2016 Fall November 28 Monday

61 degrees, Walk 34:51 minutes

Starting work again after a 4 day weekend! Always a little tough, even if you really enjoy your work!

I think my expectations of a good weekend were met. It is hard to say what my expectations were, except for good food and good visiting and a change of pace for four days!

Listening to the Lectures on “The Great Gatsby”. It has a lot to say. I don’t recall ever actually reading the book, but I will have to put it on my to read “tu it”.

In it he mentions the main character tries to “erase the past” (maybe like “you can’t go home again” and, of course fails.

Over Thanksgiving, for some reason I asked my daughter if she had ever read the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and she said she had read it in high school.

I was surprised to hear she remembered reading it in high school (although high school isn’t that far in the past for her.)

Then I realized that I still remember short stories and books I read when I was in probably the 4th or 5th grade, so they apparently had an impact on me!

I think what surprised me most of all was the fact that I wasn’t aware of a major short story, primarily because it wasn’t even taught when I was in high school and even college, it hadn’t been “discovered” yet as an important story.

Sometimes I wonder how it is determined (and who determines it) if a short story, poem, book etc. is considered “important” enough to teach to students, many for whom what they learned in that class freezes their opinion or knowledge of what is “important” literature for the rest of their lives.

Probably a good reason for requiring long-term education, I think too much of what I learned may not relate to the present all that much.

On the other hand, you can learn from the past. Certainly a knowledge of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy is an important lesson in today’s world of scapegoating and targeting of certain races, religions or classes of people as “its all their fault”, the “big lie” etc.

I wasn’t surprised that the Attorney General of this state is being considered for a position in the national government. Incompetent people appointing incompetent people .

He wasted a lot of state funds on his own personal projects and hopefully will go to Washington DC and never come back.

I am sure he will be happy trying to force his personal (and paid for) opinions on everyone else.

It is is rumored he is thinking of running for Governor in 2018, which would be a true disaster. It would be interesting to know how much state money he spent on personal projects suing the federal government and how much money he took from special interests and then wrote an “opinion” on what the law meant.

A good reason that I learned you should never depend on “Attorney General” opinions, they probably reflect the opinion of special interests, not the actual law.

Anyway, that’s my opinion!

That’s it for now, Monday, November 28, 2016.

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