My Poetic Side decided to have a little fun during the summer and created a quiz with 10 questions to put everyone’s poetry knowledge to the test.
This Article Won’t Change Your Mind – “The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs.”
To End Hate, We Gotta Walk the Talk – Aristotle on Why Professing Liberal Values is Nowhere Near Enough
“PrOtEsT” – Poet Activists Throughout the Years
Troy native making movie about his hitchhiking adventure – Don Rittner
Now I Know: The Haircut that Went to War (Maybe) and What They Did Not See and Why People Originally Didn’t “Like” Cigarettes and The Invisible Wall Around Most of Manhattan and The Masterpiece Hidden in Plain Sight
At the Intersection of Love, Faith and Holy Outrage: The Women’s March and the Gospel
Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world – the US President’s sole ideology is corporate autocracy with a populist facade
More than half of his voters say the nonexistent Bowling Green Massacre is proof his immigration ban is necessary. BTW, it never happened, and Kellyanne Conway’s remark wasn’t a slip of the tongue, as she has said it before
Suzanne Pleshette would have been 80 this year
Paul Rapp’s New England Patriots connection
Amy Biancolli: it’s the best story pitch, the best, everyone thinks so
The ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ Show That Wasn’t: How CBS Refused to Have the Actress Play a Divorcee
New blogger: Tracy Brooke’s Travels, a woman from Atlanta now in Indonesia
Now I Know: Why the U.S. Government Really Wants Some People To Take Vacations and The Man Who Gets Lots of Credit and Do You Want to Burn a Snowman? and The Trickiest Tongue Twister and Why In America, It’s Typically Free to Go Pee
Black History/Black Recency
Stories for “Black History Month – You can freely use AwesomeStories’ vast archive to explore the topic throughout February– This issue features people who: helped to overthrow slavery and “Jim Crow Laws”; helped to free and inspire millions of Americans; helped to forge a new path forward for their country
The metamessage received may be, “She doesn’t think I know how to dress myself, take care of myself.”
How do you smooth over rough edges with friends? Do you ignore it, broach the subject, etc.?
It depends on what the topic is. Next question.
OK. But it’s true. What’s the issue at stake? Sometimes, you just let it go, and sometimes you say something. If you say something, you need to use “I” sentences, such as “I am not comfortable when you run over Bernie Sanders supporters.”
Is it an online dispute over politics? Those are usually in the “let it go” category. You’re not going to convince them, and they surely aren’t going to change your mind. Unless they’re otherwise abusive – “How can you think like that, you skank?” – move on.
I will say that if it’s really bugging me, NOT saying something almost never works. The issue metastasizes into a much bigger deal.
I’ve been reading the book “I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You’re All Adults” (2001) by Deborah Tannen, which I am enjoying, and it has applicability to non-family relationships. I’m only in the part where she lays out the problems; I trust there are solutions coming. She notes the fact that, in many conflicts, there’s the message and the metamessage.
A simple example would be when someone suggests that you do something differently, wear more fashionable clothes, e.g. The message the sender thinks she’s giving is “I’m a good friend/relative, just trying to be helpful.” The metamessage received may be, “She doesn’t think I know how to dress myself, take care of myself.” And when more than two parties are involved, in sharing secrets and creating alliances, it gets even trickier.
So I tend to tread lightly. Humans are tricky. Humans online are even complicated than humans face-to-face, when you can pick up nuance.
This usually works; I’m still friends with people I went out with. Sometimes it does not work. Interestingly, Facebook is useful in connecting, or reconnecting, with people whose friendships might otherwise have lapsed, so there’s that.
Have you ever written poetry? When? Did you ever show it to anyone?
I went out with a published poet in the late ’70s and early ’80s. So I would go to the workshops. I tried writing a few and shared them with the group, but fundamentally, I just didn’t get it, and that was fine; I have other skills.
What’s your favorite tradition at your church?
I suppose it’s the raised candles while singing the third verse of Silent Night in an otherwise darkened church on Christmas Eve.
I have a lot of Leonard Cohen songs, Hallelujah, Suzanne, and Bird on a Wire, among them, that others have covered.
1st woman elected to Congress, in 1916
How Andy Borowitz explained the election to his six-year-old daughter – (NOT fake news)
Writer too strong to live, about sports, sexism and alcohol (HT to Jaquandor)
Top African American environmental leader faces racial incident in Adirondacks – Aaron Mair, who I have met, is the president of the Sierra Club
Gwen Ifill, longtime PBS news anchor, died after a battle with cancer – she was 61 – made me feel surprisingly devastated
The Dramatic Life and Mysterious Death of Theodosia Burr. The fate of Aaron Burr’s daughter remains a topic of contention
This black woman rode across America in 1930. On a Harley. In spite of rampant racism, she was ‘very happy on two wheels’
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning, through May 29, 2017
My Poetic Side: favorite war poets, each related to a different war and ordered chronologically, from The American Civil War to the Iraq War.
Robert Vaughn, Man from UNCLE actor, dies aged 83. I used to play the spy show with sister Marcia. I played Napoleon Solo, the Vaughn role.
Doing the Write-In Thing (ROG reference)
Jean Sibelius and the virtual national classical music work of Finland; here’s Finlandia
Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82 and hugely influential singer and songwriter’s work spanned nearly 50 years; his 2008 induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; two of of my favorites are this and this
The 10 Greatest Double Albums In Rock History – you WILL guess most of these