Tuesday, October 28, 2008
As my life becomes more and more busy, this bull shit negativity must be eliminated. Therefore my blog is now for mostly for my family and myself and a few friends. Please visit once in while. Post comments if you want. This election is almost over, and painting season should begin soon.
I love you all.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Just another beautiful day in the metro parks, in the distance you can see a river and an old bridge. We took the pups yesterday and they had a fabulous time. Icey, had to be rushed to the vet, because we noticed some marks on her face....turns out that she has demodectic mange, sometimes cause by stress. So I looked back over the past weeks, and remembered her being circled at least three days in a row at the dog park. A dog named JJ is to blame. I knew she was stressed at the time, but had no idea that it could or would effect her physically.
So the dog park is off the list for a while, and she needs to go through treatment, which is a series of "dips." I feel badly for her, but we are confident that it will clear up after several "dips."
I can still walked them, but it's not quite the same as running free at the park. So this is really kind of sad.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
We are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with loyal subversion.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A while back, I posted on my blog and on an un-named political blog that I had no black friends. In response to my post, I was picked apart, insulted and ridiculed for my honesty. It was right there and then that I realized that solving racism is an individual issue. It was my issue and I had to own it. Each and every single person who tried to discourage me with their mockery, made me more determined to do everything and anything I could to break the cultural and social barriers that exist in my life. Mind you in my case, it’s not entirely black white rich poor issue; any difference from middle class white will qualify. Since the time of that post, I have made changes in my behavior. I have befriended a few African American people, and Native American Indian, and a Saudi Arabian woman.
My recent conversation with the Saudi woman I find interesting because it took place in a United States Post Office. It was a crowded but quiet office in white suburbia, and a Saudi woman wearing a black head scarf was in line in front of me with her daughter. I could see others starring intently at her, without any glimpse of kindness showing in their eyes whatsoever. So I decided to break the ice with a comment about her daughter’s jacket, by saying how cute it was.
We continued talking for the next twenty minutes, all the while, the others remained unusually silent. I could feel their intent stares on my back; they were listening to every single word. I learned about her family and how they share clothes and hand-me-downs, and how her sister lives in
As part of my daily life, I am consciously aware and always looking for more “break the barrier” opportunities. They are everywhere, I just need to recognize the opportunity and follow through with effort. Sometimes all it takes is a smile.