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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Note: I think this blog is headed toward being slightly political, so be forewarned and click your back button.

I have decided to change my party affiliation. I have Googled, "How do I change my party afffiliation in my state?", I have learned how to do it and downloaded the form which must be filled out and sent or carried in after being signed as a legal document.

I will take the form in to the nearest office Monday morning.

Why am I doing this? I don't feel I can wait until voting day to show my huge displeasure with the people representing my party. I have left the party once before when I was disgusted with President Nixon's behavior.
But returned. Since President Bush was reading with the kindergarteners with the book upside down during the 9/11 disaster, I have felt the party as I knew it has gradually disappeared. Perhaps the party as I thought I understood it never did exist.

But I've decided I'd like to be a part of an intelligent citizenry that has a little passion for their fellow man, and a desire to do away with those who see political office as a place to get rich without doing any work.

Evidently, we have created a system where our governmental leaders must get paid for doing nothing. Shame on us. Everywhere else, we are held accountable for showing up to work on time, for doing our job, for getting a good evaluation. If we don't, we get the boot. We sometimes get the boot even if we DO everything right, but get our hours cut instead so we don't qualify for benefits.

Somewhere in the documents we hold as important to our Democracy, it says "promote the general welfare and provide for the common defense."
It appears the only place that is happening is in the Oval Office.

  
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CRAFTSFAN1 10/9/2013 4:18PM

    Sometimes I make brief reasoning about things. The way I see things is very simplistic: We live in a democracy, the law passed, a government faction is BLACKMAILING democracy/health care reform vs budget authorization.
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The lobbyist are going to line up to talk to the budget factions from now on, knowing that the last word will be theirs, because of the weapon they have: BLACKMAIL.

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BRAVELUTE 10/9/2013 12:31AM

    George 815, I could swear I saw the news report while it was happening, or soon after on the local news channel. I don't think he started out upside down, but he returned to the reading circle after being informed of a possible problem by someone, And started reading with the children again, this time with the book upside down.

I could have a few of the details mixed up, but I wasn't basing my comments on myths created by others. It was based on the news programming at the time. You know how they showed events of the day over and over? Not much else happened at my school after that.

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GEORGE815 10/8/2013 8:01PM

    Correction of fact. It was erroneously stated that George Bush was interrupted while reading to those Floridian children. They interviewed the teacher, who was asked regarding that published statement. She stated the book wasnot upside down, and she did not vote for George Bush either.

It seems like a lie gets half way around the world, before the truth gets a chance to put its pants on.

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BRAVELUTE 10/7/2013 4:54PM

    In response to the comments that thought they had picked up on what I was changing my affiliation TO, I don't think I said. For SharJo, I don't think we have the Green Party Option. For now, I believe I'm heading toward "No Party", the equivalent of the Independent party for years here. Then they can all just wonder WHAT I'll do in the voting box.

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JUSTYNA7 10/6/2013 3:55PM

    Follow your heart. We are accountable at all levels.

I had a great harp day. Attended the Northern Lights Harp Festival last night which was a superb concert. I feel so excited to do some noodling and see what my fingers can do!

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MICKEYH 10/5/2013 9:07PM

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ANGEL1066 10/5/2013 6:17PM

    Like you, I am more than a little disgusted with the behavior of the Grand OldParty. Unlike you, I find the other side, which I left some time ago, equally or more offensive. It has been a long time since either party showed sufficient concern for the common good, or any real sense of Vision. I hope we find a better choice somehow, before the wheels all fall off.

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LESLIELENORE 10/5/2013 5:39PM

    When my dad changed his party affiliation he wrote a letter explaining his reasons and sent it to his congressmen... who sent back a form letter thanking him for his support! Obviously nobody read his letter. The fact that the politicians are still being paid when they have put so many people out of work is a travesty.

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L*I*T*A* 10/5/2013 11:16AM

    i applaud your convictions....
people need to take the country back.....
it's childish game playing with peoples lives.....
especially when they continue to collect their paychecks and cut off the rest....
hoping and praying for a better outcome..........
blessings and hugs......lita

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JEANNETTE59 10/5/2013 11:13AM

  The party you thought you knew was the Party of President Lincoln, sadly like Lincoln it is long gone.
I for one welcome you to the the Democratic Party, we are far from perfect, but we don't walk in lock-step. For the sake of our country we must get big money out of the political process and we must embrace the words, Liberty and Justice for All, not as a slogan spouted at Political Rallies, but as the American way of life.

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SHARJOPAUL 10/5/2013 11:02AM

    WOO HOO!
We need to all take action and let the elected officials know what they are doing is WRONG! Since I have not been happy with either of the major political parties for a very long time, I am thinking about registering with the Green party.

