Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Is anybody out there?

Comments would be fun people. I mean, it's not necessary, but it does make the blog process more enjoyable.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

What's the Buzz?

S, who is 5, drew another pic. It was insect week at school. So, bees and other flying buggers are on her mind. Daddy had to spray the beginnings of THREE wasp nests on the back of our house. She was actually sad he did that. She said, "The cool thing about wasps is their stinger is straight and can go in and out and in and out." Translation: wasps sting more than once. How cool is that?!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Feminism on my mind

All of the women whose blogs I read have been writing about articles on feminism and how it relates to the presidential campaigns. So, I've been following their links and reading the articles. Mostly I agree that we, the young women, have been raised in an environment in which we've had freedoms because of the previous feminist's battles. Being brought up in these freedoms has allowed us the position we're in where we can choose a candidate not based on gender.

Rebecca Traister wrote in this article:

It also prompts the question of when it became so wrong-headed to care whether a history of white male presidential privilege might be interrupted.

I wonder, did she contemplate changing that sentence to read "history of male presidential?" Because either candidate is interrupting the "history of white male presidential privilege." That is truely what is so wonderful about this campaign.

My daughter, the artist

S has been drawing every day after school. She even works on one drawing for 2 or 3 days at a time. Unfortunately, she also expressed herself on the wall. So, today she doesn't get to draw at all. I feel so bad having to take that away from her today, but that is the logical consequence. She also has to clean the wall. It was too close to bed time to do it yesterday, so she'll be doing that today.

S did this drawing, which I cropped, in about 3 sessions. This is a picture of the doll she used. She sat it infront of her and drew it. I got to teach her the term "still life." That term used to make me cringe when I was a kid. I liked drawing from my head, but it really does improve skill to draw from life.

The first half of the school year S wasn't drawing much at all. We had a lot of coloring books (from well-meaning grandparents) and she was coloring a lot at school. She would actually argue against my suggestions to draw on plain paper. So, after New Years, I put all the coloring books away and voila! both girls started drawing again. I'm going to enroll S in summer art class once a week at the local arts council. So glad she's finally old enough. She'll love it.

April Showers brought

Lots of flowers. Last weekend it was 80 degrees, so the girls ran in the sprinkler. It wasn't as hot as they would have liked, but it was nice to be outside.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

One Day...

You know how it is. A friend or partner is telling you about someone from work (or other activity) and you ask: "Is he/she married?" or "Does he/she have kids?" At least I ask those questions. One time I did and DH said, "I think he/she is gay." That got me thinking, why couldn't the answer have just been no? Well, because being gay means you can't be married, at least not in a legal sense. But maybe one day the answer will just be "Yes" or "No." If it's "Yes," then the next question could be "Gay or straight?" or "Hetero or homosexual?" THEN I could ask about kids.

I like to ask these questions to get a full picture of someone. Of course I'm judging them. We all have preconceived notions about what it means to be something--wife, mother, husband, father, single, dating--and those things are part of our identity. So I'm trying to form a persons identity, at least to me, when I ask more questions about them.

Anyway. This is disgusting. It reminded me of that marriage thing. Jennings, of GLSEN is quoted as telling Christians to "drop dead." There really is a hatred towards Christians and it is quoted in the article. Of course GLSEN promotes tolerance. William Eugene Smith, who took this photo, said "The only thing to be intolerant of is intolerance itself." And that is what GLSEN is showing. It's understandable they get angry and even if they didn't voice that anger, they'd be hit just as hard by groups "concerned" about family. Neither group is being tolerant. The Concerned Women throw in how upset they are the Bible isn't allowed to be taught in school. As if that would make everything even planed. It should be taught, from a historical stand point, and why not the Torah and the Quran too? Why not throw in the Book of Mormon. That could be worked into Native American lessons since Jesus visited them before going to Heaven. Now look where this blog has gone. That's what irrational propaganda does to you. Makes you CRAZY!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Early Voting

