Monthly Archives: October 2017

Friendships Endure…

Hey all! Been a while since I’ve been on here, so I’m going to take a little time today to catch up with everyone and read whats been going on in your lives! The reason I’ve not been here for a while is because a.) I was on vacation for a week in Newport to visit my bestie, Judy, and was having way too much fun to drag out the old laptop and read about all the depressing shit going on in our country and around the world, and b.) since I’ve been home, Ive been “downsizing”, I guess, or at least “purging”… Since Courtney and Piper have moved into their new house this summer, Danny and I have been making plans as to what we want to do with our house. Despite the pleas of our kids to move out of our five bedroom, three-story house, we plan to stay here for the time being, but theres some work that needs to be done, of course! The first thing is going to be to get new floors put in. No more wall to wall carpet! But of course, that means getting rid of stuff we don’t need anymore (some that we didn’t even remember we had anyway!) and making the floors much more accessible for the guys to come in and do their magic.

Boring stuff to talk about after a two-week hiatus, right? But! There is a reason I’m talking about this at all here on FB, and it’s been kind of exciting (!) for me & I want to share!

In the process of digging through ancient boxes, bins, and other assorted containers, I came across a box yesterday of some of my very old mementos from my childhood years: birthday cards, my diplomas, our wedding guest book, as well as some pretty hilarious papers saved from elementary school through college, and it was a treat to read those! (I was pretty smart back in the day, although not nearly as smart as I’ve believed myself to be! Ahahaha!) The best and most surprising part of this discovery, however, is the box of letters I found. What a rush of memories to see the cards and letters from my Grandmother and best Auntie, Lorraine; my baby sister Jen who made me little cards full of love, love, love notes, my brothers Joe and Jeff who wrote to me through college and beyond, cards from my folks, etc. All the stuff you’d kind of expect to find in such a box. The biggest pile, though, and the one that made me giggle most, was a stack of letters saved from my friends through the years! And wow, was that the best thing I’ve found, ever! And I suppose it is a kind of reaffirmation of the friendships I’ve enjoyed renewing on FB, because there I found letters from many of the same wonderful folks I still (and again) love today: Anita Sherman, Kathleen (Kathy) Hagan, Susan McHale (anybody know where she is nowadays?), Cindy Richey, a couple of notes from cheerleading pals, and a couple from someone who addresses me as “cool jew”(!?) (anybody got an idea who that might be? I’m at a loss…), a few old loves (Donnie Hamilton, Tony DeAloia; even Louie Ratterman and David Spang, who were not boyfriends, but “boy-friends”) and my most favorite, Karen and Kathy Borchers! I haven’t gone through them all yet, but I’ve read a couple of them, and my heart was about to burst!

I have to admit, I had no recollection of most of those notes, which made them especially fun to read last night, but that also reminded me of how important those (you) people have been in my life forever. I can only imagine how my letters back to you after I moved to Akron must have been; that was a very dark and sad time for me, and I think that on some level, those letters provided me with a lifeline, a way to see that such darkness and sorrow, as overwhelming as it was, was temporary, and that moving away was not the end of the world, even though it felt like it. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the discovery of so many funny, moving, crazy, letters after decades of preservation has reminded me of how important you folks have been, and how much that love remains within me.

I feel kind of sorry for our kids, who write things on their computers to friends, and who will never understand the power and physical acknowledgement of holding those precious papers in their hands.

Yeah, if it’s on the net, it’s there forever, but how much access do we really have once we push “send”? Thank you, my wonderful friends, for giving me such life-sustaining joy—first, when I needed you most, and again today, when I can truly appreciate such a gift!

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Is KellyAnne Conway also flying in government planes (just a rant) 

Of course she’s complicit–this is the most ridiculously inept group of greedy crooks to surface this century–or last. They are so oblivious to the rules and protocols of leadership & humanity they don’t even know how to do the wrong things the right way & not get caught! Then they lie so blatantly and childishly that those of us who do have some sense of decency have a tough time believing what we are hearing or seeing….and they walk away, fueling that hungry passion for the spotlight. The problem, I think, is that Dumpy has never had to play by the rules of any game or in polite society, so he never learned them. He only ever had to show up and sign his name or point his fat little finger at some D-level celebrity and humiliate them on tv, and that is how he thinks the world (at least the one he lives in) works. He thinks that all Presidents do is stand & give speeches, have photo ops for signing executive orders, toss a few rolls of paper towels and remind everyone-every day-many time’s a day–what a wonderful man he is and how gloriously he will be remembered in the history books. He has-or had- no clue that the President actually has WORK to do! He is as shallow as the walls of the fake office built for his reality tv show. Congress and most of the news media have been walking on eggshells since he took office, few daring to call him out for fear of his bullying reprisals. I’m happy to see the decent leaders of our government, like Rep. Cummings, finally stepping up and demanding answers, at least. They won’t get them, and the whole Dumpy family will walk away from this job strutting and preening like arrogant peacocks with brains the size of marbles and egos the size of NYC!

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Republicans & Gun Control

Something I wrote the other day in response to a FB friend’s frustration about gun laws & the money in politics:
Batsheva, one of the saddest, sickest realities that makes me want to just scream from a mountaintop is that even when the victim of such random violence is “Saint Ronnie” Reagan, the perfect Republican go-to for any stupid attempts the Republicans have to worm their money-grubbing philosophy into public law, they refuse to even blink. My husband & I have been supporters of The Brady Foundation since it was started (after Reagan’s staffer was also shot that day & gravely wounded)–it’s the only Republican effort I’ve ever supported and believed in–and they are still having to call and beg for money. Meanwhile, LaPierre & the NRA are given mountains of money and lobbyists, and stages to spread their vile, ignorant, violent messages without censor. So, like you say, why is this terrorist organization allowed to even exist? They have been responsible for killing high school students in Colorado, babies in Connecticut, movie goers, policemen, people asleep in their own beds, and thousands more… and La Pierre and his buddies walk with impunity among the dead & maimed citizens of this country. WTF has to happen before we wake up, grow some backbone, and say, “Yeah–we ARE coming for your guns, you sadistic SOBs. You do not have the intelligence or emotional strength to deserve the right to have (especially!) machine guns and high powered military weaponry at your disposal. We know that because if you are paranoid enough to believe that owning a military arsenal in your basement or garage or underground bunker makes YOU the ‘good guy’, you are a threat to all of us. Now hand them over.”

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