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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

She's a Proverbs 31 Woman...

NOTE: This post was written one week before the
U.S. presidential election. Regardless of the
outcome, the message remains the same.
 I simply filled in the name of the
 winner before publishing.

She is a woman worth more than rubies

She stretches her hands to the needy

She is not afraid of the storm

She opens her mouth with wisdom

Strength and dignity are her clothing

And kindness is on her tongue

She does not eat the bread of idleness

She smiles at the future

Her children rise up and call her blessed

October 2016: Margaret Schneider, age 104,
"The Oldest Living Dell Rat," proudly cast
her vote in the U.S. presidential election.

God bless you, Margaret...

My inspiration for this post came from
the version of this bible verse song,
"Proverbs 31 Woman," recorded by
soul/disco-turned-gospel singer
Candi Staton for her 2002
album of the same name.

The long, tough, grueling presidential race
is now concluded and a winner has been
chosen by a vote of the people in our
democracy. To the patriotic citizens
of this country who wholeheartedly
believed that the candidate they
supported was better equipped
for the office but were out-
numbered and outvoted,
I offer another timely
message song from
Candi's album...
"Hallelujah Anyway."

"Hallelujah Anyway" (Larse Vocal)
Candi Staton (2012 single from
2002 album Proverbs 31 Woman)

As we begin a new chapter in American history
let us pray for peace and unity across this
great land of ours and around the world.

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the
ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”
– Ronald Reagan

“I want a kinder, and gentler nation.”
– George H.W. Bush

“And I hope to stand for a new harmony,
a greater tolerance. We've come far, but
I think we need a new harmony among
the races in our country. And we're on a
journey into a new century, and we've
got to leave that tired old baggage of
bigotry behind.” – George H.W. Bush

“This is America: the Knights of Columbus,
the Grange, Hadassah, the Disabled American
Veterans, the Order of Ahepa, the Business
and Professional Women of America,
the union hall, the Bible study group,
LULAC, "Holy Name"—a brilliant
diversity spread like stars, like a
thousand points of light in a
broad and peaceful sky.”
– George H.W. Bush

“Our most basic common link is
that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children's
future. And we are all mortal.”
– John F. Kennedy

"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance,
the delusion that we have some privileged
position in the Universe, are challenged by
this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely
speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.
In our obscurity, in all this vastness,
there is no hint that help will come from
elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far
to harbor life. There is nowhere else,
at least in the near future, to which
our species could migrate. Visit, yes.
Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for
the moment, the Earth is where
we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling
and character-building experience. There is
perhaps no better demonstration of the folly
of human conceits than this distant image
of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our
responsibility to deal more kindly with one
another, and to preserve and cherish the
pale blue dot, the only home we've ever
known. For small creatures such as we
the vastness is bearable only through
love.” ― Dr. Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot:
A Vision of the Human Future in Space

I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Sagan.
From this moment on, let us not think of
our country or our world as "us vs. them."
Let us be mindful that it is us and us alone.

"Love is the answer..."
- John Lennon

Congratulations to president-elect

Donald Trump

and everyone who supported him.

God bless America!


  1. Margaret, I can't imagine what it was like to be born in a time when a woman could not even vote. You've been alive through all-- our trials and tribulations-- and I hope you stay around for many more, as the struggle for equality is not yet over.

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      It was nice of you to acknowledge Margaret for exercising her right to vote at the age of 104 (now more than halfway to 105). I’m sure Margaret will appreciate your kind message.

  2. Margaret's pic is helping me to continue to trust in goodness ... no matter who and why and what, friend Shady ... and now that Super Tuesday is over, I wish you and your country a super Wednesday, super Thursday, super Friday, super Saturday, super Sunday, super Monday ... and so on ... ya ... Love, cat. PS: I trust you saw and enjoyed my travel blog, friend?

    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for coming down, my dear globetrotting Canadian friend! I am ashamed to admit that I wasn't aware of your travel blog. I just visited and subscribed. What an island paradise! I loved the pictures you shared of pristine beaches, friendly people and even an island kitty kompanion named Mouse! :) You looked happy in those pictures and that makes me happy, cat.

