Friday, February 27, 2009

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 52

This is week 52 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. Well, I think I'm climbing out of my hole. My 10 word and mini were written while I was still in the cave and are incredibly incredibly BORING. I kind of overcompensated on the last one and I'm not really very happy with it, but so it goes.



The words for this week's ten word challenge were: Netflix, mortgage, skunk, flagrant, the New York Times, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, perpendicular, geometry, crabby, shoveling snow Mini Challenge: pragmatic, crystal ball, laundry, safflower oil, Gregorian chants



Here's my ten-word offering for this week:



There was a skunk stinking up the neighborhood the other night, but even with the occasional unwanted critter (I wish my skunk had come by day and let me photograph him or her), I love my little house with it’s affordable mortgage payments and it’s kind neighbors who help me out by taking care of shoveling snow in the winter months. I do miss The New York Times living here in the country, though I probably couldn’t have afforded it if I was still in the city. I loved those crossword puzzles, the Op-ed page, and the Sunday magazine. Such is life. I get my news on line these days and my entertainment from TV and by downloading free 1-hour game tryouts on the computer. I do a cyber crossword but they let you know if you’ve made a mistake which takes some of the challenge out of things. Today’s puzzle had a geometry theme with world like area, sine and perpendicular. It was kind of easy but at least it keeps my brain going. I’ve been so crabby lately that I really don’t like myself very much. I have a pile of books to read but have mostly wasted my time on the aforementioned computer games even though if I pushed myself a little, I have flagrantly absurd Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy sitting right here on my desk just waiting to make me laugh out loud… and a Netflix movie called “Miracle at St. Anna,” which I believe promises to make me cry. Oh well, tomorrow is another day and hopefully I will make better choices.




And here's my mini challenge:


I hate laundry, house-keeping, budgeting and all things pragmatic. I should have been born some kind of princess so that others could handle the nasty details of life and I could meditate to the sound of Gregorian chants or spend my days gazing into a crystal ball, reading tarot cards and being wooed by handsome princes. Kindly, well-treated housekeepers and chefs would tend to my needs and prepare healthy but incredibly delicious meals with safflower oil and only the freshest vegetables and fruits. I would wear lovely dresses and write and read and sing and do kind deeds for my subjects (free citizens by my decree), who would all be so well treated, prosperous and happy that they would love me forever. Alas, only in my dreams… and maybe in my next life.



And for the mega challenge:


Gangalor Gringalorian of the planet Netflix was crabby at the best of times but today he was so apoplectic that he hurled the rare and precious bottle of safflower oil he had acquired on his intergalactic travels across the room hitting Skunk, his pet wunglefargon (similar to a dog), so named because he looked rather like his Earth namesake except for the fact that he was green and orange instead of black and white and walked perpendicular rather than on all fours. The source of Gangalor’s flagrantly dramatic behavior was not something mundane like a difficult geometry problem or pragmatic like an unyielding stain that doing the laundry had not solved. It was not even the annoying – to Netflixian ears – sound of his mate experimenting with Gregorian chants. In truth, he would rather be plucking narglefs (the Netflixian equivalent of shoveling snow) than listening to that particular sound. But I digress. The reason for this morning’s ill temper was that scanning the universe using his inter-galactic crystal ball he – the most renowned travel agent/guide in the entire galaxy – had happened on a disturbing article in the Earth zone’s New York Times alleging that some feeble backwards earthling named Douglas Adams had allegedly written something called A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Absurd. No human – a moronic if fascinating species – was going to horn in on his territory. He had not been planning another trip to Earth until 2015, but now he would have to nip this impostor in the bud. “Flarpinda, my burgeoning blogglewort,” he called. Pack your bags. We’re going to Earth to replace the Safflower oil and make sure Mr. Adams learns his place in the universe.” So saying, he felt better, especially since his words had quickly silenced his wife’s horrendous chanting. Picking up a small earth globe, the tossed it across the room and smiled contentedly as Skunk luched off in an energetic run to fetch it back to him.

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My friend Dan decided to play this week and did the mini. He has no blog, so I'm posting his contribution here:


Joann always lived a simple life and had a pragmatic way of looking at things. Her sister Rita however, would gaze into her crystal ball and try to predict the future. It was laundry day for the two of them and Rita always brought her wash over to Joann's house. They would hang their clothes out on the line and lay back in a lounge chair, while conditioning their legs with safflower oil (an old family beauty secret). The CD player would pipe out the relaxing sounds of the Gregorian chants. Summer was always best at the little cottage.


