Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Religion vs State

 I am not anti semetic. Apparently I don't even know how to spell it, according to the red squiggly line under the word.

I grew up in a very Jewish suburban neighborhood. There were three synagogues within walking distance, and most of my friends were Jewish. I didn't understand religious differences until one year, I think it was 6th grade, I sent out Christmas cards to all my friends. I don't think they had bible quotes, just generic Merry Christmas.

One of my friends was Orthodox Jew. They follow stricter rules. Her parents were very very upset about the card and thought I was trying to convert their daughter. Luckily for me I was still invited to slumber parties, and even her bas mitvah, where I was blown away by her standing in front of a LOT of people and singing in Hebrew. 

As an older adult, I don't find the need to differentiate people based on religion. As long as people are kind and honest, to each their own.

I am horrified by the current situation in the Middle East. Because Israel is considered the "Jewish State" any criticism of its politics can and is viewed as anti semitism. 

I don't know how the raid, kidnapping, and murder of Israelis happened, and in fact a very large percentage of Israeli citizens are demonstrating for answers, and even the resignation of the Prime Minister. Are they anti-semetic?

Now Gaza is on complete lockdown, and Israel is bombing the crap out of it. Kind of like shooting fish in a barrel. No or little aid, whole blocks being reduced to rubble. The death and devastation is sickening. Israel claims Hamas is using civilians as shields, but Israel is not allowing any of them to leave. 

It is absolute genocide. The latest news is that Israel plans to establish a permanent presence in Gaza-presumably once they raze enough land to house their permanent presence.

I am not anti semetic, once again, I repeat. I beg the Jewish residents of Israel to continue protesting and I know that a large majority of them are just as horrified as I am. 

I support Jews, as well as Palestinians. I cannot condone the atrocities that are occurring in Gaza. 

9/11 comes up-I think in the long run the only thing that made America safer was stricter rules for airline travel and training of pilots. 

Some of you may be aware of the recent tragedy here in Maine regarding a mass shooting in Lewiston. One in a list of many across the country. Once again, the only thing that will make us safer is to create stricter rules for gun ownership. This should not frighten responsible gun owners. 

One thing I have noticed is the shooting seems to have brought the loonies out in droves. Maine has seen several new threats from individuals wanting to jump on the mass shooting bandwagon. The only smile cracked at the press conference announcing the discovery of the shooter's body was when it was announced that there would be no delay in the start of deer hunting season for Maine residents the next day. (smiles, nods and chuckles)

I thought it was tasteless, and thought out of respect for the victims, perhaps Maine deserved a day without guns. The opposite happened. I heard at least twenty gunshots through the day on that Saturday, 25 years here and never heard anything like it. Some of those twenty was someone apparently just banging off a few. I wondered if it was not someone from out of state feeling frustrated because the locals got first crack at the deer herd, or maybe just some random nut job declaring his right to own and shoot as much as he wanted.

Thankfully the neighborhood has quieted down in the meantime, with just one or two shots heard throughout the day. But those images coming out of Gaza!! Oh, they make me physically ill! My support and love goes out to the Jewish community, but I will not condone the actions of Israel in their pursuit of genocide and the slaughter of innocents. Shame! 

Monday, September 18, 2023



Sunday, September 3, 2023


 Twenty-five years ago I bought a self pollinating plum and a grape vine from Fedco.

Both have been moved at least once.The grape finally yielded a bunch of grapes two or three years ago (none since) and finally, the plum produced 13 plums despite a wicked late freeze in May that actually fried emerging oak leaves.

More than half of the plums were severely cracked, but as I bit into a nice one, fully expecting a deluge of sour and bitter, I was blown away by the best plum I have ever tasted. 

Yesterday was a good day. I started off replaying a video of three does browsing under the power line along the driveway caught on the security cam. Then I scared off a pair of brown ducks from the cove on my morning stroll. That was immediately followed by spotting a huge bullfrog hanging out in the pool by "my spot", just his head above the water, but the rest of his body easily seen through the clear water.

Then I harvested my plums. A little while later I saw a luna moth caterpillar on my car and relocated it. Then a local channel was playing a marathon of a show I have been watching which consumed the rest of the day and evening.

I could have capped off the evening by going to a Brett Dennan performance, but I started trying to remember the last time I drove after dark and it started turning into years...As I snuggled down on the couch at 8pm, the start of showtime, I was glad that I opted to stay in. 

My idea of enjoying a musical performance is not sitting rigidly in a seat-once I was actually asked to scooch down in my seat-(at a Dan Fogelberg concert I went to years ago with my sister)

Same sister was asked to "sit down" at an Eric Clapton concert which we attended. (she replied, "It's Eric Clapton, I am NOT sitting down!")

Anyhow, it was a good day yesterday. Hopefully it is a sign this will be a good month after a string of depressing ones.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Welcome June


Saturday, April 29, 2023



Sunday, October 2, 2022

My Spot


Friday, September 9, 2022

Really the End of an Era

 If I had foreseen the death of QE2 I never would have titled my previous post as end of an era. Much of the World will face change and adjustment with her passing.

I had thought Charles was going to pass on the King hood when all the drama went down with Diana and Camilla. Not sure when that changed, I suppose when the drama moved on to Harry and Meghan..

I am under the impression that Charles is strong on the environment-a subject dear to my own heart-so perhaps this will be my only grumble about the ascension.

Although if I recall, the break up happened because he preferred to spend time with Camilla blasting birds out of the sky, a passion not shared by Diana.