Author Archive: Jenn

Snowy Fridays

Yesterday was 63 degrees.  Today it’s Snowing.  Oh March, you are a funny bunny.

I was hoping to get a picture of the cows in the snow but they were too busy eating.

This was the best I could do.  I did catch the hundred or so geese who stopped in the field until the storm moves on.

It’s really pretty.  The roads are wet but clear and this storm won’t be cumbersome.  All in all…not a bad way to begin the weekend!

Elizabeth Barrett Browning – My Kate

The world is an angry place these days.  I needed some beauty even if it is bathed in sadness.  Ms. Browning, I thank ye.

My Kate.

She was not as pretty as women I know,

And yet all your best made of sunshine and snow

Drop to shade, melt to nought in the long-trodden ways,

While she’s still remembered on warm and cold days—

My Kate.

Her air had a meaning, her movements a grace;

You turned from the fairest to gaze on her face:

And when you had once seen her forehead and mouth,

You saw as distinctly her soul and her truth—

My Kate.

Such a blue inner light from her eyelids outbroke,

You looked at her silence and fancied she spoke:

When she did, so peculiar yet soft was the tone,

Though the loudest spoke also, you heard her alone—

My Kate.

I doubt if she said to you much that could act

As a thought or suggestion: she did not attract

In the sense of the brilliant or wise: I infer

’T was her thinking of others made you think of her—

My Kate.

She never found fault with you, never implied

Your wrong by her right; and yet men at her side

Grew nobler, girls purer, as through the whole town

The children were gladder that pulled at her gown—

My Kate.

None knelt at her feet confessed lovers in thrall;

They knelt more to God than they used,—that was all:

If you praised her as charming, some asked what you meant,

But the charm of her presence was felt when she went—

My Kate.

The weak and the gentle, the ribald and rude,

She took as she found them, and did them all good;

It always was so with her—see what you have!

She has made the grass greener even here . . . with her grave—

My Kate.

My dear one!—when thou wast alive with the rest,

I held thee the sweetest and loved thee the best:

And now thou art dead, shall I not take thy part

As thy smiles used to do for thyself, my sweet Heart—

My Kate?

Remember Martin Niemöller Words

Martin Niemoller gave us a poem that has been modernized and used a lot since the rise of Reality TV Star turned POTUS Donald Trump.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

This is important because it was true for him and many others during Nazi rule.  America is a far divide from the Fascist state of WWII Nazis, however, it could easily be guided there by the white supremacists advising the President right now.  Steven Bannon and Steve Miller are by their own admissions pro-white and anti-anything not white.  They’ve spoken and written about their predilections so this isn’t something one can just deny.  Although, there are those who believe the Holocaust was just made up.  These people are also believe the Bible is the word of God.  They deny any and all empirical proof and data to the contrary to their belief system.

That brings me to Caitlyn Jenner.  She is the self appointed voice of the Transgender community.  Ms. Jenner supported Mr. Trump during his election.  Touting his attributes of fiscal conservancy.  This week Mr. Trump along with white power man, Jeff Sessions, AG of USA, turned the tied of equality in America with the reversal of Transgender rights.  She offered this little gem for all of the Transgendered children in our country affected by this new wave of hate.

“I have a message for the trans kids of America. You are winning. I know it doesn’t feel that way today or every day, but you _ are _ winning. You are going to keep on winning so much you’re going to get sick of winning. Very soon, we’ll win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to happen with bipartisan support.”

They are winning with no help from you Ms. Jenner.  You’ve faced very little struggle with your Transition.  People who have faced the odds like Jazz Jennings and faced the mean spirited, backwards minded, pretending-to-be-Christian people.  She has fought many difficult battles and continues to fight for Transgendered Youth in not only our country but the world.

Now that there is a potential of being affected by Mr. Trump and his Cabinet’s Transphobia and Misogyny you have something inspirational to say.  I wish you luck Ms. Jenner on your journey but beware of Mr. Niemoller’s words…they are coming back again.  HATE can’t be disguised.

