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Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 02:03 PM PDT

Distorted Views on Netroots Nation

by sobermom

I've only read 2 articles on Netroots Nation since I've been here.  But both articles are so far from what is taking place here that it's as though the writers attended a different convention entirely.

I read an AP article in the Boston Globe this morning that made it seem like we're all 20 year-olds in blue jeans.  Hardly.  But the far more distorted view of NN came from an article at the Huffington Post about Valarie Jarrett's interview this morning.  

The article is titled "Valarie Jarrett Heckled and Hissed at Netroots Nation."  It seriously reminded me of the Faux News perspective on fair and balanced.  Yes Jarrett was hissed at and heckled.  But it would have been more factually correct to say "Valarie Jarrett Warmly Welcomed and Also Challenged at Netroots Nation."

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WYFP is our community's Saturday evening gathering to talk about our problems, empathize with one another, and share advice, pootie pictures, favorite adult beverages, and anything else that we think might help. Everyone and all sorts of troubles are welcome. May we find peace and healing here. Won't you please share the joy of WYFP by recommending?

So instead of being off at the N.E. kossack gathering today I was at work.  I was at work because we are in the middle of licensing and I am trying to resolve problems that occurred for years before I took this position in March.  And now here I am, late to the party I'm supposed to throw because I'm stuck at work.  Arrrgghhh!

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Mon May 18, 2009 at 05:49 PM PDT

Got a Happy Story?

by sobermom

Got a Happy Story is a community gathering every Monday night where we share stories large and small that have put a smile on our face.  It is a time to acknowledge the joy and wonder we experience.  The Happy Story diary exists as a way to anchor the community in hope and comfort while we do the hard work of taking back our country. Everyone and all sorts of stories and pictures are welcome. May we find joy and strength here.

So I'm late again tonight.  My actual diary, on the seashore, is at home in Word and I'm still at work.  And it isn't going particularly well.  So I'm going to go with what is saving my sanity tonight--the radio station.

What's your favorite radio station to listen to when you're stressed out?

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Got a Happy Story is a community gathering every Monday night where we share stories large and small that have put a smile on our face.  It is a time to acknowledge the joy and wonder we experience.  The Happy Story diary exists as a way to anchor the community in hope and comfort while we do the hard work of taking back our country. Everyone and all sorts of stories and pictures are welcome. May we find joy and strength here.

Erick Erikson defined generativity as "the concern for establishing and guiding the next generation."  

I have a heartwarming story about generativity from work this week.  Actually two stories.

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Got a Happy Story is a community gathering every Monday night where we share stories large and small that have put a smile on our face.  It is a time to acknowledge the joy and wonder we experience.  The Happy Story diary exists as a way to anchor the community in hope and comfort while we do the hard work of taking back our country. Everyone and all sorts of stories and pictures are welcome. May we find joy and strength here.

Nineteen years ago, right about now, I was waiting to hear from the graduate schools to which I had applied.  Less than 3 years before that I had never even considered social work as a profession.  But during those three years I had the good fortune to work in the Social Work department at a major teaching hospital.  I watched those social workers in multi-disciplinary teams, providing services for patients, and identifying systemic needs in both the hospital and the community.  I watched their passion for their work, their patients, their colleagues, and for social justice. And I realized that Social Work was the profession for me.    

In the years since then I have never regretted my choice.

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Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 05:53 PM PDT

Got a Happy Story?  SHARE Edition

by sobermom

Got a Happy Story is a community gathering every Monday night where we share stories large and small that have put a smile on our face.  It is a time to acknowledge the joy and wonder we experience.  The Happy Story diary exists as a way to anchor the community in hope and comfort while we do the hard work of taking back our country. Everyone and all sorts of stories and pictures are welcome. May we find joy and strength here.

Back in 1990 I was in graduate school and we were required to do a community service project.  I'm not sure how I even discovered SHARE back then but I was a small part of rolling it out into Eastern Massachusetts.

SHARE stands for Self Help and Resource Exchange.  It's a food distribution program where SHARE buys food in bulk, like supermarkets do, and then sells the food at cost with a 2 hour commitment of community service.  People purchase the food early in the month.  Their food box is delivered on the 3rd weekend of the month.  That allows people to eat when they would have normally run out of food for that last week of the month.

