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Embracing my inner Grinch


I’ll be the first to tell anyone that I can be a bit “grinchey” over the holidays.  It’s nothing really; recalcitrance.   At the same time, I get all misty-eyed when either a Charlie Brown Christmas comes on TV or, as was the case the other night, A Miracle of 34th Street, the 1947 version with Edmund Gwenn.

Something’s make us look past the joy of the holidays and focus on what’s wrong or becoming wrong with the day.  Watching the movie the other night I heard something that sort of sharpened my attention. Continue reading


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The Anatomy of a Backache

The first title I came up with was Further Confessions of a Coppertop.  But not wanting to ostensibly wallow in the throes of self-pity too long, I thought better of it.  Not that such self-absorbed retrospection of the type is always a bad thing.  It does provide eventually, hopefully, that springboard from which one can bounce back as much from their physical pain as its emotional partner.  After all, ultimately all questions should be answered in the healing process.

Daddy's little helpers; Motrin 800.  Not to be taken lightly.

Daddy’s little helpers; Motrin 800. Not to be taken lightly.

So here I am on day thirteen of short term disability, having moved on from such self-aggrandizement and there still exists a mix of calm and panic in my mind.  Paperwork for FMLA has been submitted and claims forms have been appropriately faxed bringing a subsequent sense of relief that comes when the first of the hard segments of the whole ordeal has been accomplished.  Remaining however, is an underlying sense of dread as the truly dicey piece of the puzzle, recovery, now has to begin.  That happens once the verdict of diagnosis is in.  Mine was guilty by reason of spondylolisthesis.  Continue reading

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It’s Not Obamacare, It’s Obama

A lone guard the only visitor on this day in Independence Square, Philadelphia Pa.

A lone guard the only visitor on this day in Independence Square, Philadelphia Pa.

I think Rachel Maddow (TRMS) said it best on her show, making a point.

“Obama!  Boo!!”

With those two emphatic words, she illustrated the widening and extreme partisan erosion of confidence in not only the President but also anything that his government chooses to put forth.  It’s an erosion of confidence that was slyly orchestrated by some Republicans over the years, beginning not with his inauguration but rather with his campaign.  It’s an erosion of confidence based on and primarily caused by the color of his skin.

Let’s not forget what Mitch McConnell said after Obama’s election.

“Everything Obama wants to do is wrong!”

And this was said before the man even enacted a single bill.

Since then we’ve seen the usual tepid dysfunction that is American politics reach a new roiling boil.  With everything from continued challenges to his citizenship (still), to disrespect shown on the House floor, this President has had to endure much more than his fair share of unnecessary, juvenile grief including insults to his family as well as bogus threats of impeachment.

As much as I try desperately not to, I can’t help but think that there’s a portion of Republicans, Tea Party especially, that resist anything the man wants to do.  And frankly, it’s a resistance based on a desire that they have to see the first African-American President’s administration fail; especially the historic roll-out of the ACA.

But if it wasn’t Obamacare, trust me, those same people would find something else to bitch about.  They’ve been doing so for the past five years.

I was taught that you can learn something from anybody, even a drunk lying in the gutter if nothing other than how NOT to wind up in the same place as he is.  Moving forward, it’s important that America recognizes this teaching moment and calls to order those responsible for this disaster.

As we wind up a second day of government shutdown, let’s admit it’s a bitter pill to swallow; that a portion of our House politicians-how many, we don’t know-are possibly card-carrying bigots.  Even if they’re not and are merely seeking greater fiscal responsibility however fanatically, their “scorched earth” way of governing has something to be desired and has no place in our political forum.  So we need to take our medicine, sooner rather than later, in order to identify and eradicate this growing cancer in Washington that really is threatening to burn down our house.

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