Look! A Celebrity!

Yesterday afternoon I shared a BART platform with the newly elected State Senator representing California’s 11th District (San Francisco). It felt weird because I didn’t vote for him. There are a few things to lift our spirits, though.  Here’s a screenshot of a tweet, posted earlier today by a television news reporter.  Some public high school students in the City have cut school to demonstrate against the President-Elect.  Even if you aren’t impressed with young people skipping school in favor of making a political statement, look for the fun typographical error in the tweet. Continue reading Look! A Celebrity!

Another Random Thought

I spent part of the weekend housecleaning.  I also plugged up the bathroom sink drain while rinsing grime off of cleaning cloths. Fortunately, baking soda and vinegar cleared the drain. We each have our own definition of the word “clean,” and that definition may change when we’re expecting company.  In my case, the definition didn’t change one bit.  I had just allowed the window blinds, baseboards and a few other things to go too long without maintenance, and decided something had to be done. Last night a weird dream proved reassuring, but it was reassuring only as long as the … Continue reading Another Random Thought

Dirty Tricks And The Voters Who Fall For Them

Disclaimer: The Twentieth Century events listed in this blog post are recalled from memory, although I learned about most of them secondhand because I wasn’t born until 1960.  Wikipedia was used to try to confirm dates, and if there are inaccuracies I apologize.  Readers who find errors are welcome to respond in the comments section with documentation, and if necessary I will make corrections. When we engage in important judgment calls, we must be alert to the possibility that people working against our interests are manipulating us.  Careful critical thinking is just part of being a responsible adult. On October … Continue reading Dirty Tricks And The Voters Who Fall For Them

Choice Is To Be Respected

As a teenager during the 1970s, I remember hearing about health insurers refusing to cover reconstructive surgery for women who had undergone mastectomies.  It was a selfish big business practice which denied an option to women who were fortunate to survive breast cancer.  Prosthetics were common, but medical procedures to restore women’s pre-surgery appearance were reserved for the wealthy. At the time, I heard nothing about breast cancer survivors who had no interest in reconstructive surgery.  They probably existed then, but they’re more vocal now.  They have good reasons to be outspoken, too. On October 31, The New York Times … Continue reading Choice Is To Be Respected