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November 9th, 2016

Chances are that you or a friend woke up to bad news this morning. I’m in the “bad news” group. I did not vote for the top two, but voted for someone else.

However, after forty plus years of life in this wonderful country, I’ve learned some things.

Our country exists on a pendulum. We have the far left group, the far right group, and the ones in the middle. I am in the middle, as are many of my friends.

If our pendulum swings too far left for too long a period of time, the folks on the right get upset. And rightly so. So, when the time for change comes, the pendulum swings to the far right and lingers there for a while. The same applies for the opposite swing.

If I were going to get on a soap box of sorts, I would say that our government and our leaders need to learn how to compromise. Give and take. Don’t just take and take and take and expect people to want more of the same.

Now, I am off my soapbox.

I cannot change what happened during yesterday’s election. I can change my focus, though.

With that in mind, I have thought of the happy things  I have enjoyed and the other things I have to look forward to. I’ll share those with you.

  • The Crown – Netflix’s awesome TV show on the British royals. (I finished the series yesterday, though).
  • Good Girls’ Revolt – Amazon Prime’s awesome series on 1960s working girls fighting for their rights in the workplace. I’ve seen over half of the episodes so far.
  • Mud Season by Ellen Stinson – a non-fiction book on a woman moving her family to Vermont. Funny, clever, and very insightful. Completely read, and thoroughly enjoyed.
  • The Dirty Life by Kristan Kimball – a non-fiction book on a writer who leaves the big city for the love of a farmer and of good food. Completely read, and thoroughly enjoyed, too.
  • Good Grief by Ellen Stinson – another non-fiction book on this funny lady’s life in Vermont. I’m about halfway through this one.
  • Sewing. I have some fat quarters of cotton that I want to sew…into something. I don’t know what, but I am going to make something like these lunch bags
  • Baking cookies. I found a great recipe for Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies I don’t know when I’ll cook them, but it will be soon.
  • Educational videos on how to improve your work life and your real life. If you can afford it, you can swing for a subscription to Lynda.com; if you are a military veteran (like me), you can get a free subscription. (Lynda.com is available as a Roku channel).
  • Fall and the great outdoors. No one can take that from us.

 So, be sure to look away from your fears. Look at what you can enjoy and what you can change.

 

Cyndia Rios-Myers

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