Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Trump on “60 Minutes”

I was very surprised to hear that Trump had agreed to an interview on "60 Minutes".  He must have surmised that his personal charisma would carry the day but this was not a rally, filled with his base.  This was prime time TV with the very adept Lesley Stahl asking the questions and I was interested to see how it would play out.

I found that it was vintage Trump … filled with his usual hubris and overblown images of his presidency.  He didn't even try to play to this "other" audience.  He was obviously winging it and these are a few of the ridiculous claims that he made.

*  asked about life in politics he said, " I used to say the toughest people are Manhattan real estate guys and blah, blah.  Now I say they are babies.  This is the most deceptive, vicious world full of lies, deceit and deception".  

The irony of that last statement is unbelievable !

*  pressed about Climate Change he stated, "You'd have to show me the scientists because they have a very big political agenda".  

*  on his mocking Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Ford at his Mississippi rally he said, "You know what?  I'm not going to get into it because we won.  It doesn't matter.  We won."

*  his answer after Lesley Stahl pointed out he'd declared his love for Kim Jong Un despite the man's cruel history of repression, starvation and reports of assassinations and slave labor.  "Sure I  know all these things." said Trump  "I mean I'm not a baby. I know these things."

To say that the interview was bizarre is being kind.  I found it down right ludicrous and, on the off chance that I may be accused of "fake journalism" I am happy to say that the entire "60 Minute" interview is on video for anyone to see.

Friday, October 12, 2018

He's come undone ...

Lindsey Graham and his good friend John McCain, December 2015. Lindsey stated then, “You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell” . He followed that with calling Trump “the world's biggest jackass” and continuing: “If we nominate Trump we will be destroyed” referring to the Republican Party's prospects in 2016

BUT … to the surprise of many, Trump WAS elected President and Lindsey quickly changed his tune . He has become Trumps new best friend and they spend hours playing golf where Graham has a chance to learn how to mimic the low down, swampy words and tactics of his new hero. He went from having a close relationship with the late John McCain (which, by association, afforded him an image of partisanship and sensibility) to manic displays of anger that reached a boiling point last week. Poor McCain must be turning over in his grave.

I am not taking sides on the “Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanagh drama”. I am simply stating Lindsey Graham's reaction to it all. He seemed to become unhinged during the hearings and the vitriol that spewed from his mouth was mind boggling. I thought it couldn't get any worse until it did !

After the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh  a jubilant Lindsey was asked if he thought that assault survivors would be more reluctant to come forward now. He didn't answer the question directly but said that he felt Justice Kavanaugh had been treated well by the Judicial Senate Committee and added, "I think the roles were reversed. The slut whore drunk was Kavanaugh". (a not so thinly veiled comment painting the “slut whore drunk”, by reversal, as being Dr. Ford.)

Such classy comments Lindsey. You've really shown your true colors. Those deep seeded hatreds that have been simmering under the surface are coming out. It makes me wonder what else is hidden in the deep recesses of your sick mind and what we will be blind-sided with next. God help us all !

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Oct. 3, 1961 ... We become a family of 5

You see the little baby that I'm holding in this Christmas photo?   That's our third child … little Jody born on Oct. 3rd 1961.  Mark is the inquisitive one of the floor (our first child and a normal birth, long but uneventful).  Matt was a very different story … we almost didn't make it to the hospital before he was born and the cab driver kept yelling "Hold on".  The hospital staff literally had no time to prep me before he "popped out".   And then there was Jody ! 

Hers was a very different story and I relived it this past week when her birthday came around.  My pregnancy seemed normal until, at about 32 weeks, I started to bleed and we called the doctor. He advised me to go to the ER immediately and they, in turn, put me in the hospital for observation.  That decision was probably what saved our lives.  I was having a placenta previa birth (the placenta is actually being "born" before the baby and leaves the unborn nothing to feed on) and in those years that was almost always fatal .  

Everything was happening very fast but I do remember my husband kissing my cheek, telling me to "keep my chin up" and then promptly passing out.  For a minute the OR crew was flustered but they left him there on the floor for the nurses to handle and proceeded to rush me to the operating room where they performed an immediate caesarian and our little Jody was born. She weighed less than 5 lbs and had to stay in the hospital for 10 days but she and I are lucky to be alive.  

I remember that time so clearly and, even though that was 57 years ago it seems like yesterday in many ways.  She was a beautiful baby and is a beautiful woman.  (Hubby Brian looking good too!)

Tuesday, October 02, 2018


The classic Grant Wood painting “The American Gothic” was exhibited for the first time in 1930 at The Art Institute of Chicago. It was awarded a prize of $300 and brought the artist instant fame.

