Shame on You!

Shame StickLady

This post is for all those who never miss an opportunity to politicize a tragedy, no matter how inappropriate.

It is also for those who use the words racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. to slander good people and shut down free speech.

Is there no line you will not cross?

Shame on you!




Are we still Patriots?

Patriots StickLady

When President Trump spoke to the UN General Assembly in September of 2017, he asked the question, “Are we still patriots?”  He directed that question not only to members of the international community but also to the American people.  For me it was a very somber moment.  I never imagined a day when an American President would have to ask that question.  It is both sad and alarming.  What is more discouraging is that I do not know if all Americans would answer that question with a resounding yes.

The founders of this great country were willing to die for the very idea of America.  They never wavered in their allegiance to their new home and their dream of living in freedom.  They were willing to pay with their lives to defend their new country.

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Attention Celebrity Court Jesters!

Attention all you celebrity activists who feel the need to lecture Americans on political and social issues.

You may think we look up to you and hang on your every word. This is probably a result of your egotistical nature and juvenile need to be the center of attention.   Let me clarify what we really think of you.

You are the world’s Court Jesters.

You exist only because we, your audience, grant you our attention. Your purpose is to entertain us.  We do not need your guidance to live our lives appropriately.  If we need guidance, we will consult smart people who are qualified to offer it.

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Day of Tolerance

Day of Tolerance StickLady

I am merely a StickLady with a blog.  I do not have influence on a national scale.  I am not a celebrity or a news anchor.  I am not a mover or a shaker.  Still, I am proposing that America observe a Day of Tolerance.  I am hoping that my blog will allow me to reach a small audience  who may consider my suggestion.  I challenge you to observe one day of  open-mindedness.

For one day, make a concerted effort to listen to a new perspective.  You can choose the day, the time, and the method, as long as you vow to listen to an opinion that does not align with your own.   Perhaps you can change the news channel to one that does not represent your point of view. Buy a newspaper or read an online news feed that represents the opposing viewpoint.   Better yet, go online and google search a topic that is a hot-button issue for you.  Research that topic until you have a coherent, non-biased list of the differences that ignite debate.  I believe, if you can look at the facts without the emotion, you might find the differences are not quite so polarizing.

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1967 vs. 2017 – For What It’s Worth

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I started out searching for a song that sums up my feelings on the current state of affairs in our great country.  I googled  the term, “songs about free speech”.  I was surprised to find that the vast majority of songs that came up in my search were written in the 1960s.  The song that I chose to post, “For What It’s Worth”,  was written and recorded by Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills at the end of  1966 and released in 1967.  It could have been written yesterday. Continue reading

Yeesh!!! Let other people speak!

Exactly when did we “lose” our right to free speech? The people who founded this great country paid for that right with their own blood and the blood of their families and friends.

When did we willingly “give up” our right to free speech? Are we so complacent that nothing is worth fighting for anymore?

We do not have to agree with each other.  We do, however, owe other people respect in allowing them to express their opinions.  We are a country of over 300 million people.  Why is it so appalling to some that there are those who do not agree with them?  Listen to others and you may learn something.  Listen and you may better understand the position of your opponents.  Listen and you may find a more compelling  argument for your own position. Continue reading

I had this really strange feeling that I was being phased out of my own life

Like most people, my life consisted of a long list of responsibilities and obligations that I assumed would continue long into my twilight years. But the universe got off kilter and altered my future in a way that I did not anticipate. As a result, all of the items on my very hectic “to do” list seem to have gotten “done” prematurely.

As a single working mom, my life revolved around raising my two daughters. We lived in a cute little house nestled in an adorable town surrounded by a wonderful sense of security and belonging. I called it my “nest”. It was the place where I was raising my baby birds. That house was the only thing that held me to the ground in the midst of all the fears and struggles that went with being a single parent. Unfortunately, circumstances led to the necessity of having to sell my house just as my last child left home and entered college. When I left that place, I left behind a sense of home that I have never been able to recapture. Continue reading