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I Say “No” to Proposition 19

In In the News, Politically Speaking on October 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

 

I’ve been hearing a little bit about Proposition 19—passage on November 2 would legalize marijuana usage in California.

In my opinion, all states should allow medicinal marijuana.  If it were legal in my state, I would entertain the thought of using it for my Cervical Dystonia, a neurological disorder which causes me bouts of horrific pain and spasms.

But, I do not support legalizing marijuana in general.  I know a few people who are “weed heads” and it’s not a pretty sight. I do believe that habitual use of marijuana may cause some damage to brain cells; this theory is based on those above mentioned “weed heads” with whom I am familiar.

 I wish there could be a sign on top of all cars telling whether or not a person is drunk or high.  But, since there isn’t , I figure it’s best to keep marijuana illegal and simply hope and pray to avoid people who are high—especially those on the road, doctors, pilots, etc.

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Book: The Twisted Sisterhood

In books on October 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I have another book to put on my book list. It may take me years, but I plan to read all the books on my list, someday—I have so many tiny pieces of paper floating around with various titles scribbled on them.

Anyway, I was intrigued by the book’s title, The Twisted Sisterhood. Apparently, the book is about how women can be so mean to one another. As a result, so many women shy away from forming female relationships, because they have been “burned” by women in the past.

Of course, it got me reminiscing about a few women whom I’ve had the displeasure of knowing. At the top of my list were women who were in supervisory positions–my school principals. I was the teacher, and they behaved more like shepherds for the devil. Then again, the school district in which I worked was well known for having a large percentage of principals who were mean spirited bullies.

Then, there’s that whole high school thing in which one group of girls—I remember them so well—made being nasty an art. More than likely, for many women, school is the earliest introduction to unpleasant female relationships.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some evil men out there as well. It’s just that my experiences with evil have mainly been from women. Is it the Estrogen? Is it jealousy? Is it insecurity? Or, is it that they just don’t like you? Who knows?

But, I know one thing…I keep my circle very small. And, my more-than-enough, unpleasant dealings with women is certainly a major reason for that.

For more information about The Twisted Sisterhood by Kelly Valen, visit:

http://www.lemondrop.com/2010/10/25/the-twisted-sisterhood-do-women-secretly-undermine-each-other/?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl5%7Csec1_lnk3%7C179955

Tyler Perry is a Strong, Brave Man

In reflectons on October 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I like Tyler Perry…as an artist and as a person.  He seems like a genuine person who hasn’t been jaded by the industry.

I must admit, however, that I initially questioned the reasoning behind his upcoming appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in which he’d discuss his having been physically and sexually abused as a child.  Was he coming on the show to gain publicity  for his upcoming movie, For Colored Girls

After seeing his genuine tears and pain, I now know otherwise.  I felt his pain and wished I could take it away.  It made me sad to think how many people have gone through similar experiences.    

During the interview with Winfrey, Perry explained that he never came forward with the entire hideous story of his childhood because he wanted to protect his mother whom died last December.  After her death, he felt he could share his story; he needed to share his horrific experiences.  

In doing so, perhaps Perry will help others come forward in an effort to deal with their own experiences of abuse.

Are You Serious, Virginia Thomas?

In In the News, reflectons on October 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

You have got to be kidding me.  After all of these years, why would Clarenence Thomas’ wife, Virginia leave a message for Anita Hill requesting an apology.

Well, first off, I believe that Anita Hill was sexually harassed by Thomas.  So, there would be no reason for her to apologize.  It just amazes me that Thomas was allowed to become a Supreme Court Justice in the first place.  Then again, Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his womanizing history, is Governor of California.  Only in America…

Virginia Thomas needs to apologize to Hill for being so inappropriate.  This is not highschool, Virginia.  It’s real “adult”  life.  Let it go…

The View Co-hosts Walk Off Stage After Words With O’Reilly

In Politically Speaking, Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

 

For video, visit:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp891YJw_VY

Last week, The View co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the stage after a heated discussion with Bill O’Reilly about the Ground Zero Mosque. 

