Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain Picks a Women for VP - Gov. Sarah Palin

John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has just picked a woman to be his running mate for Vice President!!! McCain's pick is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. McCain just made it more difficult for Obama to win. Some Democrats who voted for Hillary, and felt slighted by Obama having chosen a man, might defect to McCain.

After a wonderful Democratic Convention it seemed like Barack Obama might be unstoppable. But McCain's pick has just made life more difficult for Senator Obama.

History was made when Sen. Obama officially became the first African American presidential nominee. History will be made again due to McCain's choice. As a women I am elated. No matter who wins, a female will become a Vice Presidential nominee. Personally I would love to see a female V.P., but not at the expense of the country. Not for 4 more years of Bush like policies. Not for a prolonged war in Iraq. Not for more bloodshed. It's to high of a cost. I will still vote for Obama.

McCain has just rocked the boat! NOW we have a real race folks. Finally McCain can say that he is the candidate of change with some credibility.

CORRECTION - Gov. Palin is the second female vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket, and a first for the GOP. The first female vice presidential candidate was Geraldine Ferraro. Silly me! I remember her. Still, this is major news!

If your wondering who the heck is Gov. Sarah Palin click here for wikipedia and a news article profile.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Prayer Request & Why I'm Visiting You Less

Recently Deborah of Debo Hobo dot com left a comment asking me why I wasn't visiting her blog much anymore. It's nice to be missed, but I don't want to lose my cyber friends, so I thought I would give you a personal update.

Soon a huge amount of money may be required of me. I've gotten into debt, and filing for bankruptcy might not get me out of this obligation. My financial position has been made worse by two things.

1) In the past, the depression, and anxiety problems which made me want to stay away from people has kept me form working as much as I should.

2) Work at my current job has now slowed down considerably.

Therefore, I need to find a new job A.S.A.P. because it's been difficult to pay the bills much less catch up on my debts. As a result, I have used the Internet more for finding a job, and less for visiting blogs and blogging. I hope that you will understand if I don't blog as much, or visit you so often at this time. I need to focus on solving this financial problem.

I am praying that God will meet all my financial needs, and get me totally out of debt in a very short amount of time so I will not have to suffer any negative consequences. I am also praying for the perfect job for me. (A very good job, that I like it.) I would greatly appreciate you joining me in prayer! In fact if your Church takes pray requests, or you know someone who likes to pray, please mention me. I believe in the power of God, and prayer, and He is able to get me out of this mess. In your prayer request you can call me any name you wish, God will know who your talking about. ;o) If you don't pray, then hopefully you will send good thoughts and vibes my way. Thank you!!!

I will still keep you up to date on Twitter. Feel free to follow me there. It takes much less time then blogging.

By the way, I have not seen a therapist yet. If your a regular reader you know that I have had reservations. It is coupled with the fact that I would have to pay for therapy. Although it will be a reduced rate, it is especially difficult now. My current mental state is good, (for me), at this time. I hope that it stays that way.

Matthew 18:19-20 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi married!

Congratulations ladies! May your love and marriage last forever!

(Newser) – "Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi married in an intimate ceremony at their Los Angeles home last night. Nineteen guests watched the couple exchange handwritten vows, including DeGeneres’s mom Betty and de Rossi’s mother Margaret Rogers. The couple wore Zac Posen—DeGeneres in a white chiffon shirt, white waistcoat, and trousers, and de Rossi in a backless, cream-and-pink halter-neck dress.

DeGeneres, 50, and de Rossi, 35, have been dating since 2004, and DeGeneres announced wedding plans on her show in May after California struck down a ban on gay marriage. "We are very, very excited," DeGeneres said earlier. Onlookers described the couple as “ecstatic.” To see photos, head to the Daily Mail.
sources~ People, Daily Mail (UK)"

Hot looking newlyweds!

Live well, Laugh often, and Love much

I've wondered where this wonderful saying originated, and found it at yahoo answers and Wikipedia. You can read more about it at Wikipedia.

This poem was written in 1904 by Elisabeth-Anne "Bessie" Anderson Stanley for a contest held in Brown Book Magazine.

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Have You Ever Put Someone On A Pedestal?

Some of the facts have been changed so that the woman on the pedestal would be protected.

Have you ever put someone up on a pedestal? You know, thought that they were so special that they could do no wrong? That's how I felt about Mandy. When I lived in Syracuse I met an RN who was very special. She was not only a very caring and good nurse, but she was a Christian, and a perfect example. It wasn't just me that thought so, but many others.