      Yessum, 104 year old Margaret Schneider is the embodiment of goodness and decency. I am proud to have her as a friend and to share her life stories with you here on SDMM.

      Thank you again for coming and for offering words that help and heal. America needs them today.

  3. WOW! To think of all the elections Margaret has witnessed. God Bless her!
    Beautiful post Shady- i like all the quotes. Have a wonderful day my friend.

    1. Thank you, Holli!

      Yessum, Margaret was born the week the Titanic sank - just think of that! In her long life she has witnessed enormous changes in America not the least of which is granting a woman's right to vote. Margaret is a national treasure.

      Thank you again for your friendship and support, Holli.

  4. Hi Shady!
    So nice to have a beacon of patriotism such as Ms. Margaret reminding us how far we've come!
    Well done, my dear friend. A handful of terrific quotes and the soothing voice of Candi Stanton combine to create a perfectly pleasant post! I hadn't heard the artist - or the song - before, but became an instant fan. Thanks for the happy thoughts!

    1. Hi, Diedre!

      Thank you very much for dropping in this morning, dear friend!

      If you will stick with us here at SDMM you will be treated to the writings of Margaret Schneider's daughter, Kathleen, who will be resuming her exclusive guest author series In-Dell-ible Memories, bringing you the amazing true stories of Margaret and her family as the Shady Dell's first residents early in the 20th century. As a writer and author I trust that you will find Kathleen's series interesting and enlightening.

      Candi Staton had a big disco hit called "Young Hearts Run Free." I was unaware of her gospel recordings until very recently. I posted "Hallelujah Anyway" because it seemed like a fitting song to help tens of millions of stunned Americans adjust to the new normal and to promote healing.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Diedre!

  5. Margaret is a wise woman who has lived through many presidents. She is the reason Hillary Clinton could be a presidential candidate...because she always voted. I love this post and all the quotes and believe in this especially what Carl Sagan said. What's amazing is our Canadian immigration site crashed:)

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for coming!

      Yessum, Margaret Schneider is a wise and wonderful human being. I quoted the Bible in today’s post because I have been listening to that inspiring Candi Staton gospel album and it occurred to me that Margaret is in many ways a “Proverbs 31 woman.” Margaret is not afraid of the storm. She has spent her life helping others. She speaks wisdom. She is the embodiment of strength and dignity. Kindness is on her tongue.

      I am pleased to know that you enjoyed the quotes I included at the end of this post. I put them there as a reminder of the wise and healing words uttered in the past by great leaders on both sides of the aisle. I am delighted to know that you agree with me about the visionary Dr. Carl Sagan. He is missed, but his influence, his message of peaceful coexistence, lives on in the hearts and minds of rational people around the world.

      Thank you again for your visit and supportive comment, dear friend BB!

  6. Shady,
    She has been through so many elections, God Bless her!
    That just goes to show, if Margaret voted, there's NO excuse for anyone else not to!
    My wish is for everyone to "Come together" and unite.

    Two words how I describe Margaret are ,"HUMBLE and KIND". It's time for us all to heed those words!
    (if the link doesn't work, please google Tim McGraws song "Humble and Kind.
    A Proud American

    1. Hello Proud American!

      Thank you very much for joining the discussion on this day of national reflection, a pivotal point in American history.

      Regarding Margaret Schneider, you are so right. If a person going on 105 years of age is willing to participate in democracy then there is no excuse for others to sit out an election. Too many people fought and died to give them that right for them to waste it.

      The words to the Tim McGraw song "Humble and Kind" are powerful and so are the images in the video. Thanks for sharing! Words like those need to be on everyone's tongue and fingertips as we move forward. I hope all Americans will subscribe to Tim's message - the blue, the red and the orange. We can all be proud of our individual families, groups, cities, states and countries, but let us not forget that we all belong to a much larger group, the human race. For the sake of our children's future, the future of our planet, we must find a way to live and work together peacefully.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment today, APA, and come back and see us soon!

  7. 104? Good for her!
    I really like the third quote by Bush.
    Yes, God Bless America. Let us strive to be better and kinder.

    1. Good for you, Alex! That's what America... and the world... needs now.

      Thanks for your visit and comment, good buddy!

