Filosofa Checks In …

One of the many things I have learned over the past month or so is that once the body hits the 70-year mark, the warranty expires on all its parts.  I should’a read the fine print.  I keep hoping to be able to start my post with … “Filosofa Rides Again!” … or something equally energetic, but I’m not there yet, folks.  They tell me that patience is the key, that at my age, healing takes time, but patience has never been my strong suit and mine has been stretched beyond its limits, driving my mind into a dark and foreboding place.

Another thing I’ve learned is that healthcare in the U.S. is seriously broken.  It has become so compartmentalized, so ‘specialized’, that the patient is no longer given even minimal consideration.  But I’ll have more on that another time.

Anyway, I really miss my blog, miss my blogging family, miss the interactions among us.  And yes, I have been keeping up with what is happening on the U.S. political scene, and it seems that old adage is true:  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  The same issues are at hand today with the same tired cast of characters as when I first became ill a month or more ago.  And the anti-vaxxers are still mistakenly interpreting their ‘rights’ as being whatever they want them to be at a given time.

Though I’m still far from ‘back in the saddle’, I plan to try to write a short post every other day or so … I think it might help me crawl out of the dark, dark place my mind resides in these days.

And finally, thank you all for the well-wishes and heartfelt concern you’ve sent me via comments and email.  I apologize for not having answered each one individually, but know that your thoughts brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart.

A New Short Update

Hello dear friends.

I know David updated you all earlier this week and let you know that I was back in the hospital after being out only 12 hours last Friday. It seems this old body fell apart when it hit 70 and the docs keep finding more things broken. As of now, it looks like I won’t be going home until at least Saturday.

Thank you all for the outpouring of love and well-wishes … you cannot possibly know how much it means to me. For those who have requested my email address it is: dennisonjill@aol.com

I truly hope to be back at my usual snarky self by the end of the month … I already have ideas burning in my head! Thank you again for all your support.

Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa

Brief Update …

As many of you know, I have spent this week in the hospital.  I was discharged this afternoon, they say my heart, lungs and kidneys are improving, but I am far from feeling better.  I hope to get back up to speed on ye olde blog next week, but it will likely be slow going.  I appreciate you sticking with me through this difficult time and I promise to be back in the saddle soon.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa

On A (Brief) Personal Note …

So many of you have expressed your concern over recent health issues that I thought a very brief update was warranted.  Yesterday, I finally consented to see the doctor, fully expecting to find I had some form of infection, be given antibiotics, and sent home.

Turns out, I have a fairly serious heart condition that will require a bit more than a round of anti-biotics.  After hours of tests, I refused the hospital’s generous offer to spend the night and came home.  My primary care provider obtained the test results today and has called in prescriptions that I will start tonight, after my bank account is fully drained.  I will be fine … and I should, according to my internal calculations, be fully back in the saddle by early next week.  Meanwhile, I will post here when I can, though it may not be full speed just yet.  This blog and my blogging friends & family mean too much for me to simply set it aside.

Thanks to all for the well-wishes … I love you all!

Jolly Monday … Again? Already?

Wh-What???  It’s Monday again already?  Where does time go?  I just wanna go back to bed!  Sigh … okay … I’m up … stop shaking me, Jolly!  Go help Joyful in the kit … um … never mind … stay out of the kitchen … just tidy up something and let me get awake here …

Oh!!!  Hello friends!  I didn’t realize you were here already!  Sorry … I seem to have overslept!  So, another Monday, eh?  How was your weekend?  Mine was rainy, but that’s okay … the grey rainy days matched my mood to a ‘T’, and … the rain meant I didn’t have to go out and water the flowers every morning!!!

Since I just woke up, I don’t know what Joyful has cooking, but something smells pretty good, so let’s go see what’s on the Monday buffet, shall we, and then we’ll find something to start this week out with a smile or two.


I don’t generally pay any attention to advertising billboards, but there is one in Tokyo that would definitely get my attention!  The 1,664-square-foot curved LED screen billboard, situated atop a building in the Shinjuku district, shows a high-definition, 3D video of the cat walking around, napping and meowing from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day.

