"The Week Just Passed" by, Dan O'Brien


Our culture suffered a setback during the busy week just passed. Many people are deeply upset and there are those who couldn’t care less. The election, of course, is a big story. But I’m not sure it should be. Elections come and go.

Some of the clarity gained over the last five or six decades will no-doubt fade, but the nugget of what was revealed in that time will remain. We know much more about what makes us human than we did fifty years ago. Whether you are an admirer or not, you have been enriched by the mile-marker that was passed last week. We’ve been helped to understand that, no matter how differently we approach life, we strive for the same things. Respecting differences is of paramount importance. If we have learned nothing else, we should have learned that, difficult as life is, it goes on. We are all better people for the era that ended on November 10th. The death of Leonard Cohen should sadden us all.

                                    Like a bird on the wire

                                    Like a drunk in a midnight choir

                                    I have tried, in my way,

                                    To be free


  • Posted on by Ben

    Love going back to read these blogs when people were writing with a raw nerve. We are 1.5 years on and the world has not ended, the environment has not collapsed, and I have money to order expensive food to be shipped across the country. Life is good and is much better for many of us. This election, just like another football season, passes into the history books. And like many said, never mix business with politics, understand that Trump supporters (and your customer base) are much more diverse than you think. We all deserve respect. If you don’t agree please cancel my order of around $700 I just placed to be shipped to WI. Should be easy to find…

  • Posted on by Chuck Beatty

    The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world. —Leonard Cohen

    Keep up the great work, Dan.

  • Posted on by Vernon Cross

    It takes very little awareness to realize that a mass of people have awakened to their deepest feelings as a result of the elections. If the status quo was feeling enthused before the results were tallied, they are surely quickened all the more now that a new era has begun. It all spells a most robust discourse in the offing for everyone facing the awesome opportunity to buy wild grass fed bison never fattened in feed lots! And help bring on the most amazing game preserve and international wildlife panoramas in the world at the North American Bison Rangelands Park!! Come on you Dakotans and Saskachewanis, and Manitobans. . .get your buffalo groove on for the rest of mankind to gawk at!!! Together we stand. . .and sit. . .and eat better after praying, too.

  • Posted on by Sybille Crane

    So long, Marianne. It’s time that we began to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again!

  • Posted on by Andy

    Thanks for getting me caught up Dan, I’ve been immersed in the rut !

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