Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
The people who harvest our fruits and vegetables are, today, among the country’s most marginalized. They earn well below the poverty line and spend a substantial portion of the year unemployed. They do not have the right to overtime pay or to collective…
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Mr. Gandolfino died away from "home" and was not known as well in the land of his ancestors as much as here in the US. Because he did not advertise all of his activism, it took his death to inform readers of the press about him. However, those of us whose cultures are similar to Italian Culture and who share the religious teachings of Social Justice in the Catholic Church culture which is common to many of us identify with his impulses to do good. We also identify with any impulse to enjoy life and care for our families. Therefore, although I did not personally know Mr. Gandolfino, I feel he was a brother traveling in the same world during most of my life. He wasn't the leading type in his looks. Some of the characters he played were blue collar workers striving to make their way up the social ladder. From his work using his celebrity to help society, he has increased the worth of being human.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
I've started that project many times and now have many documents to prove my attempts. Someone in my circle of friends on Goodreads posted a title that should help me end my writer's block but before buying it I downloaded a free sample to my Nook. It does not contain anything I already do not know. I saved myself $10 plus tax. :)
Now it is up to me and my little grey cells to work at developing a writer's habit. We'll see if I get up and running with my work.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I feel or rather have come to the conclusion that many of the problems people have with the Obama presidency lies in the fact that GREED has camouflaged as "success." As a result core American values have been hijacked and lost. Fortunately, our president has a strong sense of history and knowledge of the constitution upon which our government was founded. His heroes have been mine for a very long time. MLK, JFK, RFK, FDR, and all those in the arts who strove for peace over war these have been the heroes of my lifetime. So to are the sisters like Mother Theckla, my favorite and best remembered teacher from Sacred Heart Villa, where I learned the most important precepts of what it means to follow Christ without being sanctimonious about it. An old Jane Wyman movie's title names the characteristic I'm talking about. To give without asking for something in return, to help others without seeking praise,these are the morals in that old movie whose title fits the selflessness with which we should approach the doing our duty or doing good deeds--Magnificent Obsession. The movie itself is too melodramatic but its core lesson is a good one for our times as well as the 1950s when it came out.
I hope that I haven't been too selfish; although, I do have a penchant for loving my children too strongly. Perhaps that isn't too bad a quality in a mother. :)
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
My degree from the University of Arizona was in Rhetoric and Composition. Since I'm addicted to historical biographies I am also happiest when studying the rhetoric used in the past and used by marginalized people.
I pray that as he grows, Kai will keep me feeling positive for our children and grandchildren's future. Also, I hope my heart keeps melting with love for him and all of my other grandchildren.
So I celebrated with my son and his family to come to an undecorated apartment. Perhaps next year I will do better about stirring the feeling of Christmas within me.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
I know we have smart people in broadcast news as well as here on the post, yet too often untruths are repeated without adequate follow up questions. A person who stuck with numbers and algorithms which yielded accurate results was Nate Silver. Imagine a country of over 250,000.000 people and one man got things right. I listened closely when he was interviewed--which was rarely to calm fears generated by other people in the news.