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Sorry I’ve been gone for a while. It’s been a little busy around here with not a lot of time for anything, including blogging, but it’s all good. I’ll catch you up a bit.

First off, I am now teaching for a district, which is a very cool thing. It all happened rather fast and just in the nick of time, as my former job was letting people go left and right with no warning and for no good reason at all. It’s a loooooong story and there are a lot of details, which I will spare you. Anyhoo, I decided to leave before my own head hit the chopping block and I received a wonderful job offer. I love the school where I am. A friend of mine had taught there for years before retiring and always spoke highly of his coworkers and the children, so I felt confident in taking the position. After a month, I am not disappointed. Everyone has been incredibly lovely and the kids are coming along. I think this could turn out to be good fit, once I get all of the new logistics down.

As if beginning a new job and a whole new teaching program wasn’t enough, a few weeks ago, I decided that I could handle everything and go out for a new show, which seems to be going swimmingly so far. I get to play a lovely drunk and couldn’t be more excited, so if you’re in the Metro Detroit area, please come and see Promises, Promises at the Players Guild of Dearborn in November and December.

While all of this was going on, we sent Oldest Child back to college, got Middle Child installed for freshman year at his college, and settled Youngest Child into his new room. (which, incidentally, was his original room when he was born, so not entirely new.) Youngest Child is now entitled to his own room, even when his brothers come home from college to visit. He is also heavily involved in marching band and cross country, so he stays very busy.

I’m choosing to not write about anything political or anything awful that’s happening in the world today, not because things don’t need to be said, but because I’m weary. My heart is sick, my brain is overloaded. I’m confused by how people think, I don’t understand a lot of things, and I know that if I say what I want to right now, there are people who will basically try to put me “in my place”, tell me to stick to writing other things rather than to comment on the travesties of our government and the world. I can’t answer them right now, I don’t have the patience, I don’t have the right frame of mind to deal with such demeaning ridiculousness at the present, so I will abstain from that right now. For future reference, though, I will write what I want to; it’s my blog. Read something else if you don’t like what I have to say.

All in all, everything is fine, just slightly insane at the moment. (Did I mention that I’m married to a saint?) In a few weeks, I’ll return to writing on a more regular schedule. In the meantime, I’m off to study lines, write some lesson plans, and squeeze in some dates with my Marty.

Until then, be kind to each other.

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” ~Henry James

 

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I realize that I’ve been quiet for a while. There have been many things that I’ve wanted to write about, but I haven’t been able to figure out how I want to approach them without offending people. Hopefully, I’ve chosen the right course. One of my favorite movie lines, I’m a total movie line geek, comes from 1776. While debating what provisions should be taken out of the Declaration, a frustrated John Adams exclaims, “It’s a revolution, damn it, we’re going to have to offend somebody!”

I wish I could be as self-confident as John Adams. I wish I could speak my mind and not feel so completely vulnerable and attacked when having to defend my position, but I don’t. I wish I had ultimate wisdom, like Solomon, and could tell people what was truly best for this country, but I don’t. I wish I could understand why people hold the positions that they do, but I don’t. I’ve tried to understand, I really have, but I just can’t. So, I’m letting go. I won’t be posting anything on politics for the remainder of this election season and I’m not going to engage in any political discussions. My life is composed of so much more than one day out of the year and I don’t like the anger I was feeling every time I heard or saw ridiculous behavior in the news. This is absolutely the last thing I have to say about politics in this election season.

Notice that I’m not advocating or vilifying any particular political party. That’s on purpose. I’m not going there. I don’t affiliate with any political party anymore. I was born and raised to think that Republicans were the Christian party so I voted that way for a while, mainly because I am pro-life, but then I began to realize that the other principles that many in the party stood for did not, in my opinion, work toward the common good. I’m still pro-life, and pro-child, too. I believe there’s a soul from the beginning. There’s a LOT of work to be done to educate, though, to make free birth control available, to support struggling women who want to keep their children but are in bad situations, and to support children who need it, but that’s a blog for another time. The short answer is that I won’t vote for someone because they say they’re pro-life. The big picture has to be looked at, character and policies must be evaluated, and I have voted for Republican, Democrat, Green Party, and Libertarian candidates if I thought they would do a good job. I’ve not always been happy with my choice. I must confess, though, that I lean toward the liberal side of things. I have friends and friends from many different backgrounds and walks of life: white, black, Asian, Arab,  gay, straight. I want their rights to be respected and protected.

I’ve been through several election seasons, but this is the worst I can remember. There’s a lack of class, dignity, and respect. It’s ugly and I can’t let it eat at me anymore. All I can do is hope that people see, really see, what they’re voting for. I’m doing my homework for my vote. Quietly.

