Thursday, April 5, 2012

Apathy at it's Best

As the presidental election approaches and the weight of the failing economy bears down, I reflect upon how apathetic I feel within the political realm.  I am losing faith that we have the ability to actually look at issues and work together to solve problems.  I think corruption and greed is rampant.  I don't trust that our leaders, republican or democrat, are really trying to make things better.  Worse yet, I think any true attempts to problem solve may be riddled with so much compromise that integrity is lost. 

So much of what I have held dear regarding our Land of the Free has turned out to be false.  Motives for our fights, reasons we approve one bill and not another.....seem steeped in rationalites often unrelated to the true or intitial intent.  Even more depressing is the fact that I don't know enough and even when I seek information out, there is a good chance it may not be accurate.  So much that happens in Washington is the opposite of transparent. 

I am a believer of learning what you can and making the most intelligent choice.  I just don't like the choices.  Even if I was charged with leading our nation.....I find myself at a loss for how to fix what is broken.  I am concerned that the culture of our government is broken to a level that cannot be repaired without major change. 

I don't say this to disparage our current leader Barack Obama.  I think many of his ideals could have worked with support. Investment in the argument  and polarity between parties makes true progress impossible.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I'm Like Gold to My Kids

Took Alea and Kye out to dinner to Panera Bread tonight.  We were engaged in lively discussion and topics were many and all over the place.   Kye talked about watching an episode of Phineas and Ferb (awesome show) where they went to Hawaii and asked if we could go there this summer.  I laughed saying that trip would probably be a ways off financially for us this year.  Alea piped up and said she was planning on living there.  I looked at her surprised.  She said, "Well Mom, I AM going to be a marine biologist and that is the best place for it!" 

I said jokingly, "But I will miss you!"  Kye piped up, "I can visit my sister in Hawaii!" thrilled at the prospect.  Alea said I could visit her but I may be too old by then. (She did a role play like I could not see or recognize anyone)  Did she really just go there?  "You are 46 Mom!" (Why is it that everything always sounds like she is yelling at me?).  Kye said, "Yeah, Mom you are like older than gold."  Gold?  That is pretty old.  He also added that at least I am not as old as Yoda.  Then we had a great debate about how old that is.  Seems it is a debate in the real world too.

I then said, "Well I look pretty good for being THAT old, and wise best to listen to your old Mother when she talks (wink)."  Big smiles all around. 

Monday, January 9, 2012


Driving about, as I often do, with my kids in tow--from this place to that we were listening to this song (No Such Thing) on the radio by John Mayer:

Towards the end, the performer sings, "I am long as I am alive."  I thought to myself and exclaimed later that he would not be invincible if he were this is a silly statement. 

Two minutes later, Kye, my 8 year (almost 9 year old)  pipes up, "Well Mom, if you are dead, you are invincible--you can't be killed again", quite matter-of-factly. 

With all my wisdom and amazing powers, I could not find a reason to refute his logic.