Third Writers’ Platform-building Campaign

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I am joining Rachael Harrie‘s campaign and looking forward to it. I am doing a few things to get my mojo ready for November’s NaNoWriMo and Rachael’s site is one, besides NaNoWriMo Camp.

I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and getting my creative juices flowing, as a novel has been percolating in my mind for a very long time. If you are a writer and want to join please do, it sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

I also joined Sparkfest, but I was a little late to participate in her writing prompts. I enjoyed one of the things to write about so I will share my post.

I remember all the way back to first grade and how I loved reading. I was late to learning my ABC’s, as my kindergarten didn’t teach it. However, the new school had taught their kindergarteners, so I needed tutoring by my new 15 year-old neighbor. I must have taken right off because I remember our lessons didn’t last long and I was reading. When I was around 8 I discovered I wanted to be a writer. My aunt and uncle took me on a trip from NY to Washington D.C., sometimes I truly think I am there daughter, that is how close we were. We rode a big black train and another new passion was born, I fell in love with trains. It was in the D.C. train station that my Uncle Henry bought me the paperback book, Heidi by Johanna Spyri. I am still unsure what thrilled me more, the sights and sounds of D.C. or the book, but I related to the book. I was born in Germany and my grandparents had a farm, so it was very easy to place myself into the story. I remember doing that for as far back as my memories take me, I always got inside the story, whether it was Dick or Jane and their dog Spot, or the craziness of the short stories in Children’s Highlight. I knew when I was 8, that if someone can write a story about a girl living in the Swiss Alps that resonated with me, I could also.

Then my lovely sixth grade teacher (I truly wish I can remember her name but it just alludes me) had us read books and write to the authors. I received many wonderful responses, but unfortunately with two brothers, a sister, and numerous moves, those letters were lost, but I still treasure them.

I would have to say Flannery O’Conner has been one of the few authors that have inspired me. There is something in her short stories that draw me in and I feel as if I am in the plot; I feel their feelings, and can get inside their heads to see what their turmoils are. The Bobbsie Twins by Laura Lee Hope and the Cherry Ames series by Helen West, sparked my imagination and made me a devote fan of their series and serial publications.

During my time I have been hired to write copy for ads, grants, and scathing responses to newspaper articles and government officials. I have been told I have a knack for getting the truth across in a sarcastic manner that makes people take notice without getting mad. Currently I am a freelance journalist that covers politics for a local county paper, but I also get the pleasure of writing feature stories. I have meet some fascinating people through this.

I guess what I am trying to say, if it is in you, a story, a picture, a pattern, whatever, just go ahead and do it. Get yourself organized and prepared and go for it. You will never know the outcome if you don’t, you will just be left to wonder the ‘what if.’

Cathy von Hassel-Davies

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Magnitude 5.8 – VIRGINIA

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Magnitude 5.8 – VIRGINIA.

That is right the east coast just had an earthquake. I was sitting in my home office located in Saxapahaw NC (near Chapel Hill) when my room started to shake, my desk was shaking and my heart was pounding.

It felt as if there was an unbalanced washing machine running, but I knew I hadn’t started any laundry before heading into my office.

I immediately went to the USGS site and looked up earthquakes. I get reminders because of my family in California, I have it set though to higher magnitudes and wasn’t sure if this one complied. I just heard it was upgraded to a 6.0. There it was listed.

WOW!!!!

 

Subjekt Herphones Review

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I am kind of wary about buying headphones, as I have a problem finding ones that fit my ears. Upon receiving a Tanga Deals email selling Subjeckt’s Herphones Petite Earphones, I decided to give them a try. Heck my only expense was less than $5.00 shipping.

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I have purchased many earphones, wireless and plug-ins, some not so cheap, only to have then hurt my ears. Most hurt so much that I end up putting them away in a basket, never to use again. However, I do pass them on to people who say they need a set. So when this offers came along, for only the cost of shipping, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give another set a try.

When I arrived home from California they were waiting for me, only four days after ordering, so pretty fast shipping from Tanga. I put them in and immediately noticed a difference, right away they felt very comfortable. I did keep them on for a few hours just to see if my ears would eventually hurt, but no, they felt fine after four hours of wear.

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Herphones come in many colors; orange, black, green, red and blue and can be purchased anywhere. The Herphones are made with a lightweight aluminum casing and crafted for a perfect female fit. The ear tips are made of a soft silicon.

