Saturday, September 23, 2017

Now One Just Rambling to Me

For the last couple of years, because I have been alone and bored, make that horribly alone and sad, I have made up a list of the people I would like to have with me for a Christmas dinner (the sort of which Dickens wrote). I suppose I choose the kind of people who are great conversationalists, including people I have known and people I would like to have known, or know now. So I shall sit her on a very boring Sunday, following my 93rd birthday, alone as I was for the birthday, and make up a new list. No relatives this time, I think, although I know both Jessie and Betty Rae would be enormously welcomed by all the others for their bright comments. Even Daddy would be great, or Papa, they were so full of charm and stories. What a family I had and how I miss them now that I am completely alone, the last of the Michigan Cartwrights, except for Kath and maybe somewhere a cousin named Jeannie Jefferson Bock (spelling?) and perhaps a couple of others if the ones I knew had children. How lost I feel, and how alone now that my sister (and nemisis) is really gone. Ah, but back to the list... let's see: I almost always want Noel Coward (and a handy piano), so I suppose I should include Gertie also. What fun they must have been at a party, as they had known each other most of their lives and had so much to talk about. (And I could sing off-key with Gertie, for I know all their songs.) I had considered Bernie Sanders, but it is too close to an election and Politicians can get rather one-sided at those times. Ah... women first, how about both Queens Elizabeth of England... The Great Queen was brilliant and the dear little newer one a charmer with a good sense of humor. Now to match them with males, odd, I never put Dickens on my list, lets choose him and Mark Twain, there's an odd, but interesting match. Perhaps a match for me... no, not Kirkie, he doesn't go with this bunch. I get Orson Welles, as I have always wanted to talk to him. With Steve gone, this year I shall pick Tim Cook and pair him with Rachel Maddow, both of whom I would love to talk with. And, because I simply adore them and they are also pushing on toward their ends, I shall choose Judi Dench and helen Mirren. now, what gentlemen could come up to match with this pair? Ah, why not Billy Connelly and Mel Brooks, as those ladies do appreciate men with a sense of humour. Now that's twelve and I shall go to bed early on Christmas and dream about my wonderful dinner... for I shall have none that day, but probably just spend my whole day trying to get poor old Sylvia to eat if she is still alive.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Goodbye to mr. drumpf

I don't know why I am putting this here, but it's a start, maybe it will spread. I am now convinced that the low life in the White House is so busy trying to get even with anyone who has made fun of him, or crossed him in any way. Since the world is now full of those people (he started with trying to ruin anything done by Obama), something must be done before he completely ruins the country tying to get even with everyone. He is costing us a bloody fortune with his flying around to his various golf courses and hotels, and this has to stop. Here is my plan to try to stop the nonsense, cost and annoyance of this dreadful fool. We have an idiot, liar and coward in the White House, donald j. drumpf. He must be addressed by his original name (just as I wrote it) and roundly ignored by every normal person in the U.S. Who cares what faux news has to say, every other news service in the U.S. has to just ignore him. He has nothing of import to say, he just wants us to keep his name in the news, so let’s not do it. Reporters can go to the press briefings, but let them play with their phones or turn their seats around and play poker or just go to sleep in their chairs... but do NOT ask about the oaf in the White House and never address him. What we need the reporters to do is to interview anyone who is anti-drumpf, but the interview should be about THAT person, with NO questions about drumpf. We should also ask the reporters to interview Obama about what he is now doing, hopefully for the country, also Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and both ex-presidents Bush. I saw a lovely program recently of Bill and Georgie being interviewed about their developing friendship (I always said old George found Bill the son he never had, and this confirmed it.) Georgie said his dad really enjoyed working with Bill. I sort of get the feeling that if we all try just ignoring everything crazy that drumpf does it might just drive him over the line and he will have to be picked up off the floor of the White House and carried off to a mental facility, screaming and crying. We know... we have proof... that he is a coward, a liar, a fool and has a bad case of ADHD, incapable of staying on topic for more than a few minutes. He is the classic Narcissist so should be a wreck within about a week. After being ignored and not having anything said about him (except on faux news, brietbart and a few far-right You Tube channels) all should be well. If you see him or he speaks to you, turn your back and walk. Won’t it be wonderful to have decent news every night... real news. What Angela Merkle is doing, how Brexit is going, are the French getting along with Macron? Make sure every one of you writes to your favorite station and tell them this is what you want... no more drumpf, anything but, and write to all the sponsors, tell them you love their products and their ads, happy they are not sponsoring any show that allows drumpf. When the top news people interview INTERESTING people like Bill Clinton or even Georgie about his painting, be sure to write and tell them how much you enjoyed the interview. If they break down and interview or even mention drumpf, write and tell them that you are switching to any other news person from a different network. About the foolish republicans who have given in to the nonsense and horror of this man who did not win the election, perhaps they too should be ignored At least if they attempt to aid him in his ruin of the country. At the mention of his name, whoever is interviewing should cut the interview short and tell the person that they are not interested in hearing about a non-person and to get back on subject or the interview will be cut completely. We will simply have to be a country without a leader for a short time. We probably should ask The Guardian and the London Times and other large foreign media to ignore drummpf also. All this might hurt for awhile, but I am convinced it will result in removing a moron who has been acting like a five year old brat from a job he is incapable of doing.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Guardian -- the real news

Since I have almost no readers this probably isn't worth putting here... but here it is, my note to The Guardian... one of my favorite places online:

To: The Guardian (American Edition) on the internet...

I am a 92 year old woman whose ancestors fought in the American Revolution, living on my meagre Social Security, probably to be cut or wiped out by the trumpians if they can. I carefully prepared for a comfortable retirement, but my money was gambled away by one of the lovely ignorant U.S. 'white men' of trumpian bent, my second husband. Now, those of us left behind must read, listen, learn and continue the fight. You and the others are helping, dear Guardian.

I appreciate your real news and therefore sent you my very small contribution. I hope many others like me also give as much as they can. We need you more each day before the repoops/trumpians shut us all down. You, the NYTimes and New Yorker are about the only reading I do anymore, and since I subscribe to the other two, you should get a bit also. Thank you for your work! Keep it up.
Peggy Cartwright    

If anyone does read my posts... think about contributing, we need this 'paper' (what DOES one call them now? God... when I think of all the old, almost obsolete words I use constantly. Soon to be gone as I shall. Think about it... children looking at you bewildered, saying 'radio' what is 'radio'?... 'newspaper' what is 'newspaper?'... and more daily.)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

THANK ZEUS FOR U.S. WOMEN

I just wrote crying that our poor country is suffering from half the country becoming under-educated idiots. Now I happily read an article on PBS Newshour online about Buckhannon, West Va (known as trump country), where women are revolting (no, not revolting looking... really revolting).

When I think of how many times I marched, talked my head off, wrote about people like Nixon, about bush, cheney and that gang, and how I wondered if it was worth one more march, one more talk, one more getting out there... now I see a woman saying, “It’s like we were all sleeping. Now I think we’re awake.” (Edwina Howard-Jack) Well, I hope so -- where the hell were they when I was pushing Whitney in her stroller in a march, when I was in anti-war marches, protests in Washington, women’s rights marches, and on and on in the ‘50s and ‘60s and ‘70s etc., etc., etc.? Do they know that now, because of trump their children are not being taught well? That if they don’t watch out, Betsy de Voss could make sure that your kids are the ones with inferior teachers and schools, and will therefore definitely not be ready for the new jobs in the new world. I hope they are talking about the inferior people trump has put into his cabinet to ruin our government (helped by his buddy Steve Bannon who admits he has long had plans to wreck the federal government).

I still feel for the intelligence of the ordinary people of this country. I wonder about people who can’t even spell Buchannon (the regular spelling of that old Celtic name). Or, about people who could actually listen to trump and not believe the old joke with a new name at its core: “How do you know if he is lying? Answer: His lips are moving.” I am amazed that anyone could watch this man for more than a few minutes and not just be suspicious of anything he says... but KNOW that he will say anything to get people to applaud him. He scares hell out of me, as he is not only a practiced liar, but also a mean, nasty person, and has shown it so often, from screaming to his audience to beat up and throw out anyone who disagreed with him in his early campaign speeches, to having a woman with a crying baby tossed out also, to the highly nasty speeches made on the just finished European ‘tour.’ That tour, by the way, showed his lack of diplomacy and knowledge well. He praised and chummed up with the Saudis, who raised most of the terrorists who have caused the worst strikes against all of us, had no notion about the Holocaust in Israel (or much of anything else... he is vastly uneducated in History)... pushed aside a head of state to get into the front row of a photo being taken, and generally insulted everyone there. Good for Macron for passing him by to hug Angela Merkle! Too bad he didn’t need to shove trump aside.

One need not even mention that the idiot in chief thinks climate change is something made up and so appointed an EPA chief who agrees on that completely. The European leaders, who rightfully believe the scientists reports, are all commenting on the ignorance of the U.S. government in this matter.

