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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #323

The Continuing War on Drugs

I think we need to change that overused name, don’t you think? We’ve clearly lost that war, so why keep advertising our loss?

As many of you know by now, I love documentaries. Netflix is my favorite cable station, and I’ve spent many a late-night hour watching various documentaries, the latest of which was “The Business of Drugs,” a fascinating six-part look at the economics of addiction in this country and around the world.

The final episode was about opioids and the unbridled greed of companies like Purdue Pharma. It is a sorrowful look at what some companies in the United States are willing to do in order to improve their financial standing, and a Congress willing to bury their heads in the sand while thousands of lives are lost.

Not our proudest moment as a country!

On a happier note, the Mailbag always delivers harmless but valuable information about the Art of Writing, so let’s get started with this week’s question.

The Mail Room!

The Mail Room!

Clarity on Absolutes

From Lori: “I would like more clarity on absolutes in writing. Do you mean there are no absolutes as to how and what to write? Or there are no absolutes in life? Just curious. I do believe there are many absolutes in life. I could start a list, but that's not my purpose in the question.”

Heck, Lori, I don’t know what I mean most of the time. LOL

My remark was mostly in reference to how people act and how people think. Generalizations like “All Democrats are idiots,” or “All Republicans are evil,” simply are not true, and yet we see that sort of thing in social media daily.

Absolutes in life? Probably, although my list might be considerably shorter than yours. I can sign on with “all humans are unique,” and “all lives are precious,” although Hitler really pushed the limits on that absolute.

My wife walking away from writing!

My wife walking away from writing!

Walk Away From Writing

From Eric: “Your last comment to Linda here is I all I need to say for a question. Egotistical self centerdness. Dang it Bill I get out there and neglect some. How do you walk away from writing? I do not like blaming it on boredom. Heck you are the psychiatrist you tell me.”

Eric, walking away from writing is a foreign concept to me. It is such an integral part of my life that I fear I would be a babbling puddle of goo if I ever stopped writing. I would be one of those old men on a park bench drooling and mumbling to myself, a sad sight for all to see.

Of course, if you don’t have the writing fever, and you aren’t passionate about it, I would imagine it’s pretty easy to walk away from it and take up chess or sewing or eating Bon-Bons.

Just sayin’

Too Far-Fetched

From Sha: “I love the variety of questions and answers this week. The far-fetched topic got me thinking. Now, I'm not a sci-fi person, but if you consider that most ideas come from what we know and what we can perceive by using our imaginations, nothing can really be too far-fetched. Putting knowledge, imagination, and what-would-happen-if-we-mixed-this-with-that is how science and technology advance, is it not?”

It is indeed, Sha! What if we could drive a flying car? What if buildings were made of materials that can’t burn? What would happen if we tried to graft pig skin onto a burn victim? What would happen if we did that?

My advice to writers: there is no such thing as too imaginative or too far-fetched. It’s not the subject matter that makes a book great; it will always be the writer and how that writer made the far-fetched seem real.

Just my two cents on the topic!

More on Evil

From Zulma: “With regard to culture, can evil be defined by what is acceptable in a given society? I recall reading about a village where paranoia was a completely normal way to live. People regarded each other with suspicion, cooking pots were never left unattended lest they are poisoned, that sort of thing. But there was one man who was friendly, treated everyone with kindness and respect and was helpful. He was considered crazy. Could evil be defined by actions, intent and societal expectations?”

Here we go again, delving into the psychological and philosophical with Zulma! We can call these segments “Fireside Chats with Socrates and Zulma,” or “Move Over, Dr. Freud, There’s A New Shrink In the House.”

A few years ago, it was perfectly acceptable to stone a woman to death in some Middle Eastern countries if that woman committed adultery. Now I consider stoning someone to death barbaric at best, but to an entire culture it was quite natural.

To some cultures, girls of thirteen can be married to rich men. Some are still sold or traded for land. Some cultures still have slaves. I consider all of that evil, but those cultures consider it all part of a normal day.

Hell, in the good old U.S. of A, people are still lynched, gays are still beaten, and in micro-segments of our society that is perfectly normal behavior.

There are things which disgust me which others find satisfying. How can young girls be flown to a private island and used as sexual toys by rich politicians and corporate CEO’s? How is that not evil?

And what about those who know evil acts are being performed and do nothing to stop them? If you know someone is selling someone else, and you say nothing, are you not evil as well?

I don’t have a specific answer to your question, Zulma, but I’m fairly incensed now that I’ve thought about it for a few minutes.

People doing evil acts are all around us.