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Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: chopping block, reading list, bangles, oracle, plan, fandango, spelling bee, calendar, utilitarian, flower pot


Mini Challenge: Siberia, citrus fruit, roofer, shamrock, twinkle twinkle little star



Thanks for playing. For those who are new, here are some guidelines to make the process more fun.




Enjoy! See you next week.

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Twofer:Rising from the Ashes and
Lust (Sin of the Week)

There ARE signs of SPRING! There are!

Well, I'm not sure I'm 100% back but I think I'm ready to give it a shot again. It doesn't hurt that there are several big splotches of green outside my window and that the back roof snow is dripping like it might finally come down. It also doesn't hurt that I had pretty awesomely exciting news yesterday. Last summer (courtesy of the great tree tragedy) I applied for and received a grant from a place called Delaware Opportunities as part of something called their "Access" program. I had wanted help making it easier/possible to come and go through my front door. At the moment it's about a 3 and a half foot drop to a narrow log. I can do it (or I could a couple of years ago which is the last time I tried), but it's not easy and it's even difficult for delivery people and friends. Anyway, the kind gentleman who does site inspections and supervises the process came yesterday and it turns out I'm not just getting a new accessible entry - I'm getting a walk-in shower, a taller ADA (Americans With Disabilities) approved toilet and a sink to go with it. They're also going to move my washing machine from where it is now into my kitchen which means I'll be able to use it. How cool is that! So it's kind of like Christmas on steroids here. With paper work, bids and approvals, it will all happen anywhere between May and September. Yippee! Of course now I can sit around being anxious about who's coming and how I'll manage the cats and will it all be ok, but.... it's pretty exciting.

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On another front, Kay, over at Perhaps We Learn has decided to try her hand at a meme and is offering a Friday sin a week for the Lenten Season. She is starting us out with Lust of all things, which is a tough one for me.... but I'll give it a try.

Lust is not my best sin. When I hear the world lust, I think about sex which immediately throws me into a state of complete panic. I may have mentioned that my mother was a little crazy in some ways. She was raised by crazy people and she passed the crazy along. Not on purpose. She couldn't help it. When her father found her talking and laughing with a friend of one of her brothers, he called her a whore and refused to speak with her for several months until he needed his shop cleaned at which point he deigned to converse with her again. She didn't mean to pass this kind of twistedness on; she simply couldn't help it. The fact that I had a body made me a threat. I was pathologically naive and innocent. Really. I thought kissing was sex. I didn't know that men had penis's or that I had a vagina. In my twenties I thought kissing was sex and when I finally achieved my first kiss was terrified of getting pregnant and mortified at my immorality. I was one screwed up kid. Over the years I've come to know that I'm not stupid, so the fact that I could grow up even in the 50s and be that out of the reality loop says there was something really messed up going on with me. But anyway... back to lust. When your mere existence makes your mother think you are promiscuous, when you live in a world with no touch, when anything that might make you even modestly attractive to the other sex is viewed as whorish, it gets really confusing to know what's what. In my world thinking some guy was cute was the virtual equivalent of having ripped my clothes off and hopped into bed. I was so afraid of being lustful or promiscuous that I don't think I actually got as far as lust very often. Not that it never happened and not that I never acted on it, but I was so messed up (and probably still am) that I never got to enjoy it. And that is truly sad.

All of this tempts me onto my soap box about how Americans as a society are really screwed up about sex. We give kids such a mixed message. In soap operas, sit coms and movies, people hop in and out of bed with reckless abandon, little or no shame and lots of guilt and ill consequences. This at the same time a large segment of our society is proposing abstinence mixed with ignorance, a sure-fire prescription for STDs and unwanted pregnancies. We ask our kids to do as we say, not as we do. In a society supposedly as prudish as ours, one of the most popular TV shows is Desperate Housewives in which (I have not watched the show, though from bits and pieces I've seen/heard, I can tell that the writing is really good) one of the women has sex with a young teen age boy. There's little outrage about that, though in real life, we'd send her to prison. Anyway.... We are a society that glamorizes lust and sex out of one side of our mouths while conveying to our children out of the other side that it's a "bad" thing for them to be interested in. Hmmm... I wonder why kids like Bristol Palin get pregnant.

