Thursday, December 02, 2021

Thursday Thirteen

1. Thinking about what to write for Thursday Thirteen becomes difficult when I am not thinking well at all.

2. I'm not thinking well because there are too many thoughts swirling around, so many I can't grab one and plop it down. There are thoughts that are personal, thoughts about my husband, thoughts about my friends, thoughts about my community, thoughts about my nation, thoughts about the world. Complex, tangible, yet incoherent thoughts because so much is going on.

3. It was inconceivable to me prior to 2016 that there were people who wanted to destroy whatever it is we have, which is not Democracy or a Republic, really, but a sort of autocratic semi-fascist socialist democracy, and replace it with a total autocracy (aka as a king), but apparently there are plenty of people who want to dismantle the nation and return to something that never really existed in the first place.

4. Many of those people are still in the government. At least two were recently appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

5. While I think our autocratic semi-fascist socialist democracy or whatever it is needs loads of repair, it doesn't need autocracy or more fascism. It doesn't need to be run by a cult.

6. Knowledge is power. The things unknown were always the things I did my best to find when I was a news reporter. Not because I wanted to be powerful, but because I then gave the knowledge back to the people in a news story. I gave the power back to the people. The power belongs to the people. Not to a single person, or a small few, or a single party. To the people.

7. We have a lovely day ahead of us, with warm temperatures and sunshine after the partly cloudy part goes away. I am missing out because I am inside with a sinus infection. Perhaps I shall step out on the porch for a sniff of fresh air.

8. The Lord of the Rings is not a Christmas movie, but it was released at Christmas 20 years ago, and I try to watch it at Christmas every year. All three movies. Over 10+ hours.

9. Yesterday, I thought I saw a moose in the field. Then I thought I saw a buffalo. They were but shadows shifting, but I had taken some guaifenesin and that medication tends to make me jittery. I need to take some this morning but I wanted to write this first. Who knows what strange things I will see in the shadows today.

10. My cellphone is about 4 years old. The battery says it holds 87% charge but it drains quickly, especially if I'm listening to a book or playing a game. I ordered a replacement battery and I'm going to try to put in a new battery myself. If I can't, I will have to go buy a new cellphone. Fingers crossed. I don't want a new cellphone. I like this one.

11. You can find anything on youtube, even videos about how to replace the battery for your exact cellphone. I've watched several. It looks tedious but doable.

12. Still struggling with finding things that are in my brain. Maybe it's the antibiotic? Oh brain, latch on to a thought! Yoohoo! Brains!

13. I have a fortune from a fortune cookie on my desk. It says "We write our own destiny. We become what we do." Do you think that's true? Are we what we do? Does that mean I'm a washing machine, or a vacuum cleaner?

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 733rd time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.


  1. I remember looking at the word 'thinking' and seeing 'thin king' and feeling baffled! I wait for the thoughts that just come, the ones I don't put there, but they are few and far between. I have never been so worried about our country and the world.

  2. I feel the same way about a lot of thoughts running around in my head. Good luck with your phone. I hope you don't need a new one!

  3. I feel that way a LOT. Too many thoughts running around. I've been sleeping better, and that seems to slow down the hamster wheel, so yay, I guess?


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