I voted today! Yay! NC does early voting April 17-May 3. Primary is May 6. Headquarters wanted to do a march to the board of elections. Even got police escort lined up. However, it was another wash out for the students of my university. A mass email got sent out and people handed out flyers on campus. A van went to the school and people held up signs reading "Early Voting Shuttle Service." Still, no students. There were 3 aother dult volunteers present, two who came down from VA to participate. Then there was me and Will and the girls and a friend and her baby. The event was listed on the Obama web site. I sent out an email to students who had signed up for Students for Barack Obama. Even the grassroots group didn't show up. Well, one couple showed up at the B. of Elections. I don't believe they voted at that time. Must have been doing other stuff, cuz they just showed the rest of us where a good neighborhood was to canvas. So, the small group canvased the neighborhood and Will said that was really good. Got a lot of people at home, gave out flyers about one-stop-voting where you can register and vote at the same time. Then we went back to headquarters and made dinner, but by that time the volunteers were gone and it was just very few of us. There is a cook out tomorrow. Hopefully that will be better.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


I sign into my internet provider email. It's not totally loaded with stuff, but I hadn't emptied the trash can for a while, so I do that and still it says I'm using most of my space. WTF? Finally after I delete pretty much EVERYTHING, it goes down to almost nill. While I was deleting, however, I noticed an email that looked like junk mail. The subject was "Your insurance has been canceled." I feel compelled to open it even though the name, seemingly normal, is unfamiliar. It IS from my student health insurance saying it is terminated Jan. 10, 2008--the effective date! WTF? The email said it was terminated due to eligibility requirements and to contact my university if this is an error. I'm thinking, they got my claim, saw I take a med that costs $165/month (not terrible compared to many other in this country) and found some way to drop me. That and an antibiotic have been my only claims. Of course I find this out at 8:30 at night so I can't DO anything about it! UGH! I dread having to call the health services people. I hope they can straighten this out. It's complete B.S.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

What Obama Said

Those comments Obama made, well, I FULLY AGREE! People are bitter and look to blame someone. Often they do blame immigrants, whether legal or illegal, and say THEY are the ones taking all their jobs and making America worse. About 7 years ago I worked in Data Entry and keyed in credit card donations for various charities and organizations. There was an anti-immigration organization we entered data for and on most credit card donation slips the people had written terrible, derogatory comments about immigrants, mostly Mexicans. This was when I lived in MD and where do you think these slips came from? The Tri-state region probably: MD, PA, WVa. Obama wouldn't have said those things infront of a camera and it was a closed-to-press event, but someone recorded him and it got out. It was a mistake to say those things with the PA Primary coming up seeing how Hillary, who probably agrees with Obama, has been using it against him. However, it is the truth. When people are struggling, they want to blame someone. Since they can't call up the President and bitch him out, they find others. Why was the KKK started? Poor white people who were struggling wanted to blame another group for their problems. Religion factored into the KKK and it factors in to those who are struggling now as well. It can be beneficial to turn to a church and God. You can make great friends and get support through hard times and feel close to God. When that church preaches intolerance, (Catholics are ABSOLUTELY included here) "antipathy to people who aren't like them" is what develops in the congregation. Our deacon gave a homily not long ago about the biggest threats to morality and homosexuals wanting to get married was one of them. That's what I call preaching intolerance. Sigh. I am fearful we won't win the general because of the large group of intolerant people we have in this country. I'm not talking about the senator's race, but democratic principles. There is a fear of change in the intolerant. We NEED CHANGE.

Am I surprised?

This weekend is a special weekend at my college, which will remain nameless, but some of you know the one I'm talking about. It is a "Fest" weekend. Husband and I paid the $15 for a booth in the name of Students for Barack Obama to sell T-Shirts at the Community Bazaar. It's really just the two of us in the group, but that's because the Director of Student Life is black balling us (no pun intended). I think they are just not organized in the Student Life office as reflected in today's festivities. I had the application in the last week of February and it still has not been met on, though everyone is well aware of it because we had our kick-off meeting on campus LAST Sunday. The local Obama Headquarters pushed for that because two Congressmen who endorse Obama were in town traveling around giving speeches and they wanted them to end the day at our afternoon meeting. So we had our "kick-off" and were permitted a booth today, but still we're not official on campus.

