“A Mind That Held the Stars”

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

— Stephen Hawking’s components failed on March 14, 2018.

Enjoy the stars, Stephen. You will be missed.



Quick Lesson for Some of My Blog Followers

First, I want to say I appreciate every single one of you that has clicked the “Follow” button on my blog. And if you decide to also click the “Like” button after you’ve read a post, that’s even better! It’s exciting to know that what I write appeals to such a wide variety of readers. 🙂

But part of the pleasure in being a blogger are the “conversations” that follow a blog posting. In fact, “comments” are the lifeblood of blogs.

I realize that if you visit right after a post is published, the comment section is most likely blank. Only if you make a note to yourself to visit again at a later time will you know if anyone has offered an opinion on a topic. And in our busy lives, who wants to have to remember to do this?

However, there is a better way. Simply sign up for email notifications. Here’s how:

Type in https://wordpress.com/ into your browser (or click on the link). This will take you to a page that shows all the latest posting of the blogs you follow. You will also see the option to “Manage.”

Click on it and a drop-down list of the blogs you follow will appear. On the right of each blog name is the word “Settings.” Click on it. There you will find two options: one to receive an email whenever a new post is published (Immediately, Daily, or Weekly) and one to receive an email whenever a New Comment has been added.

I encourage you to mark the option to receive New Comments for this blog. That way, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in discussions on topics that interest you — and I would love to hear from you!

If you have any questions, click on the Contact link at the top of this blog and I’ll respond as quickly as possible.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll join the Family of Nan’s Notebook.

You’re Wrong and I’m Right!

In the county where I now live, there is a rather contentious measure scheduled to be voted on in November. While it’s not unusual to “take sides,” there was an article in today’s local paper where a woman who supports the measure was verbally attacked after she posted some information about it on Craigslist.

It seems that shortly after her comments were published, she received some emails from an individual who disagreed with her position. But rather than simply disagreeing, he wrote the following:

“F___ you environmental terrorists! Go hug a tree and I hope you get sniped and carted away to a place unthought of.”

In a second email, after she had posted some additional information about the measure, she received this message:

“Shut your filthy communist scum mouth!!!!!”

This was followed by multiple curse words, and then this:

“If you are interested in mutual combat, I’ll meet up with you anywhere with my bumpstocks and belts of ammo.”

She had also been called an “environmental Nazi” during the time she was trying to collect signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

It seems that nowadays this type of response is not at all uncommon. In fact, I frequently read similar interactions on Facebook where the “comment” section is filled with those who vehemently disagree with an individual’s religious or political perspective. And the longer the conversation goes, the more offensive the remarks seem to get.

And I wonder. Why is this happening? Is it simply a “sign of the times?” Does it have to do with the recent presidential election? It certainly seems intolerance of others is much more prevalent (and visible) during the past several months.

Or does this combative attitude … this disrespect and intolerance of others … go much deeper than external causes? Could it be that it’s actually originating from the core of certain individuals and their words and actions are simply manifestations of inner turmoil?

What do you think? Why do individuals feel it necessary to (verbally) attack those who disagree with them with such anger? Why do some feel the only way to express themselves is through offensive and degrading language? Is it personality driven? Or is it something else?

(Perhaps Victoria will visit and offer her input. 🙂 )

Trump to Obama — Damn You!

Our delightful leader (?) has struck once again in his efforts to destroy all things Obama. The latest, of course, is his “Executive Order” related to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and his decision on the Iran nuclear agreement.

One reporter commented: his efforts to assail Obama’s legacy is “a source of constant exasperation for the property tycoon turned novice politician, who finds himself isolated and lashing out.”

Analysts say these actions reflect his “boiling frustration with the limits of presidential power.” Not surprising. He’s used to running his own company without interference from anyone. He makes the decisions and Tough Shit to anyone who disagrees. Unfortunately (for tRumpsky), it’s been a rude awakening to find that it doesn’t work that way in Government.

But that doesn’t mean he’s not going to give it the old college try.

We who are on the receiving end of his bitterness are not only sick at heart (and body), but we’re also frustrated and disgusted that our namby-pamby Congress isn’t pushing back. tRumpsky is pretty much walking all over them — although there have been a couple of dissenters and more seem to be coming to the forefront. (Thank the gods!)

His frustrations in not being able to “get his way” is becoming more and more apparent. It’s been reported he has expressed his hatred for “everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!” (Now he’s experiencing what many on the other side of the aisle feel about him.)

Some say the recent actions and criticisms from certain individuals that he considers friends indicate tRumpsky may finally be getting the message he is unfit and incapable of running the country.

Not likely, but we can hope (and pray, if so inclined).


A Bit of Catch-Up

Hello all!

Perhaps a few of you have noticed my absence? It’s OK if you haven’t because I realize there are a plethora of other blogs to visit.  Even so, I wanted to let you know I’m still alive and kicking and to share with you the reason for my “non-presence.”

Are you ready?

(Drum Roll)

We sold our house! And we’ll be moving into the one we wanted so badly (that I referenced in a previous post)!

Our buyers requested an extended closing, so we won’t be making the physical move until the first of August (more time to pack. Ugh.) but the process is underway. Yay!

And guess what!??! It all came about without any pleas to some “Big Guy in the Sky.” Just a lot of positive thinking. 🙂