And so, we lose more and more in governmental leadership, but, thank Zeus our women are beginning to wake up, get to work, and fight back against the ignorance of the trumpian idiots. Perhaps intelligence will win... I fear I doubt it after all the pain and marching I’ve been though, but I suppose one CAN hope...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

No Readers, But I Stll Write

Where Have We Come From... Where Are We Going...

I live in the United States, miss-called “America,” which is actually the whole two continents, but has, of course, been grabbed by the people who live here, as they have no idea there is any place this “isn’t OURS.”

Are we becoming a land occupied by only morons, the vaguely mentally ill, people who know nothing of the world or other’s affairs, and I might simply add, about half of the people one runs into almost daily are just completely crazy. Having just watched the news, I know all this to be true.

The top story was the return of our “Idiot-in-Chief” D.Drumpf, returning from meeting with top leaders of the world. While there he made a fool of himself by missing completely the reason to pray at the wall, as he has no idea of what happened during the holocaust. Then he moved on to insulting just about everyone he could, so that most of them avoided him as much as possible, and finally, pushed aside a ‘useless to him’ leader of a small country so that he could be in the front of a photo. He has just ruined all the good vibes we got by sending Obama over there and made the world understand that he is truly an idiot. They were just ‘wondering’ after reading his ‘tweets.’

After that, some world news would have been good... I’d like to know what is going on (but I must wait for the actual world news from PBS, later). So, instead we get big, long, plenty-of-video of a man driving in that auto race SO POPULAR among the idiots of ‘America,’ almost killing himself. Whoopee, just what I want to see. Then another great story for the masses: the USUAL ‘guy killing himself preforming in a lovely Memorial Day fun show for the masses’ -- well, at least it wasn’t in a plane, as so often. This time it was a poor kid who was jumping out of one of the Air Force planes.

Lovely... now on the news, a story of ‘Iron Mountain’... probably where dumpf’s grandfather started his career in mining. It is such a disgusting story that I could cry, but what good would that do? A typical story of big business and greed and the whole ruining of our country. Big mining company dug so many tunnels in this mountain that it is a mass of mines with water running through and turning the mountain into streams of  bad metal running into the rivers and streams of half of California. The company is now working on doing something about it, but in 2030 their work becomes the taxpayers of the U.S.’s work... yet, we pay for the cleanup, but it will take until 3520 to do that... or shall we say NEVER.

So what have we become as a nation. Hell, I hate to think... my ancestors worked hard to build a good, great nation. My generation and the present one worked/works hard to ruin it. Greed, lack of education, too many people, bad, bloated government, lack of care of the poor, terrible variance of pay for work. all these have turned our country into a wonderful place for the super-wealthy to show their greed, and a dreadful, fearsome country for the poor, the uneducated and the real ‘workers’ who do not know whether they will manage, for they have not been taught well, and are very tired of day-to-day life. How many people say they hate their jobs? How many people work long hours for less pay than their parents? And then they all watch the over-paid idiots like the men who drive too fast and wind up killing themselves on some racetrack, or know how to toss a basketball into a net and often wind up in court for rape, or just inherited a lot of land or money from a parent and cheat and lie and go bankrupt numerous times and wind up as head of a government that cannot control them. Do you then wonder why our kids don’t care to learn... after all the uneducated morons are the ones who ‘make it.’

I am, thank goodness, near death. I don’t want to know what happens to my children and grandchildren. I don’t want to know what happens to our useless government. I don’t want to see the small-minded idiots whose parents have cheated and lied and ruined others by some nefarious plans take over completely and wreck our once beautiful country. I loved traveling in Europe and having people tell me they admired my country. Now I am sure they would not, for we have become the laughing stock of the world and I’m tired of seeing the daily ruin of some part of our lives. Maybe the guys planning the trip to Mars will take me along to be the first dead person to be launched into space, having died in their spaceship. Let’s see? what can I do for them... ah, I can write a daily poem to be sent back from space. That’s about the way the mind of an “American” works these days.

Peggy Cartwright, 5/28/17

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Could Y'all PLEASE Learn th "ME" is GOOD.

One would think that with all the wonderful things one can learn from computers (after all, you don't even have to spell correctly anymore, the computer does it for you), that the American (and I fear, even the English) public should have some little idea of when to use "I" or "me" in their writing or in conversation. But NO... I sit and listen to the TV, shouting, "It's ME, damn you, ME not "I." When the hell will you learn?" only to open a magazine and see "She gave it to my husband and I."JEEZE... would you say "She gave it to I" -- of course not!

