A look at the world through the eyes of a woman.

Saturday, September 10, 2005


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Despite the fact that Washington continues to defend their decision to hire him in the first place, and to defend his performance in the wake of Katrina's devastation of New Orleans: "Michael D. Brown, the embattled head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, today was relieved of his duties overseeing recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region." Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen will now be heading up the recovery effort in New Orleans. Also from the NY Times: "Allen, the Coast Guard's chief of staff since 2002, has spent his entire career in the Coast Guard since graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1971. He was director of resources under Adm. James Loy, who later became Homeland Security's deputy secretary.... He has been in charge of Coast Guard operations in South Carolina, Georgia, most of Florida, and throughout the Caribbean." So now the disaster recovery will be headed by someone apparently competent to do so. What is interesting is that Brown is still the head of FEMA, he has just been relieved of his disaster duties. But what does one do to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency without disaster duties? Isn't disaster all they do? In any case, let all our prayers be behind Allen's success - and Brown's complete ouster! For a more personal reflection on the New Orleans disaster and how it is highlighting the importance of community connection and inner refuges in our lives, see this post at the Indigo Ocean weblog: What Holds Us Together. On a sadly humorous closing note (if that is possible) Here is what the former first lady had to say about the evacuees: "so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway,' she said, 'so this is working very well for them." - Source NY Times: Barbara Bush (9/9/2005 2:42:35 PM)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Sometimes the Grief is Overwhelming...

I miss my Dad alot these days and think of him often. He passed away more than 3 years ago and is still in my thoughts constantly. He was and is my moral compass. At www.griefnet.org you can post a memorial to a lost loved one, here is mine to my Dad:


Wednesday, June 08, 2005

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Take this test to figure out your linguistic profile! You will get immediate results of your speaking and pronunciation habits. www.blogthings.com/amenglishdialecttest/

Here are my results...
Your Linguistic Profile:
60% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
15% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern

Friday, December 10, 2004


When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a bitch.
When I stand up for those I love, they call me a bitch.
When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts or do things my own way, they call me a bitch.
Being a bitch means I won't compromise what's in my heart.
It means I live my life MY way.

It means I won't allow anyone to step on me.
When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak against it, I am defined as a bitch.
The same thing happens when I take time for myself instead of being everyone's maid, or when I act a little selfish.

It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I "should" be.
I am outspoken, opinionated and determined.
I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that!

So try to stomp on me, try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty
I hold within me.
You won't succeed.
And if that makes me a bitch, so be it.
I embrace the title and am proud to bear it.

B = Babe
I = In
T = Total
C = Control of
H = Herself

B = Beautiful
I = Intelligent
T = Talented
C = Charming
H = Hell of a Woman

B = Beautiful
I = Individual
T = That
C = Can
H = Handle anything

(Author Anonymous)

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

A democrat's world turned upside down! Posted by Hello

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Depressed in Cleveland

The election is over, Bush is president for four more years and I'm depressed as hell. I can only now think about it, talk about it and blog about it. Thoughts of stolen elections and faulty exit polls doesn't sound so far fetched to me. Check out any site, including the county election returns in Ohio and Florida and you tell me how a paper trail doesn't exist. All the controversy focusing in optical scan areas with abnormal totals for Bush in areas where only 9% of the electorate is Republican. Explain please! Over-voting in my county by 90,000+. We are talking about an election that was determined in Ohio by 136,000 votes. I think to give us all closure, there should be a thorough recount and investigation everywhere. But that's just me. For some humor and commaraderie, check out www.sorryeverybody.com.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

John Kerry for President!

On Sunday, October 17, 2004, the New York Times as well as many other newspapers across the country, endorsed John Kerry for President. Nothing new there - I would expect the NY Times to endorse Kerry as well as say, the Boston Globe. What struck me was the language used in the endorsement. It was strong and enthusiastic and so spoke to what I am feeling - the deep, in my gut, feeling that if George Bush wins on November 2nd, that line separating church and state will not only be crossed, but broken. His appointment of right wing conservative nuts to the Supreme Court, is all but assured.

Here are some excerpts from the Ny Times editorial:

Mr. Bush installed John Ashcroft, a favorite of the far right with a history of insensitivity to civil liberties, as attorney general. He sent the Senate one ideological, activist judicial nominee after another. He moved quickly to implement a far-reaching anti-choice agenda including censorship of government Web sites and a clampdown on embryonic stem cell research. He threw the government's weight against efforts by the University of Michigan to give minority students an edge in admission, as it did for students from rural areas or the offspring of alumni.

The president who lost the popular vote got a real mandate on Sept. 11, 2001. With the grieving country united behind him, Mr. Bush had an unparalleled opportunity to ask for almost any shared sacrifice. The only limit was his imagination.

He asked for another tax cut and the war against Iraq.

We have specific fears about what would happen in a second Bush term, particularly regarding the Supreme Court. The record so far gives us plenty of cause for worry. Thanks to Mr. Bush, Jay Bybee, the author of an infamous Justice Department memo justifying the use of torture as an interrogation technique, is now a federal appeals court judge. Another Bush selection, J. Leon Holmes, a federal judge in Arkansas, has written that wives must be subordinate to their husbands and compared abortion rights activists to Nazis.

We look back on the past four years with hearts nearly breaking, both for the lives unnecessarily lost and for the opportunities so casually wasted. Time and again, history invited George W. Bush to play a heroic role, and time and again he chose the wrong course. We believe that with John Kerry as president, the nation will do better.

You can read the article in its entirety at http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/opinion/17sun1.html?

Vote on November 2nd and send George Bush back to his ranch in Crawford.