There are lots of things to think about.

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Do We Need A Tax Cut?

I admit.  I am puzzled.  Why are we getting a tax cut at a time when corporations have a lot of cash?  Okay, I said “we” but it is the corporations who are getting the tax cut.

But why?

Doesn’t the country need the money?

Where is the expected infrastructure improvement?  Better roads, needed bridge repair, tunnels, airports, public transportation?

We have seen one disaster after another in the country this year.  Flooding, fires, Puerto Rico has been devastated.  How do we improve the electric grid, how do we reestablish wetlands, how do we rebuild the devastated areas of the country and its territories without extra money?

Climate change?  I know that the President and the Republican party have denied it.  But that denial does not make it less real.  Where will the money come from to pay for the damage caused by climate change?  How do we deal with a world where revolution, poverty, and refugees are all increased because of drought, flooding, and fire?

In order to pay for the tax cuts, our country will allow the deficit to swell, and services to be cut.  Health care, job training, immigration services:  are all of these to be cut?  Will we stand for this?

Really?  Do we need a tax cut?

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Respond to Trump’s Election

Has the country been destroyed?  No, but there are things that we need to do to combat the poison of a Trump presidency.

Where is the consolation?

I can now wish Hillary Clinton a good peaceful retirement, hopefully where Trump cannot reach her. Secondly I hope she will find some enjoyment, and I hope she will have time now to love up her grandchildren, and find a way to enjoy her free time and her money. Believe me, she has earned both.

Now we have to be unremitting in our criticism of Trump and his beliefs and his policies. First of all we need to protect the environment. That is the first order of business.

Second we have to respect the immigrants and the contributions that they have made and that they continue to make.

Next we have to push for better wages and fairer taxation policies. The wealthy get more benefits from the government, they should be asked to pay more as well.

We need to push for affordable post high school education. This can take many forms from free state colleges and universities, to affordable and available community college and lifetime training, to apprenticeships for people starting or changing careers.

As a woman I am offended by the treatment of women in Trump’s campaign. All of the women in his family have been models, and/or promoting fancy clothing. While we like clothing, it is hardly putting forward our best selves when what American women stand for is arm candy, sexual toys, or servants. Women want and have earned the right to be in power. We will make America great again. Right now it is not.

America is first in the military, in spite of what Trump has said, and unfortunately that is the one thing that he will build up. We are not first in education, we are not first in health care, and we are not first in the ability to make choices and move up in the world. We have a lot to learn. Donald Trump will not help us learn from the rest of the world.

But we have to keep trying to be better people, to be a better country. This will take some hard work and study.

Now it is time to get started. Sometimes the worst thing that happens can be the best thing in the long run, because if forces change.

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Care for the Environment

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Today I want to say a few words about two great websites that I found that address environmental concerns.  They are fun, provocative and stir the imagination.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first I found in an article in the New Yorker Magazine, the May 20, 2013 issue.  The article is called Form and Fungus, and it is written by Ian Frazier, which is a good clue that you are in for a good time.

In his article Ian introduces us to Gavin McIntyre, and Eben Bayer, two inventors of a process for making materials that are completely biodegradable, use little energy in their manufacture, use waste materials, and mushroom fibers.  Yes, that’s right, mushrooms.  Their website is  Go and visit it.  They discuss all of the things that they are making now, such as packaging materials that will take the place of styrofoam which takes multiple years to degrade, and which is a petroleum product.  Other products are building materials, and eventually, consumer products.  It is possible to go to their store and buy some of their products to play with and try out for yourself.  Have fun with that.  It is a beautiful, clean looking and inviting website.

My other discovery is Life Edited.  I found this in the New York Times editorial section.  Life Edited is a company that promotes space saving, elegant living with a small footprint.  Take a look at and look around their website.  It is another one that is clean, pretty, and stirs the imagination.  The products range from skinny bikes, to tiny apartments, to apartment buildings which provide tiny living spaces, and more generous community spaces, complete with lending libraries for “stuff” that takes up a lot of space but isn’t used on a daily basis.  The furniture in these apartments share many uses.  Very neat!!  Have fun.

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I want to do a shout out for two webites that I found.  The first is

Chopchop magazine  I found this one through Mark Bittman’s blog on the New York times (  Here is the mission statement of the parent organization: ChopChop Kids:

“ ChopChopKids is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. We believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.” (seen on the home page of

These are attractive and very easy recipes meant fro children to do with some parental supervision.

Why do I like it?  Because I want to find some easy, quick, and healthy recipes for myself.  Being the lazy sort, the simpler, and quicker, but healthier, the better.  This magazine provides fuel for three of my passions:  Laziness, because they are quick and easy, Nutrition, because they are healthy, and aesthetics, because the magazine is beautiful

Try it out.

Another website:   The goal of Good Guide is Find safe, healthy, green & ethical products based on scientific ratings. (As seen on the home page of the Good Guide.)

GoodGuide | Ratings of Natural Products, Green...

GoodGuide | Ratings of Natural Products, Green Products, and Healthy Products (Photo credit: Doc_Chris)

Good guide provides ratings on household products, including cleaning, cosmetics and apparel.  These ratings feature each product’s impact on health, the environment and the society.  In light of the number of toxic substances in the world today, and the poor conditions in many of the factories that produce the products that we consume, these ratings will help us make purchasing decisions that respect our values.  The rating can be filtered to reflect those values that are most important to you.  There is even an application for mobile devices that will allow you to scan the barcode of a product and access the ratings for that product.  Alternative products can be suggested, ones that reflect the values that you used as a filter.

Have fun with both of these.