Archive for July, 2017

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Red roads lead to home

July 30, 2017

With family and deep family roots in North Dakota, I spent much of my life in central and western North Dakota. My paternal grandparents farmed in a small western ND town, Golva, just a few miles from the Montana state line.

Golva is less than 200 miles from the state capital of Bismarck. Across those miles, the geography transforms. The same is true when you head east toward the Minnesota line. The artistry of the glaciers is quite amazing, if you stop to think about it.

This website explains in easy-to-understand terms how glaciation did what it did to the Northern Plains. My most favorite part of the state is “The Little Missouri Badlands.” Since I’ve not yet seen the Grand Canyon (can you say, “bucket list?”), I describe The Badlands as a small Grand Canyon.

So, when this weekend my husband’s sister-in-law posted a picture from Montana where their little family attended a wedding, I returned to my past.

Her photo comment about scoria roads took me back to the drive to my grandparents’ farm. The drive was always for my siblings and me, both torturous and thrilling. It seemed to take forever with many, “Are we there yet?” moments.

Yet, when we hit the red rock road, a.k.a., scoria, our excitement heightened because we knew we were close. I always loved the scoria roads and the scoria all around in the rock wall formations of the glaciers.

Funny how you can forget, and then in an instant, memories pop to the surface. Several years ago, the county (I believe) paved the road to Grandma’s. For ND winter maintenance, I’m sure it was a wise decision. Easier to plow and easier to drive.

Yet, it covers an element of western ND charm – scoria. I understand it’s still there and is west of there. In the southeast, where I live now, some areas have red clay. Still, it’s not the same as the red rock and doesn’t have the sentimental value for me that scoria has. Silly, I guess, that red rock can make me smile.

Schmeling Farm Yard-2 5-2002

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President-in-Training (unfortunately for the rest of us)

July 23, 2017

When a public servant, elected or other, is willing to sacrifice his constituents for his pride, we do not have a public servant. It becomes exponentially more frightening to me when that public servant is the leader of all US public servants – the president of the United States.

Yes, our current president said, on camera, it’s time to “just let Obamacare fail.” Horrifying and insensitive! Not like that would hurt any ummm – people!

It is his job to own it, not let it fail without an alternative. It is his duty to work it, not walk away from it. It is his moral and political obligation.

What happened to his campaign bravado that he could negotiate and make deals? That he knows how to compromise?

I did not vote for him but I could see a connection between the ability to reach compromise and the need for that in Congress. If he was smart, he would figure out how to leverage his negotiation skills to build those relationships with all Congressional members. If he could do that, he and this country, might reach solutions and achieve progress.

Instead, we are stuck with a tired, ignorant, non-transparent president and administration. So far, they have accomplished nothing except to show us all how untrustworthy they are. All citizens, you know, those of us who are ordinary, hard-working, non-billionaire people, should be frightened and outraged. Current US leadership is wont to do anything for us.

Some days, I think Trump will get up one morning soon and say, “I’m done. I don’t need this. It’s harder than I thought it would be.” (He’s already admitted that the job and health care reform are too hard for him.)

The rest of us knew it was a hard job with difficult issues. We should never have chosen a president-in-training. That’s the VP job. I hope I’m right that he’ll walks away. I won’t hold my breath because he seems intent to destroy our country except for the select 1 percent.