November 26, 2012


…I fear it will never go away if after 150 years, no lessons have been learned in much of the South.  So I thoroughly enjoyed Paul Vandevelder’s article reprinted yesterday in the STRIB from the Los Angeles Times.

Those southern folks who hated Lincoln and the newly formed Republican party had almost a hundred years to “adjust” when Humphrey finally called them on their dysfunction in 1948…but it took the ‘60s Civil Rights Movement for Democrats to get rid of them as they migrated to the very Republican they originally ran from….and 150 years later, I say, we tried; now let them go.  (Well, of course, Texas will have to change their state constitution to secede…they agreed not to secede when they petitioned to join the US but apparently the100,000 plus that signed the petition to secede  this past month are not aware of that…maybe they can’t read.)

I for one am tired of supporting them…yes, many of the revolting states get more federal help than they pay in in taxes….so, let them try to pay their own way or revert back to 1861 and the world they loved so much!

Vandervelder suggests a “divorce” and proceeds to draw up a property settlement splitting the US assets….good humor, but perhaps we shouldn’t share it with them until we have built that impenetrable  BIG WALL to keep the immigrants out they keep yakking about.  We want to be able to shut the gate when they realize we have the fresh water, natural gas, low-sulfur coal, 86% of America’s venture capital and 92 % of young entrepreneurs…and of course, all that money they use for floods, tornados, hurricanes and whatever….


…Another favorite topic of mine these days.  This morning, the STRIB Editorial  addressed the impact of aging boomers on the US transport system and the creation of urban sprawl.….and what is about to happen as we boomers are less able to drive safely, find our way, and pay for the expense of cars.  A quote from “Aging in Place: Stuck Without Options” points out that our metro is in middle ground in terms of transit access for the elderly but seniors with poor transit access will number 69% of senior population by 2015 ….most of whom have made no plans for cost of transportation assistance in their retirement budgets. What once we thought was freedom and mobility – the car – becomes a problem.  For those living in the burbs, the cul de sac miles away from food, friends and medical care, one’s home becomes a prison. For some of my aging relatives and others, so does weather.  And for me, rebuilding and maintenance of infrastructure is not only a job opportunity for those unemployed, but a major cost that contributes to our nation’s debt and balance is needed.  I have long said, if you want to live isolated in the country, pay for and maintain your own roads. The Strib urges that policymakers encourage more balance in transportation and land-use…recognizing the mobility issue as well as the health of a warming planet.

Fortunately for the most part, the Millennials coming behind us are OVER trumping parents in house size and country living and put much more value in community, urban living and its advantages and so far, are not rushing to the Burbs and Exurbs.  They should be our model for urbanization, not the Traditionalists and Boomers.  I, for one, have made the move and hope it is permanent.  Except for trips to Rochester, I drive very little and now after testing a life of walking in Downtown Mpls, am trying to transition to car-free…with a little help from Hour Car and perhaps an occasional rental car to Rochester…at some point, I expect, even that will fall off in favor of train to the airport; RST limo to visit family.  


A bit behind schedule, I finished decorating for the holidays yesterday.  Like most people, I guess, it is my favorite time of year….although no Santa Claus reigns at 111 Marquette.  My house is filled with crystal stars and angels of all kinds. With much less floor and display space now, I had a bit of trouble displaying all my Nativity  Scenes….and I admit, finding room for TWO trees plus me in this space was a challenge!  But in the end, I made it work….despite lacking the convenience of on-site storage, it meant several trips to off site storage – with the last six crates in my car and ready to be moved today. 

I have already delivered my holiday gift to my brother and sister-in-law, as I gave them my mom’s lamp…a prize possession but one that has not had a home since I moved downtown.  A few weeks ago, when I was in town, stopped at the store, and mentioned the space problem for displaying the lamp, I’m sure my mom was watching as her “fourth” daughter signaled how much she would love to have it.  So we installed it in the family room at Gordon’s this past weekend and driving back from Rochester, I thought how fitting that is.  As family gathers on major holidays, there Mom, too, will be-shining her light and blessings upon us all.  

 I made my annual tour of holiday decor in stores on my birthday in early November as I generally am not a shopper and want it done and off the list before others start.  As for others, we’ve dropped the gift exchange between my other brother and sister/husband that Ray lobbied for last year… and my charitable gifting is handled, so I am now free to enjoy the season without the hassle.  Fortunately  that meant I missed the insanity of Grey Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday…all of which I find pretty hard to take!

As the sun streams in across the prisms of the Swarovski snowflakes and stars filling my windows, I am immersed in colorful rainbows dancing across the walls of my home.  That is, perhaps , one of things I most look forward to…as through-out the winter, they provide the energy and hope to keep me going.

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