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Good intentions time again

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Fire crackers!  Don’t know how I could live in GA over 20 years and never have tried fire crackers.  My son brought some home at Christmas, which his friend made, so I looked on Pinterest for a recipe.  Super simple really, but I will be changing to canola oil, instead of the olive oil next time and I will cut the red pepper flakes down to about a third or less than the recipe calls for.  These are way too hot for me to handle.  Here’s the recipe I followed.

Happy New Year!

The end of one year and beginning of another always involves being bombarded with a media glut of retrospection on the year that was.  It also leaves us buried under piles of advice on making New Year’s resolutions, keeping them and all sorts of advice on how to transform our lives.

Last year at this time I decided that I wanted to take my blog in a direction away from politics, hopefully moving toward topics that were more meaningful to me (and hopefully to some who read my blog).  America’s “greatest” reality TV show eclipsed my good intentions and I found myself, more often than not, writing about America’s reality TV presidency and our endless mass media information war, that still burns hot.

In my own daily life none of that political drama has affected me in any noticeable ways.  In fact, few political events, except for very dramatic ones, things like war or the complete collapse of our government, would really create mass chaos in American daily life, I suspect.  We are blessed to live in a stable republic, with a private economy that chugs along, through good times and bad.  Most Americans, even those living  in the lower-income brackets, live with more material goods than even the wealthiest Americans had when our country was founded.

This year, I intend to stick to my New Year’s blog resolution and move away from the domestic political sideshow more often.

Wishing all a very Happy New Year!

Libertybelle

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

At the end of 2015, I wrote about moving my blog in another direction:

“Instead of endless political and foreign policy commentary (402 posts in 2015), I’m going to attempt to move my blog in another direction.  Anyone can be an armchair critic about all that is wrong in American politics and culture, but let’s face the truth, it’s not the politicians’ fault for the state of our culture, our communities or the problems in our own lives.  Despite the hype about the 2016 election, neither political party can fix America.  Only committed citizens can do that.

Assuredly, failed social programs do deserve criticism, but let’s enter the new year facing the truth.  Rebuilding the American team starts at the individual level, in fact, it starts with each of us.  So, with this wide open internet why can’t we start working to share ideas, resources, and most of all inspirations geared toward that mission:  rebuilding the American team.”

https://libertybellediaries.com/2015/12/31/rebuilding-the-american-team/

With a US presidential election in 2016 and so much else happening in the world, I didn’t stick to that goal of writing about inspirations to rebuild the American team as much as I wanted.  Like most of America, I got caught up in the Witch of Chappaqua vs. Drumpzilla endless battles,  but with that national embarrassment of two vile candidates running down-in-the-mud scorched earth campaigns over, it’s time to take a deep breath and refocus on that goal.

And after last year’s Reality TV national embarrassment, it’s time for all Americans to recommit to rebuilding the American team;-)

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, blessed New Year!

 

Sincerely,

Libertybelle

 

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Rebuilding the American Team

Dear Readers,

Upon entering the blogging world in 2012, I almost talked myself out of continuing after the first few posts.  Whether for good or ill, here it is almost 2016 and I’m the one shocked that I’m still enjoying writing this blog.  Now, with that said in the new year, it’s time for some changes.

Instead of endless political and foreign policy commentary (402 posts in 2015), I’m going to attempt to move my blog in another direction.  Anyone can be an armchair critic about all that is wrong in American politics and culture, but let’s face the truth, it’s not the politicians’ fault for the state of our culture, our communities or the problems in our own lives.  Despite the hype about the 2016 election, neither political party can fix America.  Only committed citizens can do that.

Assuredly, failed social programs do deserve criticism, but let’s enter the new year facing the truth.  Rebuilding the American team starts at the individual level, in fact, it starts with each of us.  So, with this wide open internet why can’t we start working to share ideas, resources, and most of all inspirations geared toward that mission:  rebuilding the American team.

Sure, there will still be politics and some of my trademark snarky commentary, but I’m inviting all of you to email me ideas, links, posts, with important lessons in American history, stories of heroes, stories of grassroots programs that work, educational information, life stories, whatever you feel like sharing and I will happily post it!  You can just post it as a comment too and I’ll convert it to a blog post. Use your real name or a pseudonym, whatever you feel comfortable with, but I would like to turn my blog into more of a chat around my kitchen table type atmosphere rather than me droning on and on and on.

My email address is libertybellediaries@yahoo.com

Wishing y’all a very Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Libertybelle

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Blog note

We had one of our dogs put to sleep Friday.  He was my former daughter in-law’s beagle and I thought he was 13, but my son told me that when he informed her of his death,  she said he was 15 years old.  He was an obese beagle, who had a cranky streak, but he loved me and followed me wherever I went in the house.   He was always laying on the floor near me when I’m on the computer.

The past few months have been a downward spiral  – heart problems, COPD, then he tore an ACL tendon in his left back leg.  Due to his medical problems and the obesity, he wasn’t a candidate for surgery.  He seemed to be doing much better lately.   He’d lost some weight and was moving more.   Although the 8 medications he was on were tiresome to administer, I was hoping he’d be around for a long while yet.  Thursday morning he couldn’t stand up and when I helped him up he was wobbly and kept falling on his left side.  I sat on the floor and fed him canned dog food Thursday and carried him outside to do his business that day, but he needed help to even stand up for that.

The vet told us he had injured his right leg and hip and he was trying to shift his weight to the left side.  She said he was in a great deal of pain and he was already on a pain medication.  We decided to have him put to sleep and that’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

Sure, there are 5 other dogs  here, but I still miss him.  Let’s see 2  were my oldest daughter’s dogs and one was my youngest daughter’s dog and 2 belong to my husband and me – all of them old dogs and some with serious medical problems, so I’ve spent quite a bit of time crying the past few days and worrying about going through this again in the near future.  I’ll try to get back to blogging this week.

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LB is now on facebook

Just created a facebook page – Holly Asbury, where I’ll repost my blog stuff and assorted ephemera.  LB diaries is also on Twitter, although I admit that tweeting isn’t my cup of tea.

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Grandmother time

Sorry for the lapse in blogging, especially in light of the monumental Supreme Court decisions in recent days, but four lively grandchildren running around the house sapped my writing inspiration a great deal.  Hopefully, I can get back to blogging by the end of this coming week.  Life has changed from when I was a kid, long before computer games.  It’s interesting to see how this computer native generation operates, that’s for sure.  I did take them to pick blueberries at a local farm and they seemed to enjoy that, but as soon as we got home, well, it’s back to the tech stuff again, lol.  And to think, I loved weeding the garden as a kid and collecting rocks….

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Blog Note

The blogging might be iffy this week – going to visit my granddaughters in Indiana.

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