Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Presidential Hopeful Senator John McCain

Sen. John McCain, (R-Arizona) seems to be the leading Republican choice for the 2008 election.

I had the pleasure of meeting him in 1998 and became a closet fan. He was down to earth and willing to speak unscripted.

He is remarkably liberal for a Republican Presidential hopeful and I am not sure how well this will serve him if he is running against Barack Obama who is a conservative democrat. It will be difficult to distinguish the between the two and Obama is very charismatic and a real “grass roots guy”.
McCain should do well against Hillary because of her far left views on everything from abortion to international politics. Hillary has the ability to make even the most liberal Republican look Right Wing.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Turning 27

List of things to accomplish before I turn 28.

1. Finish Christmas early so that I have time to enjoy it.
2. Cook one new recipe a month.
3. Finish 2 afghans.
4. Crochet 20 stars and 6 bells.
5. Crochet 2 angels.
6. Visit one new place a month.
7. Finish both scrap books and start a new one.
8. Begin the research on the Lawson family tree.
9. Throw another Christmas Cookie Exchange.
10. Host a fiber craft party.
11. Finish the research on Barack Obama.
12. Begin to research the other presidential candidate hopefuls.
13. Visit the farm.
14. Read one book that supports and one that disputes global warming.
15. Visit two new states.
16. Decorate the master bathroom.
17. Archive the Vegas trips.
18. Teach canyon a new trick.
19. Start the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" list by Ukaunz – finish 20 by 2008.
20. Organize the garage.
21. Take a class or seminar.
22. Learn how to make clay beads.
23. Visit the Zoo.
24. Scrap the wedding pictures.
25. Pick up a new massage client.
26. Get 4 massages
27. Give myself a manicure twice a month.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Canyon loves her Duck.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Real World / Road Rules Challenge – The Duel

What a disappointing end. I can not stand Wes. He is not a nice person. I understand it is reality tv and they edit the show to make it entertaining, but when he behaves the same way on interviews it makes it very hard to believe that the editing is not accurate. I should feel sorry for his girlfriend, but I don’t. She can watch the show. She sees how he speaks to people.

I was happy for Jodie, she was my pick from the beginning. She works hard and she did not trash anyone on this challenge.

I love these shows, I can’t help myself.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Push Not the River - James Conroyd

Push Not the River was one of my 2006 book picks. A few days ago I found out that James Conroyd wrote a sequel so I rushed to the library and checked it out. So far it is as good as the first book.

Push Not the River is based on the true story of Anna Maria Berexowska. Anna, a Polish girl living during Catherine’s Russian invasion of Poland, struggles with the death of her parents, her rape and an arranged marriage. Anna is forced to evacuate several households leading many including her son to safety.

Against a Crimson Sky picks up where Push Not the River leaves off. Napoleon is invading Russia and the Polish people are caught in the middle of the battle. Anna must play both sides of the political divide to keep her family and household from falling to the Russians, yet keep her allegiance with Poland.

James Conroyd uses beautiful language without getting “frilly” and his storytelling ability is a rare treat.

Also Reading:
My life in France, Julia Child
Art quilts : a Celebration : 400 Stunning Contemporary Designs
The No Spin Zone, Bill O'Reilly

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Senator Barack Obama

Senator Barack Obama is intriguing. I read his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream and I have subscribed to his newsletter.

He is optimistic about our future as a country. He believes that the people should be more active and take an interest in local government forcing a change on a national level.

The senator has announced that he is filing a presidential exploratory committee. He states that he will make further announcements about his plans Feb 10.

There are two major things that bother me so far about him. First and foremost he is a democrat. I have a major problem with many of the pillars of the Democratic Party and because he is part of that party he would be expected to support those pillars. Secondly he believes in evolution, yet attends Trinity United Church of Christ. (More on Trinity United Church of Christ in a future post.)

I will continue to investigate his beliefs and standards. I am interested to see how and what he as voted on as a Senator. I will say that he does not evoke the same deep negative emotion that Hillary Clinton does.

As I said I am intrigued.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Fox New Article

Article from Fox News.
Female Teen Bullies Record Beating of 12-Year-Old Girl, Post on InternetMonday, January 15, 2007

NEW YORK — One 12-year-old girl in New York was verbally and physically attacked by a group of older girls, then was forced to endure the humiliation again after her assailants posted their attack on the Web.

