It takes a spot of courage to stand up tall and a bit of derring-do to rise when you fall

Thursday, January 01, 2009

A Minor Change

I've been wanting a new look, and it was too complicated to figure out how to make the changes I wanted on this current blog, so I've started a new one. You can find it here. Come visit!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Name's A Name

That's what this father says. I don't think I can agree in this instance. Why, why, and HOW could you saddle your kid with a name like that? (Check out his other kids' names.)

Here are some more:

Talullah Does The Hula
Moxie Crimefighter
Pilot Inspekter

There are many many more, but those are just some examples. Why? Why would you do that to your child? Do you hate him in advance? I don't get it.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Irony Is Thick

T-H-I-S is a terrible, horrible happening. More and more there are stories of kidnappings in Mexico and sadly, it's made me never want to visit again. It's a terrible thing that's going on there. But isn't there something just so ironic about this particular case? (Not to be irreverent or diminish the awfulness of it.)

A Long and Rambling, Boring Diatribe Regarding That Offensive Subject of Global Warming

I will likely regret bringing this up, and I'm disappointed in advance that it will be considered a "political" post because it's anything but that. This subject isn't important enough to raise anyone's ire, to make someone's head explode, etc. But this is merely, simply, an honest curiosity I have. I'm increasingly fascinated by a common thread of thought regarding global warming. Right now it's unusually cold in many places, it's snowing in strange and crazy places---New Orleans, Houston, etc.---and it's just COLD, right? So over and over I hear or read the comment, "Where's the global warming??" Often this is accompanied by a healthy dose of snickering. Which, like I said, I find fascinating. Also, in my initial ignorance, I didn't realize the bodies of thought are neatly split down political lines: Left believes; Right mocks. Those seem to be the two main players. I imagine there are plenty who trickle in somewhere in between on either side.

Here are some of the intriguing parts to me:

1) I don't remember anyone ever saying that global warming means we're all going to be dying of heat. As I understand it--correct me if I'm wrong--global warming refers to climate change. It increases extreme weather events: hot, cold, rain, snow, tornado, hurricane, etc. Global warming is about climate sensitivity and weather changes, etc.; not: "no one's ever going to need a coat again."

2) Why are some people so violently opposed to the idea of global warming? It's like a personal offense against them, as though the entire world is saying in a loud and ominous, booming voice: "It's YOUR fault that this is happening. YOU ALONE are responsible." Why does this evoke such a visceral reaction?

3) Why is it so hard to imagine that years and years of pollution could have had an adverse effect on our environment? Why is it so crazy to imagine that we as humans and inhabitants of this earth could possibly have contributed to a less-than-stellar environment? Is it so unreasonable to think, "Wow, hey, it looks like there's a possibility that some damage has been done to good ole Mother Earth and some of it can possibly be attributed to (*gasp*) humans, so hey---let's all pitch in a little and alter our routines slightly and see if we can maybe undo some of this, or at least not continue to make it worse"?? Is that really so far-out there? Is it really so Al Gore? Can't it just be we're-all-in-this-together?

4) And if there's absolutely no such thing, is it really so bad to try to be more environmentally-friendly anyway? I know that there are dollar signs involved, and that's what makes a lot of people mad. Especially if you don't believe there IS such a thing as global warming, it seems like throwing money away. But I guess I can't figure out how it's such a far-out idea that maybe pollution is bad and maybe we should try to breathe cleaner air. Just as one example.

So I'm a bit confused. I'm always somewhat taken aback by the complete derision I sometimes hear regarding global warming---and I understand now, I understand that it's mostly political. I guess I get it. But seriously. Isn't it a tiny bit like maybe burying our heads in the sand? Maybe? I mean, what if (a wee wee tiny possibility, I know), what if it's...........


Thursday, December 11, 2008

And Yet Another.....

I'm just a sucker for these kinds of stories.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


I just found this picture in my computer. I'd forgotten how cute my little boys used to be. They're handsome now (if I say so myself), getting all grown up....but they were so sweet! :) I wouldn't be their mother, would I?

I Dare You... watch T-H-I-S and not shed a teeny tiny tear.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Braxton Hick

So a couple is racing down the breakdown lane on a highway in Massachusetts. Have they robbed a bank? Can't be bothered to wait in the stop-and-go traffic? Trying to get all their Christmas shopping done? Not quite. The woman is watermelon pregnant and having contractions three minutes apart...desperate, yeah? I mean, who wants to deliver a baby in the car on the highway in a traffic jam? Not me, thanks. I was there, and it's not a fun place to be (on the way, barely making it to the hospital).

So they see a cop up ahead--hooray! oh what a relief---but wait! He doesn't escort them with lights and sirens blazing. No no. Instead he makes them WAIT while he finishes writing another ticket and then Writes. Them. A. Ticket. Insult to injury: he makes her "prove" she's pregnant. Wants to see her belly because, you know, so many people try that "I'm pregnant" story when they're speeding.

Am I way off base in finding this a bit ridiculous?

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Good food and lots of it. Family and lots of it.....
Have a great turkey day!!!