So this is a lot of verbiage that doesn't say much. Lust isn't a big issue for me these days. I never leave the house and I don't know any straight men. I will say that if I were going to lust after someone, the actor Mark Harmon who plays Jethro Gibbs on NCIS or George Clooney are the kind of men I would lust after. Or does the fact that I can say that mean that I DO maybe have a little lust left in me? On a less sexual front, I lust after a new TV, new flooring for my kitchen and a new sofa.... but maybe that's a sin for another week.

That's it for the moment. I wrote my 10-word and mini wordzzles a couple of days ago and they are incredibly boring. Hoping my new found spirit of life applies to my imagination too and will grant me some inspiration for the mega. I'll try to post them by 6:30 at the latest.

I've missed everyone. Will try to pop around and catch up on what you've been up to, though I may pace myself and do it over the next couple of days.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 51


This is week 51 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. As you'll see from my 10-word, I had a bit of a struggle with this week's words, but I have a feeling I may be lynched for next week's collection. I just put them down as they come into my head and I try not to censor them.... but maybe I should have. They are really awful. When you think of killing me, remember that I have to work with them too... and I'm really, really sorry.



The words for this week's ten word challenge were: spring fever, coyote, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, birds of a feather, broken camera, artificial flavoring, cane, garage, ask and it is given, gay Mini Challenge: glorious, sugar and spice, premature baldness, gargoyles, campaign trail




Here's my ten-word offering for this week:



“Bah humbug,” Raven muttered bitterly. “Ask and it is given my ass.” Although she knew that this was Spring fever speaking, it did not lighten her mood, which was anything but gay. If she had been a coyote she would have been howling. As it was, she felt like a cranky old curmudgeon wobbling around with her cane in search of somebody to dump her negativity on. “Birds of a feather,” she muttered with no idea what exactly she meant by it as there were in fact no people around… or birds either for that matter. “Who came up with these stupid words?” she ranted on…. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? Garage? Broken camera? Artificial flavoring? Stupid, stupid stupid! There ought to be a special place in hell… Oh, wait… it was me, wasn’t it,” she realized. "Damn. Well, there probably still ought to be a special place in Hell… but hopefully there isn’t. Damn, I hate being cranky."




And here's my mini challenge:



She was in love and it was glorious. Truly glorious. Love made Samantha feel all full of sugar and spice. Nevermind Max’s premature baldness or the fact that he looked like a gargoyle. He was a good man, intelligent, funny and profoundly honest. It was wonderful being on the campaign trail with him. His every word was inspiration and gave her hope for the future, her own and the nation’s. Life was good.




And for the mega challenge:


Photo-journalist Harold Hudworthy was not having a good day. His Spring fever was so bad he felt like howling like a coyote, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at the edge of the cliff – only without horses. Stress was causing premature baldness; his glorious head of rich wavy hair was falling out in massive clumps and he felt hideous as a gargoyle. His much anticipated sugar and spice cake had tasted bitterly of artificial favoring and his garage was empty of his beloved but now repossessed roadster. To make matters worse, his apparently broken camera hung useless around his neck and his back-up camera had been towed away in the aforementioned roadster. His editor was going to kill him (or fire him, which would be worse). Around him other cameras clicked away as Willie “ask and it is given,” Carmody blazed a new path on his faltering campaign trail, waving his elegant cane with dramatic flare. Desperation had clearly taken hold. Referring to his opponent’s openly gay campaign manager,” his voice redolent with the dreadful implications of what he was saying, Mr. Carmody announced grimly, “birds of a feather flock together. Alas, instead of the hoped for gasp of horror from the crowd, Carmody’s words were greeted with hoots of laughter. “Well,” Harold muttered to himself, “even the worst ever day has it’s up side.”



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Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: Netflix, mortgage, skunk, flagrant, the New York Times, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, perpendicular, geometry, crabby, shoveling snow


Mini Challenge: pragmatic, crystal ball, laundry, safflower oil, Gregorian chants


Thanks for playing. For those who are new, here are some guidelines to make the process more fun.



Enjoy! See you next week.


DON'T FORGET TO ADD YOUR NAME TO MR. LINKY!!!!!




Thursday, February 19, 2009

Peeking out of the Black Hole


Hi Everyone (if anyone is still out there listening),

I apologize for just disappearing and not visiting anyone. Not sure what has been going on exactly, though I think it is probably a depression triggered by eating too much pasta and breads. I tried some variety in my rather routine diet. Getting all your food processed has serious limitations as far as variety goes. Or maybe it's just too much winter and too little Spring. Or maybe it's.... Who knows. For whatever reason, I fell into a deep ditch and have been wallowing in cranky self-indulgent pity. Pity-ish, maybe.

