Being More With Less

My new favorite blog is Courtney Carver’s.

She is the woman who edited her clothing choices to 33 items used every 3 months.

I’ll link to her website at the bottom of this blog entry.

Her latest writing is about the Italian ethic of Dolce Far Niente or sweetness of doing nothing.

I’m proud to be Italian American.

Before Carver scheduled time every so often to do nothing in her own words she:

“Ran at an unsustainable pace, multi-tasking my way through the day and enjoying or being present for very little of it.”

That’s exactly what happened in my own life.

Everything changes when you go through “the change.” This is no exaggeration.

Sometimes you need time by yourself to rest and recharge your batteries.

I get what Carver is saying.

More imperative is what she outlines as the Truth:

“Recognize the difference between nothing and numbing.”

“Escaping your busy life with substances and activities that help you numb out does the opposite of intentionally doing nothing.”

Right said Courtney.

In coming blog entries I’m going to talk about my own strategies I’m adopting as a way to Be More with Less.

My new mantra is Go Slow to Move Forward.

Rush, rush, rushing around isn’t good for a person’s mental health. Slowing down and pacing yourself is the solution.

Coco Chanel told women to look at ourselves in the mirror and take off one thing before leaving the house.

I say remove one item from your to-do list before you leave the house in the morning. Better yet remove two items.

Women shouldn’t have to keep doing double the work to only wind up getting half as far.

Won’t you join me and Courtney Carver in enjoying Dolce Far Niente–the sweetness of doing nothing?

Be More with Less blog

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Spring Cleaning 2019

Spring arrives in only two days.

The weather in New York City is going to get better–the meteorologist promises.

In keeping with the theme of cleaning out your closet I want to recommend one genius option for storing things: the InterMetro storage rack that’s on sale as of this week from the Container Store online.

Two years ago I bought the InterMetro storage rack to hold more clothes and a trio of hat boxes on the bottom shelf.

Though I’m only five feet tall I was able to assemble this nifty item on my own. I put it together on the floor and lifted it up and wheeled it to where I wanted to keep it.

It doesn’t cheer me that I have a ton of clothes.

Only the storage rack with the canvas cover can give you extra room for your clothes. You can buy an extra shelf to insert at the top or bottom of this rack.

I still haven’t discovered the remedy for storing pocketbooks so that they’re easily viewed for quick choosing and using.

Taking photos of the pocketbooks can help. Otherwise when they’re not stored out in the open you tend to forget which ones you have.

I’ll have to think about the pocketbook dilemma more and report back in here on a solution.

Winning

In an upset victory Max Rose beat out Dan Donovan for Congress for the the Staten Island/Brooklyn seat in Washington.

I was quite surprised by this win. Yet under Dan Donovan’s DA rule the cop who killed Eric Garner in a choke hold was acquitted.

The district that covers Staten Island/Brooklyn (Bay Ridge Brooklyn) has been Republican for decades.

Max Rose’s victory is a stunner to me. I hadn’t expected he would win.

Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez won her Congress bid elsewhere in New York City.

In the U.S. we have elected 2 Muslim American women to Congress as well.

We have elected a Native American woman too.

From the New York Times:

“Women shattered records and precedents. One-third of the female nominees for the House were women of color, the highest ever. A record number of women faced off against other women, from Arizona to New York. Ms. Pressley in Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York were among women who defeated long-serving white male incumbents in party primaries and won tonight.”

In the same New York Times article:

“Despite being more than half the population and the voters, women were still less than a third of all candidates for Congress, the governors’ offices and other statewide executive seats.”

We have a way to go. Yet we can be proud of these gains.

One day I’m confident we will elect a woman president.

Ladies, start your engines.

Rock the Vote

MTV decades ago had the slogan: Rock the Vote.

Years ago a mental health advocate started the “I Vote – I Count” drive to register people with mental illnesses to vote.

Does it really matter if you vote?

I say: go out and vote for the candidate that you think best represents you.

Really, I don’t see myself reflected in government or even in media like entertainment. Except maybe for Arianna Grande who I profiled in here a couple of months ago.

I would go so far as to say it’s a Democrap versus Republicon choice.

Neither of those two parties I think has ordinary Americans’ best interests at heart.

In reality I align with the Green Party.

Dan Donovan is running for Congress on Staten Island, where the cop killed Eric Garner in a choke hold.

People on Staten Island only vote Republicon.

The last Congressman there was convicted of fraud.

The long-term Congressman before him was caught driving home drunk from his mistress, who he fathered a child with.

Who’s kidding who about Hillary Clinton being unethical?

As usual, it’s the woman who’s vilified while men with the right plumbing down below get to do whatever they want.

I kept telling people over and over that Mr. Toupee would win the election.

No one believed me. They thought I was out of my mind to say that. Who’s sorry now.

My contention is that if you want to change things you should run for office.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez coasted to victory in the primary against a long-time incumbent.

I’ll end here with this: hate has overtaken our country.

Fighting against each other just means we have no energy to fight against those in power who are taking away our rights as we speak.

Do you want your rights taken away?

Go out and vote for the person you think is best qualified to represent your needs.

I didn’t think a guy who called Mexicans rapists was fit to run this country.

Yet I knew he would win.

Remembering Political History

We cannot argue as GOP leaders in today’s news articles claim that “the Dems” are resisting Mr. Toupee’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

For those who forget history, 2 years ago the GOP refused to even consider President Obama’s duty to appoint a Supreme Court judge when a vacancy occurred.

American blog readers, you and I who forget history are condemned to watching the dangerous partisanship bickering and badmouthing over and over again.

Can I ask you a question I asked in the last blog entry? Have you ever spoken with a rape victim? It’s upsetting.

