Friday, May 8, 2020

It Takes A She: Secret Subject Swap

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 7 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.

Secret Subject Swap, a multi-blogger writing challenge | developed and run by | #MyGraphics

My subject is: You've been asked to run for City Council. What would your slogan be?
It was submitted by: Rena of Wandering Web Designer.

I wrote a post, years ago, in which I mentioned that College Boy's close friend's father was our local Congressman. Election time was an issue for me because, unlike my impression of most politicians, this man seems to be an honorable person. But I completely disagree with all of his politics. In that post, I talked about my running for his seat, what my platform would be and what my slogan would be. The post is called Represent and, reading it again before writing this one, I have to say that I think you should read it, I'm proud of what I had to say. My slogan may be silly but my stance has met the test of time.

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At that time I was addressing politics on a national level, today Rena's asking me to take a more local view in my focus. If you know me at all, you know that's a difficult one. I grew up in Boston but now live in the Midwest. I am a Jewish, liberal, coast lover living in a Christian, conservative, land locked state. I don't believe in putting people to death, yet I live in a state where the governor is so determined to do so that he was accused of illegally purchasing the needed drugs. They couldn't be legally imported, so essentially we paid for . . . nothing. I'm glad we didn't get the drugs, but am furious about paying for them and ashamed to be living in a state that supports this man.

But that's state, and I've been asked to choose a slogan for a campaign even more local than that, a City Council position. I don't need a whole platform at this time, just a slogan. Which is actually harder because I need to represent myself and my vision in just a few words. 

 One issue I'm passionate about is the outdoor recreation . . . or the lack thereof, how I'd love to address that. It would certainly generate capital as well. Although, I suppose, fulfilling that campaign promise may be a bit above my pay grade:

Vote Karen B, for mountains and sea | graphic created by and property of | #MyGraphics

I actually live in a state where ditch weed grows wild. You should have seen the first time I caught a glimpse of it. Poor Hubs was driving down a dirt road not far from our house when I caught a glimpse. Scared the crap out of him when I screamed "STOOOOPPPP". 

Years later, I actually found a plant growing in our yard. I had nothing to do with it. I swear. But if I were to overreach, legalizing would definitely be one of my issues.

Yeah, I know it doesn't technically rhyme, but no worries, mon.

Vote Karen B, legalize the wee(d) | graphic created by and property of | #MyGraphics

But if that one was actually within the power of local government, imagine the economic boom to local bakeries as well.

Butterscotch Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside chocolate flavored oatmeal cookies studded with little bursts of butterscotch. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #cookies

Butterscotch Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Butterscotch Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside chocolate flavored oatmeal cookies studded with little bursts of butterscotch. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #cookies

I know! I could represent my commitment to the economy in a way that I could actually make an impact as a city councilperson. I'm all for supporting local small businesses, but how does it make sense to charge people to park in order to do so? Parking meters need to go.
Vote Karen B, to shop without a fee | graphic created by and property of | #MyGraphics

Oh, wait. I've got it. My pet peeve. We've had to replace more than one tire in our family. Making this issue a focus is bound to be a winner with everyone I know:

Vote Karen B, to be pothole free | graphic created by and property of | #MyGraphics

Or maybe I should just go for something general. Honest, to the point, and no promises:

Vote Karen B, progress takes a she | graphic created by and property of | #MyGraphics

Now who do I have to bribe to get a super PAC started?

PS: Although I wrote a light post, mostly in jest, I do believe we can and will be in a better place in this country when we do put a "she" in the White House.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

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Butterscotch Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies        

Printable Recipe

Ingredients (makes 4 dozen):
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 stick margarine, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup quick oats
1 cup butterscotch baking chips

*Cream butter, margarine, sugar and brown sugar, then beat in the egg.
*Carefully at first, beat in the flour, cocoa, instant coffee powder, baking soda, salt and oats. Once fully incorporated, mix in the butterscotch baking chips.
*Refrigerate for at least an hour wrapped in plastic wrap.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
*Roll the dough into approximately 3/4 inch balls. Place on the baking sheets and flatten slightly.
*Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely.


  1. The WH definitely needs a smart she - go for it and blow them away!

    I like the campaign posters you made, rhymes included. While you're making shopping more convenient, maybe there's something you could do about sales tax? But that's probably state-wide.

    Anyway, the cookies lok delicious, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I was hoping for a smart "she" in the white house next year but doesn't look like that's going to happen. Maybe we'll get a female VP, though.

  2. My husband and I took 5 months to travel West, Northwest, East and then back Southeast. Traveling through Oregon, I kept seeing the most beautiful yellow flowers growing wild along the road. I aww’d over them and admired them, imagine my embarrassment when I ask and was told they were hated weeds. I still have pictures of them hidden somewhere.

    1. There's a lesson there though, right? Even dreaded weeds can have beauty.

    2. I thought so. Cookies look good, I bet they don’t disappoint.

  3. You've definitely got my vote! I love all of your ideas. Those potholes have to go and weed is in! Paradise!

  4. I'll vote for anyone who promises to fix all the potholes. Will there be weekly bake sales at City Hall, too? Alana

  5. Love the cookies. I'm all for weed, pothole free, parks and free shopping. OH wait, you said shopping "fee" free.Darn
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

    1. Well, I could go for free shopping too, if you can find a way to make that work.

  6. Love the bill boards you created. Lots of fun, and it's great you're sticking to your guns.


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