Thanks for kind words on my last whining post. I am still counting my blessing every day and I'm really ok, just needed to withdraw for a bit, I guess. Anyway, I'm still not quite ready to come out of my cave, except for a quick peek and an "I'm not dead" notice. I will post a wordzzle tomorrow (hopefully). Still haven't thought about writing it.

Did have a way cool dream the other night. I was moving into a big space with this handsome young man. Most of it's pretty vague, but my new roommate had a "pet" hawk and three crystal balls at least one of which was purple. Angel and the hawk seemed to be striking up a friendship. It was all very odd.

So anyway, I'm not dead. I will visit everyone again soon. But I must go back to the cave now. I love you all. I just need to hibernate now that Spring (despite 3 new inches of snow) is coming. (I know, that's backwards, but...)

See you soon, I hope.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 50

This is week 50 (can you believe it?) of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. I hope you all enjoyed my goofy idea of using your blog names or special things about those who are our most regular posters as this week's words. Seemed like a good idea at the time I did it.



The words for this week's ten word challenge were: ubiquitous, do you see what I see, getting a word in edgewise, wild goose chase, grandmother of five, Freemasons, Pacific Paradise, everything and nothing, insanity prevails Mini Challenge: shortening the distance, it’s all about bloggers, the Fortress at Pigeon Falls, finding Pam, a raven’s nest



Here's my ten-word offering for this week:



Do you see what I see? Me, Rebecca Gargola Remmington, living the good life in beautiful Hawaii. Who would have thought I’d end up as a grandmother of five living in a Pacific Paradise and as happy as a human being can be. My husband Fred is a dedicated Freemason and such a good man. He’s an expert on everything and nothing, kind, generous, curious, open-minded. What with four kids and six grandchildren all sharing the same household, insanity prevails as often as not, but it’s a creative fun-filled insanity full of wild good chases and lots of unexpected adventures. Except for the ubiquitous presence of large and small people everywhere I look and and the difficulty some day of getting a word in edgewise, I’d say my life is as good as it gets.



And here's my mini challenge:


Imagine finding Pam – who I hadn’t seen in about 20 years - at the Fortress at Pigeon Falls of all places. I mean I didn’t think any body much had ever even heard of Pigeon Falls, let alone knowing about the Fortress so running into an old friend was a real and delightful surprise. Pam, it turns out had married, divorced and was now running her own business. It involved something about shortening the distance people had to travel between locations… even obscure ones like this fortress. She kept saying it’s all about the bloggers or something like that. Was kind of over my head to tell the truth. Still, it was nice to see her and to share my big excitement of finding a raven’s nest. I’m an avid birder – always have been. I don’t think Pam really understood what I was talking about any more than I understood what she was up to. Still, we stopped for a great lunch at the Fortress CafĂ© and had a grand trip down memory lane. It was a great day.




And for the mega challenge:



Shortening the distance between the town of Freemason and the Fortress at Pigeon Falls seemed to me like a bit of a wild goose chase and an absurd waste of eight million dollars, but as with all things political insanity prevails more often than not. This was one of those cases where the ubiquitous and sometimes criminal Mullaly clan (who owned both the Pacific Paradise Shopping Center and the Raven’s Nest Nursing Home) saw some kind of big profit. I think they owned much of the land on the projected route of the new highway and they were pushing it through the town council with all their might. No chance of a grandmother of five like myself getting a word in edgewise or even getting a chance to try. Finally finding Pam, my best friend, a lawyer and one of the only people who had a chance of outsmarting the Mullaly clan, I whispered to her “Do you see what I see? To which she responded, “It’s all about bloggers.” This made no sense at all to me until I realized that she had not said bloggers but LOGGERS… Suddenly it all made sense. It was a done deal. If he loggers and the Mullalys were in on this together, there was money to be made and no amount of logic would stop the destruction of 60 miles of beautiful woodlands between two places that nobody with a lick of sense cared a whit about getting to faster. But there would - it seemed inevitable now - be a Freemason/Pigeon Falls short cut. Even Pam, brilliant as she is, could not stop this one. Insanity would indeed prevail. Pristine wilderness would be destroyed for the short term profit of two families and they would con everyone in the community into thinking that they had done them a big favor. Some days life stank.



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Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: spring fever, coyote, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, birds of a feather, broken camera, artificial flavoring, cane, garage, ask and it is given, gay


Mini Challenge: glorious, sugar and spice, premature baldness, gargoyles, campaign trail



Thanks for playing. For those who are new, here are some guidelines to make the process more fun.





