Tom Toles has long been a favorite political cartoonist for the DC Post. He CAN cheer me up even though the subject matter can be some of the most serious matters. Here’s a couple of my FAVORITE of his cartoons of this past year:
1. Most recent, and my biggest source of annoyance: Elimination of any Tax responsibility for Wealthy Folks:
2. I don’t think this cartoon actually overstates our dire climate situation:
3. Here’s a nice statement about how oil disasters are considered “fixed” in our lack of regulated industries:
4.This is a fabulous commentary on the corporation dark place the TSA has become since 9/11 and how the airline corporations are getting by with “minimum regulation” and “0 enforcement”:
5. And about answering that question, “IF THOSE HUGE corps were “too big” to fail in 08, how can they possibly ALREADY be turning out history making huge profits?”
note: Read the rest of this diary piece at your own risk….. I’m not so happy this spring, so far, and finally am gonna write about it:
**Nancy’s Memorial Service is FINALLY set for Saturday in Federal Way, WA near Seattle. I know a bit about grieving and loss, but some of it only in theory. What this experience in losing someone close is: **IF someone becomes ill, soon dies, and you have been unable to participate in that process on-site, you have a more difficult time coming to closure. I’d long agreed with the talk that seeing one’s friend in that last few moments allows you to let go. I had that experience when my Mother died sitting at her bedside. She was NO longer there, it was clear, and life changed. With Nancy, we couldn’t visit, she was isolated in ICU, then cremated upon death, then a service for family postponed until the chosen spiritual friend returned to Seattle to preside. I think going to that service Saturday will be a BIG leap forward in finally letting Nancy rest for me.
**IN FACT: The Funeral Business in America is aided by the idea that friends/family get a lot of closure when a body is embalmed, make-up, and then displayed at viewings, funerals…… your friend is still “pretty”, but you KNOW…..things have changed.
**S.A.D. I used to sort of chuckle at this “new-found” disease (or so I thought it was new) when I first began to hear about it up hear, and it was NOT in our first year or two that we heard about it, but much later. Finally, the reality of the kind of REAL depression that dark grey foggy wet misty days can bring has truly hit upon yours truly. I believe our systems “allow”…. for seasonal changes, and we welcome them actually: A Sort of “break” from the many summer chores that come along is needed. The SAME happens after winters grip is loosened by rising temps in March, dryer air, brighter skies, longer days. One’s spirit sort of “wakes up”. Isn’t that almost universal? It is true for me…… and I have, in the past, negotiated the longer springs here okay. Last year was an exception because the spring turned damp, cool and extended throughout the summer. We really never succeeded in picking more than a bare few tomatoes after a summer’s hard work in a garden. THIS LA NINA WINTER has been WORSE, and it STILL remains VERY chilly for April. Trees at OUR elevation have refused to leaf/bloom, the orchard bees are still hibernating, the skies are dark, and rain continues.
For the FIRST time in my life, I am recognizing that I’m truly depressed….symptoms are surrounding me, and I need to make some changes to deal with it. This is really not pretty. **I remain seriously fatigued most of the day, sleeping too long, and struggle to make things get done.
**The possibility of a cure for S.A.D. ?? Once again, for about the 4th time, I AM truly believing in the WEATHER FORECASTS for serious “change” only days away……ALL of next week has been forecast as SUNNY, warmer, dry …… And you can’t imagine that I mean this: ” I CANNOT WAIT!”
**Part of my negativity is directed at the state of politics in the world, and mostly HERE. *I won’t ruin any more of this post on this subject*, but I KNOW I’m NOT alone in feeling this.
**Last w/e, we saw “Sissy Boy” a bit of a documentary of a Portland based group no longer together at the local Gay Center, the “Q” Center. We went early to make sure we had good seats. Total attendance? About 10. Sad, I thot they deserved better than that. The good part? We got to see Brenda & Thomas for an evening and THAT part was jolly fun.
**Our floor project ( take out carpets in two BIG rooms and replace with laminates ) is being postponed until we return from CA, and R’s Dad’s memorial service next month.
**Next month: California awaits our arrival for staging Chet’s memorial service at Bethel Island and the spreading of his ashes. The very next day, a small group will drive with us to Morro Bay for the spreading of his sister Cheryl’s ashes. This will be driving trip since we’ll be returning with a few family treasures R will want to keep close.
**The annual HUGE Master Gardener’s Plant Sale in Canby at the Clackamas Fairgrounds is April 30 weekend. WILL this little part of the planet be adjusted for planting by then?
**I AM carrying thoughts in my heart this morning for Sarah A’s Mom…..how CAN such a vibrant beautiful lively woman as she come down with serious pneumonia?
What a WORLD this place is right now….worldwide disasters, calamities, corruption, warming, dying plants and species and humans continue their invasive march toward killing the last few inches of it.
SORRY about a wistful miserable post such as this, but that’s my diary for today. I remember happier moments living here….BOTH of these pets lost in 2004……13 yr old Tucker, and 35 year old Jocko…..they added much to our silly little lives: