Archive for June, 2012

Beginning of 2012 Summer

June 18, 2012

My sympathies to all who have been experiencing heat waves. I have to remind myself that 80F isn’t really hot and that the yellow orb that’s appearing more frequently in the sky is not a UFO. But the garden is in full bloom, as it has been all spring. Fresh cherries right off the tree are as wonderful as any other fresh offering from Nature. And our hummingbird neighbors have a new pair of young.

Calling all harpists (I’m so very pleased to be one): If you don’t already know the music of Jennifer Pratt-Walter, she’s written and published some beautiful pieces. If you aren’t familiar with Bonnie Mitchell, she’s published a book of her own lovely arrangements of Hawaiian songs.

I’m delighted to hear local advertisements mention local NW produce contributing to the sustainability of the beautiful Pacific NW. I love living here. Communities have to become sustainable to survive and help the planet survive.

I’m closing in on finishing the character edit of 5 Flowers. Next I’ll edit the whole for redundancy, consistency, etc. Then comes proofreading for simple errors (the hardest to catch). I still hope to be finished by the end of the year. Best wishes to all my recently published friends: Elizabeth Wilder, Marta Moran-Bishop, Donna Cavanaugh, Laurie Hanan, and I hope I didn’t leave anyone out. Did I mention Karen Hall is a bestseller?


My Country, My Opinion

June 13, 2012

My Country, My Opinion.

My Country, My Opinion

June 13, 2012

Thanks to social media, everybody gets to put their opinion on the record. It is what it is. Here’s mine.

I live in the United States of America. I spent 29 years working for my country. I used to believe it was “the greatest country in the world”, because that’s what I was told. Then I visited other countries. Not so. We’re all fallible, lovable people.

My country’s economy is unsustainable. We make weapons. We sell weapons to people that become enemies. Then we use more weapons than we’ve sold to fight them. Maybe we shouldn’t let the CIA get into everybody else’s business? I can see where that would be annoying to other people. All these things happen, because in the past, there was a good reason. We’re in the present now. We have the Afghan war (anyone who’s read history would have known better), war on drugs (but prohibition never worked), war on terror (which side are we on, by the way? with reduced freedoms and rampant fear, I lose track), war on immigration, war on immigrants, war on differences. Don’t like something? Declare war. And people wonder why our children have problems with bullies.

My country imprisons more people than any other first world country. One need not be violent to be accepted. The US prison and parole systems are based on “justice” rather than rehabilitation. It’s just another word for vengeance. Prisons and prisoners are expensive. Out-sourcing is always more expensive, because people will use the money the way they want, and then the government will pay them more money to bring them into compliance with the law. But whenever there’s a crime, my people believe someone must pay. And the taxpayers do.

If the US didn’t spend its money on wars and prisons, it might actually be able to provide education and health care. We could stop killing innocent civilians in other countries and wreaking havoc on Mother Nature. But we call wars and prisons defense.

My country is full of different religions, just like Earth. The majority of US citizens claim to be Christian, followers of Jesus of Nazareth. On the subject of defense, Jesus once said, “Put away your sword.”

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