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The Numbers.

“Forty six, forty seven, forty eight, forty nine, fifty…”

The FitBit wasn’t worth its price tag of $350. I could count. Out loud. Extra maxillofacial muscle exercise never hurt a girl, anyway; Lord knows, our ability to use our voices had always been our truest arrow. Best to keep that one sharp.

On the way home after the walk, behind the wheel of my 10 year old Pontiac, I heard Fareed Zakaria using his to expose two far more alarming numbers.

The first came from an author named Jonathan Haidt, whom he was interviewing. Did we know that the suicide rate among American girls was up 70 per cent since 2011?

Instantly, innumerable faces came into my frame. Sixth, seventh, eighth grade teens, at the school where I’d spent the final 12 of my 25 years in public education. The ones whose eyes were half shut, bodies immobilized by heroin, sitting like mannequins in the middle of music class.

Fareed had already moved on. Did we know that 90 per cent of all Venezuelans lived in poverty?

No. I was sure that we did not.

There was much that we Americans did not know. We persisted, however, in crowing on about what we thought we did. The less about which we were sure, the more plentiful our public pronouncements.

In fact, the media was rife with these. We’d managed to elect many, with skills well honed in the craft of selling the official statistics on any number of issues over which our vote should apparently have some control. And, they were eager to tell us all about it.

I was almost home. The idea for this piece already taking shape, I knew I’d probably gather the 26 pairs of drip dried underwear into their drawers and then set my seat down in front of the screen to write it.

Rain was pretty much scheduled for the rest of this Sunday. Would I be counting any more steps, or just fretting over the absence of sun drying options for the remaining laundry? The dryer could be repaired for about $230; a new one, installed, for about $520 with tax.

These numbers were disparate enough. They created distance, between me and those who wanted my money. Venezuela could use some American charity. American girls needed more than funding to reduce the number of their diminishing lives.

Counting the cost was up to me.




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Modulating Jane.


Jane Sanders is speaking, right now, in a Wolf Blitzer interview at CNN.

Jane is Bernie Sanders’ wife.

I’m a musician. A musician, with some significant background in voice.

With quite a bit of experience, singing solo, and singing in ensemble and, given a history teaching marching band, with nodes, cord surgery, and follow up voice lessons with none other than the world’s most enduring Madama Butterfly, Louisa Jonason, yes.

I know the voice.

You can tell a lot about a person by the sound of that person’s voice.

It’s called modulation. The voice is either shrill, raspy, tight, muted, or well modulated.

Jane Sanders’ voice is beautifully modulated.

This suggests that she is a woman of inner calm. She takes time to breathe. She takes time to listen. She does not push into the auditory realm; she simply enters, with grace.

You can also tell a lot about a man by observing his wife.

I think everybody, and I mean everybody, should do a search for that Blitzer interview which just took place on CNN. Between 1pm and 1:15pm, EST, today, April 21. Watch Jane Sanders speak, and listen to her voice. Hear what she says.

You’ll be finding out a lot about the man you should be seriously considering as your candidate for President of the United States. And, it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman.




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The Heartbeat of Robert Downey, Jr.

Gotta say it.

For every “for” and “against” that has come out raving about Robert Downey’s interview walk-off, I don’t think this has yet to be offered.

Anybody look keenly at his chest as the questions became more incisive?

His heart was p.o.u.n.d.i.n.g.

Robert Downey, Jr was not being arrogant or uncooperative. The guy was physically upset by the line of questioning. His body was revolting.

Now, there are essentially two, main reasons, outside of physiological disease, why heart rate suddenly increases: a.) surprise; and, b.) fear.

Suppose both of these emotions were suddenly at play in Downey’s body. Would it be reasonable to assume a direct correlation between the probing nature of the questioning and his reaction? I believe the answer is yes.

We don’t know exactly why he reacted with either surprise or fear. Did he feel threatened? Perhaps. But, when the human body spikes a heart rate in the seated position, it is important to remove the source of the agitation.

In the case of this particular scenario, it appeared that nobody else in the room was about to move away from Downey.

So, he moved.

Personally, I think he did feel threatened. He didn’t want old wounds opened. He didn’t want his personal life investigated during the premiere week of his latest film. And, choosing to address past weaknesses in the face of this latest phase of an apparently successful run serves him not at all.

Neither does doing so serve the promotion of the film, in general, or the potential success of the movie.

So, let’s stay on topic, journalists. Or else, perhaps allow yourselves to be vetted publicly the next time you land a juicy sit down.





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