Politics

The foundation of a free society

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Hubbs noticed it before I did: stacks of political mail – all addressed to me.  Multiple phone messages – left for me.  Campaign workers at door asking to speak – with me.

You see as a new citizen, as soon as I could vote, I did.

And I’ve not missed an opportunity to since being granted that privilege.

Yes, it’s a bit disconcerting that my voting record is accessible to the pollsters.

But then I think about how when I use my “frequent shopper card” at the grocery store some marketing guy somewhere knows what kind of dish soap I prefer, too.

I heard yesterday that only 30% of eligible voters are expected to turn out for today’s Primary.

Elections are the foundation of our free country, but they are only effective if you take part.

I believe that every vote counts and, for that reason, I’m headed to the polls now.

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”  ― Abraham Lincoln

 

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Random five Friday and it’s all right

The last Friday in February! Wow, here we are.  Seemed like 2 weeks ago it was … Christmas.

Here are my random 5’s for today:

1.  A week ago I wrote about Eagles & Crows. The next day, out of the blue, I received a highly complimentary email from a top executive in my company about a project I’ve led and excelled at.  The best part?  The crow was copied on it.   Karma!    🙂

2.  I started to complain about today’s -9F temps when I saw this snapshot from my homeland in Saskatchewan, Canada.  I stopped right then and there.

Yes it's in Celsius but at -40, Fahrenheit and Celsius ARE the same!

Yes it’s in Celsius but at -40, Fahrenheit and Celsius ARE the same!

3.  Today, I’ve loaded up the Jeep with my tunes and coffee and the Garmin and am off to points North for meetings with community leaders and business owners.  Next to solving problems, this is the part of my job I love most.  Why?  It’s different every time. I get out of the office, I meet new people, develop relationships and stretch myself.  It’s good. Real good.

4. Did I mention the tunes?   Road trips mean I can put the Mp3 player on shuffle and see who pops on.   Heard this the other day, and it’s been all right ever since.

5. It’s Friday.  And I’m ready for it!!

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What song makes you want to crank up the volume and sing?

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Milestones

Five years ago, Hubbs and I and youngest boy spent the night in Detroit so I could take my citizenship test early the next morning.

Five years ago, I passed that test with flying colors.

Five years ago, I raised my right hand and took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America and proudly stepped forward as a new citizen.

Five years ago, I got my second passport.

Five years.

Five years ago, I couldn’t have imagined that five years later I’d be heading to Washington, D.C. this morning to represent my employer and my state.

Five years.

Only in America!

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…she cried because prejudice outlives passion and because she was sentimentally patriotic.”  ― Irène Némirovsky

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The living answer

“Religion is about having the right answers, and some of their answers are right… but I am about the process that takes you to the living answer… it will change you from the inside. There are a lot of smart people who are able to say a lot of right things from their brain because they have been told what the right answers are, but they don’t know Me at all.”
― William P. Young “The Shack”

I’m hardly a Bible expert:  I remember as many verses as I’ve forgotten. I don’t worship as formally as I did when I was a girl and there are times I feel guilty about it.

But I do know this:  I know Him and He knows me.

He’s with me on my walks.

I feel His nudge to pay attention to nagging thoughts or a blossoming ideas.

I see Him in my boys and grandchildren; laughing, talking and enjoying being together.

I feel Him around me, comforting me, hearing me, settling me.

So when some of the talking heads start spouting off their views on religion and reproduction and rapture?  I wonder if they’ve ever even met.

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My arms hurt

From an afternoon spent in the bookstore and what an excellent adventure it was! One afternoon last week I took some used books to a local book store; setting my books on the counter, I wandered off while the book lady perused my items.  I forgot to pick up a basket and instead carried a stack with me, hence the sore arms.  They elected to buy some books and pass on others and, in the end, I earned myself a sweet $28 store credit (sellers get 20% of the book’s value in cash or 30% in a store credit).

Well.

You know what comes next, right?

More books for me!  All totaled, I think I was in the store for 2 hours, but I really don’t know because I lost track of time.   Bookstores do that to me, but I digress.

I wandered. I read. I perused. I laughed and I relaxed.   But … the very best part was finding one older book that I’ve always wanted to read. I’d seen the movie years ago and it has disturbed and intrigued me ever since.

What is it?  “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

In the world of the near future, who will control women’s bodies?

In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right ideals have been carried to extremes in the mono-theocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist’s nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money (or read) and are assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the “morally fit” Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: “of Fred”), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be. This powerful, memorable novel is highly recommended for most libraries.  Source: Library Journal.