People doing evil acts are all around us.

Pax Vobiscum

The business of drugs. The business of sex trafficking. Billions and billions of dollars spent, and dollars made, from the destruction of lives.

There would be no drug industry if there were no demand. There would be no sex trafficking if there were no demand. Epstein was not an anomaly; he was simply a large predator fish hiding in plain sight.

Not our finest moment as a civilization, eh?

Peace be with you! We have eighty days until the Presidential election. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could live the next eighty days without social media vitriol? Wouldn’t it be nice if we just treated each other with respect, and let the politicians make fools of themselves, with us as detached observers?

Make sure you vote early, and if you haven’t registered yet, don’t wait much longer. The United States needs a record turnout for this upcoming election. We have a lot riding on the outcome, so do your part!

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Comments

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 19, 2020:

Blessed rain, Zulma, followed by a sun we can all see this afternoon. Life is good!

Have a great one!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on September 19, 2020:

'Here comes the sun, do, do, do, do

Here comes the sun, and I say

It's all right'

Thank you, Bill, and have a great weekend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 18, 2020:

Thank you Zulma! Feel better and enjoy your weekend. We are finally going to see the sun tomorrow. Yippee!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on September 18, 2020:

Striker's in a situation?! How very odd I find that. lol Off you go, then.

I'm over the worst of my cold now. Just have a slight cough and feeling tired.

Have a great weekend, Bill.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 17, 2020:

Oh, I've thought about this often, Zulma, and I find it fascinating. I always think of the public beheadings, or the way women are treated in some Middle Eastern countries.....sigh....more on Monday! I'm busy right now getting Striker out of a situation.

Have a superb Thursday, my friend. I hope the cold subsides soon.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on September 17, 2020:

Hello, Bill.

Please accept my apologies for such a late response. Between personal dramas and fighting a cold (thank you, my darling husband) I've been distracted.

The examples you've listed leads me to another question. In these cultures, what we consider evil deeds are looked upon as normal. These people believe these acts are acceptable. If we use intent as the sole criterion, can these perpetrators be classed as evil since, to their way of thinking, there is no malice intended?

An outsider may view these acts as evil because they have been taught they are evil. But within the given culture, they are perfectly acceptable. If we use intent and cultural expectations as critera, again, can these people be classed as evil?

That does muddy up the waters up a bit, doesn't it?

Looking forward to your response, Bill. Again, apologies for my lateness.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 28, 2020:

Thank you Peg! I simply don't understand all of this vileness. My God, we are all one country. Issues we can work through, if we are willing to listen to each other.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on August 27, 2020:

"Generalizations like “All Democrats are idiots,” or “All Republicans are evil,” simply are not true, and yet we see that sort of thing in social media daily." This has to be among my most disappointing observations about social media. We are not all alike based on one or two defining characteristics. Thanks for reminding us of that.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 27, 2020:

Great points, Mel...love the "plausible deniability" point. And I do have fun dreaming and writing, my friend. Thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 27, 2020:

You are correct on all counts, Rajan! And I don't know how we can defeat greed.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 27, 2020:

Hey, Barb, thanks for the visit. Good to hear from you. I hope all is well up north.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 27, 2020:

You betcha, Lori!

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on August 27, 2020:

There is plenty of work in writing for those who do not enjoy the far-fetched, but not in the fictional realm. Straight journalism would be more of a vocation for those who eschew the use of the imagination. As for those of us dreamers whose imaginations like to take flight, all we have to do is create a little bit of plausible deniability to keep the reader from chucking the book in the trash. Being a dreamer is fun when you have an outlet for your dreams. Great work.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 26, 2020:

It seems the situation is no different wherever one may live. All governments have sort of rallied together to make the life of the common man more miserable than ever. Greed is the root cause be it money or power or both. Absolute power corrupts completely, doesn't it? Hope sanity and better sense prevails soon.

Barb Johnson from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on August 26, 2020:

Hi Bill, Thanks for this weeks edition. Somber topics. Glad to see you're still up to even the toughest ones to talk about. Be Well.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on August 26, 2020:

Thanks for the clarification. Blessings.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 26, 2020:

The odds are against us, Venkatachari M, and that is a supremely depressing thought as we move forward. Thank you for your thoughts.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 26, 2020:

I'm glad, Ann!

Happy Wednesday, my friend!

bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 26, 2020:

Just lie down on my couch, William, and let's begin our session together. LOL Thank you, sir!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on August 26, 2020:

True, Bill. I very much worry at the attitude of the Governments. To finance their Budgets and plans, they do not care for the health of their citizens. They are indulged in the licencing of mass productions of alcohol and tobacco products, and all other sorts of addicting their people so that they earn finances for their projects. Only God can save us.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 25, 2020:

That thought makes me smile too!

