While the newly penned virus variant, “Omicron” continues to be discovered in least half of the states in the United States, concerns are raised about virulence of the Delta variant, which has been ubiquitous around the world in 2021. So far all indications are that Omicron is not as debilitating as Delta, but more data needs to come in before definite statements or descriptions can be made.
The Delta variant continues to be the “main variant” in the United States. The Delta variant can produce the most severe symptoms such as fever, chills and even⁰ death. I am fully vaccinated including receiving a booster shot, and I have not gotten sick, nor have I experienced symptoms.
It is Day 1️⃣1️⃣5️⃣ for my blog. But for many residents of Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois this is DAY 0️⃣0️⃣1️⃣. A day that will live in infamy… What “God of Mercy and Tenderness” could lash out such a wrath? A path of destruction so wide, so long?
COVID-19 is the slow, long burn. The destructive tornadoes that hit yesterday had more destructive force than a nuclear bomb… Without the radioactive fallout. Both COVID and these tornadoes create “The perfect storm.”
Many US residents lost their homes, or all their belongings to these violent tornadoes. Entire towns got leveled. We can only thank a higher power that we are here today living another day.
Former US Senator, US Army Second Lieutenant, United States Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate, father, and friend Robert Joseph Dole was laid to rest today, after a lifetime of service of 98 years.
Mr. Dole was a man of service, from a generation that is rare in the current generations of “leaders” that occupy positions of trust today.
Many friends, colleagues, and family members spoke of Mr. Dole’s compassion, leadership, and service. President Biden spoke of Mr. Dole’s ability to compromise and help millions of Americans funding programs such as the Veterans Administration, American Disabilty Act, and Medicaid expansion.
Dole’s daughter Robin Dole, gave a heartwarming tribute, saying Bob Dole “will never walk alone.”
On of thing things that helps me get on track is writing blog posts ahead of time. This keeps me “on track.” I can have a weeks worth of blog posts “at the ready” in the unlikely event that I “run out” of things to write.
If a news story hits that may be so big that it overshadows a prewritten blog post, then I will comment on the new news story. I can always save my “premade” posts for later, when the news cycle ends or slows down.
This blog is more than just the news. I offer “personal” anacdotes, rememberances, thoughts, feelings, decisions, and behaviors of my life of fifty-six years.
Or I should ask: why do I write? Why write a blog at all? Why do I do such a thing?
I ask myself that question. I don’t have any real profound answer to this… or maybe I do… You see, I consider myself “an educated citizen.” And to this end, I have “recieved an education” of sorts. But many have told me “I am wasting my education.” I am not working in the field that I was educated. I am not “monetizing” my education. I am doing something completely different than I was “trained” to do. It is a subject that I will most certainly touch on later.
To be continued….
I’m wondering when to start the “personal” aspect of my posts. In other words, when should I start “my story”? When should I begin to give my opinion about the word “education”? When should I tell my readers about about myself, how I got here, and what do I plan to do in the future?
If this blog was truly going to be a “personal blog,” than how do I tell my readers the narrative of my life? Everyone has “a story” to tell. Everyone has been on a personal journey. Everyone has made “life decisions,” and I am no different. I still have a blog. One day at a time.
The United States Supreme Court just heard a case that may wind up overturning Row Versus Wade.
I usually start most of these posts with a disclaimer warning the reader that what follows is “political content,” and readers should “read the up comming post at thier own risk.” I prepare readers that what proceeds from here may offend or disturb them. Readers should brace themselves for a response that may be hard to understand or agree with. Please be prepared if you disagree with this statement.
“I agree with the established precedent of United States Supreme Court precedent of Row verses Wade, and I hope that it is not overturned.”
I am thinking about ending, or temporary “suspending” my blog. Now there may be a few readers out there that may actually “applaud” my decision to end my blog. Maybe there are a few readers that may think: “Finally❗ This bloviated blow-hard has finally come to his senses❗ No one reads his stupid blog anyway ❗”
“HA❗” 🤣 “He calls himself “blogger’❓”
“He should write for a ‘real’ outfit, like ‘The Huffington Post,’ or ‘The Daily Cos,’ or ‘The Daily Caller.'”
OK, OK, call me “minor league,” but at least I’m trying. What am I not “trying hard” to do❓ Writing of course. Writing is the EASIEST PART of blogging.
On Friday, November 26, 2021 it was reported that the iconic musical composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim passed away in his Roxbury Connecticut home.
Stephen Sondheim wrote melodies and lyrics for over a dozen Broadway musicals including West Side Story, Sunday In The Park With George, Company, Into The Woods, and Gypsy.
Sondheim has won a staggering nine Tony Awards and eight Grammy Awards. Sondheim also won an Academy Award, and President Barack Obama Awarded Mr. Sondheim the “Presidential Medal of Freedom,” which, along with the “Congressional Medal of Honor,” are the highest civilian awards of the United States, akin to being knighted by the Queen of England.
I liken writing to playing golf. I practiced both when I was a lad, growing up. I have not found a way to make a living doing either skill. I do believe that I am a much better writer than I am a golfer. But in my life I have made just as much money playing golf as I have made writing: A grand total of: ZERO DOLLARS.
The difference is that while I can improve both my golf game and my writing, I have a better chance of making a buck to two using my writing skills to earn a living than using my golfing skills.