life in the USA

Day 3602: Waiting

As I was waiting last night for more results from the USA mid-term elections, I posted this on Twitter:

If you’re waiting for quotes about waiting, here they are:

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Do you see waiting in my images for today?

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Traditions are important, and shit you not — I traditionally refer to this song when I talk about waiting:

I’ll be waiting for your comments about this “waiting” post.

If you’re waiting for my gratitude for you, here it is.

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Day 3599: What I’m watching

Here and now, I’m watching the lunar eclipse through my window. As I watch the moon disappear, I know it will reappear again. I wish I felt that confident about eroding rights in the USA.

Later today, I’ll be watching people in remote therapy sessions and at my local polling place. In the evening, I’ll be watching the news after the polling places close. Depending upon the results, I might take a mental health break by watching Joan, who seems to spend a lot of time watching me.

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Here are other things I’ve been watching lately:

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I’m hoping that many Daily Bitches (like me) are voting in this election.

Here’s the first thing that shows up when I search YouTube for “what I’m watching.”

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I’m watching those I love with gratitude, including you.

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Day 3597: How things are going to turn out

As much as I try to appreciate and dwell in the precious current moment, it’s hard not to wonder and worry about how things are going to turn out.

When focusing on how things are going to turn out interferes with my ability to appreciate the present, I redirect my attention, over and over again, to being here, now.

Nevertheless, I do wonder how things are going to turn out today, tomorrow, and on Election Day this Tuesday. I worry about how things are going to turn out for my son Aaron and future generations. I hope Americans turn out in record numbers to vote this time.

I don’t know how the future will turn out, but I do know how things turned out yesterday for me, because I

  • got my hair cut by the fabulous Mia,
  • went for a beautiful walk with my beautiful friend Barbara,
  • spent time with other humans and cats I love,
  • had delicious food, and
  • made some final decisions about the repair work to our home.

Let’s see how this blog post turns out, shall we?

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It turns out I found this on YouTube when I searched for “how things are going to turn out saxophone.”

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Thanks to all who helped me turn out another daily blog post, including YOU!!!!

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Day 3594: What the hell is wrong?

Lately, I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep. What the hell is wrong?

The polls in the United States, the week before Election Day, are indicating that fear, anger, and short-term reactivity can too often win out over long-term context and reasoning. What the hell is wrong?

There is evidence everywhere about the devastating effects of climate change, but individuals and governments are not focusing on working together to mitigate this. What the hell is wrong?

Other countries in the world have instituted effective solutions to the issue of gun violence and yet the USA is unable to follow suit despite the unassailable data about this. What the hell is wrong?

Speaking of unassailable data, so many people are swayed more by conspiracy theories and lies than by data and facts. What the hell is wrong?

In the last week, every time I check my Twitter account, I’ve lost more followers. What the hell is wrong?

In the last month, because of intermittent problems starting my yellow Honda Fit, I’ve replaced the key battery, the car battery, AND the alternator, and now my mechanic says I need a new starter. What the hell is wrong?

I apparently have redirected my anxiety about all the above (and other things I can’t control) to obsessing about trivial decisions related to our shower repair and remodel. What the hell is wrong?

I help others develop effective coping strategies to manage stress and yet I often have trouble practicing what I preach. What the hell is wrong?

What the hell is wrong with my images for today?

What the hell is wrong with men making dinner most days? As you can see from my husband Michael’s latest delicious concoction …

… nothing is wrong with that.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “what the hell is wrong?”

What the hell is wrong with asking for comments about this what-the-hell-is-wrong post?

What the hell is wrong with my expressing gratitude for all those who help me create this daily blog, including YOU?

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Day 3593: Tranquility

In the week before the U.S. midterm elections, I am searching for tranquility.

Can you find tranquility in my images for today?

I’m very aware of stress on National Stress Awareness Day, so I’m going to search for “tranquility” on YouTube.

Ahmad Jamal’s music has given me tranquility and much more over the years, so thanks to him and everyone else who helped me create this Tranquility post, including YOU.

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Day 3586: Scared

I’m scared about

  • the USA midterm elections,
  • the future of this country, and
  • the future of the world.

When I’m scared, it’s difficult to focus on the gifts of the present moment, even though there are many around me. I will take a breath and try to be less scared, here and now.

Are you scared by any of today’s images?

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I’m scared of stupid people voting awful and greedy liars into power. If they do, I’m scared that we’re dead.

Here’s “Scared” by the Tragically Hip.

I’m not scared of any reactions you might have to this “scared” post.

Thanks for keeping me company when I’m scared — that helps!

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Day 3580: States

The United States of America is approaching its midterm election. I am in such a state about the state of our country that I’m afraid to read what this New York Times article states:

I’d like to state that I live in the state of Massachusetts and I wish that the state of my country and the world weren’t so precarious right now. I hope people are in clear-thinking states of mind when they vote in their local elections. The state of inflation is bad world-wide right now and we can’t overstate how often people vote based on the state of their bank accounts. .

What states can you find in my other images for today?

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Here’s what I find when I search for “states” on YouTube:

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What state are you in? Feel free to state your states in a comment, below.

I’m in a state of gratitude for everyone who helps me state my states every day, including YOU!

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Day 3568: Local news

In my therapy groups, I often suggest that people share local news, defining “local news” this way:

If there were a cable news network dedicated to reporting about your life, what would the headlines be?

Do you see local news in today’s blog post?

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I hope the local news doesn’t get much worse.

When I search YouTube for “local news” it’s all too scary and depressing, so here is “Weird Al“ Yankovic’s “Headline News.”

What’s the local news where you are?

Thanks to all who help me report my local news every day, including YOU.

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Day 3562: Never seen

I’ve never seen

  • a Supreme Court like the one we now have in the USA,
  • the current level of wealth inequality,
  • so much misinformation deliberately disseminated on social media,
  • a storm like Ian,
  • a cat like Joan, and
  • a movie like Metropolis.

I assume you’ve never seen most — if not all — of today’s images.

I’ve never seen National GOE Day before but I’ve seen many people who have dealt with abuse and trauma, so I’m glad this days exists.

I’ve also never seen National Name Your Car Day, but I have seen people who have named their car, including my good friend Deb (“Oskah”) and me (“M.L. Carr”).

I’ve never seen this “Never Seen” video before.

I look forward to comments I’ve never seen before.

Thanks to all who helped me create this “never seen” post, including YOU.

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Day 3534: What’s going on?

Yesterday, as I was trying to figure out what’s going on in the world, I saw this at a local college:

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Let’s see what’s going on in my other images for today.

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In case you forgot the title of today’s post, here’s “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye.

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What’s going on here, now, is gratitude for all of you.

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