Most who write find themselves sometimes trapped within their given assignments. I found that to be the case in my work as the "Augusta Environmental News Examiner" in Examiner.com, ergo the blog. (I would invite you to "examine" the other articles of course, had "Examiner" not gone out of business in July of 2016) Still, we do have the blog. If you're new to this blog, I suggest you go to the very first post (first,) to get a feel for what I'm doing. Thanks for visiting. Steve
Marie DougDonald Trump is a Brooklyn kid and very New York. If you’ve never lived/loved New
Yorkers, you are not likely to recognize the big, bold persona... Trump’s not a sociopath, in any case... although if
ppl only read hostile media about him, they will get wild ideas about him...
No, but thanks for the reference. Will read it later--seems things always
happen on Sunday mornings around here. Cat is meowing, dog can't seem to have a
movement or take a leak, one of the various smoke detectors seems to want
attention--do you suppose a few angels were reading Job and decided to try
again? With me and my life, and maybe more. Maybe if they got together and came
up with a way to get those silly humans to start lobbing nuclear bombs at each
other they could have a few eons of peace while the earth returned to pre-human
existence and began, via evolution, to come up with some other top preditor
species. Well, I certainly don't know about that, but, Sunday morning or no, I
will have to do something about that damn smoke detector, the cat, and, of
course, my poor dog. S**t ! And, yes, I've lived with a few New Yorkers, while
in the military in Turkey, and you are right.
They can be trying. But they also can be thoughtful and fun to be around.
Trump, though? Hope God gets wind of those angels before, as "they:"
say, all hell breaks loose. Gotta get some sleep. Jennie watching "In Touch," Maybe that might help.
Woke up about
this morning. Not unusual, but this time
it was due to a dream. Something must have been bothering me and my subconscious was trying to
work on it a bit, giving me a picture show to boot. Today I am a bit bothered, though, since the
only thing I remember was some short, fat guy indicating he planned to kill
some more people, and then turning his back on me to go do it, and me standing
there with a pistol in my hand. Did I
kill him? Don’t know—I woke up. Now, I don’t have anything against short
people—compared to some people I see from time to time, I am a short guy
myself. And the same may be said about
fat people: All I need to do is ask any
doc and I will be told I am probably about 30 pounds overweight, myself. Maybe my subconscious was telling me what I
tell myself about these attributes.
Again, I just don’t know.
One thing I do know is this.
The next time this happens, I will not do a roll-over. Instead, I will drag my complaining carcass
out of my bed, take a few valerian capsules, open up my trusty hp, and try to
make some sense out of my remembrance before the valerian begins to kick
Problems in the night.
Sometime the dreams make some sort of sense. This one was making sense, I guess, until I
awoke, remembering just the very last of the clip.
I’ve never shot anyone. Guess I
didn’t want to start last night—dream or no dream.
In the past 55 years, the length of time I have been able to
vote for the presidency in our national elections, I have, without fail,
listened to the candidates, considered all the possibilities, and cast my vote,
religiously, as a participant in our most important once-every-four-years
national referendum in support of our preeminent democratic republic. I have done this to affirm my citizenship and
my support of this required, if optional, duty all must share in if this
country is to remain the great country that our founders intended it to be.
Interestingly enough, my analyses of the candidates have, more
often than not, led me to vote for the candidate who was eventually to
lose. Did I have a problem with
that? No, not really, it’s just that I
realized early in the game my values did not usually mirror the values of the
majority of my fellow Americans. Is
there something wrong with me? My answer
is no, that’s just the way things are. If Americans can be viewed as part of a
bell-shaped curve, half of us will almost always be on one side, while the
remainder will be on the other. America
is America, and I love it just the same.
Usually I have found the winner to be someone who cared for my America
just as much as did I, even though they might have been the lesser of the two
in my initial estimation.
This time, though, I wonder.
Today’s President is as crude and rude now, as President, as he was as
the leader of the World Wrestling Federation and he uses his background in his
dealings with others as if they all were WWF aficionados in love with their
undisputed champion, their leader, the WWF’s owner and final arbiter, Donald
Does this give me any concern for the future? Well,
what do you think?
If I were this President, I would worry about my
protectors. Just how long might it be
before one of them decides the best thing he or she might do for America would
be to end the reign of this person, since he (or she) had the capability and
the access and since the worst he might do is spend the rest of his life in
jail awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court as to whether or not his action
could be considered as the exercise of his power of free speech and that his
defense of America warranted that exercise since the Congress was apparently
hopelessly incapable of doing its duty to protect the country from this, its
first sociopathic President.
