interviewer was interviewing Kamala Harris.  He asked her why the Biden administration was not making more progress in ending the pandemic.  I was very disappointed in her answer.  In stead of telling the truth she tried to spin it somehow to make it look like we were in fact making progress.

Here's what she should have said:

1. The Coronovirus is not playing fair.  It keeps mutating into other forms thereby infecting more people.

2. People are not getting vaccinated. Period.  The government can't wiggle its nose and make people suddenly get the shots they need.  People are stupid.  Biden can't fix that.

3.  When Biden does try to fix it by mandating vaccinations, the heavily conservative Supreme Court shoots him down.  More evidence of the damage Trump has done to this nation.  Now we're stuck with 6 people who are still living in the 1700s.  

Tell the truth, Madam Vice President.  Sure, you're going to offend some people but so what?  

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year and HELLO, January

May the year 2022 be happy and healthy for all of you.

Now here's some stuff about the month of January.

The Night Sky

Planets can be viewed in our part of the country during predawn hours.

Venus begins as a morning star but gradually rises above the horizon as the month moves on.

 

Holidays

New Years Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Australia Day

National Book Month
National Thank You Month

National Eye Care Month

National Volunteer Blood Donor Month

National Soup Month

Birthstone: Garnet

Flower: Carnation

January was named after the Roman god Janus. Janus is also the Roman word for door. The god Janus had two faces which allowed him to look forwards into the coming year and backwards into the past year.

Just for Fun

  • January 1: Z Day (On this day, those whose last name begins with “Z” get to go first instead of last.)
  • January 3: National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day
  • January 6: National Bean Day
  • January 8: Elvis Presley’s Birthday
  • January 10: National Houseplant Appreciation Day
  • January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • January 20: National Penguin Day
  • January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
  • January 29: National Puzzle Day



Thursday, December 23, 2021

Here come Omicron!

Aren't you tired of this? I sure am! I've learned more about the Greek alphabet in the last two years than I really care to know.  

The fact is we knew this was going to happen.  Scientists told us, viruses mutate.  It's that simple.  Want to protect yourself from getting them?  Get vaccinated.  How do you think we managed to get rid of small pox and polio? Vaccinations. That's how.

 Have you noticed  that the sudden surge in infections is nearly exclusive to groups of people who did not get vaccinated?  One can only wonder why they wouldn't take the necessary steps to protect themselves and others.  Expression of freedom? No, I don't think so.  They're simply idiots!  Get vaccinated. Period. 

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Merry (or maybe not) Christmas

 'Tis the season to be jolly, right?  Well, maybe not.  This is traditionally the time of year that becomes very dark for many people.  

The reason this comes to mind is because I recently received news of the passing of a former colleague.  He died two days ago.  We had worked together for over 20 years.  He was my principal at Sandy Hook School.

Sad to say we did not stay in touch so I was not aware of any health issues.  But in thinking back over the past few years I can count several close friends I have lost.  Being in my late 70s this of course is bound to happen but it's still upsetting when it does.  Also, there have been many tragic events, i.e. the Sandy Hook tragedy, that add to the problem.  In fact when we think of all the bad things that have happened in the month of December or even a couple of months before, it's a wonder we're not walking basket cases as Christmas approaches. But the human spirit being as resilient as it is keeps us going.

This is not to say I'm depressed or dreading the holidays as some people are but I can understand how it happens.  Loss is simply a part of life. It's just one more thing we need to learn to deal with. Some people can't.  On top of that we have the condition that has come to be known as SAD playing a part-seasonal affective disorder.  It's basically the psychological condition that results from the loss of sunlight.  

The take away here is to simply understand what's going on for some people and show  more patience and kindness  to help ease them through it all. 

In the meantime I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Hello, December!

 The Month of December

 

Almanac  

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac December’s temperature is expected to be 4 degrees below average and precipitation is expected to be 2” below average.  The month is going to be generally cold and slightly dryer.

