Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Happy Official Start of Summer! Time for barbecues and fireworks and soon it will be time to celebrate the 4th of July, the annual commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a time to celebrate the history, government, and traditions of the United States. But these days, I'm not sure there is much about the US to celebrate.

There are times when I want to voice some thoughts on the current state of the US executive and legislative branches of government. The news, twitter, social media - it's exhausting and upsetting and exasperating. I don't see people willing to be reasonable, to use common sense, to be practical, to compromise, to look at both sides and see some merit in the other side. I don't see compassion and empathy. I don't see understanding of diplomacy, trade, economics (I have a Masters in International Policy with a focus on trade/economics). I don't see an understanding of history. I see selfishness and greed and hypocrisy and meanness and pettiness. I hear lies and fake news from those who are supposed to lead us and do what is best for us and care about this country and its citizens. I don't see truth. I don't see support for the American dream. I am not hopeful anymore. I don't see nice.

Know where I've seen nice? In France, from fellow Americans. Not that the French weren't nice. They most certainly were. But it was fellow Americans who often stopped to offer assistance if we were struggling to get the wheelchair through gravel or up a big hill or over cobblestones. It was fellow Americans who always moved out of the way and ushered us up front so I could see what we were there to see and not just see derrieres. And no one knew anybody's political beliefs. We were simply tourists on vacation.

So maybe there is hope. But in the 2 weeks we've been home, I just don't feel it.

Back to summer. The time of year when we think we need to always grill. Last Sunday was hot but we grilled a bunch of food.

What We're Eating:

  • Grilled shrimp, grilled kielbasa, grilled chicken
  • Grilled asparagus, grilled melon, salad
  • Dessert: ice cream, angel food cake & berries

What We're Watching:

  • We finished Genius: Picasso. Overall, I enjoyed the series, even if there were a few artistic liberties taken. I enjoyed learning about Picasso, someone whose art I'd never particularly appreciated, but I find myself more interested in it now. But his personal life? As portrayed, he was rather selfish and at times not very nice. To me, another example of reconciling supporting and enjoying someone's art while they were perhaps a giant jerk.

What I'm Reading:

  • The pile of magazines is slowly going down. My inability to keep up with it is making me decide to not renew several of them, especially at the rates they are asking. $45 for a year of Food Network Magazine? Nope. Especially when new subscribers get a much, much better rate. I guess there's no reward for being a long time subscriber?

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