What irony. My last post was on the sunny, warm, glowing happiness that comes with San Diego and its Great Ball of Fire, that spreads over the landscape virtually every day of the year. Then I came back up to our main house in Valencia and a week of welcomed rain and cold, with dark turbulent skies and roiling clouds. Being a Jersey Shore girl, I reveled in it.
By the time I had the photographs we took, walking around in the rain on Halloween eve, open in LightRoom, I was struck by the contrast. It gave me such a sense of foreboding. As if the set and the weather premonitored the coming upheaval we are experiencing this week.
You be the judge. What timing, no?
I had planned this title long before Election Day. It was going to be all about the importance of spending time in the dark, in our overlit, 21st century world. Our eyes need dark, just the way they do distance, to rest and be healthy. Ah, but it was not to be.
Nope, that idea will have to be developed in the future. Right now, I am marinating in the stupefying swill of the voting results.
I am going to say it here, one more time: the people who voted for The Man, were lied to. He and his right-wing cronies made promises they knowingly could not keep. Unfortunately, despite my candidate winning the popular vote, our antediluvian electoral college system handed the White House to this unqualified, unscrupulous man and a coterie of opportunistic helpers who merely want power and influence and money for themselves.
I know I have friends here who do not like my candidate. I contend you don’t know her, even though you think you do. She has been lied about aggressively for more than 30 years by jealous, resentful people who are not only against powerful females, but who cannot believe anyone wants to serve others without ulterior motives.
They are wrong. My mother is one such person. Her father, another. I watched both of them give a lifetime of care, selflessly, to others. I believe Secretary Clinton is another one.
Take a look at what we are in for right now. See the way Trump is going to “drain the swamp” and then think about the choice you made Tuesday. Read each description carefully.
So, OK, America, you are getting the leader you deserve. Let’s see what he does to us and most importantly, for us. I am saying it now: I told you so.
Images: ChezBeBe assets/Valencia, California, November 2016