Category: A is for…


TEXAS? No Thanks…

The legislature of the state of Texas is currently discussing some abortion anti-abortion laws that take away just about every right we, as women have “earned” up to this point. You see, they are not inalienable rights, they are gifts to us from the men who govern us. The ones who would that we were silent and permission seeking waifs, who in the end, know that those men know what’s right/best for us.

My sister and her family live in Texas. I have been considering if San Antonio might be a nice place to live. I’ve never lived in Texas, but I have visited and found Texas and Texans to be a friendly and genial lot.

I am now having second, third and more, thoughts about living there. This is how nice the legislature is treating women. They are denying the rights of women all over the state and seek to establish laws that make decisions about a women’s body and what goes on with it a matter of law, rather than a matter of choice. In other words, taking all rights of women to manage their own body, health and welfare out of their hands.

They seem to think that by bullying those who dare to speak out against the downright slavery they are promoting, they will quell the voices of resistance and reason by simply picking them up and removing them from the room.

Disgusting! But at least they’re doing it out in the open!

But I say hooray for Ms Slamen, who realizes that she has the privilege and the duty to speak for all TX women who are unable to attend these hearings, due to their lot in life.

More:

MSNBC: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45755883/ns/msnbc-the_last_word/vp/52446718#52446718
Laura Beck: http://jezebel.com/texas-house-approves-dangerous-bill-to-virtually-ban-ab-726348746
Katie JM Baker: http://jezebel.com/awesome-texas-abortion-testimony-poetry-if-my-vagina-717474146
Katie JM Baker: http://jezebel.com/special-deal-for-texas-ladies-cheap-n-easy-flea-marke-743421982

A is for… ANASAZI IX

Today we are at Day 1 of the April 2013 AtoZ Challenge… join us, if you’d like… it’s free and fun!!!

A is for….
Apophysis – a FREE fractal generating application
Art – digital and/or fractal, that is
Abstract – most of my fractal art is abstract, and so is the art of many other fractalists

the fractal for A is: Anasazi IX

(one of my personal favorites!)

ANASAZI-IX

ANASAZI-IX

Buy ANASAZI IX at the following galleries:
RedBubble
DeviantArt

#fractals #AtoZChallenge #digitalart

RELATED / INTERESTING
Tip of the hat to Arlee Bird of TossingitOut , whose braainchild the A to Z Challenge is.

Arianna and Aiden…

Arianna (6ish) and Aiden (2ish), my grandkids live in upper North Dakota, which is way north of me, here in Minneapolis…

Because of the distance, I have yet to meet Aiden, but Arianna I have met back when she was just a kid (you know – a LITTLE kid)…

Anywho, I’ve been thinking about them lately and since I selected a different fractal to represent the letter “A” in the April 2013 Challenge, which begins in a few days, I decided to feature them in their full fractalness, like early, before the challenge starts… So’s you can look at them for a few days, before the FridayFractalFeature and the blog hop…

So, I present to you, in all their youthfulness…

ARIANNA

ARIANNA

and

AIDEN

AIDEN

They probably have spring fever and are driving their parents crazy, right about now!

Sending our love, kids…

:)
me and the girls…

BTW, these are both in the book Fractal Dreams!

Alice’s Restaurant

Today is the day (like ANY other day) when GRATITUDE will be at the top of our list of feelings.

Whether we’re grateful for a big hot meal cooked by and shared with family members, or a big hot meal cooked by and shared with volunteers. Or for a friend sharing their “wealth” so we can fill up our tank. Or some new and distant friends that have come and gone (MOSTLY come!) over that past some time. Or for having a roof over our head, be it for one night or many. Or many choices in our life, or even a few.

Or maybe it is 12 straight hours of football with another sport or two during commercials. Or belonging to a network or many of wonderful folks who have come together for usually a common purpose. Or perhaps that Black Friday comes early this year (let’s be sure to thank those who are working so we can shop)!

All of the above involve folks, friends that will stay with us through thick and thin. Folks, friends that we will be there for us no matter what for.

This is my big gratitude. I have met so many wonderful folks, friends, many that have touched my heart in a far deeper way than I ever expected. So much so that when one does leave this world, it hurts so hard, I am surprised someone I never met in person has became so close.

