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I think this image of three dragonflies is quite representative of my brain last night. It was flitting all over the place. — Art by Pat Bean

“The community which has neither poverty or riches will always have the noblest principle.” – Plato

Morning Rant

Ever have one of those nights when your brain gets stuck on an endless circular track and you can’t stop its roar? I had one of those last night. It started with me thinking about the coronavirus and news stories about attempts to hack the vaccine studies.

The thinking is that a successful vaccine will be worth billions of dollars to its creators, so every little forward movement toward the goal is carefully hoarded and guarded. Perhaps, my little gray cells started calculating, if all that information were shared a vaccine might already have been discovered.

I call this little piece of art peaceful night. Mine wasn’t last night. — Art by Pat Bean

After being on that track for a while, my brain switched to the news story of Jeff Bezos making billions of dollars in one day, which had me thinking about all the hard-working people in this country who somehow exist on lean paychecks.

I’ve done that all my life – and am actually proud of it. I’ve always had enough food to eat, a roof over my head, and enough clothes to wear, even if the food was mostly basic, the roof not gigantic, and sometimes the clothes came from a thrift shop.

These days I feel rich because I can afford to buy books when I want them, although I admit I would do a bit more traveling if my pocketbook was heavier.

But how can one spend billions of dollars on themselves, I ask? As I look around at the richest of the rich, it seems they buy things more to show they are rich than anything else. I don’t deny them their extras and luxuries, but when is too much actually too much?

On the other hand, I’m not a bleeding-heart liberal. I don’t believe able-bodied people should be given handouts, but should have to work for their livelihoods. A welfare check needs to come with a job. Such a program worked once – Civilian Conservation Corps – and I believe it can again. Child care, teacher’s aides, road maintenance, litter clean-up, elderly companions, just to name a few currently being paid for with tax dollars.

But I also believe that the people at the top, whose riches depend on work done by employees, should start handing out huge raises to loyal employees. It seems only fair that the wealth be shared. Thus, went my brain last night. It finally ended up right back where it started. If researchers and drug companies shared their findings, actually caring more about ending the suffering then for themselves, would we already have a working vaccine?

You can read more about my visit to Scarborough Marsh in Travels with Maggie, available on Amazon.

Bean Pat: Nature: https://naturehasnoboss.com / One of my favorite blogs. Few words and always a great insight into nature, like today’s photo of a ruffed grouse. Such images soothe me after a sleepless night.

Pat Bean is a retired journalist who lives in Tucson with her canine companion, Scamp. She is a wondering-wanderer, avid reader, enthusiastic birder, Lonely Planet Community Pathfinder, Story Circle Network board member, author of Travels with Maggie available on Amazon, and is always searching for life’s silver lining.

 

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“Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.” – Jean Guitton

J.K Rowling added a new number to the world with her Track 9 3/4 to Hogwarts. It's a number Harry Potter fans are not likely to forget. Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri, has a wall depicting the fictional track. I wonder how many people have tried walking through the wall. Just for fun, of course. -- Photo by Pat Bean

By the Numbers

Some numbers stick in our brains.

Your birth date for one. December 25 for another, which as a kid takes way too long to come around, but which comes around faster each year once you’re an adult.

Perhaps you believe, because your grandmother said it was so, that seven is lucky and 13 is not.

Telephone numbers used to be important things that clogged up my brain, but cell phones remember them for me these days. I barely can recall my own number.

But I haven’t forgotten the times table I learned in school, all the way up to 12 times 12. Kids these days use calculators instead of brain space to do the math. I guess it’s necessary because of how much more they have to learn.

The exact number of bird species I’ve seen is stored in my little gray cells, while others keep track, to the penny, of the amount they have in their bank accounts. I’m satisfied with a $10 difference in what I think I have and what the bank says I have.

I check the numbers almost daily, however, to make sure my accounts have not been hacked, and to decide if the bottom line number is large enough for another tank of gas for the road.

The most important number currently in my brain, however, is the number of days before my son comes home from Afghanistan. It’s finally down to about 30.

Whats your number?

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.” – Plato

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