My dear mother, Jessie, loved the English language and taught me to love it too... but she and I both loathe the stupidity of people who think "I" sounds more elegant than "me" and tend to drop that poor old "I" into every sentence they can. It grates on my ear... it is so ignorant. Jessie had a simple solution for the person wishing to use "I" and "me" correctly. Before you open your mouth and make the mistake, say the sentence WITHOUT the other person in it, as:  "They gave the picture to (my ....... and) I." You are never going to say "They gave it to I," now are you? Doesn't that hurt your ear? Well it does mine... therefore your long sentence with the wrong word hurts mine. It is "They gave the picture to my husband and ME."

Now we will get to "I"... starting with a somple sentence:  "The guys and me and me went to the concert." Do the same trick here. You would never say (at least I hope not), "Me went to the concert." Just think the sentence in your head without the other people, and you will know which to use. It is so easy to say the right word, why, why do so many people get it wrong? I wish a few more English teachers had Jessie's ability to teach the little tips and tricks that can keep our language beautiful and correct.

Well, with Betsy de Vos running the schools, no one will ever learn this, as I am pretty sure she is one of the idiots in love with using "I"... a really trumpian thing when you come to think of it. That man uses "I" more than anyone has is a long time.  "I am bigger.... I am better... I am smarter... I know... I know... I know"...... hey Spicer, he's caught in the goove again, so give him a quick kick where it hurts and maybe he'll quit.

Monday, February 15, 2016

(Guess Which? I Guess) President's Day 2016

I guess today is 'what-the-hell,-it's-a-holiday,-might-just-as-well-take-the-day-off-anyway' day, so I have been reading other people's blogs (all far more consistent and interesting than mine) and also a lot of political crap... although I found a great piece supposedly written by a University prof... a letter to Dr. Laura Schlessinger (sp?), of whom I have heard little lately, but thought this really funny- here it is:

Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination… end of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.
  1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
  1. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
  1. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual unseemliness – Lev. 15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
  1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev. 1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
  1. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
  1. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?
  1. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?
  1. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
  1. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
  1. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev. 24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.
Your adoring fan,
James M. Kauffman, Ed. D.
Professor Emeritus Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Virginia

Just had a call from Larry, my other reader of my love letter podcast. He is stuck in Phoenix waiting to get on a plane with a four hour delay because of the terrible weather in the other half of the country. (This is why I am living on the left coast kiddies) As they told him when he asked why he had to wait four hours for a plane whose ticket said from Phoenix to San Francisco, "Buddy, we don't have planes sitting around here waiting to take you home... they have to COME from somewhere... and that's back East, where the weather is BAD." Showing you the way people think simply about themselves and their little moment in time most of the time. Yeah, it's always me, me, me, isn't it? So, think of the other person once in a while... well sure, as long as it's how he/she relates to me, right? So here's a poem that I think kinda illustrates that... written in a fit of what? nostalgia, despondency, maybe me, me

You're the One (in My Mind, Maybe Not Yours)

You are my best friend
the one I can turn to, the one I can cry on,
the one who makes me smile... giggle... laugh out loud.
You are the one who is always there
the sweetest person I have ever known
You are my last and greatest love
You mean the world to me and always will

With age I had to give up candy... dessert
I had to give up running, jumping and driving
eating great foods and drinking and staying out late
fooling around and most of the pleasures of life...
But nothing will make me give up You
Unfortunately there is only one way to say it in English
I LOVE YOU... but you must know I do... or do you care? 

So here I sit, writing (or editing) more poems to join the hundreds that sit in boxes or on old computers... that are the story of a life not very well organized or led, so will undoubtedly be also one not read... but one that rhymed a great deal of the time (or should that be timed?) Ah, silliness had set in, so it must be time to go... ye gods, yes, it is time for the news. Time to hear what those stupid, Ill mannered, loud mouthed republicans are blocking today. I hated all the lovely platitudes about what a sweet old guy Scalia was, including those from Democrats. You know how they interview people who live next door to murderers and rapists... "Oh, he was such a nice guy, always smiling... said hello to me every morning, helped with shoveling the snow... nice person." Or, as Larry said, "Wouldn't have been more interesting if he had been wiped out by 10 shots from a military weapon?" So now even the Dems are saying what a great constitutional lawyer and good guy Scalia was. Well, I cheered when Scalia died the other day... now if his black buddy on the court would just get the hell out, and the republicans let Obama appoint an intelligent person to the supreme, perhaps we would get rid of things like that damned bill that makes corporations people and military guns not legal for our citizens (hey, there weren't any corporations when the constitution was written... and my Pilgrim ancestors never saw a machine gun... where did you get that with that moron's 'great constitutional mind'? Peg... stop the rant... g'nite!