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2018 U. S. Government Shutdown

Dear Federal Elected Officials:

As a Minnesotan and a fellow American, this shutdown is inexcusable and the finger-pointing needs to STOP. This is yet another reason you all need to be out of a job come re-election. The saying that goes “diapers and politicians need to be changed often and for the same reason” has truth ringing to it.

This situation is disrespectful to the American people, disgraceful on the world stage and unforgivable to those depending on bipartisan compromise when it comes to safety, health & well-being and immigration reform.

Get your act together, come to the realization that you are not in Washington to serve yourselves and your personal agendas … you are there for We the People.

You owe a solution to the American people.

Get to work!


We The People …

My fellow Americans … I don’t get political often, but when I do, you know I’m forlorn…


ONE MAN should not be allowed not the love I have for this country. ONE MAN should not be allowed to change the love I have for my fellow citizens. ONE MAN should not be allowed to change my belief in kindness and equality for all. ONE MAN should not be allowed to change decades of progress for this and in this country … progress that is multifaceted, change that is inclusive and breaks down barriers, instead of building WALLS. ONE MAN should not be allowed to cause the downfall of our GREAT NATION.






Fascism is not our future—it cannot be; we cannot allow it to be so—but this is surely the way fascism can begin.



40 Positive Things About Turning 40

One of the most enduring things about aging is that turning 40 seems like a Big Deal. And it is — but not because you’re “getting old.” It’s a big deal because you’ve successfully made it this far, and have a lot of life experience worth celebrating. In case you’re having a hard time thinking of all the good things about being 40 (that’ll happen after four decades, see #21), here is a list of 40 positive things about being 40.

1. 40 is the new 30.

2. Actually, 40 is the new 20.

3. But then again, you’ll be glad you aren’t 20 anymore.

4. You’ll probably hear “wow, you look great for your age” more and more.
5. Chances are, your days of having to deal with what to do with your hair are numbered.
6. Your tastes are set in stone, and that’s a good thing — no more wondering if it’s “cool” to like such and such movie, song or TV show.
7. Bedtime is something you really, really look forward to — almost as much as you used to look forward to going out with friends.

8. You’ve earned your crow’s feet and laugh lines.
9. The “kids” in your life (either your children, nieces, nephews, etc.) are getting old enough to do real chores.

“Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.”

 – Carl G. Jung

10. People take you more seriously — with age comes experience, and with experience comes respect.  Theoretically, that is how it should work.
11. Some things really do get better with age — like wine and your choice in whom you spend your time with.

12. If your clothes start to get tight .. chances are you’ll rather buy new ones that try to shrink back into your old ones.

13. You don’t let the haters get to you.

14. But if they do, you don’t let it get you down too long.

15. If you haven’t done that big thing you’ve been avoiding by now, you probably won’t — and that’s ok.
16. You can say “when I was your age” with authority and people will listen.
17. If you aren’t up on the “cool thing,” people will understand. You rejoice in your non-coolness!
18. A “mental health” vacation day is no longer a luxury — it’s a necessity.

19. Spending $100 dollars on a household appliance finally seems reasonable.
20. The repertoire of movies, TV shows, songs and maybe even books you can quote is pretty lengthy, which impresses your younger friends to no end.
21. But if you can’t remember your favorite line from your favorite movie, blaming memory loss due to age is acceptable.

At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.

– Ann Landers

22. Forgiving others is easier because in all likelihood you’ve made the mistakes they have at this point. Forgiveness is much easier when you realize we all make bad choices sometimes.

23. Your priorities are probably a little more in order than they were in your thirties (no, you don’t need to spend half a week’s paycheck on buying anything consumable).

24. In fact, money management is something you’ve learned a thing or two about — or as Erica Diamond of Women on The Fence puts it, don’t “spend next week’s paycheck”.

