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  1. Victoria
    June 18, 2020 @ 4:34 pm

    I have not read through your post as of yet, just thankful to see one and hope you are well.. and to let you know you’ve been sorely missed.. so glad to have you back.. love and healthy vibes to you, Paul, family and kitty clan.

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  2. Velia
    June 18, 2020 @ 4:39 pm

    Thank you for voicing your thoughts. You have been missed, and I look forward to future posts. Your writings are certainly a welcome distractions from all the gloom. Stay safe.

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  3. Linda
    June 18, 2020 @ 4:48 pm

    My favorite stanza from a poem has always been: “Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man”….I’m thinking I might change that to: Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to animals”. There are so many “experts” on the flings on today – “experts” unwilling to realize that perhaps they are only partly right. The hatred, the lies, the all or nothing way of thinking – has driven me to the dogs (a wonderful place to be).
    There is good and bad in all walks of life, all races, etc. to demonize the good for the misdeeds of a few helps no one.

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  4. Jules
    June 18, 2020 @ 4:50 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I love your passion for what you believe in. And I’m thrilled that we share the same beliefs! I would be absolutely heartbroken if I found out the only protests you believed in were the ones demanding your right not to wear a mask!!! Thank you for allowing your outrage to come out on the right side of humanity!!

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  5. Pamela
    June 18, 2020 @ 5:11 pm

    Tuff times. Our son is insulin dependent Type 1 diabetic, lost his job in a restaurant so stays with us weekdays so he can eat healthy. Has rec’d only one $200 unemployment check thus far. His condo is in a very very high COVID positive county so we try to keep him with us yet still carrying his housing expenses. My mom was an amputee, also living in a nursing home in that county, contracted COVID, was hospitalized and died. None of us could be with her or talk to her those last weeks. The home was on lockdown since the first week of March which was the last time I saw her. Her ashes arrived the day before Mother’s day. We can’t even have a service yet. My brother is having cancer surgeries & treatments & can’t be around any of us. We can only talk on the phone since Feb. We don’t go anywhere except to buy supplies and I try to stay sane with projects and gardening. I was a military kid, we just never did the race thing…everyone was equal according to their rank, color never entered in at all. I had baby dolls of differing colors and races, we lived all over the world. I don’t understand why that’s so hard to understand. Everyone matters, the end. COVID took a lot from us. I just don’t have the energy for a rant. But kitchen renos, kittens, fresh food from the garden & dancing videos are great distractions.

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    • Joy
      June 18, 2020 @ 5:17 pm

      Pamela, Air Force Brat here, so I know what you mean about the military. So sorry to hear about your loss . 🙁

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    • Crystal Brown
      June 18, 2020 @ 5:40 pm

      Pamela, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have no words. Just a fog of sadness for you. This is so very, very surreal. I grew up in a home where everyone was welcome. EVERY ONE. I live my life that way EXCEPT, I do not let bigots cross my doorstep. I employ garlic and all manner of booby traps. Said in jest because I can’t even imagine what you’ve been through. My sympathy is all I have to offer.

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  6. Margaret McCoon
    June 18, 2020 @ 5:20 pm

    Finally…something that let me cry…then laugh…then cry…and actually hope that this time is a catalyst for change. Finally.

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  7. Joan Greene
    June 18, 2020 @ 5:21 pm

    May I suggest a book, The Hot Zone by Richard Preston (1994), about Ebola.

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  8. Crystal Brown
    June 18, 2020 @ 5:36 pm

    I have missed you so. And yaasss, ditto and pass the rage please.

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  9. Donna Gibson
    June 18, 2020 @ 5:43 pm

    Black humans are still enslaved in Africa where slave markets still exist and yes it is awful. Also society sucks. Glad you’re ok, but hoping corona gets all the racists and pedophiles and people who beat their spouses/children.

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  10. Diana
    June 18, 2020 @ 5:47 pm

    You are essential to the people, dummy. Don’t ever do that again. I kept checking to see why my computer no worky. It’s like when Stephen Colbert goes on vacation. Good for him, I guess, but the world suffers. Your points are actually better than Colbert. You>Colbert.

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  11. kmkat
    June 18, 2020 @ 6:07 pm

    Fun fact: when I read And the Band Played On back in the 90s I discovered that a guy I had dated in college was gay. (He is mentioned in the book.)

