A Bit Of This … ‘N That

I receive a number of emails each week alerting me to newly-published, or about-to-be-published books of all genres.  Most I simply skim, usually find one or two that I look more closely at, but only rarely buy one, for I have a backlog of books on my TBR (to-be-read) list already and little time for reading these days.  This week, however, there was one that caught my eye, in the least likely genre:  children’s picture books!

Curiosity stirred, I read the brief description …

From an award-winning team, a tale about a cat and a dog who discover that even though they don’t look at things the same way, they can still be friends.

In today’s divisive climate … isn’t this just brilliant?  Teaching children at a young age to work through their differences, to overcome them and move on, remaining friends.

The author, Anna Kang, deserves a Nobel Peace Prize! A slightly longer description on Amazon …

Hudson and Tallulah may be neighbors, but the fence between their yards isn’t the only thing that divides them. They can’t see eye to eye on anything. One day they venture out, and after nonstop disagreement, they realize something surprising: they don’t always have to agree to be on each other’s side.

Inspired by a story their daughter Lily wrote in the second grade, the author and illustrator of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small have created a tale of finding common ground when you least expect it—and using it as a stepping-stone to friendship.

This book is a must-read for every child … heck, I think it should be required reading in schools, and maybe every member of Congress should be forced to read it and report on it!  In fact, you and I should read it!  I downloaded a free copy to my Kindle that I will be reading tonight … how ‘bout you?


Yesterday, the Capitol was under lockdown for over two hours after a person attempted to ram his car through a barrier in front of the Capitol, hitting two Capitol Police officers, killing one.  Officer William F. Evans was an 18-year veteran of the force who was part of the First Responder’s Unit.  The other officer, who has not as of this writing been named, is in serious but stable condition.  The attacker was shot dead by police.

Not for one solitary minute did I believe that the attacks on January 6th were to be the last, and especially after they were applauded and excused by so many after-the-fact.  Yesterday’s attack was … well, obviously there was no planning and it was a single perpetrator, not a well-planned action by the likes of “Proud Boys,” “Oath Keepers” or other domestic terrorist groups.  Thankfully, else far worse damage and loss of life might have occurred.

Is this to become our new ‘norm’ then?  Has the door been opened and the dogs let out to kill and maim those whose job it is to protect our elected officials?  Is it likely that at some point, there will be another serious breach and our lawmakers themselves will be killed or injured by people whose rage against our government has been fueled by the likes of Roger Stone, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, congressional newbies Boebert/Greene/Cawthorn/Hawley, and the former guy, to name only a few?

Is this the nation you want to live in?  A nation where our legislators’ lives are in danger every single day, where our very government is being threatened by freaks like this one …

How do we end this madness?  There is a continued threat from many of the major white supremacist groups to attack the Capitol again when President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress.  Must we hold our collective breaths, not knowing for sure that we will still have a government at the end of that day?

I don’t know about you folks, but I’m sick and damn tired of what’s happening in this country.  I don’t see an end in sight but see only more chaos and madness.  If We the People are stupid enough to elect fools and idiots like Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Greene, then how … HOW can we ever hope to end the chaos?  I have no answers … if I did, perhaps I wouldn’t lie awake nights worrying, pondering, wondering where we go from here.  But we damn well better be finding a way out of this mess, for many of us won’t survive this decade, perhaps not this year, if we don’t.

20 thoughts on “A Bit Of This … ‘N That

  1. What a lovely book for children. Thank you for mentioning, Jill! For the other i agree to Keith, and there really need to be changes, very soon. I think we’re going to have mysterious relationships very soon. The Austrian government is suddenly taking precautions against an energy blackout, by creating self-sufficient military barracks. Funny that this is now done so suddenly, and above all only barracks should be secured,

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  2. The lunatics can’t be awarded the keys of the asylum willingly. They must continue treatment that helps them get better even if they don’t like it. In some cases that treatment must be harsh and open some up to the law and the possibility of a change of venue, some for years, that’s because it’s what the law demands. But the sick, who are a minority cannot continue to get their own way because they have money.
    Cwtch

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    • I think that once a monster is unleashed, it is very hard to get him back into the box from which he sprung. These guys aren’t done yet, I’d bet money. Best we can hope for is that the courts give them long prison sentences for their crimes on January 6th, setting an example for any others who think trying to overthrow the government is a good idea.
      Cwtch

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  3. Thank you for sharing!!… There are elements in today’s world societies that have found their “comfort zone” and will deny any change that may threaten that comfort zone… and today’s technology has given them a voice and they will follow anyone who will claim they support that zone… and their favorite weapon is “fear” … 🙂

    Well, change is in the winds and believe that today’s technology will also enable folks like YOU, Anna Kang and a multitude of others to continue helping others be aware of reality and of change… technology will also help the younger generations to work together to “form a more better union”… I don’t believe we will witness a war in this country, maybe some stupid acts of a few radicals… 🙂

    Remember, “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” (Roy T. Bennett ), and don’t give up, “It is not the size of the dog in a fight that matters, it is the size of the fight in the dog”.. (Mark Twain)… 🙂

    Until we meet again, have a Happy Easter and…
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  4. Jill, great post. One thing we must emphasize to people in leadership positions:
    – it matters not what party benefits, a crime against our country is a crime
    – it matters not what party a so-called leader comes from, we cannot tolerate such leader demonizing people and inciting violence
    – lying is lying no matter who does it.
    We must get so-called leaders to lead and stop following a herd that is leading them off the cliff. Keith

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  5. Step One is, of course, recognizing there is a problem. Since one side is actively supporting the attackers, they obviously do not think it a problem, but a task to be undertaken with glee and total disregard for respect of your fellow human. This makes it very hard for anyone (on the other side) to recognize it is indeed a problem.
    What is it I think should be done? I too am at a loss. As I said once before, you cannot throw everyone opposed to you in jail.
    They say history always repeats itself, but where in history has any nation imploded on itself in such a way? Even the First American Civil War wsn’t fought on these grounds. And I do not want to see a Second American Civil War.

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    • For many, there is no problem except those who want a country where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. I would not wish to see a new civil war either, but I can’t help wondering if that is the ultimate outcome, for we cannot go on much longer as we are.

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      • I would rather,if there is a Second Civil War, it be fought with words, not bullets. But words mean nothing anymore, when people disagree about meanings. We might understand better if someone would write a Dictionary for Republicans. But there isn’t a republican smart enough to do that.

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        • Yes, I would far rather conflicts of any sort be resolved with words rather than weapons, but as you say, these days words mean nothing. Lying seems to be commonplace and civil discourse flew out the window about 12 years ago here, perhaps even before then.

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