As far as writing is concerned, I’m back in the saddle again

Author’s Archives, circa 1979. But we still cute!

Hey, there. I’m Brooke Ramey Nelson, a native Texan, former journalist, politico, PR person and high school teacher, who joined Medium in December 2020 to get back to what I’ve always loved to do — wrassling words.

I thought about starting this essay with the traditional greeting of my forebears: “Howdy!”. But I decided, for the better part of valor or something, that I didn’t have to be quite so obvious about my origins. Isn’t the pic above enough?

My lovely partner, Moker, and I have been married going on 42 years and have been together for 45. Obviously, we…


GENDER POLITICS

But in my humble opinion, Liz Cheney wins, no matter what

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, especially in the Cheney family. Photo c/o Wikimedia Commons.

Kevin McCarthy has a woman — or if you of the more progressive persuasion may prefer, a gender — problem. And, like Medusa of Greek mythology, it will surely turn him to stone.

You see, Liz Cheney, the first-born of former Veep Dick Cheney who is the current congresswoman from the Great State of Wyoming, has recently reveled in telling the truth. She voted to impeach the former guy — the second time around, at least. She believes that all his yapping about the BIG LIE is, indeed, a BIG LIE.


FIRST AMENDMENT?

But I still don’t understand why Zuckerberg lets him hang around

Screenshot of the former guy’s Facebook page. It’s still up. He can’t post, but folks still comment. The red X is mine.

Yeah, the former guy won’t like — nor will he be able to “like” — Wednesday’s Facebook Oversight Board decision. They basically continued his alleged “ban” from the site, but told CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his minions that they had six months to decide if the Orange Oaf should be removed from the social media site forever.

I placed the word “ban” in quotation marks because that’s never been what all of this is about. Unlike Twitter, which took Trumplethinskin’s account down after the January 6 Far-Right Insurrection, Facebook has allowed the page of the former occupant of the Oval…


Don’t know the punchline to that one, but our educators deserve recognition this week, even if it’s misspelled

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My friend and neighbor Jimmy Jones has taught P.E. (“Physical Education” is the fancy term for “gym,” but his name is Jim, so…) for 45 years. That’s almost twice the time I spent in the teaching trenches, and he’s still going strong. Meanwhile, I’m working hard at being retired.

I haven’t talked to Jimmy since I left our little D.C. ’burb, but I’ll always remember his favorite maxim.

“Someone once said, ‘Those who can’t teach, teach gym,’” he’d exclaim in his down-home squawk, followed by an all-knowing country-guy-type cackle, crafted who-knows-where since he grew up in the D.C. ’burbs himself…


But his feline namesake certainly was

Rudy the Cat shows off for The Youngest and my Mom. No dark hair dye needed. Author’s Archives.

After they called the man he was named after “America’s Mayor”, we called him our brother. The one who snuggled up close to Mom and put out his sharp Claws of Warning when anyone else tried to get near him.

He didn’t need hair dye, even in his dotage. His mantle of black fur never turned grey. He was our Big Boy, and enjoyed lounging among the Calla Lilies in my sister’s San Francisco backyard.

He never journeyed to New York. He lived strictly in D.C. and then in the City by the Bay. …


Domestic terrorists have shot a hole in our American way of life

Our school’s SRO, circa the mid-2000s. Photo c/o The Oracle. Used with permission.

Ten days ago we marked 22 years since two seniors invaded their Colorado high school, murdering 12 students and one teacher. Columbine, as it’s now known, also began the process of blurring lines across multiple generations.

No, Millennials — you’re not who you think you are. And neither are the Boomers, nor the classically (or uncreatively) named Generations X, Y and Z.

We’re all part of Generation V now

Of course, school shootings scarred the American landscape before Columbine. But that Littleton, Colorado massacre became what’s known to be somewhat of a “blueprint” for the perpetuation of and defense against subsequent vicious acts.

The Columbine High School…


Biden’s address was historic, but Geraldine Ferraro will always be the [wo]man, in my book

Mondale and Ferraro during the 1984 presidential campaign. Photo c/o Wikimedia Commons.

Much has been made of President Biden’s Wednesday address to a joint session of Congress. The audience featured about 200 people, spaced apart because of COVID-19 protocols; some sitting on the floor of the House of Representatives, some in the gallery — a balcony overlooking the chamber. One person represented the military, one the Supreme Court. Instead of all of the Cabinet members crammed into the venue, only the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense attended.

And, no, you didn’t have to adjust your set — two powerful women loomed large in history on the Speaker’s Rostrum behind…


I don’t know about you, but I’m all for more burgers to go with my “plant-based beer”

Photo by Andreas M. on Unsplash

Please, Uncle Joe, I know you want to reverse climate change and all, but for gosh sakes allow me to continue to drink plant-based beer. And is it true that if you have your way, I might have to give up my regular burger fix?

OK, full disclosure here. That’s what the screaming meemies at Faux News want you to think, anyway. If Larry Kudlow — the coked-up weirdo who used to work for the former guy — had his way, it appears we’d have to drink adult beverages that contained ingredients that originated in the animal kingdom. No more…

Brooke Ramey Nelson

A Native Texan and Mizzou Journalism grad, Nelson has worked in newspapers, politics, PR and as a high school publications adviser and AP English teacher.

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