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If someone who can do so will kindly put a link to this diary into the ROV diary, then we will have a place where another 44 or so gulf watcher live blog ROV regulars can post short biographies of themselves.

A poem:


What do we need,
to feel at peace?


Maybe we do not want
to actually feel
completely at peace.

If we think about many things,
many things that feel unfair,
that feel like someone stealing
from others,
causing emotional pain
to others,
then we feel like Johnny Cash:

"Til things are brighter,
I'm the man in black."

We may not literally wear
all black clothing,
but we will never,
never say that all is well.

There is always someone
calling us to make a change,
to work, in some small way,
for change.

If you do not know what the heck I am talking about, there is more below the fold.


Here is the latest liveblog diary.  Read some of it, and check out the comment thread, it is full of information and poetry.


This is a little poem I wrote to decorate the liveblog series:

We Are Here

We are here.
We are watching.
Years from now,
if anyone asks,
we will tell them:
We were there.

Maybe it will not matter.
Maybe nothing matters.
But if we throw up our hands now,
maybe someday,
years from now,
we will ask ourselves,
why did we not at least keep watch,
why did we not?

Maybe someday, some of us
will talk with someone younger,
and tell of the time we watched.
Maybe that someone younger
will try harder next time,
will do more next time,
the time we watched.

-- bigjacbigjacbigjac

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Originally posted to Smarter Prepping With Big Jack on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 04:41 AM PDT.

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    •  tapu dali's bio (11+ / 0-)
      I think I can say this much without divulging too much of my identity.  If anyone figures out who I am, I respectfully ask you to keep it to yourself, please!  I shall trust the community to heed my wish.

      Parents: Estonian.  Fled to Sweden during WWII in the midst of NS and Sovjet occupations and repression.

      Me: Born in Sweden.  Family emigrated to Canada. Wandered about for a while until we settled down. Dad was a steelworker, mom an organist and choirmaster. Dad died quite some time ago, mom a few years ago.

      Got into university and finally got a "piled higher and deeper" degree.

      Ass prof for a while until I realized I'd never get tenure.  Taught in a (US equivalent) community college for a buncha years until the funding was cut.  (Bummer!)

      Got a job with the swivel service, been there ever since.  Expertise: Well, I won't say exactly what, but let's say risk and threat assessment.

      Married.  No kids.  "E" is a musician, typographer, and editor.


      I get "suaviter in modo", Mr President. May we now have some "fortiter in re"?

      by tapu dali on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 06:40:06 AM PDT

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      •  'Kay! Fascinating, as I knew it would (8+ / 0-)

        be.  Your charming presence is a delight in the ROVs.  Wishing some day to get to meet you (and pry loose all your secrets) and your wonderful wife (to pry loose all her secrets).  

        Almost went into typography -- just a toss of the coin when I was 17 as to which job I'd take.  I was relieved I'd chosen not to follow the fonts, as that was just when computerized typsetting came along (mid-'70s, and I'm sure my union job would have been quickly dispersed.

        But my love for typography has never left me.  And to your wife I have much to say about serif vs non-serif type.  ;)

        For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. -- Richard Feynman

        by Yasuragi on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 07:58:53 AM PDT

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        •  Awww ... (5+ / 0-)

          As I've said before, you're just far too kind!

          And let's not into our endless loop of "Am not"  "are too"  etc etc etc!



          I get "suaviter in modo", Mr President. May we now have some "fortiter in re"?

          by tapu dali on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 08:03:40 AM PDT

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        •  Serif or not? (6+ / 0-)

          It depends on the context! For her letters she loves a classical font like Garamond or Dante.

          For presentations she would use Gill Sans.

          I get "suaviter in modo", Mr President. May we now have some "fortiter in re"?

          by tapu dali on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 08:05:53 AM PDT

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          •  When I rule the world (wait for it), I will (6+ / 0-)

            make all sans-serif fonts illegal.  I find them impossible to read.  If your vision is the least bit impeded, they all come out looking like nothing but a bunch of vertical lines.