Ann

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 25, 2020:

Questions with a different flavor this week, Bill. Interesting! Maybe you could be HP's in-house psychologist. As you say, just sayin'.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

I don't understand it and never will, Mary, and perhaps that is something I can be proud of.

Thank you my friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

It is a good week, Linda. Thank you, and I wish the same for you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

It really is a crazy time, Bill! I could not have envisioned this fifty years ago.

Be safe and have a great week, Bill!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

I don't have an answer for you, Ann, but I wish the same.

As for Epstein, I wish the proof existed which could tie our President to that sleazeball. I am absolutely positive that he was involved in that mess, but he's a slippery one, our President.

It should be fun to see the number of lawsuits brought against him once he leaves office.

That thought made me smile. Have a great week, Ann!

bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

Sorry about the heat, Heidi. We are having our typical perfect August here, 80 and calm and low humidity. This is why tourists come here most years, clear skies, beautiful landscapes, and comfortable temps.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

A woman of few words this week, Alyssa. You must be busy with a craft project. :) Thanks for being here.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

Thanks for your thoughts, Meg! It is interesting to look back occasionally, as long as we don't get stuck in the past.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

I'm with you all the way, Peggy! How we can ignore the vitriol is a mystery, but I'll be trying to do it.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

I'm with you, Flourish, and that voting thing is crucial come November.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

Greg, thanks for the question. That one is a first, so I'll have some fun with it. As for being of like mind, you betcha.

I love that we suspend belief when we write, and if we do a really good job, we make the unbelievable seems believable. Although I'm not sure I could spin the current reality and make it seem feasible.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

Thank you Chitrangada Sharan! It's always a pleasure having you stop by.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

Very eloquent, Allen! Love it! Thanks for sharing, my friend. I hope all is well in Iowa and you were not touched by that nasty storm.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

Stay safe, MizB! Tough weather out there for many of you. We are having our typical beautiful August, temps around 80, low humidity...perfection!

The War on Drugs was a joke from start to finish, a typical governmental attempt to fix something they were not qualified to fix...but what the heck do I really know?

Have a super week, my friend!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 25, 2020:

Just like you, it upsets me to think of some of the issues raised here. I don't understand how people can do it, but people in this civilized world continue to do it. I no longer understand what people mean when they talk of American values. I hope there are some absolutes on this, but it will remain a wish. We can't also do that.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 24, 2020:

You've shared some interesting and important points in this edition of the mailbag. I hope you have a good week, Bill.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on August 24, 2020:

Certainly lots to ponder as we get closer to Election Day. Everyone needs to vote and vote early if possible. There is much at stake this year.

As far as good and evil, there is a lot that disgusts me also. This is a crazy time that we live in. Have a great week, Bill.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 24, 2020:

Quite a deep one this week, bill! I agree entirely with your views. I'm ashamed that our 'Prince' can't tell his own part of the Epstein story, guilty or not (and I find it difficult to think that he played no part), to name but one evil issue. Shame he doesn't appear to have a backbone. I do hope too that your voters think very carefully about their choice in November!

Many are good at pontificating but few do anything to denounce those who cause the problems. I wish those in power were humble enough to listen to those with real knowledge. Why is that so difficult to do?

Have a peaceful week, bill!

Ann

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on August 24, 2020:

Well, made it to the Mailbag on Monday. Onward...

Re: Time and Territory. The good vs. evil, absolutes, war on drugs... all are seen through the lens of time and territory. What is/was acceptable there or then may not be here or now.

Re: Vote. Just do it, folks! I'm ready to early vote as soon as those doors open.

We could go on, but these philosophical questions are too big for even the Mailbag. So I'll stop here.

Make it a great week! It's hot as heck (90s most of week and no rain) forecast for Chicago. Extended drought, but California's got it way worse.