The painting depicts a stoic Iowan farmer gazing unflinchingly at the viewer. His daughter, eyes averted, appears to have the weight of the world on her shoulders. It was painted during the Depression and many believe that the painting illustrates the strength and resolve that was needed at that time to simply survive. Others believe that Wood was satirizing the culture of the mid-west, an accusation that he denied.

The American Gothic” has become a part of our popular culture and the couple has been the subject of many parodies...ranging from Mad magazine, Disney characters and even a picture of Paul Newman and his daughter (advertising their food stuffs).


My family became part of this dubious group when we enacted our spoof in 1970. Granted (no pun, intended) we added three children to the scene but the basic idea was the same. The pitchfork, by the way, was for real!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

My “Military” Faux Pas … 1959

In 1959 my husband Dick and I were living in NY City when he received a phone call from one of his old National Guard Buddies from Fort Drum. Dick had been the official photographer and driver for a one star General while in service there and it was this man who was “in town for the day” and inviting us to a gathering of the “old crew” for dinner and a polo match. 

We thought it would be fun but Dick warned me that the General could turn into a bit of a jerk if he drank too much. The polo match was held in the massive drill shed of the 7th Regiment Armory on Park Ave. and, although I knew nothing of the rules or who was playing, it was thrilling to watch.

At the end of the game a group of about 20 of us, including the General, made our way upstairs to the very elaborate Board of Officer’s room where we were served drinks. I couldn’t believe how ornate it was…with large framed pictures of famous past Commanders on the walls. 

We must have been directly above the horse stalls because the smell was almost as strong in that room as it had been in the shed. It didn’t seem to bother anyone else, but then they weren’t 5 months pregnant as I was !

The evening, and the drinks, continued and the General, who had been very soft-spoken, was getting more rambunctious with each round that was served. I finally nudged a girl next to me and asked if we could suggest that it was time to eat. She was shocked at the question and stated, in no uncertain terms, that when one was in the presence of a General you had to wait until he gave the “command”.

I sat back and tried to listen to the story-telling but I found myself getting really angry. After all, Dick and I weren’t in the Army...why did we have to wait for the all-mighty OK from the General. Without really thinking about it I gave Dick the eye, rose from my seat and, while patting my stomach, I said, “Thanks a lot, folks. It’s been wonderful but this little one is saying it’s time to go home.”

There was a stunned silence and then, bless his heart, Dick rose too. He gave a farewell salute to the General and we left. “We’ll never get invited again,” he said, “but it was worth it...just to see the look on the old wind-bag’s face.” Then he gave me a big hug.

“Dinner out” became two hot dogs from a street vendor and a long walk home...

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Typical tone deaf white male ...

Well, he's the right age and, from his opening salvo at a recent debate event against his Democratic opponent, it is evident that he has the deeply ingrained ideas about women and their subservience to males that so many men of this era display.  

This is  Ralph Noman,  Republican Representative from So. Carolina who describes himself as "pro family conservative". He was the lead speaker at a Kiwanis Club debate session last week and started his introduction with this:  "Did y'all hear this latest, late breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings?  Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln."

That not-so-funny and sexist remark said so much about the man who uttered those words.   I grew up in that era and, although I loved a lot of it, I was constantly alert to the drawbacks.   It has taken the South an especially long time to make changes.  I remember when we moved to North Carolina and I went to open a checking account.  The year was 1978 and I was shocked to find that, since I was married, I could only open an account if my husband's name was on it too.  Of course there have been many societal changes since then and that's encouraging.
It's not unusual to see a group of students laughing and sharing ideas despite the fact that their accents are not the same and they are of varying colors and ethnicities.  They are not afraid to open their hearts and minds to change.  In fact they embrace it and I  am excited to see so many of them running in the 2018 mid term elections. I hope it will prove fruitful.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bye, bye FLORENCE ....

About 2 weeks before FLORENCE  hit I stained my deck.  It looked lovely but not so much on Sunday when I took this picture.  Not a pretty sight but so much better than it could have been.   The rain and wind started on Thursday  and then the power went out around midnight and came back on about noon the next day.   I was very lucky because I only lost it once again on Saturday for 2 hours.   People all around me were not as fortunate and one friend, just a town over, called today to say they had just regained everything.

Your good wishes must have carried weight and I thank you.   Here's a "before" picture of my little house built in 1902.  It's very sturdy having been built out of yellow pine that gets harder every year. When we first moved in the telephone guys actually broke 2 drill blades when they tried to cut through the wall to bring in their line.
As you see I am surrounded by trees so I was fortunate indeed not to have any of them fall on the house but at one point I thought my roof was being attacked and as a matter of fact it was...……..
The chimney that you see here took the brunt of the wind and the upper part was blown off.     The sounds that I heard were the bricks bombarding the roof and it was really the most frightening part of the whole ordeal.   So, I'm back on track and thanks again for all the good wishes and, hopefully I will be back to my regular blog routine in the next few day.