Monday, July 30, 2007
I'm a Jersey girl and frankly I miss the change of seasons..I miss shopping for boots and sweaters. I miss the smell of fallen leaves in piles and the cool crisp nights of October, my birth month.
When I was a kid, by mid August you just knew that the summer was almost over..we didn't go back to school until the week after labor day. Here they go back 2 weeks before Labor day and in some places even earlier. In August you held on to each day knowing that it would soon be cool..you'd be back at school, so we lingered a little longer at the pool..or the beach or the lake. We saw the scarecrows in the windows and we'd groan knowing we'd have to go to school, but there was an excitement to it too. New clothes, new school supplies. I loved getting a new notebook (blue canvas ring binder), it was a clean new palate just waiting for writings & Drawings in blue bic pen ink. The smell of new paper and books. I still love the smell of a new book...I always smell the inside when I buy one. Book covers, you could buy them at the 5&10 for about a dime each, or you took some of Mom's brown grocery bags and made the folds then slipped right on your school book. We'd get fined if our books weren't covered. I don't think kids get books anymore..my daughters school had a classroom set they used in class and they took home work sheets for homework or had work books. Kids MUST still get school books...mustn't they?
In any case..I am waxing nostalgic..it must have been the scarecrows today.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Yes, We Can All Be Insured
July 30, 2007 issue - Prepare to be terrorized, shocked, scared out of your wits. No, not by jihadists or Dementors (you do read "Harry Potter," right?), but by the evil threat of ... universal health insurance! The more the presidential candidates talk it up, the wilder the warnings against it. Cover everyone? Wreck America? Do you know what care would cost?
LEELEE'S NOTE: I really believe we should start thinking like other industrialized nations that actually take care of their own people. It doesn't have to break the bank..I mean look how much money is being spent on rebuilding Iraq? Not to mention the record profits drug and insurance companies are making in this country.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Having has quite a bit of experience with addiction problems, I'll spare you the details, but suffice to say, I have seen a lot of it in my lifetime. My heart does break for this young lady, because it's obvious that no one in her immediate circle is facing the truth about her problems.
Her father is once again on the talk show circuit, telling all how, she had a wonderful childhood. Whether or not she did is really moot, it's obvious that there are some deep issues in this girl's life.
Her mother has been out on the scene with her since she was a teen, allowing her to drink and party and keeping right up there with her. Drink for drink, party for party. How sad! and yet they wonder why she is behaving this way.
The rehabs she has gone too, certainly don't seem to have any impact on her behavior and to me they look like obscenely expensive spa's that don't allow drinking or drugs. I'm quite sure they are not working on deep emotional issues or assisting her in seeing that she is an alcoholic/addict.
I do know that no rehab or treatment program will work miracles..it is definitely up to the addict to make the choice whether or not to continue using, but many programs will delve deeply into some of the emotions that run these behaviors. It's all about knowing or understand at least the "why's" of one's behavior, then dealing with it.
I'm troubled by this..it's so frighteningly sad to watch someone self destruct..believe me, this I know from first hand experience.
I hope someone out there recognizes that this girl's days are numbered, unless she gets some real help.
Monday, July 23, 2007
I had a nice weekend, saw a movie, bought the new Harry Potter book, started it, gonna savor it..
Trying to teach myself how to crochet..I figure with all these grandchildren, I should be making booties or blankets or something..so far I can make a chain but can't seem to do a stitch..I'll try again tonight..
Had a nice day with my hubby yesterday..spent a rainy afternoon in a local art museum..always fun..went out for an early italian dinner.
I feel relaxed and happy..It's good, I'll take it.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
4 of my 6 grandchildren, and yes I really like being called Grandma, but only by THEM!
What can I say??
I caught this 23 lb dolphin! It was delicious!
I guess that's a bit of what has had me occupied this summer..it's been busy, but fun. Thanks for sticking with me.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Being a veterinarian, I was called to examine a 10 year old Irish wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa & their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker & they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker & found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker & offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron & Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the 4-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life...like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The 4-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Leave the rest to God.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
I got an email from a friend, who happens to be a guy..titled
Now I don't know if I'd go quite THAT far, but I DO like what I see..
I think this one is my FAVORITE!!