Wednesday, May 19

foxglove, cast-glove

Annie took her new camera out for a test-drive and got this wonderfully colorful picture. Love it!
Now that Annie is back home, Jedd's childhood will resume being photographed. There has been an 8 month suspension of that while the girls were away to college.

Wednesday, April 14

thinning seedlings

I just stood at my kitchen sink thinning seedlings from pots of herbs I've started that sit on my windowsill. It was very difficult. I felt like a murderer. I felt like the surviving seedlings were tilting towards me with an accusatory look. Which led me to wondering, "How on earth do people make decisions on selective abortion"?
How could a mother look at a womb-full of babies and say keep that one but expel this one?
Just wondering...

Thursday, February 4

Canadian Premier heads to the U.S. for heart surgery...

Health Care: A Canadian premier, Danny Williams, said Tuesday he was headed for the U.S. for heart surgery. That's a bit ironic, given that Democrats hail Canada-care as a model for the U.S. and call our system "broken."

Hmmm. For me, the above says it all......
Yes, changes do need to be made to the system. No one that I know argues this. But, perhaps we could start with opening the state borders to choice in insurance carriers. And lets make a huge dent in torte reform.
Let's start small and work our way to this change and see what works, in as real a free market system as we could possibly have, if certain institutions would get out of the way.

Tuesday, February 2

True Luxury

I've got snow puddles by the back door that my aging dog has left there upon re-entry.There is cold leaking into the room through old windows and wall air conditioners which helps me appreciate this fleecy bathrobe and the gas fire to my right. A laptop computer keeps my lap as warm as a lapdog would (shhh! whisper that so that our 137 lb. lab isn't insulted!).
And coffee keeps enticing me to yet another cup. It's so fun to make and so good to drink. Pick a little pod of flavor, press it into the machine and push a button for your choice of strength. Better than a Starbucks in my kitchen. I love to cut the ends off of an orange and then slice into pieces. A little thing I didn't learn till my 30's. Before this I always peeled the orange. Messy job, that.
This is my typical morning hour.
Many, many thanks to Thom for this daily allowance. I know the luxury of this to so many.

Tuesday, December 29

billion, trillion...whatever.

A billion is only a thousandth of a trillion. Huh.
I don't know that my taxes can cover that no matter how high you raise them....take it all & give me back $5 a week allowance, it still won't dent it. Oh, & then you'll have to feed, clothe & shelter me, too.
That wouldn't be the plan by any chance would it? Because I don't like the color gray.

Thursday, September 10

moonless comfort

Another year of homeschooling started this week. Much quieter than any other. I've made myself stop many habits to try and find a good routine. No more radio in the morning. That was a hard one to break, but I found I often got stuck in one part of the house because I didn't want to "miss" anything. Now I'm trying to get some chores and work done before we crack open books. This is when I feel the real emptiness of the house. The void of the twins departure. No Henley and Chalice visiting the house or stopping by the store. I'm trying to load the weekdays up for Jedd. Book club/bowling with another homeschooling family on Mondays. Music lessons on Wednesdays and co-op on Fridays. I feel peace with it all though. Annie and Emma are so happy about their places right now it would be terrible to begrudge them this joy. And I need to take advantage of this time because Jedd is being extra wonderful about letting me hug and smother him as he knows it's hard for me (and him too, if we're being truthful). Last night he and I walked the dog and it was pretty late and getting downright chilly. I had a giant shawl wrapped around my shoulders and his and we banged and hip-checked our way down to the river and around a few blocks trying to spot a star or two behind the cloud cover. Couldn't even spot the moon much less a star, but we had some good laughs and the darkness allowed a 13 year old boy to cuddle with his mom on a late night walk.

Tuesday, August 18

never let a good crisis go to waste

I've spoken to a few of you whom I know read this blog, so I wanted to link you to this article:

Stand strong in the face of violations to our freedoms.

Friday, August 14

generations of build up

Yeah, I know Alex Jones is known for being absolutely over the top and out there, bigtime! But, why was he arrested in America for asking this question? What's going on hasn't started with Obama or Bush. It's been building up for a very long time.....

This was written by William Blase of The Courier:

Baron M.A. Rothschild wrote, "Give me control over a nation's currency and I care not who makes its laws."

All that is needed to effectively control a government is to have control over the nation's money: a central bank with a monopoly over the supply of money and credit. This had been done in Western Europe, with the creation of privately owned central banks such as the Bank of England.

Georgetown professor Dr. Carroll Quigley (Bill Clinton's mentor while at Georgetown) wrote about the goals of the investment bankers who control central banks: "... nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole... controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences."

The Bank of the United States (1816-36), an early attempt at an American central bank, was abolished by President Andrew Jackson, who believed that it threatened the nation. He wrote: "The bold effort the present bank had made to control the government, the distress it had wantonly produced...are but premonitions of the fate that awaits the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it."

Thomas Jefferson wrote: "The Central Bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the principles and form of our Constitution...if the American people allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

Does that not describe the situation in America today?

Thursday, August 13

July 4th

I knew that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4th, 1826. I did not know that James Monroe died 5 years later on July 4th,1831. That's gotta have some kind of special meaning to it....

Monday, August 10