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Almost 2 years ago I read a LTE in the Boston Globe that cheered me for the day.  I posted a link in Cheers and Jeers and others liked it as well.  But I had no idea that the story would stay with me and would serve as a source of comfort on difficult days.  

On Saturday I read an article in the Boston Globe that put a smile on my face for the whole day.  I've been thinking about the story off and on since then and I realize that this is another story I'll be remembering two years from now.

I'd like to share both stories with you so I've posted the LTE below and excerpts and pictures from the weekend article.  Both are brought to you by unions.

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Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 06:20 PM PST

Got a Happy Story? LEGO Edition

by sobermom

Last week my friend and co-diarist Eddie C wrote the first Happy Story Monday edition.  I certainly hope our Friday regulars will still join us but we're also excited to have other uids join us.

According to LEGO.com The LEGO company was named in 1934.  The first plastic LEGO bricks were formed in 1949.  In 1954, the LEGO name was registered as a trademark in Denmark.

The name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". It’s our name and it’s our ideal...The world's children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.

LEGO has put together activities for teachers to use in classrooms.  This uses LEGO and accessory packs to build solar powered ferris wheels and cars for units on energy. This uses LEGO and accessories to build a dancing robot.

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Got a Happy Story is a community gathering every Friday night where we share stories large and small that have put a smile on our face.  It is a time to acknowledge the joy and wonder we experience.  The Happy Story diary exists as a way to anchor the community in hope and comfort while we do the hard work of taking back our country. Everyone and all sorts of stories and pictures are welcome. May we find joy and strength here.

soberboy has had such an extraordinary week that I thought I'd share it as my happy story this week.  The week just kept getting better and better for him.  It shows us how far he has come with all of his medical and psychosocial challenges.

Last Saturday he was an altar server at the installation of our new pastor.  It was a big deal since Cardinal Seán O'Malley presided over the Mass.  soberboy was one of the five altar servers chosen because he takes his responsibilities seriously.  He did awesome during the Mass and had a blast downstairs afterward at the reception.

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We introduced soberboy to the Back to the Future series this weekend.  We've seen one and two so far and we'll see the final one tomorrow.

I saw the first one in the movie theatre on opening night in 1985.  I'd skimmed the review in the Boston Globe and knew only that they approved.  I was looking for something to do with my boyfriend and suggested we go at the last minute.  I remember sitting there in a full theatre struck by how different it was.  It was such a feel good movie that the entire audience burst into spontaneous applause at the end.  I think it was that the movie was funny, poked some fun at Reagan just after he'd been reelected in a landslide, and the soundtrack by Huey Lewis that captured me.  I'd never been a fan of science fiction but found this movie light-hearted fun.

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Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 05:02 PM PST

Got a Happy Story? Snow Edition

by sobermom

I've scrapped the diary I had written in honor of the white stuff.  It has been snowing since 2:30 here and we're expected to get anywhere between 12 and 18 inches.  I expect that we'll get much more than predicted because we'll have the coastal effect where the ocean contributes more moisture and increases the snowfall.

I have such fond memories of my snowy New Hampshire childhood.  We had a small hill in our backyard that was perfect for sledding when we were very young.  Then we graduated to the neighbor's longer, steeper hill.  Every day after school the 5 of us would bundle up, grab the sleds and saucers, and go sledding for hours.  The dog would chase us, making a game of trying to steal our hats and mittens as we hurtled down the hill.  When it started to get dark the neighbor would turn on her barn lights so that we could see our way up the hill.  

On Sundays we went sledding at my grandparents' farm, getting into shoving matches with cousins and trying to dodge the pond as we flew down their steep hill.  If there was a coating of ice on the snow we'd have to maneuver our sleds at the bottom of the hill to avoid the stone wall.  Almost 50 cousins and none of us ever landed in the pond or hit the stone wall.

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I read this diary on World AIDS Day in 2005 that explained how to help find a cure for AIDS.  TheSwampDweller's diary notified kossacks of a no-effort program we could participate in together.  He started the DailyKos Team on December 31, 2004.  We currently have 41 members.  

Updated #s As of tonight, the DailyKos Team was ranked #566 out of the thousands of teams using the FightAIDS@Home program.  All together we have contributed 22 years, 157 days, and 17 hours to the fight against AIDS with our computers’ idle time.  On an average day we contribute 5 days and 17 hours with our combined computers.  This has led to 22,046 results in the research.

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