Author: LindaLee

Midday Matinee – “I am a social liberal but…”

Most of us have heard someone start this phrase and finish it with” … “but I’m a fiscal conservative.” (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. At my son’s house we have what I call porch conversations. A guy made that comment the other night. For the record, it drives me nuts. It’s like too many people have bought into the myth that the Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility. I said, “Well for sure that makes you a Democrat then.” For the record...

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Midday Matinee – I Feel Like a Refugee

I feel like a displaced person, a refugee, who cannot return home because it is gone. I in no way would compare myself to people fleeing Syria or South Sudan. They are the real refugees. Still, I feel displaced. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. If my home is not yet gone, it is disappearing into the history books to be rewritten by the people who have taken over. What happened to the nation I helped to fight to create? What is happening to...

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Midday Matinee – “There Is Only Us”

Perhaps one way to know when a protest movement has arrived is when it gets it’s own song. The fight against sulfide-ore copper mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has arrived. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Here’s the song: The Star Tribune newspaper has background information on the song and the artists: The proposed mine near Hoyt Lakes – which Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources is currently “determining the adequacy of” – would be a welcome economic boost to northern Minnesota,...

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Midday Matinee – My Visit to Urgent Care

I fell last night and banged my left ear on the wooden edge of an ottoman. I went to urgent care.(More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Total time from leaving the house to returning home was just under two hours. The staff was all excellent, efficient and compassionate. Other than not really having a bloddy ear in my plan for the night, it was a great experience. I have 14 stitches, tightly spaced and the gauze wrap around my head makes me look like...

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“You’re Fired”

Donald Trump made this phrase, “You’re Fired!” popular on his reality TV show The Apprentice. The phrase gets trotted out often these days, from police officers that shoot young black men, to corrupt bankers aka Wells Fargo. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. “You’re fired” seems like justice and the idea that right can prevail over might. It is not so simple. As an HR executive who has fired people for cause (no problem) and for strategic realignments, I think wishing that someone could...

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