Mary Beth Writes

Len wrote this and put it on Facebook. Many of you are not his friend on FB and this is funny.

And awful. Jeeez, where did we get this president? 

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This is Berry. She belongs to my son and daughter-in-law. She is delightful, but maybe not the brightest bulb in the litter, if you catch my drift.

In this post, I'd like to compare the President's performance in the Coronavirus crisis with what Berry might do.

1) Would Berry have fired the Pandemic Response Office?

Not likely. Berry still has trouble remembering which way the door opens. Directing Steve Mnuchin to issue a personnel directive? Not happening.

2) If she had fired the Pandemic Response Office, would she have accepted responsibility?

Berry has lapses, as we all do. A pillow was chewed, a hole dug in the yard, garbage spilled. Mistakes were made, but her eyes always own up and acknowledge that she did it, and begs your forgiveness. I can hear her mom asking, "Berry, did you fire the Pandemic Response Office?" and her meekly nodding and laying down. Yes, she would absolutely accept responsibility.

3) Does Berry understand the importance of testing?

I once walked Berry down a busy street in Waukesha and saw her alert to a Sandhill Crane high in the air. Her ears perk up when she's inside but hears another dog hiccup several blocks away. I am sure that, right now, she knows the location and sex of every squirrel in the neighborhood, and what they ate last night. She is the very soul of a sensory network combined with sophisticated big data resources. Yes, she understands testing, cluster analysis and containment (kennel) quite well.

4) Can Berry show concern?

Anyone who has ever looked at a dog's eyes knows how foolish a question this is. She doesn't need to read it from a teleprompter (not likely, anyway) or wait for advisors to move her to action. Something on your mind? She's all there (on your lap) with soft warm ears and a soulful look. Yes, Berry could have shown unqualified compassion and concern for everyone -- EVERYONE -- threatened by the virus. Which, really, is what was needed most of all.

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A-Z Barbara

Barbara 1/26/2023

A-Z means I’m writing short takes on random topics and I’m going in alphabetical order. I love this quote: “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”

That’s the spirit I’m pursuing: Undisciplined, irreverent, and original.

A-Z, Alaska

1/25/2023 

I’ve never been to Alaska. I’m sure I’d love it but going there is not a big dream for either Len or me.

However, this. When our son was around 12 he developed a crush on all things Alaskan. Kid who lives in a ranch house on a Midwestern cul-de-sac wants to get lost in tundra and mountains with moose and wolves. Yup.

At first he just talked, dreamed, read books, and watched shows about Alaska. Then, at 14 he got a part-time job as a janitor at a vet clinic and he kept that job until he went to college. It was a good fit for a kid not drawn to homework.

A to Z

1/25/2023

I am not exactly depressed, but I can whip up a pretty good glum at almost any moment. There have been about three sunny days since Thanksgiving, and four colds, and I’m feeling it. How about you?

We can’t even properly whine. Not with the Atmospheric Rivers of Doom in California, and tornadoes in the south. And all the other glum and hateful news.

Sara Kurtz & Healthcare by Zip Code? Really?

1/22/2023 

Many of you have been very generous in the past. Please think about making a donation to the GoFundMe account of Sara Kurtz. Donate here. 

Who is Sara? She’s a friend of my niece Susan.

Len Explains Fusion Energy

The photo is of Lisa Meitner. The BFF of one of our kids is (quite likely) a great grand niece of this amazing woman. 

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MB: Len occasionally explains very complicated science things to me or our kids in such a way that we actually understand it. One of our kids asked him what the big deal was about fusion. Len wrote this and I thought some of you might like to read it.

Long live curious people and long live nerds. 

 

Almost. Two Years Later

1/6/2023 

 I remember where I was two years ago this afternoon. Do you?

I was writing. I knew I had another hour to just work by myself and I was happy about that. I love no interruptions.

Len was downstairs. I heard him turn on the TV. We NEVER watch TV during the day so it was weird when he called up to me, “You should come down here. Something’s happening.”

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