Highs and lows of recent times

This is in lieu of a Christmas letter. Off the top of my head, some highlights. I got my knees replaced and you can read about that and my subsequent progress in exercising in the Health category. (For a while, my blog entry on my knees was the most popular target of visits. Lots of bad knees out there)

Almost a year ago my granddaughter asked me to teach her French and that has eaten up a good deal of my time. I’ve had to abandon my beloved Harry Potter project but it yet awaits me. Urdu is still second highest on my list of personal activities along with exercising. You can read about my work with Nyah, my granddaughter, in the TPRS category. Just as with the Harry  Potter project, I have a hidden agenda: H.P. was to show how I might learn a language I don’t know just by reading; teaching my granddaughter was to show the efficacy of TPRS, a method I had never used.

We had one grandson leave us after two years and another one moved right in behind him but he is gone now, too. We struggle a lot trying to get help for him and his brother, both autistic, in a state that is run by Republicans. Speaking of which, how do you like the GOP now that it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kremlin. Robert Welch and the Birchers were right, the Russians have taken us over but as gangsters (euphemistically called oligarchs), not Commie Rats.

That takes us to reading I am doing: a huge amount of political reading including a book on the period leading to Goldwater’s run, a subject close to me as I grew up in Goldwater country. The damage being done to our country both saddens and fascinates me. When the Gore/Bush debacle occurred, government teachers were ecstatic (if they weren’t slitting their wrists) b/c what they had been saying about the Electoral College had finally occurred. Now, not only did the person winning the popular vote lose again in 2016 but this republic is coming apart, just as I told my students it would back in 1986-88 when I taught government. It is held together by chewing gum and spit aka citizen participation. Students who only want to go to state schools built by Liberals and get a job so they can lead a comfortable life can now watch as others tear down the edifice they lived in without doing the upkeep. Too bad.

I’ll hit 78 in August and am maintaining so far. I lost one friend but continue good relationships going back decades. My wife and I work constantly to keep the ship afloat and will see calm waters by month after next. Our son loves teaching and our daughter’s husband loves teaching, too. If the country sweeps Republicans out of office for the rest of the century we may see improvements in education. Given the massive number of kids who are getting inadequate educations, we are building our own disaster.

I am working on my dancing, a serious project. I blog quite a bit. If you were to read something and comment on it I would respond. I was happy to meet the person who set up my blog, Wes Groleau, and his wife as they passed through Phoenix.

I’m sure I’ve left out important stuff so I’ll be back.

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