Oh People!

Oh People! Have we all forgotten our history – and all the history of all the ages of man and womankind? What is this “make America great again” rhetoric? Is anybody comparing ‘the state of the union’ today with the interior conflict that grew into the War Between the States? Are we going to do that again? And without the faintest hint of a “glorious cause” that both sides claimed? Can we never ever learn from our mistakes?

The hostility and rancor that are tearing this country apart from the inside are not going to lead to any form of greatness, people. Why can’t we recognize that and stop behaving like the most obnoxious of spoiled children, screaming about the wickedness of our opponents and blaming each other for everything we don’t like about the world around us.

Come on, people. Didn’t someone once council us to love one another? Isn’t that the same Someone the Evangelical Christians claim to worship?

Our current POTUS is not the reason for this terrible situation. The Republicans are not the reason. Nor are the Democrats. This truly ‘deplorable’ (look it up, it means “deserving censure or contempt” according to Webster’s.) state of affairs has been simmering since the unCivil war, but sort of went into hiding when we were involved in World Wars and most people felt a need to hang together out of fear of a common enemy that just about everyone could hate, if nothing else.

Since then we’ve had our ups and downs, but today, as I listen to the latest news from NPR, which I still trust not to bring me any fake news if they can help it, about all I can hear is down, down, down.
Obviously the rift between citizens of this country has widened, but it was there already before the current administration took over. It had to be, or Trump could never have been elected with or without help from Russia or anywhere else. He couldn’t have gotten close.

How did this happen? How could we as a nation be so clueless, so apathetic, so unwilling to look for solutions to problems instead of making them worse by trying to pin the responsibiity for those problems on some hobgoblin we like to call “Them”. “ Them” can be any group of people who happen to have skin of a color different than ours, or who happen to believe in the god or gods they were taught by parents and/or culture to believe in, or speaks a different language from the one we grew up learning, or has more money than we do or . . . you name it, we’ll blame it.

There are no easy answers. Does anyone really think that fear and hate (which go hand in hand, of course) can serve to protect us from our (perceived) enemies, or bring us happiness, or help us sleep better at night? Is the pursuit of the Almighty Dollar (or any other currency) the most important factor in our lives?

What has happened to ‘the Land of Hope and Opportunity’? The New World? America the Beautiful?
Has Lady Liberty’s light gone out? Come on, people. We had a chance to build on the best of the old and try for the best of the new and unknown, to reject the values of a society built on ignorance rather than enlightenment. We may still have that chance, but from here it sure looks like we’re blowing it.

Many others are saying the same thing I’m trying to say, and with far more eloquence. Can’t we, as a nation of diversity, make a blessing of that diversity, rather than a curse? The idea that anybody can “make America great again” by ignoring or demonizing the rest of the world is utterly absurd – and terribly sad, not to mention incredibly stupid.

Please, can people of good sense and good will get together and exchange views, talk honestly and thoughtfully about our differnces, and look for solutions to our problems rather than adding to them?
Is that too much to hope for? Oh people, we have to work together or we will almost certainly fall apart.

Personal demons

Doesn’t everybody have at least one? I’m defining ‘personal demon’ as anything that gets in the way of personal progress, in my case severe technophobia, or not playing well with . . . gadgets.  Computers are gadgets. ‘Nuff said?

How do I transfer a word document file to the Portfolio page, short of copy/pasting the entire document, that is?  Since I no longer have the link to the site where it was published, I’ve only got the original of articles I’ve written over the past several years.

Most were published somewhere online, but as I was writing for a ‘content provider’ and never under my own name, and my content provider has recently passed away, any links are likely to be history (or at least I don’t know how to find them).

Any suggestions?  I’d be most grateful!

 

Republicans and Christians and Trump! OH MY!