O’Reilly is against the Mosque.  While Behar and Goldberg feel that Muslims have a right to erect the Mosque.

Personally, I don’t think the Mosque should be built at the intended location.  And, if I had lost a loved one on 9/11, I am sure that I would feel even more strongly and adamant about the Mosque not being built near Ground Zero.

However, opinions are not the issue.  O’Reilly is wrong, as usual, in his approach.  Yes, a group of Muslims were responsible for the horrific tragedy that occurred on 9/11.  But, as The View hosts tried to interject, those terrorists were from an extremist sect.  All Muslims should, by no means, be lumped in with insane radicals. 

I know that O’Reilly is intelligent enough to know that which he says is nasty and wrong.  However, his arrogant, condescending persona sells books and provides for entertaining rhetoric which in turn gets him great ratings. 

Then again, emotionally charged arguments and stormings off of the stage doesn’t hurt The View’s publicity efforts either.

Hooked on Housewives

In On a lighter note on October 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

 

I have more guilty pleasure confessions.  I watch The Housewives of Atlanta, New Jersey, DC, New York, and the newest in the series, The Housewives of Beverly Hills.  (I haven’t been able to get into The Housewives of Orange County, though).

These shows keep popping up on the tube, and I just keep on watching them.  I never thought all of the arguing and fighting would be so fascinatingly entertaining.  Yes, I get a kick out of seeing Kim and NeNe battle like two cheetahs in the wild.  And, that Theresa really knows how to throw a table.     

But, reality T.V. is nothing new to me; I’m an old school reality show junky.  I remember the first installment of The Real World—the mother of all reality shows.  I was hooked at “the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house…”  Although, I’m not a faithful viewer anymore, there will always be a special place in my heart for the show that sparked my “reality” interest.    

If there is humor and conflict, I’m watching–The Bad Girls Club and Teen Mom, tooI was even a fan of Flavor of Love and Rock of Love.  Who would’ve thought?   

I do have my standards, though.  No, Jersey Shore for me.  Well, I watched a few times.  And, I’ve lost interest in a few others that I’ve watched in the past, like Survivor and Big Brother.  

But, give me a little conflict and a whole lot of drama, and I’ll keep on watching my reality T.V.

Miracles Do Happen

In In the News on October 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm

In a world where we are consistently plagued with visions of tragedy and despair, God shows us miracles as well.  Thank God for the rescue of the Chilean miners!!!

Story snippet: Plastic Surgery

In Just For Fun/Story snippets, Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Story Snippet by Lee

“I’m thinking of having a little collagen put into my lips,” Mary says puckering her lips, using her spoon as a mirror.  “Don’t you think I could use some?”

Leslie couldn’t help but to laugh.

“What’s so funny?” Mary asked.

“You look funny pouting your lips out like that,” she said, imitating her friend’s protruding lips.

“Seriously,” Mary said as she set the spoon on the table.

“I just don’t get into that whole plastic surgery thing,” Leslie said.  “It’s just not natural.”

“I didn’t say I was getting a face lift or anything.”

“First you get a little collagen.  Then it’ll be Botox,” Leslie said.  “These days, no one is aging naturally.”

“You do have a point,” Mary said.  “The Brady Bunch Lady is almost 80 and she doesn’t look a day over sixty.  And, that Barbara Walters…”

“I just don’t want you walking around with that duckbill look,” Leslie said.

“Duckbill look?”

“Yeah, like that lady on The Housewives,” Leslie said.  “Her upper lip reminds me of a duck’s bill.”

Mary giggled.

I’m a Dancing With The Stars Watcher (Occasionally)

In On a lighter note on October 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

 

“Do you watch Dancing With The Stars?” A good friend of mine asked a few seasons ago.

“No,” I responded with my nose slightly stuck up in the air.  That would be like being hooked on that “Idol” show.    

