Keep on the Sunny Side


Yesterday evening I gathered with some friends for our monthly Women’s Group dinner. As we chatted about current events, the conversation came around to what had been happening yesterday, the way Trump shockingly and quickly signed executive orders for several controversial things.  This circled around to me saying, “It’s so scary.” My friend quickly corrected me: “Don’t say it’s scary. Don’t invoke fear because fear is paralyzing. We need to stay strong and empowered.”

This was a great reminder, and I’m writing it here so I can remind myself when I eventually go back down the path of fear.

One of my friends brought this amazing lemon pie, and she formed a happy, sunny face on the top of it. As she made the pie she thought of the following song. She decided that before we ate the pie we would sing the song together. It was a fun release of energy. Here are words:

Keep on the Sunny Side
June Carter Cash

Well there’s a dark and a troubled side of life
There’s a bright and a sunny side too
But if you meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Oh, the storm and its fury broke today
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear
Clouds and storms will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life

Another thing we talked about was our unique ability in our day and age to share our moments of subversiveness and resistance. My friends remember the protests in the Sixties. There were many protests in D.C. that happened that never got reported. We are in a unique time when we the people can do the reporting. We can film and get it out to our friends who might need need to be empowered and encouraged. I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see photos from the Women’s march in my feed from so many friends all over the world. It was empowering. So don’t stop sharing those moments. As my friend Marisa has said, it is important for us to document. And it it is important for us to share.


Rumsfeld in the ‘Eighties

Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense of the U...

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I was working on Saturday at the Reference desk on an obituary search for somebody. At SPL we do this for people doing Geneology research, search the Spokesman Review for obits, since we have a run of it since forever-ago.

I was kind of enjoying it because I was searching the paper from 1980..It was kind of fun to read about what was going on at that time.

But I came across something very interesting. There was and article in there that profiled some people in government. I didn’t catch exactly why they were being could have been that there was speculation that they would be running mates with Reagan..Well, one of these little profiles was of Donald Rumsfeld. There was a short bio of him and then a quote:

“From a personal standpoint, I don’t really plan ahead very well. I end up seeming to spend an awful lot of time doing what I’m doing because I’ve been in some awfully tough jobs.” (my emphasis)

I kid you not.

I couldn’t believe it when I read it. I read it and thought, “no shit.”

I didn’t write down the exact date, regretably. I will get that for you on Thursday.

Disgruntled Troops Complain to Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld

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Yahoo! News – Disgruntled Troops Complain to Rumsfeld

Disgruntled U.S. soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday about the lack of armor for their vehicles and long deployments, drawing a blunt retort from the Pentagon chief.

And Rummy’s response?

“You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want.”

All they want is armor…..Is that too much to ask?