Alyssa from Ohio on August 24, 2020:

Another fascinating mailbag this week. You've given us a lot of food for thought. Have a wonderful week! :)

RoadMonkey on August 24, 2020:

Looking back at our own societies many years ago, there were societal norms that are completely unacceptable now and rightly so, however, I do not believe in trying to go back and rewrite what happened in those days.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2020:

I agree with you wholeheartedly on your call to action regarding voting. This election is undoubtedly one of the most important ones in which to vote in our lifetime. It is going to be hard trying to ignore the noise and vitriol that will be coming out in the days ahead of the election. Let's all try and keep our sanity and be kind to one another.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 24, 2020:

We have malignancy all around us and in most cases it’s cloaked in honey. I’m not sure what we can do about that other than vote, vote, vote and push for kindness.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 24, 2020:

Bill - truly enjoyed the Mailbag again today. Nailed it, actually. If I say we are of a mind, I hope you would agree. Good and evil, sci-fi and absolutes...and the rest. All things that we could carry on a discourse about for hours and days and weeks on end. I believe the farfetchedness discussion is the one I want to comment on: the thing I love about writing is that there is no box we have to live in or stay in or put our characters in. If we can think it, imagine it, it can be so. If we create it well enough, put it out there like it's really there, like it really happened or is really happening...we will help the reader suspend disbelief for a moment and they can come along on the trip with us. Additionally, in these times, I am required to suspend disbelieve on a daily basis and tell myself, "Self...this is real. I know it's hard to believe, of course, but it is real. It's really happening." Like Ripley said: "Believe it or Not." Thanks for leading the way for us, Bill. And next time you have a chance, please answer this question for me:

Have you had characters who appeared only briefly in one story and then as you went back and looked at that story you wished you hadn't cut them short? And if that's the case, did you fix it so they could "come back" and you could do another story? Or do you just let them go and say goodbye?

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 24, 2020:

Hello Bill!

This installment has variety of questions, other than the art of writing. We, as a society, and as readers and writers, are into the habit of thinking, and reflecting.

I am glad that you have provided some insightful answers to them.

Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a good day.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2020:

Oh Mary, you really hit the nail on the head with that last sentence. Are we any better? Be careful what you wish for, right?

Isn't it amazing, the hatred about politics now? I haven't seen anything like it in my lifetime, and hope I never do the rest of my life.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2020:

Sha, I'm spending less and less time on Facebook. It's not good for my blood pressure. And I'm not making any predictions about Trump. I was so wrong in 2016 that I figure I'll just shut up this time and hope for the best.

A walk? Next week, my friend. I tackled something a little different this week, which you'll see Wednesday.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2020:

Marlene, leave it to the government to muddy the waters far too much. They need you and I running these agencies, don't you think? lol Thank you my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2020:

Mr. Happy, that's my laugh for the day. Thanks for that, and thanks for the story of the old man.

As for your question, I'm going to look up "first-past-the-post" to see what that means, and then I'll tackle your question.

I hope you are well. I'll let you know when I see those flying pigs. Hopefully I can get a picture of them so I am not locked up in an institution.

Peace my friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2020:

Thanks John! Weird week for questions; hardly about writing at all but, still, fun and interesting.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2020:

Thanks for your thoughts, Pamela. We have used mail-in voting in Washington State for ten years with no problems. It can be done!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2020:

Thank you Linda! NPR is playing in the background, with news of the Republican convention, and I feel like I might vomit.

Happy Monday my friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2020:

Yes there are, Devika, and I prefer to pay attention to those people and give them the support they need.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2020:

Thank you Rosina! Have a wonderful week ahead.

Allen Edwards from Iowa on August 24, 2020:

Lead me towards that place of "Unwritten Stillness", and I shall become a "God of Eternal Peacefulness"; for were it not for those incessant creatures of literary works, who spew forth just what we have NO earthly -- or other reality -- need for..what the HELL could I use this "white screen", and my middle finger for?`°~°`

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on August 24, 2020:

Haha, Bill, now it’s your turn to give me a laugh. I can just see you sitting on a park bench drooling and mumbling to yourself. No, I can’t, not really. Just keep writing. I loved Sha’s question of “what if?” and your answer concerning pigs. My favorite cousin had a heart valve replaced with a pig valve when he was a young man. Pig valves have to be replaced every so often, but they kept him alive until he was finally claimed by cancer in his 50s.

Zuma has a fine question about evil. I learned in journalism classes that decency laws are based on community standards, for example, the very fundamentalist religious town of Searcy, Arkansas, has different standards, thus different decency laws, from New York City. So why not evil? I think evil might be an underlying concept to the decency laws. By the way, I enjoyed your rant on drugs. I think the war on drugs has popularized drugs. If they had ignored them, I think drugs would have faded out with the hippies.

It's hot and dry here. Hopefully, the hurricanes in the Gulf won't do too much damage but will bring us needed rain. Have a good rest of the week, my friend.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on August 24, 2020:

I remember a time when people expressed their political views with no more than a pin on a lapel or blouse. Also that their choice was a private matter and wasn't widely discussed.