            For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. -- Richard Feynman

            by Yasuragi on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 12:52:12 PM PDT

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            •  As an editor, I completely agree. (3+ / 0-)

              A lot of designers love sans - but in most books it just kills the text. I'm certain serifs help me think as I read the masses of material I deal with word by word.

              •  When I chose a font for my tattoo, the tattoo (4+ / 0-)

                of my wife's name, PAM, I wanted it to be easy to read, so I chose a font with huge serifs.

                And my tatto artist even made the serifs on the M a little too long, hanging there, far from the corner of the letter.

                I like it, anyway.


              •  I've been an editor for 35 years, (2+ / 0-)
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                And I will no longer accept text that printed in sans serif.  Too much for my wee brain to decode.

                There have been books I've wanted very much to read, but couldn't either because the type is too tiny and close (Colson Whitehead's novels in paperback being a prime example) or because someone figured sans serif would cost them fewer pages.  It's the most reader-unfriendly choice: the medium mars the message.

                Perfection of means and confusion of goals characterize our time. -- Albert Einstein

                by Yasuragi on Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 09:10:51 AM PDT

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                •  We must originate from roughly the same era. (1+ / 0-)
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                  Been in publishing since about 1960; these days, editing electronically, I just change the typeface. But many think sans is somehow more professional, more businesslike. Luckily most good books - art books excepted - don't use sans.

                  •  Yes -- and wouldn't you think in an art book, (1+ / 0-)
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                    they'd be particularly aware of their font choices?  Or is it that in an art book it matters how it looks more than how it reads.

                    No, not the '60s.  I left school at seventeen, which is how I wound up making that choice so young.  But the sensibility was definitely '60s.

                    Are you familiar at all with PushPin Studios?  That's where my sensibility grew up.  :)

                    Perfection of means and confusion of goals characterize our time. -- Albert Einstein

                    by Yasuragi on Mon Jul 26, 2010 at 06:51:30 AM PDT

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                    •  Push Pin was brilliant then (2+ / 0-)
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                      Predictor, Yasuragi

                      with someone there making the first nifty line drawings I'd ever seen of Dim Sum, with descriptions too. That was a great mileu!

                      Quite an era for a true greenhorn from the midwest, working at an art magazine based where it had been since the 1920s - half a block from Lexington and 59th.

                      Nice to meet you here!

                      •  Great to meet you, too, Creosote. (1+ / 0-)
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                        My father did a lot of work for Push Pin (he was a professional photographer), and I grew up among many of the artists there.  In fact, much of their early work adorns my home today.

                        Still in touch with a few.  It was an amazing place.

                        Perfection of means and confusion of goals characterize our time. -- Albert Einstein

                        by Yasuragi on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 08:50:09 AM PDT

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        •  Serif vs non-serif? OMG......up my alley too (8+ / 0-)

          I had a very long argument with a former supervisor (whom I detested for other reasons) about serif vs non-serif typefaces. He wanted to switch to non-serif fonts for comprehensive planning documents and all of our reports.  My opposition to non-serif fonts for body text was based upon training I had in type faces in college as part of an art degree in advertising design.

          IMO, type faces with serifs are the only fonts that should be used for long body text such as in a newspaper, book, or other types of reading materials involving significant and lenghthy text.  The reasoning behind this is that the serif gives the eye something to quickly grasp when reading text.  

          Non-serif fonts are more varied and great for titles, presentations, and short text as well as use in visuals.  

          So if you disagree, call me an old fuddy duddy...LOL

      •  Tapu dali----thx for that very interesting bio. (2+ / 0-)
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        cotterperson, Yasuragi

        Seems like quite a "full" life----even though it has been hectic, perhaps....???

        Thx for all your contributions.

  •  It is these strands of connection and caring (13+ / 0-)

    that will get us through these dark days and steel us for the fight ahead.

  •  Let me introduce myself (17+ / 0-)

    Real name Rick, 51, former aircraft mechanic, 10 years at IBM, worked for the USFS, volunteered for NPS. Had a bad work accident 9 years ago and broke my back. Went back to school and am now nearly finished with my thesis for a Masters in psychology.

