Apologies

I know that many of you look forward to Wednesday morning’s ‘Good People’ post, and I do know how important it is in these troubled times to remind ourselves that there are a lot of good people out there doing their part for humanity.  But tonight, a good degree of angst over yet another school shooting with at least one fatality, among other news, has my mind bouncing and keeping me from the task at hand.  Fear not, for there are many good people about which to write, and it is not their fault, but only my own.  I have tried for four hours and have produced very few words on the page.  I am simply not able to provide a ‘good people’ post right now.  I hope to have one later this week, however today, I simply cannot, and for that I apologize.  Thank you, my friends, for your patience.

52 thoughts on “Apologies

  1. Jill, you have only had one day of a mind bounce so high it left you wandering in the clouds. It is good to wander up there now and again. I have been wandering up there for nearly a year, unable to pull thoughts together for my blog which is mothballed. Don’t feel bad about taking time to collect your thoughts… The stuff happening at the moment defies rational thinking. Why we aren’t all running around jibbering nonsense and flu Bering our lips with our fingers, is beyond me… Be well friend. We shall be here to fight more of the crazy days. 😉❤️

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  2. Jill, let me write about this woman who cares about people and what is right. She cares about her country and hates to see people uncivil with their opinions. She cares about our planet and wants to leave it better for our children and grandchildren. Her name is Jill Dennison. Peace be with you. Keith

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  3. May peace be with you, we are all here to share the light, keep that flame of hope alive. My deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones. May our lawmakers have enough compassion in their heart to change the gun laws. May big pharma stop producing so many mind altering drugs for adolescent consumption. All this atrocities stem from greed. The message is clear: money before lives. Someday we’ll all live in a world of love and kindness, but we have to create that world into being. Someday….

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    • I wish I shared your confidence that someday this world will be dominated by peace, love and kindness, but after all these thousands of years that humans have walked the earth, it seems we never learn, so I’m dubious of the future … especially if we keep shooting each other and not taking care of our planet! But thanks for your encouraging words.

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  4. While I love your blog posts, it’s just one of many blogs I read so an occasional “off-day” is OK with me.

    As for the reason behind your absence, not to worry. Many of us are experiencing the same thing. I would say this country is slowly but surely sinking into the pits of hell … except for the fact it doesn’t exist.

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    • Thanks Nan!

      Sometimes I think that is the ultimate goal, to wear us all down, make us so depressed and exhausted that we just stop even noticing things. I refuse to let it work! I may take a day here and there, but I am not letting the madman in the Oval Office win without a fight!

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  5. I am very sorry to hear the real reason you could not write, Jill. I am even sorrier that this school shooting did not make the nightly news in Alberta. Didn’t it have enough fatalities?
    In a way, if the media are using this as a tactic, to stop giving the shooters any airtime, I am okay with that, but it doesn’t seem that way.
    When I read your post last night I did not know anything happened. My condolences to the people affected by this latest horror. GUNS HAVE GOT TO GO. ALL OF THEM!

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    • My guess is that either there weren’t enough fatalities, else we are all becoming inured to these school shootings. This is the second one in 10 days, both of which have been very much under-reported even here in the U.S. Trump has trumped the important news. Sigh.

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      • Make that 2 for 2 we never heard of. Part of me is glad they are not making heroes of the shooters, but most of me is outraged that the victims are being ignored.
        How big will the next shooting have to be to make the news? Is that going to be the next goal of students who feel they are not being listened to? I don’t blame them per se, the stage has been set for them. But their parents, their friends, the society in which they live, everyone has to accept their responsibility, and they have to not only be aware of the signs of peer pressure, bullying victims, and the desire to strike out, they have to act on that knowledge. We can no longer say it’s just a phase, because it is an epidemic.
        Guns have to be taken off the streets, everywhere. The results of not doing that are too tragic to even consider.

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        • Yes, I’m glad to see the shooter’s name(s) not splashed on every headline … don’t give them the notoriety they thrive on, but also don’t allow some misguided people to turn their names into hero-worship. But the victims and the heroes deserve better, AND … if we downplay these things, they don’t get the outrage they deserve, and therefore people quickly forget and go on about their merry little lives, rather than demanding action from government.

          You know I agree with you that guns do not … absolutely do NOT … belong in the hands of untrained (or even trained) civilians, but should be reserved for use by military and law enforcement. But in this country, to even mention such a thing is to bring the wrath of Khan down on your head! Even those who don’t own a gun will defend the second amendment quicker than they will defend the first. Sigh. We live amongst a bunch of fools & idiots.

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  6. You have a life and WordPress is just a part of that life… cannot concentrate on one and ignore the rest… 🙂 your friends will be waiting for your return… 🙂

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
    ― Bernard M. Baruch

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  7. No need at all to apologize…this is all very sad to all of us…it’s hard to be positive I. The world as it is today.
    Take care today….do something serene and peaceful…

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    • Thanks Mary! I did do something serene and peaceful … cleaned house and did laundry 😉 Likely that wasn’t quite what you had in mind, but sometimes I find that doing something physical is a welcome relief. And now, back to business!

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  8. No apology is needed. There are times when the “act as if” principle fails us, but it not a failure on your part to admit to not being able to write this particular post at this particular time. At times one needs to step back, regroup and when ready move forward. We will be here waiting for you! Thank-you!

