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The Zoom meeting with Tom Palzewicz yesterday was as easy and interesting to listen to as the last time I heard him.

He introduces himself by explaining the three issues he is running on.

1. Health care for all.  As anyone paying attention has realized; tying health care to employment can be and now is a disaster.

He mentioned this, though. Right now, 3.5 million people in the US work for health insurance companies. There’s no way we can simply turn that system off and some other system on; there needs to be a transition plan. He described lowering the Medicare qualifying age in stages. If Medicare began at 55 (not retirement, just Medicare health insurance) this would begin to address a lot of issues. All of us who are older understand that trying to get a new GOOD job when one is already in their 50’s or 60’s is nearly impossible because employers don’t want to hire people in the highest health insurance premium bracket.  Lowering the Medicare age would be a game changer.

There are a lot of other really positive ramifications to this idea of transitioning from private insurance companies to national health care in stages.  

2. Climate change.  It’s not an option to not take climate change seriously. It is insane that Trump can manipulate and end environmental policies that were enacted by Congress and by the EPA.

3. Gun Violence reduction. There are sensible practices that the majority of Americans want and support including gun registration.

Palzewicz described the dangerous and dysfunctional dynamic we are living in right now this way. “The bullies are running the show.”  Sensible legislation cannot even be discussed because Mitch McConnell does not allow the proposed legislation into the senate.  At the state level Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald do the same thing. If they don’t want change, they won’t allow any discussion.  And at this point the only action Vos and Fitzgerald are engaged in – is trying to sue the governor.

Palzewicz is running again Fitzgerald for congress, Wisconsin 5th District, this November.

This is his website:

If you donate through this URL, the accounting will show that your donation was received because of the efforts that Len and I put forth.  Not essential, but it gives us some sense that we made a difference:


I've been working several hours on some thoughts about St. Augustine of Hippo and shopping at Target.  I will finish those thoughts and post them here tomorrow.  

Even when one is on lockdown at home, one can run out of time.  Maybe I spent too much time this morning burning sticks and digging in my dirt?

Instead of words, here are some pictrues in no order and for no reason other than I like them and hope you do, too.




Love the pictures! The March Marigolds are lovely. Lots of them flourishing this year with all the rain. The cinnamon rolls picture inspired me to make some! Thanks!
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Len asked me who took the marsh marigold photos - and I said me. Or maybe Kathryn... Last year at Scuppernong.

I read your Lutefisk joke with fond memories of the old folks on my Swedish mother's side. I could practically hear the Swedish accent in the lines. Thanks for a good laugh!

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Quarantine Diary #112 7/3/2020 The View From Here, Now

I just checked the comments on my website. I get a few wacko ones most days that are in Greek or Russian, or are porno invites. I delete them. Part of the shtick when running a website outside the hosted sites.

And here, right here on a Friday evening, is this good comment from one of you, 

Quarantine Diary #108 6/30/2020 Woke Neighbors

I was quietly sitting here, just writing, when I heard yelling. I looked up and there was Modern America Right Here Right Now, in front of my house.

Cops had a car pulled over and were yelling at someone to come out. A black man with dreadlocks got out, hands in air, protesting and arguing to the cops. I couldn’t hear exactly what he was saying, but he was arguing respectfully. I heard his “Sir” several times. He was not swearing that I could hear.

Quarantine Diary #104 6/26/2020 Common Sense

This very small story has been lurking in my mind for decades and I have been thinking about it again, just recently.

One afternoon I overheard my dad complaining to my mom about schoolteachers. I suppose they were having a busy week in the print shop when a teacher from the high school dropped off, late in the day, a print job that needed to be completed in less time than was convenient. I’m guessing it was the school newspaper.

Quarantine Diary #101 6/23/2020 Today the Protest Came to Us

I keep saying Len and I are not going to protests because of Covid.

But then one came to us.

Late yesterday afternoon we heard that Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos would be at a meeting this morning at Saratoga STEM school here in Waukesha. It's three blocks from our house. 

The meeting was to talk about school choice. School choice is when you take taxpayer education funds away from local schools, change neighborhood schools into “choice schools” that will attract kids from outside that neighborhood and then you underfund the neighborhood school that's left.

Quarantine Diary #99 6/20/2020 "A bonfire of small changes ..."

This evening Trump is speaking to a political rally in a Tulsa venue that can hold 19,000 people. There will be no social distancing. The place is enclosed. Masks are optional. Boggles the mind.

Yesterday morning I went to a local Stein’s garden mecca to see if they have marigolds on sale yet. They don’t even have marigolds NOT on sale!

But this happened.

I wore a mask. There were only about six other people shopping while I was there and they were all masked, too. The clerk, working outside in that 85-degrees of drenching humidity, was also wearing a mask.

Quarantine Diary #97 Le Bistro de Garage..

People don’t need to care about “decorating and home design.” As long as one can live safely in their abode while getting done the things they need and want to get done, that’s civilization.

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