Anyway! Back to the Bazaar. It was SUPPOSED to be outside in the middle of campus where everyone walks through. It was open-house/High School day today too. We thought for SURE we'd be able to sell the remaining 40-some T-Shirts because all the parents have the dough and the teens would want an "Obama T-shirt please, mom?" However, for whatever reason--maybe the slight chance of thunderstorms or the wonderfully light breeze--the people in charge moved the "venders" inside the old gymnasium. We showed up 15 minutes before it started and were like, "WTF?! Did it get canceled?" It was a ghost town. We saw some trucks and that's how we discovered it was in the gym. Whatever it was they had going on for the High Schoolers was also supposed to be outside with the venders, but that was moved to the other side of campus in the NEW gym. So, that took away all our customers since college students are not walking around campus ready to spend money. On top of being in the gym where NO ONE could see us and the tour groups did not venture, they had a band in there which had the speakers up VERY high--so high that the echo made it impossible to understand what they were saying. It was a total flop. I felt bad for the band because a group of students came by for about 30 minutes, but then it cleared out again. We sold one T-shirt that I know of to a security guard. Maybe more to other venders. I dunno. We had the girls with us, so once the music got blaring I took them outside to walk around and W manned the table. We closed up at 1:30 even though it was supposed to 11-3. Even if someone did come over to see us we couldn't talk to them about Obama because of the band. It SHOULD have been outside where the community would have seen it and stopped. I wonder how many people came on campus and did not see the bazaar set up where it was supposed to be (NO signs were posted about it) and left. At the very least it SHOULD have been part of the High School Day set-up. So you see the disorganization? No, I'm not surprised. I'm not surprised our group hasn't been approved after 1.5 months, either.

The school HAS potential. It has appeal. It has some great professors. It has some great students. Some say it's a transitional period. I see that in the art department. W sees the transition as a burn and rise from the ashes procedure in his departments which have lost many professors over the last couple years and are running into graduation problems.

The good news? My Obama T-shirt from the campaign came this week and I'm wearing it today. It's quite cute! We also got a good picture last weekend with Congressman Scott from VA.

Monday, April 7, 2008

I love this stuff

You Are Cilantro

The bad news is that there are some people who can't stand you.

The good news is that most people love you more than anything else in the world.

You are distinct, unusual, fresh, and very controversial. And you wouldn't have it any other way.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Religion: Opiate for the masses?

I've been following this wonderful blog about a wonderful family. They are Christians. This is a comment from their blog:

"profanglophilia said...
I found your blog a few nights before the transplant... was just blog-hopping, you know. Killing time, procrastinating going to bed. I checked it again the next day, and the next. I think I even added it to my bookmarks. I've been struggling with my faith lately. Toying with giving it up all together. I'm a college professor who teaches world history... as we cover the early world religions, they are just all so similar, so clearly filling a void for their people... the same void that Christianity would fill in this millenium. It makes me question everything I've been taught to believe about God and His Son. I've long since given up praying and going to church. But it weighs on me daily... as though there is this voice in the back of my head telling me to look further, beyond the academics and intellectual stuff. I know faith is, well, "faith". I miss it. Anyway, my point is that the night you posted about Tricia's transplant I prayed for her. That's the first prayer I've said in I don't know how long. So, when you write about touching people... you've touched me. Not just with your story, but with your faith. I hope to find mine again sooner rather than later. And regardless of when I finally work out that "voice", I will keep praying for your family. Thank you so much for sharing it all with us in such a personal way.

April 4, 2008"

I'm not sure why it has to be one or the other. One: regardless of historical facts, Christianity is truth; the other: because of historical facts, Christianity is completely false and that means God isn't real.

I believe God is real and prayer does have power. It doesn't have to be all in or all out. There are other faiths besides Christianity and I believe this is what signifies that there is God. Jesus? Not sure. As the comment-writer said, there are similar stories between the religions and there are other stories similar to Jesus.

I see Christianity as a tool to teach faith and morals, but NOT the one and only path to God.