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MUDDER91 10/5/2013 9:48AM

    Good for you for finding a way to be heard. I wish there were other significant options besides the two parties currently in power. We need several... This thoughtless gridlock in politics and the news sucks.

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The Theory of Relativity Speaking

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Sunday, 217 minutes of walking, 21, 136 steps, 9.6

Tuesday, 45 minutes of walking, 2, 124 steps, .9 miles

You might be ready to WOO the HOO for my Sunday workout. Personally, I say Tuesday's workout was priceless.

Why? It was done in 3 sessions in the hospital. All pushing an IV pole. The nurses were impressed with the tracker and the way all the lights lit up when I reached my 2000 step goal. They all wanted one. If I could afford it, I'd get them all one. The nurses were wonderful but not so wonderful that they would have wanted to watch me pace the 6000 steps that had been my goal pre-hospital. All of us were happy I had scaled back my step goal for the time in the hospital.

I'm not sure how much fitness I'll be able to do now that I'm back home, but I plan to keep moving and if I can increase it, woohoo. If not, then I know I'm managing to do what I can. I'm not setting my sights on Sunday's record performance, but 3000 steps tomorrow is doable, and a healthy goal.

So workouts are relative, relatively speaking.

PS: My yellow hospital socks were filthy after the walking workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday! They should have put me on the payroll for mopping the floor.

PPS: Yes, I'm much better now. I'll be very glad to juice my own clear liquids and have a more scenic walk at HOME!!

  
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CRAFTSFAN1 10/8/2013 9:03PM

    BRAVELUTE, please let us informed how are you doing. I am very glad that you are home now. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DS9KIE 10/5/2013 7:38AM

    hope everything is going well, bet your glad to be home.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/3/2013 9:11PM

    emoticon Reaching your goal feels so good. Hope the rest of you follows

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SNOWYOGA 10/3/2013 9:09PM

    emoticon I'm glad your home emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/3/2013 9:08PM

    You did wonderful getting as many steps as you did! I hope your recovery goes smoothly.

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JEANNETTE59 10/3/2013 11:24AM

  So glad you're home! You're right about all things being relative and your upbeat perspective makes you a winner everyday. Sending you lots of emoticon and emoticon

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KIWIANN 10/3/2013 10:03AM

    You are right about your Tuesday workout being impressive!! (And I was impressed to see your Glow Getter award that day!!) Wishing you a speedy recovery!! emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 10/3/2013 9:54AM

    wishing you a quick and east recovery from your hospital stay............

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CHRISTASP 10/3/2013 3:11AM

    How are you doing now? What happened? I hope you're all right.
Good for you for exercising in the hospital!

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MICKEYH 10/2/2013 11:48PM

    Glad to know you are home now. Get well soon. emoticon

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POPSY190 10/2/2013 11:40PM

    I like the title of this. Good to hear you are now home after your shining example to us all of how to exercise in hospital! I think the thing at home is to keep moving when you can but to be extra vigilant to not overdo it.

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MATTEROFHEART 10/2/2013 11:40PM

    I didn't even know you were in the hospital! Are you ok?

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Water Water Everywhere, but not a drop to drink

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Well, not really. I'm drinking my 8 glasses and more every day. So you'd think there wouldn't be any extra lying around my house, BUT THERE IS!. My porch leaks, leaks, leaks. Seeps in under the walls and creates a stinky pond. Tore up the carpet and that left a mess of old glue. Stinky. Unsightly. Decided to do something about it. Contractors for 2 weeks. Everything torn up and moved and discombobulated for 2 weeks. Then yesterday the FIXING OF THE LEAK was done, at least until 7:00 p.m. when it rained. Actually there was no leak until the next morning when there was a small pond. No big pond.

But my contractor wouldn't come look at it. He had been paid, and had to go do some estimates on new jobs. And I have a leak. Can't paint the floor because it is wet. Everything is still discombobulated.

Mom was to see a bone/muscle doc Friday, but he was going to play golf because his arms work right. We've rescheduled that for Tuesday. I have had a chance to try to repay a small bit of her caregiving when I was so sick.

But I have neglected my time on Spark People. I guess I could say circumstances have weaned me from spending so much time here, but they have not taken me away from my plan, my program. In fact I'm surprised at the choices I'm making.

It's getting cooler in the evening, and while the thyroid meds appear to be at a good level in the bloodwork, the pool seems to cool me down to the bone in the evening. I need to have them turn on the sauna so I can get warm after my workout.

