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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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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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Sorry :-(

Sorry I just fixed a link in an old blog post, “Wonderings” and that “update” bumped it into new news:-(

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New email address

Just in case anyone would like to send me fascinating links or offer blog ideas and suggestions, I’ve posted an email address in the sidebar: libertybellediaires@yahoo.com

Feedback, both good and bad, will help me write a better blog…… hopefully:-)

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#libertybelle

“libertybelle” joined twitter, heck if I know why.  So, to keep up with all the happenings, I am following left-wing and right-wing and everything in between there. Not sure what the point of twitter is yet, but there you have it #libertybelle@october601.  Feel free to send a tweet and I’ll work hard to contain myself to the required 140 character responses.  Here’s a true story, my adult children told me not to send them text messages, because I invariably hit the enter key and send uncompleted messages.  Then I fumble about at figuring out how to answer my cell phone when they call to see if everything is okay, creating anxious moments for them, thinking I’m in some sort of trouble.  I haven’t told them I’m now on twitter, lol.  How much more trouble could I get into online….

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Technical Difficulty – Blog Note

I received one comment about problems accessing my blog.  If you experience any difficulties just post a comment and I’ll see if it can be fixed.  Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and have a nice day 🙂

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Computer gremlins

Computer gremlins or something, but I can’t get My Archives up on the side of my blog – it’s gone this morning. Now I did pull up my Messages of mhere via a Google search and it showed up on WordPress there. Not sure, what happened and I don’t have an inner computer geek to channel. Darned.

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