Mary E. Adair
Remember playing that schoolyard game 'Red Rover' where two lines of kids lined
up facing each other about 15 yards or less apart, holding hands within the lines,
and screamed out
Red Rover, Red Rover
Let Dinky come over
then poor Dinky or whomever was called ran with all his/her might and tried to
bust through some weaker link in the chain of the other side. This game was
fraught with consequences. Either you worried your name would never be called
thus implying no one knew you or your name, or worried if they did, you'd never
reach the other side in one piece, and even if you did, you'd never break through
the line and forevermore be known as the weakling Dinky. Of course you might
even rebound off the line and be stumbling backwards trying to maintain your
balance just as the bell rang signaling end of recess time and all would rush
past you or over you, as the case may be. How I dreaded that game.
Now comes the confession part: to me politics is much like 'Red Rover.'
Nonetheless, in a supreme effort to be timely, this issue carries two
Editorials, each espousing the viewpoint of opposite factions in Politics, and
possibly hidden nuances yours truly totally missed. You can click on the byline
of the "Why I'm A Yellow Dog Democrat" and see other articles by the author
Thomas P. Love. The other side which consists of "An Open Letter to Senator
Barack Hussein Obama" by Leon A. Weinstein has been published several other
places. It has thus been responded to in many of those places including this link
you can check out if you desire: a
response to the letter by Weinstein.
With that out of the way, one moves forward to the other articles found this
"Country Rocks!!!" by L.C. Van Savage whose column "Consider This"
reflects on "Kissing."
E. Shackle also offers both article and column pieces
where the subject of hurling pumpkins or fighting bedbugs launch his information.
The next chapter in the series about Helmer's various careers, entitled "Great
Jobs 21-Stupid Moves" is found as an article while his column, "Cookin' With Leo"
serves up a delicious summertime treat.
Having a large family, many members who
write expressively, comes in handy, and this month Blake Bostick is not only a
great nephew, but the guest columnist discussing "Baby Steps to Leaving Home."
Blake is now serving in Korea, and is slated to go to Iraq in January.
"Irish Eyes," from our Dublin based columnist Mattie Lennon always entertains
and this column discusses the Irish version of social security, or old age
pensions, managing a laugh or two in the telling.
Gerard Meister in "Thinking
Out Loud" shows how even a casual excursion can aide one in deep decisions.
Francis, discusses measures to prevent disaster when your pc crashes in "Dave's
"Introspective" by Thomas F. O'Neil presents, with some trepidation, a series
of events in his hometown, using excerpts from local and area news sources, one of which is quoting his father, the mayor.
Though shocking, this type incident is occurring in other states also, and is an
extreme example of lack of respect for 'persons, property, and things' - such
'respect' was part of the training children received when your editor was growing
Mail Bag is not to be missed - you will be intrigued and possibly delighted
by the contents which include three collected emails.
Our mail also yielded a cute poem, and that can be found in the
poetry section, "The Online Addiction Poem."
John I. Blair occasionally unleashes his romantic nature, and here is one of
the more sensuous results, "Let Me Smell Your Skin Again" and the shyly passionate
"Wheatmeal Cookies." Not far behind is "Thanksgiving Highway" with a quiet lesson
in the last line. Being both birdwatcher and poet has treated readers many times
and "Sanderlings" paints a pretty picture while "Plainsong" sketches another.
"Digging in The Dirt" offers a glimpse into his logic.
Bruce Clifford's poetry for August question "The Things We Ought To Know" and
what he is doing in someone else's sleeptime with "Deep Inside Your Dreams."
Everything should turn out all right because he is "Setting The Code to Three."
Give the authors some feedback as all thrive on that. Keep cool and look for
us next month!
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