Friday, January 22, 2016

Birthday Thoughts

Sometime in the 1950s
You know you're getting along in years when the rock stars of your life start dying in clusters. But staying young at heart is always a choice available to each of us.

This weekend I'll mark the passage of yet another birthday. It's still hard to accept that I'm a widow, a grandmother, and I often qualify for senior discounts. I've never met a 120 year old woman, so it's impossible to reassure myself that I'm "middle-aged." No, I'm old. That's not a dirty word. Not everyone gets the blessing of this much time. There's a sobering consolation in knowing that I'm living in my bonus years.

I long ago learned the hard lesson that life can be cruel and punishing, yet also full of delightful surprises. When it comes right down to it, it's wonderful to be here still. Happy birthday to me.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Truth At Last

...truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long...truth will out.

~ William Shakespeare

This is a movie I will not miss: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Watch for it to arrive in theaters January 15.

13 Hours is the true story of the terrorist attack on the U.S. in Libya, told by the men who were ordered not to assist their fellow Americans under siege. In the midst of the meaningless political cacophony over Benghazi, these unsung heroes who lived and suffered the true story in real time are the ones I've been waiting to hear from.

The film is based on the book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, by Mitchell Zuckoff. That's on my must-read list, also.

The politicians have kicked this around far too long. It's about time we finally heard from the real people who actually were there, rising up and fighting back against the Islamic terrorist enemy. 

Friday, January 08, 2016

Questions for the Media

  • When I first heard the reports of today's Islamic terrorist attack on a police officer in Philadelphia, there was no mention of either man's race. That media omission informed me immediately that the terrorist was black and the victim was white. Hey alphabet networks, do you think I was surprised to see my conclusion confirmed on the evening news?

It's becoming increasingly obvious that Americans don't trust the old mainstream media, either. Again I ask: why should we?

Friday, January 01, 2016

High Hopes

Here's hoping this year is better...