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Just When You Thought I Was Out….I’m Back!

Believe it or not, I’m back to this blog.

I state this publicly as insurance that I will follow through….

I needed some time away.  I focused on my other blog for a while….

But it’s time to come back where I started.

Thank you for your patience.

I originally started this blog to ironically address things that where lost as we moved to the 21st Century.  Then I realized, I was at risk of becoming a grumpy old man screaming at children to get off my lawn.  I never wanted to be that….

A lot has happened over the last couple of years to make me re-evaluate a lot of things.  I’ve changed jobs and careers.  I’ve lost some important people in my life.  I’ve rethought how best to address our political differences….

But I’m fundamentally the same.

How will  this blog be going forward?  I’m not sure….

I want to be kinder and gentler.  More open to dialogue about politics and less judgmental.  I mean well…It doesn’t do anyone any good to sit at home and scream at their TV- or vent on their blogs.  We need to talk to each other civilly and with an open mind and heart.

We need to listen to each other….

But if that fails, screw it.  I’ve never been shy about my opinions.

There is just too much insanity in Politics in North Carolina, Virginia and the U.S.A for me to keep my mouth shut.  This is what is making me come back.  I can’t just sit on the sidelines…

Circumstances pulled me back in…..

I’m trying to be less political on Facebook, so expect more political posts here instead.  But I realize there are other blogs that do politics much better than I ever could.  This will just be what catches my interests and makes me want to share or comment.  I don’t promise in-depth analysis, but I do promise lots of opinion.

Culturally, I plan to be just as judgmental as ever.  I’ll post about what I like and what I don’t…..

And I hope we can pick up the dialogue we suspended when I stepped away….

Again, thanks for our patience….

Let’s roll!

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Chapter 91: The Evils of Water Proof Mascara

I really do plan to revisit and return to LostInTheTwentyFirstCentury.com soon, but in the meantime, here is a post from my other blog…..

 

According to my Mother, water proof mascara did more to change the South than air conditioning.

She was an old school Southern woman who believed you had to create a little magic each day as you went forth to play your role.  I’m not sure she ever knew she was playing a role, but she was a consummate actress.  Someone once said that whenever a Southerner decided not to take the stage, the world lost a great actress.  He must have known my Mother.

More:   Chapter 91: The Evils of Water Proof Mascara | My Southern Gothic Life.

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My Southern Gothic Life: Chapter 90: The Love I Lost

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I returned to Sweet Briar College a couple of weeks ago for what I feared was the last time.  I had not been there since 1981.

My last visit there, 34 years ago,  was populated by ghosts and anxiety.  I was part of the Class of 1981 at Washington and Lee University.  Most of my friends were from the class of 1980.  When I went to Spring Weekend there, in 1981,  we were already beginning to deal  with the past.

I was there with one of my best friends, my first close friend  at W&L, who had lost the love of his life to another man while his Sweet Briar girl was on Junior Year  Abroad.  Thus it was poignant to begin with.

But more importantly, the Class of 1980 was gone.  Those had been our friends and our link to Sweet Briar.  The Sweet Briar Girls we came to see that weekend felt the loss just as we did…Our friends who had made our college years so special had graduated.  It was not the same…..

After that weekend, I never thought I would be at Sweet Briar again.  I thought it was time to move on and put it all in the past.

As a History major, I should have known better.  Our past, collectively and individually, is a part of us and only time can show us how much a part of us it really is….

More:   My Southern Gothic Life | When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not; but I am getting old, and soon I shall remember only the latter. (Mark Twain).

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Chapter 83: Comrades in Arms | My Southern Gothic Life

I posted a new post on my other blog a couple of days ago.

Here is an excerpt and a link to the full post:

 

It seems every generation has their wars; some are just more obvious than others.

I’ve been reading a biography of the poet Siegfried Sassoon and studying the British “War Poets” of the First World War.  Stories of young men struggling with the realities of war and trying to reconcile them with the peaceful, conventional world they were fighting to preserve.  Many of them were young men trying to reconcile their sexuality with the roles they were raised to play in a world that was fast disappearing.

In theory, my generation had no wars.  We were too young for Vietnam and too old for the first Gulf War.  I remember being in my early teens when the Vietnam War ended.  I remember being outside as fireworks exploded and everyone tried to make merry over the fact the Paris Peace Accords had ended a war no one had really wanted by then.  I remember my neighbor, whose son had safely survived the conflict, hugging me and saying:  “I’m so glad you won’t have to go to war.  You are safe.  We can all get back to normal.”

More:   Chapter 83: Comrades in Arms | My Southern Gothic Life.

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A Temple Terrace Christmas | My Southern Gothic Life

A rerun from Christmases past from my other blog:

I promise new posts will be coming….

In the meantime, if you need a little bit of the Ghosts of Christmas past to help you appreciate your Holidays, here are two of my Christmas posts from last year:

via A Temple Terrace Christmas | My Southern Gothic Life.

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New Post up on My Southern Gothic Life

New post up on my other blog.

Here is an excerpt and a link to the full post:

I’ve posted a lot of amusing posts in the past.  And I have a few more lined up to come…But this isn’t one of them.  This one is a little more reflective.

To put it kindly, my Mother is entering the twilight of her life…and it’s a journey for my sister and I to deal with this….and to deal with each other.

More:   Chapter 77: The Wall | My Southern Gothic Life.

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Provisional Ballots Could Determine Virginia Attorney General Race

Still no final decision in the VA Attorney General race.

It’s down to provisional ballots- a by product of Voter ID laws.  These are ballots made by people who came to vote without acceptable ID.

This is the fun we have to look forward to in NC next year….

More cost and unnecessary red tape being forced on us by the GOP in order to suppress Demoocratic voters and interfere with Democracy.

To me, this also opens the door to more potential Voter Fraud in the handling of these provisional ballots by the localities….

From WDBJ 7:

 

With the attorney general’s race still too close to call, provisional ballots could determine who wins.

At this time, it’s unclear of exactly how many provisional ballots were cast statewide.

A provisional ballot was cast if a voter didn\’t have ID or showed up to the polls and wasn\’t registered to vote.

Localities where a provisional ballot was cast must report those to the State Board of Elections to determine if the vote becomes official; a process that could take up to a week.

via Provisional Ballots could determine Attorney General race | Local News – Home.

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