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Pete Seeger video

Saturday, 11:44 am

By Cyn

Jul

31

2010

sunny

New song, worth the few minutes of time to listen to....Pete Seeger live



 

Oh my, it has been a long time.........

Friday, 8:43 pm

By Cyn

Jul

30

2010

clear night

I just realized I have not posted anything since the 11th or 12th of July and here it is already the 30th.  Kate, you won’t fire me will you??

So, what is happening?  I have a new hero, Anthony Weiner...check out this video of a speech he made yesterday, It’s Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans--super speech, worth the time to listen to the whole thing if you can find it.  He was mad and it showed and I wish sometimes, as much as I like Obama, he would let loose on some of these incessant no to everything types the same way.  I think people would begin to pay attention and understand more of the BS that is going on.  Hell, didn’t you pay attention when your parents raised their voices and let you have it good?  I know I sure did.  My kids, not so much........but they probably knew yelling was about the size of it.  On the other hand, I knew I was going to get it good, whether it was being grounded or having to do extra chores or whatever.........if my parents raised their voices I was in deep trouble.  So maybe Obama needs to do the same thing!!

What’s been happening in your life?  Mine has been pretty boring.  Spent two weekends in the Berkshires back to back, one to meet with a rep from an auction house and then to go to my high school reunion.  We had a very small class--started with 68, 64 graduated, 7 have died and only about 23 of us went to the reunion.  As is often the case, the majority of us live out of town......in some cases WAY out of town. Singapore, Arizona, New Mexico.  People who lived 20 minutes from the country club never even responded.  Their loss.  There were quite a few who never bothered to respond one way or the other and several we do not have current addresses for.  Many of us no longer have family living in the area so it is impossible, even with constant googling - to find some people.  We had a good time and some of my friends came back to the house and we sat around and talked til after 2:30AM and then a couple of women spent the night rather than have to drive late which made more sense.  All in all it was fun; in a strange way, a few of us are way better friends today than we were back then.  We have gotten to know each other so much better and truthfully, we - well they are, anyway - are much more interesting today then we were back in high school.

I no sooner arrived home then the auction house called to say they had a pick up close to my house up there (mom’s house) and could I meet them there last Thursday so they could pick up the things they are going to sell at auction.  So, I took more time off from work, turned around and went back up there.  I am tired!!  I think it is more emotional than anything else.

Anyone know anything about tick bites??  I am so stupid that I thought it was a blood blister so ignored it for a day - then something clicked and I realized what it was.  SO got rid of it.  It was about two weeks ago and have had a bunch of different advice.  Go to a doctor, don’t go unless you have symptoms, get a blood test, ask for antibiotics.  What to do..........so I did what I usually do.  Nothing!!  I am guessing it came in on the cat and since she is an outdoor cat and always cuddled in my lap when she is inside, it is not surprising.

We leave for my favorite vacation place very soon now and will be there for quite a while.  I am psyched!!  Watch someone will make an offer on the house the day before we leave and will want it emptied out by Labor Day and I will have to cancel the trip.  That would be SO bad. 

OK enough of my nonsense, probably better if I had continued to NOT post anything!!

Ciao’



 

Happy 4th of July

Sunday, 8:33 am

By Cyn

Jul

04

2010

sunny

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and has something fun to do today!!  I am in awe--a holiday and the weather here in New England is actually gorgeous--right now, anyway.  For what seems like the first time ever, I called my friends in Hawaii yesterday and they were having a rainy day!!  A switch indeed!!

And speaking of Hawaii, just a mere 36 days from now................but, who’s counting?  Me, that is who!! ;) My boss says she is having nightmares I will decide not to come back.  I told her if it were not for our cat, I probably wouldn’t.  Nothing else keeps me here and Joe pretty much feels the same way!!  I wish I could take her with me, but as Linkmeister can tell you, they quarantine animals for (I think) something like 3 months before they can be with you, so obviously makes no sense when we will be there for just a little over 3 weeks--this time!!  Next time, though, should be for a lot longer!!

If you have the time, read the article I posted below this...........food for thought and I really think we had best wake up and wake up quickly or our world as we know it will be totally changed.  The lunatics will be running it (if they are not already).  This should be the rallying cry for all of us who have at least some semblance of common sense left in our heads.  Thanks to Steve (a/k/a Linkmeister) for the link.

Happy 4th of July everyone!



 

America, the Poisoned: Hold These Truths to Be Self-Inflicted by Charles P. Pierce

Sunday, 8:15 am

By Cyn

Jul

04

2010

"One entire political party has lost its mind, and well may succeed for having done so. A congressional candidate in Alabama is running commercials equating progressive taxation with slavery and the Holocaust. A candidate for the Senate in Nevada seems to deny any role for a central government short of raising an army, and perhaps not even that, since she seems to suggest that, if the election doesn’t go her way, her several followers may go to guns in response. The members of that party in the national legislature have utterly abandoned their duties to the public good for unalloyed obstructionism. On Wednesday, the Senate again failed to pass an extension of unemployment benefits for the first time since the 1950’s, and this in a time of 9.5-percent unemployment. The government is unwilling to bring the criminals of the previous administration to justice, and seemingly unable to bring the corporate criminals of the previous decade to justice, either. Some 20,000 barrels of oil are spilling daily into the Gulf of Mexico, where now huge columns of smoke are beginning to rise from the surface of the sea. And maybe it is time to read Revelations with a fresh eye, after all, except for the fact that the horsemen are not unleashed upon us. We invite them in to ride”...Read the whole article here...State of the Union Essay



 

For Book Lovers

Friday, 7:38 pm

By Kate

Jul

02

2010

sunny

Since this is a long weekend (in the US, at least), maybe this will give a couple of you something to go with your later morning coffee…

Bookshelf Porn..... I might be embarrassed to tell you how long I spent gazing on all of the sumptuous photographs. There are many people out there in the whole wide world who love books. I love peeping into their homes and public spaces filled with books. Maybe you will, too.

While poking though the Bookshelf Porn photos, I found a few of a book shop in Paris, called Shakespeare and Co., that completely captured my imagination. I think that the shop has been around nearly as long as time. It seems to be a most magnificent and magical place. Here is an article in the U.K. Guardian from last March that is a feast of word pictures. For the more visually attuned, watch this You Tube video of the bookshop and interview with the manager.

Shakespeare and Co. is one place I’d really like to visit before shuffling off this mortal coil.

Enjoy the books.