Thursday, November 27, 2008




The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled
with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these
bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget
the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of
so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and
soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful
providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and
severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and
provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations,
order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed,
and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of
military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by
the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and strength from the fields of
peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow,
the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our
settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the
precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.
Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has
been made in the camp, the siege, and the battle-field, and the
country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and
vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large
increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand
worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the
Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath
nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be
solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart
and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite
my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those
who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set
apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of
thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the
heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the
ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and
blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national
perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those
who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the
lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and
fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the
wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent
with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony,
tranquility, and union.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused
the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this third day of October, in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and
of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Sour grapes...

I have 'em....

Sarah Palin gets a book deal.
"Joe the Plumber" gets a book deal.

Mitzi book deal.
Even Eileen Charbonneau, with many books in print and book deal.

Sour grapes?
You betcha! WINK!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hill and Me

I just want to know something.
Hillary is one day younger than I am.
Yet her ambition and energy is a thousand times more than mine.
If I only had her drive....I could have finished ten novels in the last couple of years.

So, it can't be age.
Maybe she's thriving in what she does - even the tough campaign seems to have made her younger.
And soon she may be Madame Secretary...

Maybe she can be my inspiration - to do more and go farther and leave the naysayers far behind.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Reality Check

Worried about something at work, I was up early this morning, trying to get on my work email from home. I discovered that the password I use has been changed or eliminated - now the only way I can get my PennMed emails is on my work laptop and near a PennMed router. Ohhh-kay. So I'll just leave early to get to Orangeville early (almost 2 hours away) where I can get my work email and do before my morning meeting. All of which I could have done in my pj's at home since I was up early because I was worried about work...

Well, you see where this is going...

It was early in the morning and I needed a reality check. I opened my front door to get the paper. It was a warm Indian Summer morning, the sun not yet up and the dark night clouds still opaque against the sky. The leaf covered grass was just a few steps away from my doorstep and, unconcerned about the dampness left by a morning shower, I stepped, bare foot, off the concrete stoop and onto the ground.

The grass was soft and wet on my bare feet. Warm night breeze swirled around me and rustled the few remaining leaves on the tree in front of me. I looked up and saw the nest - small and compact- sitting in the y of the tree's limbs. In the spring I would have a front row seat to new life. An Indian Summer morning had given me a gift of spring.

Feeling better about the coming day, I walked back inside, remembering there was more to life than work...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

"Yes, We Can!"

That was the chant of the Obama campaign.
Today we can say, "Yes, we did!"
However, the work is just beginning. We will be saying, "Yes, we can" many times in the coming years.

But for now this is what Americans did on November 4, 2008:
We became the country we were always meant to be.

Goddess/God Bless and Keep the President and Vice President-elect and their families.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A Turning Point in History

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Best Thing He's Done in Years

Affleck on SNL was "priceless" and I didn't have to scan him to find out. His Keith Olberman was on target. He quickly went into an amorous UPS delivery man without missing a beat.
It just proves he's not picking the right projects. Maybe skit comedy is his forte.

Can't wait to see if Keith has anything to say about Ben and SNL's take on Countdown.