Who knows, in years to come, this person, this killer of an
American President, just might become the person most Americans would grow to
believe was the greatest American Hero.
A good thing? You be
the judge. One thing’s for sure: I would not want to be in Donald Trump’s
shoes—not now, not ever.
If you are thinking about what, exactly, your legacy might
consist of, one of the first things you probably should consider is what,
exactly, do you know about your great-grandmothers and your
great-grandfathers? Think about that for
a minute or two and then read on.
Now, if you’re like me, you will answer this question with a
definite, “not very much.” And, if
you’re like most of us, today, that is what your great-grandchildren will have
to say about you if anyone might ask them the question after they have put on a few years themselves. OK by you?
Well, it wasn’t OK by me, and that is the reason for this brief
discussion. You see, I couldn’t even
tell you the names of any of my great-grandfathers or great-grandmothers other
than one, “Bappy” Benham, was her name, and that “Bappy,” or so I was told,
came from 4 year old great-grandson Steve when he visited her in Princeton,
Indiana, many, many long years ago. (How he came up with that name is a mystery
And maybe, just maybe, that is exactly why I am sitting
here, in my living room, at four in the morning, adding key stroke after key
stroke to a desktop file called “SVGeddesAutobiography.IN-PROCESS.” I’ve been working on this file for about 16
months, and what I thought would be a done deal in about four months is
stretching out just a bit. And, you know
what? That’s just fine with me. So far I have about 180 pages. I expect what I thought would be done after
about 100 to 150 pages when I began probably will end up as a 200 to 250 page
work. In any case, we will see about
that, whenever, and I will have filled in a few blanks for anyone who can claim
me as one of his or her progenitors should they care to take the time to read
the book. And, you know what? They just might learn a thing or two about
themselves while they learn a thing or two about me. And that, in my book, if in no one else’s, could
be a good thing.
Well, I guess it's time to stop.
Wife wanders in, dog in tow, saying:
He wants to go out. So, it’s “up,
up, and away!” (Remember that?) And out to the front yard we two go (for
about two minutes or so) to dewater.
Then back inside. Then to bed
(both of us—he’s gotten his relief, and the valarian I took a short while after
I awoke has finally kicked in, which is to say I, too, will soon find some
Bye for now.
Well, a couple more hours sleep and I’m back at it—this
autobiography thing, that is. You know,
I like what I’m doing. You might too, if
you give it a try. And, do you think
your great, great grandchildren might appreciate it too? You won’t really know, but I think an
educated guess might be made: Damn right
31 October 2017
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Well, it’s , Monday morning. Great time to
get up and write a bit—right? Well it is for
me: Morningbrain attacks like this are something I have
learned to live with. Sometime they are very productive.
This time, I
awoke thinking of someone. This someone is a person who has been
very special in my life, and it is time I recognized that fact, and passed it
on to him. (A copy of this will be delivered to his address sometime
Now, my friend
would not want the publicity—he’s just not that type of guy. He is,
though, one of the best friends any person would ever want to have.
My friend (who,
for purposes of this work, shall remain anonymous,) is someone I have known for
many years, since childhood. Still, if I had just met him a short
while ago, I suspect the following would ring true to me and to anyone else who
might have a close relationship with him.
He is the kind of
guy who always seems to have a smile on his face, and a twinkle in his eye, and
a friendly thing to say whenever I meet him. Do I like him because
He is the kind of
guy who never forces an opinion on me, but who always is able to bring a
meaningful comment to any conversation, regardless of the topic. Do
I like him because of this?
He is the kind of
guy who tends to be quiet, one who lets others talk, one who is a good
listener, always. Do I like him because of this?
He is the kind of
guy who will go out of his way to help you, if he thinks you need
it. Would anyone like him because of this?
To have friends,
you have to be a friend, right? Well, he has ‘em, by the bushel.
Would you like to
have a friend like this? You bet you would (if you said “no,” you
would be lying, I’m sure.)
And you know the
crazy thing? My friend doesn’t seem to think much of
himself. You know what, though? He’s the only one who
thinks that way. This guy is loved. All he needs to do is
accept that as a fact, (“and acceptance is the answer to all my problems today”)
and realize regardless of whatever he thinks he may have done or been in the
past that makes him doubt himself today, that is all immaterial, long since
forgotten and forgiven, no doubt. And,
if that problem has to do with someone else, a father, a brother, maybe even an
ex-wife, whatever, “acceptance” works there, too. No sense in having anyone else’s opinions, or
whatever, continue to eat your lunch today.
He is my friend,
and I am just one of many who love him just the way he is.