    I love the outdoors and have been a rock climber for some 20 years, and still do it. I healed pretty well from the fall at work.
    I have a blog at Cremnomaniac where you can see where I spend the rest of my time :)

    I love animals. Had 2 pooties of 15 years and it broke my heart when they passed. I have another that I recued last Christmas, looking for a second as we speak. I also breaks my heart to see the hurt in the creatures in the Gulf.

    I wasn't too interested in politics until I got hurt. Then I sat around and read stuff. What an eye opener. I found my political orientation is somewhere near Ghandi from one of those political surveys. I loved Ghandi. It pleases me to have found a place with others of similar stripe.

    Conservatives are engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; i.e, search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. J.K. Galbraith

    by Kairos on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 07:35:58 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for keeping this alive, (11+ / 0-)

    bigjac. It amazes me to read about the variety of experiences we bring to this situation and significantly enriches the time we spend together.

    Here's wishing the best to our friends along the Gulf Coast as the storm approaches.

    Solar & wind NOW! ~~~ No more death for oil!

    by cotterperson on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 08:02:29 AM PDT

  •  Thanks so much, bigjac, for taking this on. (10+ / 0-)

    I hope we get lots more bios here.  

    You're a wonderful guy, jac, and I'm so glad you're around in the liveblogs to give us your wonderful stories and poems.

    For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. -- Richard Feynman

    by Yasuragi on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 08:35:16 AM PDT

  •  cool. (15+ / 0-)

    i'm 50. PhD mathematics.  teach at a liberal arts univ here in Los Angeles, and i run a small consulting business with my wife as well.

    went to Auburn for undergrad and masters, where I developed a love of the gulf through many visits to the redneck riviera.

    Life is full of disappointments; yes, and I am full of life. -- John Gorka

    by bubbanomics on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 10:41:13 AM PDT

  •  Lorinda Pike (14+ / 0-)

    Just posted a bit on Phil's original diary; here I'll expand a bit.

    Mid 50s, married, no kids, many cats, live in the South (but planning to retire north - the heat is tough here).  My education is art (3-dimensional design/mixed media/metals), philosophy and religion (emphasis Oriental and Native American), and geology (glacial and periglacial geomorphology, and cartography - not much petroleum).

    Worked in various fields, including broadcasting (radio and TV), securities - both the financial sector AND the kind where you carry a weapon - not at the same time, though.  In all of that, I also acquired a barber's license, taught scuba diving, jumped out of perfectly good airplanes, hung on cliff faces by my fingernails, and drank enough whiskey for a lifetime...

    Currently I make sterling silver jewelry, restore antique Oriental rugs, garden, play music (flute, guitar, bass) take care of kitties, write a little poetry, and hang out with other crazy people on blogs...

    (-7.62/-7.90) was their destruction: they delved too greedily and too deep. -- JRR Tolkien

    by Lorinda Pike on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 11:17:56 AM PDT

  •  Greetings all! (14+ / 0-)

    I haven't been able to post much in the last month. A PC breakdown, family issues, a short vacation, and catching up with everything in the news department has kept me from interacting with the ROV crew.
    My real name is Cathy. I'm 52 with most of those years spent on the Monterey Peninsula area of Calif. When not employed in the horse industry, I have worked in the restaurant/hotel field.
    I've been a lifelong Democratic Party supporter, with a brief foray into the Green Party during the Reagan presidency. I tend to be a pragmatic sort where politicians are concerned these days. Getting older and more patient has helped to balance the idealist in me.
    My greatest passions include animals, naturally, and trying to help this planet remain a wonderful place for the children, the grandkids, and their progeny to live in. Sustainable and renewable energy are concepts I've been interested in since the 70's, and I keep trying to educate others in their necessity.
    Many, many thanks to all the ROVer's for their hard work in keeping us informed during these painful days!  ~smooches~ to y'all  :-)

    All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown

    by CA ridebalanced on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 11:59:04 AM PDT

  •  40ish construction nut (12+ / 0-)

    Houses, ships, vehicles... Never done a bridge. That'd be cool.

