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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

H-e-e-e-re’s Donald!

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H-e-e-e-re’s Donald!

Our nation’s growing jittery. It seems our ruler’s broken.
In the land of liberty, freedom is just a token.
Surrounded by his family, his fumbling words are brisk.
He issues crazy edicts, putting the world at risk.
As he pens crude letters to men of more distinction,
we cower in our houses. fearing mass extinction.
He poo-poos all our scientists. The climate’s doing fine.
Who cares if the whole planet is headed for decline?
Glaciers swiftly melting. Forest fires raging.
He overlooks the hurricanes, intent upon his caging.
Children are the biggest risk, so he sends them packing.
Makes military decisions with very little backing.
On his situation comedy played on the largest screen,
he spins out the same old story: our country has grown mean.

Prompt words for today are broken, ruler, jittery, brisk and family.

People in Politics Today

Lydia’s blog post is the best assessment of the current impeachment process facts that I’ve seen to date. If you have become as bogged down with details as I have, have a look. It is all here, organized and easy to read. There is a link to the whole story below.

A lot from Lydia

This morning we learned the shocking news of the untimely death at age 68, of Congressman Elija Cummings.

Representative Elijah Cummings, was a Democrat from Baltimore, a civil rights advocate who became one of the White House squatter’s fiercest opponents in Congress and was frequently on the receiving end of his racially undertoned barbs. It is unfortunate Cummings won’t see the end of this lawless and illegitimate administration.

Speaking of our commander in thief, his excuse du jour to justify his decision to withdraw troops from Syria, and his part in the slaughter of the Kurds—’Democrats want us to stay in the Middle East forever, guarding other countries’ interests. He failed to mention that he simply relocated the troops from Syria, where they were assisting our allies, and containing ISIS, to Saudi Arabia, where they’ll now protect Saudi oil.

POTUS also leaked a letter that he wrote to Turkey’s President…

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Hop Scotch (Don’t Worry. Be Happy!)

                       Click on photos to enlarge.

 

                                  Hop
Scotch

                      “How green is blue?” the child asks,
“What is the taste of pink?”

                        A prodigy koan-master
 with a novel way to think,
                        such problems keep a child’s mind
engaged in matters other
                         than all the daily problems
of a father or a mother. 

                         No spider ever stumbles
when spinning out her strands,
                         for the feet she walks around on
are really only hands.

                         No specter of a problem
ever plagues a goat.

                          He simply feeds upon the world
and lives his life by rote.

                       And so it is with children.
They go from thing to thing

                      with no worries of the outcomes
that their acts might bring.

                       They leave to human adults
the worries of such things

                        and simply live with pleasures
that every new day brings.

Prompts for today are “How green is blue?spider, stumble, specter and goat.

Unfortunate Signage: Last Apartments

Last Apartments

The Lake Chapala, Mexico area where this apartment building has been going up for over a year is home to the largest group of American and Canadian expats in the world—most of them over 60 years old. That taken into account, I don’t think its sign sends the correct message to their targeted renters. I’m sure the name “Last Apartments” is a rather unfortunate translation of “Ultimos Departamentos,” and for the superstitious, it is definitely not a great selling point. (Most probably, their intention was to convey that they will be the latest or best in design, but the translation from Spanish to English leaves the impression that no renter will be leaving the premises alive!)

Please post your own example of unfortunate signage on your blog, pingback to this page and use the tag “Unfortunate Signage.”

Asparagus Fern: FOTD, Oct 16, 2019

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They might look delicious, but don’t try to eat them. The berries of the asparagus fern (not really a fern) cause stomach upset and the foliage is a skin irritant. Enjoy the sight of them, but avoid other sensory usage.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day prompt.