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Herphone Extra Silicon Tips

Product specification:
Driver Unit: 8mm
Sensitivity: 96dB/1mW
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz

I mainly use them for audio files and rarely music. I like the tone and pitch of the set and do not have any complaints as to audio quality. The little bit of music listened to was great but not Bose quality.

I would strongly recommend these for anyone, not just women, who have problems with earphones hurting.

NC Women’s Legislative Agenda Released

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Lilly Ledbetter Press Conference at NC General Assembly

Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” the first bill signed by President Obama upon taking office in 2009, was a special guest Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the General Assembly as NC Women United (NCWU) released their 2011 Women’s Legislative Agenda.

NC Women United released the 2011 Women’s Legislative Agenda at Women’s Advocacy Day, which drew more than 200 supporters from across the state of Raleigh. Participants advocated for the most pressing public policies impacting the women of North Carolina as describe din the Women’s Legislative Agenda.

“Women have made great strides over the past 40 years working toward equal opportunity for personal and professional success,” began Alison Kiser, President of NCWU. “Ms. Ledbetter’s personal story of outright pay discrimination based on her gender is a testament to the fact that the work to achieve full political, economic and social equality for women is far from over. Unfortunately, the movement of the 2011 legislative session so far suggests that some of our elected officials would like to roll back the clock on women’s rights and equality.”

Lilly Ledbetter and the President of NCWU were joined by members of the N.C. General Assembly who spoke out on behalf of the Women’s Legislative Agenda. Speakers including Representatives Alma Adams (D-Guildford), Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe), Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), Larry Hall (D-Durham), Deborah Ross (D-Wake), Jennifer Weiss (D-Wake), and Senator Malcolm Graham (D-Mecklenburg). State lawmakers spoke on access to health care, civic participation and equality, economic self-sufficiency, and violence against women.

Legislative items featured on the 2011 Women’s Legislative Agenda were determined by NCWU’s 36 member organizations to be the most pressing issues facing women and their families in North Carolina.

Access to reproductive health care and equality issues were featured on the Women’s Agenda as lawmakers joined NCWU to urge the General Assembly not to be distracted by social issues and instead focus on jobs and the economy. “Limiting reproductive freedom for women and creating a less equal society moves North Carolina in the wrong direction,” said Rep. Alma Adams, “We should be focusing on what we can provide women, not what we can deny them. It’s time the General Assembly focuses on the work we were elected to do. The people of North Carolina want to see jobs created. They want to see the economy improve. They want to see the state budget balanced in a sustainable, responsible way.”

Voter photo ID and resulting voter suppression was also addressed on the Women’s Legislative Agenda. “This is a debate about the right to vote, that great franchise here in America and North Carolina, and whether we should be preserving or restricting that right,” Rep. Larry Hall said. “To me the answer is clear. We would be protecting and increasing voter participation to make our democracy stronger. The instance of fraud is minuscule and our current laws against fraud are strong. The proposed photo ID bill is a solution in search of a problem, at a time when we can least afford divisive and costly distractions.”

The Women’s Legislative Agenda also supports maintaining the state Earned Income Tax Credit which aids low to moderate income working families. “The State Earned Income Tax Credit helps working families, particularly those headed by women, make ends meet. This important policy enables working families to buy groceries and other necessities in their communities and pumps millions of dollars into our state’s economy,” remarked Rep. Jennifer Weiss. “Now there’s a push to dismantle our state’s EITC. Doing so will raise taxes on 1 in 10 hard working North Carolinians and will hurt local businesses. That’s the exact opposite of what we should be doing if we want to grow jobs, spur our state’s economy and rebound from this recession.”

Other issues addressed on the 2011 Women’s Legislative agenda include maintaining funding for domestic violence programs and rape crisis center, defeating a proposed amendment to write discrimination against same-sex couples into the NC Constitution, and protecting investments in the Home and Community Block Grant, child care subsidies, and the NC Housing Trust Fund.

“We must keep advancing women’s rights and equality,” Kiser stated in her remarks. “Women are an integral part of our society. Only with the full participation and equality of women can we succeed. The future prosperity of our nation and this state will be determined by the extend to which the needs of women and their families are prioritized.”

