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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why am I going to DC to participate in the Women's March on Washington?

Why am I going to DC to participate in the Women's March on Washington?

I've been asked why.

And I've been quoted in the High Country Press -

Yes, I did say that I think Donald Trump is crazy and dangerous.

And I do believe it.

But that's not the only reason I'm participating.

One of the reasons I decided to go was because I wanted to help increase the number of participants.  

I signed up very early.  

I had no idea it would grow to what it has grown to.

And that there would be sister marches all over this country.


The world!

It has become a Global Day of Action.

As soon as I heard about this march, it became important to me to make a point in any way I could to the rest of the world that we do not all accept Donald Trump as our next president.

That we do not all feel the same way he does.

That we are not all racists.

That we do not all embody all the hatred he and his supporters do.

I am terrified, frankly, of where we'll be this time next year under Donald Trump and the appallingly shocking people he's choosing as cabinet members.

We're in danger, I fear, of completely losing the very things this country was founded on.

It's as though he's going through long lists of names and picking out the person who could do the most to dismantle the good that's been done in a particular area.  

I'm terrified that we're going to see World War III.

So, yes, I'm going to Washington, DC to march.

For women's rights, for civil rights, for common decency, for the planet, for ALL the things listed in The Women's March Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles.  For gender justice, for racial justice, for economic justice.  For reproductive freedom.  For LGBTQIA rights.  For peace.

I have a lot of Facebook friends who are unable to attend this march, so I'm writing down their names and putting them in my pocket.

They will be there in spirit.  With me.

And they'll be a comfort to me, knowing I'm not marching for all these things all by myself in a crowd of 200,000.  

I'll have friends with me.

Friends who believe in the same things I do.

I'll also have some friends from Boone with me.  We're riding up and back together on a bus. 

It's going to be a grueling trip.

We're leaving Boone at 11:55 pm on Friday night.  

We'll be getting back to Boone around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

But we're standing up for what we believe in.

We're exercising our rights as given to us in the first amendment of the United States Constitution which, I believe, is at risk with our present congress and Donald Trump.

The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It's important to me to stand up for what I believe. 

It's important to me that I be in DC for this march.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Annabelle Barley

We drove to Zebulon today for a little visit with Annabelle and her family.

She's not quite ready to come home with us yet - but, soon!

In the meantime, enjoy a few pictures of her, her siblings and the rest of the family.

We Love Love Love
Judy Bolin and Carlins Kennels

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Looking for beauty

One of the chapters in Will Schwalbe's "Books for Living," is A Journey Around My Room. 

Mr. Schwalbe tells us about Lin Yutang, who he talks about a great deal, and his theories about "false travel." 

It's interesting. 

I did not agree with all of Lin Yutang's thoughts and feelings, but it was interesting reading. (I have some serious issues with anyone who thinks taking pictures inhibits one's ability to actually see and feel the travel experience. While it may inhibit some people's ability, I will argue to the death that it will inhibit everyone. Another topic for another day). 

Lin Yutang was a fan of a book written in 1790 by a French officer, Xavier de Maistre, sentenced to house arrest. 

During this period, Mr. de Maistre wrote "A Journey Around My Room" in which he visited with his belongings. 

I mentioned at Facebook yesterday how I felt the need for a little beauty in my life after listening to all the political nastiness. And I decided to take my own journey about our home. 

I visited with the artwork that covers our walls. 

Picked up bits and nibs of this and that - pieces of pottery, glassware, seashells, etc. that are crowding the tabletops and shelves. 

I pulled out a few much loved books just to reacquaint myself with why a certain book lives here.

I'm able to recall for almost every single thing in this house where it came from and why (I am puzzled, I admit, as to where the plastic Woody from Toy Store came from and why he's living here, but hey, he seems happy, so here he'll stay). 

The memories are often much more than the object. 

And they are, to us, beautiful. 

It's often said that homes are a reflection of the occupants. 

I believe this. 

And I believe that's as it should be. 

The fact that our little house is a jumble of mismatched stuff to the point of overflow probably speaks loudly (oftentimes too loudly) to our friends and family who come visit. 

I'm sure it's not a decorating style many would find to be the right decorating style for them, as there is no real "style" involved. 

But it was the perfect amount of beauty that my soul was in need of yesterday. 

This little nest of ours will be a refuge for the next four years. 

I'm thankful to have it. 

We will continue feathering it with bits and nibs and each of those small things will help block the ugliness while still allowing the light to shine through. 

We find our own beauty, don't we?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Barack Obama

photo from Michelle Obama's Facebook page

8 years. 
No scandals. 
No mistresses. 
No impeachment hearings. 
Just class and grace, personified.

Feeling the need for some beauty in my life after these last several hours. Recent reports and allegations of political events have me feeling as though I'm in need of a bath to help wash away the filth. No shower jokes necessary - we've done those. And I laughed as hard as anyone. Now? Now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to manage to live with this much anger. HOW did we go from the grace of the Obama family to the disgrace of what's to follow?

click here for the full text and video of President Obama's Farewell Address (courtesy of The New York Times)