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Looking for Light in the News of the Day

In light of the darkness of recent events

I am feeling befuddled

And mixed up and tense

I’ve grown tired of the pickets

on this particular fence

Too much manipulation

Too much pretense

Some days I achieve empathy

Would I rather be dense?

Ah, well, life is so good when I look up and around

…and maybe the news can be simply turned down.


Not Dorothy Parker, but trying to sort it out

Now we speak of

“your truth”

“her truth”

“his truth”

“my truth”

Have we lost all affection for

THE truth or even SOME truth?

“All I want is the truth,

Just give me some truth”

 said John Lennon

Would we call that crazy today; and under-hyped?

What with people being labeled, pigeon-holed and stereotyped

Divided into categories, declaring how done wrong we all are………………………………………with a tinge of glee,

While creating new stereotypes for the opposition — how can this be?

Announcing how we must fight, fight, fight

in order to create utopia before the breaking news tonight.

in the name of progress and sanctimonious concern

What are we playing at?  What can we learn?

I hear the call to accept everyone’s truth; do not judge,

(while judging so harshly, refusing to budge)

and in the same breath condemn an alternate view

because only subjective reasoning is held to be true

Will we throw away commonsense and common ground

     for political gain and power unbound?

Will we turn our backs on the freedom we desired?

It kinda makes me sick

Truth is…. it makes me tired

I will help you reach spiritual, ethereal heights and you can pay me by the month.

I have given yoga a break and I do feel the loss as far as the structure and consistency.

It was definitely a great way to build strength and balance and I am grateful to my yoga instructor…

……and yet… after about four years, I found myself becoming increasingly impatient with the whole thing;

I felt somewhat annoyed that I mostly didn’t feel centered and calm and deeply moved at the appropriate times.

And the hour sessions were long!

I finally started wearing a watch because it helped me deal with the timing of it better —  –felt a little disturbing to not know how much time remained in the session.  (Don’t they deprive people of a sense of time in order to punish them or make them talk — give with the information?)

I wanted to feel more enlightened instead of slightly skeptical about the presentation – some things seemed just made up and I had to ask how is it possible to breathe into my thigh or some equally impossible task.

I still do some yoga on my own as part of daily exercise; because I think it has value but it got to be an expense I couldn’t justify . “I will help you reach spiritual, ethereal heights and you can pay me by the month.” Our yoga instructor taught me a lot and of course she deserved to get paid but there was an unnecessary pretense of being above all the economic realities.

Note:  One thing that would have made yoga less appealing would be to have a goat jump on my back.



I want to get back to the mind set when I was a kid and didn’t worry about who got elected and what could go wrong because of it.

I would like to be informed but detached from the outcome.

Bewitched, bothered and befuddled am I!




No Matter What – revisited

No matter what…

Are you a little bit tired of hearing that you can be happy,  “NO MATTER WHAT?”

I am tired of seeing it, too — in print, in book titles, on web sites, on t.v. and wherever else it pops up.

Get me, I am consciously and consistently grateful for all the wonderful people and things and amenities in my life.  I practice not taking it all for granted.  I notice when I feel no pain or illness whenever I start to be impatient or whiny.

See, I even posted this photo of this  fresh fruit, just because I am so very appreciative and happy to witness such beautiful abundance.

I even tried living each day as if it were my last, but people really do get tired of me running in circles screaming, “I’m gonna’ die! I’m gonna’ die!”

The point is, I get the essential lesson.  I accept the importance of soaking up all the blessings and being very cognizant and deeply appreciative, but that really does not stop the hot flashes, followed by chills and the overwhelming sense of foreboding, followed by a deep and abiding confidence that all will be well.  Oy, with the emotional roller-coaster, already.

What tires me out is the assurances that all you need to do is be in-the-moment and life will be a happy journey.   Maybe so, but when it gets down to the brass tacks of the guiding principles of happiness achievement, there is very little brass and only two or three tacks.   A decided lack of substance.

Possible conclusion:  A person is not likely to be happy at all times.  Essentially happy is possible, but sad hits; then it passes, like quarterbacks and time and everything else.  All things.  Experience it, and move on to the next particular sensation.  Maybe.

In spite of all this, I do like the book, The Happiness Project” (by Gretchen Rubin)  — very thoughtful — good quotes.

So, never-mind.

Relunctant Commentary

Wrong is not righted

by doing wrong

Revenge provides nothing

that lasts very long

The innocent pay and they pay and they pay

The facts and solutions just get in the way

The story is troubling, heart-breaking

and bleak

and mocks all the justice

we purportedly seek