Time’s Person of the Year 2017

Who do I think should be Person of the Year?

The American protestors. 

Or specifically even the women from the Women’s March. I think that was a catalyst for America raising their collective voices, which was heard time & again, over the “sweet whispers” of lobbyists!

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40s Germany is here

There was a bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center in Ann Arbor today. And in Asheville. And in Harrisburg. And Indianapolis. And Tarrytown & Staten Island, NY. And Cherry Hill. Birmingham. Wilmington, Delaware (3rd time for that JCC). Rockville, Maryland. Fairfax, Virginia. And Davie, outside Miami. The day is not yet over. I’ve heard of 21 Jewish community centers and schools attached today. 

That Ann Arbor one hurt me. When I lived in MI, I lived in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. Like, the mall had a giant dreidel in Dec instead of a nativity scene. I’m shaken for that community. It’s so close to home. It’s not happening in 40s Germany. It’s here & now.

I saw this fb live video, shot in Philly. I hope it embodies how we all feel. We will not let this divide is. 

Meanwhile, my friend’s father is trying to fix his grandfather’s tombstone

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I saw this meme today and laughed. Because, of course, I can relate to it. But then I was thinking of how it makes a funny about a generational gap. The person who posted it is about my age (+5 yrs). But then I was thinking of MY childhood.

And how in my same time frame, my family did have a camera. We were one of the few families in our area to have a camera. So, I do have pictures from my childhood. Where others that grew up in my vicinity do not.


And we had a telephone. We were also one of the few families in our area to have a telephone. So, neighbors would give their family members our phone number. We would get calls in the middle of the night, from the US. We answered the phone at 2am, then ran over to whichever neighbor’s house that the call was for. They would come over, and the person from the US would call back, having given some buffer of time for us to fetch their relative.

I know sometimes we see these memes on fb that are like “do you remember this from your childhood?”, I smile at those because it is relatable to me. But I wonder sometimes how many others can relate to my childhood memories? I think of that fondly.

Let’s have a party


Ironic that they didn’t want to pay the higher tax on imported tea. And our new POTUS is considering imposing a higher tax on imported avacados, tomatoes, and other fruit. And car parts, and so much more…    
Time for a tea party, Boston-style?

Respectable athletes: Megan Rapinoe

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In the National Felon League, you can carry out all sorts of morally corrupt behavior (murder, beat your wife, fighting, swearing, etc), and no one bats an eye.

But in American Women’s Soccer…. IT’S TOUGH.nfl what you can't do tweet

This summer, US Soccer suspended (& then *terminated*) the contract of someone because she called the opposing team ‘cowards’. US women’s soccer said they won’t stand for bad sportsmanship. Bam, she’s gone. In the NFL, of you say something against the rules, you get a small, negligible fine.

But man, when Megan did it, she did it better than the NFL guys. No doubt. Kaepernick was in the 2nd or 3rd row? Megan went in front of everyone, out on field. Front & center. Say it loud, say it proud. With strength. Love the unity with Colin Kaepernick, and her execution!

That’s why I think it’s a STRONGER statement that Megan Rapinoe knelt during the National Anthem. It’s important that white athletes join those that are oppressed. It makes it people supporting people. Because when one is oppressed, we all are oppressed. But her being on a zero tolerance sport team? It makes that statement even stronger.

My customized weekly mixtape

My weekly Spotify customized mixtape shocked me today. It had some ‘to be expected’ but hadn’t heard in a while (112, DeBarge), and some of the usual (New Order). But then, it broke out something I hadn’t heard in decades! ‘Waiting for the Star to Fall’ – Boy meets Girl. Who remembers this song?

GOP debate: those lying rats

GOP debate fact checkThis is why I didn’t watch last night’s debate. This list is SO LONG! And the fact-checking never makes news.

You know when a newspaper would publish those “corrections” on the inside front page every day? Or a news show would publicly announce a correction?

Well, shouldn’t the network that airs the debate announce all the corrections? Or the candidates should have to go back on TV and say all the lies they stated the night before? Or would that just take up too much time?