Nobody Knows

These days, I spend most of my time dealing with health issues. When I returned to the house after walking the dogs this morning, for my health and theirs, I was so grateful for the cool air.  I wondered how folks decades ago managed to deal with the heat and age simultaneously. Must have been difficult.

My maternal grandmother moved from Alabama to Clearwater Florida where she finally had her own citrus trees. I never heard her complain about medical stuff as long as she had her grapefruit half every morning. But Nana suffered from dementia when she was my age, so she might not have noticed.

Nana lasted into her 90s, but I lost track of her because I was a military wife during those decades and never saw her very often…until we were stationed at MacDill  AFB in FL.  It was a hop and skip over to Clearwater from Tampa.

Mom had many relatives living on the west coast of FL. It was as if the clan had moved together from Michigan to chase the sun in their “Golden” years.

These days, I stay out of the sun.

The doc removed my stitches yesterday and pronounced me free of skin cancer cells at that site. She said she “got them all.” Now I am scheduled to see my Dermatologist more often than once per year. Also wearing long-sleeved shirts forever. A new shipment arrived yesterday. I packed up the shirts showing any skin whatsoever. Not an inch of me revealed to the sun…except my hands and face. I wear sun hats, so even my face is hidden.

I am supposed to top it up with sunscreen, but I hate that medicinal stuff, however the over the counter stuff does not work. Any cancer I get is from sun damage that occurred decades ago anyway.


I finished the books on Lincoln, as well as, Those Angry Days, by Lynne Olson, about the politics leading to WWII.  Recently, turned my attention to a new book, FDR and the Jews, by Richard Breitman and Alan Lichtman. Interesting book, but I am not far enough along to comment. What an amazing guy FDR was.

I can see why my parents voted for him over and over, although Dad was a bona fide Republican from Wisconsin. Mom always voted Democrat, no matter what (Dad voted for Goldwater and McGovern…he must have been a Libertarian). Many political discussions at our house I can tell you, especially when Mom began working for the Democrat party.

I don’t get into politics in my blog. Having worked for both Congress and Executive agencies, I know most pols are clowns, their staffs run everything, and what goes on behind the scenes is shocking. I figure about 99 percent of the US citizenry does not know or care what’s happening in their government most of the time. It’s called “cognitive dissonance” by the shrinks. You know….the “I’ve made up my mind, don’t confuse me with the facts,” syndrome.

I don’t pretend to know everything, because the more I know, the more I don’t know. Folks who act as if they know, don’t know. The truth is, Washington is run by the Keystone Cops and the Katzenjammer Kids.image009  



 I am reminded of the line in Sleepless in Seattle when the little boy asks his friend, “How much is a ticket to Baltimore?” The reply…nobody knows   

10 thoughts on “Nobody Knows

  1. Dianne, thanks so much for all your kind messages while we were gone to China and I was cut off from my blog. Although I couldn’t access my blog, I got your comments via e-mail and they always brought a smile to my face.

    I’ve just finished my China blog posts so I need to work on our photo album because we have too many things happening this summer that will take up our time. Life does tend to occasionally intrude on our blogging. Thank you again for being such a wonderful friend.

    I’m so glad your skin cancer is gone and that you’re healing well. That is such a relief and yes, I know you’re keeping it very, very clean.


  2. this for gigi ,if you can while in Miami see James Deering’s estate and the Valencia pool in Coral Gables .


  3. Hope you are cancer-free for the rest of your life. I should have my back checked for cancer, as it is riddled with moles. As for Florida, I spent 3 days in Orlando in 1975 and did not like its flatness (no mountains). I hope Miami is better as I’ll be spending 3 days there in August.


    • I worked for Republicans, but with Democrat staffers appointed by Tip O’Neal. He hired his friends kids for his staff but so did everyone else. Staff jobs are usually, but not always, political payoffs. My job was not a political payoff. I was hired because I went to school (undergrad and grad) with girls whose fathers were Republican Congressmen. Nevrtheless, advanced education was a requirement of the job.


  4. First of all, thank you thank you. Because of you, I figured it out tho slowly. I entered two books one of which I am not reading just to see how it worked.

    I really liked this post. Thank you. Yup, the trick to good tenure in Washinton DC is staff. Same thing locally. 🙂


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