Mary Beth Writes

Len and I watched a lot of the impeachment hearings this week. George Kent, William Taylor, and Marie Yovanovitch showed us the worthy, smart, and patriotic Americans still serving our nation. Or at least trying to do so behind the chaos and greed, the ineptitude and apparent bribery of the people in this administration. 

 I’m sure other governments departments are staffed by many who are equally experienced, educated, professional and unflappable as Kent, Taylor, and the incredible Madam Ambassador. We don’t get to see them often enough to know what’s going on, so this is a strange opportunity to observe our tax dollars at work. I am grateful.  

 I was also so, so angry at Devin Nunes and some of the others.  In case you don’t know it, Nunes is a representative from California’s San Joaquin’s Valley. He says he is a dairy farmer, but an investigative report discovered the amazing truth that the dairy farm owned by his family for three generations is actually in Sibley, Iowa and is mostly staffed by undocumented workers. Read more about Nunes. 

 The hypocrisy is flamboyant and ugly.

 This is what Len wrote to friends:

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 “I think that there are a lot of people who are used to enjoying the advantages of being white males in America, and they are at a loss to explain why it isn't working any longer. They followed the rules, such as they were. They played the game, and now the factories have gone to China, or robots, and they are not on top of the world.

 It's easy to see them blame imports, immigrants, welfare mothers and the Deep State.

 I think that they are also blaming the smart kids, and the anger they show at education is just as strong as it is toward the other groups.  And, it's sort of justified.  When they were in school, society said being tough, playing sports and going after the quick buck was going to be rewarded in a better way than learning stochastic processes.  (I don't exactly know what stochastic processes are, but my daughter does, and that's cool).  

 So now they think Trump gave them a tax break (spoiler alert: he didn't), and that the budget would be balanced if only we would stop giving money to the poor.  And the government doesn't make it any better by making tax returns weird, along with health insurance and college tuition. I just heard that the FAFSA is easier to fill out now; I'm skeptical.   

 The US still leads the world in technology and the arts, and I think that will continue to be the case.  But even though American is changing along with the world, many Americans are not, and they are really, really mad about it.”

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We have a long way to go in this saga.

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Thank you. I am so angry at the hypocrisy..

I too, listened to some of the hearings. Had to turn it off when my blood pressure started to rise at the hypocrisy. I mean, I was a bit confused. Aren't the republican representatives Americans? How much integrity and character are we willing to give up to him? Patricia/Fl
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Right?! I wonder if the Republican losses in Kentucky last week and Louisiana last night will urge some Repubs to rethink their blind loyalty.

I hope! Please! Patricia

Thanks for sharing your and Len's insights and comments. The link to the Esquire article is incredible. How do these hypocrites sleep at night?
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And these are the men, this is the party that say they are about Family Values. The duplicity is beyond my pay grade. Judith Viorst "No matter how cynical I get, I can't keep up."

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Quarantine Diary #308 1/15/2021

My life is pretty fine, and I bet yours is, too. Warm place to live. Food to eat. Friends to share and laugh with - even if we have to do it via Zoom.

At the same time, who isn’t feeling anxiety and dread? Will the white supremacist insurrectionist knobs attack the inaugural? Will they screw up state capitols and infrastructure? One lone guy blew up Nashville a mere three weeks ago. What the hell is going on?

Quarantine Diary #307 Brain Names

Remember when there was no autism? Sure, there were kids in our schools who were weirdly able to remember stuff, or were hard to control, or whose emotions triggered at the oddest time. We generally ignored those kids. Those of us who were kind did, anyways. Others bullied. 

Remember the mopey kids in high school who knew too much about depressing art and angsty music and sometimes killed themselves?

Quarantine Diary #306 Hunched Over & Paying Attention

I am going to write some Quarantine Diary entries again. There’s a lot going on and sometimes it helps to hear a small voice as well as the big voices of journalists, pundits, networks, the other public media we follow.

I have had a small headache off and on for days. I worried that I might have contracted Covid, except dang it, I haven’t gone anywhere! And then, thinking about it, I realized I am hunched over my phone much more than usual. These mild on-again, off-again headaches are from eyestrain and weird posture.

Rime and Treason

These photos were taken by Len on Monday in that other time and world that existed before the Trump gorgons mobbed the Capitol. (Gorgons existed in Greek literature. Gorgons are the poisonous siblings with hair of living snakes. Those who beheld them face-to-face turned to stone. Or were killed by being beaten by a fire extinguisher.)

I have been trying to write about that but it is too hard. There is so much that is clear and is informative. You are reading it as much as I am. Blessed be the journalists, right? 

Quarantine Diary #292 New Year's Eve

Many of us feel as if we are in limbo until Biden takes office. I don’t think you need me to say a lot about how long and hard this year has been; we’ve been in this dentist’s chair together.

But...

Did you see how many days quarantine has lasted? 292 days.

So far.

This week I read a remarkable essay. On Natural Landscapes, Metaphorical Living, and Warlpiri Identity, by Barry Lopez. https://lithub.com/. Life is weird. The day after I read it, Mr. Lopez died.

Advent Light Post 12/24/2020

Judy Saunders. Photo of a Rose.

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung,
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
As folks of old have sung.
It came a flower bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night.

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Len and I were delivering presents to Chicago yesterday. Social distancing, with masks, but we did it and we saw our kids’ faces and there’s your Christmas, Ma’am.

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