The assault happened in North Babylon, Long Island, on Dec. 18. The attackers were three 14-year-old ninth graders at North Babylon High School. Some told FOX News the victim somehow disrespected her assailants, while others say she was picked at random.

Beaten in front of a neighborhood elementary school, the victim was verbally assaulted, her hair was pulled and she was repeatedly slapped and kicked in the head and body before the young gang ran away laughing. The kids were caught after school administrators learned other students were watching the video on the Internet.

"There's a lot of fights that people just tape now and then they'll stick it on YouTube or MySpace," one female student told FOX News. "It doesn't happen really in school, it happens like a lot, like somewhere else, and they just tape it and put it on the Web site."

In this case, the three assailants were suspended. The school district wouldn't give any more information because of the girls' ages.

Suffolk County police told FOX they were called after the video was discovered, and that they interviewed everyone involved. But the victim's parents didn't want to press charges and the girl had no lasting injuries, so the case was dropped.
But child psychologists warn it can be extremely difficult to recover emotionally from events like this.

"Can you imagine what it must be like for someone to actually see themselves being beaten in that way? To actually seeing those images?" asked clinical psychologist Jeff Gardere. "So you're outside of your body watching this happen. I think it makes it doubly or triply worse."

MySpace and Blogging

It amazes me the personal information that people put on the web. When I first started blogging in 2005 I was very careful not to post pictures or use descriptive language about where I live and work. I loosened up on the pictures, but I still don’t post my address or phone number. I also don’t post personal information about myself, family or friends.
I visit other Blogs and MySpace profiles and I can not believe the information that people share.

MySpace is especially surprising to me. There is a hide function on MySpace that allows only “friends” to view your site. Yet very few people use it. The police and other government agencies must have a field day with all of the stupid people who vocalize drug use and underage drinking. I am not advocating either; however I find it amazing when a 17 year old posts explicit pictures and tells the date and location of a party where there will be no parents and she and her friends will be there getting drunk and high.

What a world we live in.

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Importance of New Year’s Resolutions.

I have in the past made very broad New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions like at the end of the year to be sad that the year is gone or to stop procrastinating, pretty lame and pretty common. If I were to throw in get in shape and make more money, I would cover most of America’s New Year’s Resolutions.

This year I wanted my resolutions to make a difference, to inspire action. It’s important to have goals that are attainable, defined and measurable. It is easy to let the small things pass by without taking action. Goals keep us grounded and serve as an anchor to what is important.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Best Books of 2006

These are my favorite fiction and non-fiction books from last year. I read a lot of books that were not very good, so it was easy to hit the high spots.

What Would Jackie Do, Shelly Branch
The beauty myth: how images of beauty are used against women, Naomi Wolf
Essentially Lilly: a guide to colorful entertaining, Lilly Pulitzer
Mama Gena's School of Woman of Womanly Arts, Regena Thomashauer
Eat mangoes naked: finding pleasure everywhere and dancing with the pits!, Sark
Japanese Women Don't Get Fat, Naomi Moriyama
Slander: Liberal Lies, Anne Coulter
Memoirs of a geisha: a novel, Arthur Golden – Beautiful book, bad movie
How Clean is Your House, Kim Woodburn
Citizen Girl, Emma McLaughlin
Sky Burial, Xinran
Night, Elie Wiesel
Gap Creek, Robert Morgan
Talk before sleep, Elizabeth Berg
First they Killed My Father, Loung Ung
The Constant Princess, Philippa Gregory
The Little House, Philippa Gregory
When Broken Glass Floats, Chanrithy Him
Queenmaker, India Edghill
Harley Brown's eternal truths for every artist, Harley Brown
Slammerkin, Emma Donoghue
Push not the river, James Conroyd

Books on CD
Talking Back, Andrea Mitchell
Burnt toast, Teri Hatcher
When Madeline was young, Jane Hamilton

New Blog

So I have taken some time off.

My old blog was uninspiring at best. I had a lot to say, but every time I opened it to write my enthusiasm was squashed by the bland color and flat graphics.

So I was on a mission.... a two and a half week mission. I found a new template and made some minor adjustments.