NC Women United is a coalition of progressive organizations and individuals working to achieve the full political, social, and economic equality of all women across North Carolina. NCWU works to build women’s power through grassroots activism, community organizing, legislative advocacy, and engagement in the political process.

For more information or to join NCWU you can mail them at PO Box 10013, Raleigh, NC 27605 or contact Alison Kiser (919) 636-1728.

 

Press release by NCWU

Egypt’s Revolution of Freedom or Is It?

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I will be honest I have very mixed feelings about Husni Mubarak stepping down. I am not fanatical like Glenn Beck and believe this will be the demise of Europe and the United States of America as we know it. My thought at first was great, democracy at work and everyone doing it peacefully. I was happy to see that we, the US, did not interfere and impose our ways on the Middle East. We have done enough of that, we have installed leaders that we taught, or not even leaders, but we have taught others, who in turn went back to the M.E. only to turn on us, such as Osama bin Laden. We have a history with the M.E. that is not good, there is a reason why many of the people and/or extremists do not like us.
        I feel that if they can have elections and they (the people) chose who they want in power, that is great. Even if it means the Muslim Brotherhood, they choose. Who are we, as in the US, or anybody for that matter, to tell them that they cannot have Muslim as their political party? Yes, I know it is a different way then democracy, it would be a theocracy. But didn’t they choose it? Isn’t it what they wanted? The people are the ones deciding. As long as it stays that way, to me that is the important thing.
        Now for that underlying gut feeling. It tells me ‘WAIT, Muslim Brotherhood in power, Muslim/Theocracy, running a country, that could be very dangerous for us and others.’ What others you might ask, Jews and the Israeli nation. No one seems to be talking about that aspect. I would not like to see a war waged against Israel in the name of Allah or anyone. I hope and pray that the Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979 stays in affect and does not come crumbling down.
        Also if the Muslim Brotherhood is as extreme and as fanatical as others report, and willing to wage a jihad against anyone that is not a Muslim, that concerns me. Why? because they are in other countries, and I fear an uprising. Not to say I believe anything could come of it in a country such as ours, but at what cost? How many lives would/could be lost before it is quelled? Not only are they (Muslim Brother) in other countries but there are non-Muslims living in the Middle East, what would happen to them? I guess it is the what ifs that worry me.
        However, Glenn Beck, in my opinion, goes over the deep edge. Aligning everything that is happening with our President Obama and making correlations to the youths in the Egyptian uprising as communists and socialists with the youth Obama speaks to here in the US. In Glenn Beck’s show of 2/10/2011. Beck shows a video of Obama with this excerpt; ‘transformation that is taking place because the people of Egypt calling for change. They turned out in extraordinary numbers representing all ages and all walks of life. But it is young people who have been in the forefront, a new generation, your generation who want their voice to be heard” (He was speaking at the University of Michigan). However, Beck left off “and so going forward, we want those young people and we want all Egyptians to know American will continue to do everything that we can to support an orderly and genuine transition to democracy in Egypt.” Instead he chooses to make a connection between Obama’s presidential campaign and his slogan calling for change and Islam, communists and socialists uprising. As if they are in cahoots with each other and he is leading or part of it.
        Glenn Beck also says that some are calling this a 1776 moment. He goes on to say ‘No we are having a July 14, 1789, which ended with guillotines in France. Both revolutions, isn’t it great? Both revolutions calling for freedom.’ He screams, ‘NO! one ended in blood shed with guillotines.’ Ummm, Glenn a 1776 moments was in the midst of the Revolutionary War here, in this country. Glenn last I looked that war was also bloody, it might not have had guillotines but it was bloody. I think Mr. Beck needs to make a trip to the library and pull out some books and read up on our history.
        Others things I noticed while watching Beck’s show today (it was recorded and from the Internet so it was actually yesterday’s show) was when he had KT McFarland on, a national security expert, and tried to get her to denounce Omar Suliman, the VP of Egypt. This was before Mubarak had stepped down. He kept trying to get McFarland to say that Suliman was a ‘bad guy’ and not an ally of the US but it wasn’t working and she did not bite. He also showed an image of Tahrir Square saying it was chaos. I don’t know if wears different glasses or his eyes see differently then everyone else, but the last thing I would call that Square would be chaotic. When he had Lt. Gen. Boyken on and talking about Iran’s revolution while they were showing images I noticed a predominately large amount of firearms carried by the people, in Egypt I have not seen a single firearm in the hands of the people. Rocks – yes, guns – no.
        Beck is right about one thing though “the world is heading to a different place.”

