Kavanaugh? Who?

We all have feeling about this guy Brett Kavanaugh!

Some of us like him, some of us don't. We all have the right to our opinions. I have my own.
I don't want to talk about it anymore! Uh... well yes I do, because this world will not shut me up, just because this leadership has shown me that what a woman says does not really matter enough to fully investigate. Yes fully investigate, something we know was not done.

What many around me are forgetting is that Brett Kavanaugh is not under criminal investigation. He is in a job interview, a most prestigious job, one that might have great effect on many of our lives. So I for one expect a diligent back ground check on such a candidate for such an important job! Why, I've been to a few job interviews myself, I highly doubt I would be hired had I had a temper outburst and crying fit because an outsider whispered something in the ear of my potential boss. Nope, I would keep my composure while I defend and debate the issues at hand which have appeared like a speed bump on my way to the best job of my life. I would not risk loosing the opportunity to be hired by telling lies, or shamelessly redirect the question to the big boss interviewing me.

But isn't that what this judge did? Putting aside the entire allegations on sexual assault, and way before we even knew of a Dr. Christine Ford, this judge was lying under oath. He had lied in past hearings, he has lied in this current hearing, I would think if I lied under oath before judge Kavanaugh, he would not give me a pass. Yet he was given one, by the republicans, by the president, and some Americans.

My ever humble opinion is, he should have been disqualified based on the realization that he was not forthcoming in his answers and has lied under oath. I am very certain this great United States of ours has produced many judges with high credentials that could have easily been nominated, Merrick Garland for one, he ranks higher than Brett Kavanaugh, in fact he is his boss!

It has been a shameful day in town, but nothing is forever, not even a judge... though it will be a long ride so hold on tight.


In the eye of the storm

How many of you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is roll over and grab your smart phone? I used to do that, a reaction which became a sick habit after November 6, 2016. Yes, you know what I am talking about, I think many of us fell into a dark place, not really understanding what we were feeling after the last elections. However, we knew we had to be vigilant and stay informed, and we made sure we had all our settings right on that smartphone not to miss a single incoming news.

Well maybe you might be one of the 33% who were walking with a satisfied smile on your face, thinking ahah! We will now drain the swamp at last! Only to see the swamp getting thicker, and deeper. I, on the other hand was suddenly made aware of those around me, and where their hearts stood. I discovered a not so pleasant side of those I thought were close friends - I began weaving a subtle distance from those who supported or simply turned a blind eye to the clear bigotry that was displayed before our eyes. Speaking for myself alone, I actually considered the potential of a non political becoming president, but the day I saw the candidate mock a handicap person, I lost all interest in finding out more. That was a no-brainer to me.

Anyway, back to our smartphones and social media that constantly remind us of the daily obsenities, the daily shootings, the daily stupidities going on - just in our country, let alone the rest of the world. It is draining, honestly this president didn't set out to drain the swamp, he set out to drain us all of our sanity, and serenity. So when 2018 chimed, I vowed to do a facebook fast, only read newspaper, and keep off the smartphone games as well. It has helped me. I feel a bit more relax, and while I do receive a flow of information, I make sure to get my news from public newspapers and stations. Not propaganda media forms.

It has made a world of difference, I feel less anxious and I don't get sick anymore. I do contribute the latter to better eating and resting. A big bowl of fruits each morning will do wonders to your health. Keeping the facebook engagement to zero, and getting my news from real journalists has changed my outlook. While I still feel compassion and concern when I hear bad news, I don't get angry, I am more grounded and on a clear path to get my chores done, complete my work on time, spend more quality time outdoors with my children; and physically gather with friends, exchanging in real-time not virtual time. I don't even like texting anymore - I like to talk on the phone, or over a coffee.

So if you need to create a more serene environment and reclaim your energy, start my turning off the smartphone alerts, do a month long or few months long facebook fast. Make an effort to see people in person and clear the clutter in your house-you'd be surprised how much you get done.

Life is chaotic, the world is changing faster and faster, the dow is up, the dow is down, the constitution is under attack, our government doesn't know how to govern, people are more vocal with their bigotry, and misogyny but also people are very vocal against it. Clearly we are bombarded with so much information. It is time to chill.

Let go, calm down, take a deep breath, today is a new day - without social media.

"C'est la vie" Khaled

Who is Khaled, you ask?

He is an Algerian raï singer-songwriter
born in Sidi El Houari in Oran Province of Algeria.

Not long ago, I was browsing through you tube looking for new songs, new beats, something to cheer me up and take me away from all the crazy news surrounding me. The world is going mad after all, with daily shootings that Yahoo makes sure to inform me every morning, planes crashing, disappearing and never pinging, the Syrian war and the atrocities happening all around the Middle East - it is disheartening.

Yes many of these things so far away, yet so close as I often sit with friends over coffee and hear their fears for their families who live in these regions. Their hopes that their brothers, sisters, cousins, mothers manage to leave the war torn zones and make it somehow to America. But is America any better, well yes it is. Though with the daily bad news we hear in homeland, it comes a point where you just throw your hands in the air and wonder "what can I do to help?" 

We can't stop the wars, we can protest, we can raise our voices, but most of the the time we surrender, feeling helpless.

So I was on You tube searching for a happy song, the kind those young Iranians got jailed for dancing on, you know. But I had grown tired of that Happy song. Then I fell on Khaled's video "C'est la vie!" meaning It's life! I clicked and was hooked, danced and danced and danced. I found joy again.... if only it lasted. 

But I suppose that is the way life goes, pretty much like a roller coaster. Up and down. Today it is up again and time to dance again regardless what is happening in the world. I have come to realize that sometimes the quickest and surest way to win against darkness is to spread happiness and love.

Here is the video C'est La Vie (this is life) 
"On va s'aimer, on va dance , oui c'est la vie Lalalala! "
(We will love each other, we will dance for this is Life Lalalala!)