Friday Midday, December 14

1) The mood is good. What a difference a good night’s sleep makes!

1a) How refreshing to have rediscovered Lonnie Gordon.

2) So many important anniversaries today, that I know about only thanks to social media: the death of Washington, the death of Prince Albert, and the birthday of Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith, who famously called out That Skunk Joe McCarthy. #ittakesawoman

2a) From her "Declaration of Conscience" speech: "Today our country is being psychologically divided by the confusion and the suspicions that are bred in the United States Senate to spread like cancerous tentacles of 'know nothing, suspect everything' attitudes . . . I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny: Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear."

2b) And did I mention she was the only woman in the Senate at the time? Truly, it takes a woman!

3) A skim of ice covers parts of the river outside my office window today, blazing with sun. If Monet had been in a good mood in London, he’d’ve painted the Thames this way.