I do need to add, how can we trust a person to give us information when they can’t even get things straight. During Beck’s show of 2/09/2011 he supposedely showed a picture of Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Qaradawi (who is a scary person if the clips and translations I have seen of him are true). Instead the picture Glenn Beck held up was of His Eminence Sheikh Al Azhar Dr. Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, the Grand Sheikh of the Al Azhar University and Grand Imam of al Azhar Mosque. The differences between these two and their relations to the Muslim Brotherhood is fodder for another post.

Cathy von Hassel-Davies

First day

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Today was the first day of a 28 day cleanse and detox put on by Whole Living at http://www.wholeliving.com/photogallery/4-week-makeover. I am a bit disappointed as I expected a daily menu and it seems that is not part of the deal. However, someone posted the link to last year’s menu so I am starting with that. Unfortunately, last year’s plan was more restrictive, but I am sure with help of other members we all will figure it out. There seems to be a large group of people that would have appreciated step-by-step guidelines.

Yesterday Kris and I went grocery shopping with the list and I bought all organic fruits and vegetables, free range chickens, and wild salmon, and Striped Bass. This morning was a mango-avocado smoothie, lunch was stir-fry vegetables with buckwheat noodles and chicken. Tonight I will have leftover lunch and a chilled cucumber-mint soup. I have snacked on nuts, cranberries and oranges. I have only had one cup of decaf coffee, instead this morning I had rooibos tea and lots of water throughout the day.

I have felt pretty good throughout the day and managed to get a lot done. This year is the year of natural, less clutter and less things. For example I have a ton of tablecloths, why??? and a few were in my craft room to be fixed. I don’t use those particular ones, they aren’t heirlooms, so why waste my time and space. They went to Goodwill, maybe someone else will care for the lace tablecloths. Same for a lot of my clothes and Tanta Anne’s. Because of my Fibromyalgia I am finding that even clothes hurt my skin so I am switching over to cottons, bamboo, silks, and some wools for close to my skin. Anything polyester, rayon, acrylic, etc.m went to Goodwill.

I am starting to wind down now and my right arm really hurts along with my legs. I guess I will go sit by the fire watch the news and knit on my Pointelle socks. They are from Cookie A’s knit.sock.love book, there is a KAL going on at Ravelry if you want to join in.

Hugs!
Namaste!

First day

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Today was the first day of a 28 day cleanse and detox put on by Whole Living at http://www.wholeliving.com/photogallery/4-week-makeover. I am a bit disappointed as I expected a daily menu and it seems that is not part of the deal. However, someone posted the link to last year’s menu so I am starting with that. Unfortunately, last year’s plan was more restrictive, but I am sure with help of other members we all will figure it out. There seems to be a large group of people that would have appreciated step-by-step guidelines.

Yesterday Kris and I went grocery shopping with the list and I bought all organic fruits and vegetables, free range chickens, and wild salmon, and Striped Bass. This morning was a mango-avocado smoothie, lunch was stir-fry vegetables with buckwheat noodles and chicken. Tonight I will have leftover lunch and a chilled cucumber-mint soup. I have snacked on nuts, cranberries and oranges. I have only had one cup of decaf coffee, instead this morning I had rooibos tea and lots of water throughout the day.

I have felt pretty good throughout the day and managed to get a lot done. This year is the year of natural, less clutter and less things. For example I have a ton of tablecloths, why??? and a few were in my craft room to be fixed. I don’t use those particular ones, they aren’t heirlooms, so why waste my time and space. They went to Goodwill, maybe someone else will care for the lace tablecloths. Same for a lot of my clothes and Tanta Anne’s. Because of my Fibromyalgia I am finding that even clothes hurt my skin so I am switching over to cottons, bamboo, silks, and some wools for close to my skin. Anything polyester, rayon, acrylic, etc.m went to Goodwill.

I am starting to wind down now and my right arm really hurts along with my legs. I guess I will go sit by the fire watch the news and knit on my Pointelle socks. They are from Cookie A’s knit.sock.love book, there is a KAL going on at Ravelry if you want to join in.

Hugs!
Namaste!

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