And, like Woody, I think life is just like Alice’s Restaurant. Where strange things happen and we keep on truckin’ and we meet new friends and get confused at times and even wonder what it’s all about. Well, I’m here to tell you, for me it is about all of you! Each and every one of you who are reading this message. Those I have come to know a little or a lot. Those of you who have come to know me a little or a lot.

Whether you knew me way before I began this blog, or have just now stopped in for the first time to see what this blog is. For and to all of you I am forever grateful for the opening of your hearts, minds, ears and time. For sharing your self with me, allowing me to share myself with you. That is my GRATITUDE today and every day.

But since I don’t often say or show it, today is the day I SHOUT it out to all who can hear, that my friends are the MOST important thing to me. What a sad life I would have, without the wealth of your caring, of your acceptance, of your giving spirit, of your understanding nature.

Of course, family comes under that same umbrella, or maybe it is the other way around. Mayhaps friends are now additions to family. All of us giving, sharing, caring and being.

So, this is my wish for you. That you will always have the love of friends, the friends who will love you in spite of your weaknesses. And in spite of your strengths! They just love you, because you are who you are. Sharing the memories, the dreams, the feelings, the joy, the passion, the sadness and the struggles that make up our lives.

From our home to you, Mama, Mimi and I send Thanksgiving greetings and love. (Mama and Mimi gave me permission to speak for them today, as they are busy celebrating Thanksgiving in their own special – sleeping – way.) May you always have the grace to understand, the will to share and the luxury of choices.

This goes out to all of you. Those celebrating their Day of Thanks today. Those who have recently celebrated their own Thanksgiving. And those of you who have yet to celebrate yours.

Love, Janet, Mama and Mimi

 

:)

Whether then or now, whether right or wrong, whether won or lost, many have given their lives for their country and beliefs. We, the fortunate, enjoy the fruits of your sacrifice. We shall not forget.

… the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…

ARMISTICE DAY FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE

HONOR

ARMISTICE DAY

ARMISTICE DAY

Armistice Day American Troops in France (AP)

RELATED / SOURCES

http://seanlinnane.blogspot.com/2010/11/armistice-day-remembrance-day-veterans_11.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2008/nov/11/firstworldwar#/?picture=339561577&index=15

http://usflagstore.blogspot.com/2011/11/armistice-day-what-peace-looks-like.html

A is for… Armistice
R is for… Remembrance
V is for… Veterans

Disease

Wine

Daily dose

Allergies Chardonnay de Paeuf 1 glass
Anemia Graves 4 glass
Bronchitis Bourgogne or Bordeaux
> ( + sugar and cinnamon )
3 cups
Constipation Anjou blanc electricity . Vouvray 4 glass
Coronary arteries Dry Champagne 4 glass
Diarrhea Beaujolais Nouveau 4 glass
Fever Champagne sec 1 bottle
Heart Burgundy , Santenay Rouge Two glass
Uric acid gout Sancerre , Pouilly Fume 4 glass
Hypertension Alsace , Sancerre 4 glass
Excessive weight loss Côte de Beaune 4 glass
Menopause Saint Emilion 4 glass
Depression Rhine 4 glass
Obesity
Obesity

Burgundy
Rosé de Provence
4 glass
1 bottle
Rheumatism Champagne 4 glass

 

My new Medicine Cabinet – nice, eh‽‽‽‽‽

From AARP

Q: Where can men over the age of 60 find younger women who are interested in them? A: Try a bookstore under fiction.
Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause? A: Keep busy. If you’re handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you’re done you’ll have a place to live.
Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 60-plus year old husband? A: Tell him you’re pregnant.
Q: How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles? A: Take off your glasses.
Q: Why should 60-plus year old people use valet parking? A: Valets don’t forget where they park your car.
Q: Is it common for 60-plus year olds to have problems with short term memory storage? A: Storing memory is not a problem, Retrieving it is the problem.
Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly? A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.
Q: Where should 60-plus year olds look for eye glasses? A: On their foreheads.
Q: What is the most common remark made by 60-plus year olds when they enter antique stores? A: “Gosh, I remember these!”
Q:GOT A:ANY
Q:SUGGESTIONS? A:ADD COMMENT

SMILE, You’ve still got your sense of humor!