  8. Kathleen Mae SchneiderNovember 9, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Tom, your blog gave Mother's life so much honor and happiness in past posts, and this one represents more of the same! She, and I, are very pleased that you published the visual proof of her voting in this presidential election, and included so many compliments about her sweet nature and meaningful life. The uplifting music and quotes are also very appropriate for this day after the divisive election year we've endured.

    I showed and read the post to her (enlarged on my iPad) and she immediately broke into a broad smile when she saw her picture. Since her vision is deteriorating, I'm also reading aloud all these very kind comments to her. You've made our day! Thank you!

    As her caregiver I am truly blessed to spend a lot of time with my mother, and am given such incredible gifts of her homespun wisdom, shy smile and the spiritual steadfastness of her faith in God every day.

    She sets a good example of living in the present by not "dwelling on" the past - one that brought trauma and heartbreak on a number of occasions. Now that she is very old, she's teaching me other lessons about accepting physical limitations and being patient while waiting for God to "take her home".

    I am so proud is that she actually voted at 104 years of age! Her Mother Allie Brown, born in the late 1800s, and along with other women in America back then, wasn't allowed to vote when she was young and middle-aged, and I don't think she ever did, probably for religious reasons. Mother grew up with that attitude and eventually departed, however belatedly, from her own mother as a role model in this regard.

    Another of Mother's lessons that she told me growing up and now, as a secret to living past the century mark, is to love everybody, with no exceptions, and to absolutely forgive them if they cause us any problems large and small. Love truly is the answer!

    These are very important words to heed for all of us in America - especially today - as we try to find ways to overcome our differences and move forward into the future. That visual of earth reminds us of its fragility and beauty, and that it hangs in the balance of our actions (...or failure to act!).

    Thank you again for putting Mother in the SDM&M spotlight once again, and for the healing message you've put forth in this post.

    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Thank you very much for adding your comments to this post. On this otherwise quiet and solemn day, it brought tears of joy to my eyes to imagine mother Margaret smiling at the sight of her picture on SDMM and of having you read the post, comments and replies to her. This is what it is all about for me and what it has always been about, making someone happy, making just one someone happy.

      My Kathryn was very moved when she saw your mother's picture and pondered the implications, a "monumental occasion," Mrs. S called it when we discussed it a couple of days ago. I can imagine Allie Brown smiling down at her daughter who is still making a difference in the world all these years later.

      The reasons Margaret gives to explain her longevity, (not dwelling on the past, loving everybody and always forgiving), are useful guidelines at a time like this when nearly 60 million American citizens, more than half of the people who cast votes in the election, are reeling from their candidate's shocking loss and struggling to cope with it. I have found that letting go feels good, feels right, and that is what I am trying to do today. I have Mother to thank for inspiring me to bring out my best when I am tempted to unleash my worst. Love is indeed the answer, a wise man by the name of Lennon once sang.

      Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me and the other readers, dear friend Kathleen. Please take good care of yourself and Mother and come back and see us soon!

  9. Hi Shady, and God Bless Margaret at 104 years! It is so good to see her smiling photo and to be able to acknowledge that she has lived and seen so many changes in society, that include rights for all, the women's right to vote, for one.

    I liked Candi Staton's song, "Hallelujah Anyway". I believe she's on one of my CD's that various artists recorded all Elvis hits. She sings "In the Ghetto", and does a beautiful job.

    I wasn't expecting to see anyone here today, in the aftermath of the election. What a day-having stressed about it all, I voted in the morning painlessly! I think there was so much smut going on that, I was afraid for any outcome! After reading a few of your comments on your last post, and also, talking with my mom, I was able to decide what I would do. And, I'm glad ONLY that I voted, for the relief it brought me, and, the "It Is What It Is", factor. We can deal, can't we!

    You picked some good quotes from various presidents and, John Lennon. I'm glad I signed on to Blogger this afternoon, and, found good heartedness here!

    Well, now, I have my own chicken soup simmering on the stove. It's been cooler and rainy for the last few days Shady-hope you've gotten some relief now that it's November! I'll be sneaking off to Kansas on Saturday to see my mom and sister. We're hopping a bus to Branson, Missouri! I've always wanted to go there, so, I'm pretty excited!

