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August 2, 2020

"What have you got to cry about?" Do correct inconsistency. Stay brave.

"She persisted. Became intimidated. For that shyness she is ashamed and only that. Do correct inconsistency. Stay brave." ~ S.

"Disrespect is worse than hate." ~ Congressman James Clyburn

"Let nothing dent your dignity!" ~ Mom of John Lewis


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Geesh...I got yelled at for crying today? Nothing new, but what's up with that? "What have you got to cry about?" Barked out query kinda answers itself, don’t ya think? And this world is kinda a very sad place these days? Welcome to another day at home.

Pretty sure nobody was born to copy Edith Bunker or shrinking violets. Feel free to raise your hand in "class"? Speak up now! "Girl Interrupted!" Never. No more. Forever!

Yes, we all kinda wish to be petted, and on the other hand, we all kinda wish to bite one other? What we gonna do with that? I invented "peacock" analogy as an original thought, but a "woke" male pundit stole it--we are both correct! Vote the bums out! A favorite Congressman (D) might have scathingly spoken "spirit of masculine sacrifice" as I passed by tv...Made me LOL! Susan B. Anthony or Joan of Arc started it all....I am late to this game, but I am participating nevertheless!

"Those closest to the pain are closest to the power." ~ Ayanna Pressley

"Once you get something inside your head, nobody can take it away from you." ~ Mom of John Lewis


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Sad to admit that I am sad about this. Why sad? Because humans are just totally nuts and probably do not care about ourselves or others at the core of our beings: ”Children and staff at Georgia overnight camp test positive for coronavirus, CDC says”

Summer Camp? Really? Why was it ever even invented? Why was a lot of stuff ever thought up actually? We could have always done without, yes, a lot of man-made wackiness? And the profits involved.

Attended Indiana University for three weeks--Hoosier Girls' State and Journalism Institute. Shoulda had Roy outta wedlock and become a pundit! Give up attention deficit. Be informed. Save lives. Get real. Try to recall what real journalism, once upon a time, did provide. Now, get "pretend" newspapers and wads of ads outta the mail bags...delivering nothing but germs! Wise up? "In these uncertain times" means one thing. Buy, buy, buy! Should mean VOTE!

Hey, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, let's play bridge and let's buy every kid a computer....and let's get this concluded ASAP and stop imploding old creepy school buildings and erecting new creepier ones? A jail is a jail. (And, people, stop taking selfies with casseroles nobody bakes? Just throwing that concept in?) Pipe dream? Huh-uh! Gotta rethink the entire universe yesterday! If not too late? Throw your bajillions at that, gentlemen?

"Oh, Diogenes, find a man who's honest...and Misogyny, do the same?"

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Literary tip: Don't know how to lie but possess a healing sense of humor? You has not "jazz" but SATIRE! If God is Mel Brooks, maybe a sense of humor is in order when praying? About to take up praying then! Name change? Al Gorithm maybe? Ed I. Torial? Then run away from home?

Wow? ”Jonathan Isaac's protest could've been applauded if his explanation wasn't nonsense”

Glad I read this, even though I am anything but a basketball fan. Basketball has damaged countless human beings for years. All for chasing a ball in front of God and everybody! So I dropped my prejudices and read until the conclusion and eventually comprehended the writer's very astute point of view. Highly recommend setting aside your previous points of view to read through this rather confusing situation. Become enlightened how very complicated we humans have manufactured this world to be when, as John Lewis stated, all we need is love ... which can be achieved with “good trouble.”

“Bravo!” I say to this writer. Happy to have cared enough to read through how stupidly we have ignored just being kind to one another and loving one another and the sanctity of life itself. Never forget that nature is God manifested and that all living beings deserve to live out their lives?

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"Be the natural, beautiful woman you are. The purer one is the more attractive one is." ~ Lou Gossett

"You don't get things done without rubbing folks the wrong way; ambition IS ladylike." ~ Claire McCaskill

"Nobody gives...a shit." ~ Lewis Black


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July 12, 2020

A modest proposal: northeast Indiana Covid edition

description With business as usual in the GOP Hoosier state, 4-H fairs and beauty pageants are still scheduled, and the number of Covid-19 (now Covid-20) infections and death rates rise. Combining national news with global pandemic information and a now single weekly issue of local newspapers, surprising information awaits to be read and watched and listened to when available?

