Holes in the Safety Net

These are excerpts from an article in the Washington Post.  The url is at the bottom of my post, in case you want to read it in its entirety.  Meanwhile, I have some thoughts: “President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programsContinue reading “Holes in the Safety Net”

The Adolescence of Puppyhood

Just as humans go through stages in the process of growing up, so do puppies.  Here are some attitudes you might recognize: “Yeah, I heard you call me, but I’m busy tearing this up!” “I know what ‘sit’ means, but do I have to, just because you said so????” “Heckling the cat is soooo muchContinue reading “The Adolescence of Puppyhood”

Simplicity

There is a kind of simplicity that is undesirable: It’s the simple minded demand that all situations, no matter how complex they ar, be addressed with simple explanations and solutions.  “Don’t bother me with the facts,” such a person says.  “I don’t care about the details; they only confuse me.”  The lack of insight andContinue reading “Simplicity”

For the Politically Minded

I limit the amount of politicizing I do on Lifehelps. When I am in the mood for speaking out on this complex, often perplexing and frustrating subject, I put a post on http://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com   Not to worry, my views are eclectic rather than very far left or right, although it is fair to warn youContinue reading “For the Politically Minded”

Hubris of Ignorance

The following link is provided with the permission of Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station: http://www.stonekettle.com/2017/04/the-hubris-of-ignorance.html   This will take a few minutes to read, so get a good cup of coffee, or as Jim might suggest, a beer.  Make yourself comfortable and be prepared to think a bit. Here are some samples from Jim’s excellent article:  Continue reading “Hubris of Ignorance”

Spring Fever

It got up to 52 degrees F today.  I seriously considered going out to do some yard work.  If this were mid October or so and it reached the same mark on the thermometer, I would say it’s too cold to work outside.  The difference?  Spring fever.  True, 52 is warm, compared to say 21. Continue reading “Spring Fever”

Writer’s Block

It seems  that there are so many fresh thoughts and ideas coming into my head; So much new information:  News items, results of studies and research… Yet the things that are solid enough to put on paper – or computer – seem old and stale. The new things are like trying to catch clouds OrContinue reading “Writer’s Block”