PEOPLE GET READY

I was in Mrs. McCollom’s 3rd grade class room in Madison, NCin 1948. Some how it dawned on me that the others were reading better than I. Not only that — I figured out I’d assumed up to that point that reading didn’t matter that much to a pro quarterback.

Yuval Harari’s formula had not been introduced in 1948:

“Biological knowledge multiplied by computing power multiplied by  data = ( rapid change).” Think current Hackers.

Isn’t the current “divide” in America basically fact versus fake. Fox vs Mainstream. Choose.

Religion vs science? I noticed Ron Reagan is pumping Atheism. Dylan said Mrs. Lucy jumped in the lake, but”…I’m not that eager to make a mistake!”*

Harari (again) says data eventually becomes God because data is truth (fact) and truth is the goal.

If science is fact and religion (faith) is belief, should not religion defer to science, Someone recently said— I believe a good shot of kerosene might knock out the virus.

Dylan again: Things are getting tough out there ( HIGH WATER).

Things are going to only get more competitive (“Then you better start swimmin’ or you will sink like a stone….” )

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*From THINGS HAVE CHANGED.

People get ready
There’s a train a comin’ (Curtis Mayfield)

RETIRING ANGER

Like other retirees I remember that before long I began to feel “the pressure” ease off. Little by little sighs of relief drifted in.

Similarly the anger that has swallowed many of us is easing off. Married to a nurse. I shuddered at what was being thrust upon all the health care people. My wife worked for twenty years as a nurse, then taught Health Occupations for twenty years in two public schools. But her real love came as a hospice nurse, first as a volunteer, then called on to work full time. Later a bone marrow courier . Still hospice owned her heart.

I became a new person with my children’s growth. “Are you Dan’s father? Tee’s? Once at an Elon basketball game a man I had seen a hundred times approached me and asked “Are you Margaret Parham’s husband?” He then told me how she had cared for his dying mother. “No one in our family could or do what she did.”

One of our women’s basketball coaches, the late Anne Lashley, was with me and when he left I mentioned to Anne: You know coach, that’s happened a lot since Margaret began working with hospice— people speaking to me for the first time because of Margaret! Coach Lashley busted me: ” Sorry, Coach, but it has been that way all along.”

Touche!

Occasionally the same scene with Margaret present went this way. “Mrs. Parham, thank you from our family. How do you do this remarkably tough job? She never says anything but “…it is a gift I have.”

I am good at holding grudges. “W”,Cheney and Rumsfeld, et. al. got us in that Irag war which led to bloodshed and loss of treasure that galls me. Still it stings. For 10 months what has been asked of Americans, particularly nurses and teachers and those who have lost love ones, has infuriated me– knowing large portions of death, suffering and despair could have been avoided.

Trump’s fund raiser (denying he lost) doesn’t anger or puzzle me. If those saps want to pay off his lawyers, carry on. After a lifetime in the sports world, blaming every loss on the referees is nothing new. Neither is “Im gonna my ball and go home.”

Hopefully the nightmare of the last four years will ease off. Forgiveness and anger?

P.S. Trump had a golden opportunity to be the man on horseback. He blew it. By 360 degrees.

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They say prayer has the power to heal
So pray from me mother
In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell
I am a-tryin’ to love my neighbor and do good unto others
But oh, mother, things ain’t going well.

Bob Dylan–AIN’T TALKIN

DING DONG

“…the wicked witch is dead.”

Nightmare over.

Fog lifted

JOY REAPPEARS

Never should we have been happier. Our soul, spirit.

Got God back.

Look at black friends again

Can sincerely smile at my grand children

Hire good Republicans or those who stood up. And Faucci ,and Steele of RNC.

Flush trump swamp.

Find out what really happened

People who I couldn’t understand, nor they me. (YOU SEE IT FROM YOUR WAY, AND I SEE IT FROM MINE. dylan–

Compromise. What will I give. What for?

TOP TEN TRUMPS

Ding-dong! the merry-o sing it high, sing it low
Let them know the wicked witch is dead.

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1O. OPEN IT UP

9. CLOROX

8. ISOLATIONISM

7. IGNORE FAUCCI

6. PUSSY GRABBING

5. GOOD KLAN

4. FAKE NEWS

3. McCAIN LOSER

2. PUTIN

  1. THE VIRUS IS A HOAX.

FOUR MORE?

BY TOM FRIEDMAN

Tom Parham <ethomasparham@gmail.com>11:23 AM (0 minutes ago)
to me

The harm is still reversible.

The bad news is that if we have to endure four more years of Donald Trump, with him unrestrained by the need to be re-elected, our country will not be the America we grew up with, whose values, norms and institutions we had come to take for granted.                      

 Four more years of a president without shame, backed by a party without spine, amplified by a TV network without integrity, and the cancer will be in the bones of every institution that has made America America.

RODALE

James Michener wrote a book on writing. One tool he highly recommended was Rodale’s Synonym Finder. To help describe the recent debate you may find his synonyms for “rude” and/or “rudeness” useful.

“…I hate rudeness in a man. I won’t tolerate it.” Woodrow Call (LONESOME DOVE).