    Thank you for this well written post-and, I'm glad to see that you were able to feature an icon of the Shady Dell! Margaret is a very lovely lady! Take care Shady! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      How are you, dear friend? I am very happy to see you!

      I am sure you remember Margaret Schneider from her daughter Kathleen's guest series In-Dell-ible Memories which began running here on SDMM early in the 2010s. Seems like only yesterday when we were rooting Margaret on as she toured her birthplace, the Shady Dell, as she approached the age of 100. Now here she is, going on 105, a truly remarkable survivor and an inspiration to people across the country and around the world.

      I'm pleased to know you enjoyed this Candi Staton song. Her gospel album Proverbs 31 Woman starts with four or five very danceworthy songs and finishes with traditional down tempo gospel hymns.

      Hey, I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony and treat everyone to a bowl of your chicken soup. :) Comfort food, comforting music and goodhearted people communicating with courtesy and respect are indeed the order of the day. Peace, calm and unity are what America needs now after a bitterly divisive battle that brought out the worst in many of us.

      Yessum, we are experiencing some delightfully breezy and cooler nights here on the west coast of Florida. I love this time of year!

      I'm excited that you are taking a bus trip to Branson. I pray that you have a safe journey and return safely with loads of happy memories and pictures to share in a post. Have you ever been to Dollywood?

      Thank you again for showing up for Margaret, for her daughter Kathleen and for me, dear friend Suzanne. Take care and God bless!

  10. What a beautiful sight, that photo of Margaret voting in this historical election. I can't even begin to fathom the number of elections Margaret has been a part of. I wonder what she thinks of the outcome?

    Great quotes and great job on maintaining neutrality. I know it's hard! :)

    Thanks for sharing,

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, One-L!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks so much for dropping by!

      Yessum, that picture of Margaret speaks volumes and brings tears to my eyes. Imagine being a teenager during the Roaring Twenties! It boggles my mind to think of all the drastic changes Margaret has witnessed in America and the world in her long lifetime. What a sweet and humble woman she is, one of the greatest friends I ever had.

      Margaret is losing her eyesight and hearing and I don't know for sure if her daughter Kathleen broke the news to her about the outcome of the election. What matters is that Margaret voiced her choice and cast her vote. Some people forfeited that opportunity.

      Get this, Michele. I just finished my evening workout during which I listened to my CD collection for motivation. I have more than 5,000 songs set to play at random. When the second song of my exercise session came on, my eyes grew wide as I heard Candi Staton sing:

      You have some problems
      You need God to solve 'em.
      You get down on your knees and pray
      When is he coming through
      When will he answer you
      Well it may not be right away
      But in the mean time
      Just keep your mind
      In a positive attitude
      And while you waiting
      Start praising
      He is gonna see you through
      Here is what you got to do
      (Praise him till your blessings come down
      Praise him till your situation turns around
      You gotta lift up your voice and say: hallelujah anyway! Hallelujah anyway!

      Isn't that amazing? Out of a possible 5,000 or more songs my player picked "Hallelujah Anyway," the song I used in this post. I take it as a sign that we are on the right track as long as we remain patient and have faith that the universe is unfolding as it should. We always go high, you and I, and that is why I congratulated the winning team at the end of this post. I had the draft finished a week ago and it was tough for me to delete one name and replace it with the other, but that's how it goes sometimes and it was the right thing to so.

      Thank you again for your cheery visit, dear friend Michele. Please stay safe in your travels around Carolina and your return home to Texas.

      God bless!

    2. That was quite the sign Tom! You must have stopped dead in your tracks in the middle of your workout when that song came on! Coincidence? I think not!
      I liked the song very much. Thanks for turning me onto it.

      Hang tough and keep the faith, my friend. This too shall pass...or so they say. :)

    3. Thank you, sweet friend. Did you watch Hill's concession speech today followed by Obama's remarks? Class all the day. We need to follow their example, let go of our pain and bitterness, move beyond this setback and do everything we can to heal the wounds and bring America together again as one.

      Thank you again for your ongoing friendship and support, dear friend Michele!