President’s Day

Monday, February 20, 2017 we will celebrate President’s Day in America.  This year I actually thought about what that meant to me and our nation.  Right now in the USA we are polarized by political ideology.

This will be a diatribe.  You’ve been warned.

Right now in America we are led by fear.  A man with no political experience got his base (white people) out in numbers to win the Electoral College Vote.  He lost the popular vote by over 2 million votes.  The largest loss of popular vote by a President.  He ran as the Anti-Establishment.  Americans were/are tired of Congress and Washington in general not working (97 days last year), not doing the people’s business but rather paying lip serve to the masses while doing the work of the Lobbyists who spend large amounts of money for those Congressional Votes.

Our President, Mr. Trump comes off as the inexperienced person we all knew he was/is…this much either side would agree on.  Instead of being strong, he rants on Twitter like a self obsessed teenager who is forced to do their homework.

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Mr. President, the issue isn’t who leaked the uncomfortable information about Mike Flynn and Russia but what was said by Mike Flynn to Russian Emissaries.  The Administration doesn’t think that last part to be important to the American People.  How do you expect the people of America are safe when underhanded deals are made?

I feel like nothing has changed with the Election of Donald J. Trump as President.  His supporters have said…”Give him a chance” or “It’s only been three weeks”.  Why?  Every other President has faced obstacles in their first few weeks on the job.  The difference, for me, is that they chose people they thought would enhance their personal vision of their office.  Mr. Trump put Billionaires and Millionaire “friends” in positions of power with little or no experience with how Washington politics works.  I wish them luck.

Mr. Trump wants less regulation of Wall Street.  Small reminder, it was these folks who gave us subprime, banks too big to fail, the 2008 Great Recession and basically caused the shrinking of the Middle Class.  We got to foot the bill for their careless GREED (TARP) and lost our retirement savings.  They all got big bonus’ and zero interest loans.

Mr. Trump wants to repeal major aspects of the EPA.  This organization is in charge of regulating our water and air.  I suggest that perhaps the President and his friends in Washington be served water from Flint, Michigan.  This might give them a firsthand account as to the need for the EPA and perhaps more not less EPA agents.  I’m old enough to remember the Super Fund Clean up projects and the lawsuits from towns and cities who had clusters of deaths due to illegal dumping of chemicals by Corporations.  Pollution kills…in case you didn’t know Mr. President.

One of my favorite Presidents is James Madison.  He, like President Washington, had great concerns about the corrupting nature of the power the President holds.  His words are ageless.

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“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”, James Madison

“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”, James Madison

“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”, James Madison

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”, James Madison

Let us not forget that last one when the only news the President is comfortable with us hearing comes from Breitbart or Fox News.

Mr. Trump is President, I can only hope he starts to act more Presidential…you know for the good of America.

Happy President’s Day!

Niko Stopped By

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Nor’Easter Niko stopped by yesterday.  It is extremely cold still and Niko blew most of the snow into one big pile from the gale force winds he was providing.  All in all, it could have been far worse and even though I didn’t get a snow day I got out of work early.  So Yay me!

Tomorrow starts a small warm up.  Come on 47 degrees!!

Florence Foster Jenkins…The Movie

This weekend I got to see the movie Florence Foster Jenkins.  It was an amazing movie.  Filled with Ups and Downs that made it believable.  It is a film about FFJ.  She was a woman who inherited her money.  She used this money to her foster her joy of music.  She used it to bring happiness to herself after life had been bitter toward her.

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Hugh Grant was excellent as St. Claire Bayfield.  All of the actors were excellent.  Simon Helberg offers some levity during the more tense moments.  Just a nice film.  I highly recommend this film.

It’s Been 72 Years – Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today I remember the loss of Kazimierz Smoleń.  He died on January 27, 2012 at the age of 92.