I can’t believe what I’m about to admit…I have actually been watching Dancing With The Stars.  I’m not at the point where I’m sayin’ stuff like, “Oh my God, I have to get home to see DWS.”  But, I must admit that I have gotten into the flash and glam of it all.  I even find myself making judgement calls like: “He’s [The Situation] is going to get low scores for technicality.”  And, I’ll say, “There’s Bruno being mean, again.”  It’s crazy…since I never thought I’d be a DWSer.   

Last night, I even got out of my bed (that’s where I watched the show) and voted for my favorite contestants.  I hope I did it correctly;  I want my votes to count.  I voted for Audrina and Tony (good dancing), Brandy and Maksim(good dancing and great chemistry), Bristol and Mark (I’m a sucker for a sweet personality),    Jennifer and Derek (excellent execution, of course), and Kyle and Lacey (he’s a sweetie and I like his youthful quirkiness). 

And, an “A” for effort goes out to the other contestants.    

Will I watch tonight?  I’m not sure…I’m NOT hooked on  the show…yet.

Bullies Suck!

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

This morning, I read a story in the local newspaper about another child who recently took his own life because he was being bullied by students on the bus.  I am so saddened by the fact that bright, talented youngsters are taking their lives because of the low life bullies who prey on them. 

Most people I’ve talked with have been bullied at one time or another.  I wonder why bullying is just now being addressed in the media and by some states as a legal matter.  Better late than never, I suppose.

My first “being bullied” experience was in the sixth grade.  A few weeks after school started, I was moved into another reading class.  I was placed at a table with two boys and a girl named “Sherri”.  I was tormented daily—teasing, spit balls, being kicked under the table, etc.  To this day, I wonder why my teacher didn’t do anything, even after it was brought to her attention.  If I remember correctly, I wasn’t even moved from the table.  How cruel!

The following year, I still had a lot of classes with Sherri, unfortunately.  There were the nasty comments when I missed hitting the volleyball over the net or the name calling (starts with a b and ends with an h) when I refused to let her cheat off of my paper—the nerve of me. 

The only thing that got her off of my back was when I had had enough, and I had a few choice words for her in the gym locker room.  “Why are you mad at Sherri?” her friends, whom I didn’t much like either, wanted to know.  As if they had no clue.  Birds of a feather do flock together.    

Anyway, she backed off a great deal after our little verbal altercation.  But, it shouldn’t have taken me acting like an ass for her to stop being a bully to me.  And, wonder if she hadn’t backed off?  Things could’ve gotten worse as some bullies become more tormenting when they are confronted by their victim.   

Then, the next time I was bullied was during student teaching–by my supervising teacher.  This lady was one of the nastiest people I’ve ever encountered—racist, condescending, vindictive, etc. 

I endured three months of hell with that monster.  If I had it to do over again, I would’ve dropped out of the student teaching program, and I would’ve resumed the following semester.  Other than that, I should’ve pressed harder to get out of that situation.  When I did complain, however, my field work supervisor turned a blind eye to it, offering me no support.

Then, I endured being bullied by my first principal.  I’ve had other horrific principals,  but she certainly takes the cake.  This woman (also a monster) notoriously bullied teachers and staff throughout her career.  It was allowed (not addressed) by the union and the school system’s administration.  She rode my back for about a year.  I consistently stood up to her, though.  Finally, I guess she grew tired and left me alone.  However, there were those she never let up on. 

And don’t think teachers don’t get bullied by other students.  Let me just say, I do not want to teach in a middle school ever again in life.  

Bottom line is that bullies only exist because we allow them to exist.  As a teacher, I was very strict about students’ inappropriate behavior towards others.  If I knew a student was being harassed/ bullied to any degree, I tried to put an end to it.  Also, I tried to be supportive to fellow teachers who were experiencing a situation in which they were being bullied.  But, all too often, others either join in on the bullying or ignore it altogether.

We must take a stand for those who are being bullied.  Enough is enough!

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