    4. Class is right! Let's hope our new president takes a few pointers from Hillary on what it means to have class...

    5. I believe the president-elect realizes it is time to call a halt to the inflammatory rhetoric and to position himself as a unifier. Let's hope that will continue to be the tone throughout his presidency.

      Thanks again for your visit, dear friend Michele!

  11. I loved the photo of Ms. Margaret and it truly shows that everyone has a voice and should use that matter age, race, religion. I hope as a nation we do take a deep breath and look at what we can do to make our own corners of the Earth better and brighter, safer and happier. Your post says it all as does the song..I just have to say: "Amen and Amen"!! Thanks for such an uplifting post today!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      Yessum, that is an extraordinary picture of 104+ year old Margaret still caring passionately enough about America to cast her vote in the 2016 presidential election - a lesson in good citizenship for us all.

      I think you are right. A better America starts at home with our families, our neighborhoods and our communities. This was a bitterly disappointing day for 60+ million Americans and it isn't easy to remain positive, but it is the right thing to do and this is the right time to do it, a critical turning point in our nation's history. We absolutely must set aside our differences and pull together for the common good. Let's hope we can accomplish that in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

      Thank you again for visiting and for sharing your thoughts, dear friend YaYa. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  12. I agree, Shady. I'm praying for peace and unity as well. All we can do is move forward.

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Wise words from you this morning, dear friend. It seems protests were inevitable no matter which candidate won the election and, in this sharply divided country, the only way to make both sides happy would be to elect two presidents and separate America into two countries. This experiment we call democracy is being tested and prayers are needed.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend JM.

    2. That's true. I will admit I did say some mean things to my dad... but emotions are high for us all this week. Praying it gets better.

    3. Families are split, including ours, and brother has been turned against brother. The situation might get worse before it gets better. I hope and pray that people on both sides of the conflict will begin to use more resourceful communication skills and refrain from using violence.

      We can work it out. We must.

      Thank you, dear friend JM!

  13. Yes, God Bless America! I know there are a lot of disappointed people out there, because their candidate didn't win, but I hope our nation can come together and work to make things better.

    Have a great week! (I haven't been on Blogger much, because I'm just too busy. Hopefully, I'll still be able to maintain a presence and visit everyone. Just want you to know that even if I'm not here, I'm thinking about you and all my blogger friends!)

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for dropping in, dear friend!

      It's very nice of you to express what you did here and I appreciate it. It took us a long time to gravitate into the same blogging circle and I certainly don't want us to lose touch with each other.

      Thanks again for reading Proverbs 31 Woman and for participating in the discussion, dear friend Sherry. Enjoy the rest of your week and come back and see me soon.

  14. Very nice post composed with eloquence. Never heard that song by Candi Staton, but it's a good one that expresses my outlook. As much complaining we hear in our country, we have a lot more for which to be thankful.

    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote

    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for expressing this and thank you very much for calmly accepting the outcome of the election. :)

      I hope this works out for all of us.

  15. Hi Tom, I wanted to come by and say hello after what was a tough few days for your country and the world. I have strong ties to the US with my aunts and cousins living in your home state and my younger brother currently living in New York so I was following the whole election very closely. As an outsider I couldn't help but feel very sad yesterday, but reflecting on it today and after speaking to friends I'm hopeful for the future. I whole heartedly agree with the sentiments here on your blog and in the comments. Above all we need to promote love and unity and continue to fight for human rights and equality across every nation. Love is far more powerful than fear or hate and as long as we look after each other and demonatrate kindess every day, the world will be a better place.

    I hope you and yours are well, lovely to see Margaret exercising her right to vote, we've come a long way since she was born but we still have a ways to go. Here's hoping for a better future!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, Emma!

      I am thrilled to see you again, my dear Irish friend! Thank you very much for coming over today and sharing your thoughts about the U.S. presidential election of 2016.

      Yessum, it has been a tough couple of days and there will surely be tough days to come as more than half the people in the country struggle to accept the fact that collecting a majority of the popular votes does not guarantee a candidate's victory. We must accept the new normal, a Donald Trump presidency. It does not mean that we are going to roll over and play dead, only that we will heed the call of our party leadership to remain calm and give Trump a fair chance. I would like to think that the other side would have been equally gracious in defeat and call for everyone to cooperate with president-elect Hillary Clinton and her transition team. I suppose we will never know if that would have happened.