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So, today, I can choose to watch the news and listen to politicians rant about contraceptive coverage, health insurance mandates, religious freedom, economic liberty, social issues and birth control.  Or I can pick up this book and read all about it.

One’s fiction, the other isn’t.  Which one’s scarier?

Now that I think about it, my head hurts, too.

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My Dentist watches “The Bachelor”

My Dentist watches the “Bachelor” and it kind of freaks me out.

Its bad enough he talks to me when his knuckles are back at my molars, but about “the Bachelor,” really?

I admit I’ve watched but I soon grew weary of the roses, the tears, the “connections” and the “most dramatic” everything.  Y-a-w-n.

The guy’s a doctor and a Big Ten graduate, for Pete’s sake!

Is it too much to expect observations on art, culture, restaurants or books he’s reading?

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Is it too much to hope for friendly bantering on topics of rampant interest?  Sports? Politics?  or even … Silence?

~Sigh~

I miss my old Dentist, the one in his 6os who retired last year. His worked on our chops and his wife worked the insurance.  I miss his corny jokes about his golf game, how his hair never moved out of place (pretty sure he used Aqua Net), and the predictable familiarity of his mannerisms and those of his long-term staff.

This new guy throws me off.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s smart and talented and he knows all the latest & greatest techniques. But he has the attention span of a gnat.

Sitting in the exam chair Monday, I realized then that I have certain expectations about how health care providers should behave.  I don’t mind if they’re younger than me, my family care doctor is.  But he’s also poised and polished and … Doctorish.

I don’t like it when this guy sprays water at the hygienist and comments that, “I’m a kid at heart!” like that’s supposed to be endearing.  It’s not.  It’s annoying and even more so when his hands are halfway down my neck and water’s pooling at my shoulders.   I probably could cope with it better if we could at least talk about something intelligent.

.::.

How about you?   Do you have certain expectations of medical professionals?  Would you happily forgo “advances in modern whatever” just to have a touch of the familiar back again? 

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It’s an honor just to be nominated!

But .. turns out, I won an award – How fun!!

(They're lying when they say that; they all want to win!)

I was presented with the “Versatile Blogger Award” (pictured above) by Georgette at http://georgettesullins.wordpress.com/

From what I can tell, this award is a way to give some virtual “shout-outs” to other bloggers you follow and whom others might not yet have discovered.  I’m flattered to be honored & am happy to share.  ((Although part of me wants to keep my favorites all to myself!))

The other rule is that you’re supposed to 1) publicly thank the award giver and link to them in your post (done). 2) Tell your readers 7 things about yourself that you might not have already, 3) present this award to other bloggers whose work you enjoy and 4) contact the weiners (sorry Congressman, I just couldn’t resist .. hee hee ) to let them in on the *big* news.

There aren’t enough hours in the day to explore all the posts I’m interested in just as there are no shortage of thoughtful people whose ideas, thoughts and insights draw me back for more.

So here’s the skinny on the super nice person who awarded me this prestigious thingy-ma-jiggy:

  • Georgette very sweetly asked for permission to re blog my post (“If Diana had been here” ) back in April, just before the wedding.   She was so polite that I couldn’t say anything but “sure and thank you for asking!”  She and I shared similar thoughts on the wedding but I’ve stuck around to read more of her musings on relationships, teaching, travel and parenting.  You can find Georgette at http://georgettesullins.wordpress.com/

Now .. onto 7 unbelievably fascinating facts that you’re dying to know about me (Ha!):

1.       My eyes used to be blue but are now green. How does that happen?

2.      I hold citizenship in Canada, my birthplace, and the United States, my home. I cry every time I hear either anthem.  Canada Day AND Independence Day are fast approaching and I need to stock up on PUFFS!!

3.      I don’t crave chocolate.  Black licorice on the other hand ? Oh yeah!

4.      I’m a lifelong Elvis fan and visiting Graceland felt like a pilgrimage to me.  My favorite Elvis song you ask?  All of them …and Black Leather Elvis?  Me to the ow!!

5.      I shiver when I drive under overpasses and I don’t know why.

6.      I count my marriage and our two boys as my greatest accomplishments.

7.      “Emjay” is a throwback to my childhood nickname, MJ, short for Marilyn Jean.

And now … the show must go on .. so …may I have the envelope please?

For cheeky commentaries that make me laugh out loud, please visit Coopernicus http://coopernicus.wordpress.com/.  ** note, a language warning, sometimes.

