On the personal homefront – the kitchen is DONE!! Finis! Wooo-hoo! And it looks amazing. I truly, truly love it. I learned from our last kitchen do-over that it can make a world of difference in how you feel about being in that space and that’s so true here. The kitchen in this house desperately needed a new face since the cabinets were all old and icky and the walls had that hideous plaid wallpaper. I ask you – how can you decorate around plaid wallpaper? Anything I put there clashed horribly. So, bleah. But now it’s nice and airy. It cost quite a bit but definitely adds to the value of the house. Next up? The living room!
Curves – 3x a week! That’s my new schedule. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – no exceptions. It’s 30 damn minutes – if I can’t do that, I’m a slug. So, yeah.
I’ve made a new woo-woo friend named Dawn (that’s the second person named Dawn I’ve met recently. Hmmm). Her site is “Love is there” and it seems we share many of the same interests. She’s already helped me see a couple things that am doing that aren’t in alignment with what I truly want. She’s cool. If you get a chance, listen to her guided meditations. She can do them specifically tailored to your needs and wishes. What a cool niche, eh? Speaking of which, I got my business cards yesterday and they look great! I put a few out at Curves to let the Uni know that I am ready to move forward. I better get hopping on that site!
For those that are following Cindy Sheehan’s story, here’s an update:
This from her diary on DKOS:
“On Sheehan, the grieving mother who has camped near his ranch since Aug. 6, the president said he strongly supports her right to protest. “She expressed her opinion. I disagree with it,” Bush said. “I think immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake,” he said. “I think those who advocate immediate withdrawal from not only Iraq but the Middle East are advocating a policy that would weaken the United States.”
This is the biggest smokescreen from him yet. I didn’t ask him to withdraw the troops, I asked him what Noble Cause did Casey die for. I am still waiting for one of the press corps to ask him that. I am still waiting for that answer. First, we were told WMDs: false. Then we were told Saddam=Osama: false. Then we were told Saddam was a bad man to his own people and we had to get rid of him: he’s gone. Then we were told the Iraqi people had to have elections: they did. Now we are spreading “freedom and democracy” but we are building 14 permanent bases, some the size of Sacramento, Ca. To me that indicates that we are spreading the cancer of imperialism and usurping THEIR natural resources.
These nice bracelets were created to honor those that are fighting in this war and those that have lost their lives for it. They are $15 each and $10 of the cost is donated to Gold Star Families for Peace. So far, according to the creator’s site, over $900 has been donated just from the initial sale of them. I bought two, one to keep and one to give away. Aren’t they lovely? I am sending the other bracelet to Rixie as a token of appreciation for the donation of her fee.
An excellent article from the Baltimore Chronicle (excerpted below) asks “To what is Cindy a threat?”
Cindy has awakened the long-anesthetized souls of many Americans. Spirituality is a quality found only within individuals, as the expression of the inner nature of living beings. It is an attribute alien to institutional hierarchies, whose interests are confined to the physical and mechanistic world. To men and women who have adopted an institutionalized perspective, the non-material is immaterial. This is why you find little, if any, support for Cindy coming from corporations, political agencies, the major news media, or organized churches or universities. It is individuals who have responded to Cindy’s stance.
Unlike the institution-serving news media—who insist on deflecting our attention from such concerns by entertaining us with scandals, Hollywood gossip, and the missing person du jour—Cindy’s questions get to the essence of human character.
Cindy reminds people of the importance of the centered life that is free of contradiction; wherein one’s words and actions exhibit integrity; a sense of wholeness. Unlike the institution-serving news media—who insist on deflecting our attention from such concerns by entertaining us with scandals, Hollywood gossip, and the missing person du jour—Cindy’s questions get to the essence of human character. She has awakened dormant thoughts about the loathsome nature of killing innocent people and sacrificing our children upon the altar of political ambition. She reminds us that lying does matter, that deceit is not to be applauded, and that those in power should be held accountable to some standard higher than that of self-aggrandizement.
Most of us long ago sold out our souls, and at prices determined in a buyer’s market. But deep within even the most brutish can be found the echo of a voice that asks “why?” in connection with the demands made by tyrants. It is the stirring of such voices that underlies the anger directed at Cindy Sheehan.