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Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

Rules for living in strange times

Happiness, Rules, Politics


You know you are living in strange times when the thunder blizzard leaves snow at the end of March and you are glad you don’t live where there are tsunamis. Still, I predict that spring, such as it is here, will come eventually and stay for a bit.

And you know you are living in strange times when the state Supreme Court justice race hinges on how you use Facebook. It seems that one candidate uses it the way, well, young people do: free-for-all. Whereas the other, not comfortable with lacking control, uses heavy censorship. So I predict the outcome hinges on whether the weather is good and the more free-spirited of the young folks get out to vote.

You are probably wondering how I came to be so calm and philosophical about living in strange times. Or not; still, I’ll tell you.  It’s following the rules of life I’ve accumulated over the years. These are not the ones everyone knows, like “turn off the news” and “get over yourself.” They're rules you may have forgotten.

Secret Rules for a Good Life in Strange Times (Though Aren't They All)?

1.    Wear rubber boots: they take you through just about anything

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