The taxi driver who often picks me up blasts alt-right radio jock commentary. Yesterday the talk show host vilified women who speak out about having been sexually assaulted.

This [white] [male] alt-right talk show radio show host in his own words called the victims “psychologically disturbed” “liars, liars, liars.”

In all of this we cannot equate seeking justice for victims with being an attack on the agenda of the GOP.

Remember, this same GOP wouldn’t even allow President Obama to do his duty to appoint a Supreme when there was a vacancy under his watch.

The GOP conveniently forgets that no mention of sexual misconduct was made against Neil Gorsuch and he was voted onto the Supreme Court under Mr. Toupee’s rule.

I’m not saying that Brett Kavanaugh is guilty. I simply find it curious that this guy who was allegedly the patron saint of beer pong or otherwise beery and is now teary-eyed over the accusations–I’m saying that something doesn’t add up.

“I’m done” with the sense of entitlement that well-off Americans have been and continue to be endowed with.

It costs something like $200,000 to obtain a 4-year Yale degree. Those students most likely didn’t ever work in a fast food joint or retail a day in their lives.

My first job ever was as a cashier in Mickey D’s–McDonald’s. I wore a horrible brown uniform for 13 months while I attended [a local public] university.

People who claim Kavanaugh won’t repeal Roe V. Wade are mistaken. He will–because he can’t be trusted not to seek revenge for what happened to him.

Okay-go ahead. Vote for the guy or gal who is against birth control, who is against trusting a woman to make the choices that are right for her.

Vote Republican if you want. That is your choice.

I, for one, have lost total faith in the battering rams of our elected officials.

The Brett Kavanaugh affair was the last straw for me.

I have no hope that women, People of Color, and individuals with disabilities will ever get a fair shake in America.

Our government has become a blood sport, with elected officials getting Americans worked up over false issues that mask the reality that citizens’ rights are being taken away elsewhere while we’re not looking.

Mr. Toupee is set to repeal the Affordable Care Act provision that stopped people with preexisting conditions from being denied treatment or charged higher premiums.

Yes, the president is set to roll back this protection for those of us with preexisting conditions like mental illnesses.

President Obama was not without faults. Yet he accomplished some good things, like signing into law The ABLE Act.

Pay attention to what’s really going on behind the scenes: Stripping away the rights of the many disadvantaged Americans while the few in power partake in unrivaled access to success.

Elected officials are deciding our fate whether we like or not.

We can’t give up without a fight.

Think Globally Act Locally

The slogan think globally act locally was popular years ago.

In all truth I align with the Green Party.

I urged readers to vote Democratic as the lesser of two evils simply because of the human rights crisis in America going on with the children at the detention centers.

Yet the truth is no one in power held the Republicans accountable for their actions while we had a Democrat for president in those last eight years.

If you ask me there should’ve been a path to citizenship given for people already here illegally. A solution should have been enacted that prevented new people from entering illegally.

As the expression goes: “The horse is out of the barn.” There’s no closing the door now.

Instead of a human response and a reasoned and reasonable response we have Mr. Toupee or #45 awarding contracts to businesses to create detention centers where children are caged and injected with drugs.

In America the government can’t get away with killing thousands of people like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge did in Cambodia.

Yet today our government is getting away with human rights violations.

More locally, there’s no mental health treatment given for Americans who actually need psychiatric drugs to function in society.

Whether you’re a child in a cage–or an adult trapped in disability because your illness is allowed to worsen–each of these events is a human rights abuse.

We need to frame the lack of mental healthcare and the dismal care found when it’s given as a human rights violation.

Today we see images of children being caged.

What we’re not seeing I guarantee you is happening: the congress house of representatives and president are taking action to sign into law policies that take away more of our rights and pad the pockets of big business.

Trust me I’m no fan of the Democrats at this point either.

As a person who has the freedom to come and go as she pleases I’m not willing to remain silent on things that matter.

I realize the Green Party isn’t popular in America–yet it’s the only political party I can endorse at this time.

Democracy Now Tells the Truth

Today I have lost my tolerance for “One Nation, Under God” because there is NOT “liberty and justice for all.”

I urge everyone who is eligible to vote in any kind of election to vote for the Democratic candidate in your district.

You can read the latest unbiased news reporting of the human rights violations occurring in the USA here:

Immigrant Children Injected With Psychiatric Drugs

In other news an unarmed 17-year old teenager who was running away from cops after a car was stopped – was shot dead.

A local news report indicated a crime had happened just before the car was stopped.

I remember listening to the Bruce Springsteen song “41 Shots” years ago every time a friend and I drove through New Jersey on a road trip.

Springsteen’s lyrics are from the point of a view of a mother who tells her son to be polite to cops and not act shifty interacting with them.

Listening to “41 Shots” gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. “41 Shots” is a chilling song.

Preventing crime should involve increasing social service programs to address the systemic and structural causes of violence.

I don’t like what my country America has become.

Everyone should listen to the song “41 Shots” and heed what Springsteen sings about in the lyrics.

There’s no purpose in running away because if you haven’t committed a crime even Bruce Springsteen tells you to be polite.

Yet in numerous pockets of American society where young people live it’s too easy to get caught up with gangs and others who commit crimes.

Your natural instinct would be to run away rather than get caught even if you’re innocent.

No–we cannot argue that jail time is better than winding up in a coffin just before you’re set to graduate high school. That’s comparing apples and oranges.

We CAN argue that 155 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed that NOBODY in America is truly free – not even white people.

We CAN argue that injecting children full of psychiatric drugs at detention centers ISN’T acceptable under any circumstances.

We CAN argue that under the current government NOBODY wins.