Mathematics: Manmade tool for counting

Mathematics. Why do we talk about mathematics with a negative tone, negative voice, negative attitude? All of mathematics-all genres, all forms are constructed from humans’ observations of our natural world. Even algebra with its unknowns and letters for numbers is really an accounting system of those unknowns. Even more surprising is that I am writing about mathematics so calmly. I know several of my mathematics teachers from my middle and high school days who would be more than a little surprised and maybe one or two who would be downright flabbergasted!

On the other hand, I use mathematics as a tool to keep track of my earnings, savings, what I owe in taxes, how I pay for my food, housing, clothing, etc. I use mathematics for observations, data collection and verification, simple counting, and keeping track of stuff.

Mathematics is man-made. It is a set of rules for manipulating the number of things we have, had, or want. And yet, people post this “impossible” number problems or number patterns on social media, particular FB, and ask for the correct answer or how is this answer possible or to somehow mock the ability to see and apply patterns of counting.

Even algebra is being discussed as unnecessary because who really used algebra in the real world? If I had all of the answers to everything, then I wouldn’t need algebra. But algebra helps me predict my future earnings or holdings; algebra helps me see possibilities; algebra helps to clear my brain; algebra helps me to reason and think critically. Some people do cross word puzzles or Sudoku or word searches or . .  any number of brain-busting activities.

As a geophysicist friend said to me more than once, numbers are our friends. Learn from them. Use them just as you would your pencil, your car, your microwave. Numbers are tools to help our lives. . .figure out stuff. Embrace them.

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Reflections on birth days

A long time ago, my first husband offered me adventure, carefree living, and a partner. Today is his birth anniversary. I am old enough now to think back and see that this relationship was never going to succeed but that my upbringings required me to marry the man I was making love to sexually. Not a good reason to marry.

However, I learned to take risks although I was the stable one, the responsible one, I took a risk on a different lifestyle and found that it was not too my liking. Nope. Didn’t like altering my mental state with excessive drugs, including alcohol.

I cried the entire evening after our wedding in a park. My maid of honor asked if I was pregnant. No. Just realized it was a mistake to marry. Should have just lived together until we both woke up from our dream of forever.

Alas, I should be sad? Nope. Instead I learned, I loved, and I knew what I didn’t want for my life. And the journey has been worth leaving this man behind.

I should thank him for what he gave me but we have lost contact over the many years; the bitterness of betrayal left a long time ago. The peace of learning and moving on have filled my soul and for that I am grateful.

Thank you AMB for being a part of my journey. I hope peace finds you well and content; happy and reflective, at peace.

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Aha relief from the pain!

Have been in having a sharp pain in my back, between the shoulder blades. Discovered the cause, removed the knife. Feel so much better.

Now I can move on.

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Rough week? Just go golfing. . .

“Yeah, haven’t finished filling more than a majority of my appointments, but people have been mean to me so I will go golf and feel better.”

That is what I imagine 45 says as he heads out again for the weekend to golf. And the business of the Federal Government goes undone or worse is being done by Congress without an Executive branch leader.

I am not seething with anger but more than mildly irritated by the complete incompetence of people who are supposedly leading my country. With no checks and balances, not much is getting done that benefits the majority of the USA’s citizens. Only those with much money are benefiting from the current regime.

Yes, I am irritated, Instead of sitting quietly by, I am calling my senators and representative in Congress. I am voicing my expectations and displeasure; praising when work is done and the constituents are not only listened to but benefit from their actions.

I will not go quietly into the night or this awful regime.

And I will never ever golf. . .

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Ignorance or Stupidity?

Regardless of ignorance or stupidity, what is it that leads people to ignore evidence? Yes, there are plenty of papers, articles, stories, blogs, that attempt to answer that question, but people still ignore reality, ignore science, ignore common sense, and ignore the majority of people. Why?

In the USA, greed, selfishness, apathy, and falsely representing religious values seem to be running rampant to the point of running our government. We do not elect the president anymore (I know the electoral college does); in fact almost half of all eligible, registered voters did not vote because they could not stand either candidate and felt their vote would not count if they voted a third-party candidate, or they barred from voting lacking the “proper” ID, or they were too apathetic. Did these people not pay attention in their P-12 american government/history or civic/citizen courses? I have no use for apathy. Those who did not vote have no right to complain about the outcome or use the outcome to justify their lack of voting.  I have no respect for people who chose to not vote. I am angered by those barred from voting.

IF the winning candidate was an honest, ethical (not necessarily aligned to my ethics but aligned to honesty and respect), possessed a working knowledge of government, I could easily accept that the person I voted for did not win. However, that is not the case.

The winner is a user, a bully, misogynist, racist, bigoted, and uses his intelligence not to solve problems but to cause problems, to stir up the disenchanted who feel they been ignored by the federal government, who do not want to think for themselves but want someone else to lead. Sheep, yes, but dangerous sheep since they rule their lives by reacting not by being proactive, not by being educated on issues and solutions, who are not problem-solvers or critical thinkers. People who feel they have been slighted but refuse to take the steps themselves to advocate for themselves.

The winner who lies, embraces whomever will pay his bills (except the majority of taxpayers), who has no allegiance to the United States of America or her citizens, but worships not just the almighty dollar (who doesn’t want to have sufficient funds to live in their own home, can afford medical necessities, feed their family, take a vacation, etc.?), corruption, privilege as power, and you get the picture. Those people who voted for him and the electoral college think they will be better off and those in the electoral college probably will be due to their monied connections. However, the citizens who want to be led, they will be hurt a LOT.  IN the wake of this disaster, innocent children and elderly will also be harmed. People who did not choose to have a medical condition that requires expensive treatment or chronic treatment. People who pay their bills, who pay their taxes, people who find the work they need to support their family, people who believe if you work hard enough, you will prosper. People I love.

My anger is more to the people who take no responsibility for their actions, this includes most of the people in Congress-house of representatives and the senate, those who self-righteously think they are owed something and are not receiving it but think non-white, non-US Americans are, people who hid behind their religious beliefs to hate.

My frustrations lie in my inability to educate. I produced facts with evidence and yet, beliefs without evidence won out. Even the current president makes decisions based on the whims of his own imaginations, the agenda of others who have money (=power) with a chip on their shoulder for some reason.  Okay, I will say, because of white supremacy which is a fallacy. Their whiteness, their privilege because of their skin color has been threatened and with money they have bought their way to the white house and congress. And those of us who still believe in the goodness of others and their agendas suffer a setback that hits an unexpected grab of our private parts.

I am angry. I am frustrated. But I am not quitting. I will continue to fight for those who are discriminated against for the color of their skin, the origin of their family, the choice of their spouse, for those who are female, for those who are repressed. We all would like to have an easier life; but if I refuse to speak up and speak out, then I will have turned my back on justice, equality and equity, and humanity.

“Damn the torpedoes! full speed ahead!”–Adm. David Glasgow Farragut, circa  ~1863.

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In an “Obama” State of Mind

Today is a day of reflection and nostalgic look back on what a great president, a good person, looks like. Short of words, long on tears.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

I am sickened, disheartened, and could scream so many times these days. These days of lies bantered around as facts by an “arrogant bastard” as my mom calls him. You know the one with no facts, just accusations who keeps everyone from looking behind the scenes at what Congress is attempting to do.

When did lying, cheating, disrespecting, and hating any diversity become acceptable? When did the USA I grew up in and loved for its’ richness of diversity and depth of character, its’ compassion and willingness to lend a helping hand become this? When did decency become illegal and reason to beat one up, if not physically at least verbally?

Time to speak up and speak out! Now is not the time to remain quiet.

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