A tale of many cities


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”                               Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

It’s been a long time since AGMA’s read the CliffsNotes on this great book. I’m pretty sure that I never actually read it from cover to cover.

I saw the movie though…

But holy crap on a cracker, this quote totally describes so many people I know in the USA.

Including AGMA.

On one hand, life is very good. It took 60+ years, but I’m finally comfortable in my own skin. I’ve dispelled (for the most part) the shadows of the past that held me hostage for so many years. It’s really wonderfully liberating.

AGMA’s become a Ms. Sassy Pants.

I’ve taken up marathon running. I’ve discovered a passion for men’s elite cycling (young men in spandex!). I have a blog I adore writing and a family in my WordPress friends. And I got a tattoo this year. That I still LOVE by the way.

My relationship with my older son and DIL has completely transformed into something I only dreamed of a few years ago. I’m welcomed into their home with open arms and lots of love. They have given me two adorable grandchildren to spoil.

And spoil them AGMA does indeed!  Which is what I was doing last week when I should have been posting to AGMA.  Oops…

Hubs is retired. We have a comfortable income from his pension and my part-time massage therapy work. And some modest savings.  So I can travel. Something AGMA has been wanting to do since her early 20’s.  Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and all over Europe multiple times. For me it’s been a dream come true.

However, I just found out that we are actually at the poverty level based on the GOP’s definition of the middle class in the new tax bill. Evidently to be middle class, you need to earn $450,000 per year.

Who knew?


Great segue to the worst of times…

Our traitorous illegitimate president. His pack of corrupt henchmen and Stepford women. The spineless, heartless, bottom dwellers of the GOP. The morons in charge of education, our natural resources, consumer protection, financial regulation, commerce, housing, veterans affairs, public health, social programs, immigration.

Lobbyists basically in charge of public policy.

A nuclear game of cat and mouse between narcissistic megalomaniacs.

The repeated assaults on and the attempted destruction of the tenants of our Constitution. The attacks on the judiciary. The demonization on the free press. The egregious, illegal exploitation of public office for personal gain.

The fear and hate mongering. Condoned attacks on women, minorities, non-Christians, LGBTQ’s, the disabled.

The extreme profanity of the “Christian” alt-right.

Treason and rigged elections. Gerrymandering. Voter suppression. Poll taxes.

Our precious children at Sandy Hook and Columbine. Virginia Tech. Charleston. San Bernardino. Orlando. Charlottesville. Las Vegas, New York City. Denver. Sutherland Springs.

Our precious children…

Chuck was right; it is the best of times and the worst of times.

AGMA’s challenge, as I think is every other person who loves what American used to stand for, is to not retreat into my personal best of times out of fatigue or sense of helplessness or a desire to block it it all out. Although I know plenty of people who have done just that. They have just tuned out what’s happening to the US because it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. Or it makes them feel bad or sad or ruins their feng shui.

Ah…I think that’s what happened in Germany in the 1930‘s.

Just sayin’…

As AGMA loves to tell via social media our Trump-arse-kissing, spineless, gutless, in-the-pocket-of-the-lobbyists, dishonorable Georgia senator David Perdue, “History has its eye on you and will judge you accordingly.”

Truthfully, history has its eyes on all of us. And will judge us on how we used our best of times to heal our worst of times.

AGMA knows this seems overwhelmingly daunting. But I also know that the actions of one person can make a difference.

We all can’t be a Mother Theresa (especially AGMA!), but we can pick up the phone and call our legislators. On the federal, state and local level. Often. And let them know what we think about the worst of times and how we want them to make it better.

And we can support, either financially and/or with our time, local political candidates who would unite and heal rather than divide and wound.

The same thing with organizations that support civil rights, voting rights, LGBT rights, a clean environment, sensible gun laws, our Constitution, immigrant rights, our veterans, etc…

You get the idea.

Honestly, AGMA would really like to cocoon and withdraw from all of this worst of times stuff. I mean, my life is going great. I’m living large. Finally. Why should I worry about all that other “unpleasantness”?

Two reasons…

An almost 3 year old boy who loves trucks of every kind, wants to be a “worker guy” when he grows up, and loves inventing make-believe stories he can act out with his Nan when she visits.

And a just turned 1 year old young lady who loves to climb on things she’s not supposed to (that’a girl!), babbles incessantly and gives her Nan the best heart melting snuggles that Nan ever had.

They and millions of other precious children of all colors and religious backgrounds and cultures deserve a better future.

History does indeed have its eyes on us.

I wonder how we’ll do?

28 thoughts on “A tale of many cities

    • Thanks Andrew! The funny thing is that, when I started this post, it was supposed to be about something completely different. After a couple of sentences, it just took on a life of it’s own. I’ve had that happen only a couple of other times before and it’s a strange feeling… Like somebody or something is writing through me. Hey – AGMA can be lazy at times so it works for me!


  1. I love this one. And I understand the conflict…best of times for us now in retirement, worst of times for our country (in everything but the economy, it seems). It’s important not to stay quiet. Thanks for the reminder for the benefit of the next generation. All of this matters.

    Dickens was brilliant, even though, that book was a challenge to a 9th grader…which was when we were assigned to read it. Thanks, AGMA.

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  2. Well, when you confessed to not reading A Tale of Two Cities, I almost broke up with you. How can I have someone as a blog soul mate who didn’t read that book multiple times the way I did. But you quickly redeemed yourself with the rest of your post. Whew.
    Well said, highly motivating, and a great reminder. I’m saving this post to re-read whenever I find myself getting lazy.
    And I’m also waiting, with fingers and toes crossed to see the election results tonight. Uncharacteristically, I’m hoping the woman candidate in the New Jersey givernor’s race gets her ass kicked.

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    • Sooooo…your finger crossing worked!! She got her ass kicked! So did a lot of other Cheeto Head loving Minions! Yay! I allowed myself to feel really good for a day… But then it was time to get back to work. We don’t have the luxury of sitting back and gloating.

      And we are still soul mates…really!! I was busy reading and re-reading David Copperfield! (Which is why I had to CliffNotes TOTC!) That creepy lady knitting in TOTC freaked me out…

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  3. These are indeed difficult times and I would also love to just recede into my happy place but being a citizen of the world, well, just cant’ do that. Thanks for the pep talk AGMA. We all need to stick together, now more than ever.

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  4. I gave to Doug Jones’ campaign today for much the same reasons as yours–three little ones who deserve to have clean air and water when they’re my age. I’m fairly terrified of the lobbyists and how much they can destroy before sanity can be voted back into the White House. Courage.

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    • Courage. What a great word for the times! Yes – we need an extra dose of it! Funny, I met with some folks here in Atlanta last week, most of whom went to the Women’s March in DC last January. We wrote 150 post cards in support of Doug Jones that were to be mailed to AL voters. Now I wish we’d written 300!

      And it’s going to take a while to undo the damage that’s been done and will be done before we jail the “Cheeto mob” But I have full faith and confidence that we will undo it!

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