In Praise of Chiggers And the others feasting unseen upon you, offering their blessings of digestive juices and anticoagulants, allergic reactions and reddened mounds made pleasurable by your fingernails scraping the skin around them, over and raw, again, again, it feels so good!
I wrote this piece eight months ago, well before the events of yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia. I did update the post and believe my words rang true eight months ago and ring true today.
Countless people are pointing a finger, no not that finger…ok, maybe that finger…. Starting over, countless people are pointing out the racism seemingly enabled by President Donald Trump. Over a thousand documented examples of hate crimes have occurred since his election. Some people seem to believe somehow, this one man is responsible for it all. I also heard a similar argument regarding our previous executive, President Obama. “We are more racist now than ever” resounded through my social media accounts. Remember the old quote, “When you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you?” I’m sure you do.
I believe both arguments are misplaced. I don’t know when the concepts of racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, or any other -ism or -phobia de jure came into being. They may well have been around since a Neanderthal looked at a Cro-Magnon and said, “Hey man you are different.” Yes, Neanderthals had a language and could have said such although I’m sure we would have needed a translator.
I believe our bigotry, anti-Semitism, etc., etc., etc., were just covered up in the same way that a person might add a layer of fresh kitty litter to a soiled cat box. Everything appears well, might even smell well…until your favorite feline steps in and begins to cover up its leavings. The more it tries to cover, the more the unsavory stuff gets uncovered. When Felix gives up, nobody is happy including the cat.
Our racism, bigotry, etc., etc., etc. simply got uncovered. It had been just under the surface waiting to be exposed to the light of day. No amount of legislation or executive action can actually bury it until those three fingers point in some other direction. We must want to change and some of us have tried. The problem is, when the litter box gets uncovered, even those of us who are not overtly racist, anti-Semitic, etc., etc. etc., suddenly feel the need to defend ourselves with statements like “Some of my best friends are (fill in the blank)” or “People just need to let go of (fill in the blank)”
Just because we have a few (fill in the blank) friends doesn’t mean we are not part of the problem, so just quit trying to deflect from the problem and quit pointing fingers at Donald Trump. He is just the enabler. The Alt-Right was there all along, they have simply embraced President Trump. The League of the South or people like them have been there all along and they too have embraced him. Fear bred hatred of people not like us, has been there all along, President Trump’s campaign message just allowed it to uncover the litter box.
Our country has been anti-whatever since before we were a country. Until we actually believe, deep in our hearts, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, all men (women and those unsure) are created equal” it really doesn’t matter who is in the White House. We should worry about the cleanliness of our own litter boxes (hearts) before we point out another needs cleaning.
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From the Gulf South Free Press and something to consider.
First let me say tyhat I have written more about North Korea in the last 3 months than anytime in the previous 10 years.
What little expertise I have is on the Middle East….I leave Asia to those better qualified to write on the region. But in this case all the rhetoric and chest thumping is very similar to the days before two Gulf Wars.
I am talking about the political rhetoric…….
Gulf War 1 or Desert Storm as it was known worldwide was predicated on lies. Yes, Iraq had invaded Kuwait but the “sources” that were used to go to war were the Iraqis inhumane treatment of hospital patients….especially when he took the “iron lungs” and left the occupant on the floor to die. When that did not work the public into a frenzy then the old reliable was used…..Saddam was looking to get nuclear weapons…that worked…the country was…
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It was October 21, 1962. I’m quite sure of the date. The twelve-year-old me listened intently to the adults gathered around my Mother’s formal dining room table awaiting Sunday dinner. That would-be lunch in more civilized circles. Twelve-year-old Donnie was doing as I had been told repeatedly, “children are to be seen, not heard.” Despite being a pre-teen, I was unsure of my standing and decided not to chance a thrashing with a “keen hickory” at the hands of my grandmother.
The news around the table was terrifying to the pre-teen me. Nuclear weapons right down the road in Cuba. Just ninety miles from the good old US of A. An uncle, a member of the Navy reserves, was afraid he was going to be called up to help blockade the island that had become a bristling launching pad of fire and radioactive ruin. A cousin, an army reservist and paratrooper, was afraid he would be making night time drops attempting to capture the nuclear sites. Everyone at the table agreed they would rather be “dead than red.” Everyone but me. Me? I wasn’t at all sure.
Despite my youth, I understood the Soviets and the United States hated each other even if the reasons behind the hatred escaped me. My civics teacher had hammered the differences between the Soviet Communists and our democratic form of government but I just wasn’t sure about the “dead rather than red” thing. I had a lot of living to do even if it was under the thumb of the goose stepping Red Army and I could see no good in circling the earth in a radioactive cloud.
The following Monday, after an “In Case of Nuclear Attack” drill, I kept watching the heavens hoping not to see a Bear Bomber with its red star dropping a bomb on Indian Land, South Carolina, population…not many. I also prayed not to see the telltale contrail of a missile zeroing in on Indian Land School. Just to be sure I kept my largest textbook nearby so I could protect myself if the bomb went off.
Once home I tentatively approached my father. He was hard at rest working on a crossword puzzle after an eight-hour shift a Springs Mills. Ernest didn’t seem to be the least bit concerned that the “Dogs of War” were nipping at our heels.
“Yes, son,” looking over his reading glasses.
“I’m worried about this Cuba thing. Do you think we ought to get a fallout shelter?”
“I tell you what. Get the shovel and pick a place. When you think you’ve dug deep enough call me and I’ll come see. Right now, I need a four-letter word that means a dueling sword.”