    Free University and Health Care for all, now. -8.88, -7.13

    by SoCalHobbit on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 05:50:42 PM PDT

  •   Thanks bigjac....So nice of you to continue (12+ / 0-)

    this bio record.

    As I have mentioned before, my childhood on a Nevada ranch left me with both an enduring love of the land and of my environment.....and a deep fear of the ability of humans to ruin it. Atom bombs are a powerful reminder of the power mankind can is this oil spill.

    I graduated with a degree in poli sci, with every intention of working in government. But life happened, I married an academic psychologist, we had four children, and parenting them became my primary focus. My husband's work progressed through the academic ranks, ending with 10 yrs as a Dean of a College of Arts and Science. So education has been an important part of our life.

    I worked part time when the children were small...mostly for an excellent antique store, as I am an unrepentant collector. In 1988, as college expenses loomed, I created a small business designing, fabricating and installing custom window coverings. I was fortunate to have an in home studio, and I was very busy with creative and challenging work until 2005, when an as yet undiagnosed autoimmune illness made early retirement a necessity.

    I have four grandchildren now, and caring for them and nurturing their love of learning and the environment is both a pleasure and a privilege....and , as my husband just added, exhausting!

    We live on Puget Sound in Wa. State. As I look at the water and enjoy it's presence in our daily life I am committed to doing whatever I can do to preserve our environment.

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 06:11:05 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, all of you, for (10+ / 0-)

    saying thank you, and posting bios or expanding bios.

    In the original bio diary, we got a bio from Tomtech, but not from Fishgrease.

    Fishgrease let out, in a comment I read, that he has been monitoring pressure in wells, oil and gas, since 1978, and he still monitors some gas wells, noting the effect the moon has on the pressure, like the tides.

    And we have another mystery:

    But after five years out here, I found that I couldn't leave being where I can see the stars, where I know the rise and fall of the tides and the phase of the moon, where deer and smaller wildlife grace me daily with their presence.  This place feeds me something I hadn't known I was starving for.

    That is from the Yasuragi bio.

    We still do not, or I do not, know where she lives.

    By the way, this diary only has five bios in it.

    The original has 44.

    By the way, about nine tenths of us are in our mid fifties.

    And well over half female.

    My theory is this:  We are all very similar to President Obama, he is one of us, just a little younger, and smarter, and therefore has enough energy and smarts to tackle the presidency.

    But the rest of us, I read somewhere that we are not exactly boomers, but something called Generation Jones, we feel that the dirty fucking hippies, those just a few years older than us, we saw them in the news, and we feel that they were right all along, but.....

    The younger folks always feel they can do it better.

    In this case, we feel the hippie feeling, but we are more practical.  We want to actually accomplish something, not just shout something, smoke dope, and grow old, as some hippies have done.

    We are trying to apply the hippie ideas.

    That is my theory.


    •  It's a nice theory, bigjac. (8+ / 0-)

      I actually was a DFH, being indoctrinated young by my cousins and older friends.  And having been taken to my first peace demonstration at the age of six, on my very tall brother's shoulders (he was 6'6" when he stood straight).  I aged out of dope and shouting by the time I was in my late twenties, but the values still stand: peace, and up the man.  ;)

      I keep my location a closely guarded secret here on the GOS.  But I will say I live on an island off the East Coast.  That's all I'll say.  A friend in Mojo Friday dubbed it Haunted Island, because she always pictured the setting of a mystery story when I talked about this place: small community; lots of weather, and isolation from the mainland.  ;)

      I'm hoping we get many more of these bios.  They're so wonderful to read.  Thank you for this diary, bigjac.

      For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. -- Richard Feynman

      by Yasuragi on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 07:27:24 AM PDT

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    •  I'm 67-----but am NOT "half-female"!!!!! (4+ / 0-)

      By the way, about nine tenths of us are in our mid fifties.

      And well over half female.


      •  You know what I meant! (3+ / 0-)
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        I was doing a quick tally, not actually counting, but estimating, and it seems to me that I read many, many bios of women who are 54 or 55.