Notes from the second
“Annual” International Bigfoot Conference
By: S.V. Geddes, CSRA Environmental Examiner
Center, located in Kennewick,
part of the Tri-City area associated with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington
state, was the location of this three-day conference about “Bigfoot” held the
first through third of September 2017. Two local residents were in
attendance: An area veterinarian of
note, Dr. J. Jones and a local environmental writer and one-time environmental
systems manager, Mr. S.V. Geddes, were there to gather information about the
subject and meet individuals who may be useful as contacts in the future. While it is understood many feel the subject
is a bit less than a scientific reality, the dozen or so presenters, a few of
whom are discussed below, would definitely disagree.
Derek Randles of the Olympic Project, discussed the
project’s work. The Olympic Project is
an association of dedicated researchers, investigators, biologists and trackers
committed to documenting the existence of Sasquatch through science and
education. (Sasquatch is just one of the
names used for Bigfoot. Other names,
mainly from other countries, include Yeti, Ts'emekwes, Yowie, to name just a
Dr. Jeff Meldrum:
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin film, a
film showing a Bigfoot (purportedly) walking across a meadow into a forest.
Having weathered repeated attempts to discredit it over the past half century,
the P-G film repeatedly emerges unscathed, as new understanding of hominoid
evolution and advances in forensic technologies reveal new insights into the
film and its subject. Dr. Meldrum examines a small sample of these insights
that Patterson could not have anticipated 50 years ago, which speak to the
credibility of this foremost photographic evidence for the existence of relict
hominoids in North America.
Dr. John Bindernagel:
Most people at this conference already know that proposing the Sasquatch
or Bigfoot as an existing North American mammal has generated scientific
resistance to a degree which was unexpected by some, given the quality and
abundance of evidence supporting this interpretation. As one of a small minority of scientists in
the relevant scientific disciplines attempting to overcome this scientific
resistance, Dr. Bindernagel has relied heavily on evidence documented by
Also presenting was a member of our “local” academic
community, Dr. David Floyd, Associate Professor of English at Charleston
Southern University. His primary
research deals with the consistent presence of Bigfoot-type creatures in
folklore and legend throughout human history, and the theory, far from being
merely some psychological archetype or cultural emblem, that there is a
substantive, biological reality behind the accounts of this mysterious
The presentations were interesting and varied. So, how does this affect me, you might
ask? Well, if that little “Bigfoot” that
has been eating the extra catfood you have been putting out by your back porch
should hurt itself and seek your assistance, you just might want to know where
to go to get that help. That being the
case, Dr. Jones and his team at the ArkAnimalHospital
in Aiken (https://www.facebook.com/Ark.in.Aiken/) is the place, in the CSRA, in any case. Seriously, though, you never know what might
happen when it concerns this animal called “Bigfoot.”
And as for that “annual” convention—should you have any
questions, you might go to https://www.internationalbigfootconference.com/
(which is where the information on presenters provided above is found.) While reservations for the 2018 Conference
are not available at this time, the desired information should be on this web
site sometime early next year. Who
knows, maybe you just might run into Dr. Jones and Examiner Geddes at the third
annual convention, should you decide to attend.
I have a problem (and,) my problem is pain. What do you suppose I should do about
it? Well, the obvious answer, to me at
least, is I should take my problem to my doctor and see what he might be able
to do about it: And therein lies the
rub: My doctor does not want to
prescribe pain killers. So--why is
It seems pain killers are now a popular issue of choice for
our lawmakers. All of them (the
lawmakers, not the pain killers) are jumping on this bandwagon lest they be
seen as promoting the use of these addictive substances, mostly the oxycodons,
or hydrocodons (each has various commercial names) and the problems (addiction,
overdose, death) that may accompany their misuse. And, while our legislators’ injecting their
(questionable) opinions, bills, and votes into this issue may make them seem
responsive and give them an issue that may increase their popularity in some
quarters, it does nothing for the person who may benefit from using the
medications in question—the person in pain.
Our legislators need to examine problems and issues that
relate to the public. Our doctors need
to deal with problems and issues that relate to the needs of each individual
patient. While some time the twain will
meet, when the legislators interject themselves between the doctors and their
patients, they are making public decisions on issues that should be kept
between two individuals—the doctor and his patient. Public solutions are not solutions that may
be tailored to the needs of individuals, as the decisions of doctors for and
with their patients must of necessity be tailored to each individual
If our legislators insist on inserting themselves between us
and our doctors, I think we need to insert ourselves between our legislators
and their jobs.
Correcting my pain is not a public matter. My legislator needs to remove himself from
interfering with my relationship with my doctor.