Something was different.
A strange odor alarmed the soldier. Her last memory was of being attacked by the invaders and then running around in circles. That was all, and now this…
She covered her eyes in a vain attempt to locate the familiar smell she had known all her life and depended upon to navigate accurately. Unbelieving, she found herself lying on her back, waving her legs in the air. A burp escaped her, bringing up fluid. She struggled to turn herself over, to support herself on her knees, then sensed a human voice above her.
“Harriet? Are you okay?”
No, she was not.
To write a happy poem don’t you
need to be happy? Liar if you’re not.
At this moment I’m neither happy
So…not much fuel in that tank.
No one wants a gloomy poem.
What’s left? Mad? Ditto for rants.
If no one is happy these days
and sad and mad are verboten,
we could pray and hear our echoes
bouncing between billiard balls
around our table of plenty.
But if hunger and thirst were feelings–
empathy alive in this land–
I’d eat this page in a minute
and spit out the truth in a can.
In order to catch a plane these days I think you can avoid this roadblock if you renew your license early. Correct me if I’m in error. The following applies to Ohio, maybe all states:
I promised to do further research on this topic but I’m in a time crunch before my surgery in Atlanta Feb. 10. So I’ll just quote a little from the Ohio Department of Public Safety Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ “Acceptable Documents List Compliant DL-ID Card: To prove identity, you must show proof of the following five elements:”
1. U.S. Birth Certificate [if your name has not changed since birth]. *Additional Proof of Legal Name Documents–Is your current full legal name the same as the name listed on your identity document? If the documents presented do not prove full legal name and/or are inconsistent with your current [valid, unexpired] , BMV record, additional documents must be presented.
Marriage Certificate or Marriage License : NOTE: If you have more than one marriage, you may need to bring documentation from each marriage and/or divorce to connect with your birth certificate, [valid, unexpired] passport or USCIS documents to your current legal name. Permanent Resident Card (form I-551) must show current legal name.
My daughter dealt with this requirement before her license expired, and her license has a red star printed on her license which is an A-OK sign to ride an airplane..
I won’t spell out the other four elements–less troublesome to me.
Even if you’ve been married and divorced oodles of times and have felt like trashing the marriage license, don’t do it unless you’ve had a legal name change or have a saved copy of all your marriage licenses. Otherwise they won’t let you board a plane even to another place in the USA now. I’ll add more in my next post so I can quote from the Ohio BMV regulations and I’ll try and see if it just pertains to my state or them all, and what the requirements–state or federal–for voting is. At first blush women are facing harsher restrictions than men re flying. All I had was a wedding notice in the paper, an outdated visa, a photo id from a former government job, A local library photo ID, many newspaper column gravatars from 11th grade through the UF, plus a photo ID on the back of my book plus two copies of my birth certificate. I hope to add more the next post or two. Readers are invited to share information in their comments.
This relates to a dream, a self reflection, memories, connections of past events, wondering, and a resolution to reflect at the end of each day on any lies I’ve told that day, the motivation for them, how many were due to not wanting to hurt the others’ feelings, alternative things I could have said that were truthful, etc. Perhaps reading Difficult Conversations, a library book I recently checked out, recent readings on consciousness and the booklet I’m writing for my children and grandchildren called “Stepping Stones to Inside,” two longstanding grudges against likeable people who insulted me in the past, wondering how I limit my relations with others (and always have) by an unwillingness to hurt others. No need to review the encyclopedic past, but I am excited about the decision to reflect on my truthtelling at the end of each day, and to see what alternatives I might have utilized, because I am thirsty for honesty and aware of how I may keep myself from the warming experience of a truthful relationship. Right now I feel hungry for the truth from a benign person. Truth from someone whose intention is to hurt me would not be welcome. It’s an experiment in living that I’m seeking. And yes, this is motivated by a dream I had and which my unconscious let me remember. All this may be a little too honest for the reader, so I will resume tomorrow night on my DIARY page.
And if my truth be told, I did not stay on my vegetarian diet. And oh, one thing I absolutely hate are manipulations.
(Sorry, not my image. Is it yours?)
I’m a fan of the Week magazine, and discovered this clipping from a 2019 issue:
“Three cows that Hurricane Dorian swept out to sea from the Outer Banks have been discovered living on a nearby island. After being hit with a 9-foot wall of water on Cedar Island, the bovine trio apparently swam several miles across North Carolina’s Core Sound to Cape Lookout National Seashore park. B. G. Horvat, a spokesman for the park, said the valiant cattle ‘appear to have a bond.’…”