"Take off your blindfolds and open your eyes"
I love the show “Clean House” and I love Neicy Nash. In my little fantasy world, she would come into this county and make The Powers That Be confront all of the “mayhem and foolishness.” We would have debates between the candidates and they could address the concerns of the people. Instead, I attended a “meet the candidate” night sponsored by a local grange....
My whole thesis is that you can’t understand America until you understand...– Jeff Biggers
A public service announcement
Much to my chagrin, I am forced to clarify some points for my critics: 1. This is my personal blog. It is my outlet to share my views and my emotions about living in small town USA. If you agree with me, great. If you don’t, that’s great too. At least I am achieving my goal of opening a dialogue you can share with your friends. 2. Anything written on my personal facebook page, or...
Paddle faster, I hear banjo music
It is commonly said that current events don’t matter until it directly affects you. I think a compromised water system qualifies as directly affecting most people. I watch as the issue divides the community instead of solidifying it. One group thinks the fault lies with the gas companies. Another group slings accusations that people are jealous of those with gas wells on their properties. A...
Water is personal, water is local, water is regional, water is statewide....– Susan Marks
If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind,...– JFK
She would be proud
very very proud to see her daughter right now!
Strength and courage
I come from a line of strong women. My mom used to say she was a feminist before feminism was a word. She taught me that a hard day’s work never killed anyone, that it’s okay to question authority, to speak on someone’s behalf when they can’t do it themselves, to judge based on character and not income or education. She also taught me perseverance, that sometimes you have...
Me: I hate that people won't return my phone calls about this water issue.
Greensboro, NC Friend: Really?
Me: Of course. I am a nobody in their eyes.
GNCF: Lord, you're gonna need to go Erin Brockovich on their asses!
Me: I just need a little help.
GCNF: Okay, done. I will go talk to them for you, LOL. So seriously, do you have a plan?
rebgarof asked: I appreciate your blog! It's great.
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the...– Noam Chomsky
"If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane."
It may seem odd that I would quote Jimmy Buffett, but “Changes in Lattitudes” has always been on of my life’s theme songs. Laughing instead of crying is the way people in this area were raised. We try to find the humor in sorrow to give us a little bit of solace in hard times. We even laugh at funerals, sharing amusing anecdotes of the dearly departed to cement the good times in...
yellow-spider asked: Not a question, really. I'm from a pretty poor town (I think we may technically be a village?) in Washington County. I enjoy your stuff.
I suppose it was predictable that when gas drilling started moving into the...– ~ John Headley
A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.– ~ Robert A. Heinlein
Accountability is an interesting concept. On one hand, you have the view of personal accountability. Poor people have made a lifestyle choice to not further their educations, so they don’t deserve living wage. Addicts made lifestyle choices; if they overdose or seek help that unavailable, so be it. Gays chose to be in same sex relationships so the spiritual, emotional and monetary benefits...
Is there a doctor in the house?
My aunt passed away last Saturday. The visitation and funeral were this week. It was a very traditional southwestern, PA affair, complete with tears, and laughter, and laughter through tears. It was a Rockwell portrait of friends and family supporting each other as we tend to do in times of grief and loss. Being part of this made me realize that this sense of community is what is lacking towards...
We may have lost people, but the good news is Greene County continues to remain...– ~ Pam Snyder, Greene County Commissioner
I think the Talking Heads visited once
I recently read a post on one of my threads that said “I can’t understand why so many Americans are three paychecks away from poverty.” My initial reaction was “How can you not?”, so I decided to let it simmer for a while. A week or so later, my answer is still the same. When the economy crashed and burned in 2008, there was a boatload of discussions concerning...