Monday Miscellany

Let the miscellany pour forth!


  • I have all kinds of emotions roiling around about the bin Laden thing – but mostly I’m recoiling from all the nationalistic fervor. I guess I have more in common with General Grant than his men.
  • I basically took the weekend off from reading blogs and this morning I had over 100 unread posts on my feeder. I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be quite as attentive to each post as usual as I read them. Sorry!
  • I’m wearing a shirt I bought last year. I looked down a little while ago & thought I had ripped it. Very neatly in a horizontal line. Hmm. There’s a similar “rip” on the other side. This shirt has pockets! I know this is possibly not of interest to you, but how did I miss that my shirt had pockets on the front?
  • I mentioned on my Saturday post that I’m trying to stop drinking soft drinks (supposedly drinking fizzy drinks ups the discomfort from inflammation). I’ve been substituting tea & flavored water, but really I just like plan water. And Diet Sun Drop. Sigh. Everything else tastes too sweet to me. Ah well, I’ll give it two weeks & if I don’t feel different then I’m going back to the hard stuff!
OK, I’m done now. Have a great day everyone!

Comments

  1. You probably didn't notice the pockets because they sew them up sometimes? I am somewhat speechless about Bin Laden right now. Have a good week Dana!

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  2. i had to laugh at you not noticing the pockets. that sounds like something I would do!

    mailed your book friday, so i hope you get it soon!

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  3. i had to laugh at you not noticing the pockets. that sounds like something I would do!

    mailed your book friday, so i hope you get it soon!

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  4. soda is just plain bad for you.

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  5. oh and re bin laden...when they celebrate and rejoice when they kill an american we are horrified and disgusted. so what do we do? the exact same thing.

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  6. One does understand some acting out, some release of emotions, especially among those who have been hurting since 9/11, but there are aspects of what is taking place that do remind me of the French Revolution, when the throngs of Parisians cheered each beheading, not to mention some displays we have seen in our lifetimes, as Ellen notes.

    Your Grant analogy is interesting, as was Grant's gesture, given how very bloody the fighting had been between Grant's and Lee's armies. Grant might have been vindictive, even punitive, and he certainly might have gloated; instead, he was magnanimous and somber. Admittedly, OBL was much more the "other" to a great many Americans than Lee ever could have been to Grant, but still, it was quite the gesture, given the cost in lives of bringing Lee to ground.

    I also think maybe part of the fervor is a naive hope that now that OBL is dead, we will have more security. Personally, however, I feel less secure today than I did yesterday. My understanding was that OBL was more symbol than real threat at this point in his life, and frankly, I'm a little surprised he was still alive. In death, he is now the most powerful of symbols: a martyr. Where we go from here is anybody's guess.

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  7. Don't feel I'm to judge on emotions in NYC or around Washington, D.C. It wasn't my family killed or my city targeted. However, there seem to be many other cooler heads that are looking at the bigger picture, although, perhaps there are not so many differences among the many factions around the world. Perhaps, in fact, we're very similiar and very human.

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  8. I think it's a dear symptom of how unimportant our pockets are, that you did not notice them. SMILE

    I gave up soft drinks [diet ones too] about a year ago and I'm healthier. I had a problem with high potassium, and that fixed it right up.

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  9. Why doesn't Blogger have a "like" button? I like the comment posted by "distracted by shiny objects" very much. Sorry, Facebook junkie, here.

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  10. I've been off the "hard stuff" ie. Coca Cola or any other carbonated stuff for 2 months. I feel no different physically but mentally I do. In short, I have no idea of why I am toturing myself.

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  11. I did not know that fizzy drinks aggrevate inflammation. Thanks. As for the fervor, I'm with you.

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  12. >Makrd me sad too.

    >The shirt thing? You and I are sisters.

    >Fizzy drinks? Good for you! Now if only I could give up ice cream ... even if I do buy them in tiny little cups ...

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  13. I finally managed to wean myself from soft drinks a couple of years ago. I discovered I actually did feel better. Amazing.

    I wonder about the role of social media in compounding the frenzy over bin Laden's death. This is the first "big event" in the world since I disconnected from facebook and tossed the television. I didn't learn about events until hours after people were in the streets all over the country.

    When I found out, I thought about it, and went looking for more information. On the other hand, a friend who received innumerable texts and tweets the night before headed down to a local watering hold to join in the festivities.

    I'm not saying either response is right or wrong - it's just interesting.

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  14. My thoughts are similar on bin Laden. Very glad he was brought to justice, and I hope it offers something to the families of those he harmed, but it certainly brings no joy. It needed to be done and I'm glad it's over.

    I gave up soft drinks a few years ago. Once you do it, it's very easy. You'll get used to it quickly.

    I'm laughing about your pockets.

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  15. A few years ago my daughter went on a mission trip where one of the "songs" in the van was "I've gotta pocket full of sunshine." So -- just think of it as having TWO pockets full of sunshine!

    As for the celebrations, you've seen my blog and my input. Thank you for visiting. You're a blessing.

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  16. Didn't know about the fizzy stuff and inflammation- only the stuff in diet soda. Hmmm.

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