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they’re still riding the Bernie train

I never got on board.  Just about everyone I know boarded the Bernie Sanders train and most of them are still riding it on the railroad tracks to nowhere land.  Early on in the campaign, before the Democratic party stole the primary and handed it to Hillary, when Bernie Sanders was gaining ground and gaining popularity… oh, my liberal friends were eating it up.  They loved his unpolished demeanor and his message of equality, inclusiveness, and bold promises of public spending on healthcare, education, support for Planned Parenthood and Black Lives Matter.

Bernie Sanders photo by Gage Skidmore

Don’t get me wrong, I welcome those messages as well, especially in contrast to the lying, posturing, corporate greed and warmongering of the other candidates.  I agree with Bernie Sanders on the goals of equal opportunity and justice.  I suspect he doesn’t know shit about economics, but I don’t understand that stuff well enough myself to be sure.

What was a huge turn off for me was the obsession with Bernie Sanders the individual.  No nuance, no questioning or doubts expressed anywhere.  Just blind allegiance from the get go.  Bernie this, Bernie that.  Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.  Feel the Bern.  For months if I went on Facebook, that is all that I would see in my feed.

Gag me with a spoon! Yuck!  Clearly, I’m not a joiner.  Because as soon as masses of people are on board, I’m all “NO THANKS!”  These are people that I know personally, that I respect, that I enjoy spending time with.  People I love.

But I don’t love Bernie Sanders.  I don’t care about Bernie Sanders.  He’s just a man.  Both as strong and as fallible as any other human.  I will not ascribe superhuman qualities to any earthly person.  Not Bernie, not Obama, not even Stephen Curry.

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Posted by on December 8, 2017 in Politics


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I have said for years (quietly and mostly to myself) that hate and love are on a continuum, so hate is actually just loving something a very tiny little bitty bit. And this post by Regie shows that love can grow.

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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Uncategorized


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On the Necessity of Parents’ Doing their Children’s Homework.

I was jaw-drop shocked when I went to school with my fourth grader and his mission project and saw all the mission models that had been made by these students PARENTS. WTF? No adult in their right mind would think these little 9 and 10 year old had built these mission models. So why are they getting extra credit for it?

I stupidly let my son make his model all on his own out of corrugated cardboard. And he did a brilliant job, imitating his specific mission and building a sheep pen with sheep in it, an element again specific to his mission. But he was so embarrassed when he saw the store-bought kit models that other kids brought to school that he left his own creation in a plastic bag in the corner of the classroom and wouldn’t even display it. (sad mommy tears)



As I said in the previous post, rebellion is in the air. A rebellion against the oppression of homework and the tyrannous teachers who spoil the quality of students’ life assigning it. However, while analyzing these vigorous movements, I have realized that here in Italy, as usual, there is an anomaly. In fact, they do not seem to be grown out of the necessity of those “ill-treated” students, as it would be normal to assume, but rather, their parents’. It seems a kind of weird, I know, but it actually explains the nature of the phenomenon and why this generation of parents feels haunted and frustrated about homework habit: THEY do their children’s homework, that is all .

pin3Of course, I cannot but unconditionally sympathize with them, as that was the “duty comes before pleasure and leisure” generation, my generation. Our parents would  have never dreamed of questioning the necessity…

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Posted by on November 4, 2016 in Parenting


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