Saturday, December 01, 2007

I Survived NaBloPoMo!

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Feast One Hundred & Seventy


Appetizer
What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride?

I do not enjoy carnivals or amusement parks.

Soup
How do you react in uncomfortable social situations?

With a smile.
When fired upon I return fire.
Sarcasm is good tool.

“If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: "He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned""
~Epictetus

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics?

It depends on who the conversation is with.
It could be a 1 or a 10 depending on the company or the topic.

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
~Robert McCloskey

"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."
~Brendan Gill

Main Course
Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to?

I did not get one yet.
I am undecided at this time.

Dessert
Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television?

I do not watch ANY television.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Departure

Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!
~Charles Dickens


I don’t know what was wrong with us.
Mother and I couldn’t sleep last night.
We stayed up until the clock nearly struck 3AM!
We had slept well all of the other the nights here.
The weather turned bitter cold for the first time here.
I woke her up at 5:30AM
The outside temperature was 11 below zero (-23C) with a 23 below zero (-30C) wind chill.
Kkkkkkkcold!!!!

I had planned to take her to the airport with Jaycee but with the extreme cold and weather Hubby’s sensible mind prevailed.

She packed all of her things.
I packed up the smoked turkey breast that I bought for her dinner party next week.
(She really liked the smoked turkey from our butcher here that we had for Thanksgiving)
I also packed some salt pork, bacon, dried beef, and beef sticks.
North Dakota food is flying to Philadelphia.
Maryland crab cakes flew here and we enjoyed them when she arrived here on the 15th.
I could not get over how scrumptious those crab cakes were!

We had a wonderful visit.
I did not get many pictures this time because we were too busy having fun.

Hubby and mother left in the cold at 6:30AM to make the drive to the airport.
He just called to let me know they made it to the airport without any problems.
We were worried about the fuel gelling in the truck.
Extreme cold temperatures were not expected this early so the stations have not started mixing fuels yet.
The plane is on schedule.
She is due to depart at 8:00AM.
She will fly to Minneapolis and from there catch her flight to Philadelphia.

Safe journey mother!

Update:
Her journey went well.
She arrived home to sunny skies and fifty
degrees (10c).

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Peace

I wonder if my mother is thinking this quote? *giggles

“No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.”
~
Florida Scott Maxwell


This music post is dedicated to my mother, Rachel.



Rachel is an activist.
For as long as I can remember she has worked with devotion and passion to bring about social and political change.
My mother is still hopping on the buses and heading to Washington for the rallies and peace marches wearing her buttons and carrying her signs.
She is a leader in her community for the democratic cause and works at the polls for minor as well as major voting issues.
She still campaigns door to door.

I remember when we could not eat grapes or lettuce because of the boycotts.
The civil rights movement was a cause she worked very hard for.
Currently she is involved with
Beyond War
and
The Southern Poverty Law Center.


From Wikipedia

This conception of peace as a mere absence of overt violence is still challenged by some as incomplete.

Mahatma Gandhi suggested that if an oppressive society lacks violence, the society is nonetheless not peaceful, because of the injustice of the oppression. Gandhi articulated a vision of peace in which justice is an inherent and necessary aspect; that peace requires not only the absence of violence but also the presence of justice.

During the 1950s and 60s, when Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement carried out various non-violent activities aimed at ending segregation and racial persecution in America, they understood peace as more than just the absence of violence. They observed that while there was not open combat between blacks and whites, there was an unjust system in place in which the government deprived African Americans of equal rights. While some opponents criticized the activists for "disturbing the peace", Martin Luther King observed that "True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."

“ Peace is what happens when all peoples are free to develop themselves in the way they want, without having to fight for their rights. ”~Bruno Picozzi


John Denver “The Strangest Dream”


Bob Dylan & Joan Baez "Blowing in the Wind"




This Land Is Your Land



Bobby Darin "Simple Song of Freedom"



Joan Baez "Where have All The Flowers Gone"



"Whether I'm Wrong" Allison Crowe




I was having internet trouble so this post is up very late.
4 more days and I will have made NaBloPoMo!

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sunday November 25, 2007

May the friendships you make,
Be those which endure,
And all of your grey clouds
Be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him
To Whom we all pray,
May a song fill your heart,
Every step of the way.
~Irish

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