Thursday, April 21, 2011

No Thank You For a Great W. Michigan Journalist

If you ever doubted that there is age discrimination that ALL the politicians turn a blind eye to look no further than journalistic TV news and your local newspapers.  Watch the young perky faces that grace your screen as anchors and reporters and if you haven't seen yet watch the older journalists slowly disappear, most unwilling to go.

Granted, some should because they aren't or often have never been journalists and only readers of what the networks throw at them.  But the great news people those who doggedly went after the real news are being dropped like a hot potato everywhere.  Our culture of youth has lost any kind of respect for those who have gifts as true journalists, and if I'm honest so many other professions as well.

Today our paper painted the headline the front page with pictures of one of those loses.  What bothers me the most is the hue and cry that has gone out for loyalty from companies across the country, but that has to go both ways and this is the age of the employer and the worker is a petty difficult - at best.

The worker is on the decent not only in pay and in jobs, but in importance as the cog in the wheel that makes the product for our country and the world.  Why?  Because we demanded too much.  Sad, since most of us simply want make a living and be able to survive in today's economy.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Snow, Snow...

Winter has returned to my little part of the world...I hate snow in the spring.  My daffodils are covered with two inches of wet snow and it is so yucky when I am so ready for that spring weather!  It certainly was not the surprise that I expected when I got up this morning.

I really got a wonderful taste of spring with my recent trip to Ireland and London a week ago.  It was lovely, trees leafing out all over and so many spring flowers, but to revert back to winter when I returned was not exactly what I was looking for when I returned and it is a bit disconcerting.

The old nursery rhyme rant will do here I think, with a bit of a change of course:

Snow, snow, go away,
Blanket us some winter day -
Next Year!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Only a Little Rant...

I've learned many things during this year I turned 60.  Many important things.   I must admit that I try to learn something new often, which can be a challenge that sometimes frustrates me.  I keep struggling with the ever changing world of computers - we upgraded to a Mac recently.  I had to change how I do things and it was hard at first, but I am so glad to have this internet machine because I am no longer haunted by breakdowns!

I also learned from a belligerent blogger that no one can convince you to their way of believing simply by arguing their point with you.  A person recently tried and got very belligerent when they didn't succeed.  We all should be respected for our beliefs and not belittled until we give in to another's way of thinking - one convinced against their will remains the same opinion still.

Don't expect people, even friends to echo your own strongly held convictions.  We are not clones. We claim to want personal freedoms but only surround ourselves with comfortable people who don't challenge us.

End of rant.   :-)