(However near-by, next door Ft. Wayne cancelled fall festivals and its street fair this particularly perilous season. Good for them.)

Wishing I had not read the front page before trying to get some sleep. Might we have voted on these events or could responsible non-political leadership have intervened?

Indiana seemed intelligent for awhile during the past few months when caution was exercised. Uh-oh. Have our individual efforts and diligence over the past half year been wasted and now ignored?

And a severe heat wave is on its way according to coverage of current events. Wish all of us could exercise our right to speak up ahead of choices others make for us.

P.S. my son Roy Sexton responded on Facebook, where the above sentiments were originally posted:

“Beautifully expressed by my mom - this collision of commerce and public safety, self-interest and common sense, lack of oversight and individual accountability has made an absolute mess of everything, and, if one of the desires was to reignite consumer confidence, this ain’t the way to do it IMHO. I don’t think the ‘economic engines’ will light up like (some) people believe. We are instead protracting our long term pain through short term selfishness.”

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Published on July 12, 2020 12:59 Tags: 4-h, columbia-city, coronavirus, covid, fort-wayne, gop, hoosier, indiana, roy-sexton, susie-duncan-sexton

June 6, 2020

Thoughts on ... The Story About a Jeep, a Boat and a Helicopter

description Knowing I am not totally alone, I guess, I think often of my parents and what they would think and what they would do in the cirumstances I and everybody else seem to be enmeshed in and I need them so.

Then I recall this story which they adored, and I found it via facebook, a spot I have spent too much of my lifetime loving. Kindred souls renew my tired and wounded spirit.

I love conversation and communication.

I love thinking. (I have poured out thoughts via writing.)

I am currently starving on those fronts...so here is the story they quoted often as did my middle sister and my sweet brother-in-law (who saved me and my son one dark week-end when I was so very frightened nearly a half century ago).

Click here for the The Story About a Jeep, a Boat and a Helicopter
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April 2, 2020

Whatever a feudel fiefdom might be.

It is said that great leaders are born, not made. The saying is true to this degree, that no man can persuade people to do what he wants them to do, unless he genuinely likes people, and believes that what he wants them to do is to their own advantage. - Bruce Fairchild Barton

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A great leader is born not made is a theoretical debate that never gets resolved. But then I do not think it can be taught. That is why Washington and Cuomo just have it in them! and FDR! and JFK! and Roy! Vince Lombardi thinks the other way around?

"How did the feudal system work? Under the feudal system land was granted to people for service. It started at the top with the king granting his land to a baron for soldiers all the way down to a peasant getting land to grow crops. The center of life in the Middle Ages was the manor. The manor was run by the local lord."

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This piece, written by my son Roy's legal marketing friend Deborah Farone … INSIGHT: What Law Firm Leaders Can Learn From Cuomo’s Pandemic Actions .

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s actions during the coronavirus pandemic offer leadership lessons, writes Deborah B. Farone, founder of Farone Advisors LLC. Law firm leaders faced with tough decisions can learn the importance of taking ownership of responsibility, crystal clear communication, basing actions on statements of fact, and personal empathy.

As an adviser to law firm leaders, I’ve always been interested in the question of what qualities are necessary to be an exceptional leader. And during these days of COVID-19, like many others, I want to hear from someone I trust who has a solid command of the facts. What I turn to each morning is the 11 a.m. press conference delivered by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

I’ve continued to watch these conferences day after day, for both the clarity they offer me as a New York citizen, and to experience true leadership during a time of crisis. I greatly admire how Cuomo is both managing the multi-prong and massive challenge posed by the spread of the virus, and the way he communicates the important facts we must know.

Many of these approaches are practices that our business and law firm leaders can apply. The governor’s actions and how he engages with a concerned citizenry during these extraordinary times may be helping to rewrite the rule book of modern leadership.



VERY INTERESTING! I ALREADY ADORE CUOMO, BUT I STILL SEE "INDUSTRY" WRITTEN ALL OVER EVERYTHING. WHETHER SCIENCE OR POLITICS, OR CORPORATIONS, OR GOVERNMENT…AND THE BIG FISH RULE THE DAY AS BIG FISH BERNIE TELLS US ALL AFTER ALL. RATIONALIZATION AND HERD THE PEASANTS TO THEIR FEUDAL FIEFDOM WHATEVER A FEUDAL FIEFDOM MIGHT BE…THEN OFF WITH THEIR HEADS?

AND MOST OF US FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY.

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NOBODY, HOWEVER IDIOTICALLY PRODUCTIVE WE MIGHT HAVE BEEN PUSHED INTO BEING AND USED BY THE HIGHER UPS, IS INDISPOSABLE WHEN THE SHIP IS SINKING-- AND WHO MIGHT THE RATS BE? SO BE IT…THOMAS PAINE AND I SEE NO TOMORROW IF YA AIN'T ONE OF THEM THERE AT THE TOP ALREADY EXCEPT WHEN HIDING IN BUNKERS LIKE DICK CHENEY IN VICE.

Sorry to mix my metaphors with bunkers and castle towers and submarines and trenches, and museums, and Architectural Digest-type sacred structures with majestic columns and all the ships at sea. At least we should everyone of us admit to global warming/climate change and that animals will be better off without us mucking up their Darwinian right-to-life and survival of the fittest!

Signed: George Orwell, Theodore Seuss, Kurt Vonnegut, Thoreau, and Bradbury, too

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Please read this as you sit on your asses on couches if you possess couches, dear readers, only to be discovered when Pompeii is safe to architecturally dig and marvel at and take selfies with. That is our preposition decree…always end decrees with some kinda propo-prepostion!

POSTSCRIPT: How is Ireland doing? I am ready to abandon my house and move there to live and bask in the security of genius minds which will see us through no doubt about it. But, at this point in time, do we go there by sailboat instead of a jet? I no longer feel loyalty to the United States nor to my Hoosier state neither/either. Signed: Benedict Arnold.

POST-postscript: Is Ireland as corporately minded as our single-minded cowboy nation? I hope not! I want to become a leprechaun tomorrow! And green has always been my favorite color. And Finian's Rainbow is there I hear? OH, Danny boy, I love you so. Too roo loo ra loo ra--'tis an Irish lullaby!

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The books are also carried by these fine retailers: Ann Arbor's Bookbound and Common Language; Columbia City's Whitley County Historical Museum; and Fort Wayne's The Bookmark.

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November 23, 2019

No replies nor retorts necessary




"Be able to listen to people without losing confidence nor becoming agitated." ~ Louis Pasteur via Deval Patrick!

(I have fallen head over heels in adoration of Louis Pasteur....and not because I got milk?)

HEADLINE: In new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, most voters think Trump committed abuses — but are split on impeachment: https://news.yahoo.com/in-new-poll-mo...

Hallelujah! Well, the wonderful coverage by MSNBC and CNN pundits spouting Russian names right and left can become boring in spite of being essential to our nation...but now the GOP "side" has become, in addition to disastrously alarming, BORING beyond belief. Time to change channels from GOP to DEM! True patriots may be winning the television wars and ratings finally! Let's hear it for the miracles which can be wrought by the so-called "boob tube"! True reality tv at long last! No replies nor retorts necessary, just thankfulness for a possibly restored and healing country!


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November 14, 2019

That successful effort certainly shines forth as the highlight of my high school days. “Bye Bye Birdie” in Columbia City

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“That successful effort certainly shines forth as the highlight of my high school days.” – yours truly about playing Rose in “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1964, the first musical performed in Columbia City High School’s Newell Rice Auditorium. 55 years later, Columbia City High School brings “Bye Bye Birdie” back to the CCHS stage this November as the farewell musical for the current building. Opens tomorrow night! More info: https://www.thepostandmail.com/conten...

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“With the combined efforts of musicians, dancers, drama enthusiasts, stage managers and light-ing technicians, the Senior Class of 1964 presented Columbia City’s first musical comedy, Bye Bye Birdie,” reads the article from the Columbian, the 1964 yearbook of Columbia City Joint High School.
Be prepared to put on a happy face as, 55 years later, Columbia City High School brings “Bye Bye Birdie” back to the CCHS stage this November as the farewell musical for the current building. A cast of more than 35 students will act, sing and dance their hearts out for audiences on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Newell Rice Auditorium.

Set in the late 1950’s, “Bye Bye Birdie” is a romantic musical comedy revolving around the incredible popularity of Conrad Birdie (Ray Barrand), an Elvis-like rock & roll star who’s being drafted into the Army, which puts his publicity agent and songwriter Albert Peterson (Jack Claypool) into something of a pickle. Peterson’s sweetheart, Rosie (Sidney Basham), comes up with a last-ditch nationwide publicity scheme to get Conrad on to the Ed Sullivan Show and plant a lucky last kiss on a teenage fan before heading off overseas. When Kim MacAfee (Ella Kirchner) of Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor, all the telephones in her small town ring off the hook, and the entire town reels with anticipation. Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo (Daniel Booker), can’t take the humiliation of his lady love’s televised lip-lock. Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s distracted ways. And Sweet Apple can’t take its teens’ riotous rebellion, inspired by the arrival of bad-boy Birdie. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?


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November 13, 2019

Hello, Henrik!

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Love this! Just discovered that my Honors Thesis from my time at Ball State University is available to read from their library site. Check out Henrik Ibsen: “An Enemy of the People” here: http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/bitstr...

today, i realized that my honors thesis still exists, and i have copied it and made a notebook. that experience has informed me to this very moment and is the hugest reason of all i was fortunate to have been an honors student which made me the activist and individual i am today at age 73. stay bright and plucky! my cat died monday and i am beside myself but the honors college and dr. strother have perked up my soul to say the least!

i am at last humbled? jesus! i am even reading through it, white-out blemishes and all. too bad i was such an abominable typist! and that drawing? looks like i might have been in kindergarten when i sketched it? i am no artist i fear. and either i was smart enough to use big words way back then or dr. strother had a strong impression upon "this writer" as i refer to myself throughout the "thesis". strother was a true gentleman and a delightful, darling puckish fellow who even attended campus plays i had bit parts in at the time. he had a deep fondness for henrik, so i sense strother thoughts and concepts and language in my dissertation. and this experience made me the man i am today...a rugged individualist and activist.

Troy LaRue, a fraternity brother of my son’s commented on facebook: “Dr. Ed Strother - quite a big deal at BSU! How very neat! I wrote a paper on Ibsen for a theater class at Wabash College. It wasn’t that great. 😂 ...but in fact, some of my research was done at Ball State including discussion with a theater professor (father of a good friend) who worked under Dr. Strother. Perhaps he referenced your work and I didn’t even know it!”

i friended a person named strother years ago on facebook and he was a great person but was not related to dr. ed. who was just an exceptional human. i wrote to dr. ed long ago after i had grown up and faced the real world and he wrote back and i still have that letter...somewhere!

holy moly! i am thinking i may feel proud on this day when i am still grieving for my wonderful disney cat who has left my side forever...but my typing sucks. my excuse? a portable manual typewriter and onion skin paper and white-out which i occasionally sniffed to accomplish staying up all night in a creepy dormroom reading by candlelight and typing and never dating nobody at no time! i love you dr. ed strother. where are you now? what a cute cute person he was and worthy of writing alongside neil simon. those were the days! indeed they were!


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“Roy Sexton is outstanding as Buddy. He has some of the most complex songs exploring the most complex emotions. His takes on ‘The Right Girl’ and ‘Buddy’s Blues’ are vocally strong and emotionally engaging as he conjures up a dialogue with his girlfriend while still yearning for the love of his wife.” Read more: https://pulp.aadl.org/node/399787. Theatre Nova’s Follies in Concert runs ONE more weekend, starting Thursday: http://www.theatrenova.org

“Follies” continues Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14-16, at 8 pm and Nov. 17 at 2 pm. Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor. For tickets, call 734-635-8450 or go to theatreNOVA.org.


