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Monthly Archives: April 2012

An article you MUST read!

Here is a concise and definitive article co-written by a liberal and a conservative explaining what is behind the log jam in Congress. Quite an eye opener!

Kasich can laugh about car crash

Do you believe in karma?

Karma is a funny thing, you never know when it is going to tap you on the shoulder or, in Gov. John Kasich’s case, hit you from behind.

 Karma is defined as actions that determine future state. In Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, the quality of somebody’s current and future lives as determined by that person’s behavior in this and in previous lives. In Biblical terms, it is known as you reap what you sow. This week an odd chain of events came together to make Gov. Kasich a believer or as he said he gets the “joke”.

Karma set in motion

The beginning of the story goes back to 2008 when Kasich was pulled over and cited by Officer Robert Barrett for not moving over to give room to a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights flashing. In response to this incident, last year Kasich publically berated the officer calling him an idiot multiple times. Also last year, shortly after taking office the new governor stated that there were going to be changes made and if you weren’t on the bus, the bus would run over you. (see So what are the chances that the governor would be hit from behind by a bus and the investigating officer would be none other than Officer Barrett? That is truly karma at work.

Officer Barrett, who works freeway patrol, responded to a reported crash on I-71 in Columbus in a construction zone. Gov. Kasich and a few of his staff were returning from a speaking engagement when their SUV was hit from behind when a charter bus slammed into a stalled car thus causing the disabled car to ram into Kasich’s vehicle. All in Kasich’s vehicle were wearing seatbelts and no one was injured.

Did I fortell the future?

I have written about the governor and his policies several times during the last year generating varied responses from good to scathing. All articles were regarding SB 5 which was defeated in the November election. My objection to the bill was its treatment of teachers and education in general. I was particularly proud of a satire piece I did last April 1, 2011. In my humble opinion it was a brilliant piece of writing but it angered someone to the point of destructive behavior, I guess they couldn’t take a joke—see BREAKING NEWS: GOVERNOR, LEGISLATORS AGREE TO TEACH IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS are a few excerpts which seem particularly appropriate in light of this week’s events:


In light of the recent controversy regarding teachers and SB 5, governor Kasich and many legislators have agreed to teach in public schools for the next grading period.


They agreed to remain in the classrooms the entire grading period stating, “How hard can it be?” They continued that they look forward to the comfort of leaving work at three o’clock daily so they can catch up on much needed sleep and workout time. When reminded they would have to prepare lesson plans, grade papers, and arrange graphic presentations they said they would refer these duties to their able aides. When reminded they would have no aides or secretaries for paper work and classroom presentations, governor Kasich replied, “Then I will just talk to them all day as I have done on the campaign trail and at Fox News.”


In addition, governor Kasich agreed to take on the extra duty of driving a school bus. Referring to his recent comments that he is driving the bus and you are either on it or you will be run over, Kasich pointed to his excellent driving record. He stated that he drove SB 5 over bumpy roads to adoption and feels navigating a school bus will be no different. When asked about his confrontation with a state highway patrol officer regarding a traffic violation, Kasich stated he felt certain that incident did not disqualify him from driving a bus. As governor he would see to it there were no obstacles ahead….


When asked about the significance of announcing this plan on April first, Kasich said he saw no correlation between the timing of the announcement and April Fools Day.


Kasich commented on the accident saying, “It’s sort of funny, in life, you’ve got to take as well as you give…. You hear jokes about all this, it’s fine,” Kasich said, chuckling. “I’ll tell you one thing, I’m really glad no one was hurt. … “

What is strange to me is that this is the third time in a month I have written about karma (see Although I believe that what goes around comes around I’m not a fanatic about karma and, therefore, find the need to write about it three times in one month a bit strange. Is the universe trying to tell me something? If so, I hope I have put enough good vibes out there to merit some good karma.


For more information about the governor’s mishap, click on the link to the Columbus Dispatch below. In spite of my disagreements with the governor’s policies I am glad he and his staff were not injured and he has a sense of humor about the incident. Maybe he would even like my April Fool’s satire.


