"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Sunday Salon. On the Count Down.

Weather: The night's are turning cold and threats of frost are in the air. Right now (Saturday afternoon) it is lovely and cool with blue skies.

Family news:  We visited a local pumpkin patch with our daughter and her family. Ian had fun running around, going on a ride pulled by a tractor, attempting to hit a box with a pumpkin in a sling shot, and jumping off a hay bale when grandma said "Jump". I love this photo so much. You can even see our other grandson's head peeking out from the cool mommy-n-baby coat.

Books: Amazingly I actually did a little reading this week.

  • Completed:
    •  The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. This was a book club selection for the club meeting this past Tuesday. Last week I mentioned that I had abandoned this book because of its serious and depressing message, but I picked it back up and nearly completed it in time for the meeting. I highly recommend it. It contains such a vital and timely message we all need to hear. (Print)
    • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. No wonder everyone who has read this told me to read it, too. I expected "how I became famous" but got "growing up in South Africa is hard work." There was not a hint of feeling sorry for himself, either. Wow. Now it's your turn. Read it! Better yet, listen to the audiobook. Noah reads it himself. (Audiobook)
    • Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mr. Rogers by Matthew Cordell. An authorized picture children's biography of Mr Rogers. Love it. (Print)
  • Currently reading
    •  A Velocity of Being: Letters to Young Readers by Maria Popova. A collection of over 100 letters written to young readers of the future from authors and other well-known people. I am so grateful that this book fell into my hands at this time. It is like a salve to a wound. (30%, print)
    • Writers and Lovers by Lily King. I started this audiobook ages ago and didn't finish it before it was due back at the library. I just got it back and am trying to pick up where I left off last time. (Audiobook, 50%) 
    • Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott. I picked this one up from my church library a few weeks ago, wanting something, anything to give me hope. At least I can read it even though there is so much chatter going on in my head. (50%, print)

Good News:

1. Endorsements for Biden. In the event you still need a little persuasion before you vote, read/view these:

  • Rolling Stone Magazine 
    • "We’ve lived for the past four years under a man categorically unfit to be president. Fortunately for America, Joe Biden is Donald Trump’s opposite in nearly every category: The Democratic presidential nominee evinces competence, compassion, steadiness, integrity, and restraint. Perhaps most important in this moment, Biden holds a profound respect for the institutions of American democracy, as well as a deep knowledge about how our government — and our system of checks and balances — is meant to work; he aspires to lead the nation as its president, not its dictator. The 2020 election, then, offers the nation a chance to reboot and rebuild from the racist, authoritarian, know-nothing wreckage wrought by the 45th president. And there are few Americans better suited to the challenge than Joe Biden."
  • USA Today
    • "Elect Joe Biden. Reject Donald Trump.  In 2016, we broke tradition in urging you not to vote for Trump. Now we're making our first presidential endorsement. We hope it's our last... Now, two weeks until Election Day, we suggest you consider a variation of the question Republican Ronald Reagan asked voters when he ran for president in 1980: Is America better off now than it was four years ago?"
  • Ret. Admiral William McRaven (who oversaw the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden) wrote an  op-ed in the Wall Street Journal endorsing Biden.
    • "This week I went to the polls in Texas. Truth be told, I am a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, small-government, strong-defense and a national-anthem-standing conservative. But, I also believe that black lives matter, that the Dreamers deserve a path to citizenship, that diversity and inclusion are essential to our national success, that education is the great equalizer, that climate change is real and that the First Amendment is the cornerstone of our democracy. Today I voted for Joe Biden."
  •  The Des Moines Register endorsed Biden several weeks ago. Now they are endorsing a slate of Democrats. Wow, just wow. If only people read newspapers still.
    • [Putting party above country] has led Republicans down a treacherous path of steadfast loyalty to a president who has coddled dictators, demonized immigrants, wavered on denouncing white supremacists, run the White House like a family business, routinely ignored science and witnessed over 215,000 Americans die in a pandemic on his watch. And the worst may be yet to come, since he has not committed to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election.

      That's why in this particular election every Republican incumbent should be voted out of office and every open seat should be awarded to the Democratic candidate.

      The Democratic candidates for Congress in Iowa have much to offer. But make no mistake: Elected Republicans' actions have been so poisonous that removing them from power is as important a goal as sending thoughtful public servants to Washington.  
  • Mel Brooks, first Presidential endorsement ever. (You never know what kind of weird news items I will find each week! Ha!)

2.This Joe Biden ad played during the first game of the World series, narrated by Sam Elliot. It is super patriotic. (Link)

3. Pope Francis calls for civil union law for same sex marriages. (Catholic News Agency)

  • “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” Pope Francis said in the film, of his approach to pastoral care.

4. This poem is by author Octavia Butler from the Parable of the Talents. It is very appropriate for us today.

5. A Texas teenager may have found a COVID-19 cure breakthrough. Really. Read about this astonishing story here. (DKos)

6. The polling still looks very good for Biden. Even on issues that the President thinks he has sown up, he is behind on most of them.

7.  Obama is back! Here he speaks at a Biden campaign rally in Philadelphia. It is 36 minutes long but I loved listening to him again! (Obama at Biden rally)

I'm not the only one who felt this way. Check out this meme that showed up the day after his speech.

Musical Interlude from Dave Mason and the Quarantines, playing "Feelin' Alright." Haven't heard of them? If you are an old rocker you'll recognize the musicians. Enjoy. (Listen here.)

On the Lighter Side:

1.Trump knows the only way he will win is if he cheats. And he is so crooked he thinks cheating is fine.

