Heroes, Politics

“Freedom Has Never Been So Fragile”

Yesterday, I identified a point of agreement between myself and President Obama. Truthfully, there are probably very few things on which we would see eye-to-eye. But when Obama characterizes our present situation as a "mess," I concur. I'm also reminded of another President who had a "mess" on his hands, but he handled it capably… Continue reading “Freedom Has Never Been So Fragile”

Politics

I Agree With President Obama!

Watching television the other night, I heard a few excerpts from President Obama's speech, given in Austin TX at a Democrat National Committee (DNC) Finance Event. Transcript of the entire speech may be viewed at the White House website here. Toward the end of his speech, President Obama leveled complaints against his opposition; most specifically,… Continue reading I Agree With President Obama!

Films, Hobbies

The ‘Sitka’ House

Revisiting my Movie Night post about our recent viewing of the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds flick, The Proposal, I neglected to mention the gorgeous setting. The House:  it should have been credited as part of the supporting cast. My parents used to live in a cove off the Gulf of Mexico. I have friends who live… Continue reading The ‘Sitka’ House

Poetry, Writing

Doing Hard Things

Several years ago (when I thought I'd have more time to write seriously), I set a goal for myself:  to complete 100 sonnets. I'm under no illusion I'll be able to "master" the form, but perhaps the effort will permit me a reasonable level of proficiency. I love the sonnet form, and writing 100 of… Continue reading Doing Hard Things

Films

Movie Night

As long as we remain on the Netflix queue, there will be movies to watch and talk about. Wednesday night is a movie night here, since our grandson (who lives with us) isn't working. Last night, we watched The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Cute movie. Before we cued it up, I wasn't… Continue reading Movie Night

Politics

Keep the Electoral College

The Founding Fathers established the Electoral College (EC) to resolve an unfair advantage the more populous states enjoyed over rural (sparsely populated) states in the Union. Electing a president based on electors (rather than popular vote) allowed a slightly greater voice for the small states. The framers considered this an appropriate trade-off to protect minority… Continue reading Keep the Electoral College

Films

Whimsy and Music

When it comes to "film reviews," I defer to my younger daughter or my husband for their savvy. I watch films and enjoy them ... or not. Movies with a story-line related in some way to music will usually get my thumbs-up, even if they've been panned elsewhere. We watched The Legend of 1900 this… Continue reading Whimsy and Music

Family, Films, Heroes

My Mom, Ruthe

In the summer of 2006, we held a surprise birthday party to honor my mother who was celebrating her 80th birthday. Just before Christmas that year, she suffered a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). We might have lost her. Diagnosed with a genetic blood disorder, she received appropriate treatment which seemed incidental:  a small incision in… Continue reading My Mom, Ruthe

Blogging, Dying, Family, Heroes, Living

One of My Heroes . . . RIP

Today is my Daddy's birthday. Were he alive, Norman would be celebrating 88 years. He was the first man who won my heart. He wasn't a perfect man, but he loved my mother and did his best to provide her and their children a good life. Never having finished the eighth grade, he made his… Continue reading One of My Heroes . . . RIP

Dogs

There Was Blood

I'm not a dog-lover. I tolerate the black, four-legged creature (BL) who lives under our roof because he is a devoted friend and companion for my husband. BL is the offspring of my son's chocolate Lab (CL) and my daughter-in-law's yellow Lab (YL). So, we have a mutual understanding:  when they (or we) go out… Continue reading There Was Blood