100 Word Challenge: Surprise

I stayed up Tuesday night watching the U.S. Presidential election returns. I was hugely dumbfounded by the results, and more than a little uneasy over what that result portends. Donald Trump, millionaire businessman and reality television celebrity, will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017. The 100 days following an inauguration is […]

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100 Word Challenge: Voice

I Voted sticker

This week early voting began in my hometown. As I have in previous years, for local, state and national elections, I took advantage of the opportunity to cast my ballot in this presidential race. When I arrived, there were two people at individual booths filling in their ballots, and two people ahead of me waiting […]

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100 Word Challenge: Duty

Yesterday was Super Tuesday in the U.S., the biggest day for presidential primaries/caucuses, with voters from 16 states registering their choice for the Democratic or Republican candidates. My state of Florida begins a nine-day, early voting period this weekend and I will be dutifully exercising my right as a citizen to cast a preliminary ballot. […]

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Give me a T, give me an R, give me a U, M, P!

trump pep rally banners

Friday night I went to a political rally, and didn’t even get a T-shirt. I traveled almost two hours, one-way, to attend a rally for presidential hopeful Donald Trump. All of my friends, to a person – saving the friend I went with to the event – questioned my sanity. If I am anything, I […]

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Yesterday I got a “shaming” letter in the mail. Typically, I toss any and all mailers in the recycling. Most of them are junk – advertising goods and services I’m don’t care about. This one, pointed out to me by my son, was from Citizens for a Better Florida, an Orlando-based PAC that calls itself […]

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Got up early Saturday morning to head out for my photo hike. I had an ulterior motive to propel me out of the door before 7 a.m. Florida’s early voting began this morning too. Polls opened at a new precinct in the city where I live, and I went to perform my civic duty and […]

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