      I will tell you this, dear friend. It feels good and it feels right to be a good sport and to reach out and congratulate the winning team even when your dreams are crushed and you are in deep emotional pain. Ramping up the angry rhetoric does not help. It only makes matters worse and deepens the divide. Margaret Schneider attributes her longevity to letting go of anger, loving everybody unconditionally and forgiving those who have done you wrong. Margaret is a marvelous role model for people around the world and I am very thankful that you dropped in today to see this picture of her proudly voting in Election '16 at the age of 104.

      You are a treasured friend, Emma. Thank you again for coming to see me and enjoy your Friday and weekend!

  16. We must remember that there are just as many happy voters as there are sad voters. Their selection won. Then there are people like me, middle of the road non political military veterans, that are not happy he won but glad that she lost. Hopefully, mature educated people will pull together to keep the country on the correct path whatever that may be. In my opinion, that is usually somewhere between conservative or liberal. We all must learn to base our actions on what we believe is appropriate and correct and accept that our actions will not always be appropriate or correct. I am hoping we all pull together and learn to consider the point of view of others as others usually have a good reason for their point of view. And I guess that is my point of view.


    1. Hi, Jerre!

      Thanks for coming over and adding your two cents, good buddy!

      I absolutely agree that we need to respect the other guys' point of view and try to understand where he's coming from and what he's up against. The more I think about it, however, the more I realize how hard it will be for Americans to "pull together" when there are essentially two different Americas now. We are split down the middle on fundamental issues regarding the direction and future of our country. Already some pundits are predicting that the happy voters who went for Trump will have their smiles turn upside down when they realize the colossal mistake they made. They will experience buyer's remorse because their lives will get worse instead of better. I genuinely hope those prognostications are wrong. I don't want to see any president fail because that only weakens America. I hope Trump can make good on his campaign promise to boost the economy and help the downtrodden masses who voted for him. At the same time I don't want to turn back the clock to a white, male dominated society and have decades worth of progress made by women and minorities swept away by a conservative president and conservative judges. I don't want to see Roe v. Wade overturned. I don't want to live in an America that builds walls, literally or figuratively. I believe America is great because we are good, because we make people of all races, religions and nationalities feel welcome and offer them the respect they deserve. If that model of America is repugnant to people on the other side, then we do have a problem, and it goes back to being a numbers game - which team can get more of its people to show up at the polls on election day - the end result being that half of America winds up happy post election and the other half miserable and vowing to turn the tide in the next cycle. That's our democracy and it is far from perfect. We are all stuck with each other. Maybe we could divide America into two separate nations each with its own leader. There is already talk of a secession movement in California. I don't have the answers, Jerre, but it is very easy to see the problems. People can't pull together in the same direction unless they all want to move in that same direction. I don't see that happening here any time soon.

      Anyway thanks again for sharing your thoughts, Jerre. I appreciate your contributions. I will be very happy to leave the political debates behind and resume normal programming with my next post coming Sunday. Enjoy your Friday and weekend, good buddy!

  17. I won't comment on the election other than to say that I'm glad it's over! I've one of the lucky few to not have seen my social media feeds too inundated with dark posts following Mr. Trump's election. In fact, I've been pleasantly surprised by a majority of my friends' perceptiveness and open mindedness.

    I did read an interesting commentary on the state of the media today in regards to its coverage of the election that I thought you might enjoy. Here's the link --

    Have a good weekend!

    1. Hi, Ashton!

      Thank you very much for joining in, dear friend. I'm very happy to see you!

      Yessum I will be happy to move beyond this ugliness and get back to regular programming. I never intended for SDMM to host political and/or religious debates but sometimes it is unavoidable, especially in this emotion charged election year.

      Thanks for the link. It's true. Almost everyone except Trump, his manager, his surrogates and his followers underestimated the effect he was having on masses of people across the country and called the race incorrectly from the beginning. News outlets and pollsters had some explaining to do as it became clear that Trump was going to emerge the winner. I was watching MSNBC on election night and they admitted over and over again that they and all the pollsters got it wrong, but they also tried to mitigate by pointing out that most polls allowed a 3 point margin of error and technically, in the swing states, he did not beat that spread. That might be true but, clearly, most of the media was preparing for a Clinton victory celebration and had to change their narrative hour by hour.

