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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Preaching, Cheating, Thanking & Eating

I am preaching this coming Sunday at my church. I think if you check our website Sunday morning (11/29) between 9:20 and 9:30 - the URL for the service will be there. The November theme for UU’s  is Healing, so that’s what I am preaching about. https://www.uniteduuc.org/

The Gales of November

Today is November 10th which is the 45th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. (Listen to the song here!) 

11/6/2020 Wow! It's happening!

I wrote this yesterday: “I’m all over the place. How about you?”

Today I’m: “I think I lost weight last night and it was some of the heaviness of persistent stress.”

It’s happening, Friends. Yes, we all know nothing will be sensationally simple going forward. Right now, the Senate is where it was pre-election. (Though hold on, Stacey Abram’s Amazing Georgia is having TWO senate races in January.)

Several things NOT about the election 11/3/2020

(Unripe tomatillos are beautiful.)

Today I am sharing some thoughts not about the election.

I plan to have very strong feelings once the winner of the presidential election, plus the many down-ballot contests, are known. If there is craziness and violence and civil uproar, I will care right away.

But right now, while we don’t know, I don’t want breathless reporting on how dry the paint is.

We've got a few more hours. 

Remembering Stuff

“I’m getting so old. I just can’t remember anything anymore.”

Okay, I understand and accept that forgetfulness is weird and awkward. We talk to someone about this movie and that house repair and that small restaurant from which we ordered amazing food a few weeks ago and it feels as if we are talking with 95% of the words we used to know. What was that guy’s name? Where did I read that really powerful thing about political strategy now?

Ayad Akhtar's "Homeland Elegies" & Do We Understand Colonialism?

I heard part of an NPR / Fresh Air interview with writer Ayad Akhtar so I borrowed the book from the library and read it.

In the 1960’s his parents earned medical degrees in Pakistan and then emigrated to the US where Ayad was born and has lived all his life. (His parents are now deceased.) His dad was a highly respected cardiologist. In the 1990’s, when Donald Trump was having heart issues, Dr. Akhtar was flown to NYC to examine Trump.

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