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  12. kmkat
    June 18, 2020 @ 6:08 pm

    Also, read The Great Influenza by John Berry. Very pertinent to these days.

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  13. Mary C
    June 18, 2020 @ 6:16 pm

    Sending love from Minneapolis. Thanks for your post and glad you’re back.

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  14. Carisa
    June 18, 2020 @ 6:26 pm

    You’re BACK!!! So glad!!!! You picked a crazy, terrifying, and enraging time to disappear. We simply must do better and change this country for the better. I’m so tired of my fellow humans being persecuted for how they look, who they love, how they dress. Time to recognize our privilege and stop turning a blind eye to others suffering. Love you Victoria and so happy to “see” you again! P.S. Tell us about the kitties too.

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  15. Becky Schneider
    June 18, 2020 @ 6:37 pm

    I’ve really missed your posts. We FINALLY found a kitchen designer/contractor we like his work and trust him. He came Monday morning with four plan possibilities. Monday evening I was admitted to the hospital with fever of unknown origin, not COVID (thank goodness.) I am still in hospital and infectious disease consult has ruled out so many things and so far not found the source. Maybe get to go home tomorrow night–maybe not. I brought the kitchen plans with me. I wish I could get your opinion, but I love our microwave… 🙂 And we are going to re-use our still working refrigerator. And my DH is not a handy person. He’s a great person, but this is not his bailiwick. I want to be envisioning, shopping, comparing and )instead I am lying in a hospital bed and only one visitor a day. Thankful I brought my computer. I cannot find an updated kitchen post or the “driveway pickup” ??? post, or “masks” ??? (I sew and have made nearly 250 masks and have donated all of them…I don’t want to make money on Covid.)

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  16. Patricia Lapp
    June 18, 2020 @ 6:44 pm

    Goodbye.

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  17. Danielle Knudson-Goodwin
    June 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

    Oh my gosh I have missed you!!!!! So glad you are all ok and that you are back. Some more really good books: White Fragility (Robin Diangelo), How To Be An Antiracist and Stamped From the Beginning (both by Ibram X. Kendi), Citizen (Claudia Rankine), everything Maya Angelou, The Ways of White Folk (Langston Hughes), The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas), anything Richard Wright esp. Native Son and Black Boy, The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead), Between The World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates) anything James Baldwin….those are just a few 😊. So so so happy to have you back!!!!!

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  18. Lynne Hoover
    June 18, 2020 @ 7:28 pm

    Right on, sister! (I lived through the sixties.) I was an English teacher for thirty years, and the language has failed me. I cannot put into words how I feel about what is happening in our country, but your post is a good start.

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  19. Karen V
    June 18, 2020 @ 7:42 pm

    ❤️

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  20. Norma
    June 18, 2020 @ 7:52 pm

    Thank you for including your comments on the current rage inducing condition in society. And thank you for being on the correct side of this. History will not be kind to those who have abused their fellow humans.
    Sadly the racists think the system should be destroyed so it can be rebuilt as an autocratic society without human or civil rights. We need new laws to protect us from bad actors who abuse their position and power in government and business, and cheat in elections and deprive people of their right to vote and have a say in our government. Right now we are in a lawless society where the people committing crimes against humanity, crimes against the most vulnerable, and the environment
    are rewarded and the innocent are punished for pushing back. This has to stop. VOTE and take action like your life depends on it at the Federal, state and local level. Register to vote by mail and check your registration 30 days before the election so you have time to fix things if you are deleted off the voter rolls. Record with your phone any problems you observe with election offices or voting places. Use a vacation day on voting day if you must. Check to see how many polling places are in poor areas versus affluent areas in your state and demand equity – put it on the news NOW. Work to get rid of the biased electoral college. Vote blue. Ignore 3rd parties who just want to siphon off votes from Democrats. Demand hand marked paper ballots with paper backup. If the math doesnt work for an election in your are investigate and do not certify the election. The cheaters from the last election must be stopped. There was no way the 4 swing states voted in favor of T – it was statistically impossible. The latest voting machines are subject to meddling. No reason why the whole country cant vote by mail using paper ballots. My state and numerous others have been doing it for years with no problems.

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