I hate to gloat, but for those of us in the Bay area, today is a day beyond compare. Wow!! What a shift in energy this warmth and sunshine provides!!!
Jon Carroll was on vacation when Molly Ivins died. I take some of her quotes from his column today.
There's still hope for us all, of course. As she said herself, "Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory." The only good thing about the presidency of George W. Bush is that it introduced more people to the prose of Molly Ivins. She had seen him when he was young and callow, and she had his number. In 1999, she wrote: "If you think his daddy had trouble with 'the vision thing,' wait'll you meet this one."
She was a target of opportunity for right-wing blowhards, but she had such disdain for fools and self-deceivers of all kinds that she didn't get mad, she just got more Molly: "I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn't actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle."
Her tone was gentle even when her words were not. She reminded me of those Southern women who say "bless your heart" when they mean "you hopeless moron." There's this quote about Shrub, as she called him: "The poor man who is currently our president has reached such a point of befuddlement that he thinks stem cell research is the same as taking human lives, but that 40,000 dead Iraqi civilians are progress toward democracy."
Truth is, I just want to keep quoting forever. She's alive in her words. "During a recent panel on the numerous failures of American journalism, I proposed that almost all stories about government should begin: 'Look out! They're about to smack you around again!' " So great.
Just one more, my favorite: "The first rule of holes: When you're in one, stop digging."
Today I go to my local grocery and learn a new "story" from a long-term clerk. She is thrilled with the new ownership and happy to have a job. I have never seen her so cheerful. The says the new owners are fixing up the place and Ralph's was just going to let it close and she wouldn't have had a job at all. I see there is more organic and high-end produce now, so I am thrilled about that.
Well, happy jumping into the beauty of this day - oh, my - talk about a stimulant for the heart. This day is it, and I suppose that is true if you are back east in snow or luxuriating here in warmth. Yesterday I was cold all day. Today my turtleneck is coming off for a t-shirt. Happy Beautiful flowing gift of Valentine's Day!!