We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On the differences between men and women... Let's say a guy named Roger is attracted to a woman named Elaine.
He asks her out to a movie; she accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few nights later he asks her out to dinner, and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anybody else.
And then, one evening when they're driving home, a thought occurs to Elaine, and, without really thinking, she says it aloud...
Thank You, I needed that.
I've been dealing with my two sisters on what to do about our mother (currently living with me). Neither of them will come by or phone, with them it's all texting, I don't text (eight years older than the first, sixteen years older than the second). So their texts go to my email.
They gang up on me to pressure my acceptance of the way they want things to go. Neither want Mom to live with them, scratch that, neither will have Mom living with them.
Reading that story sounds so familiar. Every word I utter or write is twisted, or new (hidden) meanings revealed. I'm living in a alternate universe, apparently.
Why can't a woman be more like a man? Men are so ...
"Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?" In the case you're discussing, men are, as always, the protectors, and women are the exploiters. It shouldn't be that way, but it often is. Yes, there are good folks and bad folks on both sides of the question. But, speaking as one of the elderly, generally it's the women who want to put us elderly into nursing home storage units, and the men who are more willing and patient, wanting us to retain some at least of our dignity and stature.
My grandmother lived with almost all of her nine children at one time or another, after her husband, my grand-dad died. She was an important figure in my life, and in the lives of her other fifteen grand-children.
Now that we, my husband and I, are in our eighties, his children are trying to put us into storage. Fortunately, we saw this coming and have still got savings enough to live in our little house until God takes us home. And the greatest blessing of all is the younger folks whom I've been "adopting" for the last 30 years, who are rallying around when we need them.
So, John, be of good cheer. There are good people as well as bad out here in America. Unfortunately, our present condition, into which our foolish President has dumped us, seems to have deepened the fissures in our societal life to the extent that large groups of Americans are almost solely focused their own lives and don't want to protect anyone's quality of life except their own.
"...our present condition, into which our foolish President has dumped us...." LBJ let the genie out of the bottle. No Pres. since has tried seriously to reverse it; Reagan came closest. This Pres. has simply put it into overdrive.