      I'm happy to know you haven't been getting hassled very much on social media. I still see a tremendous amount of hateful comments on commentary explaining this phenomenon. Haters gonna hate but, c'mon man, this is not helping America. It is time for both sides to take a deep breath and a time out and cool off. Let's give the man a chance and see what he can do. Protesting might be American as apple pie, but remember how you would feel if you were on the winning team and people were attacking you and your candidate at every opportunity. You wouldn't like it one bit. So please, folks, do unto others...

      Let us remain calm and keep open minds until we see how this thing is going to play out. We must put an end to the hate. I have never seen anything this bad in my entire life.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend Ashton. I hope your throat is feeling better now and that you are back in the groove at work. See you soon!

  18. God bless you, God bless America. Remember that you're great not because of the leader but because of the people.

    1. Hi, Lux!

      Thank you very much for coming here from the other side of the world and bringing with you words of wisdom and comfort. There are disturbing headlines in the news every day now and I am worried that bitter conflict will mar the holidays and carry over into the new year. Columnists remind us that protest and revolt have been part of our nation's history from the beginning, but I am longing for peace and a truly united United States of America.

      The Age of Aquarius is said to be dawning...

      Harmony and understanding
      Sympathy and trust abounding

      ... but many have still not seen the light.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Luxie!

  19. So so so tired of the election.
    I did not vote for either hillary or trump I cast my ballot for someone different.
    But who ever did get elected that is my President, whether I wanted them or not. That is how Democracy works. All the crying babies we didn't win he is not our President wa wa wa.
    Both parties blew it and realised too late that so many people who are not the liberal coasts realy do vote and are mad. I know I am.

    Take care and I am late as always. Brain really does not function that great anymore.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hey, Gayle!

      Thanks for coming over, dear friend!

      Yessum, I read the replies you wrote on your blog election night and learned that you didn't vote for either candidate. I also read that you consider Hillary even worse than Trump. That was hard for me to fathom and hard to read on a friend's blog, but you are entitled to your opinion. I admire you for being able to regard the winning candidate as your President. That is indeed how Democracy works... on paper. May I assume it would have been just as easy for you to make that statement and rally around Clinton if she had won? If so I admire you and wish more red staters were as open minded.

      Yessum, I am very tired of the long campaign and the barrage of news reports and commentary about the election. Starting Sunday I will be getting back to music and fun here on the blog.

      Thanks again for expressing yourself, dear friend Gayle. I wish you and thehamish a safe and happy weekend!

  20. Tom, fabulous post-election post, my friend! That's amazing Margaret still votes. I applaud her for taking her civic duty seriously. I think about those who refuse to vote because they don't like either candidate. Don't they understand what they are giving up? We're a free nation and have the ability to decide who to lead us, instead of being under a dictatorship. I love all of your quotes that encourage our nation to come together for the common good of all people and our country. That's what we need to do now. Accept the outcome and move forward. Knowing where you stand, I know this was a hard post but knowing the person you are then I really would not expect any other response. You're a kind and thoughtful person. May God bless America and may He direct the newly elected President and Vice President for the next four years! Very well done, my friend!

    1. Thank you very much for this, dear friend Cathy! It means a lot to have a fair minded, level headed friend like you who is calling for peace and unity instead of civil disorder. Hillary Clinton and Obama both urged their supporters to give Mr. Trump a chance to lead and I agree.

      People who forfeited their opportunity to vote have no right to complain now that the election is over.

      Thank you very much for continuing to believe in me and in the power of our friendship. I am very thankful to have you, Cathy!

    2. Tom, moving forward is the right thing to do. We live in a democracy. Sometimes we win and other times we lose. Your friendship is the real deal and I count myself blessed. Have a good evening!

    3. I feel the same way about you, Cathy. I think we can both be very proud of the way we handled ourselves in the last few days. Yes indeed, our friendship is the real deal and it transcends politics. You made my birthday extra special with all these wonderful comments. Thank you, sweet friend!


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