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My name is Andrea LeDew. My blog is a mixture of poetry, short stories and essays. I usually write two to three posts a week. My five latest posts are at the end of this newsletter, latest first.

I wrote two new poems this week.

My first poem (the most recent) is called Flies. It plays with the idea that we all have become gadflies, like Socrates. We seem to have adopted the national sport of harassing people who are just trying to serve their country, protect their family, or assure their own personal safety.

My second poem is called Piecemeal, and it criticizes the common tendency of government to push responsibility and decision-making to its lowest level. In this case, that means requiring individual businesses to pass COVID rules because the government won't. I compare this to the practice of making things piecemeal in the era of cottage industry, and suggest that maybe such practices are best left in the past.

Stay safe out there! I "strongly recommend" everyone get the vaccine as soon as they can, in case the government doesn't have the chutzpah to mandate it, in your area. *********

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Fair Warning

Watching Morning Joe on MSNBC on August 6, 2021 (this morning) I saw an interview with an evangelical, about the outsized number of anti-vaxers, or vaccine hesitants, who are also evangelical.  He said that being against vaccines and masking is a cultural thing among some evangelical groups, a sign of ones identity, of ones belonging to the group.  He …

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I came up with this idea while thinking about the news of the week.   --Capitol police, testifying about a mob, who voted the same way some of them did.  A mob, who attacked the Capitol Police, even as they carried Blue Lives Matter flags.  And while the Capitol Police testified about their harrowing, near-death experiences, prominent politicians mocked them …

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This poem may seem nostalgic, but not everything about the past is worth saving.  I hope you like my thinly-veiled criticism of the practice, of passing rules about public health, one business at a time.  Thanks for coming by to read. One at a time, I card and spin, I knit and purl One stitch at a time. …

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There has been space travel my whole life.  Yet, still, it makes me cry. I wrote this poem after having watched both flights, within a week of each other--those of Virgin Atlantic's Richard Branson and of Amazon's Jeff Bezos.  This was an attempt to compare the two, and contemplate the future of paid space flight.  Vocabulary:  The Kármán line …

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Frat Boy

I first saw the connection to fraternities in a tweet by Robert Morro (@bmorro44) on July 27, 2021, calling Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida "CEO of The Delta House." This is my extrapolation on the theme. As many of you know, I live in Florida. I have found little more infuriating, than the positions the State has taken on …

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