Mandy had more then her share of problems. She had a chronic disease, and was often in pain. She had an abusive husband who was diagnoses as a sociopath. Yet, Mandy relied, and trusted in God so much that she acted like she didn't have a care in the world. She was upbeat, and joyful. She loved helping others, and had a huge heart. Mandy was very approachable, had many friends, and admiring peers. The patients respected, and liked her. She read the Bible on her breaks, and sometimes discussed it with others. More then that she seemed to embody love, joy, and forgiveness. In my book she was the very definition of an nearly perfect nurse, person, and Christian.

Today things changed a bit. Reality set in a bit. I Googled Mandy's name and found out that she had an action of misconduct as a nurse, and admitted to it. Mandy had taken a narcotic for her own use at work. The narcotic was meant for a patient. At first I was shocked, then I started to make excuses for her in my mind- She had a painful, chronic, disease, perhaps she was out of her own medication. Perhaps the patient was a sleep, and didn't need the med. Maybe that's what happened? Or maybe it was worse. Maybe Mandy had been on pain meds for so long that she was addicted.

At any rate, I know that her actions were wrong, and I'm sure that Mandy does too. Isn't it odd that some people can do 99% right, and good in there lives. Then there is that 1% that dashes them down to the ground. It reminds me of that movie Crash, best picture Oscar for 2005. Have you ever seen it? If you haven't, you should! I highly recommend it. Early in that movie you think that you have the good guys, and bad guys all figured out. Then at the end you realize that no one is 100% good, or bad, but we are all just human. We all make mistakes. That's not to say that we shouldn't try to do our best, but one quick wrong decision can mess up a life. I guess we can only do our best, and hope that we don't get slapped down to hard when we make a mistake. Or at lest that those around us, especially our loved ones, will be understanding.

Tonight my heart goes out to an old friend and colleague, her family, especially her children. I hope that her children realize that their mother is special in spite of imperfections.

Note to readers - I do not condone abuse, and personal believe that it is a deal breaker in a marriage. However, I understand Mandy's decision to stay with her husband, and respect her determination, love, and ability to forgive. She was not alone. Family members, some friends, and key people in her church knew. Both her, and her husband were receiving church, and professional counseling. I also would have respected Mandy if she had chosen to leave him.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, August 8, 2008

Forbes Lists Buffalo, NY with Fastest-Dying Cities

Forbes has listed Buffalo, NY as one of the Fastest-Dying Cities in the U.S. Other cities making the fast-dying list include: Cleveland, Dayton, Canton and Youngstown, Ohio; Flint and Detroit, Mich., Springfield, Mass.; Charleston, W. Va.; and Scranton, Pa.

On the Forbes website, it said "Buffalo has long been synonymous with city-in-decline. In the early 1900s, Buffalo was one of America's 10 largest cities, a burgeoning industrial center. It's been on decline ever since, despite a location that takes advantage of trade with Canada. Buffalo is home to M&T Bank and the Delaware North Companies--one of the major operators of stores in airports."

Of course The Buffalo News paper has it's own spin on things, and believes that things are on the upswing. "..Buffalo’s unflattering statistics included a population loss of nearly 42,000 since 2000, an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent (compared to national average of 4.3 percent) and a gross domestic product of 1.9 percent ...However, U. S. Census Bureau estimates being released today show the young adult population in all of Erie County is actually increasing...."

Rochester, NY is about 75 miles from Buffalo. There is a saying - "As Buffalo goes, so goes Rochester." I hope not! Unfortunately Rochester has had it's problems too. Rochester has been tightening it's belt. Factories especially have been downsizing. Unemployment here is 5.4% the same as Syracuse, NY. Our population growth is -5.3%. Although things aren't good, we have a younger population.

Mayor Duffy came up with a hair brained idea to solve Rochester's decreasing population. He said that if you worked in the city of Rochester, maybe you should have to live in Rochester. Fortunately his idea was shot down quickly.

Rochester does have it's pluses. Our cost of living is low, and housing is low. In fact Rochester has not been effected as much by the housing slump, as other cities have.

Do you want to know how your city would compare with Buffalo, or any other city? Click here for a cool comparison tool.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Yahoo Answers

I'm hooked on Yahoo Answers! What a cool way to have my questions answered, and to learn a few things. I also get excited when I have been chosen as having the best answer. Have you ever used Yahoo Answers, or something similar?
Wordless Wednesday - Ops, a day late.
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