Susan Beckett


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Freedom’s Stubborn DNA

Way back when I was in junior high, our family had a pet Mynah bird. We purchased him at Sears for a whopping $29.95. We think he was a dude but we named him Babydoll, and boy, was he ever the talker! Mynah's are known for their verbal skills and this guy picked up everything - so fun!

You Are Now Entering the Mission Field

It should come as no surprise to you that we are living in a time where our basic freedoms are being challenged, and at the sometime, our basic freedoms are being affirmed. Is freedom of speech something we, as Americans, possess or something we repress? I’d venture to say at this point there is a huge chasm between those two camps!

Get a Laugh!

I spent a lot of time, money, and effort childproofing my house…but the kids still get in! What do you get if you cross a parrot and a millipede? A walkie-talkie! Ha! All funny stuff.

Peace in Your Time

Forget your troubles, Come on get happy. You better chase all your cares away. Shout hallelujah, Come on get happy. Get ready for the judgment day.” Sound familiar? That’s the first verse to the song, “Get Happy,” made famous in 1950 by Judy Garland. It’s a happy, up-beat tune for sure - with words about an often allusive emotion!

You One!

On May 23rd, Time magazine released the results of its world’s 100 most influential people. This list was first published in 1999 as the result of a debate among American academics, journalists and politicians.


Pride Under the Pines Pride Festival in Idyllwild, CA is just two weeks away

The third edition of PS HomeBoys, Pride Under the Pines Pride Festival, is set to go live in two weeks on Saturday, October 7, 2023, in Idyllwild, CA, with non-stop electronic dance music and dancing from 12- 9 pm. The full day of fabulous entertainment will feature two musical headliners, hilarious comedians, and superstar drag divas who are all planning on rocking the outdoor stage.

California needs new rules as it forces more mentally ill people into treatment

California law has tried for almost 50 years to protect people with mental illness from forced treatment, and for just as long, critics have said that the state is leaving mentally ill people without treatment, abandoning them to die on the streets.

The Call for a Four-day Work Week

Some years ago, I visited some old lefty friends, who both just happened to have MBAs. A periodic recession was happening then and we started talking about macro-economics. Being lefties, they advocated cutting the work week to four days in order to make room for more jobs and thus lowering the rate of unemployment. Being an evil curmudgeon, I asked them if they would gladly accept a 20% cut in their own incomes in order for this to happen.

Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks, insurers while building real estate empire

A judge has ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to fame and the White House. Judge Arthur Engoron, ruling Tuesday in a civil lawsuit brought by New York’s attorney general, found that the former president and his company deceived banks, insurers and others by massively overvaluing his assets and exaggerating his net worth to make deals and secure financing.