Friday, August 19, 2022

A letter to my blogger friends


I have given much thought to what I am about to do.  I am 89 years old and have been blogging since July, 2006.  It has greatly enriched my life to know you all...some close to home and some of you from parts of the world that I will never get to in this lifetime !

It was a very different world then and we have had our ups and downs in the U.S., but nothing like we are going through now.  As I look back I can pin-point exactly when the "big change" began,  It was in 2010 when the very right wing Tea Party won the majority of seats for the House in the mid-term election .  Although Obama won a 2nd term he was stymied by that and, as unbelievable as can be, Donald Trump became our 45th President.

All of us, Democrats, Republicans and Independents have been remiss in our naivete.  We should have seen what was coming by Trumps horrifying inaugural acceptance speech.  We, the believers of our country who were not racists should have taken our clue from that and done everything in our power to push back from his very first lie. I just can't believe that our beloved country is so fragile that we have allowed the low life of our citizenry to take over ... not to mention the radicalization of the Republicans in the House and the Senate. 

For the last 4 months I've made a decision to stay away from politics.  I have chosen memories from my past to share with you and I hope you have enjoyed them.  However I find I am consumed with fear for the future of our country.  I just don't feel I can continue on a light note, as I have, and I don't want to bore you with my political rants.  So this is my last Goldendaze-Ginnie blog entry.

Thank you all, dear friends, for sharing your lives with me.  The last 16 years with you has been one of the highlights of my life.  With love to all ...Ginnie


11 Comments:

Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

Oh, Ginnie, I will miss your blogging! I hope you visit my blog occasionally or even give me a call, if you feel like talking. I do have your mobile number in my phone and will answer (I only answer when I know someone). May the rest of your life be filled with JOY, my friend.

6:18 PM  
Blogger ApacheDug said...

First of all, this was well written and so true, every word of it. Ginnie I very much appreciate you taking the time to share this. Secondly, I've only known you a few short weeks but in that time, enjoyed very much what I've read. I'm sorry you are saying goodbye, and all I can say is I hope you have a change of heart and return.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

My first thought was "say it ain't so" but that would be selfish of me. I have enjoyed your posts and visits into your life and will miss you.
I hope you enjoy the retirement from blogging but hope also the itch will get you again and you will return. Do take care and enjoy your new time free from blogging.

5:27 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Your blog and friendship have been much appreciated. Enjoy your retirement from Blogdiom. All the best. Truly.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Regina M. said...

I'm so sad that I won't wake up to read your blog and sip my morning coffee but I completely understand why you've chosen to stop. I too feel the same way you do about our country. I've been sick to death about the absurdity of winding up w/ Trump. It's like a bad disease that won't go away. Although I will miss you very much I wish you good health, and peaceful times pursuing what makes you content. Hugs from the base of the mini-mountain in Maine where I'm retired - having lived in Stanfordville, NY, FL, VT, and CT. Regina

10:14 AM  
Blogger Joared said...

I can appreciate how you feel about the situation with our government. I, too, have even considered ending my blogging but not solely because of the political craziness. In fact, I did stop blogging a decade or more ago, basically for about a year as I recall, but not due to the state of our union or world conditions. Should the mood strike you later to write a bit here at whatever frequency by all means do so. Your "two cents worth" thoughts are always welcome on my blog whatever I might be writing about. Enjoy your blog retirement should you not return. I've enjoyed reading what you've shared here, political thoughts, memoir, and all.

9:55 PM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

o DEAR. ME. i FEEL THE SAME WAY NOW BUT AM RETURING TO BLOGINg AND NOW WRITING POLITICAL POSTS ON MY BOOK REVIEVIEW BLOG TROUTBIRDERII Inn a smAll coincident Barb an I were sitting in the office of the lead doctor of Mayo Clinics Abigail Van Burens memory loss research and dementia unit waiting for his summery of her week long tests.we were in the office Trump was giving that awful speech you referenced. Barb had mid phase Alzheimer's and the violent version. she was getting agitated at so I turned the tv off. later the docter ariveed to report on her tests and brain scans. he started a with a quick quiz on or Presidents "who was the president during the Civil War " and she quickly answered all five in a row but had trouble the last "what is the name of the new president "she shook her head "but i will tell you one thing for sure he is a jerk " sh got it right &2O million American's presumably sane ?9876543....

10:38 AM  
Blogger troutbirder said...


o DEAR. ME. i FEEL THE SAME WAY NOW BUT AM RETURING TO BLOGINg AND NOW WRITING POLITICAL POSTS ON MY BOOK REVIEVIEW BLOG TROUTBIRDERII Inn a smAll coincident Barb an I were sitting in the office of the lead doctor of Mayo Clinics Abigail Van Burens memory loss research and dementia unit waiting for his summery of her week long tests.we were in the office Trump was giving that awful speech you referenced. Barb had mid phase Alzheimer's and the violent version. she was getting agitated at so I turned the tv off. later the docter ariveed to report on her tests and brain scans. he started a with a quick quiz on or Presidents "who was the president during the Civil War " and she quickly answered all five in a row but had trouble the last "what is the name of the new president "she shook her head "but i will tell you one thing for sure he is a jerk " sh got it right &2O million American's presumably sane ?9876543....

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10:40 AM  
Blogger Linda P. said...

While I haven't been reading your column the entire sixteen years, I have so enjoyed your stories you've featured as well as those in your memoir. It's been wonderful to come to your column and find delightful writing.

Many of us join you in dismay at what's happening. The first time I realized that things had changed is when many of our friends asked us to attend the first organizational meeting for the Tea Party here, claiming it was bipartisan. We turned down the invitation, but soon they were organizing to protest our local Congressperson's town hall to explain the benefits of the ACA. They shouted him down every time he tried to answer a question, so that people who had attended to learn could not hear. They ran for local government positions to campaign for "no taxes." They sent out mass emails to friends. One was about Clinton, promoting a proven falsehood. I, thinking surely the sender just hadn't yet learned that correct information and would want to correct the email he'd sent out, so naively replied to him and gave him the correct information. His reply? I don't care, as long as it makes people hate that b***h. I knew discourse was over.

I hope you can bask in the knowledge that you have provided information, laughter, and a moment away from the rancor to so many of us.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

(from my friend Jan)

Ah, my dearest friend.
It was thru this blog that our friendship began. As you know, Philip has not been with us for a few years now... I have often wondered what he would have said about the Rump and the deterioration of America under the Tea Party, and now the MAGA bunch.

I gave up on blogger a few years ago when I had so much trouble posting on it. And as I got older, I found some battles weren't worth the effort. As long as I still had you - and even better, on a daily basis, who needed blogger? Most of the other blogs I used to read were slowly disappearing. So, I am sorry you will not be in the blog-o-sphere where I kept up with reading you but had decided not to trouble you with my comments that you then had to reprint on your blog yourself... too much trouble - since I was "talking" to you most everyday anyway.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Marie Smith said...

I have thought of you often, Ginnie! Hope all is well!

5:30 PM  

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