No Politicians Need Apply

I’ve thought of this past election often. I’m sure you have too, what with our current president dominating the media. I have my own theories of why D.C. and the press got it so wrong. The Press and our dear politicians have talked to each other so much, the same opinions went around in circles.

D.C. Democrats loved Hillary. A certain kind of woman, loved Hillary. And, the two groups couldn’t see outside themselves to those who would vote for ANYONE other than Ms. Clinton. In 2008, I caucused for the first time. While I went in supporting a different candidate, in our caucus, ultimately people’s vote for Obama was a vote against Hillary.

Republicans have been fractured since the Tea Party rose up to divide ultra conservative Republicans from the moderates.

The progression of feelings in the Midwest went from frustration, vindication, through disillusionment. Frustration during the election. Vindication when Hillary failed. Disillusionment after Trump took office and made cabinet appointments along with decisions based on what could benefit him and his cronies the most.

For years, the Midwest’s straight-forward, brevity, and practicality attitudes had yielded a desire for a business man to run for President of the United States. warren_buffett_fb-865x452Get rid of the politicians who connive and lie their way through their lives. This was the answer. No wonder they threw a vote in the direction of the first businessman they could, during an election with no good choice.

Today, the troubling point is the Press and D.C. are still getting it wrong. We are watching here in the middle. There are well respected newspapers getting down to Trumps level, instead of reporting on the declining democracy worldwide. The wars we are fighting. The underemployment of millions. Our poverty. North Korea. Let’s stop talking about tweets and the constant lies falling from D.C. Let’s start exploring the steps we as a Nation can be making to move the needle.

Namaste

Happy Holi Day

Color Festival

Festival_of_Colors_HoliHappy Holi Day to all you celebrating. I work with a group of people located in India and their offices are closed today for this holiday. It made me curious; so last night I googled and wikipediated to learn what this is all about.

Holi started as a Hindu spring festival, but other religious and secular people now celebrate it too. Holi is also known as the “festival of colors” because in order to celebrate, people throw colored powders on each other – friend or stranger. Very similar to a color run, without the running. The date varies every year because it is based on the Hindu calendar and is dependent on the full moon.

Even Google has a cartoon today. So hey…..there’s that.

Anything that is sheer fun is my kind celebration. Namaste.

Snow

Do you text your kids with weather reports?

20150201_081335So it snowed last night. This has only happened three or four times this winter. Global warming. Weather extremes. Whatever.

I just love it. My youngest is 24 years old. Still, the first snow of the season, I text all four of my kids with the, “It’s snowing!” text. They know how much I love the snow and I think they all would say they do too.

I love going for walks when it is freezing or snowing because there isn’t anyone else out. It’s so quiet. Insulated with the snow. You can hear and see the most wonderful things. The other day, walking my dog, we ran across five wild turkeys. Those birds have the most beautiful feathers that are every different color of brown with iridescent mixed in. They were just six feet away.