I feel so helpless. I can’t do anything about my daughter-in-law’s cancer other than pray and be there for her, my son and their toddler. Continue reading “My heart is heavy”
As a daily walker, I find many rewards. Simple pleasures.
First, of course, being outdoors in nature. Even in the rain it is refreshing and restorative.
Then, the sights along the way. Vignettes of beauty in flowers, rocks, trees. Continue reading “Words from my neighbor”
A thoughful letter from Earl Blumenauer, Congressman from Oregon.
Having just returned from a Congressional delegation visit to Finland, Estonia, and St. Petersburg, Russia, I am reminded again that as Americans, we set our sights too low.
We are the richest, most powerful nation on the planet. Most of the countries we compete against on the global stage send their children to be educated in America. The United States is headquarters to some of the world’s most profitable and innovative companies. It is also the birthplace of technology that has revolutionized our way of life over the last two centuries.
Yet, we behave as though we are weak, poor, and of limited vision.
Over the course of several days of discussions with a bipartisan group from Congress and international affairs experts from several countries, I was struck repeatedly by the many self-limiting decisions the United States has made.
Despite not having a national education system, students in Finland are performing at some of the highest rates in the world. The United States barely has state educational systems. For all of our concern about local control, American education is fragmented into over 10,000 independent, separately managed school boards, largely locally elected and funded. Because we don’t value education and we’re not strategic, we are leaving more and more of our children behind.
Americans express concern for families and our children. We’re, however, the only developed country that doesn’t have access to affordable child care and does not guarantee parents the right and privilege to welcome a new child with paternal leave.
The issue of health care continues to be a political battlefield. Even as a few Republican states that previously refused to expand coverage under the Affordable Care Act have reversed course, they have done so by restricting access to these new benefits through burdensome requirements for poor people to gain new coverage.
Despite our success in improving and expanding care, we are still falling short. We are secure, if not smug, in our pride of having one of the finest health care systems in the world. Yet countries with universal and single-payer health care systems are paying less and helping people live longer, stay healthier, and get well faster. Meanwhile, the U.S. health care system is opaque and makes expensive mistakes, where bad luck and illness can result in devastating health and financial consequences.
Our rich, powerful country is investing in unnecessary, expensive weapons of mass destruction that do nothing to enhance our security and everything to destabilize a world order. All the while, the decision to break the Iran nuclear agreement perplexes our allies and undermines efforts at future nuclear weapons control. On the eve of a potential high-level summit with North Korea, is there hope to have meaningful restraint on the part of the North Koreans, which has nuclear weapons, if we break our treaty that is working with the Iranians?
The United States, for all our power and wealth, does not have unlimited resources. And under the control of Donald Trump and the Republicans, our international prestige and good will is in free fall. They are not making America great. America is dangerously standing alone in a world that is increasingly interdependent and our relative wealth and power is in decline.
But it’s clear that we still have the chance to reverse course. We have vast resources. We have opportunities to learn from our mistakes and from the success of others to make a huge difference for ourselves and people around the world.
Most important, we have an opportunity to harness the unprecedented level of energy from folks across the country who are concerned with where our country is going. People like you can and will make the difference at the ballot box to save America.
With names like these, I had to sample these sodas from Portland Craft Soda.
We were at a food cart pod sampling the flavors while we decided what to eat.
It was fun especially as the evening was warm and people were happy.
There was music and laughter. Strangers talked and joked with each other.
French crepes, Middle Eastern, Mexican, a full bar, hamburgers… So many tempting choices. We finally settled for a fennel sausage pizza from the Pyro Pizza Cart. It was delicious! We will return soon to try the other pizzas and the arugula salad.
Plus some of the other food carts too.
The Habanero Lime was a “must try’! Just a whiff of it took my breath away but I was determined to drink some. Whoa Nellie, as they say, it was strong!
The basamic fig reminded me of kambucha.
My hands-down favorite was the Lemon Mint. It was refreshing with a hint of sweetness.
I did not try them all. I did find a winner in the Lemon Mint and ordered a full glass. A new favorite!
Catching a movie at “Cartopia Movie Night” sounds fun especially with friends. It’s fun to hang out with milennials. It would be fun to watch Jaws with a group of milennials and their kids.
I do love Portland!
“This sculpture represents the Native American elder who used to stand along the portals around the Taos Plaza in New Mexico.” * Continue reading “Taos Patriarch”
I was so excited to get my new Nest thermostat on Saturday morning. Continue reading “Not a happy camper”
I never imagined that cooling my home in summer would be an issue in Portland, Oregon. I counted on a few hot days and then, back to cooler days and nights!
For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens. ~George Washington
After several overcast days, sunny skies returned on Mother’s Day to Venice.
It was perfect weather to explore Abbot Kinny Street. Continue reading “Mother’s Day in Venice”
I am coming back.
I have not posted in awhile.
I have had great ideas. I have written articles in my mind as I walked with my dog Ginny.
But putting paper to pen or fingers to computer has not happened. Continue reading “I am coming back”