You give them a platform, such as a social media site, and suddenly, you can't keep them quiet. Everyone is now a political and medical expert.

Regarding what is considered evil or a just cultural difference, I think that is an explosive quagmire. When the microscope is pointed at us, are we any better?

A thought provoking mailbag this week!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 24, 2020:

Well, let's let the issue of evil defined rest a while. Turn it over to Striker and Eli. Bill gets incensed when the subject comes up. Let's not do that to our dear friend!

Hell, yeah, I can stay off media for the next eighty days. Shoot, I'm hardly there anyway, so it's a no-brainer for me. I will definitely vote this year. I voted last election but it didn't seem to do any good. I'll be real curious to see how many voters still think Trump is a capable and effective leader.

Are we up for a walk this week, Bill?

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 24, 2020:

Walk away from writing? My mind just can't imagine it. I tried, but then I suffered from withdrawal symptoms and in need of drugs to help me cope. Just kidding about the drugs, though, that's a subject that bogs my mind down, especially when I see the government being selective about which drugs they allow to be prescribed and which drugs they monitor like a hawk.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on August 24, 2020:

I got an "absolute" for Life: "all is good". And one might say: "how is this covid-19 good? Are You saying nearly a million people dead world-wide is good?"

Ask the virus and it would say: "Yes, it is great for me!!" The Virus is also a form of Life.

Then, we have all the realizations about the holes in our social fabric, in our health services, in our work-places and so on. There's always a good in things if You look the right way. Then, there are the Aghori: amazing people!!

"I would be one of those old men on a park bench drooling and mumbling to myself, a sad sight for all to see." - Fun story: last night I was driving back home when I got arrested. No, haha!! But it could have happened. Anyway, as I was pulling on the side-street near my house, I saw a man in his fifties I'd say, with several bags of stuff, sitting down on the steps of the office of my Member of Parliament: Mr. John McKay. (His office is a stone throw away from where I am hence, I can easily be a pain in the ass, haha!!)

The man looked homeless. His clothes looked ripped and rugged and his multiple bags of stuff also screamed "homeless". At that point I thought: "I wish he stays there the whole night and people coming into the office will see him in the morning. After-all they're the asshole politicians who do next to nothing for the homeless. They should all sleep on the steps of politician's offices.

Fast-forward to this morning when I drove-out to get some groceries and what do I see? The man's still there, rubbing the sleep out of his eyes but the office was still closed so, nobody came to see him there. So, I said to myself and to the Gods that if he's still there when I get back, I'll hand him a twenty.

As I got back, he had gotten up and walked around the corner of the building mumbling something to himself. I quickly stopped the car, walked-up to his bags and stuck a twenty dollar bill in one of his bags. I was gone in less than "60 seconds" without being seen. So, that's that about the "mumbling men".

"What if we could drive a flying car? What if buildings were made of materials that can’t burn? What would happen if we tried to graft pig skin onto a burn victim? What would happen if we did that?" - What if pigs could fly? Haha!! I'll accept anything in 2020.

Alrighty, You be safe!!

Ohh, before I forget: what do You think of "proportional representation" as supposed to the "first-past-the-post" system of elections?

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 24, 2020:

There were some very interesting things raised here that need reflecting on , Bill. More in regard to society and the problems within, than writing in fact. There is a lot to feel ashamed about if we consider ourselves good caring human beings.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 24, 2020:

There is certainly too much evil in the world, and that includes the USA. I'm not sure how a man can live with himself after raping a 14 year old girl or a boy. Protecting your children is so important.

This mailbag does offer more to ponder today. I am going to watch the war on drugs Netflix series.

As for voting, I have a relative in Oklahoma that is about 8 1/2 months pregnant so she used an absentee ballot. She had to include a picture of her license and she said they show you if they receive your ballot. It sounds like all states should follow those quidelines if they don't. I was impressed. Thanks for an array of interesting topics today, Bill. Have a good week.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 24, 2020:

Bill, I doubt we can spend the next 80 days without social media vitriol, but I'd settle for one day of blessed peace from all the anger. I guess that means I'll just have to shut off the computer, the radio, and the television and pretend I'm Ma Ingalls (I've got the farmhouse, the land, the deer and rabbits and bears so I guess I'm almost there).

A good mailbag with lots to ponder. Have a great week my friend.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 24, 2020:

Hi Bill your important points and suggestions are so helpful. The world has become a sad and complicated place. However, there are a few who are trying to make it a better place.

Rosina S Khan on August 24, 2020:

Yes, Bill we should treat each other with respect and let politicians do their stuff. A great mailbag. Enjoy your week ahead.