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These Are My Thoughts & Mine Alone

September 15, 2021

Leadership Notes

Could this mid-September weather get any stupider? One fun fact about life in these Great Lake states is that summer normally peaks from the middle of July to the middle of August and then begins its inexorable slide into a cooler, milder September. 2021 seems unusual. I know I'm going to get my descriptives wrong, since we've graduated from global warming to climate change to climate crisis, but whatever weird climate phase we're in, could this be a part of it? As you pay attention to the talking heads and weather experts, you know any weather anomaly usually gets chalked up to gwcccc. Who knows? Snow in October? I can only hope.

Did you know there's a school district in Colorado that says if educators don't enforce mask mandates for students, it's a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and $5,000 fine? Reasonable or an authoritarian overreach?

On my way into church Tuesday morning, there were six deer on the golf course. If I said I saw six deers, I would be roundly mocked. Yet if, in another situation, I said I saw six squirrel, I would be called a fool. Language rules are sometimes weird. I might start assuming everyone knows more than one is plural and stop wasting time adding an "s."

Apparently, there's some annual gala in the Big Apple that costs over $30,000 to attend. My understanding is it raises money for a worthy cause {the kind of arts that are out of reach, or even the desire to reach, for the average American}. I loved the picture of an up-and-coming political maverick who is admired and respected for her sound opposition to capitalism. She wore a cutting-edge gown that had "Tax the Rich" printed on it. At first glance I thought it was an ad for Chick-fil-A.

Is it just me or does anybody else think that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's parents made a mistake when they named him Anthony? Should have named him Abraham…Abraham Blinken, or for short, Abe Blinken. You know I'm right.