Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The beginning of a new world order ?

January 22, 2017
 It is just days after Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States  which was overshadowed by violent protest and many groups  across the country participating in Million Women Marches across the country. The unrest  that can be seen on our country is unprecedented  in the past  I had disagreements with our  Presidents  policies but I was never in such fear as I am  with the President we have now. The country is so divided it's difficult to even openly discuss your views the woman living next to me  Sarabelle changed her political party from Democrat to Republican I believe after Barack Obama became president which to me means there must be a very deep underlying distrust of  blacks and people that are different. The fact that in the last eight years being "gay,  or transgender", a woman  running for president  blacks fighting for what they deserve frighten people.  Liberals  agendas  oppressing the white man sadly people are hurting I've seen banks and car companies being bailed out and the American dream being set by the wayside  you no longer can see your way out of poverty and everyone is angry.

OMG so much has happened TRUMP

August 15, 2017
I am  writing this so I will remember the events in the months and years to come.  I feel we have been living in a simmering pot, never really coming to grips with the issues related to the Civil War. The overwhelming racism in our country is number one. We elected Barack Obama as our President  and that lit the cigarette that started a slow burn.  The majority of our country felt safe enough to express their views the LBGTQ  community wanteded rights they felt they had always deserved rightly so along with Women not tolerating sexual harassment at home or in the workplace.  For many men this was turning their world upside down.  Then along came a man Donald Trump who would set everything back- the world could be set right again plus he would give them their jobs back.  Some Americans thought these " groups " they didn't understand would be shoved back in the closet,  minorities could be handled as usual along with women.

 So much has happened first of all  Donald  Trump  somehow got voted president of the United States future generations will look back at this time and wonder we were thinking. We elected a very dangerous narcissist who complicates our lives.  At this present time he is in a "word battle" with the president of North Korea which I hope does not  escalate into a nuclear war.
During the time of the election Democrats nominated Hillary Clinton and I thought she was the best person for the job.   She was a strong woman who unfortunately was married to Bill Clinton those two factors I feel kept her from being  elected my own mother-in-law did not vote for her because she was married to Bill Clinton. Madeline did not vote in the election as many other  democrats did not vote which caused Donald Trump to win.  We have the world we have because people were complacent they just didn't care now we have to deal with a man at the top that has no business being president and has ties to the Russian  Government that may or may not have influenced the election.
 The Trump family is more interested in shoring up that business profits during his election years then running the  Government.
 There is a  great deal of nepotism that goes on, his daughter is in his cabinet his son-in-law and his son are helping to run the government his friends are in positions of power it's just a very corrupt structure.
 To get elected he courted the Nationalist party and the KKK so they now feel that their voice is being heard and they can come out of the woodwork as we saw in Charlottesville.

"This Week on Washington Week: The aftermath of white nationalist protests in Charlottesville

Every once in a while, an event strikes at the core of American society.  The Charlottesville, Virginia protest that turned into a violent melee is one of those defining moments. 
White nationalists gathered for the "Unite the Right" rally ostensibly to protect a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.   However, over the course of two days, tiki torch-carrying participants shouted racist and anti-Semitic messages and clashed with counter-protestors.   It made people question America’s values.  It sparked debates about racism, anti-Semitism, justice, and the power to conquer hate.  It united a community in song to honor the people killed. And it tested America’s leaders.
Every once in a while, an event strikes at the core of American society.  The Charlottesville, Virginia protest that turned into a violent melee is one of those defining moments. 
White nationalists gathered for the "Unite the Right" rally ostensibly to protect a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.   However, over the course of two days, tiki torch-carrying participants shouted racist and anti-Semitic messages and clashed with counter-protestors.   It made people question America’s values.  It sparked debates about racism, anti-Semitism, justice, and the power to conquer hate.  It united a community in song to honor the people killed. And it tested America’s leaders."





Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wow it's been a long time

 Well I'm back, it's been such a long time since my last post.  My daughter got married in August of 2015 and my father died the following March. Dad's health  began going downhill  at Christmas he wa unable to leave the nursing home. Jenni and her husband Brian came in for the funeral  it was lovely to see them despite the circumstances they were on able to come in for Christmas. Our Brian has  been busy doing is art-  he continues to work with fellow artist  from Philadelphia, locally at the Pajama Factory, and was involved in a very large show in Michigan.
We discovered the night of dad's  Viewing that tragedy had hit James, my brother,  wife's Lee family member died from a brain aneurysm.  It turned out that many of Lee's  family have been diagnosed with brain aneurysms it turns out that Lee  herself has two aneurysms in her brain.  One aneurysm has been operated on and been resolved unfortunately it was a very dangerous operation with some complications so her doctor is  very conflicted about her having more surgery to take care of the next aneurysm.  Lee is grappling with the question of whether to have surgery Annica and Metta have been tested and do not have any aneurysms seen.  James is planning a trip to the Netherlands  to help distract his wife from such a monumental decision of whether or not to have surgery.

We have two more weddings in the family Ryan  and Kristen are being married in April of this year  and Metta and Elizabeth will be getting married next year along with on Gary side of the family Matt will be getting married  next year.
 On a sad note we found out this week that my sister-in-law Janet was having difficulty with her eyesight so she went to the emergency room where they discovered a brain tumor.  She had surgery earlier this week and received the diagnosis today that she has a  glioblastoma tumor in her brain she will be leaving the hospital I'm going to a rehabilitation center to recuperate. After some time she will be receiving radiation followed by chemotherapy.  Gary's side of the family has some very very rough months to come we are all very concerned for Janet.

 Jenni has had some rough months lately her hormones have been up-and-down and with trying to get pregnant her exercise routine has been greatly disturbed it's difficult to try to get pregnant and plan to run an Iron Man, something  has to give and the massive exercising is on the chopping block. This decision is extremely difficult for Jen because exercise is her key to life and with it greatly reduced  she feels her hands are tied.  She can't get the stress release that planning for an Iron Man or marathon   provides her making list making plans following through doing the exercise regiment and then running the race at the end is her  escape.

 One last thing my husband Gary has finally retired from the job  which caused great internal celebration there were no wild parties are going on vacation he was just glad to be away from a very caustic environment.  He was very happy to have a job after leaving young industries but working for a man  that seem to be his total opposite in philosophy just caused a great deal of stress.  Gary's  coworkers were generally very nice - we ran into his boss today walking through the home show and he completely Ignored us, it looked as if he was afraid of Gary.  Gary is working part time at a water conservancy whatever that means 5 to 10 hours a week and he loves it. It keeps him busy in the morning while I'm  still sleeping then he comes home and we work on things around the house.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

So Proud Once Again of Brian

My son Brian will have an exhibit opening at Eastern State Penitentiary on May 6th of this year so if you are in the Philadelphia area please plan on stopping in. The exhibit will be up for at least an entire year.

His bio:
"Having spent time in solitary confinement as a teenager in a juvenile psychiatric facility, the artist relies on his personal experience to create a sound collage of layered vocal tracks on Eastern State’s audio tour player. He replicates the sensation of being alone, consumed by one’s own thoughts in solitary confinement".
Brian Spies"The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (where he was awarded the MFA Faculty Award) in the spring of 2012, Mr. Spies relocated back to his hometown to continue to develop his practice. Brian has been exhibited at spaces ranging from Deitch Projects’ Art Parade and ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan to other venues, large and small, throughout The United States. He maintains a small studio space in Williamsport where he continues to explore the conceptual frameworks of power and exploitation.

"Meet the Artist
Brian James Spies (born 1979 in Williamsport, PA) is a visual artist working in a variety of mediums, with a focus on printmaking and photography, whose work explores contemporary society’s relationship to power. He graduated with honors from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a Concentration in Photography in the spring of 2002. In May 2010 Brian graduated from The Maryland Institute College of Art with a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Upon the completion of his MFA fromThe Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (where he was awarded the MFA Faculty Award) in the spring of 2012, Mr. Spies relocated back to his hometown to continue to develop his practice. Brian has been exhibited at spaces ranging from Deitch Projects’ Art Parade and ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan to other venues, large and small, throughout The United States. He maintains a small studio space in Williamsport where he continues to explore the conceptual frameworks of power and exploitation." (as seen on Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia)

http://www.easternstate.org/visit/regular-season/history-artist-installations/brian-james-spies-solitaire