“Violence isn’t a Democrat or Republican problem. It’s an American problem, requiring an American solution.”

Last night it rained. I heard it when I was in bed, and it was still raining when I fell asleep. Today is the aftermath of the rain, a cloudy, dismal and damp day. I’m glad I have nowhere to go.

The furnace was fixed by the time my house was down to 56˚. Maddie stayed beside me on a section of the afghan. Her fur was chilly to the touch. It didn’t take long for the furnace to start blowing that wonderful hot air.

My arm still hurts. I yelp out loud. The worst was on Tuesday when I ordered food delivery, clam chowder and a BLT. I couldn’t get the top off the chowder. I tried to do it one handedly. The top didn’t move. I tried my scissors but my left hand had no idea how to use scissors. I finally used a church key. That worked. I have learned I am totally inept without my right arm. I have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor on Tuesday.

When I was a kid, we did duck and cover to protect ourselves from an atomic blast. We ducked under our desks or against the walls in the corridor. When I started teaching in the high school, we did fire drills. We left our belongings in our rooms and followed the arrows outside. We waited for the all call to go back inside. The drills were timed. Much later we did shelter in place drills. The teachers locked doors, put out the lights, drew the blinds, covered the door window and directed students to go to the safest spots in the classrooms. They then waited for the all clear. Kids did what they were supposed to but  many didn’t take the drills all that seriously. Needing them seemed remote. That’s no longer the case. Schools have become targets. Since Columbine, 150,000 students in 170 schools have experienced school gun violence. President Trump has continued to say mass shootings are a “mental-health problem,” not a gun problem yet he signed a measure into law that rescinded an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking gun sales to certain mentally ill people. He rescinded the law because it violated due process. I don’t know what to say except it only happens here.

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6 Comments on ““Violence isn’t a Democrat or Republican problem. It’s an American problem, requiring an American solution.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I’ll just say Trump is an idiot and stop there.

    I’m so glad that I am ambidexter, makes life so much easier. We didn’t know that until I broke everything in my right arm and just switched to do everything with my left hand instead 🙂

    We did have fire drills in school and we do have it at work too but as You know when there really is a fire in the factory everybody behaves like idiots 🙂 🙂 We’ll talk about that next time we’ll have a meeting with all the staff. Over half of them would have died if it was in the painting department the fire had started since powder paint can explode. Everyone just stood there looking for smoke, there would have been very little smoke if the powder had exploded 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day and take care!


    • katry Says:

      I agree with you, and I’ll stop there.

      All we did was go outside by the nearest door and move away from the school. In drills we couldn’t go back into the school until a few minutes after everyone was out. We had 4 drills a year.

      I have to keep stopping my typing as it still hurts my hand. I hate it.

      Have a great evening

  2. Caryn O'Keefe Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ll agree with you and Christer and stop there, too.

    I am ambidextrous, I guess. I was supposed to be a leftie but my father told my mother she had to change me because They would beat my hands in school. So she did. Apparently I was not hard-wired for handedness because I, though I write right-handed, I can use whatever hand is convenient. But I discovered recently that I can’t pour from a pan with my right hand. Weird.

    A long time ago, before Google or even home computers, I tried to figure out why I couldn’t use scissors with my left hand. My father was a lefty and he used regular scissors all the time. Here’s what I found: scissors work because closing your fingers around the handles pushes the two blades together so they will cut. When you switch to the left hand the same action pushes the blades away from each other. You have to change your grip so you will be pushing the blades towards each other again. It’s kind of a reverse squeeze.

    I hope the orthopedic doctor has some good news and some suggestions on how to reduce the pain.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      If I try to pour coffee from the pot, my left hand starts to shake.bI found out I can pour with my right but I have to hold the pot on the bottom with my left until my fracture goes away.

      I never thought about the placement of the scissors. I sort of just folded the paper instead of cutting it. I have stuff I can’t open because my arm hurts if I do. T his is awful.

      Thanks! I can only type a little before my hand hurts. In sit with my elbow o my leg and my hand straight up as that is the least painful position. I’m hoping too!!

      Have a great evening!

  3. Bob Says:

    Glad to hear that the furnace is working. Although spring is just around the corner, a couple of more cold spells are brewing in the polar vortex. Today it was +9 C with cloudy drizzle and The dirty snow on the sides of the roads is finally melting. My wife said it was 80 degrees in Dallas.

    Unfortunately, the Supreame Court ruled a few years ago that the second amendment applies directly to private gun ownership rather than a militia. A gift from the Bush Administration to the NRA. In Texas we can carry our handguns concealed or on your hip. The handgun lax gun laws were a result of a nut who shot up a cafeteria at lunch time in Killeen who killed a bunch of people eating lunch. One man killed was the father of a woman who then ran for the State house and got the concealed carry law passed. Her logic was that if she was packing heat she and everyone of the other patrons could have fired at the gunman and her father would still be alive. That logic is being touted by the NRA to propose to arm every teacher so they can kill any nut case first who wants the walk in the school armed to kill.

    By that logic principals should have an Uzi under their desk in case the teachers can’t stop the criminal with their 45s. Turning schools into maximum security prison security with better education would work. 🙂

    I’m a lefty and therefore somewhat ambidextrous. Living in a right handed world forces all south paws to improvise. My wife’s left hand is basically a useless appendage. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      All it seems to do is rain here. The weather is warm then cold. The changes come in spurts of a few days then the weather changes. It is a crazy year so far for weather.

      I know about the push to allow teachers to carry guns in school.That scares me to death for a lot of reasons. Teachers can lose it the same as everyone else, but then I shouldn’t worry about that as another teacher could shoot the crazy one. We have a fairly strong gun law here for which I am thankful.

      My left hand helps to open stuff for my right. It can’t do delicate stuff but it does have a few uses.

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