I certainly wouldn’t name my lap dog Pence. It is a bad call name. And I wouldn’t plagiarize a speech. Melania isn’t a very good call name, either. Of course, Trump’s wife didn’t write the speech so why blame her? I wonder what he does call his wife or does he just push a buzzer until she appears?

Looking at a Trump presidency, plagiarism is nothing compared to the havoc this tiny fingered demagogue would bring to the Oval office. Or, would he even use the office? Maybe his children would take turns at playing President as though it is an apprentice job.

This is the problem; we have no idea what he would try to do. I used to think we lived in perilous times because of wars, foreign threats, currency manipulation, the Taliban and Isis. Now, the threat is within our borders.

And today, the Democratic Convention begins. I found Bill Clinton’s drop in on the Attorney General at the airport a stupid move with Hilary under siege. Listen up Hilary supporters, we must work even harder after the bias shown by Debbie Wassserman Schultz. And the talking heads say that Debbie’s manipulations were nothing – just typical behavior within any party. But a lot of people think it was wrong and clearly people on the convention floor thought it wrong, to say nothing of the Bernie supporters outside in old school protest mode.

The first night of the Democrats in Philadelphia brought us back to reality. Of course, the party was not united – Bernie Sanders supporters have a righteous anger. I believe most of them will back Clinton if only to put a halt to the madness that is Trump.

Michelle Obama gladdened my heart. I kept saying- this is my party and then Bernie did what was needed in a masterful speech. We are the party of hope, compassion, change and all that is right with America. Let’s remember, we have lived through Nixon, the Vietnam War, the Bushes and we will come out in November and do the right thing.

The Politics of Anger


I hope writing is like the old adage about riding a bicycle. One doesn’t forget how to balance and move along. Writing has been a no show for years and looking back I was seldom happier than when I was writing. During the time I worked for a newspaper and freelanced I wrote a book, screenplays and thousands of words every day. And managed a growing business while also writing for financial magazines.

Now, I have the time and not so many business responsibilities, although the current ones are all personal not career and business driven. Why I haven’t posted in a while is about trying to figure out what one can say about the deep divides in our country… and the world.

To start,   the current political scene occupies a lot of my time. A couple of friends probably think too much time as they are distancing thems elves from the news and the last two debates. At my house, I don’t spend the time my husband does but I keep up.

The Trump phenomenon is fascinating and disturbing. My concern has been for many years how any woman – intelligent woman – could possibly be a Republican. What don’t they get? Do they not want control of their bodies, do they not want gender equality, equal pay, gay rights?

It is 2 weeks since I wrote this and Mike Pence is Trumps choice as VP. Or, is Pence his children’s choice?

No matter, Pence is, to me, as bad as it gets. I grew up in Indiana and became a young Democrat there after watching my Republican family follow the themes of never think, never check a fact, just believe in rumor and nonsense. I doubt much as changed. Pence is against women, gays, whatever speaks of freedom and independence.

Would it have been worse to see Newt or Christi chosen? It would be more fun for all the comedians, that’s for sure. But this is not about jokes and humor; this is about our country, our rights as women and our old fashioned American decency.

And, as of last Monday I have quit watching all daytime television. I read the L.A. paper, I watch NBC news at 5:30 and once in a while Rachel Maddow. And now even Rachel’s strident voice is too much.

I do not plan to watch the Republican convention – only Bill Maher and read the paper. The same may be true for the Democrats. What I am doing is meditating more, listening to music all day and hoping, deeply hoping, for peace and respect to emerge from this situation. Whatever is causing this violence in thought and action all over the world, I believe it is up to every individual to stand up for what is right and to live as a peaceful human being. I certainly have my faults, probably prejudices I don’t even know about, opinions about way too much – being human and compassionate is not always simple. I just know I must stop flooding my brain with toxic media and poisonous people. And to speak softly and with kindness.