November 6, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 9
BEFORE A STRONG WIND BLOWS IT WEST
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, in three more days, America will have a new chief executive and the complexion of power will have changed some, as it does every four years or so at this level and between two and six at most others.
I sincerely believe that history will not accord this election season America’s finest hour. In retrospect, the blame for that and the responsibility for it, as well, will fall on all of us, to one degree or another.
I question whether that entire dynamic is either healthy or realistic. All of us made some grievous errors in judgment. As a member of the national constituency, I put too much faith in my elected officials and those who run the party with which I am officially affiliated, to make the decisions they are delegated to make for me.
And that’s a little hypocritical considering how interactive I am with my Congressional, state and city officials. Several of them are FaceBook friends. Several are subscribers of this publication. Several are neighbors. It’s a populist way of doing things in a city consisting of ~ to borrow a line from Pirandello ~ several neighborhoods in search of City Hall.
My lifestyle also enables me to talk to those I live with and around when I’m doing things like shopping, going on photo shoots, harvesting blackberries (when in season, of course) and sometimes just packing a lunch and getting on a bus I’ve never taken before, just to see some new scenery.
I trust Patty and Maria and Adam and Jay and Ed because they’re the kind of people I’d run into on a bus ride. They’re accessible. They’re trustworthy. They know what they’re doing. They take the job seriously but not themselves. They’re the type of people who might need to borrow my lawnmower once in awhile but when I get it back, it will be clean, the tank topped off and the blades sharpened.
I’ve assumed for too many years that this is how it worked on the banks of the Potomac so I’ve tended to discount most of the scandalous news national politics seems to generate in such prodigious quantities.
But I’ve learned. I know now that I need to pay more attention to what happens back there and to interact with it the same way I do with Olympia and Seattle. It’s become a real mess, national American politics, and it needs to get cleaned up before a strong wind blows it west.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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SAYING FAREWELL TO LESHY
The Halloween tradition has gradually won this part of the world. Pumpkin season is in a full swing and carving funny faces is one of the cheerful activities for children. According to my acquaintance, this celebration came even to Kazakhstan, but with a strange difference. Instead of make believe, some people wear traditional costumes to celebrations.
The downside to Halloween is all the creepy creations that make young humans scared at night. Here, though, it is still an imported foreign tradition. One girl hilariously called it Happy Meal instead of Halloween, for instance.
Interesting to see some parallels also in old Slavonic and Celtic tradition that were associated with the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. In October, ancient Slavs bid farewell to farewelled to Leshy – a forest spirit who regulates and assigns prey to hunters. October ended with the worship of the goddess of wisdom Mokosh.
Samhain is a Gaelic festival celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. That celebration is believed to be one of the roots of modern Halloween. They believed ‘spirits’ or ‘fairies‘, could more easily come into our world most and for that reason, many scholars see it as remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits.
Anyway next season to come. What it will bring..
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Be safe, my cousin.
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