Monday Morning Musings

ACK! How could it happen. Just two days into the new year and already I have forgotten that I was going to be more organized this year. I did clear some things off my desk by adding address’s to my holiday card labels. I had these envelopes for two weeks or more waiting for me to get this chore done. But did I really need to do that before taking care of any other business – like updating the blog?

First things, first, Maryann……

The editorial page of The Dallas Morning News yesterday had a few memorable quotes from 2011, and I thought a few were worth mentioning here.

“I think the people who are protesting break into two groups…. and you can tell which group is which. The people who are decent, responsible citizens pick up after themselves. The people who are just out there as activists trash the place and walk off and are proud of having trashed it.” Newt Gingrich talking about the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

It’s not just on Wall Street. Driving down my county road the other day, I saw three places where people obviously stopped their vehicles and dumped a pile of trash out. Did they even stop to wonder who would pick it up? They could at least have made it easier by putting it all in a bag first. Geesh!

“The next election is 14 months away and the people who sent us here… don’t have the luxury of waiting 14 months.”  President Obama speaking about the Jobs Bill.

That goes for every piece of pending legislation that our country needs. Stop making it about politics and power and the next election. Make it about the people. And stop going on national television to support your position and saying it is about the people unless you really mean it. As Leslie Stahl pointed out in and interview with Republican Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, 91 percent of us have no confidence in Congress and don’t trust what is being said. Congress has an approval rating of only 9%. When asked about the perception people have that government is just playing games, this was Cantor’s response, “Cantor: There’s not.. there’s no games. What we’re trying to do is trying to do what’s good for this country.”

Right. And I’m the Queen of England. No, wait, that’s Elizabeth. Sorry, Liz.

Today is the last day of the special promotional offer from my publisher for The Wisdom of Ages, a short story collection free for Kindle.

Three stories; four  men whose lives take unexpected turns. Meet Samson who wonders what is down that country road that draws people so. Should he get in that old truck and go see? Mel and Rube have been having dinner at the Leavenworth Grill every Wednesday for years. One day the menu changes and so does life for Mel. Tom would give anything for his life to change. Can he beat back the effects of a crippling stroke by sheer force of determination? Growing old is not for the faint of heart.

3 thoughts on “Monday Morning Musings”

  1. I think I’ve found a kindred spirit. How many blogs to do you have? On my way here, I was taken to your google page and it looked like several. Anyway, I’ll follow this one. I like your conversational tone … Nice blog.


  2. I think you’ll like this quote:
    In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is
    a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.
    – John Adams

  3. Thanks so much for the kind words, Lou. Appreciate them and the follow. I like your blog, too. I need to be better about visiting other blogs, but time just seems to get away from me.

    I think the conversational style comes from all the years I wrote personal columns for several newspapers. I’ve always like feeling like I was talking to my readers and they could talk back to me. Not sass, mind you. LOL

    And LD, I do love that quote. Think I’ll Twitter it.

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