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Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
P. B. Shelley

Saturday, January 14, 2017

US politics in January 2017

I haven't been posting too much here because of the intense political activity I am involved in on Facebook. Please join me there by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/suzan.m.powers and become friends with me if you haven't already. 

Maybe after the inauguration things will settle down a bit but I don't really know at this point. Also you can be friends with me at: https://www.facebook.com/Starbellenterprises/

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Advent Week 4



Today is when the electors vote for POTUS. I've never seen so much controversy before around a presidential election. Also I have never been so fearful as I am this time. Once before during the Viet Nam War and Nixon was President. I was so hopeful he would end it and bring everyone home. The economic hardships at home were awful. Now I am seeing a President-elect who is buddies with Russia's Putin and both climate deniers interested in fossil fuels especially oil all over the world. I fear we will be in a large war in Syria soon, allies to Russia for the oil. 

What really breaks my heart is that the US had steady growth in its economy over the past 2 terms of Obama and was still able to keep climate change a priority and very little increase in dangerous pollutants. We were so on the right track. Now a huge setback is in store for the world. Paris so awfully polluted the Eiffel Tower disappears in the smog and China in a red alert for air pollution that it closes its schools and businesses down. Europe and China working so hard to stop their global footprints.

Oh my God, please help us on earth. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Advent Weeks Two and Three



Christmas and other holiday preparations taking over the energy now, helping the tensions that have accompanied the election this year. I am trying to keep my spirits up and it isn't always easy. Hearing from friends far away and near helps, reading, developing some new paintings, and working on my 4th manuscript all are activities that keep me away from too much sugar, downward spiraling moods, and grumpiness in general. Hope others of you have found your coping skills for these jolly days. 

I've been reading Clint Hill, the Secret Service Agent in charge of Jackie Kennedy as First Lady and several presidents. Fascinating. I recommend books and music and gazing at the gorgeous Christian art through the ages if you can find it. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Advent Week One





Thanksgiving has passed, the last harvest of the year and it was bountiful but full of the tension of our American election. I spent a quiet but filling holiday full of retrospect and still very hopeful for the future. One thing I was deeply thankful for was the release from several environmental groups that global warming had slowed down, that there was hope for our future not to be so devastated if we kept on track. My disappointment that the US might now veer off track with the election of Donald Trump and back off our clean energy programs is disheartening. The rest of the world though seems to be firm in their commitment to climate change which keeps me very hopeful. The terrible standoff at Standing Rock Sioux in N. Dakota of course filled the holiday even as the Blackfoot tribe were rewarded safety for their sacred lands by President Obama. My daughter's paternal great-grandmother was a Blackfoot Indian from Montana and I am very happy for this tribe today.




Now it is Advent Week One and people are Christmas shopping and decorating. I hope the Christmas spirit grows bright this season.