        That caught my eye, because I am a man about to turn 55.  That made me feel surrounded by women almost exactly my age.

        And I seem to recal at least two or three exactly your age, 67.

        Just random numbers.  I no longer believe in numerology, or a god who arranges things for us.

        Just noticing an oddity.


  •  Small practical suggestion - (9+ / 0-)

    Your link to the current ROV was current for when you wrote this but if you would like to  let people find the most recent one maybe you could add a link to the Gulf Watchers tag also.

  •  Thanks bigjacbigjacbigjac! This is very (6+ / 0-)

    interesting.  I feel like I know a lot of these very special gulf watchers personally.  Next year we should all meet up at Netroots Nation and put faces with names.  A panel on live blogging disasters?

  •  My Life, by ursoklevar (8+ / 0-)

    67 YO woman born in New Jersey, grew up near the ocean in Florida, college in Ohio in Pennsylvania, lived in the DC area for 30+ years. MA in English Literature.

    I taught English lit in middle school, then college, and although I adored it, I became a single mom and wanted to make decent wages. Happily, I went to work as a temp for a biomedical research non-profit and loved it. They took me on full-time and I stayed in the same field for decades. Started as an editor and branched out into all aspects of administration, including conference management.

    My son went to college in Colorado, and I fell in love with it at first sight. I took early retirement and moved to the Rockies when my grandson was on the way. Aside from missing my friends and family on the East Coast, that move and grandparenting have been among the best adventures I ever had.

    I’m a long-time, ardent animal lover, and have hosted mostly dogs, and of those mostly hound breeds. Current companion is a tweeny dachshund named Morgan Freeman.

    I haven’t enjoyed particularly good health, but that’s had its upside. While in rehab after a hip replacement replacement, autumn of 2008, I watched CNN and the run-up to the election endlessly. Discovered  blogs when I got home...cut my teeth on HuffPo...outgrew that...found my way to lurkerhood on DKos...and then the occasional, timid comment...and then the BP Gulf Catastrophe happened and the ROV community was born. And here I am.

    Words would fail me if I tried to express what you all have helped to learn, not only about the oil disaster, but about yourselves and about myself. I’ll end with the start of a villanelle by Theodore Roethke entitled The Waking:

    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
    I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
    I learn by going where I have to go.

    We think by feeling. What is there to know?
    I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
    I wake to sleep and take my waking slow.

    The End.

  •  kait (5+ / 0-)

    It's a bit intimidating to post a bio here. I'm a nurse, about 30 years, with writing as my avocation. Bit of a political junkie since I was a teen, also a DFH, and who doesn't love babies and animals, even if you are an ardent population control advocate? Leftist but not entirely dovish, but glad there are plenty of people to disagree with me. I hate gossip, bluntly ask people to spare me, which of course means I get to hear way too many secrets that I wish I didn't know. On the other hand, I love to hear peoples' stories, almost better than anything, and I'm drawn to cranks, curmudgeons, and those I guess ignorant people would call crazies. I like to count myself among them. As a military brat, we were stationed mostly coastally, and now I live more than too close for comfort to this heartbreak. I'm not a Southerner, except as it sneaks its way inside you permanently. I think of Pittsburgh as both home and one of the nicest cities in the U.S. I was both born and have lived overseas, and I think that experience might really be useful for most Americans.  Very Irish heritage, so I have a temper and enjoy swearing, but I couldln't hold a grudge on a bet. Like gossip, it's a soul killer, and besides, we have actual problems to work on.  I don't think I have anything to contribute to these diaries, but they have certainly contributed to me.  Booming School was the first time I laughed after this happening, and it was like the first time we gave ourselves permission to laugh after 9/11.  You collectively have peeled me off the ceiling more than once, which is good since I'm the caregiver to a fairly sick but very calm woman who really doesn't need my agita. So thanks for accepting lurkers, being very patient with questions, and despite all the advanced science degrees, doing a pretty nice job with therapy as well!