Enjoy! See you next week.




DON'T FORGET TO ADD YOUR NAME TO MR. LINKY!!!!!



Fighting the Blues


Struggling with a major attack of the blues and I don't know why. Life is pretty good. My friends came last night for an Inkspot Society meeting and we celebrated my friend Rosalie's birthday. My computer really works again. Yesterday was damp and gloomy but today is beautiful. The sun is shining and the tree branches are showing the first subtle shift that says that there will be a Spring in a month or so. There are spots of green showing where my yard was shovelled and by the tree where the squirrels like to sit. I got some grocery groceries - not frozen stuff from Schwans - (Soy Silk I have missed you) for the first time in quite a while. I should be feeling on top of the world but instead I just want to crawl back into bed and stay there. I have wordzzles to write and I don't feel like it. I barely managed my one single worzzle for yesterday's meeting. I missed Quilly's new challenge this week. Wrote the words down. Looked them up and then just forgot about doing it. I didn't visit anybody yesterday. I'm in a MAJOR funk. What really concerns me is I can't see a cause. I haven't (well until last night's birthday cake... which was EXTREMELY yummy), I haven't done one of my sugar binges. They often put me into this place when I indulge in stupidity. But this one seems to be looming out of nowhere.

So anyway, I'm whining. It's all I'm capable of at this particular moment. I'm pissed at the Congress. I'm glad that the snow is melting but I wish it would melt faster. I'm way glad to see some little birds returning but I can't even seem to get myself too excited about that. I know this will pass. It helps that the sun is out.

Sorry about whining. Sorry about not visiting. I know this will pass. Was going to post the branches to show the first sign of the Spring awakening, but my camera won't unload for some reason. Was going to post about prayer flags but it will have to wait for another day. Even though it's only 11:00 am, I think I'm going to go back to bed and take a nap. I still have wordzzles to tackle. Just a warning... they may be late.

Thanks for listening. Sorry about the whining.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

And the Greatest of These is Love....

I don't understand why any of us think it's any of our business who gets married to whom. Two of my dearest friends are gay and committed to one another. They would marry if it was legal in my state. I don't understand why anyone would begrudge them that happiness... or think it's their right or business to take marriage away from someone else. I find it puzzling why anyone thinks that allowing people of the same sex to marry one another in some way diminishes their own relationship. That seems to me like fear and judgment talking. It seems to think that The Divinity can't handle His/Her Universe without self-appointed values police who ignore the deepest teachings of the faith they profess to believe in. It always intrigues me that the people who talk the loudest about big government needing to stay out of things are the ones who are most inclined to push for it's intrusion in places where it truly does not belong and it's exculsion from areas where it genuinely can and should serve. But anyway, I thought this was a lovely video.


"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

And this seems like a good place to respond to Mary/the Teach's Valentine's Day Love Contest. The idea is to make up a "love" quote in one of three formats. I've chosen form two:

Like God, love is beyond definition or limitations and speaks uniquely to each individual soul; it is personal, private and ineffable. One cannot love wrong.




Ruby Tuesday: Heartless Random Reds

Ruby Tuesday - hosted by Mary/the Teach at Work of the Poet - is here again. Between computer and other problems, it has been a while since I've been able to join in for Ruby Tuesday. You would think I'd have tons of reds piled up but mostly I have snow, snow shadows and more snow. Will Spring ever come? Anyway, I know it's Valentine's week, but I don't have anything hearty or Valentine-like (how sad...) and I don't even have anything particularly good to share. My friend Dan did hang my prayer flags for me so they are blowing in the wind now, but that's about as exciting as it has gotten here. Not to happy with this collection, but....









Monday, February 09, 2009

Obstructionism vs Hope



I don't know if the Republicans in Congress are being sincere (some of them are) or simply obstructionist (many of them are), but I think they are doing themselves and the nation a disservice. Most seem to be clinging to the wrong-headed and failed idea that the only solution to any problem is to cut taxes for people with money who will then allegedly let it drip down to the rest of us. I've always thought that was a false premise and history seems to continue to prove that it doesn't work. I'm not saying that we can't offer some help to small businesses.... and I emphasize small... but if the poor and middle class can't feed their families or keep a roof over their heads or afford even basic medical care, they are not going to be spending big bucks keeping small businesses going.

