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I myself have on my forearm a fifty-year-old scar from a tipped pot of scalding water. How it happened to be is beside my point. I don't remember anyway. My point is, I do remember it once ran nearly the full length. Now it's but a quarter of its own accord or rather the regenerative properties of life and imperceptible castings of its shell as I go about my business. That is what I carry with me.
Last week I took my daily constitutional to the corner grocer. The breeze was right. My new neighbors congregated on the stoops of those ol' rowhouses gossiping and nodding to rhythm and blues outa someone's car stereo. One gentleman of a certain age snagged me 'bout my waist for a dance. And I blushed and tried my best. That is what I carry with me.
Time will tell. Some people will rise to the day. Not all will, this you may allow. Some people you've yet to meet may be just enough. Just as was to bring Ireland to this new day out of the last day, angst with the past, the "backwater", no? Some people will, because they must. And also there's no skin left to burn. Look there. You will not be abandoned.
Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
All to often now I am content to analyse the dynamics of a situation playing out before our eyes while knowing I have zero influence on the outcome. The best we can often do is brace ourselves and prepare for more bad news.
I feel for Helen caught in in the warped reality of Brexit, powerless to do anything, but liable for it's costs in any case. Just as I felt for Irish workers made unemployed by the banking crash for which they had no responsibility, and which they were even made liable to pay for.
The good news this week is that Irish unemployment has declined to 6% from a high of over 15% in 2012 with part-time working also declining rapidly and wage rates starting to increase. So yes, there is always some good news to celebrate and there is a lot in my life right now.
PS Great song and performance by Andra Day
Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 21 23 comments
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by Oui - Jan 7 14 comments
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by Frank Schnittger - Jan 3 41 comments
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by gmoke - Jan 23
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by Frank Schnittger - Jan 166 comments
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by Frank Schnittger - Jan 341 comments
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by Frank Schnittger - Dec 3132 comments
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