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Review from EncoreMichigan.com … excerpt:

Follies’ premise – aged alumni of the Weisman (think Ziegfeld) Follies reunite at their derelict theatre to relive their youth and ponder their life choices just before the place is leveled for a parking lot – is challenging to stage for any theater because of the intermingling of time, but Theatre Nova carries it off. …

Dramatic highlights of this show are “Losing My Mind,” a solo performed by Sue Booth, as Sally, and “Live, Laugh, Love” by Thomas Murphy, as Ben, and the ensemble.

Comic highlights are the rollicking “Buddy’s Blues” by Roy Sexton as the sad sack traveling salesman Buddy Plummer, and “I’m Still Here,” performed by Olive Hayden-Moore as Follies veteran Carlotta.

Diane Hill, who directs the play and co-stars as Phyllis Rogers Stone, also performs two of Follies’ funniest songs, “Could I Leave You” and “Lucy and Jessie” with spot-on comic timing.

Follies’ famous mirror number, “Who’s That Woman,” is given nice treatment by Carrie Jay Sayer, as showgirl Stella.

The most effective time-splicing number in the show is probably “Waiting for the Girls Upstairs.”

Eddie Rothermel, Kryssy Becker, Connor Thomas Rhoades, and Annie Kordas do a fine job of portraying Ben and Phyllis, Buddy and Sally in their younger years.

Read the full review here: https://www.encoremichigan.com/2019/1...


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August 16, 2019

New! Old Type Writer: Marianne Williamson, move over

New Old Type Writer! A poem entitled: “Marianne Williamson, move over.” Talk of the Town Whitley County publisher Jennifer Zartman Romano writes, “Columnist Susie Duncan Sexton brings us an installment of her column complete with a rhyming assessment of current events. Check it out here.”

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Tweeting a bloggy podcast thingie now, and my muted show follows for all the boys and girls and all the ships at sea:

Questions bombard my cranium deeply within the fissures and lobes creasing my cerebrum and cerebellum. Gee?


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May 19, 2019

Latest Old Type Writer ... "Thoughts & Prayers: Navigating in a Sea of Zombies"

View original post here as published on Jennifer Zartman Romano's "Talk of the Town Whitley County."

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"Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better."

"The technology available for film-making now is incredible, but I am a big believer that it's all in the story."

"It's an honor putting art above politics. Politics can be seductive in terms of things reductive to the soul." ~ Robert Redford


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Linked In, Shut Out, Cell Phone Mania, Faux Networking, Prayer Chains and Warriors, all the way from affable to contentious Face to Flat-Face-booking Social Network, Bon Voyage...Have a nice day! Who cares these days? Grin and bear it, and enjoy the divisiveness and the avoidance of real issues that matter to all of us, such as inclusiveness, civil discourse, achieving understanding hearts, and seeking peace -- the entirety of which seem so otherworldly during these days of hustling and bustling and looking out for number one.

Where is/are a viable Erma Bombeck or a Doctor Seuss, or a Mort Sahl, or a Kurt Vonnegut, or Jon Stewart, or Lenny Bruce, or an Amy Schumer when we need them and their acid-humor spiced with grim reality of acknowledging failed communications with one another? I miss them all.

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As a demographically endorsed "senior", I am feeling and thinking dark thoughts of "Does anybody anywhere really give a damn about soothing souls down deep rather than extending a cursory nod while rushing the other direction to pursue the egocentrical lifestyle of an ostrich burying its plumed head in the sands of a sought after vanity-beach-vacation?"

On the industrialized and profit-oriented trail of doctors' crocodile tears myself, obscene bills accumulate, and patients without patience become frightened bookkeepers betting on tired horse races while battling paperwork and phone-tag numbers issued from a conglomerate of dead-eyed often robotic humans who may be deciding or blowing off the fate of their addled and worried customers. Networking is a sick joke..."WE have the drugs; now YOU do all the work, Mister or Missus so and so!" "Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up. Then call me in the morning!" (Thanks, Harry Nilsson.)

