Here is the essence of me. Maybe the "kidlets" will find it amusing.
I still have the glass and love how milk makes a nice background for the flowers.
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."
CHIHUAHUAS FOR CHANGE
Magic Margot Shoebox is a collection point for all that I hold dear - and that's a lot. My recent inspiration is Don Floyd's new blog thecaptainandthomasine.
The original title of my blog "Chihuahuas for Change" popped into my head two years ago when I was looking for a place to "store" all the information I accumulated on Sarah Palin. I've since dumped that information as others have done a far better job researching and accumulating.
Life is about change and since I have darling Libby the chihuahua the title seems to still be fresh.
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. "Nullius in verba"Take no one's word for it. Do your own research.
Success if going from one failure to the next with enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
I told you this is a shoebox and we all know that we simply put stuff into a shoebox in no particular order. That's how things are going to appear here. When something whaps me over the head you will be the first to know.
Right now, I want to tell you about my favorite blog in the whole wide world - Margaret and Helen. Hope you go read their post called "I can see November" - while there note their statistics. A grandson set this site up and it's been around the world several times. Margaret and Helen have been friends for over sixty years and counting.
Don Floyd and I have been friends for more than thirty years and counting. We first became pen pals in the late 70's. We are cousins and share a passion for genealogy. My major project this year was helping Don get his book "The Captain and Thomasine" published. Will give you more details in later post.
My upcoming 70th birthday has been on my mind for
at least the last six months. I’ve been
keenly aware that the end is near – at least I hope it is. When I look at
pictures of the “kidlets” taken six short years ago I come face to face with
the fleeting nature of time. In one of
my most recent projects, translating Alla’s book from French, I can see a huge
picture of humanity that staggers my mind.
Alla’s book traces her ancestors back to just before the first
millennium detailing thousands of people and their struggles to live and order
their lives. Each was born struggled and
died. I remember when my dear father got
close to the end he had a desire to divest himself of possessions. My thoughts are in that direction as well.
My world is closing in and I am happy with that. I really do not want to go anywhere except
home. I am happy doing my projects,
knitting, spinning, writing and tidying up my lifelong genealogy project.
This morning I finished reading Carl Sagan’s book “Contact”. I think I needed it at just this time in my
life. It’s been on the shelf unread for
years, but as always Sagan has helped put things in perspective. I am a mote on top of a pile of motes going
back and forward forever. My life has
been much better than most and my problems pale. Just as I needed the words I found the above
quote from Anne Frank.
The past year has been emotionally tough. No good is served by rehashing a story that
As always, I have sought to know the truth. I’ve also tried to share hard won
It’s inconceivable to me that Sarah Palin and Fox News still
represent information to so many individuals.
The hypocrisy of the Republican Party is stupdifying. I fear for our country and the future for the
“Kidlets”. I fear the divisiveness of
the Catholic Church that has no business interfering in government and would do
well to govern themselves. An institution so full of the rot of child molesters
has no standing in my eyes. Ask yourself
what would Jesus say or think to see the pope, bishops and priests marching
around in splendor will ignoring the poor and abused?
I fear that relying on The Bible as the unerring word of God
will ultimately be civilizations’ undoing.
The Bible is an anthology of tales written by people with little
knowledge of science and it is used to control people and marginalize a huge
segment of the population. It is full of
hatred and wrath. Thomas Jefferson
discovered that over two hundred years ago.
My faith is rooted not in fear of punishment, but rather in
seeing how I can be helpful. I get great
pleasure performing good works in secret.
I have no idea how many more birthdays lie ahead. I know for sure that I’ve accomplished all
I’ve ever dreamed of doing and if this is my last birthday I am content. I
could leave this life easily. I am certain that I will never seek to cling to
life. I guess I am getting ready.
I am sure I will never win the lottery as I’ve had my chance
at luck and struck gold. Lexus gave me a
brand new car this year. Quelle
I am enormously grateful to have had the advantage of
computers and the internet. When I look
back at how genealogy was done in 1976 when I started I am amazed at the
technology we have today.
One last item. I’m
reading “The Edge of Infinity” and it suggests that huge leaps are on the
horizon. We must drop our fear and hypocrisy
as we march forward. We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank
Today is October 12th 2012 and I am three months
into my 70th trip around the sun. I have survived, but it has been a
roller coaster ride and I am hoping to coast gently to the end from here. A great joy for me was helping Mark and Page
find a home that appears perfect. I
always like doing this and the personal experience was fascinating and
rewarding. We’ve come a long way from
the old days of MLS when all information was controlled. Now it is possible to almost buy a home sight
unseen on the internet. Page and the
children came for a six week visit while they await their furniture. It was a magical time to see the three oldest
girls so enthusiastic about sewing and knitting. The baby is very sweet and no trouble at
all. Daniel almost killed himself by
pulling over a heavy lamp and my house is a chaotic mess. Add to that the virus we all developed and
the days of misery and it’s fair to say the visit was not uneventful.
