Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions
and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested
in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you.
I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size.
Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.
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The Mean Girls are loose!
Posted at: Sep/17/2020 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Society, Watching America,
It is interesting how words change with time. Growing up I collected stamps because I wanted to do something my father also did. I learned that the postal mark on a stamp meant it had been used and was considered “cancelled.” Of course, for the less nerdy: “canceled” was what happened to television shows you wanted to see, but were not popular enough to come back. A lot of shows I liked got canc.....read more…
25 Cents Worth of Democracy
Posted at: Sep/14/2020 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights, Politics & Gov, Watching America,
Talking about sweet reminiscences from some bygone time is not something I often do. The past is seldom as rosy as we would like to remember. Additionally, selective memory is an interesting phenomena that helps us to forget the things we really don’t want to remember. Maybe I am also suffering from the deception of rose colored glasses. Nevertheless, here I am remembering our two political par.....read more…
The Tragedy of Impeachment
Posted at: Dec/10/2019 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,
As 2019 comes to a close it seems only fitting to take a look at the last 11-12 months. We seem to be living in an era of absolutes. Employment is clearly up, average income is definitely stagnate, the one percenters make a tremendous amount more than the rest of us and everyone seems to hate everyone else. Nowhere is absolute merged more completely with hatred than in American politics. The c.....read more…
A look at the 2019 California fire season
Posted at: Nov/14/2019 : Posted by: Mel
Related Category: People, Politics & Gov, Society,
If you are a California resident, 2019 has been one heck of a year. The homeless populations of San Francisco and Los Angeles have repeatedly made the national news. We can no longer get plastic straws with our cancer causing soda. But more prominent in our minds is the 2019 fire season.
Any of us who have lived here a while have seen these fires, and on occasion been personally impacted. It .....read more…
Where did all the empathy go?
Posted at: Nov/05/2019 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, Society, Watching America,
The last decade has been an era of ever increasing political correctness and empathy. Buildings get torn down because they do not have elevators giving handicapped access to high floors. Schools now must provide restrooms for a variety of gender and sexual identifications. Passengers can bring their miniature horse on an airline because it provides them with comfort. Yet, in “politics”, the na.....read more…
AI Made Me Do It
Posted at: Aug/23/2019 : Posted by: mel mann
Related Category: Common Sense, My philosophy, Perspectives,
On our American Independence Day of 2019, a large internet payment processing company decided to lock a friend’s credit card account. Why did they do this? After an hour on the phone, their answer was that there was some suspicious activity on the account. What was this suspicious activity? Well, apparently my friend had spent a couple of hundred dollars in one day. Something she does regularly af.....read more…
What will religion look like in the next 100 years?
Posted at: Aug/13/2019 : Posted by: Mel Mann
Related Category: Religion, Society,
Many years ago my father told me that there were “3 sins of polite conversation: religion, sex and politics.” Since many people tell me I am terrible at obeying rules, it seems only fair that I delve into religion and disobey my father one more time. People have a knack for getting attached to their religions and believing they are wonderful and will never change. Despite these attachments and t.....read more…
It is easy to hate politics
Posted at: Oct/16/2018 : Posted by: Mel
I used to think there was nothing I hated more than the childhood memory of my mother’s terrible attempts at serving liver to us at our Wednesday dinners. With age and a broader experiences in life and people I have come to accept that politics and all its related drama tops my list of hates. Nothing exemplifies the worst of American politics more than the recent Supreme Court nomination hearing .....read more…
What happened to the Supreme Court?
Posted at: Oct/13/2018 : Posted by: Mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, The Law, Watching America,
We just completed the very contentious hearings and eventual appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Considering all the mudslinging, political maneuvers and protests, it is amazing that we could ever get anyone appointed to the high court. Yet, more interesting still is that the Congressional fight over the appointment of judges is a fairly resent manifes.....read more…
How I like my heroes
Posted at: Jul/12/2018 : Posted by: Mel
Related Category: Perspectives,
I read on a regular basis and have for most of my life. I have read biographies, historical accounts, drama, science fiction, science fantasy, crime drama, westerns, and just about anything else you could find on a bookstore shelf excluding romance. While many readers have a specific genre they favor over anything else, that’s not a big concern for me. I will read historical accounts because I .....read more…