Side effects far worse than the imagined or possibly looming plethora of diseases and illnesses scaring the bejesus out of most all of us, regardless of our life's labels from youth to old age, create an opioid crisis of Armageddon/ Apocalyptic proportions. I have thought these thoughts for nearly half a dozen years (or more) while seated at my kitchen table all alone, and the fruition of my fears has come home to roost. We all must confront a final very big deal rife with accompanying problems prior to traveling off to vacation spots or purchasing big ticket items we cannot actually afford to serve as quick but lingering installment plan panaceas. Best of luck, survivors! Enjoy settling the estate!

I wish to laugh again and never complain nor fret but... behind the closed doors of one's mind, life seems to have ceased being genuinely fun or compassionate or conversational or hopeful. Environmental concerns both at home and abroad, as well as globally and universally, matter. All forms of life matter. I miss the pets who recently got blown off the face of my own earth even though veterinarian services and pharmaceuticals and repetitive appointments are somewhat readily available for a steep price, and I lament doors carelessly closed at home or at the office. I miss family connections which actually require the collective group efforts of tender loving care and grace in order to survive and thrive. I die a little from hurtful comments and stereotyping and mud puddles splashed by passing vehicles sometimes carrying passengers who do not mean well.

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Old photographs capture ghosts in immobilized positions, and we mostly recall those "where the lost things go" ghosts with fondness when time stands scrapbook frozen as we gaze and search to rekindle that long-ago love and those nurturing, encouraging, sunlit pastimes IF that IS the way it WAS. THE WAY WE WERE, indeed! Young actor Robert Redford repetitiously stumbled as a "bad boy" juvenile fugitive with sweat on his brow throughout black and white television episodes during the golden age of television when the tiny screen and so-called "boob tube" offered stories of substance. I followed his show business career through to BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN and as the Sundance Kid himself who bought a ski resort and encouraged others blessed with creativity to tell ever more stories of substance and redemption. His latest cinematic offering and perhaps his swan song THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN seems an appropriate book-end(-ing) to the start of his very responsible, inspirational lifetime of contributions to humanity. Not just a pretty face but an environmentalist and a nurturer and a motivator and a story-teller with no need for a gun. [Also highly recommend, believe it or not, (especially to hunters) the 2016 PETE'S DRAGON directed by the same young Sundance alum Independent filmmaker David Lowery.]

Not to whine too much, but not unlike many other humans I have endured more than my share of being dumped on, shoved aside, dismissiveness and abandonment, gaslighting, verbal abuse, cattiness, misplaced and misinformed nasty appraisals, nuisance robo-AND-cat-calls, and sporadically peculiar physical torment while only landing in the hospital exactly three times...to be born, to give birth and an eerie ambulance trip to the emergency room itself. My heartbeat is irregular these days but continues pumping, questioning, and responding to the ups and downs of life; my knees miss any remnants of cartilage; my breathing is labored; I faint sometimes; my thyroid gland is in need of serious observation; and I am frightened about the remaining years in a world of uncanny chaos everywhere one looks. I wait eagerly for marijuana to get legalized in spite of my prudishness about the world of drugs. My greatest concern, though, revolves around lack of meaningful communication around the globe and at home and just how can that sadness be addressed, if at all. And I know what ails me...I know deep in my irregularly palpitating heartbeat every second of every night and day. So, physician, I say, heal thyself. Heal thyself. Ain't nobody can do necessary repair for us but ourselves, and "ain't nobody's business if we do" goes the song! I may be a quack, but I am sticking to my own instinctive diagnosis and visiting as few hospitals, veterinarians, dentists and nursing homes as might be humanly possible. Keep on keeping on, and never give up! In my inevitably pending wheelchair or while leaning on my cane, I shall be wearing a t-shirt proudly advertising FDR's famous philosophy, "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself!"

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Dorothy Parker > Quotes > Quotable Quote

"Résumé
Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful,
Nooses give,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live."


