My as-yet-unpublished letter to the NYTimes about their disgusting Calvin Klein advert

I’m disgusted at the Calvin Klein ad that seems to support the NYT app, in addition to my $8 a month subscription because it could be a picture of the very underage, skeletal, confused, oblivious-looking girl wearing only skimpy flannel undergarments that [Jeffrey] Epstein and his associates might have had sex with. (See below). Do you think those girls enjoyed what they were put through?

Do you think they volunteered for they went through? I wish the NYT, along with many others, would grow a pair of their own and forbid ads that border on depicting and promoting child sex abuse and, instead, stand up against it. For heaven’s sake, what the hell are we thinking?

I’d like you to publicize my concerns, anonymously if you must, and call yourselves on the carpet for whatever you want to call this practice that is just designed to promote immoral thoughts in nasty people, not sell underwear.

I believe it’s only a matter of time before I get suckered into buying health insurance from a spammy phone call or medication from a spammy email, or conned into giving away my Google or PayPal password to someone telling me my account has been compromised. I guess that by the time I’m senile enough for that to happen, they will be doing much worse things with the data they’re mining.

Do Not Forget Who You Are…

You are brave
You are strong
You are inspiring
You are a king among all others
Most importantly you are loved
You are cherished
You are appreciated
You are valued
You are someone’s everything.

Couples affirmations -- Print as many as you like, or need. (download)

‘It seems to me we’re all just beginners at love’ (with apologies to Raymond Carver)

One of the more beautiful passages of writing I’ve read recently:

Outside in the backyard, one of the dogs began to bark. The leaves of the aspen that leaned past the window ticked against the glass. The afternoon sun was like a presence in this room, the spacious light of ease and generosity. We could have been anywhere, somewhere enchanted. We raised our glasses again and grinned at each other like children who had agreed on something forbidden.
~ From Raymond Carver’s
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”

Why don’t we do something about it?

So the beekeeping INDUSTRY is suing the EPA for approving an INSECTICIDE that has been shown to be harmful to bees and has possibly resulted in the 40% decrease in bee colonies beekeepers across the country have reported between April 2018 and April 2019. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY?????  And am I the only one who sees it? The government needs oversight so we can ensure they stop harming us!!!!

A favorite:

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ~ E.B. White

… there is only one human heart.

“I have never met any human being in all my travels—and I have traveled extensively, including time spent with Native American peoples, with Australian Aborigines, and with the Maoris of New Zealand—that gave me the slightest doubt that in our heart of hearts we are all one. Not just similar—one; there is only one human heart.” ~ David Steindl-Rast, Timeless Visions, Healing Voices  (again with thanks to Pace e Bene’s daily quotation email)

Do you write to change the world?

“You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” ~ James Baldwin

Are we really free to do what we want?

Why do we tend to let ourselves do only the things we think we’re good at, trained at, educated in, experienced with, experts at?

How do we do let go of this constraint? Why don’t we do it more often? And what happens when we do?

Which is to say: Don’t restrict yourself to doing only what you’re good at. Try doing something you yearn to do. Something that excites you. Something you may think you’re not good at but you’ve always wanted to try.

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