A short commentary on AOC’s attire at the 2021 Met Gala
“Tax the Rich” across the butt, flowing white, with flare
Everyone noticed the message, and everyone was there
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is the medium for her message
But the buzz was sized large and gobs of gossip presaged
Gushing compliments filled headlines, also, some complaints
Despite that her attackers are not exactly saints
Have taxpayers fly you to private golf resorts? Well, that is expected
But, the excess for a borrowed dress, somehow, is not accepted?
They say that she is tone deaf; another Marie Antoinette
I would say…
A lovely doe, and her baby, came, intrigued, I bestowed each a name
Not too creative. Lazy, it was: She was “Bambi” and I called him “Fawnz.”
Fawn Z, to be precise, I guess. Return visits made us feel so blessed,
But as machines cluttered, and then, cleared, fewer deer ventured near
Where sultry, straw-strewn summer slept, Now September’s cold has crept
I feel a frost, deep in my soul, As “progress” continues where do they go?
The hardest part about all change, is a constriction of free range
A pattern creases a brain, to fold it, mangles magic. …
Death by heat. This is our choice. With enough active will, determination, and audacity we could all reduce emissions tomorrow. We could save lives. Yet, because we allow a few to dictate the fate of the whole, we don’t do that.
The IPCC, the Union for Concerned Scientists, the UN, NOA, NASA, nearly every university, and millions of others have rung the alarm bells for years. Now, record-breaking heat, fires, floods, mudslides, and even earthquakes are the new “abnormal.”
No one even knows the full effects of feedback loops, the loss of albedo, the permafrost belch of methane (P-BOM) the…
I have in my possession a small, solid wooden chair, that I think is stained oak. Maybe walnut. How does one tell?
It is extremely sturdy, as it was in the house that I grew up in with six kids and six grandkids along with all our rough and tumble abuse. It was also in the houses my mother, and grandmother grew up in.
This chair is the only piece of furniture I have that is a near ancient antique. I am swept into reverie imagining the world in which this timber grew. It was such a different world. It…
Grief is like fire taking a tree, or the snarl of deforestation
A burning world into which we are hurled stumbling in frustration
But people with hearts share their food: the produce of their toil,
It reminds me that we each can be, a seed within the soil
So don’t wait for giant corporate to simply stop polluting
Lobby, yes, and advocate, but choose seeds true to fruiting
Share your good deeds, explain your needs, it’s not just a virtue signal
Share globally and thoughtfully, always remaining regional
My family is very small, at home, just two of us
Inspired by the Ministry for the Future by KSR, I thought of turning our pessimism into hope by realizing that art, literature, and beauty (like Marilyn Monroe) can help us learn to help ourselves …as long as we care, and don’t take it for granted
God Bless Kim Stanley Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know
Wo, wo, wo,
God bless you please Mr. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for your dismay
Hey, hey, hey
We’d like to know a little more about how man defiles
We’d like to help you learn to help ourselves
Look around you all you…
Because I write a lot about how everybody must do everything we can about the climate crisis, I sometimes hear both good and bad things about the simplest statement. Let’s start with such a statement:
“It is better to shop with a canvas or other reusable bags, than using plastic.”
Is this virtue signaling? Does this say “I am better than you.” Sometimes it is and just as often it is not. What makes it a V-signal is using any such concept to outwardly display your enlightened social standing, or even moral superiority, to others.
In today’s highly polarized political…
Men feel under the gun these days. We have terms that are interpreted as anti-male. We have rape culture, toxic masculinity, Incels who kill, and of course, the ever-present patriarchy in charge of everything from pink taxes to womb policing.
It is normal for human beings to feel defensive, but there is a way that women can do a better job of appreciating, and rewarding men, for their good behavior. That is, let them openly display their better behavior.
Let’s all celebrate magnificent masculinity, and the good guys who demonstrate that they have it. …
We love the binary.
Black, white. We love good versus evil. Disney villains, super heroes. It’s really pretty immature and stupid, but it’s one of the human quirks of our psychology.
Awareness of this quirk, our tendency to psychologically soothe ourselves by constant reminders that “we are the good guys” is reaffirmed every time we cheer for the superman and boo the bad guys; it’s in songs, poems, literature, opera, dance, art, social media, and especially movies.
But finding the horrible, evil character is seldom effective as a strategy of protection in real life.
We will find plenty of stories…
History: Fighting forever to find freedom, sometimes celebrating a baby step. Then, fighting forever to stay vigilant. It's pretty exhausting, yeah...