Take a look …


We found just a few cute pictures to make you go “Awwwwww” …


And your favourite part of Jolly Monday … da ‘toons!


And just a few funny signs …


I put Jolly in charge of finding this week’s cute/funny animal video, so let’s see what he found …


Well, my friends, I hope you found something to smile about and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.  Remember when you leave here to share those gorgeous smiles with someone who didn’t get to come for Jolly Monday … who knows, you might just make somebody’s day a bit brighter!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Discord & Dissension — Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Discord & Dissension Part I Intro

Discord & Dissension Part II (a) How Did We Get Here?

Discord & Dissension Part II (b) How Did We Get Here?

Discord & Dissension — Part III — Where Do We Go From Here?

Discord & Dissension Part IV(a) Voting & Voters

Discord & Dissension Part IV (b) Voting & Voters

Discord & Dissension Part IV (c) Voting & Voters

Discord & Dissension Part V Corruption

Discord & Dissension — Part VI — Disinformation

Discord & Dissension Part VII Engagement

Discord & Dissension — Part VIII — On The Issues

Discord & Dissension Part IX The Courts

Discord & Dissension — Part X — Bernie or Bust?

Discord & Dissension — Part XI — The Climate

Discord & Dissension – Part XII – Fight For The Senate

Discord & DissensionPart XIIIThe Administrative State

Discord & Dissension — Part XIV — How To Lose An Election

Discord & Dissension-A Pause

 

Discord & Dissension – Part I – Intro

The year is 2020.  Ten days into the new year, and so much has already happened that we cannot keep up.  The world is teetering on the brink, and all thanks to one ‘man’:  Donald Trump.  Yes, that Donald Trump, the ‘man’ who sits in the White House, in the highest position of leadership in the nation, despite the fact that he lost the election by nearly 3 million votes.

The year is 2020, and the United States will be having an election on November 3rd, in just 298 days the people of this nation will head to the polls to cast their vote for their representative, some for their senator, and all for the next president.  Or will they?  In 2016, between 58% – 59% of eligible voters actually voted.  WHY?  Because …

  • Hillary Clinton was a woman
  • Hillary Clinton was not “warm and fuzzy”
  • Hillary Clinton was blamed for her husband’s indiscretions
  • Donald Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the lives lost in Benghazi, though that myth was long since de-bunked
  • People who had hoped that either Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein would gain the Democratic Party nomination were disappointed and thus stayed home, rather than vote at all
  • People claimed they were “making a statement” by not voting

There are many more reasons, of course, but folks … think about it … barely more than half of the people who could have voted, did.  Throughout the relatively short history of this nation, men and women have put their lives on the line to protect our right to have a voice in our government, and some 40% of the nation’s citizens threw that right away.

Because of that … mainly the apathy and ignorance of people in this nation … we are currently facing a number of crises in this nation, not the least of which is that an impeached president, trying to distract the public from his own crimes, is leading us down a path of destruction.

The year is 2020, an election year, possibly the most crucial one in the 233-year history of the United States of America.  If we lose this one, we may well be responsible for ending life on this planet as we know it today.

The year is 2020, and here in the U.S., the two parties, Democratic and Republican, are more divided than at any time in history.  There are strong ideological differences, as there have always been, but it goes even beyond that.  We are almost two separate nations without a line of demarcation, and the sheer antagonism between the two is toxic.  How did we get to this point?  How can we ever reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable differences? Where do we go from here?

The year is 2020, and we are determined to make our voices heard, to do our part to put an end to the madness that has overtaking the U.S.  Who are we?  We are Jeff and Jill – you know us from On the Fence Voters and Filosofa’s Word.  We are going to spend part of our time and some of our voices in the coming ten months trying to make a difference. We will be in your inbox most Fridays screaming WAKE UP, AMERICA!! We are all, democrat or republican, Christian, Jew, Muslim or atheist, black, brown or white … we are all in this together and in order to make this nation whole and healthy again, we need to start … somewhere!  We hope you will join us in our little project, and we look forward to your input and suggestions.

