It’s been a noisy week, and as a result I’ve gotten pretty much nothing done for the past 2 days. Replacing the front steps and the garage floor has resulted in a great deal of noise from jack hammers. But it should all be finished early next week, and things can get back to normal.

Another result of the constant noise, I’ve realized, is that I lost track of time, and am far behind on getting this post written. So I may write the one I’d intended to write on Sunday (although it is Mother’s Day here in the US…), or maybe I’ll work it into a separate one. The gist, though, is that I’m honestly concerned about those friends of mine that seemed to have become incapable of responding to any topic without attaching a political spin to it, and the lack of self-awareness in some of their on-line posts. And I was puzzling over why. And how we let ourselves get to that point. But I’m not there yet, so if not Sunday, then maybe it will work its way into this month’s #1000Speak post – because life is politics, and after all one of the definitions of politics is “the total complex of relations between people living in society”. Or at least that’s what Merriam-Webster tells me.

In ruminating on people and politics, and on current events, I was reminded of something Gerald Ford said in 1974 about the Committee to Reelect the President:

“The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.”

Not entirely a fan of our restrictive two-party system, and also not a fan of the tight control the parties wield over the election process, but I suspect that one of the (many) lessons of  the 2016 presidential election, and its aftermath, will be that that particular lesson of Watergate may not have been learned all that well.

Just some more food for thought.

Work-in-progress photo of the garage floor taken while looking down from the kitchen door – courtesy of my husband