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Inspired by Bill Clinton: Free Guitars

Have you ever had a moment when something someone said, that you ignored at the time, comes back to you like a gentle nudge?  It happens to me all the time.  Like when my sister Deanna scolded me for failing to remember that we were pretty lucky to have a mother that provided a good role model.  At the time, I volunteered with Aids-affected children.  Some of the children had addiction, too.  I complained to Deanna about the irresponsible mothers.  Deanna had been a public health nurse for years.  “Those mothers love their children, too,” she scolded.  “There doing the best they…

Autumn’s Voice

“You know what? Writers don’t compete with each other,” Kimberly Schumacher said, raising her eyebrows at me. I had just confessed a twinge of jealousy about an author invited for a book signing at a local book store. Anne Lamott, author of one of my favorite books on writing, Bird by Bird, assures me a boatload of jealousy is normal.  I just have a bit, not a boatload. “That’s because each of our stories is unique,” she went on. So true. People have different reading appetites.  I suppose it’s like expecting someone to like triple fudge brownies, even if she’s are…

Cousoumeh! Steel pan concert.

Have you gotten a chance to listen and see a Steelpan band?  If not, please find one and take a few minutes to close your eyes and listen.  Here. I met the inspirational, Matthew Potts back in February.  See those red drum-looking things?  Do they look a bit familiar?  He and Ronald Matthews made them from 55-gallon drums.  The two met in April at the Great Lakes Steel Pan Festival that Matt created a couple of years ago.  The two decided they’d find a way to bring the steel pan orchestra, from Trinidad and Tobago.  By August, mission accomplished. Did…

Citizenship is bipartisan

This morning I said to Loved-One, “Due to Trump, good things are happening.” “Like what?” he replied through a fog of sleep.  It was 5:00, afterall. “Well, Congress is taking steps to curb Executive Orders,” I said.  “That began a downward spiral with GWB, and got worse with Obama.” “True.” “And Congress is finally realizing who their boss is.  Not the President, but us.”  Loved-One is not a morning person, so I had the bully pulpit. “And a whole lot of citizens realize it’s up to us to let our Congressmen know what we want and need.” That made me…

Good news trumps bad

I feel awash in the wake of national news that highlights leadership that seems out of touch with what everyday people need and want.  On a local level, a family traveling home from vacation found their home reduced to twigs. It was as if the Big Bad Wolf blew their home away. Can you imagine? The explosion damaged more than 50 other homes. Some became uninhabitable. One family’s landlord refused to refund their security deposit, leaving them homeless. Heartless? Then the best of us rose to the surface. The local radio station, the Mayor, Salvation Army, McDonald’s, and people throughout…

A job that Cuts the Mustard!

If I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner, Everyone would be in Love with me. If you’re driving around the Weiner Mobile, that’s exactly what happens.  Everyone is in love with you. That’s what Christian Blatner told me. “My favorite part of ‘hauling buns’ on the ‘Hot Dog Highways’ of American are the amazing reactions,” said Blatner. “people’s faces light up when we merge on to the highway or pass a car on the road. We never see anyone that’s unhappy to see us – we may not be a ‘lamborg-wienie’ or a ‘wienie-bago’ but how could you not smile when you see…

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