Kasich can laugh about car crash.

The Violet Meditation

A lonely violet growing among the ivy, how did you get there?

Did a bird pluck you from your bed and deposit you here to brighten my day?

Did you catch a ride upon the wind?

Or, are you there to point the way

To the beautiful flowers of May?


So pure and white, like a left over snowflake from winter

You hide among the green and white leaves of ivy

As if to say, I’m here today and gone in May

But, Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey

A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?





If the words sound queer and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey, sing:

Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy.

A kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you”


Note:  my apologies to composers Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston for taking liberties with their 1943 silly song Mairzy Doats.


Spring time at the pond:

Great literature must spring from an upheaval in the author’s soul. If that upheaval is not present then it must come from the works of any other author which happens to be handy and easily adapted. Robert Benchley 

April is national poetry month so in honor of that I will take a cue from the above quote and let the poets and my photographs paint a picture of spring.

Spring is when life’s alive in everything.

—Christina Rossetti

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Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.

—Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.—Zen saying

An optimist is the human personification of spring.

—Susan J. Bissonett

Spring—an experience in immortality.

—Henry D. Thoreau

What is a woman?

A woman is a daughter, sister, niece, wife, mother, aunt, stepmother, and grandmother. She is the glue that holds the family together. She kisses booboos, heals hurts, encourages the timid, and guides the growth of her family.

A woman is the family organizer, nutritionist, financial advisor, health director, spiritual counselor, laundry expert, and cleaning lady. She provides guidance and protection for her family. In her spare time she also grooms, feeds, and exercises the family pets, and squeezes in some exercise time and hobby time for herself. In addition to all this, a majority of the women today also hold down full-time jobs.

Today’s woman is many things to many people. She keeps the organization running smoothly—whether that is a corporation or family. Most women usually do all this at the sacrifice of her own wants and needs.

Women have played important roles throughout history. They kept watch when Jesus was crucified and were the first to discover the empty tomb. Because he was crucified just before sundown on the Sabbath there was not enough time to properly prepare his body for burial. At sunup the day following the Sabbath the women came with oils and spices to prepare the body. This scene has always struck me as another typical duty women would do. Just as they attend the birth of an individual they are also the ones to oversee the end of that life. Who else could attend to a body with so much love and reverence?

Women played important roles at the birth of our country. The history books are full of stories of our founding fathers but we don’t hear much about the founding mothers. While the men were away from their farms for months at a time arguing over the declaration of our independence from England, it was the women who literally kept the home fires burning.

The women sewed and mended their families’ clothes, cooked their meals, birthed their children, and plowed the fields. Many also fought the enemy whether it was the British, Indians, or the Confederate or Union troops.

If a woman is capable of all this, can anyone please tell me why women have come under attack in what should be an enlightened era? The mood of the country seems to be “keep them barefoot and pregnant”. Women have been attacked on several fronts recently including reproductive rights and equal rights in the workplace.

One of the biggest dangers to women’s equal rights occurred last week when Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a bill repealing the state’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts. With the repeal of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act it now forces those suffering from job discrimination to seek remedy in the federal courts which is more expensive and time-consuming.

Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act came about in 2009 as a response to a suit by Lilly Ledbetter who had been discriminated against by her employer for years without her knowledge. When she learned of the discrimination she filed suit in federal court and won but was thrown out by the Supreme Court which ruled that she filed the suit too late and should have filed it as soon as the discrimination began—even though she didn’t know about it for years.

With the repeal of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act women can be paid less and their employers can get away with it as long as women don’t have knowledge of it for a certain amount of time. If this can happen in Wisconsin it can happen in other states also.

Women’s reproductive rights, birth control, and painful invasive procedures have also been in the news recently. With this and now elimination of protection for equal pay, what is next for the hard-working women of this country?

I don’t understand this animosity toward women. What has the woman in your life done for you today? Give her a kiss and say “thank you” then vow to make sure her rights will be legally protected.