Gratitude Sunday: Voice of Independence

Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.


Sunday Haiku
Relief from heat comes
When sun lies low upon a
Distant horizon.

Sunday Musings
We live in interesting times here in the United States of America.

We are facing a presidential election between an inexperienced misogynistic racist businessman who’s had many business failures and an experienced politician whom voters are afraid of because she is a woman. As if what is between your legs affects your ability to lead.

In the wealthiest country in the world millions, that’s right MILLIONS, of people live in poverty, including elders, children, and disabled people who have no way of working their way out of poverty.

More than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, people of color are still treated with suspicion and as second class citizens.

After many generations of one step forward and two steps back, women are still fighting for the right to say what happens to their own bodies.

Some people are more concerned about whom you love and have sex with than whether you are a contributing member of society.

Despite our bloody history of war fighting for the rights of freedom, people feel free to pick up a gun and kill their neighboring citizens and even their own children over minor disagreements.

Veterans who served to fight for our freedom rights come home to live on the streets, abandoned, without homes, income, or health care.

Bullies are rampant from the highest echelons to the smallest schoolyard, even though we give lip service to bullying not being tolerated.

The people who govern us vote themselves raises on six figure salaries they receive for life even after they leave office, yet claim those of us who serve up their coffee and prepare and grow their food don’t deserve a living wage or Social Security to retire on.

That same government, all of whom have fully paid health care, decides the way to fix the health care system for citizens is to create a malfunctioning health insurance package (which is not affordable), which covers little in the way of actual health care, and to charge us a penalty if we can’t afford the exorbitant costs of worthless insurance.

Somehow these same government officials cannot figure out how to create jobs repairing the aging crumbling infrastructure in our communities, but they certainly send our children to their deaths in an overly inflated military industrial complex.

And those politicians shuffle our tax dollars off to “agricultural” mega-companies while stuffing non-nutritious GM foods down our throats, and then blame us because we are fat, instead of supporting the small local family farm.

Okay. That’s enough. It’s too depressing to continue the list of issues Americans face. I could go on but we all know it’s bad. We know how bad it is and it isn’t getting any better. And it seems like when the politicians get their hands on an issue it only gets worse.

Just one example is the raising of the minimum wage. Yes, it’s good the wage is going to be raised but why in the world does it need to take 5 years to gradually raise it? By then inflation will have raised the cost of everything else we pay for, such as food, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care, and the “raise” won’t go any further than what we earn right now. Just make the change and be done with it. Now. What’s wrong with now? Then make the annual Cost of Living raises commensurate with the actual rate of inflation. Earning an additional 20 dollars a year doesn’t even pay for a lunch out to celebrate the raise, nor does an additional 20 dollars a month cover the utility rate raise.

I am fortunate. I do not personally know many citizens who are part of the problem, though I admit I know a few. Living in a small semi-rural town I make an effort to attend my local city council meetings, and speak face to face to those councilors about my opinions or write letters so my voice can be heard. It is disconcerting to know the voice of most citizens is discounted because we are considered to be lesser than the people who serve in office. How could we possibly understand the nuances of running a community or a state or a nation? Of course, that is patently wrong, as we “lesser thans” elect the representatives to be our voice and we most certainly do understand. We must be personally involved in change if there is to be change; we cannot leave change to the hands of others who may not have our best interests at heart, who may even be governing for the sake of profit, rather than for the good of the constituency. Most of the people I know are so busy living their lives making an income to put roofs over their heads and feeding their children that finding the time to help run their communities in the way they should be run is problematic. Our voices may need to be raucous, strident, even caustic to get our elected officials to listen to us and represent us to our satisfaction. We need to keep writing and speaking and expressing our opinions until our citizens are treated in the same manner as our elected officials treat themselves. We may need to throw the babies and the bathwater out and start over again with new water and new babies running our country.

Tomorrow is July 4th, Independence Day. I hope you get to spend the day with people you love because that is what we are supposed to be about. Love and community. While we are independent we are all connected, and we can care for each other, for all of us, as if we are all connected. Instead of celebrating by blowing up explosive fireworks, write a passionate incendiary letter to your government, local, state, or national, and tell them your opinion. Give them suggestions, offer resolutions, freely share your best ideas for making change to help make life better in this United States of America. Get involved instead of merely complaining. Use your voice and right actions to let freedom ring.

Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – Vibrantly yellow day lilies. DSCN4560 Brilliant orange day lilies. DSCN4900 Bright striped and spotted orange tiger day lilies. DSCN4351 Burgundy (wait for it…) day lilies. DSCN8526

Current View – {These are my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ. Viva la différence!} A Little Chaos (2014, rated R) with Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet about Sabine de Barra and Louis the 14th, after Sabine was employed to help design the gardens at Versailles. Directed by Alan Rickman as well, this one is on my list to watch again, even though the ending was a bit odd. * Truth (2015, rated R) with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, about Dan Rather and an incident of news reported before all the facts were determined with devastating repercussions. * Grandma (2015, rated R) with Lily Tomlin. A young woman in need of an abortion reaches out to her grandma for help. * For a Good Time Call (2012, rated R). Two young women who don’t like each other create an adult telephone sex business in an attempt to pay the rent on their apartment and find friendship along the way. * The Love Letter (1999, rated PG-13) with Kate Capshaw, Ellen Degeneres, and Tom Selleck. A bookstore owner finds a letter between the cushions of the sofa in her store and it affects the entire town. I found myself laughing out loud while watching this movie. Definitely on the watch again list. * Ellen Degeneres Here and Now: Modern Life and Other Inconveniences (2003, not rated) with (obviously) Ellen Degeneres. One of her stage shows, another fun foray into everyday humor.


Currently Reading – Dolci di Love: or The Sweetheart Cantucci (2011, fiction) by Sarah-Kate Lynch. Ms Lynch never fails me. Her love stories are not romances, but complex and complicated tightly woven tales of love set in exotic locales and with lots of yummy food references. Dolci is set in Tuscany and even though I’m not a good traveler the author makes the site enticing. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman (2016, autobiography, humor) by Lindy West. Funny until it wasn’t, I understand her rant about rape culture but this chapter was disconcerting. The last half of the book was indeed shrill without the relief of the humor Ms West employed in the first half. Yes, concurrently.


This week I have been grateful for:

  • That moment when the sun has gone down enough for the air to change from the heat of the day to the cool of the evening and all the doors and windows can be opened to let in the cool refreshing air.
  • Finally receiving unemployment insurance after 4 months with zero income. And the judge who believed me.
  • A few good people in my life who are willing to listen to my whining and who believe in me.
  • Still having enough wits to drive safely.
  • The hubster finally succeeding with fixing his riding lawn mower after nearly 2 months of frustration.
  • Keeping my personal integrity intact.
  • Understanding some of my issues with low self confidence.
  • Understanding some people get their kicks from hurting people they consider to be lesser than them.
  • Knowing I don’t treat anybody lesser than me, or better than for that matter. We are all one.
  • The ability to think and having a voice.
  • Me time at the swimming pool.
  • Being invited to play “London Bridge” with the baby swim class. I was part of the Bridge.
  • Completing some paperwork.
  • Making some progress on corner cleaning. Slow and steady.
  • Fresh garden-raised eggs and knowing the woman I get them from.
  • Looking forward to a quiet 4th tomorrow after many years of personal kid sized fireworks with the son and other family in the past.
  • Water.

Hoping you have a lovely week.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.


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2 Responses to Gratitude Sunday: Voice of Independence

  1. Joy says:

    For the all the faults of the British National Health Service, it is at least available to all who need it, when they need it. I find the insurance based system has some really shocking consequences that just don’t exist here. I work in mental health and have heard anecdotally that for those that cant work the US system can be really harsh.
    If you want crazy political times, just look over our way …. my goodness me!!!
    Well, have a great day today and enjoy some peace and quiet from all the hub bub.


    • sassy kas says:

      I admire the British National Health Service and some of those in the Scandanavian countries as well. I’ve been reading about the shake up over there and it doesn’t sound pleasant either. I wonder if we are in for some sort of huge political shift all the way around, but I’m not terribly politically savvy; I just know there are too many people hurting when it feels we really shouldn’t have all these discrepancies. Thanks for reading me!


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