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Happy news! [Jul. 4th, 2018|07:47 am]
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Greycie seems to be perking up. The boost in prednisone helps and we have an appetite stimulant pill. Hopefully a virtuous circle of feeling better and eating will get in motion. I suspect i won't see her tail get back to its normal carriage and motion: one mass is on her lower spine and i expect it is what limits her control of her tail. It is hard to see it dragging behind her. But she has been vocal and moved around with some speed: it's such a joy.

We had a bad bout of elephants in the late evening yesterday. It followed my reading of a memoir of someone's homeless days (see below). That followed my conversation with a "retired" colleague. I found it wasn't exactly a retirement, which stirred up my bile at the layoffs and firing that happened last week. It certainly feels wrong.

I am glad to have today off as i need the rest, and look forward to some family time. I grow to question the American foundation myth--more than questioning when it comes to the issue of slavery--and the violence of the revolution, but i value the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. I'm not sure what that comes to with respect to "celebrating." Perhaps i can write some letters arguing various policies of state and trade have impact on immigration that i have had on my mind.

I hope those of you who have the day off have the joy of it and those of you who celebrate Independence Day can use that energy to promote the ideals of the experiment.

Everett, Mik. Self-Published Kindling: Memoirs of a Homeless Bookstore Owner. Unknown Press, 2013.

referred to by

Price, E. “Laziness Does Not Exist.” E Price (blog), March 23, 2018. https://medium.com/@dr_eprice/laziness-does-not-exist-3af27e312d01 .


[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2018-07-04 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oh boy, do I get it. I thought about putting the flag out this morning, but just couldn't. Good show on NPR yesterday with lots of folks making points about how the real way to be patriotic is to show dissent, but I'm just not feeling the 4th this year. Not at all.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2018-07-05 11:08 am (UTC)

“I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.”

― Molly Ivins

Maybe someone needs to create a flag for the constitution....
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2018-07-05 01:11 am (UTC)
Best wishes for Greycie!

I stopped believing in the true-blue Americanism my parents unironically held as sacred several years ago and have come to see our nation as founded on the twin sins of slavery and genocide. Makes it hard to celebrate, especially now, with the political scene so chaotic and poisonous. I am definitely in a somber mood, but the neighborhood is already booming with firecrackers. I suspect a lot of people are just trying to be cheerful.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2018-07-05 11:15 am (UTC)
I spent much of the day just being with family. I thought back to something i read about the number of feast and festival days in the middle ages, and how it implied folks* were not laboring as much as in current day America. Surely not every celebration's saint was the focus as much as just the time off.

* Although i suspect there were lots of folks who worked just to take care of daily needs of people and critters who didn't get the "day off"....
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