And like many spoiled rich kids, the Republicans in Congress (with some notable exceptions) seem unable to grasp the concept of long-term gains or the concept of compromise. It's all instant gratification in their world or it has no value. They can't see the value in creating jobs modernizing government buildings so that they are more energy efficient, benefiting the environment, providing short-term jobs and saving money in the long term. They apparently continue to think the infrastructure can be allowed to deteriorate. They don't want to help the states (although I thought the power of the state and states rights are central to their philosophy... isn't that true?) . As far as I can tell, Republicans only think things are bipartisan if they get everything they want. They also seem to have a scorn and disregard for the poor and middle class which borders on the pathological. Any money spent on us is money wasted. We are meant to survive on the crumbs nobly dribbled out to us by our better, richer brethren and then to be judged for wanting to eat and thrive and live. How dare we! Being a responsible, caring society in Republican world is socialism. The seem incapable of accepting the idea that having a social conscience is not the same as being a socialist society and that creating a tiny elitist upper class of the super wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle classes is neither true Democracy nor good capitolism.

On parallel ranting front, I continue to be annoyed by the way the media covers things. It just annoys me. And I watch PBS and CNN and I'm still annoyed. They report Republican talking points as though they were fact rather than opinion. There is no in-depth analysis of anything, just rote recitation of the dumbest and most reactionary voices on both sides of the aisle. This puts us as citizens at a major disadvantage because rather than giving clear analysis of what all the disputed issues are about, we get "drama."

I hope the American public will speak up and let both the president and the Republican party know that we are behind him, that we elected him and that we are willing to do what he has invited us to do - participate. Check out the new government website: Whitehouse.gov, which includes an invitation to particpate through the Office of Public Liaison. Check out Care2.com's petition site and let your government (and others) know where you stand on a wide range of issues.

I think something else most of us could do is reclaim our power to think. Does what some politican or news reporter is saying make sense? Does it add to our knowledge? Or is it just words and slogans intended to inflame us, stimulate a knee-jerk (emphasis on jerk) reaction, or numb us with fear and anxiety. Questionable as the first stimulous package was, do we really understand it or what it was supposed to do? Was the problem with the the bailout (I believe much of this bail-out money was in the form of loans for which we may eventually be paid back) the concept or the way what we did was managed (mis-managed)? I don't understand economics enough to have an informed opinion about the first bailout, though I certainly find obscene the junkets, fancy jets and large bonuses given to failures. That said, I don't want to shoot myself in the foot or burn my own house down because the guy who built it made some construction errors. We are all on this ship so if it sinks we will all drown together.

I hadn't thought about it before, but I think one of the things I like most about President Obama is that is is FOR things much more passionately than he is against them. This goes to a deep belief of mine (which I often fail to live by) that there is much more power in putting positive energy into what we want and believe in than in spending all our thoughts and happiness on grumbling (as I'm doing here) about what we don't like.

So I am FOR taking steps to help the poor, to rebuild schools and failing roads and bridges. I am for keeping people in their homes - but not just rich people. If the Congress can't come up with stimulous package that does these kinds of things, I go with Jon Stewart's idea. Just take a trillion dollars and give it to the people. We can use it to pay off our debts and our mortgages and spend it on things we need. This will solve the housing crisis, buck up the banks and make everybody's life much nicer. Seems like a pretty sensible plan to me. Maybe he should run for office. I'd miss him though. He's one of the best news people we have in the country, even if he is "only" a comedian.

Not sure if I have just rambled mindlessly here or if I have said something. I'm going to post it anyway and not go back and re-read.

On a happier note than politics. Weather has warmed some here. Snow is melting though my surroundings are still almost completely white. The birds are dancing in the sky. Squirrels seem to have running around with lighter hearts... (ok... maybe that's my imagination). In any case, I know this isn't a very good picture, but I love the way their wings look as they take flight....


Happy Monday!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

It's time for Shadow Shot Sunday. Afraid there are lots of snow shadows again. This winter has been relentlessly bleak. There has been no melting of the snows at all, though today promises to be warm for the first time in forever. There is hope for melting and there is hope for Spring. This week I've seen some birds other than the crows.... one I didn't recognize, a woodpecker, and yesterday a blue jay and a cardinal out back. I'm so sick of the whiteness, that I decided to go into my photo "archives" and add some reminders that there are other seasons and that my world will have color again in a month or so.

Shadow Shot Sunday hosted over at Hey Harriet's blog and if you like shadows (as I do), check out all the wonderful posts featuring shadows of all kinds.

























Happy Sunday! May all your shadows be beautiful.