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It is almost fitting this man of history died on the very day the Soviets liberated the Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Kazimierz Smoleń was given the number 1327 when he was taken to Auschwitz in Poland.  He was housed in Auschwitz for 5 years.  In April of 1945 he was moved to another location.  He survived his 5 years of incarceration in the death camps.  He made it out of the Nazi’s vision which was nothing more than a twisted nightmare for millions of Jews, Catholics, Homosexuals, Disabled, Elderly and dissidents.  He survived.

Sadly, approximately 1.1 million others didn’t.  He dedicated his life to truth.  He shared his story so that others would be able to put a face to this mass murdering spree of the Nazis.

When those out there that like to pretend in some twisted world they live in that the extermination of Jews and others didn’t happen under Nazi rule.  Tell them Kazimierz Smoleń and other survivors out there like him would strongly disagree.

Learn from these atrocities.  Tell the world that violence isn’t the only way.

Women of History: Katherine Johnson

I was reading an article about the women who are portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures”.  It made me sad.  In our patriarchal society it still exists that women are considered inferior.  Katherine Johnson is and was brilliant.  The vast public hasn’t heard of her until now because of the movie.

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Katherine Johnson and her peers were known as “Human Computers”.  She graduated college at the age of 18 when other African-Americans rarely went beyond the grade school level.  She lived in the segregate South.  She defied all odds.  She is amazing as she is brilliant!

To think of how many women have contributed to major moments in history only to be a small footnote.  It seems ridiculous to me in the 21st Century.

The more you know…

Everything In My Life Comes Back To Ghostbusters

It happened again yesterday.  Someone said “Shut it down, shut it all down”.   I of course went back to Ghostbusters.

“Everything was okay until old dickless shutdown the power grid.” ~ Ray Stantz
“Is that true?” ` The Mayor
“Yes, it’s true, this man has no dick.” ~ Peter Vinkman

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Some would find my life sad.  I find it hysterical.  I’m weird like that!

I’m Concerned

This weekend saw so many historic moments.  On Friday, January 20, 2017, the 45th President of the United States of America was sworn into office.  Barack Obama became former President Barack Obama and he and his family moved on to their next adventure in life.

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 people marched on Washington, DC and other major cities in our Country.  The theme was Women’s Rights.  I watched so many of my friends marching all over this country of ours and it was amazing.  Unless of course you are one of those nay-sayers who can’t understand what the march is about.  Why do women need MORE rights than they do already?  They’ve got plenty.

This new administration and mostly it’s GOP counterparts have decided it’s important to attack the parts of our government that are about women.  Defunding Planned Parenthood over the abortion issue is absolutely moronic.  First, PP only offers abortion in 1% of its clinics.  Second, defunding PP puts poor women (mostly from the south) at health risks because of no money for pap smears, mammograms, routine physical and other issues.  It also puts their poor children at risk.  Most of Congress is made up of men.  It explains why our country spent about $100 million on Viagra.

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It spawned this little meme on FB.

Men do not understand women…never have.  We spend almost 57% of our overall budget on Defense spending.  We have millions for phallic symbols of aggression and might but no money to protect and feed the poor in our country.  The poor are lazy and useless and undeserving.  Right?

Women today still make much less than their male counter parts.  It doesn’t matter which field of employment, it’s been documented.  Men in our country would like to see Women barefoot and pregnant but without the responsibility on their end for the family or the woman.  This is also document in articles and research.  This is the modern man.  I’m not saying all men are like this but from the people interviewed and some of the male responses on Twitter and Facebook it is slim pickings out their girls.

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President Trump and his machismo attitude and disrespect of women is also documented.  What spawned this diatribe was the fact on two occasions during the inauguration he left his wife Melenia essentially in the dust.  44 and 43 are well-respected by the community regarding their relationships with their wives.  We loved to see them interact.  It was a wonderful thing.  If 45 treats his wife as an after thought why would anyone think he wouldn’t do the same with all women.  JS.