I wish I felt as calm and collected as he appeared. As I read about North Korean nukes and a President threatening “fire and fury”, I am sorely concerned. In 1962 cooler heads prevailed. Russian ships intent on breaking the barricade reversed course, nuclear weapons in Cuba were removed and I did not add my ashes to a mushroom shaped cloud.
I don’t know if we have those cooler heads. The little Korean guy scares me. I think he has “little man’s disease.” Our own guy scares me and if you are waiting for me to say something about “small hands”, well, I just did. I wish it was a sick dream and these two guys were not in charge of nuclear codes but the truth is they are and they are on a collision course with us in the middle.
Think I’ll watch “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Maybe Peter Sellers can give me perspective since my own president can’t. Where is Slim Pickens when we need him?
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After sweating through three clothing changes; the one I walked in, the one I worked in, the one I thought I was lounging in, it’s easy to grasp at straws, but there was something different about the wind yesterday evening. Thunderstorms had rumbled around and about, none finding us. With them came a change in the late afternoon wind. Could there be a herald of better days to come hidden in its breath?
Sometimes we don’t even have fall. Indian Summer will hang on like an old river cooter battling you for a fish. Tantalizingly cool mornings turn into blazing hot afternoons with high humidity hanging on until a late October cold snap sends us straight into winter…but there was something whispering in the voice of this northwest breeze. It was the voice of hope…but don’t get excited quite yet.
My excitement was tempered this morning. I had to face the fact, it is still late July. As I met my friend Hawk for our weekly seven miler, I made the mistake of checking my weather app before we began to solve all of the world’s ills. Ninety-seven percent humidity with a DEW point of seventy-three. It didn’t matter the temperature was only seventy-three at five thirty in the AM. Even we South Carolinians living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge know, “it ain’t the heat, it’s the humidity.” We returned to our cars covered in sweat, our running clothes five pounds heavier than when we began and the world was no better off. From experience, I remembered, despite the flip of the calendar, there is little difference weather-wise between late July and August…unless it gets worse.
Still, later this same morning, as the heat rose and the humidity decreased to a DEW point of ONLY a tongue in cheek seventy, there was something about the wind. As I made ever decreasing circles on my lawnmower I noticed it again, the breath of the wind. Instead of blowing hot and moist as if from the lips of the devil, there was the underlying coolness of Autumn…like a cool lover’s kiss. There were even a few leaves falling from the trees, caused more, I’m sure, by the strength of the wind than a change in season. But they were falling.
I hope for an autumn. Pumpkins and sweet potatoes, coffee and sweat shirts as I sit around a campfire watching the sparks defy gravity in the thermals created by blazing, dry wood. Cool, crisp morning air causing me to see my breath rather than drowning in the humidity. Long vees of geese and leaves changing from green to red, yellow and gold. I hope for autumn like a child hopes for Christmas morning.
Damn, just saw the extended forecast. Looks like summer will last into November. We may go straight from flip flops and tees to long johns and polar gear…but then global climate change doesn’t really exist.
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How many times have you read something similar? Ever since their massive defeat in 2016 the Dems have been looking for their new niche before the next election…..they are hoping for a little redemption in the eyes of the American voter. Let’s be honest…their message sucked all the way to the voting booth…..as an opposition […]
My apologies. There are times it’s okay to show your naked, lily-white derriere. Taking a bath or shower, weighing one’s self, sleeping in the buff, skinny dippin’ or faire l’amour…which I guess the last two or three could be related. I would say, unless you are in a nudist colony, baring your butt outdoors in your bean patch ain’t one of those times. Especially if your bean patch is adjacent to a well-traveled highway.
My apologies are for the three car loads of folk and the loaded church bus passing by while I was trying to get out of my shorts and skivvies. My intent was to run and get behind my small stand of raccoon ravaged corn. I was embarrassed because it’s hard to get out of your shorts if you’re not trying to get out of your boots first. I was embarrassed because there were no cheers emanating from any those vehicles as I displayed my butt and other body parts. I guess it could’a been the shock. I was also embarrassed by the face and head plant into the crooked necked squash plant when I became tangled in my shorts. It could have been worse; the cops could have shown up.
In a previous post, I admitted to weed eating while wearing shorts because I found myself to be less susceptible to multiple yellow jacket stings that way. Well…to be honest I wear shorts all the time this time of year unless I am picking blackberries or raspberries. For some reason, one of the devil’s stinging minions decided my pant leg would be a great place to fly up and into. Note to self, when wearing shorts choose jockey style underwear and not boxer style. With the little bastard zeroing in on my soft inner thigh, just under my dangling body parts, you understand why I wasn’t too concerned with embarrassing myself.
What I had not planned on was one of the devil’s stinging minions deciding my pant leg would be a great place to fly up and into. Note to self, when wearing shorts choose jockey style underwear and not boxer style. With the little bastard zeroing in on my soft inner thigh, just under my dangling body parts, you understand why I wasn’t too concerned with embarrassing myself.
Sometime later, as I was readjusted my clothes and inspected body parts behind the stand of corn, I remembered a childhood experience. At a very young age, four or five, I had followed my grandmother into her garden. As I did whatever four or five-year old’s do, I noticed my grandmother’s movements suddenly becoming reminiscent of a body being possessed by some devilish spirit. Her gyrations were quite violent and featured a lot of slapping and yelling. Suddenly, to my surprise, she began stripping off her “feed sack” dress in the attempt to rid herself of what we called a Russian hornet. It had flown up her dress and was in attack mode. Her revelations did not scar me for life but I was momentarily struck blind by her whiteness. “Them” body parts had never, ever seen the light of day.
Oh well, in case you were wondering, I avoided major injury or an insect sting to my physical person but my pride might have suffered just a bit…and I don’t think the crooked neck squash will survive…hope the folks on the church bus do.
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