25. You’re saving money you used to spend on going out because you know the way you’ll feel in the morning isn’t worth it … and you’d rather sleep.
26. Same goes for the fancy coffee drinks — isn’t a nice staycation in the Spring worth forgoing a month’s worth of frozen foofy sweet beverages?

27. When people say something unkind, you have a thicker skin … and a larger repertoire of witty retorts.

28. You also realize unkind people are probably worse off than you.

29.  True friends and family will really bring their A-game if/when you need them.

30. But you also can feel totally fine having to rely on yourself to solve the problems at hand.

At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty the wit; at forty the judgment.

– Benjamin Franklin

31. “Fear of missing out” has been replaced by “Fear of missing an awesome night watching TV.”

32. You know the sheer joy of taking off your work clothes at the end of a long day and getting in your comfy clothes.

33. You’re comfortable saying “because I said so,” because you’ve learned your instincts are usually right, even if it angers someone.

34. You’re comfortable waiting out that adult tantrum when you’ve said “because I said so” because you know this, too, shall pass.

35. You’re also okay with occasionally handing over a “verbal victory” to keep them from throwing that tantrum in the first place. Everything in moderation.

We don’t understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it.

– Jules Renard

36. “Everything in moderation” is your motto and it’s been good to you.

37. Though sometimes mottos are meant to be broken, and you know that’s okay, too.

38.  You are much more appreciative of the family and friends that you have surrounding you and grateful for each day with them.  For … nothing lasts forever.

39.  … I forgot what this one was supposed to be.  See, a few hours in and it is already an epidemic.

40.  The most important thing that nobody tells you about your 40s is this: You are who you are, and probably, who you’re going to be.  Although, it is never too late to make a change.

There.  I feel much better about turning 40.  Thanks.  I needed that.


Me and my sister, Michele in 1978


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Bidding 2017 Adieu …

Happy New Year’s Eve, friends!
Another year will soon begin and with it, new hopes, dreams, and aspirations – a beckoning desire that sprouts in every human heart that speaks of all the happiness, prosperity and goodness to come.

The year past may have shown a dark state of affairs around the world with stories of war, tragedy, and failures of humanity, never ceasing to seize the world’s attention.
But the excitement of a new year also brings with it an anticipation of a better future. This is one real moment that will touch the very fabrics of all human emotions that entails not only hope but a reason to keep smiling and living life as it unfolds.
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties”.– Helen Keller
To all who have shuffled off this mortal coil this year, and to those that have gone before them … we strive to carry on and make the world all that they ever dreamt it could be.

The Harbor in Sydney, Australia – New Year’s 2018 (07:00 CST 12/31/2017)

“I wish you enough …”

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said: “I love you and I wish you enough.  The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough.  Your love is all I ever needed.  I wish you enough, too, Mom.”  They kissed and the daughter left.
The mother walked over to the window where I sat.  Standing there, I could see she began to cry.  I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?” “I am old and she lives so far away.  I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said.

” … to love another person is to see the face of God.”
When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, “I wish you enough.” May I ask what that means?”  She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down through generations.  My parents used to say it to everyone.” She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. “When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”.
Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory …
“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess,
and I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”
She then began to cry and walked away.  They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them.

Wishing you ‘enough’ in the New Year!

My Favorite Tunes … for the Holidays

I am a Christmas / Holiday music FANATIC.  I drive my friends and family batty during the holidays … listening to it in the car, in the house, on my phone, on the computer, on the airplane … I LOVE CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY MUSIC!!!!!

That being said … I wanted to share a few of my favorite tunes with you … just in case you want to spread Christmas cheer to all of your friends and family too!

    1. Sleigh Ride (Boston Pops directed by John Williams)
    2. 12 Days of Christmas (Ray Conniff Singers version)
    3. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas / Little Drummer Boy (Ray Conniff Singers version)
    4. I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas      
    5. White Christmas (Bing Crosby 1942 Original version)
    6. The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole version)
    7. Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives version)       
    8. Frosty the Snowman (Jimmy Durante version
    9. You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch                        
    10. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer                 

Enjoy and Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!!!


