Category bloggery

Oregon GOP, waa waa waa

The Oregon Supreme Court said that what the voters demanded will be the law of this land. Oregon Republicans don’t like that because it’s not what they want. So they will continue to oppose the voters and democracy.

They are that childish.

planning is fun

“I have always found trip planning almost as pleasurable as travel itself.”

That was Michael Grady, one of my co-granddads, responding to a FB post about my upcoming trip to Japan. He’s right. I’m having a lot of fun with the planning.

the first step

I’m sixty-seven years old as I write this! 67? Apart from nearly five years after high school, when I lived in England (serving in the Air Force and then nearly two years after), I never really gone anywhere. I have had no real vacations. But now, at last, this is about to change.


“Cheaters never prosper.” We know that’s not true, but two of the most infamous sports cheaters, who were also the best in their sports, have not-prospered in different ways. Why Lance isn’t Barry.

my new political focus

Not too many years ago, I saw politics through the lens of elections and their outcomes. I did what I could to support progressive candidates and policies; after all, it’s elected officials who set the rules – to a large extent – and who lead the way in making our communities safer, healthier, more prosperous.
And then, anxiety and depression knocked me completely out of that mode. Thankfully, I got connected with the health care I needed for that – literally in the same week covid shut the country down in 2020. For me, everything closing down was a blessing.

politics for the anxious, depressed, and other mentally unhealthy citizens who believe in democracy

Novelist and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn departed this life in 1998, but she articulated a message that I think is important for us to hear.
She wrote, "People often say, with pride, 'I’m not interested in politics.' They might as well say, 'I’m not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future or any future.'"
Gelhorn added, "If we mean to keep control over our world and lives, we must be interested in politics."