    •  Thanks for "lurking"; and also sharing. (5+ / 0-)

      "Contributing" doesn't necessarily mean offering "expert" advice or something.  Sometimes it's just letting out your favorite swear word; after an article you read.

    •  My dear kait, I checked your comment history, (4+ / 0-)
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      and found very little.

      I see you are user number 244,967.

      This makes me ask, did you actually join Daily Kos and start commenting because of the Gulf Watchers liveblog?

      By the way, you and I have two things in common.

      1.  You are in the liveblog for your mental health, and so am I.  If you read my bio in Phil S 33's diary, you will see.


      I am a grieving widower, and my grief defines me almost as much as my overview of civilization, calling for unity in philosophy and drastic contraception.

      That is why I participate at DailyKos in general, The Grieving Room in particular, and the ROV liveblog in particular, and the Community Quilt diaries of Sara R in particular.  

      I participate here for emotional support.

      I am an emotional basket case, and I come here, and say, "please respond to me, please say you like what I write"

      That is why I am here.

      1.  I was the caregiver for my very disabled wife for thirty years, and you are currently a caregiver for...your mother?  Not that I need to know, but if you go to The Grieving Room:


      You will find that a few folks there have been caregivers for mothers and such.

      For mental health, the ROV diaries could actualy be the best, but if you feel the need to talk about pre-grief, a feeling that had me miserable while my wife was alive, but very ill, you may consider a Monday evening visit to The Grieving Room.

      I will not be there this Monday, because I need to act as caregiver to a very disabled woman, my wife's cousin, Carrie, while she is at summer camp for folks with cerebral palsy.

      Anyway, as you can see, I read your bio carefully, and look forward to your reply.


      •  caregiving/joining (1+ / 0-)
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        Good questions.  The oil disaster triggered some PTSD, so the humor is very helpful, but I really joined in order to find information, actual scientific information, as opposed to the commentary that seems to have replaced nearly all reporting in MSM (which I'm very sad about).  And though I rarely watch evening news, my aunt, who is more like my sister and best friend, is a tv news fiend and generally has something hideous on, excepting Fox of course.  Anyway, I happened to catch the segment about the "Mayor of Plaquemines Parish", where he a). takes this very personally, which I firmly believe in, and b). spoke about turning off his boat engine and hearing ... nothing. I had already been doing this at night (not in a boat, just from my window) for about a week. At that moment I knew it was my responsibility to try to understand more about this in any way I could. So. The therapy has been just a happy bonus. My aunt is the person I am caregiver to, although it is surely mutual caregiving. I found that to be true of nursing also.  
          It goes without saying that I understand how grief can define you, but if you took time to read my bio and respond with so much, let me just say that I can hear/sense more than that--like thoughtfulness, which is an endangered quality. And you are able to go beyond your grief, at least sometimes, to extend care to others, as well as kindness. So consider that you may be, like most of us, "a mixed basket." Which ever the case may be (hee hee, get it?), thank you for the links and your response and kind words.

    •  Oh, kait -- I'm right there with you on gossip! (1+ / 0-)
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      And grudges, though sometimes I find myself bearing them unwillingly.  Not as evolved as you, it would seem.  :)

      Everyone contributes to the liveblogs, so please feel free to speak up any time -- but don't feel pressured to.

      Thanks for posting here.

      Perfection of means and confusion of goals characterize our time. -- Albert Einstein

      by Yasuragi on Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 08:58:36 AM PDT

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      •  grudges (1+ / 0-)
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        Oh my goodness, being evolved?! Everyone who knows me is laughing right now. I can't hold a grudge simply because I'm Irish, so I not only like to listen to stories, I like to talk too much to hold a grudge.  I've often been known to forget I was angry an hour ago, and just proceed ahead as if nothing had happened. Some people (perhaps the one I was angry with?) don't like it at all. Now my mother and my ex-husband? Just the opposite, Champions, really. They were impressive, but sometimes discouraging.
        Anyway, you do tons and tons for this work in progress, and I thank you for that. If only our gov't would accept that people are less fearful of what they know than what they don't, especially when the truth isn't good. And I've also read that diaries are  more accurate than histories as long as they aren't cunningly edited, which makes this effort even more worthy, so thank you and the other mainstays so much.