AN ODD VARIATION OF THIS SENTIMENT OF MS. PARKER APPEARS IN MY FATHER'S HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH BOOK...HE MUST HAVE IDENTIFIED AND COPIED IT ON THE FIRST BLANK PAGE OF HIS TEXTBOOK IN HIS ALWAYS GLORIOUS CURSIVE HAND WRITING...AND HE ADDED A PHRASE TO DOROTHY'S POEM...that being, "AW, HELL!" He was only 14 at the time. I cherish that book wherever it has gotten to and hoping I can ever locate it again. I pray for just one thing...that I can be as strong and kind, no matter what else befalls, as my daddy was! Everything else will take care of itself! I'll be punching it up and taming it down which will be the name of my garage band rock group some day! A-men.

Postscript: I wish to thank the following neat Parkview People who are fun and never scare me...nurses Sonja and Shannon whom I quote, "Take your medicine, and don't get ahead of yourself!" and the emergency room nurse for whom I have no name due to my panic attack at being in emergency mode once so far and doctors Valcarcel, Wynder and Hardin who are not only nice and calm but handsome also. I COULD get used to my new hobby and become a raging hypochondriac! I think I love the aforementioned humans and a few other phone answerers and receptionists who love to laugh and to be kind! Yes, I think I love you! And niece Kelly Bailey who laughs with me and not at me...thank God for that girl!

My fabulous niece Kelly helped me move my book collection 33 years ago via a moving van...now, we need a train!

"In some cultures, laughter and talking guarantee longer lifetimes."~ Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the series CHASING LIFE

"If I knew I was going to live so long, I would have taken better care of myself!" ~ Charles Eugene "MAC" McBride (Indiana University football player, soldier, MP and chef! and my brother-in-law for over 100 years and holding!) quoting James Herbert ("Eubie") Blake


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Secrets of an Old Typewriter Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl by Susie Duncan Sexton

More Secrets of an Old Typewriter Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels by Susie Duncan Sexton

Read about movies and nostalgia, animal issues and sociopolitical concerns all discussed in my book Secrets of an Old Typewriter and its follow-up Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels - print and ebook versions of both are available on Amazon (click the title).

The books are also carried by these fine retailers: Ann Arbor's Bookbound and Common Language; Columbia City's Whitley County Historical Museum; and Fort Wayne's The Bookmark.

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May 13, 2019

Doris Day: talent, cuteness, and teaching the world to respect all animals

description I have adored Doris Day since I got old enough to listen to singing perfection itself via whirling breakable 78 RPM discs on our record player in the corner of our living room and attend every one of her MGM musicals reel-to-reel in the movie theatre on the corner of Van Buren and Main Streets in a tiny town in the rather boring Midwest! THANK GOD for Doris Day!

Thank you, Ms. Day, for your talent, cuteness, and for teaching the world to respect all animals. So glad so many of us have done our best most of our lives to care and to nurture those among us who would have had no one and no protection and nobody with a big heart and sort of a wallet to pay for shots and food. Very much worth it until profit-making damaged efforts and killed the spirit.

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But never give up. Join up with the rescue effort mentality. It is fun, sometimes heartbreaking, but so vital. It will be worth the time spent! Let's honor Doris Day's legacy and do our part for our animal friends.

"Be kind to animals ... or I'll kill you." - Doris Day

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Secrets of an Old Typewriter Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl by Susie Duncan Sexton

More Secrets of an Old Typewriter Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels by Susie Duncan Sexton

Read about movies and nostalgia, animal issues and sociopolitical concerns all discussed in my book Secrets of an Old Typewriter and its follow-up Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels - print and ebook versions of both are available on Amazon (click the title).

The books are also carried by these fine retailers: Ann Arbor's Bookbound and Common Language; Columbia City's Whitley County Historical Museum; and Fort Wayne's The Bookmark.

And you can download from iTunes.

Meet other like-minded souls at my facebook fan page

Visit my author website at www.susieduncansexton.com

Join a great group of animal advocates Squawk Back: Helping animals when others can't ... Or Won't

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Published on May 13, 2019 19:54 Tags: animal-rights, animals, columbia-city, compassion, doris-day, indiana, mgm, susie-duncan-sexton