Rant of the Day

Okay, so somehow Trump cajoled the right people to win the Presidency, and we have him seated in the Oval Office. Now what? In one week’s time,​ Trump has done so much damage and even those that voted for him are questioning his motives. Yes, it can be said out loud: President Trump is mentally ill. Even BEFORE he was elected we knew he is a narcissist. Now, he has been given unimaginable power and is rapidly untying all the ends that the Obama Administration had managed to pull together. Decades-long conversations between countries and agreements made that span back to the Vietnam War Era are endangered if not already extinct with his very pointed signature.

Now what?

Half of our Americans, a segment of our society that we work alongside and perhaps even share an evening meal with each night, believed that Trump would remedy the failing system that Obama had overseen. That, for once, the little guy in the very rural communities would be considered.

Not.

With the Affordable Care Act nearing the guillotine with no replacement in sight, it will be the rural Americans that feel it the most, and immediately. Small rural hospitals will be impacted as the majority of their patients would not even walk through their doors without the possibility of some sort of insurance offered by the Federal Government.But, that is just one of the growing list of collateral damages that will flow as seamlessly as the XL Pipeline. Has anyone heard of the two major oil spills in Saskatchewan, Ontario where the pipeline originates? Our news media does have its problems…one of which is that it has tunnel vision. It only follows the lead down the street, if it turns a corner…oh well.

So, who can remove Trump from his high throne? I’m surprised that the rather simple chairs haven’t been replaced with gold, as he surrounded himself with in NYC. Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, you two MUST ADMIT that you have a larger problem on your hands than even most people suspect. Who can be the replacement? Pence? Trump this morning bemoaned the fact that after Schwartzenegger took over his Apprentice show the ratings have tanked, Arnold suggested that they change places!!

I’LL TAKE HIM!

Of course, from Trump, we will never know the answer to that one.

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What Are You Doing About Climate Change?

In Michigan, here, we have a rather short summer and this year, as predicted, we’re having quite a cooler summer than we’d like to have. Two days, officially hit 90, and July was cooler than JUNE! I guess, when last winter froze the Great Lakes completely (except for Ontario which is the deepest) and people were donning their bikini’s (I kid you not) to swim up to and around ice chunks that hung around until the beginning of May made nationwide news. Heck, this past winter you could walk on Lake Superior’s ice to caves that no one saw inside unless you were in a boat. This year has been a bit odd.

Out west, a good percentage of my family (Canadian – Alberta and British Columbia) haven’t had this kind of heat in God knows when, and the wildfires are erasing the otherwise pristine views of the Canadian Rockies. You can’t seem them for the smoke that hangs in the air like fog…, er, make that smog. It is miserable, I’m sure, for the people that prefer the temperate climate that they are used to. 34 degrees celsius is too hot to enjoy going outside for any length of time!

Climate Change is upon us, like it or not, and political views aside, we have better get our hind-ends prepared. No use talking about it when the water levels are on the rise and the wild temperature fluctuations make us all scratch our heads. Along the Mississippi, and its many tributaries, those that live in those areas should hold sandbag conventions for as many times as they’ve had to do that this past decade alone!

I count myself lucky to be so near so much fresh water. But recent run-off into Lake Erie (affecting Toledo area and the SE corner of Lower Michigan) which is fertilizer from farming acreage that abuts the lake, caused an intense algae bloom which contaminated the water! You couldn’t even boil the stuff to make it safe to drink, it would only make the life-threatening toxins STRONGER. So these people couldn’t drink it, bathe in it, cook with it…NOTHING. A communication breakdown between those in OH and those affected in MI has led to an investigation as it may just happen again this summer. One man who was interviewed said, “You put fertilizer on the plants to make them grow, rain and irrigation takes the run-off to the lake where the fertilizer grows the algae.” Simple. But, it’s putting our lives at risk, big time! That water system does not feed to those in Metro Detroit, but, what about all the OTHER potential algae blooms in this country, and around the world, from fertilizer run-off that can contaminate and KILL those people that don’t get the word quick enough?

We’re all in this together and we have to right the ship because, we’re taking on water, metaphorically. Every hole has to be plugged and that takes into account a lot of details, from many directions, and coordination of these things has to be done. Not talking heads, but real roll up your sleeve and get your hands dirty kind of problem solving.

I heed the warnings of those that know better than I, and I have stopped using fertilizer on my lawn, for one thing. Who said that a lawn must be devoid of weeds in order to look pristine. Some weeds have beautiful flowers, don’t they? Tall enough in an meadow and you could call them “wildflowers”, not weeds. Am I right? I still use my garbage disposal, that grinds things up and sends that into the water supply, right? If not, where else does it go?

