Heartlander of the Week: Painful Losses

This week. Oooh, the cries of, its only Tuesday, please stop.

To Robin Williams—I actually looked up his filmography. Following on Mork & Mindy, he was pretty much in at least one major movie a year for the past 30 years. Movies we’ve all heard of, seen, loved, were moved by. All week, news articles, FaceBook posts, keep reminding me, oh, yeah, that one. Not just the pure comedy: The Fisher King, Good Will Hunting, The Bird Cage, Mrs. Doubtfire. And it wasn’t just the movies, the live stuff, the real stuff, the actual person: That was the best.

He had this amazing way of using humor to reveal the truth, to talk to the individual, to talk to the audience. To pull back the curtain and not only show us what we didn’t want to see, but make people look at it, think, and really question their assumptions. He changed us, even the people who don’t want to change. His movies always made everything seem like it just wasn’t that bad. And on top of all that, he was a bike geek.

I guess he had lived for years with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, had struggled with substance use. Yeah, tough stuff. Oh, didn’t we all think you were in it for the duration, Buddy? Gonna miss your next twenty years.


To Lauren Bacall—If you want to know what it means to be a woman, not just a female, take a look at Lauren Bacall’s movies.* She was beautiful, she was feminine. She was tough, she was compassionate. She could be hurt, and she dealt with her hurt. She dressed up and looked elegant, she also wore pants and got dirty. She helped create an image of women that we could be beautiful and competent at the same time. Feminism in Deed, rather than Word.

* Years ago, when the term “girl” was controversial as a foil to “guy”, the word “female” became popular as an alternative. A lot of the strident among us wanted to know what was wrong with “woman”? Well, I think more and more I understand that female is gender; girl is a female who is immature; woman is a female who is mature.


To Michael Brown—yeah. I just don’t understand. It’s 2014.

OK, so maybe the kid (OK, he was 18 thus a legal, biologically mature adult male, man) was involved in something. Shooting him in the back while running away for *shoplifting*? Make that, *suspected shoplifting*? Please, government, stop killing black men. It’s really starting to make our country look bad—probably because it is bad.

I would also point out that, while there has been measureable African immigration in recent years, a lot of African Americans are descended from individuals who came to this country over two hundred years ago. Not only are they United States citizens, their families have probably been in this country longer than the government official holding the gun.

In the Sea of commentary about the shooting, the protests, the aftermath of Ferguson, was a comment from a veteran about the difference between the police and the military. The comment went something like: The military exists to defend our Democracy from outsiders; the police are part of communities who serve and protect.

Yeah. The Difference.

I realize a lot of domestic law enforcement/ police officers are former military or current Guardsman. They have training on equipment that is the same or similar; the job is different. I’m sure the vast majority get that.

That State Highway Patrol Officer in Ferguson, he got it. The one who marched with the protesters. Yeah, your town, our town, my town, my community, I’m one of you, mad as Hell. They want something different = WE want something different. The Will of the People.



About missbodie

The Dragon Lady is a life long tea drinker. Her first coffee shops were Big Boy and the Oriental Diner in downtown Milwaukee. She lives in our Nation's Capital with three bicycles and an energetic tabby cat.
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