Some of what comprises this post has been extracted from a recursive email (email I got from a friend who got it from a friend who got it from a friend who got…). All links and attributions are from my own due diligence (ie surfing and searching, with TinEye and without). Not that I want a pat on the back or anything. I just want it clear I didn’t (I wish!!) create any of these pieces and I attributed where possible.  I am the Curator. Then I thought it would be fun to add related articles, etc. So I did.

So there you have it. My brain at work.

my-brain-at-work

From:

http://www.misc.uniquedetox.com/Wine_cure.html

http://winevalleyreview.com/tag/wine-cellar/

Related:

http://www.bookmydoctor.com/health-article/daily-dose-of-red-wine-keeps-you-fit-fine-26/

http://www.wineloverspage.com/winenews/barc090199.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/250089.stm

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20120601/dark-chocolate-heart-benefits-120601

http://medicalmarijuana411.com/?cat=4277

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-989-WINE.aspx?activeIngredientId=989&activeIngredientName=WINE

FYI… (I’ll probably add more links/pings over the next couple days)

peace and hugs…

As It Seems

As It Seems by Lily Kershaw (I think she’s from “Glee” and there’s a Glenn Kershaw who’s a producer on “Criminal Minds”)

Final song of the season 7 finale of “Criminal Minds”, which aired on 5/16/2012. Song was released on 5/11/2012. It is available as an MP3 $0.99 download on Amazon

Beautiful song, lovely voice, moving finale…

:)

and then for some chuckles…

Izaak Mak over at I want ice water posted the lyrics to the song, if you’re interested!!! (Sure were a lot of searches for that song and it’s lyrics today!!!)

A is for ACTION…

In WI, the “Equal Rights” Bill was quietly repealed by Gov. Scott Walker. This is a bill that would facilitate those NOT getting equal pay filing lawsuits to address this incongruity.

HuffPost, Politics 4/6/2012

MN legislature is also currently debating the same issue, as well as right to work legislation, which, in effect is union busting.

And a top former GOP congressman, Pete Hoekstra, now running against a DFL’r in MI,  says the equal rights issue “is a nuisance”.
HuffPost 4/13/2012

Remember Leona Helmsley? She is alleged to have stated “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” Apparently she was referring to the “royal” “we”.

Unfortunately, her disdainful remark was pretty much right on.  Well, sort of. See, 1% of the richest people have paid about approc 32%  of all INCOME TAX paid by all Americans. However, due to continued tax cuts and other wealthy friendly lobbying and lawmaking, their tax burden has decreased.

The facts: 400 taxpayers with highest incomes from 1997 – 2007. Their income has increased by 392% and their average tax liability rate has declined by about 37%.  In other words, over ten years, the 400 richest taxpayers made 392% more income and paid 37% less taxes.
Mother Jones, 4/18/2011

Of course, we must also take into account capital gains, money earned from long term investments.  Capital gains earnings comprise a much higher level of actual income for the super rich than they do for the majority of taxpayers. For example, in 2010, the income taax rate for those with incomes of $350, 000 or more was 33%, whereas, capital gains tax rates for the same amounts earned were 0%. In addition, all of the money withheld for Medicare, Social Seucrity and unemployment insurance taken plus income tax is paid by the bottom 90% of earnings/earners subject to income tax.
Mother Jones, 4/18/2011.

Now, just for the moment, let’s switch from talking about individuals to companies. Ten of the richest companies in America with profits starting at $3.1 billion ALL have effective tax rates in the negative up to -11.3%. Does this means these companies get refunds every year after filing their corporate taxes?

Of these ten, seven are utility providers, like ConEd, Pacific G&E, Centrepoint. The others, Verizon, General Electric and Boeing have the top profit margins of these top elite companies of $19.8 billion, $19.6 billion and $14.8 billion, respectively.
Mother Jones, 4/13/2012

Yes, it is no accident that I have these thoughts on the day our individual income taxes are due. This is what makes all the above seem so ludicrous, as most of us pay a large chunk of our yearly income to the government that is also trying to tell us what to believe and how we may care for the health of our own bodies, as women.

This is purposely NOT a rant. I want to be someone who brings light into these dark areas, that it would seem many want us may want to be in the dark about. NOW is the time to be learning about these things, not next December, after we have made half baked choices with highly spun “information” to guide us.

I’d like to recommend a post I read yesterday, “They’re Preparing Us for Another War” which speaks to these and the many other things all intermingled and entwined such that it just seems like a big old knot that we don’t or won’t take the time to try to un-knot, so we can see it clearly. But, you know what? We ARE running out of time.

We hardly had any winter at all, this year, in MN. What does this mean to our planet’s sustainability? Always looking for more and more fossil fuel, there is much “fracking” going on, must we even ask, is this the cause of the Eastern US earthquakes? How can we be so stupid as to think our digging and blowing and huffing and puffing won’t have some consequences that we might not have really thought through all that well? (Or, maybe “we” did, and decided that the corollary damage is “within acceptable parameters?”)
Bloomberg 4/12/2012

I encourage each and every thinking person to rev up their critical thinking engine. It is NOT too late, but we can’t wait much longer.

Leaving you with some words of wisdom from those whom time has shown to be wise…

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”
C.G. Jung

“Imagination means nothing without doing.”
Charles Chaplin

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
Edward Everett Hale

Namaste…

50 Years of Amnesty International from Antfood on Vimeo.

A beautiful animation commemorating 50 years of Amnesty International.

Find out more Amnesty International.

Video from VIMEO

Amnesty International

Metousiosis

thank you for checking this out…

Namaste

:)

3/02/2012

from Today on theTrail on msnbc news

The ongoing debate over birth control took a particularly nasty turn recently when conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for speaking out about the issue.

Fluke, a birth control activist, spoke with TODAY’s Matt Lauer about Limbaugh’s comments and the failure of a GOP-sponsored amendment that would have allowed employers at religious institutions to opt out of providing contraception in health plans.

Fluke told Lauer that she expected some backlash, especially from someone like Limbaugh. Still, the comments stung — especially since they were made on the first day of Women’s History Month.

“I think my reaction was the reaction a lot of women have had historically when they’ve been called these types of names: Initially to be stunned by it, and then to quickly feel outraged and very upset,” she told Lauer.

Limbaugh’s comments came on the heels of heated congressional debate over the so-called “Blunt Amendment,” a measure that ultimately failed in the Senate and would have nixed the Obama administration’s mandate on contraception. Lawmakers evoked Fluke’s name during the debate as someone who testified during an unofficial democratic committee hearing headed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., about how a friend needed birth control to shrink ovarian cysts and help preserve her fertility.

Fluke had been previously blocked from testifying before a Republican-led, all-male congressional panel on contraception and religious freedom.

Limbaugh said Fluke was just trying to promote casual sex.

The ongoing debate over birth control took a particularly nasty turn recently when conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for speaking out about the issue.

Fluke, a birth control activist, spoke with TODAY’s Matt Lauer about Limbaugh’s comments and the failure of a GOP-sponsored amendment that would have allowed employers at religious institutions to opt out of providing contraception in health plans.

Fluke told Lauer that she expected some backlash, especially from someone like Limbaugh. Still, the comments stung — especially since they were made on the first day of Women’s History Month.

“I think my reaction was the reaction a lot of women have had historically when they’ve been called these types of names: Initially to be stunned by it, and then to quickly feel outraged and very upset,” she told Lauer.

Limbaugh’s comments came on the heels of heated congressional debate over the so-called “Blunt Amendment,” a measure that ultimately failed in the Senate and would have nixed the Obama administration’s mandate on contraception. Lawmakers evoked Fluke’s name during the debate as someone who testified during an unofficial democratic committee hearing headed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., about how a friend needed birth control to shrink ovarian cysts and help preserve her fertility.

Fluke had been previously blocked from testifying before a Republican-led, all-male congressional panel on contraception and religious freedom.

Limbaugh said Fluke was just trying to promote casual sex.

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke (sic) who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”

3/02/2012

from US News on MSNBC

Limbaugh on Wednesday had referred to student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” for supporting a requirement that health insurance cover contraception. On his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh went a little further:

“So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.”

Ladies… a little gag with your morning news and blogs and coffee ‽‽‽‽‽  And he gets PAID to be an asshole like this ‽‽‽

And, I wonder who pays for this asshole’s Viagra ‽‽‽‽‽ I mean he’d need something besides a video, I’m certain.

My gag reflex is working overtime this AM…

Later, for brainwash along with your mouthwash… the FUN part of Friday: FRACTALS!!!

:)

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