In spite of what were a few very uncomfortable days recently, we are lucky to live in this corner of the world, avoiding the truly horrendous weather that is causing the western U.S., UK and Europe to swelter in record-breaking temperatures. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the people in the Middle East and Asia to cope with these blistering days.
Meanwhile, in addition to following all the doom and gloom news coverage, I have found it helpful to listen to some music, which it is my pleasure to share with you now.
With all the vicissitudes of life raging all around us (and within us), it is good to know that there are wonderful people out there. It has been my good fortune to interact with some of them lately [they know who they are]. I just wanted to publicly announce how much I appreciated their support (without publicly embarrassing them by naming them).12 July 2022
I found this great sunset image that captured my feelings perfectly as I announce my retirement from the Mid-Maine Progressive Forum (the checkerboard pattern where the sky should be is so appropriate). I have been involved with the MMPF from the beginning (as have many of you). Recently a series of events and circumstances have convinced me that it is time to move on [no pun intended]. A life-long packrat, my piles are now so deep that I could no longer find important paperwork I needed to file my taxes this year. I decided to take that as a wake-up call.
I had contemplated and even announced this decision many times over the past six years, but this time I am going to actually follow through. I have enjoyed our time together, but even though I increased the amount of time I put into chess and programming in the past year or two, it just wasn't enough. At the beginning of 2022 I took a hard look at how I spend my time and decided that something would have to go to make room for the packrat cleansing effort and to focus on my chess engine project. As I get older it isn't clear whether I will be able to age in place (buried in piles of newspaper, magazines, books, old programming notes, VHS tapes, DVDs, computer manuals, chess notes and political materials) or whether I will have to move into a smaller abode some day. That means I am going to make cleaning up my new priority [after 50 years of accumulating stuff]. My wife is thrilled.
I was able to hand off the reins of the MMPF to a worthy successor, Claude Francke. He has the ability to manage Zoom meetings and send important emails around in addition to his already full plate as a City Councilor in Waterville. I hope you will join me in wishing him well as he keeps the flame of progressivism alive here in the greater Waterville area.
Falla, Lord of all he surveys. Gone, but not forgotten.
Sometimes it helps to watch an inspirational video to help us get through the day. I really enjoyed seeing "Old Movie Starts Dance to Uptown Funk". Maybe you will, too.Note: Click on Groucho to stop the animation; refresh the page to see Groucho dance again.
When Bernie decided to suspend his campaign, my hopes and dreams for a progressive President were dashed. I know Bernie will continue to fight on for the values, policies and programs that I support. He was right when he said it wasn't about him. It was and is and always will be about the struggle between those who have more than they need and those who need more than they have. Deciding where to draw that line has always been tricky. And it still is. Perhaps more now than ever. Between the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, it seems there is little bandwidth to consider issues of justice and fairness these days. But these issues will never go away. We just have to keep working on them. Every day. Bernie is right to inspire the young people of this country to try to realize these hopes and dreams. Soon it will be their turn in power. And I suspect they will do a better job than we did.