Monday, May 9, 2016

My Memories of Gramma

We lived in a four-family house in a small, working-class suburb just north of Boston. My Gramma lived downstairs from us, my aunt and uncle lived in the apartment next to hers, we lived above her apartment and the last one was rented out. The house had originally been owned by the mayor of the city many, many years before and was a single family home before it was turned into a four-apartment house.

As a youngster, I was always at Gramma's, my mother's mother. I got a lot of exercise running up and down the back stairs several times a day from our apartment to hers for one thing or another. She had a large stuffed rocking chair in the kitchen. Who had rocking chairs in their kitchen? She also had a small icebox in the kitchen and I remember watching the 'iceman' come to deliver a block of ice when needed. Wonderful aromas emanated from her little pantry where the cupboards, stove, sink and a regular, but small refrigerator were located.

When I was about eight years old, my mother asked if I would sleep downstairs every night to "keep Gramma company." I eagerly agreed to it.  Gramma had a daybed in the living room  and her bedroom was in the front of the house.  I loved sleeping down there. Every night, Gramma would walk through the living room on her way to her bedroom, softly reciting evening prayers, especially the Shema as she went. And I would listen very carefully trying to remember the Hebrew words, not really knowing what they were or what they meant.... only that I knew they meant something really special to her by the way she said them.  But what I strained to hear and try to repeat to myself was really a corrupt version of the actual Hebrew words. It isn't until decades later that I found out how the actual Hebrew was supposed to be pronounced. I remember the moment when I realized the connection between her words of prayer and the real words of the Shema and how, all those years, I had been saying them so wrong!

Every morning, Gramma made breakfast for me and every morning all I ever wanted was her "finekochen", an egg scrambled with cottage cheese and a glass of milk.  She would sit with me while I ate and we would talk about lots of things. Some of those conversations included discussions about the news of the day. That was a treasured time and provides warm memories that I hold close to my heart of someone I loved very much and who loved me so.

Her apartment was a place of safety and refuge whenever I got into trouble upstairs. And she had good hiding places, too! Gramma's house was my second house, a place that was always filled with good food and lots of love.  I know I've written about a bit of this before but, as I get older, I treasure even more what I've experienced in my life. And those memories of my Gramma are some of the sweetest.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

To answer your question, Mark Curtis

Mark Curtis:

To answer your question as to whether there is any candidate that would make me leave my home country............

My husband and I actually had a conversation along those lines today.  If we were younger , say in our 40's we would seriously consider leaving this country if any Republican got into the White House.  The unfortunate thing is that there are so many countries in the world that are not worth moving to because they all have similar problems: bigotry, racism, misogyny, homophobia, unbridled hatred, wars, etc. What it comes down to is we have more people willing to bring their hatred out in the open and actually act on it. Kindness, intelligence, humaneness, care of others, working together to make things good for everyone - those things are slowly being erased from the American scene and replaced by, for want of a better word, idiocy.

Don't you want to live in a country that prepares for the future, not turning it back into the nightmare it used to be for many of our citizens who are not White, Christian and male? The current breed of Republicans seems to base their world view through their Bible, their homophobia, their racism, their greed and hatred. Who wants to live in that kind of world? But that's what the United States will become if any Republican gets in to the White House.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's a disease

I just can't stand to read the crap reported by the MSM (those corporate shills) anymore. And the crap is supplied by Republicans: the largest group of mealy-mouthed, illiterate, ill-informed, racist, bigoted, misogynistic pieces of the lowest form of humanity.

Republicans: full of hatred, vile, whining little hypocritical bastards who can't understand that the world sees them as super assholes. Their corporate masters pull the strings and their menial peons do their bidding: they repeat the lying sound bites that have been shoved down their throats and these poor shlubs march off toward the edge of the cliff without realizing they've been had.

The Republican presidential candidates can be defined as an intellectual lightweight who reveals his stupidity with every word that comes out of his mouth, has a Narcissus complex and who has no clue what government is all about (Donald Trump); a Dominionist crazy person who wants to Christianize the United States (Ted Cruz) (for a really good explanation of what this movement and Cruz is all about, I recommend you read this blog on jonathanturley.org: https://jonathanturley.org/2013/10/12/ted-cruz-dominionism-and-jesus/); and a nondescript seemingly quiet, woman-hating, brain-cell deficient nut (John Kasich) who is as creepy as the other two.

Republican thinking: It's a virulent disease.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kindness, where have you gone?

Kindness has taken a hike.  It used to be a distinguishing characteristic of United States citizens. Parents instilled it in their children.  It was practiced everywhere, in schools, in public, at gatherings, in social situations, in business situations (sometimes), even at sports events! But that was then and this is now.

The now I'm referring to is the current cloud hanging over the entire country, courtesy of the Republican candidates running for President. It's not just kindness that has disappeared. It's civility, it's tolerance, it's compassion, sympathy, decency, thoughtfulness, gentleness, consideration.

Trump uses the worst language to describe Mexicans, Muslims, "Others" who are not like him. But when anyone else describes him in a negative way, out of his mouth drops not so subtle threatening remarks insinuating that something dire will befall that person. The entire Republican party engages in cruel, relentless, malevolent, hard-hearted, revengeful, unkind, lying rhetoric all the time to discredit all who don't march to their narrow, zealously religious, Constitution-bashing, anti-everything goose-stepping mentality.

There is a difference between Democrats (Liberals) and Republicans (Conservatives/Tea Party).  One sees the good in a nation filled with a variety of cultures; the other sees only that a variety of cultures is a threat to their way of life.

Being kind to one another should not be an afterthought.  It should be a distinguishing feature that people from around the world think of when they think of the people of the United States. Sadly, the Republicans are destroying what little good reputation we still have among the world community.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

We need a Democrat in the White House.....PERIOD.

There's screaming and finger-pointing in the Democratic camp.  Hillary. No, Bernie. Bernie.  No, Hillary.  It should be clear to anyone with an ounce of brains that we're screwed if any of those Republican imbecilic, whiny, dangerously crazy liars running on the GOP side ever gets into the White House.

Any Democrat who'd rather vote for any of those foaming pieces of GOP crap than whoever the Democratic nominee is, is the equivalent of a left-wing Tea Party idiot and can be labeled as incredibly stupid. Our lives depend on electing a Democrat to the presidency.......... period!

If you must, hold your nose and vote for ANY Democrat because if you don't we'll have a country not worth living in, especially for women and minorities and the young and the old and the infirm.  How many of you want to put up with all that GOP crap against women's rights and the rights of everyone who isn't a big, fat, white, ugly, so-called "Christian" male who thinks like a neanderthal?  How many of you want to let your sons and daughters go to war again?

Your lives and your souls will be owned by the extremely rich and the rest of us will wallow in the dirt, scratching for any little tidbit of humanity that the Oligarchs might throw our way.  And there won't be much. And then there's the Supreme Court. We're doomed as a nation if any Republican gets in and THAT'S the bottom line!