Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wine Corks - Some Are More Beautiful Than Others..


Sometimes birthday presents are absolutely perfect.  Take note of the wine bottle stoppers in the photo above...a thoughtful gift from Annie Rutherford on my 76th birthday.  Thank you , Annie..we now have two reds safely  and decoratively awaiting my next imbibing.  As you can see, I rather enjoy detail. The place mat is of Russian Christmas mythological design and the corks are of southern Italian hand-applied ceramic...It's  a good year..well except for the election..I am blessed to be part of two thoughtful family groups.. A clink of the glass to birthdays!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A New Test for Meyers-Briggs Personality Typing

A friend has recently provided me with a new test for Meyers-Briggs Personality Typing.  Below is the beginning of the INFJ description. Farther down the page is the link to the test from which this description has been gathered. You may find it interesting.

INFJ

Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
INFJs are distinguished by both their complexity of character and the unusual range and depth of their talents. Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally "doers" as well as dreamers. This rare combination of vision and practicality often results in INFJs taking a disproportionate amount of responsibility in the various causes to which so many of them seem to be drawn.
INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people -- a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious "soul mates." While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent "givers." As a pattern of behavior, it is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the enigmatic INFJ character to outsiders, and hence the most often misunderstood -- particularly by those who have little experience with this rare type.

                                 http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality/infj


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Life Above the Pacific

Ok, so I've been gone.  But, now I'm back.  For the past six months I have been in transit across the Pacific..three trips so far.  We board an aircraft headed to San Francisco on Monday to make it four flights across the Big Blue Pond...you know the one..the one filled with trash deposited by modern civilization on one of the most beautiful bodies of water on the planet.

Do I sound dismayed..Probably the effect of considering a return to politics as UNUSUAL in the USA.

This personal note is a short one.  Just wanted to assure those of you who check in regularly that I will be posting again..and that the posts may well be political in nature.

Here's hoping that you are well and that your world view is upbeat and hopeful as is mine. Change is on the way!! Exciting times are ahead.


Minority Leader of the United States Senate Calls on Trump to Change His Ways

Harry Reid Calls Trump "a Sexual Predator Who Lost the Popular Vote"

Read his no-holds-barred attack on the president-elect.


Sen. Harry Reid, on his way out as Senate minority leader, released a blistering statement condemning President-elect Donald Trump Friday morning. "The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America," said Reid. Reid attacked Trump for inciting fear among a wide swath of Americans whom he insulted during his presidential campaign, including African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, and the LGBT community.
Reid, the Democrats leader in the Senate since 2005, didn't run for reelection this year and will be leaving Congress when his term expires in January. The election of Catherine Cortez Masto to replace Reid was one of the lone bits of bright news for Democrats this week. But Reid struck a dire note in his statement on Trump's election, warning that the next president should not be normalized as just a regular politician now, and that the fear among these minority groups is "entirely rational, because Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them."
"If this is going to be a time of healing," Reid says, "we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try."
Read Reid's full statement below:
"I have personally been on the ballot in Nevada for 26 elections and I have never seen anything like the reaction to the election completed last Tuesday. The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America.
"White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump's victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear—especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.
"I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics. Hispanic Americans who fear their families will be torn apart, African Americans being heckled on the street, Muslim Americans afraid to wear a headscarf, gay and lesbian couples having slurs hurled at them and feeling afraid to walk down the street holding hands. American children waking up in the middle of the night crying, terrified that Trump will take their parents away. Young girls unable to understand why a man who brags about sexually assaulting women has been elected president.
"I have a large family. I have one daughter and twelve granddaughters. The texts, emails and phone calls I have received from them have been filled with fear – fear for themselves, fear for their Hispanic and African American friends, for their Muslim and Jewish friends, for their LBGT friends, for their Asian friends. I've felt their tears and I've felt their fear.
"We as a nation must find a way to move forward without consigning those who Trump has threatened to the shadows. Their fear is entirely rational, because Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them. Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans. Their fear is legitimate and we must refuse to let it fall through the cracks between the fluff pieces.
"If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.
"If Trump wants to roll back the tide of hate he unleashed, he has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately."