Archive for January, 2010

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State of the Union: A Kid’s Perspective

January 28, 2010

Check out that guy, he’s asleep!

Why aren’t those guys standing. You mean if they don’t get their way, they don’t stand? What are they, kindergarters?

Why is the lady behind Obama standing so much? She’s getting way more exercise than anyone else. Her legs are going to be stronger than Ellie’s.

You go Girl, stand again!

Why are the people in the front all in black and never standing? You mean they’re the judges? I’d where pink and green if I was one of them.

Is Lindsey Vonn there? (if you don’t know who Lindsey is, call Ellie)

Hey, he mentioned schools. Does he mean Silverthorne? You mean he just talked about our school on TV? That’s so cool.

Is anyone there who’s not old?

Look at that lady, she looks like a banana.

She does not.

She looks like a lemon.

How long is this going to take?

Seriously, can’t we watch something else?

And adults like this stuff?

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Helping Haiti

January 17, 2010

Love Knows No Boundaries…

Although we live a world a part from Haiti, the earthquake hit this mountain town hard. A local man was pulled from the rubble last week. Alive. He was one of the lucky few. I’ve worked with Jim on a few community events, and he is a remarkable, giving person. He was in Haiti doing relief work and fortunately, he’s safely back in Colorado.

Disasters happen, but they hit home when you know someone directly effected. In this small, small, world we have instant access to anywhere on the planet via the internet at any time. We don’t live in a bubble, but rather in hundreds of connected ways. And, we are affected by our actions always. Whether we know it or not.

I was disheartened and shocked when Rush Limbaugh made a public comment telling people not to donate to Haiti. Shame on him for his self-righteous exclusiveness. I believe God is with us all — in our hearts at all times. And our hearts cross all cultural, religious, and economic lines. Someone much wiser than I said “Love knows no boundaries.” Our hearts are full of love.

Please reach out with your heart and help Haiti.

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The Help

January 14, 2010

We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought. –The Help by Kathryn Stockett

In honor of Martin Luther King, my blog takes a different approach this entry.

Someone told me The Help was a book about Southern Black maids, and the women they served during the early 1960’s. It is. But it’s so much more.

Kathryn Stockett wrote a fictional book about Jackson, Mississippi during desegregation. She wrote about mothers and daughters. Race. Culture. And identity. She wrote a story about the poor and the rich. About suffering and triumph.

She writes of women.

There are so many things I could say about The Help, but I’ll say only one. Read it.

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Who needs a break?

January 6, 2010

You Deserve a Break Today -McDonald’s Slogan

If you’ve grabbed your glasses to read this blog, you’re old enough to remember McDonald’s slogan. Don’t we all deserve a break today? I know I do. In fact, you might not want to read on. I’m a little whiney this morning.

The holidays were magical. But a black cloud hovered around the corners of the spell. In the past three weeks, our house turned from this old house to this bad house. A cheap tub, an even cheaper sink, and a broken dishwasher caused major leak damage in three different rooms. I broke a tooth, a runaway boat crashed into our yard (odd, but true), my dog ate a bone that caused an infected tooth, and a tire flew off my husband’s car. The stomach flu plagued the entire family, and yours truly made dandy friends with a scrub brush. Blah, blah, blah, right?

BUT, it’s a new year and I’m tagging along behind Mcee D’s jingle. While my waist line doesn’t need the two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese all on a sesame seed bun (who remembers that little ditty?), my mind needs a break. I need to take pause and be grateful. Maybe not for the vomit, but for the rest of my health. For my family. For my friends. For all of it.

By finding a few minutes to remember the good, the bad doesn’t seem quite so bad. So take your break today and remember, it is a happy new year.