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I Am Grateful For…

In gratitude, reflectons, Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

 

Due to various, ongoing health issues,  I have a lot of medical bills.  I cringe each time I get a bill from the hospital where most of my doctors are located.  It’s always this huge, confusing bill.  So, I usually end up calling the billing department to help me clarify which items were covered by insurance, which items haven’t even been submitted to insurance for some reason, etc.  But, I am thankful on those days when the representative is very thorough, pleasant, and easy to understand.  Today, was one of those days. And, for that, I am grateful.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2010 at 11:58 am

 

Andre and Jasmine Anderson have a new home!  It was a pleasure to watch as the Andersons, a visually impaired couple, and their two sons walked through their new home.   

Last night, I had the pleasure of watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  The show featured a couple from Maple Heights, Ohio who have lost their sight due to diabetes; one of their sons is hearing impaired.     

With the help of volunteers and donations, the couple received a home equipped with “smart” features which will help them to navigate through the newly built, four bedroom home. 

One of the most touching moments was when Jasmine placed her wedding ring under a special magnifier which will allow her to paint her nails and put on her makeup.  It was an emotional moment, because she had never been able to see her ring in the past.  Now, that was a “tissue” moment. 

Needless to say, the show was truly a tear jerker.  Despite their physical issues, The Andersons exude such a positive, loving energy with their beautiful smiles and excitement towards life. 

It was simply a heart warming show, and I wish I could watch it over and over.

Happy Thanksgiving!

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm

So, Palin Thinks She Can Dance With President Obama…

In Politically Speaking, Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

 

Sarah Palin says that she thinks she can beat President Obama in the 2012 election.  As much as I would like to say that this would be an impossible feat, Palin cannot be dismissed…    

Here are some reasons why Palin might be able to pull off the election:

She’s popular

Whether or not you like her politics , you must admit that everyone knows her name (The theme from Cheers is playing in my head).

She is one hot Momma Grizzly. 

Going along with popularity, Palin is very visible.

 She does have a successful book and reality television show.  And, we can’t forget about the buzz–ala Dancing With The Stars— that has been caused by her daughter, Bristol- the- Pistol- Palin.

She did rally behind those ever faithful Tea Party people; they’re loyal to a fault.

She’s personably folksy.

She appeals to the self-proclaimed, ultra moralistic crowd.

(Remember how the evangelical vote helped to push G.W. Bush into the winners circle).

She might be boning up on her history in order to appear more well versed during future debates and interviews.

She could win the “history making” vote.

 It’s possible that some people will vote for her simply because of her female status.    

Personally, I don’t dislike Palin as a person.  But,I just don’t think she has the interest of common folk in mind–as is the case with many Repubs and Tea Partiers.  I just hope and pray that Palin won’t run in the first place.  Then again, I could use some of Tina Fey’s brilliant comedy.

Dancing With the Stars is Bogus!

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

Those Tea Party People certainly do stick together.  The final three should have been Brandy, Jen, and Kyle.  Bristol Palin?  Come on now…

Just say, “No” to the kids. It won’t hurt them.

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 11:44 am

 

We should, as parents, do whatever is in our power to ensure that our children have healthy self-esteems.  As the song goes, Children are our future, and we want them to grow up to be great leaders, decision makers, and productive members of society. 

But, it seems that today’s kids aren’t being told, “No” enough.  It seems that, as a whole, today’s kids aren’t receiving a proper amount of guidance and discipline.

Why do I say this?

*Talk to any teacher of an inner city school district and ask the question, “What is the hardest part of your job?”  Nine times out of ten you will be told that the behavior of the students is the most difficult part of the job.  It could be one “out of control” kid causing all of the trouble or it could be the majority of the students in the classroom acting in an uncontrollable manner.  And where does the discipline start? It starts at home.  But, obviously, it has stopped in many homes.

*Then, this week, the topic of discussion on several shows was about the little boy whose mother allowed her child (son) to dress up as Daphne, of Scooby Doo fame, for Halloween.  As I said in response to this lady’s blog: “Although I wouldn’t allow my son to dress as a female character, I commend you for following your mind by allowing your son to dress as he wanted for Halloween.”

Okay, it was Halloween…But, is it okay for little boys to dress up as princesses whenever they want to do so? I think not.  I’m with you Sherri Shepherd; I don’t want to walk into a supermarket and see a boy dressed as a princess.  And, for those who see that as being homophobic, it has nothing to do with homosexuality.  It has to do with the fact that boys are boys—gay or straight–and should not be walking around looking like little girls.  So, just say, “No.”  

*And what about the obese children?  They may not want to exercise and they may want an extra helping of whatever, but as the parent, you have to just say, “No.”  As a result of giving kids everything they want and desire, we are looking at a crazy epidemic: Diabetes. 

I could go on, but I’ll stop here…for now.

Election 2010—Shame On You Awards

In Politically Speaking, Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 7:56 am

 

In honor of election 2010, I have a few “Shame On You” Awards.

1.  Shame on you if you didn’t vote.

2. Shame on you if you hate everything about President Obama simply because he is African-American.

3. Shame on you if you don’t want healthcare for all.

4.  Shame on you if you are a radical…lover.

5.  Shame on you if you are mesmerized by the rhetoric of a woman named Sarah.  She is a dangerously powerful cheerleader.  But,  Presidential material?  She is not.

Bonus:  Shame on you if you even entertain the thought of (I don’t even want to write her name here) for President in 2012.

6. Shame on  you if you place blame for all of the country’s problems on the Obama administration without giving thought to how much George W. ran this country into the ground–double shame on you!!!

Election results…

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm

 

Election 2010–Very disappointing, but not surprising…I’m going to bed!

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.

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.

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