 

 

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You can disagree with someone and not call them names.

You can disagree with someone, not understand their position at all, and not call them names.

You can be screaming in your head at the position of another person in an argument, voice your disagreement respectfully, and still not call them names.

You can disagree with someone politically and still be their friend.

You can disagree with someone politically and still love them.

You can feel yourself getting angry during a disagreement, online or in person, and walk away to calm down because you don’t think as clearly when you’re upset.

You can wait to type a response to an inflammatory remark until you calm down or choose to ignore it because that relationship is important to you.

You can make your stand and let your opinion be known without looking like a jerk.

You can ask the other person why they feel the way they do to try and understand their position. It doesn’t mean that you need to change your mind; it’s to gain a better understanding of where the other person is coming from. Sometimes it’s a crap reason, other times will surprise you. Listen and learn.

Check your facts before spouting them. Don’t get riled up before you do your research. It just makes you look silly. We’ve all done it.

Don’t hurt other people on purpose.

Love one another, whether you’re liberal, conservative, religious, non-religious, a religion different from yours, gay, straight, Wal-Mart shopper, farmers market shopper, recycler or hoarder.

Self righteousness doesn’t look good on anyone.

Change the world for the better today.

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So, the elections are over for the year. Thank God. As always, no one is happy, except maybe the secretary at work, Republicans and Democrats will continue to act like toddlers “sharing” an Elsa doll, and it will be a miracle if something changes. Granted, Americans have it better than many other places in the world, but it’s so frustrating to see things that need to be worked on but won’t be because nobody is willing to compromise, take a needed pay cut, or actually listen to constituents. Anyway, this blog is not about the election results, but what leads up to the election: political advertising. To get a head start on next year and for the 2016 election season, here is my letter to any candidate running for any office anywhere in the country.

Dear Candidate for Whatever Office You Happen to be Running For:

I am a voter. I always have been and as long as I have my wits about me, I will always be a voter. Too many people sacrificed too much for me to throw that right away. That being said, if you want my vote, here are some guidelines for you to follow.

1. STOP CALLING MY HOUSE! 

Seriously. Has anyone ever really reached voters by making robocalls? I have yet to meet anyone whose world was rocked enough by a robocall to either change their vote or way of thinking. They’re annoying, RUDE, and obnoxious. Stop. Really, stop.

2. STOP PUTTING FLYERS IN/KNOCKING ON MY DOOR!

I have a sign on my door that tells people that I don’t want handbills or solicitors of any kind. Although I’ve been told that political advertisements are exempt, (which is really, really stupid) I still don’t want paper crap stuffed in my door. Think of how much money you could save on printing, not to mention postage on the thousands of flyers that are mailed out. Do you know what I do with those flyers? I recycle them. Immediately. Why? Because I don’t trust you. I don’t trust that you represent yourself or your opponent accurately. If I want to know what you stand for, I’ll look up your voting record, what you’ve done in the past, and decide whether or not I agree with your philosophies. And while we’re at at, knocking on my door is creepy and really annoying, especially if I’m busy, which I usually am. My definition of busy includes any and all activities in my home. Notice that my sign says “No Solicitors”. You are a solicitor, not a friend, family member, or person in need of assistance. Go away.

3. STOP MAKING STUPID TV COMMERCIALS!

Please. Take your muck-raking and self-serving somewhere else. I would change the channel, but guess what? You’re there, too! I shouldn’t be penalized for wanting to chill out and watch tv without being hammered by political ads. After a while, they all sound the same. “Blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah.” Over and over again. And again. I want to watch Bones without being told what a jerk your opponent is, which brings me to another point:

4. STOP TELLING ME WHAT A JERK YOUR OPPONENT IS!

I know you don’t like your opponent. You’re competing against that person, for Heaven’s sake. But stop telling me that they’re horrible people or dredging up incidents from their past that are either overblown or gossip. If your opponent is a mass-murderer, has embezzled money, or went hiking on the “Appalachian Trail” (tee hee, see what I did there?) the media will take care of hounding and badgering them. As I tell my students, worry about your own behaviour.

I can hear you protesting now: “But how am I supposed to tell people what I stand for and what I want to do for the world if I don’t advertise?” I’m not saying don’t advertise, there are plenty of opportunities. Give television interviews, visit community events, kiss babies (on second thought, no, that’s creepy, too), give speeches for community and service organizations. Back up your words with deeds so that they won’t ring hollow and empty. Listen to your constituents. God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason. Stop yapping and DO something! Give us a chance to see that you mean what you say. Do these things and you may bring back so much of the disillusioned American public that that been turned off by the whole process. Right now, we don’t believe you.

Sincerely,

A Disgruntled Voter Who Does Not Want to be Disgruntled Anymore

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