The girls are thrilled with their new rooms and eager to
decorate them. While they were here I
completed my “Doodles Cute Wair” knitting book and the girls made several
I sought something momentous to mark July 16th
2012 and it was that day that I signed my non-disclosure agreement with Audrey
in anticipation of helping her publish Fred’s book on Sarah Palin. (looking
back from October I must report that the project withered on the vine.) However, a new memorial raised its head in
the form of the Coral Reef Project. When
I learned that it was to be dismantled and sold off piece by piece, I offered
to buy a large section and donate it to the Great Explorations Children’s
Museum. This is a very suitable marker
for my 70th birthday.
Kelly was born July 9th. It was a difficult situation for me, but it seems
that was more in my mind than in fact.
She is a lovely child and may be the best of the bunch. This summer I pulled my spinning project
together and sent it off to Vermont.
Haven’t had any door buster sales yet, but I am having fun imaging
solutions to tags, advertising and display
July 4th was a red letter day with the
confirmation of the Higgs Boson particle.
I am greatly saddened to hear my daughter say she doubts the theory of
evolution, but I must press on. Science
not superstition will be our savior if there is any.
I finally pulled the Affaired d’Art Chihully project off to
benefit the Museum of Fine Arts and some of our finer glass pieces have been on
six month display celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Art Glass
I continue to read with one of my favorites being “Catherine
the Great”. In addition I discovered
that I have a better knowledge of French than I realized. I interpreted Alla’s genealogy for her.
As is my habit I looked for another human being to help –
someone from whom I expected nothing.
This year is was Mark Guidici – the gentleman who came to repair
appliances and was a bit depressed. I
wrote his resume for him and suggested advertising tactics. I continued to encourage Dena my manicurist
and she continues to hold on.
Of course the visit last fall of Page and the children was a
blessing and a strain – but that is life.
The surprise of it threw my life into a tornado that only now six months
later has seen the debris settle. Her
unexpected pregnancy and the secrecy of it caused me to seek professional
help. Through my doctors and friends I
learned that her actions were based on the sure knowledge that I would never
abandon her. In a way I suppose my
sufferings were a privilege that only a mother can receive. The pregnancy caused me to reexamine the issue
of birth control and the Catholic Church.
I intend to write extensively on the topic elsewhere as I am in the
process of research. The most revealing
and shocking is “In The Name of God” by David Yallop
My health is good but each day I note obituaries and know
that one day my time will be up – I am ready.
My biggest regret is the emotional trauma the kidlets will suffer when
they come to know, as I did, that their religion is full of politics and
corruptions. I do not say this lightly,
but after six months of intensive readings I’ve come to know that the truth about the papacy is disgusting
and that’s before you talk of the child molestations.
Our election is in less that six weeks and things are not
looking good for our president. He is an
honest man who seeks reconciliation. He
simply cannot believe that Mitt Romney would stand on stage and lie through his
teeth. Unfortunately many Americans
watch Fox news and believe all of the vitriol that is spewed. Case in point is that four years later Sarah
Palin is still a very potent force for evil.
I think this will be my last birthday commemoration. Page and family are back and settled, I’ve
had many opportunities to know all the kidlets and they to know me.
Update – February 21, 2013
I am in the process of cleaning up my files and in doing so
found an opportunity to reread my comments.
Since there have been significant events I feel they need to be
included. Most significant is the fact
that the pope resigned!!!!!!!!!!!! Being
my usual curious self I sought to find the reason. In a nutshell it seems that the child abuse
scandal is about to blow sky high. A
California judge ordered the release of 12,000 pages of documents that show how
Bishop Mahoney begged and pleaded with the pope to take action even going so
far as making a personal visit to Rome.
The pope did nothing. Meanwhile
Mahoney is accused in civil actions of continuing the cover up and will be
deposed before he can go to Rome to vote on the new pope. Think of it as a circular firing squad.
Benedict has been deep in the cover up since before he was
pope and things are starting to unravel.
It first came to light with his butler leaking private papers last
spring. It really reminds me of
Watergate. Once the toothpaste is out of
the tube it cannot be put back.
Unfortunately this scandal of scandals concerns the spiritual well-being
of many people. As a child in Catholic
school I was taught by the nuns that the worst sin one could commit was to
bring scandal to the church; the next worst was hypocrisy. I can say no more.
The next significant event was the reelection of President
Obama and his realization that there was no way he could bargain with the
present Republican Party. I predict that
Obama will go down in history as one of our greatest presidents. The Republicans lost the election and the party
is dead on the vine. It appears that
Hillary Clinton my run in 2016 and her thinking is described as being similar
to that of the former Republican Party before it was hijacked by the extreme
right wing “tea party”.
The very vile Sarah Palin is no longer on Fox News, but
still no one will call her on her stunning fake pregnancy.
Recently scientists suggest that the Higgs Boson may
indicate that in several billion years the universe will cease to exist. I guess it just comes and goes endlessly and
why not? I wonder where heaven fits into
all of this. Perhaps I am right – heaven
is within each of us all along – we make our own heaven or hell and experience
it daily. I hope to make a bibliography
that might interest someone exploring the same idea.
I continue to spin yarn and sold my entire inventory last
week at FAB.