 

Night Sky

Venus is at its most brilliant this month.  You’ll be able to find it tucked in next to December’s crescent moon on the 6th.  By the time the holidays roll around you’ll be able to see Mercury next to Venus.

 

December’s full moon is the 18th called the Cold Moon.

 

Holidays

Pearl Harbor Day

Hanukkah

Christmas

Boxing Day

 Kwanzaa

Read a New Book Month
Calendar Awareness Month

National Handwashing Awareness Week

National Fruit Cake Month

Symbols of December

Birthstone: Turquoise, zircon, or tanzanite

Flower: Narcissus or Holly

Fun Facts about December

It is the first month of winter and the last month of the year.

National Cookie Day is December 4th. Other snacks celebrated this month include pie, cotton candy, chocolate brownies (mmm!), cocoa, and cupcakes.

December often marks the beginning of rain, snow, and cold weather.

In the United States the month is associated with Christmas. There are Christmas decorations, sales, musicals, and parties. Many people spend their time Christmas shopping. A lot of people have days off around Christmas and before New Year's Eve.

December in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to June in the Southern Hemisphere.

The first day of Winter is on either December 21 or 22. This is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It is called the Winter or Southern solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.



 

Saturday, November 20, 2021

A travesty? Or Justice?

Jury finds Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges in high-profile murder trial

·Reporter
·6 min read

A jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty Friday on all charges stemming from the 2020 shootings that killed two people and severely injured another during chaotic protests against racial injustice in Kenosha, Wis.

There are those who claim this was a profound miscarriage of justice and then there are those who say justice was done.

Having not been on the jury nor have I read every word written about this I do have a couple of questions.

1.  Who shows up at a protest armed with an assault rifle?

2. Was the judge in this case biased to the point that he determined the outcome?

These, to me, are important questions.   I have an idea what the answer is but I'll leave it to the more informed to tell you. 


Monday, November 8, 2021

A Word About Daylight Savings Time

I think I've reached the point where I think we should just leave the clocks the same all year.  There is no longer a need for daylight savings time and it's a twice-a-year pain in the rump.  Even with various devices that automatically adjust the time there are still a lot in my house that I have to do. Plus the disruption of sleep patterns is annoying.  

 So now the question is which one is it going to be: daylight savings time or Eastern standard time.  It's basically a choice between dark mornings or getting dark more quickly at night.  I, personally, vote for dark mornings but then I think about kids waiting for school buses in the dark.  Not good.  So I'll sacrifice my choice for them and stick with Eastern Standard Time.

Anyway, it doesn't much matter what I think.  Nothing is going to change.  

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Hello, November

 The Month of November

 

Sky Watch

Nov. 19-Full Moon

Venus very visible on the 7th in the southwest.

Jupiter visible on the 11th.

 

Holidays

Veterans Day

World Diabetes Day

Thanksgiving

American Indian Heritage Month

Good Nutrition Month
Aviation Month

National Stamp Collecting Month

National Peanut Butter Lover's Month

Symbols of November

Birthstone: Topaz and citrine

Flower: Chrysanthemum

Fun Facts about November

 

It is the last month of the Fall season.

November in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to May in the Southern Hemisphere.

Elections are held in the United States on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

The third Thursday of November is the Great American Smokeout. Smokers are encouraged by the American Cancer Society to stop smoking on this day.

Some Christian churches celebrate All Saint's Day on the first day of November and All Souls Day on the 2nd.

American football is the main sport watched in the United States during this month.

Most, if not all, of the leaves have fallen off the trees by the end of November.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jonathan Swift, author of "Gulliver's Travels": November 30, 1667
  • Mark Twain, American author and humorist: November 30, 1835
  • British statesman Sir Winston Churchill: November 30, 1874
  • American artist Georgia O'Keeffe: November 15, 1887
  • Famed TV journalist Walter Cronkite: November 4, 1916
  • The first and, to date, only female Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi: November 19, 1917
  • Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Anne Sexton: November 9, 1928
  • Bruce Lee, martial artist and film star: November 27. 1940
  • Celebrity chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay: November 8. 1966