…talk of poems and prayers and promises and things that we believe in.
How sweet it is to love someone, how right it is to care.
How long it’s been since yesterday, what about tomorrow
and what about our dreams and all the memories we share?
- from 'Poems, Prayers and Promises' by John Denver (1971)
| These women show their support for the Womens March|
Uvita, Cost Rica (population 2,500).
This past week we witnessed an historic couple of days, the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States and the Women’s March movement. The March movement was generated in response to the election of Donald Trump. People turn out in force not only in Washington, D.C., but also in cities and towns throughout the United States and around the world.
Following the Inaugural festivities, many of us want nothing more than to get back to our lives, and sometimes that involves not only remembering the past. In that vein, Carol Cassara of Heart Mind Soul takes a nostalgic look at one old song with new eyes, yielding some interesting thoughts.
In another post Carol connects memories with a song by one of her favorite Baby Boomers, and in the odd way that oldies seem to make improbable connections, she remembers John Denver.
According to the polls millions tuned in to the Inaugural festivities. I was not interested, preferring humble tasks such as laundry and cleaning, but hub wanted to hear DJT’s speech. So I listened. Unfortunately the speech gave me not a modicum of hope DJT will change his string of negativity. It was a dark speech. We obviously live in different countries.
Laura Lee Carter of Adventures of the New Old Farts provides her opinion of the new President in what I really think about the inauguration of a fool...
Tom Sightings reports in that he had one reaction to the presidential inauguration: Get out of town! Take a drive over to Changing the Conversation to see where he went, and what he's doing.
Rita Robison, consumer journalist, catches us up on some of the last actions of the Obama Administration. Federal officials were busy settling and filing lawsuits. Uber agreed to pay $20 million for exaggerating employment claims for its drivers’ likely income. Western Union will pay $586 million to settle charges its agents knowingly wired consumers’ money to scam artists. In addition, lawsuits werefiled against Navient, the nation’s largest servicer of student loans, for failing borrowers at every stage of repayment, and TCF National Bank for tricking consumers into costly overdraft services.
Robison wonders how long it will take Republicans to begin working on dismantling the consumer protection functions of the federal government. Eric Schneiderman, New York attorney general, also is concerned the Republican Congress and President might pass a law that would shut down consumer protection in the states, too.
In honor of Inauguration Day I looked ahead four years to the next Inauguration Day. With some levity and a bit of humor –needed in these divisive times – read about the first installment of my series Countdown to the (2020) Presidential Election.
In the spirit of let’s all try to get along despite our different opinions, I wish everyone a happy, healthy and harmonious week.
…Who were many people coming together
cannot become one people falling apart.
Who dreamed for every child an even chance
cannot let luck alone turn doorknobs or not.
Whose law was never so much of the hand as the head
cannot let chaos make its way to the heart.
Who have seen learning struggle from teacher to child
cannot let ignorance spread itself like rot.
We know what we have done and what we have said,
and how we have grown, degree by slow degree,
believing ourselves toward all we have tried to become—
just and compassionate, equal, able, and free.
- From ‘Of History and Hope’ by Miller Williams
- Poem read at the inauguration of Bill Clinton 1997
FYI – No poet read at DJT’s inauguration. Robert Frost was the first Inaugural Poet at JFK's Inauguration in 1961. No Republican have had poets read at their Inaugurations.