  •  my name is diana (3+ / 0-)
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    i am 60.  i work as an instructional assistant in early primary special education.  on monday, OMG, that's tommarrow, school starts.  won't be able to read as much.  sometimes, i paint landscapes and love the land, including all of it that is under water.  and  the water, too.

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    I´m a youngster. At 45. Otherwise, there isnt much to say, thats why I mostly say not so much. I had some hopes for a short while after the accident that it would precipitate a change in America´s approach to oil overconsumption and environmental disregard but now thats out the window, which is sad, even while its good that people are getting closer to final control and shutdown of that well.  

    Ici s´arrète la loi.

    by marsanges on Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 06:32:02 AM PDT

    •  Good morning, marsanges, you young thing. (2+ / 0-)
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      Always good to hear from you. I am compiling alpha order bio's of Gulf Watchers for easy access in a new diary. Do you want to add any info? (It may already be upthread. If so, overlook this request.)

      •  heh. (0+ / 0-)

        Basic facts, German, male, studied Geology when world revolution didnt pan out, worked a while in academia (post doc circus), mostly teaching successive generations of students. That got me to Holland, where my field of research (hard rock geology-geochemistry) was canceled in one of the topical vogues that sweep geosciences. So there I found myself out of a job and so I ended up in the steel industry, where I´m working now. I´m an Exile and ever will be so and I envy all the people who have a home. (That accounts for you, Yasu!) The cat that recently has taken up residence in my flat makes me very uneasy. Can´t have people depend on me.

        Ici s´arrète la loi.

        by marsanges on Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 09:33:38 AM PDT

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    •  An overly modest presentation of a bio, (2+ / 0-)
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      marsanges.  :)

      Perfection of means and confusion of goals characterize our time. -- Albert Einstein

      by Yasuragi on Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 08:52:26 AM PDT

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  •  Came to dkos just for these liveblogs! (1+ / 0-)
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    I was so angry at the media (no cable) for basically not reporting anything in the beginning. Heard something on NPR on booming, so I googled to check it out. Led me here to the now famous fishgrease diary and the liveblogs!

    You are all unbelievable! This community of smart and friendly and compassionate folks feels like home. I generally catch up at night while hubby is snoring, and so don't comment 'cause by then you have had your bombing run and are all quite tipsy.
    Don't want to interrupt your fun! Now that the diaries have slowed down I'll be able to comment in real time.

    59 year old female. A nurse now working in health profession education. I teach "standardized or simulated patients". If you have a medical school near you it is a great way for retired or out of work people to make extra money. Google it!

    Big Jac, I have always been the family "caregiver" besides working as one. My oldest son (adopted) had leukemia and went through years of chemo. Took care of both mine and my husbands parents. Dear hubby was partially disabled from polio as a baby is now losing all mobility due to a terrible syndrome known as post-polio. (interesting FP diary on immunizations). I know what you mean by needing support. No one who hasn't ben through the kind of situation you have been through can really understand. Thanks for the link to the grief diary.

    The liveblogs for the gulf disaster, besides providing news and technical expertise are full of compassion and caring. Yasu is amazing! Many of you have great insights into human nature. Although born and raised in Wm. Penn's "Greene Towne" I am a southern sistah raised on grits and fried chix, greens and beans and family and tradition. Mom was from and deep South and Dad liked to say that he was from the South too, South Jersey! My granddad was a "bayman" or oysterman just like gulfgal described in her beautiful diary on Apalachacola (sp ?)

    Thank you Jac and all of you for being here!

    •  Wow... I thought I was losing my mind... (0+ / 0-)

      I knew I'd replied to you, and yet here was the very comment I'd read and answered... with no trace of my reply.  I was in the middle of trying to reconstruct what I'd said when it suddenly dawned on me...

      That was close. ;)

      Perfection of means and confusion of goals characterize our time. -- Albert Einstein

      by Yasuragi on Mon Jul 26, 2010 at 07:00:46 AM PDT

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