Moods, personal ups and downs, are cyclical. Even the most cheerful of optimists have their bad days, and pessimists have been known to smile occasionally. According to a friend who tracks cycles in the stock market, the public has moods swings as well. At present he is looking back through old media photos of public figures. Think Franklin D. Roosevelt at Yalta. Mostly, those fellows looked pretty grim.
What do we mean when we say someone is an "enabler?"
Could the first Man be a woman?
I've just discovered gardening!
Apparently that moniker was coined by Hillary Clinton back in 2008 when she ran against Barack Obama in the primaries. She called her own plan Clintoncare. We're talking about national health coverage. Why not call it that? Because the name is politically neutral -- neither a rallying cry for one side nor a cudgel for the other.
Americans are risk takers.
Almost everyone knows what post-traumatic stress disorder is. Just to be clear: PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can occur when an individual under goes a sudden trauma.
My husband and I are part owners of family property. Since we are the only family members living in Georgia, the cellphone people came to us when they began looking for a new tower location in this area.
I always read the Rev. Billy Graham's column when it appears in the paper. He is about as fundamentalist as they come, but I find I often agree with him, if I translate his statements from his simple one-dimensional language to something deeper and more universal.
Our culture is making us sick.
If you want to reduce government spending, you have to know where the money goes and why. I'm not an economist, but I am a nuke watcher. I'm on the board of Nuclear Watch South and linked with other nuclear watch groups around the country.
"I'm not afraid of dying. I just don't want to be around when it happens." - Woody Allen
I'm rereading Aldus Huxley's "Brave New World." It was published the year I was born and is considered to be one of the best novels of the 20th century.
If our nation is really in trouble, if it's really "going to hell in a hand-basket" as some say, it isn't the fault of any other nation, or of a global organization like al-Qaida. It isn't the fault of President Barack Obama, or the media, immigrants, terrorists or Islam. It's the fault of the American people, you and me!
I have a note taped up over my computer that reads: "Be prepared for synchronicity in your life. It grew out of some unnamed force somewhere in the universe. Acknowledge it when it appears. Be grateful and give thanks, for if you think deeply, you will find it is not random at all."
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