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  9. I’m so sorry to hear there has been a fatality now. I’d hoped for once the early news that there were just injured was true.Not that I want the injured of course. he idea is that your child goes to school, learns and then returns home. They should not approach school as a potential killing zone.When is the Government going to make school security a priority, and I don’t mean by arming teachers.When is gun control going to be a serious subject for debate? Is it time to dump all the politicians who won’t commit to some form of legislation to keep guns out of the wrong hands?
    I’m sorry you couldn’t write your post Jill but it will come in time.Until then, we understand.
    Cwtch Mawr

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    • Sigh. I don’t know that gun control will ever become a topic of serious debate and legislation in this country filled with gun nuts. If there were a democratic majority in both chambers of Congress and a democrat in the White House, then perhaps legislation would get passed, but I guarantee it wouldn’t be as strict as it needs to be, for they would all be worried about offending their constituency and losing their next re-election bid. It isn’t about the good of the country any more, not even for democrats, but about politics. And even if gun legislation is passed, it would be undone the next time the republicans held power. Remember the ban on assault weapons? Gone once the republicans took over.
      Thanks for your encouragement … I think I’m back in the saddle now.
      Cwtch Mawr

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  10. I understand. I can’t help hearing unfortunate news on CNN but I usually don’t read much of the local news in the paper anymore. It was sometimes really gruesome and I read the paper just before going to bed. They tell more than you want to know in The Times of India. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Yes, it can be angst-inducing and depressing, and I spend far too much time delving into it each day, but I feel it’s too important to do otherwise. I don’t think you should read it at bedtime, though! That’s a guarantee of nightmares to come. 😲

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      • I’m not referring to politics. I’m referring to cruelty to children and animals. Things like that. One story took me two days to get over. That was the beginning of the end. People and animals can lay and bleed out on the road here. There’s no 911 and no one will stop. One priest was injured on the highway and it took two hours before someone took him for medical treatment. That was a priest. Imagine if the person looks poor. One body was laying on the ground for two days outside a police station before anyone paid attention. The police said no one brought it to their attention. Can you believe it? 😦 — Suzanne

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        • Wow … I had no idea … I think most of us here and in Europe are largely unaware of these things. How awful … thanks for sharing that … I can see why it keeps you from sleeping at night. 😥

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  11. No reason to apologize. You’ll get it done, and when you do, we will thank you for it.
    Meanwhile, when you wake up this morning, babble. Who cares about what. Just babble, and I bet you will babble yourself into an amazing post. But if you don”t, still no problem. We will listen to you babble, and we will laugh and cry with you.. We love you, Jill. You cannot disappoint us, in the good sense of that phrase.

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    • You see, this is why I call you Sir rawgod! You remind me of a chivalrous knight fully armored and ready to do battle against the fierce dragons as they rear their ugly heads of greed, corruption, lies and other malfeasance and still take time to pay homage to a lady in despair. As you wish rawgod, the Sir will not be used, except in my mind. Thank-you!

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      • No, thank you, Ellen. I think dragons got a bad rap, and rep. They are big and scary-looking, but deep down inside all thet really wanted wa to be loved. It was humanity who treated them so bad, and they responded to being killed for no reason. They defended themselves, which added to their reputation. And in the end they were still wiped out, just like the dodo birds, but at least they tried to save themselves.
        Humans tell so many lies to make themselves look good, and they don’t care who they hurt in the process. Dragons never stole princesses, nor did they hoard treasure. What possible use did they have for either? That was all on humanity. But killing a dragon and using it to explain away the ill-gotten gains they took from other humans, that made us men look and feel so manly.
        But it was all a lie! And everyone bought into it.
        Sound familiar? it should.

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        • Just by-the-bye, I am a pacifist, and try not to kill anything that lives, though that is impossible. It was like I used to tell bullies when I was a kid, you can beat me up, but I’m not going to fight back. That takes the fun out of it, and you are going to feel bad for what you did. Sure, I got beat uo alot, but I never fought back once. I did not get an apology from all the bullies, but I did get a lot. Some of them even stopped being bullies.
          But not my father. He didn’t care that I didn’t fight back. He enjoyed beating anyone smaller than him senseless. I hate to think how he was treated as a kid, but he made a choice, and he stuck to it. Why my mother married him I’ll never know. But me, every beating I took made me stronger, and more determined not to hurt others. Life for me was at the school of hard knocks, but I learned to be me.

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        • It appears that my metaphor fell flat! The dragons that I alluded to are not dragons as we know them, but I’m fairly sure you already know that. As for killing…I would never, ever suggest killing anything or anyone, ever! Good Grief, I love dragons! Benjamin and I are especially fond of one called Dinosauris or by his nickname Dino in a lovely book of tales (unpublished at present) by JoyRoses. I humbly apologize for offending you once again, I seem to have a knack for unintentionally doing just that. Thank-you!

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          • Not so serious, Ellen, lol. I was not offended. I just took the opportunity to slam humans, again. Humans are the most objectional species to ever walk this earth, ant yet the most arrogant. One of my jobs in life is to try and humble my fellow humans. While you, and Benjamin, are fellow humans, from reading your comments I see your humility. You don’t offend me.
            Generally when I write I am looking at the bigger picture, the mediocosm between the personal and the unearthly.

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    • Thank you, dear friend. I didn’t babble … couldn’t think of a thing about which to babble, so instead I washed dishes, did laundry, went to the grocery, and answered a few emails. I think I’m ready to get back in the saddle again. Thanks for your love & encouragement … it helps!

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