Michelle Karma

Last night I visited my 83 year old friend on the lake. We stepped out of the house to go canoeing close to dark, when a black widow spider landed on my forehead. That will teach me to make fun of Michelle’s Arachnid dress.

It was perfect canoeing conditions, despite the unprecedented 70ºF heat – which had shut down the schools a day earlier. I asked her about Chicago in the 1930s, and she didn’t remember anything about the weather – but she did remember seeing the wreckage of the train tracks in the Florida Keys from the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. She drove by there in 1943, and remembers seeing seven miles of completely wrecked tracks. She also told the story of how people had fought for ownership of those tracks prior to the hurricane.

Most importantly, she said that her father forbade the family from using the word “Roosevelt” in the house.

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7 Responses to Michelle Karma

  1. Mike Mangan says:

    My father always forbade the phrase “massive head wound” at the dinner table.

  2. Dave says:

    The black widow was a climate change refugee.

  3. omanuel says:

    Thanks for the story. Michelle is six years older than me and has therefore seen more of life.

    Many societies had respect for older citizens like Michelle. That attitude changed after frightened world leaders decided in 1945 to take totalitarian control of humans in order to protect themselves from nuclear annihilation.

    The rest is recorded in sixty-eight years of society’s slide into insanity.

  4. This seems a good time to say that I am reading a book on American Presidents.

    Apparently FDR was related to:-

    George Washington
    John Adams
    John Quincy Adams
    James Madison
    Martin van Buren
    William Harrison
    Benjamin Harrison
    Zachory Taylor
    Ulysses S Grant
    Jeff Davis
    Robert E Lee
    Theodore Roosevelt
    William Howard Taft
    and Winston Churchill!!!

    I find this unbelievable but stand ready to be convinced! Any info would be appreciated.

  5. Kuhnkat says:


    how close are the connections? Going back to Noah or Adam doesn’t say much!! 8>)

  6. Tom Baker says:

    The reign of FDR had one result that may save the US from ruin. Because of his 4 terms a new amendment was passed forbidding a president from serving more than 2 terms. If you think that the moronic voting majority wouldn’t vote for Obama for a 3rd term you’re wrong.

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