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~~ “Achhhhooooo!” he sneezes. “Bless you,” I say. “Thanks, but don’t bother. I’ll be sneezing a lot. I’m very sick.” I tell him I hope he feels better and move away as fast as I can. Three hand washings and two zinc tabs later, I’m still wondering why he didn’t stay home.

~~ A woman was babbling incessantly about something she saw in Africa in the 1980s that might be why she started taking yoga in 2015. The voices in my head were screaming, “Shut Up! Shut Up! Shut Up!” so noisily that I’m not 100 percent sure I didn’t say it out loud.

~~ A kind person gave me a compliment, saying I have “amazing continuity.” It reminded me of someone decades ago who said, “No matter what, you’re never not there.” Some people lap up praise for intelligence, beauty, or kindness. I’m quite happy to catch a commendation for stability.

~~ The haughty woman who proclaims that Bernie Sanders is a perfect candidate tries to shred women who support Hillary Clinton by sneering, “Sanders supporters don’t vote with their vaginas.” There was so many things wrong with her preposterous position that I didn’t even try to respond.

~~ Rebecca Scarberry, a talented writer, tweeted this: Writing is the honeymoon. Editing is making the marriage work. I say, Amen!

Did you know mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animals? I didn’t until this week, when I started reading up on the Zika virus, which led to dengue fever, and then to discovering the absolute killing machines that these little creatures are: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Most-Lethal-Animal-Mosquito-Week. Mother Nature is the biggest threat to our survival, so instead of squabbling about meaningless things such as religion, race, and money, how about we band together all around the world to save the planet and cure diseases?

Have a great weekend. Go Peyton!


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Feb. 19th, 2016 08:32 am (UTC)
I heard that comment even way up here. She clearly thinks it's wrong to vote for a woman just because she's a woman, so why does she think it's okay to think if a woman is voting for a woman then it must be because she's a woman.

Just venting. But I'm more and more terrified that many voters seem to love Donald Trump.... What are all these preliminary elections he's winning? These are just the politicians choosing their representative, right? It's not the public voting, is it?
Feb. 19th, 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
Hi! The primaries choose the delegates to the nominating convention. (There are also caucuses which yield delegates.) If the candidate has enough delegates going into the convention to secure the nomination, it's usually a done deal that s/he's the nominee for the party. If the candidate hasn't secured enough delegates to clinch, there's what's called a "floor fight" to decide whose delegates will switch allegiances and support another.

I think it's no more than 30% of any voting group that supports Trump, but in a big field, it's enough to possibly propel him to the nomination. It's truly scary to me, too.

As someone said, if everyone in this country had read Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn no one would fall for any of Trump's bamboozle.

(As for that woman, she's part of the "I'm post-gender" wave that troubles me. How can we be post-anything when we haven't yet achieved parity?)

Hope all is well with you.
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