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By: Esther Powell
Posted on: Fri, May 01 2020 - 7:55 pm

May 21, 2020
Madison IN

Dams in Michigan have broken, flooding tens of thousands of homes.

Someone on Facebook is wondering why Mother Nature couldn't have given us a break. Isn't the pandemic enough of a natural curse?

Well, for one thing, extra rain wouldn't have been a problem if the dams had been properly maintained and their spillways updated.

For another, her comment made me muse about God the Father and Mother Nature.

Who really believes in Mother Nature any more? All my life people who spoke of Mother Nature didn't really believe in her the way they believed in God the Father. She is really considered a force - she's a metaphor.

Their belief in God the Father, though - for many that remains rock solid, not only as a power beyond but as a personal relationship.

Why is that, I wonder?

As for me, I don't believe in either of those fictional all-powerful characters.

Of the two, though, Mother Nature feels more immediate - unless God the Father is the sun.

May 15, 2020
Madison IN

Well, what do you know. The Indiana reports on the coronavirus have made it official: we have had our first resident die of the disease.

This is not a source of rejoicing. What is something to be thankful for, I guess, is that it was reported at all.

Given that Indiana's cases continue to increase at an incline of about the same angle as the y in May, it is hard to imagine why restrictions on socializing have been relaxed.

The other day we found a newly marked trail that followed Crooked Creek. It was for the most part easily navigated and on that green and sunny morning we saw a scarlet tanager, a purer red color than most cardinals I see.

And those shiny black wings! A stellar sighting.

The walk also took us to ruins of a bridge we had never seen before.

Oh, well. We've only lived here eight years. (!)

We've also lived less than a century and never seen a pandemic hit us personally either. (Just to take us full circle, here.)

May 14, 2020
Madison IN (not Wisconsin, thank goodness! (Never thought I'd say that!))

I don't know what's next on my agenda because I don't have an agenda.

These days that may be a very good thing.

Only saying that, I realize I do have an agenda: staying healthy and encouraging others to do likewise.

People's behavior at this time shows me that we have not been successful at keeping people healthy either physically or mentally.

Well, duh. We cannot convince people not to smoke, overeat, drive drunk, or seek help for mental distress, so why should we expect them to wear masks?

1619 dead in Indiana per the Coronavirus Dashboard set up by a student in Washington State. The Indiana government reports a lower total last time I checked (last night). Jefferson County, which is rumored to have had one death days ago, is still reporting none.

Huh! Probably still waiting for the result of a "diagnostic" test!

May 12, 2020
Madison IN

Here's an idea for a cartoonist: 1 ounce of masks (about 10) equals one-tenth of a very light-weight ventilator.

May 8, 2020
Madison IN

I have just discovered that my email is schizophrenic. Or I guess dissociative is the more correct word. My IPad doesn't know what my Kindle is doing, and maybe vice versa.

How this happened I do not know.

Somehow, though, my virtual reality has become more powerful than my physical reality. With the threat of the closure of the post office, my anxiety levels are higher than they have been for years.

The barrage of emails I receive without any ability to respond in words is a tsunami which evidently I now have to fight on two fronts.

They want me to listen, sign petitions, send money ALL WITHOUT any unprogrammed response from me. (My electronic editor, by the way, wanted to replace my perfectly good English word with the word "reprogrammed.")

"Unprogrammed" is evidently unheard of in the digital world run by digital systems. Unprogrammed is virtual death - or failure to even come into being.

All this barrage of electronic commands is made worse by my failure of trust in any of the organizations making the demands. I don't know what is real and what is a hoax. Even genuine organizations that I used to rely on have lost their moral center - or lost their control of employees who have lost it.

So here is my talk-back, my response to your demands.

You may not read it.

But at least you don't have to delete it.

May 3, 2020
Madison IN

A writer in The Atlantic asserts that American men do not want to wear masks because they feel it takes away their
manhood. It emasculates them.

I don't really get that at all. The Lone Ranger wore a mask, and all kinds of really tough bad-ass guys have historically worn bandanas, ski masks and stockings over their faces to hide their identities.

But wait - oh, yeah, I get it!

Wearing a mask e-maskulates them!

Er... just a minute. It's more like the opposite. Wearing a mask should enmaskulate them.

No, I just don't get it.

Not at all.

May 1, 2020
Madison IN

Today is May Day!

My gift to you is one of my sightings from one of the last days of April.

A rose! A yellow rose. In April!

Our gift to ourselves was a walk in Clifty Falls State Park, birdsong, and a mammal sighting. Not a squirrel, no chipmunk. Nothing human. A coyote? A wolfyote or coyowolfe, perhaps?

It was too light on its feet to be a dog, we thought. Its snout was very long.

It left the road and we didn't see it again.

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