When one of my children was about 4 years old, he was totally “taken” with dinosaurs. We read (aloud) every book about dinosaurs that the public library system possessed plus we bought a few dinosaur books, also. He simply could not get enought of dinosaurs…but the end of the books distressed him because they all said that “the dinosaurs died out” at a certain period of time. He could not handle it so he told me one day that the dinosaurs had NOT died out but they had all gone to the MAGICAL SPOT…and were still all alive there.
I could not figure out, at first, where this MAGICAL SPOT had come from until one day we were reading our picture book of Peter Pan and Wendy and her siblings and the Lost Boys…who all lived in……THE MAGICAL SPOT!!!
Now I knew where the words had come from..the Magical Spot was a safe place to put the still-alive dinosaurs who HAD NOT died out after all! This satisfied him til he was old enough to handle the truth.
I would like to send some people to that MAGICAL SPOT right now. All the hack politicians who are “dealing with” (Hah) the “fiscal cliff”…..I wish I had a powerful, yet harmless, laser device that would transport a lot of these Pols to that MAGICAL SPOT..where they could stay permanently and do no more harm to our country. They could be provided for so they would be comfortable but they could not go back to the US House or Senate..or to any Washington postion of power….ever again.
The trouble with this plan, of course, is that anyone who replaced them in Congress would soon become as rotten as the ones who were sent to the MAGICAL SPOT. They would grow corrupt like their predecessors…..beholden to lobbyists and those who give money to their all important NEXT CAMPAIGN because that is what seems to count with the DC Pols..getting elected and re-elected over and over again til we all grow dizzy and wish we had seen the last of them as they hang on to their perception of “power” for decades beyond their usefulness or their actually representing the wishes of their constituents.
Included in this MAGICAL SPOT group would also be many people who “serve”(?) in administrations of presidents and presidents themselves….Begone! All of them who seek only their own good and never do anything for the American people….other than their own relatives or friends or Money Bags.
Wouldn’t it be great if Fantasy could come true–at least for a week or a month or a year. (Sigh) It would truly be MAGICAL…..for awhile.

I had the radio on when I was driving and doing errands today..I caught bits and pieces from some local stations but the one that really got to me was somebody who is subsituting for a regular host on a local show….there are no regular hosts at the moment–they all take time off over holidays like Christmas and New Year. This person talked about the “PHYSICAL CLIFF” as my English teacher mentality took over and I found myself screaming silently at the ignorance/uneducated-ness/idiocy of this “substitute host”.
How—- or why—- do they get on public airwaves???? (I am still gnashing my teeth and it hurts.)
Gone are the days when radio/TV/ news people actually knew and used the English language correctly.

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!

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