November 17, 2018, Superior-
(I came back to this old mining town, to visit a friend who operates a unique cafe and to inquire as to the health of her husband, who has been seriously ill. He’s doing much better and she is still doing a good business.)
So, people have, on occasion, asked
if this or that anomalous situation
is my first rodeo.
Most know better,
and are being sarcastic.
I don’t deal with new situations,
the same way the street warriors
of New York, Los Angeles or Atlanta
deal with such things.
Then again, I have not faced
very many life or death situations.
That said, few of us are neophytes,
to most of what life throws at us.
We need patience with one another;
the spring-loaded with the laid back,
and vice versa.
That patience is hard to come by,
and sometimes may not happen,
in this life.
It is, nevertheless, worth making an effort.
My life, at present, is peaceful.
I am thinking, more presently,
of a newly-elected official,
a steady-as-she -goes workhorse,
now being attacked by
a spring-loaded,conservative journalist,
for not living up to the letter of a promise
A variation on the letter of the matter
to which she made the promise,
took place this past week.
The rabble rouser pounced,
in the pages of our state’s largest newspaper.
This was a most transparent attack
on the integrity of a public servant,
whom I have followed closely,
for 19 years.
There was a promise of more to come,
and with this particular journalist,
I take her at her word.
I will say this,
there is a learning curve,
in anything we do.
There will always be
someone who takes umbrage,
at even the most well-intentioned act.
Some people have just been hurt too often,
and see down as up.
Some people crave control,
and smell blood, from the tiniest cut.
Some people just enjoy chaos,
and fuel the spectacle.
Neophytes must learn fast,