Think about what you’re doing, with every plastic bottle that comes into your hand, every piece of paper you handle and every styrofoam container that holds your carry-out. What you do with it after you’re done with it, does make a real difference…but, ultimately, you decide, don’t you?

Peace,
Loretta

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New Beginnings

Ever feel as if you’re spinning your wheels, wanting to get somewhere but you can’t get out of the mud?  Realize that with every moment you can have a new, a fresh beginning.  Every single second allows us the ability to start over, to try again, to pick yourself up after that fall from grace, to stop and think about the situation from the other person’s point of view, to say “I’m sorry”, to ask forgiveness, to forgive yourself, and find yourself loving yourself once again.  Yep, I believe in new beginnings.  Do you?

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Legacy

I have often wondered just why I’ve been continuously compelled to write, and the topic has never meant a great deal.  I am a lesbian, in a committed relationship with two adult children through her.  Whether I had met her or our paths never were to cross, I believe that I take up the pen (computer nowadays) and jot down an idea, or three, it’s the idea of legacy.  Leaving behind tangible proof of our existence.  To leave behind a mark, literally with ink, of our thoughts, no matter how trivial they may seem to the reader.  To say, “See?  I was here!  What I said, mattered.  What I thought mattered and how I loved mattered.”  That my interaction with others, no matter how fleeting they may have been in this life, they all mattered.  They all had a reason, a purpose to help shape me, and propel me forward through the lessons that I am to learn in this life, at this moment.  I have always wanted to leave a lasting legacy and the writer prays that someone, somewhere reads the words and the reader is touched, or perhaps even changed, for the better, by your influence, no matter how fleeting the contact may be.  Yes, that’s it.  We all want to leave a lasting legacy.

 

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Flash Fiction Short

My feet are sore, my legs ache and I’m so tired to standing.  The wind is at my back, but the cars pass me and it don’t make no difference.  That wind is biting, like that snake I saw as a kid.  Wow, that was…what, 28 years ago.  Shit, a lot has happened since.  Damn, I have to get some money for some smokes.  All I need is money for some smokes.

A lady stopped for a second, she was pretty, ya know?  In one of them new Cadillacs.  I’ve never been in anything so fancy like that.  She opened her window, just the smallest of cracks and pushed a dollar through.  She thought I got it, but she pushed the gas pedal hard and headed through the light and that’s when I saw everything slow motion.  The money slipped through my fingers and I saw it float in the air, then it hit the ground and a truck for some bakery company drove over it and it was gone.  Only thing I can think is that it got stuck up underneath or on the tire.  The road’s been wet.  Yeah, that has to be it.  My Ma would have said, “Easy come, easy go!”  I loved her, ya know?

It’s been different since she went to Heaven.  No one wants me around anymore.  I think I’m a good person, but, I can’t get a job.  No one wants me because I’m retarded.  I like my smokes, though, and they like me.

I’m cold.  It’s been raining so long now, I’m soaked right through.  Wish I had good socks.  The shelter I stay at once in awhile gives me fresh socks but, today it wouldn’t make any difference, fresh or not.  I don’t like the rain but Ma said it was always a good thing, for the flowers and stuff.  Still, I don’t like it.  I just wish I had money for my smokes.

(c) 2014

 

 

 

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Taking Flight

Once in awhile I put pen to paper and a poem pops out.  This came to me this night and I thought I would share.  If you like it, please

take a moment to give me a comment…a critique, if you want.  🙂  I appreciate constructive criticism but please note, my poems aren’t meant to be grammatically correct, they just are.  That’s all.  Enjoy!

~Taking Flight~

On gossamer wings she flew

To sit down beside you

She smiled and whispered your name

And You were never the same

That Friday night

An incredible sight

A light cloud of fairy dust

And a generous dose of wanderlust

You took the hand she offered

And I saw you take flight

Not in your physical form

But in the most gorgeous light

I could only smile, your journey complete

I turned away, certain that again we would meet

Like a person in the next room

I knew I would see you again soon.

Loretta M. Miller © 2014

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Do I have a message? If so, what??

A month or so back I was asked, “What do you want your blog to convey?”  I had no set idea.  Hmm, I thought, “What is the message(s) that I want others to see?”  I have always written stories that wind up being of a similar vein: “Inspiration”, “Faith”, “Hope”, etc.  But, I also am a fierce advocate for animal rights.  So, I could have two blogs, right?  Here, I could publish my short inspirational stories and post other items that would be of interest of the same ilk.  Then, my second blog could be for animals!  Either way, I need to monetize my blog(s) and make them zingˆ!

So, that is what I will do.  There’s no limit to the number of blogs people can operate and with the donations that pour in for my animal blog, I will donate all to the Michigan Humane Society.  Sounds like a win-win!

 

 

 

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