Robert Joseph Dole {Day CXIV}

Former US Senator, US Army Second Lieutenant, United States Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate, father, and friend Robert Joseph Dole was laid to rest today, after a lifetime of service of 98 years.

Mr. Dole was a man of service, from a generation that is rare in the current generations of “leaders” that occupy positions of trust today.

Many friends, colleagues, and family members spoke of Mr. Dole’s compassion, leadership, and service. President Biden spoke of Mr. Dole’s ability to compromise and help millions of Americans funding programs such as the Veterans Administration, American Disabilty Act, and Medicaid expansion.

Dole’s daughter Robin Dole, gave a heartwarming tribute, saying Bob Dole “will never walk alone.”

Planning Ahead  {CXIII}

On of thing things that helps me get on track is writing blog posts ahead of time.  This keeps me “on track.” I can have a weeks worth of blog posts “at the ready” in the unlikely event that I “run out” of things to write.

If a news story hits that may be so big that it overshadows a prewritten blog post, then I will comment on the new news story. I can always save my “premade” posts for later, when the news cycle ends or slows down.

This blog is more than just the news.  I offer “personal” anacdotes, rememberances, thoughts, feelings, decisions, and behaviors of my life of fifty-six years.

Why write? {CXII}

Or I should ask: why do I write? Why write a blog at all? Why do I do such a thing?

I ask myself that question. I don’t have any real profound answer to this… or maybe I do… You see, I consider myself “an educated citizen.” And to this end, I have “recieved an education” of sorts. But many have told me “I am wasting my education.” I am not working in the field that I was educated. I am not “monetizing” my education. I am doing something completely different than I was “trained” to do. It is a subject that I will most certainly touch on later.

To be continued….

Now, it’s “personal.” {CXI}

I’m wondering when to start the “personal” aspect of my posts.  In other words, when should I start “my story”?  When should I begin to give my opinion about the word “education”?  When should I tell my readers about about myself, how I got here, and what do I plan to do in the future?

If this blog was truly going to be a “personal blog,” than how do I tell my readers the narrative of my life?  Everyone has “a story” to tell.  Everyone has been on a personal journey.  Everyone has made “life decisions,” and I am no different.  I still have a blog.  One day at a time.

Abortion Debate {CX}

The United States Supreme Court just heard a case that may wind up overturning Row Versus Wade.

I usually start most of these posts with a disclaimer warning the reader that what follows is “political content,” and readers should “read the up comming post at thier own risk.” I prepare readers that what proceeds from here may offend or disturb them. Readers should brace themselves for a response that may be hard to understand or agree with. Please be prepared if you disagree with this statement.

“I agree with the established precedent of United States Supreme Court precedent of Row verses Wade, and I hope that it is not overturned.”

Quiting❓ {Day CVIX}

I am thinking about ending, or temporary “suspending” my blog.  Now there may be a few readers out there that may actually “applaud” my decision to end my blog. Maybe there are a few readers that may think: “Finally❗ This bloviated blow-hard has finally come to his senses❗ No one reads his stupid blog anyway ❗”

“HA❗” 🤣 “He calls himself “blogger’❓”

“He should write for a ‘real’ outfit, like ‘The Huffington Post,’ or ‘The Daily Cos,’ or ‘The Daily Caller.'”

OK, OK, call me “minor league,” but at least I’m trying. What am I not “trying hard” to do❓ Writing of course. Writing is the EASIEST PART of blogging.

Stephen Sondheim {Day CVIII}

On Friday, November 26, 2021 it was reported that the iconic musical composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim passed away in his Roxbury Connecticut home.

Stephen Sondheim wrote melodies and lyrics for over a dozen Broadway musicals including West Side Story, Sunday In The Park With George, Company, Into The Woods, and Gypsy. 

Sondheim has won a staggering nine Tony Awards and eight Grammy Awards. Sondheim also won an Academy Award, and President Barack Obama Awarded Mr. Sondheim the “Presidential Medal of Freedom,” which, along with the “Congressional Medal of Honor,” are the highest civilian awards of the United States,  akin to being knighted by the Queen of England.

Writing and Golf {Day CVII}

I liken writing to playing golf. I practiced both when I was a lad, growing up. I have not found a way to make a living doing either skill. I do believe that I am a much better writer than I am a golfer. But in my life I have made just as much money playing golf as I have made writing: A grand total of: ZERO DOLLARS.

The difference is that while I can improve both my golf game and my writing, I have a better chance of making a buck to two using my writing skills to earn a living than using my golfing skills.

GEOGRAPHY {Day CVI}

A quick gander at my statistics reveal that 1️⃣9️⃣7️⃣ of my readers are from India, 5️⃣6️⃣ are from Pakistan, and 1️⃣7️⃣6️⃣ are from the United States. Fourth is Romania, and comming up fifth is the United Kingdom.

These statistics are interesting as I consider my blog to be decidedly “American” in nature. I live in the United States. I comment on American news events. Not that I have little interest in what is going on in Europe, India, or Pakistan. But readers in Romania, India, and Pakistan are interested in what I AM WRITING. I am honored to appeal to an audience beyond the Western Hemisphere.

COVID OUTBREAKS {Day CV}

A glance at the latest statistics from Worldometers.com show that four of the top five countries with “New Cases” of coronvirus are from Europe. Eight out of the top ten countries that have new cases across the globe are in Europe. And twelve out of the top twenty nations with new cases of coronovirus are in Europe. The United States is in the top ten, in sixth place for new cases worldwide.

Coronovirus continues its hold around the word as a public health and safety concern. Over 2️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Americans and Russians combined, and over 3️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ people world wide continue to die from COVID-19 each day.