Letter From Claverack 03 15 2017 How is this all possible?

It is Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 [just so we are settled in time] and I am here at my dining room table with swing jazz playing in the background.  A little while ago I attempted to turn on the floodlights on the creek and I think they work but are too buried in snow to show.

This is as much snow as I have ever experienced in my years at the cottage, equal to a nor’easter probably ten years ago.  I have not attempted to leave the cottage and am INFI

It is Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 [just so we are settled in time] and I am here at my dining room table with swing jazz playing in the background.  A little while ago I attempted to turn on the floodlights on the creek and I think they work but are too buried in snow to show.

This is as much snow as I have ever experienced in my years at the cottage, equal to a nor’easter probably ten years ago.  I have not attempted to leave the cottage and am INFINITELY grateful we haven’t had a power outage.

While I was in Miami and Saba, all around me 200,000 people were without power for three or four or more days.

Yesterday, the snow plow man came and did my driveway.  I am hoping he comes back as there was another seven inches after he was here.

It was pleasant, in a way, to be stranded.  Choices are very limited when you can’t go anywhere.  Today, some wonderful young men came and dug out me out and I’m now able to leave.  There is a meeting in New York I’ve asked to reschedule as it feels like really big work to get to the city tomorrow.

Today, I worked on some things for my client the Miller Center and have more things to work on tomorrow and all of it was done while listening to swing jazz and drinking really good coffee.

Beatrice, my banana plant, which has grown from an infant to a really big plant, is suffering water distress and I can’t figure out whether I’m giving her not enough water or too much.

Yesterday, I avoided the news of the day. Watching the snow fall was amusement enough.

But, as I was going through my emails, I saw the Trumponmics Daily email from Fortune magazine, not, I think, a profoundly liberal magazine.  It eviscerated the Ryancare replacement for Obamacare.

Today, I called Representative Faso’s office and let them know if he voted for this bill as it is currently written, I will absolutely not vote for him in 2018.

It will particularly hit hard seniors, of which I am one [ouch, how did this happen?].  It will be good for, according to Fortune, insurance executives and the wealthy.  Do the wealthy really need this?  No, I don’t think so.

It will save money but at what cost?  It seems to be bad for those who can least afford it and good for those who can most afford it.

And then, it seems we are living in a world of alternative facts.  Mostly, I am bemused about this.  And I am also very disturbed by this.  It is too much; I need to not be consumed by what is happening.  So I do my best to take it in bits and pieces.

Alan Murray, who is CEO of Fortune and Chief Content Officer of Time, Inc. has a daily blog he writes which is worth reading.  Google it and you will find it.  A very good read.

And today, like most days since the inauguration, is another day of news delights.

A judge in Hawaii has ruled against the newest version of Trump’s travel ban.

And the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Republican Representative David Nunes of California, has come out saying there’s no evidence of wiretapping of Trump Tower.

Ouch.

GOP Senators are offering changes to the American Health Care Act, which is to replace “Obamacare.”  The pushback on “Ryancare” is getting stronger.

These are extraordinary times.

May we all figure them out.

 

 

 

NTELY grateful we haven’t had a power outage.

While I was in Miami and Saba, all around me 200,000 people were without power for three or four or more days.

 

Yesterday, the snow plow man came and did my driveway.  I am hoping he comes back as there was another seven inches after he was here.

 

It was pleasant, in a way, to be stranded.  Choices are very limited when you can’t go anywhere.  Today, some wonderful young men came and dug out me out and I’m now able to leave.  There is a meeting in New York I’ve asked to reschedule as it feels like really big work to get to the city tomorrow.

 

Today, I worked on some things for my client the Miller Center and have more things to work on tomorrow and all of it was done while listening to swing jazz and drinking really good coffee.

 

Beatrice, my banana plant, which has grown from an infant to a really big plant, is suffering water distress and I can’t figure out whether I’m not giving her not enough water or too much.

 

Yesterday, I avoided the news of the day. Watching the snow fall was amusement enough.

 

But, as I was going through my emails, I saw the Trumponmics Daily email from Fortune magazine, not, I think, a profoundly liberal magazine.  It eviscerated the Ryancare replacement for Obamacare.

 

Today, I called Representative Faso’s office and let them know if he voted for this bill as it is currently written, I will absolutely not vote for him in 2018.

 

It will particularly hit hard seniors, of which I am one [ouch, how did this happen?].  It will be good for, according to Fortune, insurance executives and the wealthy.  Do the wealthy really need this?  No, I don’t think so.

 

It will save money but at what cost?  It seems to be bad for those who can least afford it and good for those who can most afford it.

 

And then, it seems we are living in a world of alternative facts.  Mostly, I am bemused about this.  And I am also very disturbed by this.  It is too much; I need to not be consumed by what is happening.  So I do my best to take it in bits and pieces.

 

Alan Murray, who is CEO of Fortune and Chief Content Officer of Time, Inc. has a daily blog he writes which is worth reading.  Google it and you will find it.  A very good read.

 

And today, like most days since the inauguration, is another day of news delights.

A judge in Hawaii has ruled against the newest version of Trump’s travel ban.

 

And the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Republican Representative David Nunes of California, has come out saying there’s no evidence of wiretapping of Trump Tower.

 

Ouch.

 

GOP Senators are offering changes to the American Health Care Act, which is to replace “Obamacare.”  The pushback on “Ryancare” is getting stronger.

 

These are extraordinary times.

 

May we all figure them out.

 

 

 

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