Grexit

June 29th, 2015 → 5:07 am

    “If you repay me not on such a day
    In such a place, such sum or sums as are
    Expressed in the condition, let the forfeit
    Be nominated for an equal pound
    Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken
    In what part of your body pleaseth me.” – Merchant of Venice

There’s been increasing talk lately of Greece leaving the Euro.  And some of it seems to be saying that a Grexit wouldn’t be that bad.  In my opinion, it would be awful for Greece if they left, truly catastrophic.  Akin to the pound of flesh Skylock tried to bargain for in Merchant of Venice.  Other countries wouldn’t suffer nearly so bad, but Greece would be left near to dying. Don’t do it Greece!

Filed under: Blog & Economics/Money

Marriage Equality

June 27th, 2015 → 5:53 am

    “‘Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth,
    But the plain single vow that is vowed true.” – All’s Well That Ends Well

So many historic Supreme Court announcements in the past few days, I don’t know which one to focus on!  Perhaps on the one that seems to be making my friends and family most ecstatic – same-sex marriage equality.  Civil unions and other “oaths” were never right; it’s the single plain marriage vow that proffers the appropriate and deserved dignity.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Charleston Church Murders

June 24th, 2015 → 7:58 am

    “Most sacrilegious Murther hath broke ope
    The Lord’s anointed Temple, and stole thence
    The life o’th’ building!” – Macbeth

The horrific, racist, terrorist shootings in Charleston happened a few days ago, but I was out of town and unable to write about them then.  So I am writing now; they are still on the nation’s conscious anyhow and will be for a long time.  God bless all of our souls.

Filed under: Blog & Other

Family Get Togethers

June 16th, 2015 → 5:19 am

“A gallant child…makes old hearts fresh.” – The Winter’s Tale

We’re in the middle of family visiting season – relatives are either coming to see us in St. Louis, or we’re off visiting them.  And it is remarkable how a child’s laughter can reform a room.  When my son does one of his pure joy belly laughs, even cranky aunts and uncles uncross their legs and crack a smile.  I wish we could bottle up his laughter and keep it forever…

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

Skin

June 12th, 2015 → 5:00 am

“Thou painted maypole.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

My four year old African American child was standing naked in front of a mirror before his bath the other night, when he started dancing and singing about his custom “brown suit.”  After the bath, he continued to sing and dance about his brown suit.  I eventually asked him what color my suit was (I’m white), and he said “plain.”  I then asked him what daddy’s suit was and he thought for a second and then said, “hairy.”  LOL!!!!!!!!!

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

Kalief Browder

June 9th, 2015 → 5:57 am

    “Life, being weary of these worldly bars,
    Never lacks power to dismiss itself.” – Julius Caesar

What a travesty of justice this poor man – boy – went through. I am so sad he chose to end his life, but I hope he has at last found peace.

Filed under: Blog & Other

Trust

June 4th, 2015 → 7:39 am

    “My two schoolfellows,
    Whom I will trust as I will adders fanged.” – Hamlet

My first instinct is to apply this quote to politicians, but that is too easy.  My second thought is to apply this to any of the leadership at FIFA.  My third, most depressing thought, is to apply this to people I know, actual schoolfellows and colleagues.  Sigh.  Why is trust so hard to achieve these days??

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People