Mary Beth Writes

Did you ever have to tell the truth when it was hard? Did you ever lie to avoid a hard situation?  Did you ever know a hard, wrong thing but you told no one because it was going to be complicated and some people wouldn’t believe you and you might end up disrespected or worse for “telling on” someone else?

Most people work hard at learning truth-telling when they are 4 and 5-years old.

These are questions I’ve been considering since we watched the Jan 6 commission reports. Monday morning former Attorney General Bill Barr said that he’d told Trump three times the election had not been stolen.

Bill Stepien, head of Trump’s campaign, admitted he knew from election night onwards that there was no fraud. That the numbers were so large for Biden it was not feasible that what was happening was crooked. And he said this to Trump. (BTW, as of Twitter this morning Stepien’s baby has not been born yet)

On and on. All those people (were they ALL privileged white men?) were aware that Trump was telling lies to destabilize our confidence in our election. 

As one commenter said, “His lying created an existential threat of people losing trust in our government.”

Those so-called leaders could have said the election was true and valid in November and December after the election. They sat on their thumbs. January 6th happened and our nation will never be the same. These men have known the dangerous Stop the Steal propaganda was and is a traitorous lie, but they said nothing. Barr waited for his book to come out and the rest have “just been busy”?

Those men would have been busted from nursery school.

Disgust and anger over here.

And just because it is so easy to say, “They are all crooked.”  They are not. There are women and men who have been chipping away to demand and find the truth since January 2021. Trump was impeached twice. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger have become household names. Many Democrats are working to safeguard our republic in this crisis.

This is not a time to be cynical.  It’s too easy to say, “all politicians are corrupt.”  That’s approximately as true as all plumbers are …. And all doctors are … and all teachers are …  and all people who own pit bulls are …  yadda yada.

In a crisis, our best practice and skill is to know the character of those around us. Pay attention. Know what’s going on. Being informed is a radical act when lies and slander fly.

We had Global Climate Crisis here the other evening it rained so hard there were WAVES on our street, although it only lasted a half hour. This was the biggest rain dump we have witnessed since we moved here.

We are all in Global Climate Change now.

What’s going on where you live that you have never quite seen or experienced before?

You want some Upbeat? 

I got that, too.

Last weekend we went to the DePaul (Chicago) graduation of our daughter who completed her master’s degree in computer stuff. DePaul is so huge they only do the graduation ceremony for a few of their schools at a time.  She was scheduled for graduation of the Fine Arts School plus the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media. This was a thousand (?) students plus their families) and it was in Wintrust Arena (where the Blue Demons play). And we had to be there at 8AM! 

It was awesome! I had tears in my eyes often, and it wasn’t just my pride for my smart kid who. (Who, when she was in grammar school and someone would how old I was, would answer before me because math lives in her brain.)

It was glorious being in that arena where America was at its absolute finest. Young people of all races, skin tones, and attitudes. All proud of themselves. Families who were dignified and elegant, families in screaming t-shirts with their grad’s name on them. Skinny little dads from India or Pakistan with dress pants and sports jackets and small smiles, the kind of parents who worked two and three jobs for decades to get their kid to this moment. African American families beaming. Hispanic people. Folks from everywhere.  So much dark hair!

Move over politics and the damn Dow Jones. This is our best American story.

We want to know when and where this nation is working? Go to the college education of a public university.

The service started with a powerful acknowledgment of the native land on which Chicago and DePaul was built. Then we heard the Star-Spangled Banner song by a handsome man with dark skin and a huge smile and a voice to call angels.

I have never been more proud to be American.

Our daughter gave herself the future she has been working towards. Recently she started an amazing job that pays an amazing amount of money.

Last Friday she adopted a shelter pup.

Meet Pork Chop.

 

(I’m going to be gone a long day. Send your comments as usual; I will post them tomorrow evening.)

 

 

 

 

 

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A little teary, here. Thanks.

clapping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Witnessing your child's graduation is ...so much! A wonderful experience. Re: Jan 6. Liz Cheney's words "... your dishonor will remain" has stayed with me. They live inside me. Despite Stepien knowing that there was no fraud and Trump Lost, he now works in a campaign that promotes the election was stolen. The fact that the lie continues is truly frightening. Disgust and anger here, too. Trump is a traitor, and should be treated as such. Patricia

Handsome, alert fellow! He will be a great companion for her.

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Happy Birthday to Len

11/30/2022 

Today is Len’s birthday. I told him this morning I might write about him but I would let him read whatever I said first. He said not to run it past him, he’d like the surprise of reading it when you all do. Let’s see what I come up with.

1. This is cute. Len was born in Chicago’s Passavant Memorial Hospital which was the grandparent hospital to Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital - where two of our grandkids were born.

Stories, Q Club, Us

The photo is not by Len or me, its from I Love Canada on FB. I've seen a sky like that just once. 

11/21/2022

Last week I read two books about young people who left their homes. They experienced some good and too many rough experiences and they couldn’t go back until they figured out how to not be who they used to be. Both novels knocked my socks off.

The People You Keep by Allison Larkin

Covid Diary #979 - Still Paying Attention?

11/17/2022

Yes, it’s been 979 days since Friday the 13th, March 2020, when everything changed.

Last Saturday one of our kids visited for several hours with their kids. It was fun though our kid looked tired. They said they’d taken a Covid test that morning and it was negative. They figured it was the wine and rich foods they’d shared the evening before with friends at the end of a very busy week.

Next Day - What Are You Seeing?

11/9/2022

It was a late night last night, wasn’t it? Len worked at a polling place 6:30 AM until 10:30 PM. He said the actual experience is a lot like working retail (which he has not done since he was 22). Stand up most of the time, pleasantly say the same thing over and over. Wonder if lunch is soon.  

Professional reporters and pundits are talking a lot about “what just happened”, but heck, we are noticing interesting things, too.  Let’s talk about what We The People saw and heard and are watching now.

Here are some things catching my attention.

Election Day

11/8/2022 

So many times I’ve thought things were going to be okay, and then they weren’t. My dad had that heart attack and the kid who was MB back then told herself to not overthink the drama because things always turn out more or less okay. Then the next day he died.

We lost a pregnancy far enough along that we had a name picked out and a crib in which to put that child. For a week I had all the misery and cramps that go with miscarrying and I still thought somehow it was going to work out okay.

That Beep-Beep-Beeping Moment.

In spring Len got a $100 traffic ticket when he turned right at a corner we’ve been turning right at for seven years. However, construction had started and there were orange barrels and cones everywhere – plus a small sign NOT facing the street Len was on, telling drivers to not turn there.

Len went back later that day and took photos. Len called the city to mention that if they posted a sign that actually faced the traffic, the city could save the cost of the cop parked there ticketing drivers.

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