Sheesh.  I’ve just received a big envelope from the Faith and Freedom Coalition.  Now, I’m sure they’ve got their wires crossed, since I’ve been in a state of horrified disbelief ever since Nov. 2016. Be that as it may, this particular bunch of pages included a survey and a request for a donation to support the current administration, listing its many accomplishments. I almost tossed it in the recycle bin, but on second thought decided to vent some of my disgust.

The first and worst part of this ‘presentation’ from the FFers refers to Christian values, which they seem to think they’ve got a lock on. Personally I don’t think they pay much attention to the actual teachings of Christ. Like too many of us, too much of the time, they pick a phrase or two and bend it nicely to support their convictions (or at least the convictions they claim to have). Anytime anybody says “I’m right and you’re wrong and that’s the end of it” I am disposed to  doubt very seriously anything else they may say.

It seems that one big draw of FFism is the idea of closing our borders . . . to undesirable types such as anyone with pigmentation or ideology that differs from those they claim as their own – which in reality is anyone who disagrees with their (decidedly narrow) viewpoint. They seem to have forgotten or managed somehow to rationalize away the fact that this country was founded on the presumption of equality among people, not “people like us in every way”.  Not to mention the notion that church and state should be separate; that the government operates on the principle of justice for all, and no religion can or should be forced upon anyone.

But alas, I’m off target here.  What I cannot discern is how this ‘moral’ and ‘righteous’ bunch can continue to cheer on a man who has proven himself again and again to be a bully and a liar, to mention only two of his defining characteristics.  If this is what you’re lauding as a great leader, I fear very much for this country and for the rest of the planet, since the U.S.A. has, at least until recently, been considered the greatest nation in the world.  If the FFers think they’re the true Christians, I think they need to go back and check their sources.

 

Taking action! At last!

In case you noticed that loooooong post that should have been in the Portfolio (and not in that form, either) has been removed. Thanks to the continuing and truly awesome support and help from Janice and Ann, plus finally a hands-on lesson from my 17-year-old great nephew, I now have a couple more bits of knowledge that might get this site from a black hole to, if not a nova, at least a visible planet! This post constitutes the first wee step; the intent is to take lots more wee ones until I can maybe start jogging! With high hopes and much gratitude, back soon.

Continuing Education

That title refers to my own, and it is a rocky road indeed.  The last post, which I assume will be the one after this, was not intended for this page but as part of my credentials, so to speak.  It will be moved the minute I figure out how!

Welcome to my blog!

Hello Everyone, and welcome to a very new and undisciplined blog. There will be major improvements made in the content – as soon as I figure out how this whole thing works. I promise. How long the figuring out will take is another matter altogether.
Fountain pen image, public domain from Pixabay

Let me briefly introduce myself. I’m Jeannie Michael, and I’m a writer, despite the fact that at present I have a day job that pays the bills and gives me ulcers but does not involve writing in any way. I may tell you about that later; for now, it’s too embarrassing.

I’ve been writing for my own entertainment since I learned to read, but only for the past ten years or so has any of it been for publication. Starting with a couple of the so-called content mills such as ifeelance.com, I lucked out with one ‘content provider’ who had clients all over the place wanting articles on every subject from kitchen cabinets to evidence of water on Mars. Then he started a blog reviewing movies and putting together bios on current celebrities. Then he started doing in-depth reviews of tourist towns on the Costa Blanca. So that’s what I’ve been writing about, amongst other interesting and not-so-interesting subjects.

Basically, I’m a darn good researcher and will tackle most anything, with the very notable exception of modern technology. If it’s technical, electrical, digital or the like, I’ll avoid it like the proverbial plague because it bytes. (Sometimes I just have to entertain myself, sorry.)

Most of what I’ve written for my main client has been published online, but never with my name as author. I do have permission to use any of it as “samples” of my work, so there will be some of those posted – again, as soon as I get a handle on the inner and outer workings of NAIWE and Word Press. With a lot of help from kind and encouraging folks in this organization, I’m working on it, so please stay tuned.