I got nothin'…
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… and there’s the wind-up…

On this date in history, in the year 2004, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts (including the Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Marina and Trump Plaza casinos in Atlantic City and a riverboat casino in Indiana) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

This according to the Pulitzer Prize winning news site Politifact.

It was the third of what became Trump’s four usages of the federal bankruptcy statutes.

Meanwhile, within the last few days in Washington, D.C., an “alt-right” group is openly repeating Nazi propaganda – in the original German – and extending their arms in salute, as they shout “Heil Victory”…

All just a few blocks from the White House…
In a federal building named after Ronald Reagan…

That story comes from the New York Times.

I really didn’t want to write about this today…
But to keep silent is to be as culpable as those doing the saluting in D.C.

To see the change happening around me and remain silent, is to be as guilty as if I were in that same meeting room, throwing up my arm and shouting slogans.

What I try to remember… what I have to remember (which is hard in times of upheaval) is that I must be the person who embraces what is good about this nation, while never failing to stand up for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Sometimes the good is easy to miss, what with all the negative coverage in the media.
Because what is good about this country is what makes so many people want to come here.

But what is good about this country doesn’t sell papers…


I would welcome any help those of you who read this blog can give me along these lines…
Everyone needs a little help, now and then.





Image found here.




  1. The urge to “fix” it….even to fix it for others… is sometimes good but can become counter-productive. That’s because it is essentially aggressive. You are a child of the universe; your very existence is important. It is important that you are yourself and do what you can, without anger and aggression, and not demean the scope or importance of it. It will be enough.


  2. You yourself are good, and desire good for others, so you are already on the right track. I can’t be much help to you, I can only reiterate the quotation I left as a comment for you a long time ago:

    “The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”

    ― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

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