One good thing came of the discombobulation--I had to move my freezer twice, emptying it and refilling it both times. So I am very aware of the available frozen bags of fruit and containers of frozen soups. Think I'll start having a cup of hot soup after the evening pool session. Get in the cooked veggies and Anti-angiogenic foods, AND warm up at the same time!!

I guess I'm glad I can't go to NC right now since I have to chauffeur Mom.
I've heard the pool near my house there is down to 72 degrees. The FL pool is still running at 88, even though the air is cooler.

Perhaps if we find out Tuesday that she doesn't need surgery, we'll both drive up there for a short while and see the leaves.

Happy Autumn

  
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DS9KIE 9/23/2013 11:21PM

    yikes I hate leaks...I always cringe when its pouring down rain...

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GEORGE815 9/23/2013 5:46PM

    Hope your Mom deal works out for the best.

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GEORGE815 9/23/2013 5:46PM

    Hope your Mom deal works out for the best.

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JUSTYNA7 9/23/2013 9:58AM

    What a mess! We have had more rain this summer than I ever remember and had to put up evestrough because the basement seems to have a leak somewhere. I got an estimate of thousands of dollars to try and find the leak from outside with no guarentees so instead we are trying to divert water until we come up with a better plan. I am feeling quite frustrated with water myself! This too will pass.

Have to think positive though. I have a harp lesson this afternoon and feel good about the basics we reviewed last week. Harp convention (Northern Lights) next weekend and though I'm not signed up for classes I'm going to the Saturday night concert. It should be amazing and only $20 a ticket. I do love fall. Here in the Ottawa area we get spectacular fall folliage. Last night I had the window open while I slept... perfect cold nose and warm coverings combination. I have a fridge full of healthy foods and MY pool is warm today. I am grateful. Life is not perfect. There are.... things I could worry about, but today I choose to work on my to do list and step forward in my plan to get healthy. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 9/22/2013 8:43PM

    Sorry to hear about the leak. I hop you get a chance to go to NC!

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SNOWYOGA 9/22/2013 6:09PM

    I am really sorry and you are really busy I will be thinking about you and prayers that everything gets back on
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ANGEL1066 9/22/2013 5:13PM

    Hope you do get to go to .n.c, both of you. Next time, withold payment until job, has been proved by rain! Hope that works out well, too.

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CRAFTSFAN1 9/22/2013 4:33PM

    I hope that everything turns up right. I am sorry to hear that you were in such of trouble with the leaking porch.
My best wishes for your mother recuperation.
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JEANNETTE59 9/22/2013 3:03PM

  So emoticon time for an upswing. emoticon for both you and your mom.

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L*I*T*A* 9/22/2013 12:31PM

    call the better business bureau....
hope it all works out........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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MUDDER91 9/22/2013 12:00PM

    It was good to hear from you! Sorry about your problems. I'm glad you are still making some good decisions for your own health!
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GAILANN48 9/22/2013 5:32AM

    Oh, my goodness, what a string of disappointing and frustrating things! Well, except for the freezer knowledge and the Florida pool temps. :)

It's so good of you to be there for your mother - we don't always get to directly repay the folks to whom we owe debts of kindness and care.

Here's hoping brighter days follow for you this week!

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CHRISTASP 9/22/2013 3:38AM

    Good wishes for your mother.
That's an achievement that you continued with your plan / program!
Don't you wish the contracter had the same persistance?!


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PATRICIAAK 9/22/2013 1:38AM

    how frustrating. I'd call the better business bureau.

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SUNSHINE99999 9/21/2013 11:17PM

  Happier trails ahead for you. emoticon

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EMMACORY 9/21/2013 10:57PM

    Maybe you could report your contractor to the Small business bureau. He should make it right! Hang in there.... emoticon

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Bravelutes Singing with Robert Fulghum

Friday, August 30, 2013

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Robert Fulghum

  
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GEORGE815 9/2/2013 11:36AM

    Hopefully I can appreciate "good" wonder.

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LESLIELENORE 8/31/2013 3:13PM

    Absolutely!

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PATRICIAAK 8/30/2013 11:10PM

    good advice

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Bravelute's Singin'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. 'Cause that's all that matters in the end.

Kris Kristofferson

  
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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/30/2013 6:36PM

    Amen!

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GEORGE815 8/30/2013 4:54PM

    Kris was honored as a vet of the year. What a portfolio!

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STEVIEBEE569 8/30/2013 12:23AM

    Absolutely

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KIWIANN 8/29/2013 9:16AM

    Let's do it all!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 8/29/2013 3:57AM

    All are important but not as important as loving God.

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CHRISTASP 8/29/2013 3:23AM

    I think he could add 'eat with gusto'.

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