Candid America



ortreeNew Life. New Dodge. No, not the car and it’s not the city, either. It’s plain jane and simple, it’s not Kansas or the yellow brick road to the wizard’s greatest castle in the world.

But it lives in the heart of the plains and where it all started for “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls-Wider. Even though, her story starts in Wisconsin, mine starts in the heart of the middle of nowhere, the of somewhere – evidently close.

At least it starts somewhere.

It starts from the heart of the Pacific Northwest. An Evergreen state, where it meets up with the combined hearts of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

A valley that is cherished with tall Douglas Firs towering all sides of the Western Oregon Cascades mountain ranges, towering Pines and Evergreen spruce share of their fair share of the eastern flanks of Oregon’s Cascades Ranges.

It may not be the home of the “Cartwright’s” and “The Ponderosa”, but it sits high and mighty in Eastern Oregon, where Oregon’s high desert mountains run along the Columbia River Gorge has the river spills into the Idaho’s Snake River.

There is something about living in the Midwest of America. It’s a complete opposite ballgame, than, it is in the Pacific Northwest. A ballgame, that was totally unexpected, but a welcoming addition of scenery and lifestyle. I thought it was something of a unified choice to being with life, before I left for the Great Lakes. In layman terms, it was tough. A decision that made total sense, than spending a life time of never knowing what life would be like in another part of the country or even the world. It made sensible sense.

Even though, in the next few days, we will usher a new era. An era, that will take us into the great unknowns & forbidden worlds of life, has the 43rd President of the United States is sworn into the Oval Office and the American Presidency.

With that said, it reminds me of something said, by American Actor Jeff Daniels, who played fictional News Anchor Will McAvoy in the HBO’s Drama Series, “The Newsroom”. when he was asked by a college student in the first episode of Season One, while attending a college conference, his character was asked the following question from a college sophomore;

“Why isn’t America the greatest country in the world?” His character’s answer was simple and stunning to say, “the first step to solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America isn’t the greatest country anymore” he said, as the audience stood stunned and more.

As Donald Trump’s inauguration bears down on us Friday in Washington. America is starting to wake up and realize there may be a problem with their new President-Elect and his brand of management style, which could overlay with some type of conflict with the Presidency, the White House, Washington, D.C., the Secret Service and those surrounding him submersed in his cabinet picks.

Almighty, can you only imagine, Congress is going through an emotional rollercoaster as they try to confirm his choice of “big wigs and know-it-all’s for his cabinet and administration.

We either hold our breath on this one or watch it fluster out of control in denial and more.

As will McAvoy said, “the first step to solving a problem is recognizing there is one.” America might not just be the greatest country in the world under the Trump Administration, but a changing world that might not make America great.

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