Learning From Outrage

This Sunday didn’t start off well – with an e-mail from Tom Cotton, the alleged person who is supposed to be representing me in the U.S. Senate. He was very proud to tell me “great news.” Thanks to his direct intervention with U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price, the peace of mind of the good citizens of Royal, Arkansas (west of Hot Springs) will no longer be disturbed by the specter of unaccompanied “illegal-immigrant” children – that’s right, unaccompanied children – being housed at a nearby defunct Job Corps center. Cotton praises the good citizens of Royal for their “vigilance” in driving out this terrible threat. This, Cotton says, “will help keep Arkansas families safe.”

I circulated this outrage to my political colleagues. In response, one of them has offered to find out where those poor children have been shunted off to, to send them care packages.

This person responds to outrage with generosity. I myself tend to stay seething in outrage. Maybe I can learn something here.

In other news, spring started about a month early this year, thanks to the summery February we’ve been having. On Saturday, February 11th, it was 81 degrees F. here. And it’s not just here. This has been the hottest February on record in hundreds of years — all over the U.S.A, in Britain, and 90.5 degrees F. in New Delhi.

So of course this had to happen.

Here’s Bugs wanting to go back inside, after colliding with the shock of sub-30 degree weather.

He does ask nicely, though, when I take his picture instead.

And here’s Barney.

Our latest clicker-training gambit is jumping up on top of Nelson’s Column and then spinning around in a tight circle.

Anything to stop brooding about the political situation.

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About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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8 Responses to Learning From Outrage

  1. Ffs. What has the world come to when children are now an invisible threat? Ugh.
    We are coming over there next month. Should be interesting getting himself through immigration – he has a beard right now. Seems being white doesn’t matter : http://www.stereogum.com/1929382/italian-band-soviet-soviet-denied-entry-to-the-us/news/

    Dad had major snow yesterday, too. We had sun! Glad the fun with the furry boys is still continuing!

  2. Anna Grant says:

    Greetings from very cold Quebec canada! Our fur kids are also grumpily hunkered down indoors. So cold and windy! Nice to hear not all Americans are Trumpites! What a blight eh? Best, Anya.

  3. Anne Daigle says:

    I love the Barnes diamond nose.

  4. Connie says:

    I too hope the kids are okay

  5. Summer says:

    My human tends to seethe with outrage too. A whole lot these days. She is kind of glad we live on the West Coast because there is a little bit less to be mad about since our representatives are on our side.

  6. Karen Lucas says:

    Your representative has been making a ‘name’ for himself hasn’t he! Well, and separating the children from their parent (s) is a whole other issue. I have a cartoon from the NY Daily News which asked if (in changing the clocks to DST) “Can we spring ahead to the end of Trump’s term?” Finally something made me laugh. I congratulate you on your success with clicker training. I have the clicker and 5 books and have done nothing – yet!

  7. I do hope those children are in a safe place and their needs are being met. Arkansas weather…we never know from one day to the next what it will bring. Chancy met the big temp change with a shiver and a quick run out and back in. Very nice photos. Hugs and nose kisses

  8. The constant feeling of outrage these days is a little exhausting. I do hope you let Mr. Cotton know how you feel, and then give Bugs and Barney a little extra love. (Petting cats lowers your blood pressure.)

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