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Dan Miller

9 Apr

I don’t always catch the morning news so like many events, I heard about Dan Miller’s death via Twitter. I haven’t been able to watch the tributes today but am watching Channel 4 now, at 10pm. His empty chair with the flowers is absolutely heartbreaking.

Isn’t it funny how we think we personally know the people who we watch on tv every night and trust to give us the news? This just makes me think of something I posted when The Accountant’s grandfather passed away. That is, you never know when a visit, a phone call, a letter, an email, will be the last one. So hug your loved ones close, say “I love you” and laugh together. Often.

its too early

29 Nov

It’s too early for me to be up on a Saturday but I haven’t got to sleep in like I like to (which means till 11:00ish) in over a year.  I guess those days are over until Sam and any other munchkins are much much older.  Sam has been sleeping through the night the past few nights and getting up around 5:30 to eat.  It would be super nice if she’d go back to sleep after eating in the morning but that doesn’t happen.  She’s up for the duration, at least three hours or so before naptime.  This morning she’s in bed in her boppy playing with her toys and hanging out.

The Today show is on but really think I’m going to turn it off.  It’s so depressing.  It’s all about terrorism, black friday crazies, the economy or lost toolbags in space.  I think there needs to be a good news only channel with only positive stories reported. 

Looks like a dreary rainy day, which I don’t mind so much.  Makes me happy to be all cozy in the house.  I’m thinking today is the day to put up the Christmas tree!  We haven’t put up our monster tree in a few years so it may overwhelm me.  And I’m not even sure I have enough ornaments to fill it up.  But we’ll see how it goes and I can always go by some cheapo filler ornaments right?

I think I’m done rambling for now.

I would’ve been kicked off the debate team

28 Sep

I love a good debate.  From afar.  I would last about .003 seconds as a lawyer.   I suck at defending agruments.  Yet, I love following the more controversial topics on MCB (and elsewhere) and the various “discussions” that inevitably ensue.  Maybe that makes me a political voyeur of some sort. 

It’s not that I don’t have opinions about things (and I do vote by the way). That’s just the thing, we all have our own opinions many of which were shaped by how we grew up.  I guess I am of the “agree to disagree” mentality. 

I just see futility in trying to get others to agree with my opinion when we are all different people and see things from different perspectives.  Everything is relative.  And to be perfectly honest, I don’t care what you think many times.  So the fact that we would disagree if the topic ever came up is of no concern to me. 

Yeah, I’d also make a horrible polititian.

Many times I look at opposing viewpoints and can see why each person thinks the way they do about the issue.  Some may call that being fickle but I like to say it’s more along the lines of being open minded and realizing it’s “different strokes for different folks”.  And not letting things that I can’t control get under my skin to the point of elevated blood pressure and subsequent bashing of the head against the keyboard.

Peace and love ya’ll.

trying to make sense of it

17 Apr

And so….the VT shootings.  I’ve read so many blog posts about this and listened to the talking heads babble on with so much analysis and speculation that I can’t comprehend it all.  And of course, no time has been wasted on entering into 2nd Amendment political issues that I don’t have the brain power or the desire to comment on very much at the moment. 

One thing that bothers me is that the media frenzy, finger pointing and punditry will continue until the next big story comes along and then I fear it will be just another mark on a calendar of various tragedies in this country.  But perhaps I’m being too cynical. 

Now that we have a face and a name of the shooter, does that help with the healing?  Perhaps it gives the tragedy a sense of sick tangibility in some strange way.  I can’t help but think that the gun issue is not the root of the problem.  Yes, crazy people with guns are disasters waiting to happen but I still don’t think even that is the root but rather a symptom of something deeper.  What made Cho Seung-Hui feel the need or desire to end all of those lives?  What causes a person to sink so far down into the depths of depression and hopelessness that they commit such atrocities?  I doubt we’ll ever know the full extent of his deep-seated mental problems.  But perhaps gun control is an easier and more concrete agenda item to toss about the political ballfield than mental health issues.  I just don’t know.

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