Next Friday, 17 January, Jeff will begin with a bit about each of the two parties, the origins and how they got where they are today, then Jill will follow up with where we go from here.  After that, we are going to be considering ways we can make a difference in this year’s upcoming election, how we can get voters engaged, make them see how important their vote is, etc. We will also be discussing things like religious liberty, the long-term effect of judicial appointments, and whatever else seems relevant in any given week.  We want you to feel free to jump in with comments or even a guest post if you feel so inclined!  That’s our plan for now, at least, but with the landscape changing daily, sometimes hourly, our focus could change over time.  That’s the fun part … we have no idea where we’ll end up!  So, until next Friday …

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💖 Thank You 💖

Just a short one to thank all my wonderful readers and friends.

Yesterday, I wrote a post, “Why Do I … ???”  It was written straight from the heart, no punches pulled, and I wasn’t sure how it would go over, but I knew it was something that had been weighing on me for a while, and that these were things I needed to say.

The response was overwhelming, the comments … well, let me just say that each comment brought a smile to my face, some a tear to my eye as well.  I know now, even more than before, why I keep on doing what I do.

I just wanted to thank you all … thank you for your continued support of Filosofa’s Word, but most of all … thank you for being my friends.

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In Honour of Benjamin …

This is a special post for a special friend … at age 5, my youngest reader, in fact.  I’m afraid I let my young friend Benjamin down on Tuesday, the 14th, for that was our ‘anniversary’.  It was one year ago on that date that Benjamin discovered Filosofa’s Word, thanks to his Gem of a grandmother Ellen, and he has been an avid follower ever since!  Benjamin, I am so sorry I didn’t do something special for you on Tuesday, but I hope I can make up for it today.

I was thinking that since it was Berkley Bear that first brought you to my blog, perhaps you would enjoy watching Berkley playing in the snow, because I know you love to play in the snow too!  So here, just for you my young friend, is Berkley Bear enjoying the winter!

Thank you for reading my posts for the past year and I hope there will be many more years!  Namaste, Benjamin!  I love you!!!

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I’m Sorry …

The human heart has limits, folks.  We have limits to what we can absorb, how much we can feel before we finally just … burst.

Tonight, after many frustrating, sad, maddening news stories, after writing my post for this a.m., and just as I was about to head to bed, I got a notification that I had a Facebook message from one of my favourite people in this world, Rob Roland.  Rob used to live next door to us, and I always knew that as long as he was here in da hood, there was nothing and nobody that was going to hurt me or mine.  Though Rob stands about 6’8”, he always called me Grannie, always had a hug for me, and insisted that his three adorable little girls say “yes ma’am” or “no ma’am” when I asked them a question.  Rob’s wife Aundrea is a sweetheart and I love her dearly.  So tonight, even though it was after 3:00 a.m., and I was tired beyond even my norm, I needed to see what Rob had posted to me on Facebook.  And here is what I found …

“Granny why are people not talking about the slave trade in Libya? It seems like The Who world should be outraged that human beings are still being sold anywhere. I saw a video of one slave being beaten all over his body with a 2 by 4 while he was tied up Granny, then they stated stabbing the man on camera, it brought tears to my eyes Granny, why isn’t the world, the UN doing anything or even talking about this? Is outrageous.”

Rob, in case I didn’t mention it, is African-American.  Doesn’t matter, but it might explain why he sees things that I didn’t.  My friend Rebecca, who is Latino, then responded to Rob with this …

“Have you seen the Mexican man being beaten all over by a policeman in California? Yea, it happen today. I thought all that bigoted stuff happened in the east states… I guess we in the west we are also going to judged by the color of our skin. Trump and his hate policies are destroying our country. That’s why we care whats happening in America daily…period.”

Perhaps it is only because it is late, I am unusually exhausted, and have been dealing with some personal issues the last few days, but these two comments have brought me to tears and made me feel as if my heart is about to explode with sorrow.  I have failed both of these wonderful friends, for I have not reported on the slave trade in Libya, though I am and have been aware of it.  And I was not even aware of the Mexican man beaten by a policeman in California.

Donald Trump and his shenanigans occupy all my time, and despite my promise many years ago to write about social injustices around the world, I have failed.

Rob & Rebecca … I have let you both down.  I am sorry.