Voting is serious, but this presidential election has been sad, crazy, wild, vulgar, funny, stupid, silly, unbelievable, entertaining, shallow, unpredictable and way too long in my humble opinion. There are all sorts of polls from every angle to try to predict the popularity or trust of the candidates by region, gender, income, age, ethnicity, education, etc. I have created my own simple poll, thanks to WordPress.
Participation is open to anyone who visits my blog (following is appreciated but not required) and is not limited to legal United States citizens. International participation is encouraged. Polling is anonymous and comments do not have to reflect your choice unless you wish to do so but please keep them civil. Thank you very much!
POLL NOTE: If you want to view results, click on “View Results” which will show comments that do not show up in the regular “Comments.” I do want want anyone to think I am blocking ANY comments!! I think that comments that show up there are by those who may not be using WordPress.
Last week I was going through some stacks of papers by my desk and found this vintage postcard addressed to my father. It read:
Mr. Andrew Harvill Freer, Texas
Chandler, Arizona Sept. 11, 1935 Hello Boy: We long way from home. Some country here. from Henry Ford Woodrow Wiederkehr
In 1935 the United States was slowly struggling out of the Great Depression under Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He would win the presidency again in the 1936 election over Republican Alfred M. Landon. Eighty-one years later this lament could mirror some of the dissatisfaction today as we head toward the 2016 presidential election in November.
(An oil boom around the small Texas town of Freer was pulling it out of the Depression as men flocked to the area for the jobs in the oilfields. In 1935 my father was twenty-five years old and was either helping his father on the family ranch or working in the oil fields. More likely he was doing both. He had a wife and child with another on the way. I wonder what his two long-time friends from Freer were doing in Arizona? Today Chandler is a prominent suburb of Phoenix.)
Once upon a time I had six cats and two cat doors; three were inside cats and three were outside cats. These were their names.
All but Macavity are buried in the back yard. Today I am down to my last cat, Wiccan. She is 15 years old. I hope she goes before we do because no on else would take her. She does not like to come inside. We bring her in only in bad weather. Daughter, who loves cats, would not take her because Wiccan does not like her and hisses if Daughter tries to come near her. Son would not take her as she does not play well with his two dogs when he visits.
Do you remember Etch-a-Sketch? My children had them,, They came in mighty handy for road trips to help keep them entertained. Mine were a girl and boy three years apart so keeping them from arguing in the back seat was important!
SHE: Mother, he touched me!
HE: Did not! She made a face at me!
Today kids have all sorts of devices to keep them entertained on the road at any age. The older ones can watch TV or movies, talk or text with their friends or surf the Internet. The youngest ones are safely strapped in their car seats and can watch the latest movies on the built-in devices or hold one in their hands to watch, play or learn.
I found this image on a post titled “How Easy is Change?” by blogger Eric Tonningsen. In his post he uses the Etch-a-Sketch as a metaphor for change. Remember how it worked? If you didn’t like the way your creation turned out or you just wanted to try something different, you gave it and shake and started all over with a clean slate. Wouldn’t it be grand if change in our lives were so simple?
Eric writes in this post, “… it’s as easy as reviewing what you have created in your life. If you aren’t jazzed with what you’re facing, turn it upside down, shake things up a little, and move forward. Clean and fresh.”
He then goes on to give us three starters for consideration to effect changes. His blog is called “Awakening Awareness.” He doesn’t preach or pretend to have all the answers for everyone, but he does gently nudge us to think and find practical answers for ourselves from a mature viewpoint. Check out his blog sometime if you want a little encouragement and inspiration.
Oh, I’m not really out of wine. It is the height of hurricane season here. We have no bottled water, but we do have plenty of wind and candles. I feel smugly prepared.