Remembering JFK

Happy Wednesday, friends.

Today is a day of Remembrance, as we prepare to give thanks for all that we have and all whom we have … as individuals, families, communities, as a country, and as a human race.

Much like September 11th, 2001, all American’s alive in November of 1963 have this moment seared in their memory forever. Remembering exactly where they were and what they were doing the moment the news broke …

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Friday, November 22, 1963, while on a political trip. His killer: Lee Harvey Oswald, an employee of the infamous Texas School Book Depository. Kennedy was shot once in the throat, once in the upper back, with the fatal shot hitting him in the head … Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1:00 pm. Only 46-years old, President Kennedy died younger than any U.S. president to date. JFK, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Highly quoted, still today, President Kennedy is described as: Determined, Diplomatic, Innovative, and kind, among other things. Here are a few of his well-known utterances:

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

The idealism that Kennedy evoked in the world, and with the American People did not die with him. Although Kennedy failed to realize his promise, he left a legacy of hope to millions of Americans.

Have a great day. Be kind to one another.


In Awe of History …

Happy Sunday, friends!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a consumer of History, and find it awesome to be a part of History in the making, but sometimes, we need to look back, and reflect our past … Today, is one of those days.

154 years ago today, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, delivered one of the best-known speeches in American history.

Beginning with the now-iconic phrase “Four score and seven years ago” — referring to the Declaration of Independence, written at the start of the American Revolution in 1776 — Lincoln examined the founding principles of the United States in the context of the Civil War, and memorialized the sacrifices of those who gave their lives at Gettysburg and extolled virtues for the listeners (and the nation) to ensure the survival of America’s representative democracy, that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

To Our Veterans

To all Veterans, Past and Present, and to those who will choose to protect our freedoms well into the future … a “Thank You” is simply NOT enough, although it may be all I have to offer. A simple thank you, along with the promise to do my best to see that each and every Veteran is taken care of, no matter their needs.

There are very few times in my lifespan that I have felt shame to be an American citizen. When it comes to Veterans and their well-being, I feel greatly ashamed for how, not only the government handles Veterans and their care following service, but to each and every one of us … civilians, who fail to motivate to their ever-growing need for aid and assistance.

Thousands of young men and woman return home each month with the ravages and horrific instances from war on their restless minds, and as they try to reassimilate to “regular life”, many end up exiting this world of their own hand, to escape the atrocities that haunt them. Why are WE THE PEOPLE not doing more to support these glorious souls? Why do we stand silent under the waving flag, as they stand above protecting us? There is more each of us can do to assure the health and safety of our Veterans. It should not be a chore, it should be part of your moral fiber as a human being.

However heartfelt, the words “Thank You” are just not enough to say to our Veterans and the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the Freedom of these United States of America.

No matter your political persuasions, your religious/spiritual affiliations or your lack there of, or your lack you might have for our nation’s pride … one cannot simply ignore and fail to appreciate, celebrate and hail as heroes, those who have chosen a path to defend the ideals, morals, beliefs, interests and freedom of our nation and it’s people.

So today (and every day) I love and celebrate all who have served. If nowhere else but in my heart and mind, you are NOT forgotten.

If you’ve made it all the way here, thank you for taking a moment to listen … Happy Veterans Day!

*If you are, or know of a Veteran in crisis … please contact:

The Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

Emergency Help is available 24 hours a day.

THANK YOU: Nick Taylor, Matheau Sater, Al Taylor, Jeffrey Ehn, Joe Reinhardt, Matt Vander Vegt, Dave Schlicher, Tiffany Rice, Janet Olson, Jason Hackler, Chad Smith, Zachary Robert Berg, Steven Rudolph, Robert Knowles, Dan McCarty Danny Mac), Aaron Kordiak

(Apologies if I missed anyone.)


Multiple people have been killed and much more injured in a shooting Sunday at a church in Sutherland Springs, TX.

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