Today promises to be a wonderful day. It began with a note from my professor who has approved my idea of pursuing “Women’s reproductive health during the Gilded Age,” as the topic of my term paper this semester. The paper will end with Margaret Sanger and the law that made birth control legal during the Progressive Era.
Next, came my visit to Dr Levin my dentist who proclaimed my root was alive, and installed my new crown sans the potential root canal.
However, what got the day started with a bang was the announcement in the morning paper that Mitt Romney had won the Republican primary in Florida. This cheered David enormously. After Newt won SC, David said he would work in Obama’s campaign if Newt was the Republican nominee. This would have pleased our neighbor Eddie who has his Obama 2012 sign in his front yard. Heck, David might have even forgiven Garland Gobble our neighbor of 30 years who called John McCain “Insane McCain” and upset David terribly during the last election.
I have not decided who I will vote for in the next presidential election, but I can promise you one thing, I won’t let Sarah Palin influence my vote. In all probability, I won’t make up my mind until the last moment in November.
I voted a straight Democrat ticket until I was 40, and then I voted for John Anderson the Independent who ran against RR and Carter. I could not stomach 4 more years of Carter and although I liked him, I did not think RR qualified to be president. Other years, I have voted for Dems and Republicans. I have always voted a split ticket. I am a true Independent.
Anyway, enough of that, although most of you must have guessed by now that I am a political junkie. I am such a political junkie, I pay attention to other folks elections. I care who is elected in England, France or Germany. Currently, I like Angela Merkle and would vote for her if I were German.
One of the graduate courses I took when I worked on a PhD in Sociology at the University of Maryland was entitled “Attitude and Public Opinion.” Among other tasks, we students were given the assignment of “working the phones” to collect the kind of information the University of Michigan collects concerning public confidence regarding the economy. The best predictor of how the economy is going to do over the next year or so is what folks “believe” is going to happen. If folks are pessimistic, the economy will continue to be in the doldrums or tank, if they are confident, it will improve.
Consumer confidence is very important. This takes me back to the New Age mantra “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve.”
Here are some more:
If you want to get the fruit you have to go out on a limb.
Don’t look back unless you want to go that way.
You can always better your best.
Currently, two ads shown on TV make me tear up. The first is the Keller Ad dedicated to the “5:00 AM scholar.” I was that scholar, minding children, working, attending school. I “believed” I could improve my life, and this belief turned everything around for me. My EX told me I would starve if I left him. Worse still, he told the children they would starve if they went with me. I am happy to report, none of us starved.
The second Ad that makes me tear up is the boy in the oil company Ad who talks about how his science teacher inspired him to learn science. He demonstrates a little catapult machine he built using what he learned in science and after he fires it he says, “Isn’t that great?” Yes it is great. What can be more rewarding than a kid learning he can do something wonderful.