Archive for November 30, 2015

Planned Parenthood/Targeted Death

This whole attack on Planned Parenthood has me in a quandary.  Personally, I don’t like abortions.  I would very much like, in this imperfect world, to see abortions a thing of the past.  However, I question the logic of the actions of some people who share my feelings.

How can you claim to want to save lives, then take lives (physically and/or emotionally) by bombing, shooting up, or setting fire to Planned Parenthood clinics?  How can you destroy the lives of medical staff who have nothing to do with abortions as they serve poorer women’s basic health needs (e.g., exams and mammograms)?  Without health care, these women are in danger of sickness and death.  For that matter, how can you endanger the lives of the very unborn babies you’re trying to save?  You never know for sure if a pregnant woman is present, not for an abortion but for prenatal care that she couldn’t afford to get elsewhere?  How much control do you have over the bomb fragments and debris or the bullets you shoot off–enough to be sure a person just walking past the facility or police officer  doing his or her job isn’t maimed or killed?

I just don’t get how those lives are any less innocent or worthwhile than the unborn life you want to save by violently attacking an entire clinic.  Isn’t all life sacred?  It should be.



Do You Waste Food in These Ways?

According to the USDA, each year we Americans throw away more than 30% of our groceries, which adds up to about $162 billion worth of food.  Much of that food is tossed out during the holidays, beginning with Thanksgiving.

We simply do it without thinking.

The article “7 Most Shameful Ways You Waste Food During the Holidays–and How to Cut it Out” points out habits all of us fall into and suggests ways to avoid them.


Ongoing Thanksgiving

Usually on Thursdays I offer you a short quote (a “Thursday Thought”).  But I took yesterday off to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family.  The gathering of our small family brought joy to my heart, and that joy brought even more gratitude.  So today I pass on to you a little of what I am thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving YEAR!



Gobbling Up a Pardon

President Nixon invented the pardon–at least for Thanksgiving turkeys.  In the midst of controversy about pardoning people involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, he joked about granting a pardon for that year’s turkey that was slated to be sent to the petting zoo instead of the dinner table.  And the term “pardon” stuck.

The whole tradition has an interesting history.  Read about it at “Why Presidents Pardon Turkeys–a History.”  As you gobble up the historical facts, remember this: they don’t have any calories, as opposed to the 4000 or so you may have consumed yesterday.


Help for Job-Seekers

You’re on your way!  Several companies liked your resume enough to ask you in for an interview.  You’ve picked out your businesslike outfit to wear, gotten a haircut, shaved extra carefully, reviewed what you said in your resume, and thought about the highlights of your work life so far and your personal strengths that you want to get across.

Now, review what you should NOT say during that interview.

Click on “8 Things to Never Tell an Interviewer — Even If They’re True” to make sure you don’t say any of these job-prospect killing statements.



Kindness of Strangers

Sometimes–often, actually–I’m proud of and grateful to my fellow human beings.

My husband has had a difficult time with his health for several weeks and was feeling well enough yesterday to “escape” the house and go out for lunch.  The lunch was great, but it tired him out.  I left him sitting in front of Armadillo Willy’s BBQ, a spot of their delicious sauce on his sleeve, and went to get the car.  A few yards out of the parking space and I knew I had a flat tire.  I pulled into a double space, straddling the line so there was room to change the flat and was getting my handicap scooter out of the car, with the idea of having my husband hang on to me as he walked to the safety of the car.

Along came a woman who had been in the restaurant with us, learned what was going on, and insisted that she pick him up in her car and bring him to me.  Then a man, Brian, wandered by and offered to change the tire, saying he could do it before AAA could even dispatch the call.  He couldn’t do it with the tools we had, so he dropped my husband off at home (about three miles away).  Then he actually went by his own home and picked up better tools.  He found me waiting for AAA, who was due in another 15 minutes.  Instead of leaving, he hung around and talked with me.

Between Brian’s two times with me several people–some walking, some driving–stopped by to offer help.

I wish I could express how much all this meant to me, how much their actions, which seemed small to them, were so large to me.  With so much animosity and negativity in the news, it felt good to be the recipient of the kindness of these strangers.

As I said, it makes me grateful and proud.



Organic, Wholesome Food

There are no regulations defining organic or wholesome or many other terms you’ll find on packaging.  To make sure your food is environmentally responsible, find out what trustworthy labelers like the USDA and Food Alliance have to say, or shop at your local farmers’ market.

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Fence out those Immigrants!

I live in California, a state that has a large population of immigrants coming in illegally.  I should, I suppose, jump on the bandwagon of the Presidential candidates who insist on building a fence to keep them out.  It’s expensive, they all agree, but worth it, say some, or will be paid for by Mexico, claims one.

I don’t understand.  Aren’t those candidates aware that many people come in through Canada, too?  Or overstay their visa or HB work permits?  What about them?  A fence won’t help.  Also, haven’t they seen the statistics that show that  2009-2014 more Mexican immigrants have been choosing, on their own, to return to their families in Mexico than have come into the U.S.?  In addition, those reports show that the theory that they’ve been returning because of our bad economy is false–it has always been better economically here than where they came from.

Come on, candidates, make that bandwagon actually count for something–like plans to solve poverty, under-education, discrimination, bigotry, and violence in our nation.



Community and Crime

Maybe it’s true that “it takes a village.”  In today’s Thursday Thought quote we read about the importance of community.

“Crime goes up when the sense of community goes down. People feel disconnected.”  —  Steven Stosny,



Community and Crime

Maybe it’s true that “it takes a village.”  In today’s Thursday Thought quote we read about the importance of community.

“Crime goes up when the sense of community goes down. People feel disconnected.”  —  Steven Stosny