Aug 21 2017

No need to go to Nova Scotia…

On this day in 1959, President Dwight E. Eisenhower signed the executive order to proclaim Hawaii as the 50th state in the union.

*Points for the title reference.

Today’s all about the total eclipse of the sun. Hopefully, you’ve been warned, and prepared enough to not do permanent damage to your eyesight.

If you don’t have the NASA approved glasses, don’t look at it.

Just. Don’t.

Mug Shots
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You need your fine eyesight to read all the brilliant things I write and share here.

It’s Monday, summer is almost over. And I sit here not having had the first sunburn or hint of tan.

But, that’s okay. And please, I’m a cancer survivor, I don’t need skin cancer lectures. Contrary to the days of my youth, I take my doses of sun in moderation.

As we should with most things.

Today I’m looking at the fact that I have just three weeks before my script is being read in a public forum…and I’ve been promising my readers that they would get the script this week.

There’s work to be done.

Around the house we’re making preparations for fall as both the wife and the son go back to school this year. It’s a good thing.

And so, we move ahead with our goals.

We look around us and there’s lots of ugly and scary things going on, but we can’t let them paralyze us. And I, for one, am not going to continue to write about them here. I will, however, continue to provide multiple links below for things you should read and consider.

Some of them may inspire you. Some of them may anger you. Hopefully all will educate you in some manner. But don’t just dismiss them.

Progress is also being made for the reformatting or continued work on this blog and the upcoming newsletter (free and option, so do not worry). I have the platform. I have the service I plan to be using. It just needs to get done.

In addition, I will be relaunching one of my other blogs, Historic Occasions, for the purposes of promoting the script (based on a big darned historic occasion), and other production work that I may be doing. It’s a bit of a reworking of the purpose for which it was initially intended, and that’s perhaps another story for another day.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you know that winter is already here. But in reality, fall and winter are on the way.

I’ve not been in a store, other than a brief venture into Walmart the other day to grab some hair product and confirm that they no longer had eclipse glasses, but I’m sure that stores are flooded with back to school stuff, that Halloween is either out or coming out, and that Christmas is not far behind.

I’m not going to complain about how early they get stuff out. I’m also not shopping for anything Halloween or Christmas. I do my best Christmas decoration shopping between December 25 and January 1. True story. The sales can be amazing.

I realize this post is a bit rambly. I think I’ve warned you that you’d get that from me from time to time.

This is one of those times.

But, perhaps it gives some insight into why I’m involved in so many things, so many projects.

It’s all part of the building process to full-time writing and theater.

You can help me with that today. In addition to the upcoming newsletter, I know that I need to be reading and interacting with other writers across the Interwebz. I’ve been building a list into my daily reader, but here’s how you can help me out.

In the comments below, give me links to blogs you think worthwhile, or interesting, or both. I promise to give each one a look.

That’s how we do things. We help one another out.

Can I help with your writing, editing or design project? Let’s find out.

It’s Monday.

Friday (and autumn) are coming.


DISGUSTING: Northam Raises Money Off Of Charlottesville
The Republican Standard
At least now Virginians know that Northam is willing to bargain with just about anything to become governor.

McAuliffe Made The Charlottesville Decisions
Virginia Public Safety Secretary tells The Jeff Katz Show exclusively that it was Governor Terry McAuliffe calling the shots in Charlottesville.

The Parable of the Good Nazi
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I think, depending who he was talking to today, Jesus would have made the Samaritan a White Supremacist–or a Black Lives Matter activist.

‘Racism Is Bad,’ Says White Woman Who Oversees Systematic Annihilation Of Minorities
The Babylon Bee
Stressing that it is unacceptable for anyone to remain silent in the face of injustice, Cecile Richards, the white woman who heads Planned Parenthood and oversees the systematic annihilation of minorities in America by specifically targeting their communities for abortion services, released a statement on social media condemning racism.

Equivocation: A Primer
The Republican Standard
…sweeping generalizations used thus far — either to condemn violence “on both sides” or excuse the acts of one side in light of the other — are poor reasoning.


American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor, Kenny Rogers, was born on this day in 1938.


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Aug 18 2017

How Shall We then Respond?

Flower Power, 1967, photographed by Bernie Boston on October 21, 1967, while he was sitting on the wall of the Mall Entrance of the Pentagon

On this day in 1587, Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.

We didn’t make it to Roanoke Island this summer, so I can’t really tell you what happened to The Lost Colony. But the history, both real and speculative, is fascinating.

When we’re at the Outer Banks we love visiting the island for downtown Manteo, for the aquarium, and occasionally for the dolphin tours.

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Not to worry. We’ll be back. Just perhaps not soon enough.

It’s Friday and we’re still struggling with the events of last weekend. We will continue to struggle as the debates and rhetoric and, yes, hate, continue to fly.

All I will say is that we should all, and that means all, look beyond the hysteria before responding.

If we can’t respond without anger, and finger-pointing, and hate, then we should either not respond, or wait until we can.

How we respond is up to each of us. But in figuring out just what my response should be, I am reminded of the words of Holocaust survivor, Corrie Ten Boom. Ten Boom and her family hid Jews from the Nazis until she, her father, and her sister were captured and sent to concentration camps. Corrie Ten Boom survived. Her father and sister did not.

But in her book The Hiding Place, she recounts the time she encountered a former Nazi guard.

She wrote:

“Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him….Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness….And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love itself.”

Ponder upon that this weekend.

If you’ve been bouncing around the Interwebz talking about how love trumps hate, interspersed with comments about what you’re going to do to the $%@#$ing Nazis, or applauding those who are vandalizing statues, or reminding us how much you hate Donald Trump…then you might want to think about what Corrie Ten Boom said.

I can’t answer that for you. I can’t make your decisions.

But you should.

I really haven’t meant to dwell on this subject over the past few days, but it’s hard to let it go. Hopefully next week we can get back to your regularly scheduled snarkiness and brilliance.

This weekend, I’ll be writing, and working at the park, and maybe even mowing the lawn.

Plenty of time to think.


Statement on Confederate Memorials: Confronting Difficult History
National Trust for Historic Preservation
We should always remember the past, but we do not necessarily need to revere it. As communities work to determine the appropriate balance, we hope they move forward in a transparent, deliberative, and inclusive way that embraces the complexity here, examines many possible alternatives, and allows for a thoughtful community dialogue that gives all sides a chance to be heard.

Trump Spoke Truth About ‘Both Sides’ In Charlottesville, And The Media Lost Their Minds
The Federalist
The media’s responsibility, if it even cares anymore, is to learn how to tell the difference between the things he does right, the small mistakes he makes, and the big blunders he commits. Currently the media are apparently incapable of telling the difference between all three: it’s one and the same to them, no matter what he does, no matter what he says.

The time for Ed Gillespie’s ‘Buckley moment’ has arrived
Norm Leahy in The Washington Post
Gillespie should follow the good professor’s lead and write Stewart and his cynicism out of the Virginia GOP, and he should do it as soon as possible.

Un-American activities
The Washington Post
Communists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates — I can’t stand them. They are supporters of ideologies of slavery and murder. They are losers, who lost for very good reason. But their speech should be protected, I think; and the cases for stripping protection from such speech have always been very similar.

Secret Service investigating Mo. state senator over Facebook post hoping for Trump’s assassination
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a Facebook post from Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in which she stated: “I hope Trump is assassinated!”


This, because I love Virginia, for many reasons.


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