“The Eyes of the World” Inauguration Day

The eyes of the world will be watching……..

Will we show them a nation of strong, determined people…continuing the traditions and dreams on which this nation was created?

Or will we show them a disrespectful, lawless nation of singularly minded people unable to open thoughts and hearts to pushing this nation forward to a place of respect and benevolence.

No human is flawless, no nation is flawless.   Somehow, we must balance the scales in the favor of integrity and kindness and inclusion.

Eyes will be upon us…………I hope the picture seen is worthy of what so many believed in.

Whether you think him worthy of Presidential stature………let us remember to keep our nation worthy in the eyes of the world……..

…….We are a nation of millions who must unite and forge this nation into greatness……..no one being can make it great…….but a nation of beings can….and must.

Just my musings……….

Shirl

 

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“Our Spiral”

I am so weary of all the cartoons, the hate filled comments on social media, the loss of respect that our nation and those who lead it are due…..and this is NOT a political statement, so please don’t comment and make it one. When respect for those in public office, (WHETHER THEY HAVE EARNED THAT RESPECT OR NOT) is lost…..respect for all is lost……….You will see it in road rage, as I have this week, you will see it a parking space fights at the mall…..at first it will be subtle…..but it will grow like mold among us…….I think this has been set in motion and just cannot stop…….
In history, cartoons of ape man and such were hurled at Lincoln in the press……makes you think, doesn’t it…….
I don’t want to live in another present day Gettysburg…….:-(
Whatever personal views I hold, you will never see a cartoon or meme on my page that lowers the integrity and respect of a nation for which countless thousands have died..
Hate is a very powerful force…..when its trajectory is set in motion, it takes a massive surge of power to stop its spiral.
Too many have died in this country……thousands upon thousands right on the ground I call home.
I saw this hatred up close this week when a man pounded on our windshield, car door, and finally opened that door and invaded our world.   Thankfully, he was armed with just hate.   If it had been more………………..
Peace
Shirl
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“Road Rage” My horrific encounter today…………

I go to sleep a different person tonight.   It was something I always knew, read about, feared……….but, today I lived it.

My husband and I were at a busy four lane intersection.   Suddenly, a car cut him off, pulling right in front of him.   I know this because I saw it, we barely missed hitting it.  What followed was some very loud seconds of my husband’s hand on his horn.   He was angry; he was in the right.

Suddenly, the car that cut us off, now in front, jerked to a sudden stop.  We barely missed hitting it again.   Then, what happened next is a scene out of prime time news.

The man got out of his car……….his face was the face of madness.   He started pounding on our windshield on my husband’s side.  We were sandwiched in, cars all around, maybe some taking cell pictures.   I don’t know, I was too horrified to watch anything but this man’s face.   He moved to my husband’s window and started pounding it.   Then he opened my husband’s door, which unfortunately wasn’t locked.   His intent was to pull my husband out, but he had his seat belt fastened.   He baited my husband to get out and fight.    This man was 30 years younger, a stocky built man you could tell was no stranger to fights.   He would have seriously hurt my husband.   If he had a gun, I am certain he would have shot him, and probably me, as well.

I remember telling my husband not to get out………so incensed by my husband’s non challenge, he went back to his car and quickly sped right through the red light.

I thought to myself, what if my grandson was in the car……..How would this raging madness have affected him?   I recently read of the grandmother whose grandson was shot because she drove away from the changing light too slow.

My dad was a police captain.   We lived next to some bad areas of Jersey and he always had his gun on the seat between us.   That gun made me feel safe.

I always knew, but tonight I really KNOW.   If the lunatic has a gun and you don’t ……….you’re dead.

 

Shirl

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“Not so surprising…..Debbie Reynolds’ Death”

Everyone is so shocked……..it really isn’t so surprising.   It’s just newsworthy.   People and all beings of this earth have been dying of broken hearts since the first life and love existed on our planet.

We read stories of couples in nursing homes holding hands and dying moments apart.   I read letters from people about their companion animals dying days apart, one from illness, the other from grief.  My own grandparents died just weeks apart…..I am certain my grandmother did not want to live anymore without him.

It is not surprising Debbie would follow her daughter.   This was a woman whose world revolved around her children and her work.   Work at her age was fading out of sight; now, her life must have centered on those to whom her heart was given.   Love had been cruel to Debbie, the men in her life treated her badly, both in matters of the heart, and in matters of money.

She was quoted as saying it was partly her fault that Eddie had left her for Liz.   Liz was the passionate lover, she was the nurturing mother.

May the souls of mother and daughter be together now………

 

Blessings,

Shirl

 

 

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“Merry Christmas”

Wishing all my readers a Blessed Christmas and health and abundance in the coming New Year.

With Gratitude,

Shirlbook-cover-birdsong-barks-and-banter

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“The Horror of Gift Wrap”

gingerbread-familyI love giving gifts, but I hate to wrap…..once I just put bubble wrap around a present. I guess it’s because I have always felt what is inside is the gift, not what is outside, in all matters of life.
Luckily, I have a husband who loves to wrap……so each Christmas he is now delegated the task of wrapping all the gifts…..
He insists ALL must be wrapped, even gifts I already know …….
You would think being an artist would make wrapping a creative process for me……
It isn’t.
I always get the widths wrong, have to piece wrapping paper to adjust, we are always out of scotch tape…..to me, wrapping something so beautifully that will be ripped off in a moment is needless.
Gift bags are God’s gift to Christmas………you add a bit of tissue and you’re done.
Once, when I was working at a large plant nursery during Christmastime, part of the job was learning how to foil all the poinsettias.  This is the crimping and folding done on each pot to make the plant look pretty and festive.   I didn’t mind that, I liked shaping the red foil on each one.
I remember one day, a person came in to buy a plant and demanded she be given a piece of foil to create her own presentation.   She was an artist she said and could do it better than we could.   We watched this woman take the sheet of foil and bend it into the most forlorn mass of crumple imaginable.
We didn’t say a word.   She didn’t either.  She seemed to love it.
To each his own………whether you love to wrap, or love the look of crumpled, pieced together, sometimes glue sticked packages when the scotch tape has disappeared……..
Blessed Christmas,
Shirl
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“Living with a Bunch of Furry Kids”

Anyone who lives with a pack of dogs knows they are just like kids.   They get jealous over toys, they get jealous over beds, they can be spiteful, and they can be so compassionate your heart will melt.

We have a toy bin……yes, a toy bin of stuffed and chew toys.   We have a collie puppy.   He must first empty the bin every single time before he chooses the one he wants.   Of course, the others make their selections too.   I find toys hidden in their favorite corners, like pirate doubloons.

They make “dibs” over beds and blankets too.   It reminds me of shotgun…….who calls it first, gets it ………..

This is Bud……he is a shepherd, perhaps, rottie, perhaps dobie, perhaps anything mix.   He tips the scale at a rather portly number.   But he likes to sleep in my toy poodle’s bed.  Like I said, a bunch of jealous kids fighting over who gets the favorite toy………:-)

As you can see, his selected choice of toys are nearby.

Solstice Blessings,

Shirlbud

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