Mary Beth Writes

Len wrote this and put it on Facebook. Many of you are not his friend on FB and this is funny.

And awful. Jeeez, where did we get this president? 

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This is Berry. She belongs to my son and daughter-in-law. She is delightful, but maybe not the brightest bulb in the litter, if you catch my drift.

In this post, I'd like to compare the President's performance in the Coronavirus crisis with what Berry might do.

1) Would Berry have fired the Pandemic Response Office?

Not likely. Berry still has trouble remembering which way the door opens. Directing Steve Mnuchin to issue a personnel directive? Not happening.

2) If she had fired the Pandemic Response Office, would she have accepted responsibility?

Berry has lapses, as we all do. A pillow was chewed, a hole dug in the yard, garbage spilled. Mistakes were made, but her eyes always own up and acknowledge that she did it, and begs your forgiveness. I can hear her mom asking, "Berry, did you fire the Pandemic Response Office?" and her meekly nodding and laying down. Yes, she would absolutely accept responsibility.

3) Does Berry understand the importance of testing?

I once walked Berry down a busy street in Waukesha and saw her alert to a Sandhill Crane high in the air. Her ears perk up when she's inside but hears another dog hiccup several blocks away. I am sure that, right now, she knows the location and sex of every squirrel in the neighborhood, and what they ate last night. She is the very soul of a sensory network combined with sophisticated big data resources. Yes, she understands testing, cluster analysis and containment (kennel) quite well.

4) Can Berry show concern?

Anyone who has ever looked at a dog's eyes knows how foolish a question this is. She doesn't need to read it from a teleprompter (not likely, anyway) or wait for advisors to move her to action. Something on your mind? She's all there (on your lap) with soft warm ears and a soulful look. Yes, Berry could have shown unqualified compassion and concern for everyone -- EVERYONE -- threatened by the virus. Which, really, is what was needed most of all.

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WHITE CAKE!

The picture is our wedding cake, made by my friend Karen, who drove it from Indiana to Chicago on the hottest day of that year. It was in the back seat so their two little boys had to ride in front (remember when kids could ride in front?). They got lost in the city but I didn't know that for years because Karen and her husband start early and had time to get lost and then figure it out. Sometimes wedded bliss is a lot of work. 

The following story and recipe is not about the wedding cake, but it is the photo I have...

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6/30/2022

How Do We Remember What We Remember?

6/30/2022

The Jan 6 Hearings, huh? This is an amazing moment in US history and I’m trying to understand our incredibly intense response. Four of 10 voters have watched at least some of the hearings, which is 20,000,000 people. It’s not just me that can’t look away.

Our Terrible Canoe Adventure

The eagle photo was taken by Len - but not on this trip! 

6/23/2022

We are fine but I have a tale to tell.

American Successes / American Failures

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.

Molecule Moving

6/8/2022     

I didn’t know a Panoply of Dental Moments was coming my way this week, but such is life with teeth. One can brush, floss, slosh, and swish - but if one’s teeth want to crumble, they do. Yesterday I had my six-month cleaning. The hygienist said several times that I brush and floss beautifully. I was proud and thinking maybe I would give myself a “well-done” sticker when I got home. Then the dentist came in to do the check-up and said two fillings had cracks around them and needed to be replaced.

Rough Stories, Tough Week

6/1/2022 

Last Friday evening on PBS Tonight David Brooks said something like this. “I am afraid for all of us. The news just pummels us.”

There are as many tough stories as there are fingers on a closed fist. The shooting in Uvalde. The shooting in Buffalo. The corrupt power of the NRA and other obscene wealth-mongers that are destroying our society from the inside of elected reps’ pockets outwards. Ukraine. Global climate mayhem. Oh, and covid is everywhere. Less traumatic for most; long covid for some. So that’s six fingers on that pugilistic fist.

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