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Thursday, September 27, 2012

My Great Escapes - Part 3



There are no commericals in my life because I DVR all my favorite shows. So while the rest of the Sons of Anarchy fans were experiencing their devastation at the sudden loss of Opie two nights ago, I was already asleep.

I was completely unprepared for that awful fight scene last night. Ugh! I'm still stunned. The SOA writers have been outdoing themselves. Heart-wrenching, heart-pounding, breath-holding television. Yeah, it's that good.


I've been escaping as much as possible. I can only take so much of the streaming political news and banter which comes with it, then I have to take a break. Keeping a balance is good for our mental and physical health, right? These are a few of my favorite time-passers of late.

It's a fact in life, everybody can't be liked by everyone. I do not like Alex Trebek at all. Especially as I've gotten older I've noticed how much he annoys me with his faux-non-political hosting of a game show I really enjoy. I'm figuring his retirement from Jeopardy can't be far off, so I'm hanging in there.

But as for Judge Judy Sheinlin, the little firecracker from Brooklyn? I LOVE her. She's totally one of my heroes!



"Umm is not an answer!"

Yeah, Judy rocks.




Rachel Ray? Eh. The perkiness is a little over the top. But I can't deny my affinity for her 30-minute meal recipes. Hats off to her for constantly finding new shortcuts to preparing comfort food.


And as always, I'm reading. Lately I've also been hanging out at Goodreads.com. If you're on there, feel free to add me as a friend via my email (at the bottom of my sidebar).

During the in-between time on all these escapes, ideas are popping in and I'm jotting them down. So even as I appear to be lollygagging, a post (or two or three) is brewing.

That's my truth and I'm sticking with it.




Damn you Kurt Sutter! Ugh! My heart is still broken :(

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What's New Pussycat? Woah, Woah!


A change of pace is needed, I think. So I'm slowing it down a little if you don't mind.

We interrupt the newsie part of life so that we may inhale and exhale slowly. All in favor say, aye! All opposed? See you next time!

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Remember when tattoos were rarely seen? And when they were sighted, we responded with wonder, didn't we? It's been more than 28 years since I was in high school. It was during that time of life that I became freer to venture a bit further away from my quiet neighborhood by subway trains to the big NYC.

Back then I thought people who wore tattoos were active criminals or circus acts or ex-convicts. Most tattoo-wearers in my experience were young men.

Nowadays, tattoos have become quite common place. Men and women of all ages and backgrounds wear them. One of my women friends - a divorced single mother - just got her first one last summer for her 43 birthday. It's a picture of a tiger on the back part of her shoulder.

I like them okay, I guess. Not enough to ever get one, myself. As bodyart, some of them are quite beautiful.


What do you think about tattoos? Do you have any?

Other than that, what's new with you? You got anything good going on? I went searcing on-line for good news and came up empty. What does that say about our world today?

Share something good with us. Maybe it's about you or maybe you have a link. I would love to see it. I'm taking some time off from the gloom and doom of political news.

:-)




Friday, September 14, 2012

America Under Attack, Obama Dithers



Four Americans are dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Lybia Chris Stevens, meanwhile the Obama Administration bungles and drops the ball on standing up for our country. Timed to occur on 9-11, our country men were murdered by Islamic radicals last Tuesday.
 
There's been mayhem and destruction in Lybia and Cairo every day since then, including the tearing down of the American flag at the U.S. embassy compound in Lybia, an Islamic one raised in its place. From Foxnnews:
 
Obama has refused to publicly condemn these actions that left four Americans dead. This is what an apology tour got us. Americans have become hapless sitting ducks in foreigh countries in the wake of an Obama administration. Daniel Greenfield at The Sultan Knish says it much better than I with a recent 9-ll post:
 
 
Three and a half years ago Obama stepped in and turned our country upside down, thumbing his nose at everything America stands for and the result has been our economic and physical suffering. Daniel Greenfield continues:

 
 
Even more infuriating than these attacks, planned and timed to occur on 9-11, is the media ignoring Obama's tepid response to go after Mitt Romney's for making his own public statements about this most recent anti-American violence. 
 
128 more days.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Remembering 9-11, Eleven Years Ago


Funny how we never know which day we wake up will be the day we remember for the rest of our lives.
 
What I remember about that Tuesday, 11 years ago is this:
 
  1. It was one of those perfect weather days, sunny but not too hot, not too cold, very blue skies.
  2. I was sitting in JFK airport waiting to board an 8:30 a.m. business flight to Seattle. I was reading a novel in the waiting area and glanced up in time to see crowds of people moving swiftly towards phone banks, which I thought was strange since most had cell phones back then. They all looked panicked.
  3. I heard an announcement saying my flight was postponed.
  4. When I checked, I found my own cell phone had stopped working and suddenly I was searching for a public payphone also.
  5. I called a co-worker who told me a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers and people were leaping out of the smoking building to their deaths.
  6. The airport was shut down and I had to share a cab with three other people. I was stunned and teary as we listened to the unfolding events on a radio news station during my ride home.
  7. When I got home my mother greeted me on the sidewalk. In an uncharacteristic show of emotion she hugged me long and hard.
  8. I was a divorced single parent back them. After greeting my mother, I immediately drove to my childrens' school and withdrew them from classes.
 
That's how I'll always remember that Tuesday: airport, people, taxi, tears, home, mother, kids.
 
We spent the next several days at home watching CNN. It was surreal. The dead body count seemed endless. There were many televised funerals. America would never be the same again for any of us.
 
Prayers and blessings for the families and loved ones of Americans who perished on that Tuesday, September 11, 2001. We shall never forget.
 


God bless our country.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Race Is On!!


With the presidentential campaign in full swing and November quickly approaching, I decided to troll the more liberal blogs to get a sense of their current view of America under the Barack Obama umbrella. Are things better or worse?


Wow.

As Americans, we're gonna just have to agree to disagree. The victims, the saviors, the martyrs and the entitled citizens on the left are so deeply entrenched in their beliefs about this country, all I can say is God bless. No speech, no editorial, no news story is going to make a smidgen of difference between now and November.

As for the Republican National Convention, I was impressed and heartened by many of the speeches; Condoleeza Rice and Mitt Romney were among my favorites. I felt such a connection to the speakers, relating to their ideals and hope for America. I also related to their messages of family values and belief in God.

When it was all over I thought about the Democratic National Convention and wondered, what inspiring message anyone might be able to offer about the last three and a half years. What could be said about an incumbent president who's poor performance has placed our once-great country in such dire straights?

So I googled and I trolled. It's official. We're all sycophants. And that's just fine by me. Preaching to the choir keeps me sane and hopeful, thank you very much.

Michelle Obama's speech was actually lauded on one blog as "powerful and personal." Umm.... okay. Obama's healthcare "saved lives"?

I saw more than one veiled complaint about Condoleeza's speech. In particular there were negative comments about this passage from her speech.

Condoleeza' speech in its entirety was excellent. This passage not only exemplifies what makes America outstanding, but also reveals the heart and nature of one of our great conservatives. Of her detractors, my guess is there wasn't enough beating the dead horse about civil right specifics.



It behooves us to bitch and moan lest we forget how terrible America's sins are. Apparently the unspoken rule of thumb is, should anyone deign to reference the civil rights era, they'd better be sure to drag it out, whine a little bit, and point fingers at culprit. Seriously? Grow up.

Problem or solution. Pick one.



The Republican National Convention was about solutions, IMO. Clearly we on the right are speaking a different language from you on the left. So let's just vote and get it over with.

Is anyone out there watching the DNC? I don't think I can stomach it.