2. Doesn't it seem like Trump only does things for himself, not the country?

3. Trump lies so often some people don't even recognize them as lies. But others see the truth, like Tom Hanks!

4. Borat's new movie apparently caught Trump's attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, with his pants almost off. This is Borat defending him. (Snark)

5. Most laughs of the day, compliments of my sister Grace.

6. Unless you consider the kind of "treats" we've been eating in 2020. Yuck.

7.  Every week I think I won't find enough funny memes to fill my blog. Every week I am delighted by what I actually find. Musically speaking, this one seems to wrap up the year perfectly.

8. And the last word of the week goes to Gilligan's Island.

Another musical Interlude. This is not-to-be-missed. (Black Eyed Peas)

10 more days until election day. Breathing deep.

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  1. Borat and Giuliani were one of our headlines here in the UK! I haven’t watch the film yet but I believe Donald does not approve!

    I’ve been reading up on Mr Rodgers, I watched the first half of the Tom Hanks film about him and I can’t get over how lovely and genuine he is, I’ve been whistling his song all week much to my husbands annoyance!

    Have a lovely week.

    1. Mr. Rogers is the most genuine of people. The film is about his relationship with a reporter who was very skeptical about Mr. Rogers. They ended up having an amazing relationship for the rest of his life.

  2. It must be such a crazy time in the US at the moment. It certainly looks that way from the outside. I am crossing everything that it is good news when the election results come through.

  3. Wow that Rolling Stone endorsement- perfect! The Register as well. And yes I wish people still read papers!!!! Love the Elliott ad also.

    That Borat scene was cringeworthy.

    Love the music. :)

    It's been cooling off here too. Feels like October now! I hope you have a lovely weekend and a great week ahead!

    1. Borat is always cringeworthy but funny, too. He was here in Washington State spoofing a rightwing fair of some sort making the people sing a super racist song. Ha!

  4. I'm trying to stay hopeful. I especially loved The Atlantic's endorsement of Biden (take a look if you haven't seen it). In its 163-year history, The Atlantic has only endorsed three candidates until now, one of which was Abraham Lincoln. I enjoyed hearing Mel Brooks and seeing Tom Hanks...thanks.

    I've added Sixth Extinction, Born a Crime, and Hello Neighbor to my wish list. I'm not ready for Sixth Extinction right now, but I think Hello Neighbor is a great idea. What would Mister Rogers say about this world right now?

    Wonderful picture of your daughter and her family. I can see that you are enjoying those grandchildren. Such delights.

    Have a good week, Anne. Let's stay hopeful.

    1. I will look for the Atlantic endorsement. Thanks for the tip. I don't have a subscription so I will have to see if I can find a work-around.

  5. "The Sixth Extinction" and "Born a Crime" are definitely books I have enjoyed reading, and learned much from doing so. Good list.

    Also that's a great list of endorsements for Biden. I hope Trump has really unified the country so much that he will lose in a landslide of voters who are united in opposition to his incompetent and vicious reign.

    be safe! mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    1. Great way of thinking of it. Trump is uniting the country against him.

  6. Born A Crime is one of my favorite memoirs. It was way better than I expected. Thanks for sharing the good news! I was especially happy about the Pope speaking out about the LGBT+ community. When my best friend came out as gay in high school, he was treated horribly by our Christian classmates. I hope the Pope helps stop the hate. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  7. Wha wha wha!! Love your Halloween Candy! I might actually eat it .... I love brussels sprouts!

    Glad you enjoyed Born a Crime. I've read pits and pieces here and there and a couple hits close to home. Gosh it IS home! LOL!

    Hope you will have a good week and thanks for sharing all your funny snippets. Here's my
    The Sunday Post #16

  8. My dad grows pumpkins in his garden and I've been making all kinds of things with it. I listened to the audiobook of Born a Crime and thought it was funny and enlightening. I love the 2020 memes too!

  9. Hearing Obama speak gives me hope. 10 more days. Great videos you included today, thank you! And that musical score is priceless!

    1. I loved listening to Obama speak again. It was music to my ears.

  10. This political season is driving me crazy. I love all those endorsements. Hope you have a great week!

  11. Your grandson certainly looks like he is enjoying himself.

    Wishing you a great reading week, Biden for President!

  12. I love the family photo - it's adorable how you captured your grandson in mid-leap and they all look happy and relaxed. One to go on the mantlepiece! If you coped with The Sixth Extinction - you might appreciate Kim Stanley Robinson's The Ministry For the Future, where he tackles a fictionalised take on how to solve the problems looming over us. Thank you for swinging by and I hope you have a great week, Anne:))

  13. I absolutely love your posts! I couldn't have said any of it so well, and I smile all the way through. Going back now to watch some of the videos!

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  14. I'm still very worried but trying to be hopeful about the election. I like the Mel Brooks video. The past 4 years have been emotionally draining and exhausting. Enjoy your Halloween with your grandkids.

  15. I'm glad you were able to go to the pumpkin patch with your family. It's so good to be able to do seasonal things with your loved ones. I haven't read any of the books you talked about. But I really like Anne Lamott, so I'll look for that book. Have a wonderful week. New follower.

  16. I started Sixth Extinction way back when it came out and I got so existentially depressed I had to put it down and I have not picked it up again...I kept thinking maybe when the world is a little less depressing and that hasn't happened yet! But hopefully soon. It's a must-read and I need to put on my big-girl panties and read.

    I loved Trevor Noah's Born a Crime. Listened to it. I need relisten, though, it's been a couple of years.

    Love the pumpkin patch family pic. Glad all are doing well. I'll take a gander at those clips this week. Thanks for sharing!

  17. That Halloween meme is so true!
    Pumpkin patch looks like a lot of fun!

  18. That's a lovely picture of your daughter's family! I loved the Mel Brooks video. He's still very Mel Brooks-y, isn't he? I'll have to add Born a Crime and A Velocity of Being to my TBR. Enjoy your week!


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