Sheila, my Alaskan friend, blogs about life and all that comes with it.  Someday we hope to have a coffee together; share the journey at http://graceandlife.wordpress.com/

For a thought-provoking and often hilarious take on life, please pour yourself a glass of http://icedteawithlemon.wordpress.com/

Terri, my sweet Minnesota friend, muses on life, love and bowling .. and the trials and tribulations of a soon to be empty-nester.  You can find this talented lady at http://intomystic.wordpress.com/

Lenore Diane and I bond on many topics: family, parenting, and life’s lessons.  You can find her thoughts exactly here http://lenorediane.com/

As a farm girl, I have three country girls that I enjoy popping in on. It’s not just that they live in the country, it’s how they celebrate their country lives and all who share it.  Each one posts spectacular photographs that, for a moment, take this country girl back home again.

  1. Stop by and meet Lissa Rabbon, a sweet Texas soul most at home when she’s riding.  Visit  http://wheniride.wordpress.com/
  2. Visit with Jesse who shares her adventures with music, poetry and ranch living .. and a one eyed Pug at  http://veederranch.com/
  3. I can always count on  The Simple Life of a Country Man’s Wife to charm me … visit http://sdliving.wordpress.com/

Someone who will inspire you with her commitment to good health and what sheer determination can do is (Sweet) Caroline, living the dream at My Fascinating Life http://carolinecalcote.com/.

Beth is dynamic woman who teaches, leads and learns.  Sample Beth’s Shameless Moxie at http://girls2womencoaching.wordpress.com/

Butch Dean moves me to tears with his heartfelt poetry, grace and lessons learned along life’s pathways.  http://butchdean.wordpress.com/.

Meet Dianna, Motor Man, Sundae the Cat, her son Marshall and spectacular sunsets at http://thesedaysofmine.com/.

Renee embraced blogging in a big way, taking time off from her job to take a writing class in France! Celebrate Renee’s journey at http://writingfeemail.wordpress.com/

Lastly is Miss Jaclyn Ray who reflects on all things inspiring from her Polkadot Teapot http://polkadotteapot.wordpress.com/

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Thank you for the honor bestowed on me and my little blog.  And to you, my friends, enjoy the journey!

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OBL? D.E.A.D.

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 Thank you to the special forces team who risked their lives carry out this mission. 

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Adventures in American History

Gen. Washington crosses the Delaware River .. with a stowaway (our youngest son); an emjayandhthem photo

Take 1 history-loving high school student.

Add a semester in Photoshop.

Result?

Time Travel.

*For the story depicted in this this iconic painting, click here.

Has technology made history more vibrant for you .. or your kids?

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It’s in our hands

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Our thoughts form our world.

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A little of this and a lot of that…

Mom & me enjoying a Killian's Irish Red @ Waxy O'Shea's Irish pub in Branson, MO

Chatted on the phone with my mom last night and here’s a sampling of topics we discussed:

  • American Politics
  • The Wikipedia leaks and their impact
  • The passing of Elizabeth Edwards
  • Hockey stats
  • Restructuring of the business tax,
  • Eye care in Canada vs. the U.S.
  • Economic changes in Michigan
  • Cost of imported fruit

Mom still lives on our family farm. She’s 80 now; a former school teacher and easily the smartest woman I know.  She’s Mom to 5, Nana and great-Nana to many. She’s funny, charming, interested and interesting. She’s diplomatic, has a cheeky sense of humour and an amazing memory. She was a loving wife and partner to Dad for 52+ years.   I know she misses him more than she would ever say.

Mom suffered a pretty serious fall recently and is convalescing at home. This has been a big adjustment for her;  equate it to having her wings clipped. Right now, limited mobility, no driving,  and regular assistance from my brother and sisters with perhaps more tasks than she’d like but …she’s gracious and appreciative.   Still … a very big change for someone so fiercely independent.

 Talking with her last night, her comment on the whole situation floored me: “Well at least I’m not flying.”

HA! 

In response,  I sang to her my local radio station’s new hit song for the holiday, “Grandma got molested at the airport” and we both roared with laughter.

Positive. Intelligent.  Loyal.  Kind.  Determined.  Loving.  Fierce. Playful. 

If I can be half the woman my tiny little Mom is some day, I will have achieved all I’ve aspired to.

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Accessorize or?

 

Wear whatever you want.

 

Attitude.. it’s your finest accessory!

~ Melissa Sovey

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A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!

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Arise, shine; For your light has come!

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