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The Zoom meeting with Tom Palzewicz yesterday was as easy and interesting to listen to as the last time I heard him.

He introduces himself by explaining the three issues he is running on.

1. Health care for all.  As anyone paying attention has realized; tying health care to employment can be and now is a disaster.

He mentioned this, though. Right now, 3.5 million people in the US work for health insurance companies. There’s no way we can simply turn that system off and some other system on; there needs to be a transition plan. He described lowering the Medicare qualifying age in stages. If Medicare began at 55 (not retirement, just Medicare health insurance) this would begin to address a lot of issues. All of us who are older understand that trying to get a new GOOD job when one is already in their 50’s or 60’s is nearly impossible because employers don’t want to hire people in the highest health insurance premium bracket.  Lowering the Medicare age would be a game changer.

There are a lot of other really positive ramifications to this idea of transitioning from private insurance companies to national health care in stages.  

2. Climate change.  It’s not an option to not take climate change seriously. It is insane that Trump can manipulate and end environmental policies that were enacted by Congress and by the EPA.

3. Gun Violence reduction. There are sensible practices that the majority of Americans want and support including gun registration.

Palzewicz described the dangerous and dysfunctional dynamic we are living in right now this way. “The bullies are running the show.”  Sensible legislation cannot even be discussed because Mitch McConnell does not allow the proposed legislation into the senate.  At the state level Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald do the same thing. If they don’t want change, they won’t allow any discussion.  And at this point the only action Vos and Fitzgerald are engaged in – is trying to sue the governor.

Palzewicz is running again Fitzgerald for congress, Wisconsin 5th District, this November.

This is his website:

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I've been working several hours on some thoughts about St. Augustine of Hippo and shopping at Target.  I will finish those thoughts and post them here tomorrow.  

Even when one is on lockdown at home, one can run out of time.  Maybe I spent too much time this morning burning sticks and digging in my dirt?

Instead of words, here are some pictrues in no order and for no reason other than I like them and hope you do, too.




Love the pictures! The March Marigolds are lovely. Lots of them flourishing this year with all the rain. The cinnamon rolls picture inspired me to make some! Thanks!
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Len asked me who took the marsh marigold photos - and I said me. Or maybe Kathryn... Last year at Scuppernong.

I read your Lutefisk joke with fond memories of the old folks on my Swedish mother's side. I could practically hear the Swedish accent in the lines. Thanks for a good laugh!

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Susan's Birthday Questions 10/19/2020

(One decorates for October birthdays with orange trees.) 

Last week was my birthday. My niece Susan sometimes sends me birthday greetings where she asks excellent questions. She doesn’t know I still have the card she sent six years ago; I meant to answer her questions in the blog I had then, but I never got around to it.

Stereotypes Day

Today is October 12th - Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Not Columbus Day, okay?

I was in the process of giving birth to one of our kids and it was getting on towards midnight. The midwife wondered whether our baby would be born on the day we were in or whether it would be a few more minutes and then the child would have the next day as their birthday.

10/11/2020 This Crazy Advent We're In Now

This painting is by Andrea Kowch


Regarding Time: It’s been about a million months since the quarantine started. It will be an at least one epoch if not two, until a vaccine is available to quell it. Election Day is here now (I’ve already voted, have you?) yet it feels as if it will never be done and gone. Even when Nov 3 arrives we could be in for more epochs of anxious and angry waiting as ballots are tallied, argued over, recounted, all while lawyers and politicians fight and scrap.

Quarantine Diary #204 10/4/2020 3 Short Takes

Three things to say today and none are about our goatish, swag-bellied, canket-blossomed president. How to create a Shakespearean insult. 

1. I just read this WONDERFUL and REMARKABLE book! The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Quarantine Diary #200 The Debate

Regarding that Debate. 

I’ve been at a zoo when a cranky monkey starts throwing poop. That remembrance came to me last night. Watching Uncle Joe try to answer questions while Trump trash talked everybody and everything except white supremacists – that was damn ugly.

Quarantine Diary #198 Who we still are ...

I’ve been trying and trying to write but it hasn’t happened so this morning I looked at some of my old stuff and found this from ten days after 9/11. Made me remember who we are.

I think the miserable karma of Trump is happening. I hope we will be okay. I’m not sure how talk about the harm he has done and is doing now. 

But we … we are still who we are.

The flowers in the photo were a surprise gift, just yesterday, from a friend.

I have edited it a bit. 

September 21, 2001 Lost in Racine - An Aftermath of Civility

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