Friday, October 12, 2007

Where to find the women bloggers

It was a wonderful surprise to come back to my blog after being sick for a few days and find that I had been included on something called “ 100 Women Blogging on Politics.” My blog has been such a fun, creative outlet for me that it is truly an honor when I am reminded that anyone else out there in the world is stopping to take the time to read what I have to say.

I do truly try to stay informed and only post things that I have researched (that is, I try to never post anything that smells of “rumor,” unless of course, it's concerning the possibility of Jenna Bush being pregnant, because the hypocricy of that would just be too wonderful). I try to alert you to news stories that you may not have heard in the mainstream media, and I hope that above all, I give you something new to think about.

However, I'm fully aware that this blog is still basically an outlet for my opinions, no matter how informed they may be. So, thank you for reading, and thank you for commenting. I encourage you to check out InformedVoters, which created the list (now at almost 200), and also to check out the sites on the list. It's a wide variety, from Michelle Malkin to, well, me!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

47 million Americans aren't resting at home right now

As I'm gaining strength and resting at home following my surgery, I can't help but feel extremely fortunate. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be without insurance and to go through something like this.

This morning I finally felt clear-headed enough to sit down and pay some regular bills (phone, cable, credit card). It was a pretty simple and straightforward: the money's there to pay the bills. I try to imagine what it would be like if I was one of the 47 million Americans who doesn't have health insurance, and to try to recover from surgery while also figuring out how the heck I would pay for everything.

Our dear, insiped leader, George W. Bush, was quoted a few months ago as stating how wonderful it is that every American has access to health care: all they have to do is go to an emergency room. Good lord. Can he truly think that's the end of the story? That everyone gets treated and lives happily every after?

No, if I didn't have insurance but had to have emergency care, I would be answering to bill collectors right about now, instead of getting healthier so I can go back to work.

I am a very fortunate person. I will never forget that. I will also never forget that 47 million Americans cannot say that. This is a real crisis looming inour country, and whomever we elect as our next president had better be ready to deal with it immediately.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wednesday Poetry Break

Today is my parents anniversary, and yes I should know exactly how many years, but if you read my previous post, you'll see I'm still a little hazy, so let's just say it's about 53? Several more than fifty, at any rate! So in honor of their anniversary, I'm sharing a poem that I read more years ago than I'd like to admit at the wedding of my dear friends Kathy and Martin. Enjoy!

The Master Speed

No speed of wind or water rushing by
But you have a speed far greater. You can climb
Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,
And back through history up the stream of time.
And you were given this swiftness, not for haste
Nor chiefly that you may go where you will.
But in the rush of everything to waste,
That you may have the power of standing still—
Off any still or moving thing you say.
Two such as you with a master speed
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar

Robert Frost

Pooky's Back!

Well, in an abbreviated post, I'm afraid. Last week I had minor surgery and thought I'd be feeling up to posting in no time. Ha!

All I can say is, I have a renewed admiration for any woman who has had a baby in any circumstance. All I tried to do was birth a large fibroid and associated unused parts. Ha! Not so easy, is it?

Any way, although back at home and recovering right on schedule, I'm still not really feeling up to posting much these days. I'm storing up a lot of ideas, though, so look out for a full return soon!