Milton’s Paradise Lost

Milton portrayed the devil as begin more intriguing than God.  His depiction of evil explained why.  Evil is livelier.  Evil is more dynamic.  Evil is an action figure.  BUT WE THE READERS of the press ARE ALSO TO BLAME for being intrigued by EVIL.  It is ironic that we all need happy endings and that Hollywood is Hollywood because of the happy endings they provide us but THERE IS NO HAPPY ENDING after a school shooting.  AND WE -ALL OF US- NEED TO BOYCOTT THE NEWS.  IF the media did not get higher ratings after a school shooting, THEN they would lose money and interest.  THEN THE PERPETRATORS would NOT GET THEIR FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME AND GLORY.  You know these perpetrators are terrorists, in their own style, and the less attention they get, THE LESS THE DESIRE TO IMITATE THEM.  So IF  we REALLY want to cut back on gun violence and we cannot fight the gun lobbyists, THEN WE NEED TO FIGHT THE MEDIA AND GET THEM ON OUR SIDE.  Right now it looks to me as if the MEDIA IS DOING THE GUN LOBBYISTS WORK FOR THEM.

 

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I ALSO BLAME THE MEDIA FOR THE GUN VIOLENCE

This is an my op-ed piece. Of course we are INSANE with our gun laws. BUT I also BLAME THE MEDIA. We seem to be obsessed with the killer’s psychology. WHO THE FUCK CARES? WHY ARE WE GIVING THE KILLER SO MUCH ATTENTION? There was a CSW in the school district I worked in who got down on the floor when a kid was having a temper tantrum and acted like the kid. I thought that was NUTS! When my grandson hits his younger sister, he is told in no uncertain terms that he CANNOT – no excuses. Then when there is more calm then the talking begins. “I know that you get upset…” his mother will start BUT…When you have a wild teen – you have to deal with the out of control teen FIRST. PERIOD. And the killer does NOT DESERVE any attention. It only encourages the next nut who is starving for attention nd we all know that bad attention is better than no attention.
So Media you are not only part of the problem – you are not assuming the adult role!

THANK YOU, NORTH SHORE TOWERS WOMEN’S CLUB

Thank you for inviting me to be your guest speaker:  Topic: Aging.  You were a terrific audience.  One hundred women listened to my jokes, my stories, and select poems by Judith Viorst and wisdoms from Nora Ephron.   I spoke for over an hour, the women asked questions and shared stories, and lingered to speak to me.  I was told they usually leave early but the crowd stayed with me all the way through the Qs and As and others stayed way beyond.  It was a pleasure to share feelings about aging.   And remember:  DO NOT AGE ALONE!  RAGE AND AGE WITH ME!

THIS IS PROBABLY THE TOILET SEAT COVER I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT…

I went on Amazon and plugged in prime  for a toilet seat cover. My five- year-old grandson stood on ours yet again, finally doing it in.  I ordered one that seemed expensive but was highly rated.  It came.  I opened it.  It has a template for the holes.  It has A LOT OF parts.  It comes with detailed instructions.  It needs a mechanical engineer to put it together.

WILL I BECOME THIS ECCENTRIC OLD LADY? WILL I BE HER, OR SHE, ME?

This lady clearly loves flowers but her yard is slightly overgrown and there are odd pots strewn here and there.  Her house is a little run down and I can relate.  Once I got joy from doing the gardening and my daughter even bought me special  garden knee pads to help me with my work.   But my knees now hurt and I am afraid that if I go down on them, I may never get up.  Besides, I can only do a certain amount in the day, and writing and doing art has replaced my love of gardening.  I can see letting the house go a little at a time because that is how aging happens, a little at a time.  And at this point in my life, I became Cindi Lauper:  I JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN!

Nonetheless, I am very fond of this lady and her house and her garden and perhaps I will get a dog!