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|Goat Is My Co-Pilot (Photo Diary)
The town closest to me has an annual "Goat Days festival" and I decided to go, hang out with goats and enjoy the nice weather. I have a bit of personal history with goats. When I was a teenager, ...
|Mr. President: You Did Not Betray Me
You would think somebody who became an American citizen specifically just to vote in the 2012 election for you would either be a newly overly enthusiastic patriot or an unabashed supporter. ...
|Trudging and Limping
A colleague asked me what was wrong during hand off report. I told this colleague I was going through some shit and did not want to discuss it. She commented that I was not my usual self and ...
|Charity Event Pics
Went to a charity event last night that featured costumes and performances from a Memphis based Krewe. Every year they pick a charity to focus fundraising for and this annual party is the ...
|Working the Night Shift
Approximately [http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/workschedules/ 15 million people in this country work the night shift.] Night shift is typically defined as lasting from either 11-7, or in certain ...
|So, you want to go into nursing...
Several of my colleagues also work part time as nursing instructors and they often share stories about the shock their students experience when they are a) supposed to show up on time b) hand ...
|Anybody in the Detroit area... Advice Needed
Delta has just decided to close the Memphis base which means my husband and I willing have to move although not right away. I am interested in hearing from people who live in the Detroit area ...
|Sunday Hiking Photos
We try to enjoy one of our local parks on the weekends. The weather is perfect, the dog loves exploring on a longer walk, and fresh air clears a cloudy mind. We happen to live five miles from a ...
|Sawyer Joins the Rainbow Bridge
Weirdly enough we got Sawyer because two of our cats were mean to our new dog, Roxie. We got a cat for our dog. She needed at least one animal in the house who did not hate her. I assumed when I ...
|Memphis Fireworks: Photo Diary
We went to watch the fireworks in downtown Memphis with some friends to celebrate July 4th, my first as it happens, as an American citizen. To my husband's eternal annoyance, I brought the camera ...
|Hiking Photo Diary
I thought I would share a few pictures of our recent hiking trip in the Smokies. We did some moderate outings including Cades Cove and a slightly more challening jaunt up to Mount LeConte via the ...
|Frivolous Photo Diary
Last Saturday, I attended a local charity event. The theme was Mardi Gras and the participants strode down the runway to loud cheers. Beads were thrown. Drinks were consumed and everybody had an ...
| I Had My Naturalization Interview Today...
Despite feeling well prepared I was still a touch nervous when I arrived for my naturalization interview today. Traffic was a bit heavy and I was freaking at my husband...ah we can't be late!!! ...
|Thanks For The Inspiration Tea Baggers
I have been waffling back and forth over the last few years over whether to apply for naturalization. I hail from Canada, spent the first 31 years of my life there, moved to the US for what I ...
Memphis in May is a month long celebration of various events that generally involve rain, mud, and varying levels of debauchery/consumption. Last night was a mellow evening. I took a few pictures.
America is not a suburb or a strip mall. It contains some vast unfathomable places. Places that evoke timelessness and spirituality regardless of one's specific beliefs. As I hiked my middle aged ...
|Photo Diary: A Few Shots of Chicago
I went to Chicago recently, my only regret is that I did not get to spend enough time playing tourist. I was fortunate enough to be attending a conference, and the number of attendees compared to ...
|Snow day in Tennessee
They called for six inches with grave certitude. The thing is they call for a lot of things with grave certitude on the Memphis news stations. Much of it never happens. They talk frequently about ...
|Racism and White Silence
Turns out despite our air of self congratulation in the US over selecting our first non-white President folks in North America are still reluctant to confront it when we see it. We might claim we don'
|Buddha Says Don't Buy Stuff
Over at [http://www.adbusters.org/features/what_would_buddha_buy.html Adbusters], a current article suggests that Buddha wouldn't buy much for Christmas....
|Coltan Killing the Congolese
I happened to catch a segment on PBS briefly discussing the Congolese conflict. Unfortunately if one is interested in international news, the MSM does a shoddy job of keeping Americans even ...
|Local Church Proclaims "Exiles in an Obama Nation"
I caught this on the local Memphis news but am having difficulty embedding you tube videos suddenly. A local church created a bit of controversy in South haven Mississippi with a church sign that ...
|Crazy in Alabama:Photos
Even though we live in rural Tennessee, visiting the in laws in rural Alabama is always a bit of a jolt. I have lived in the south for 10 plus years but one is not considered "from the south" unless ...
|Dog Statue Pics
I heard the local Humane Society had a display of unique dog statues at the mall for a fund raiser. So off I went. But "the man" hassled me. This being the south it was done politely but the mall ...
|Hoover Dam Pics
I have a confession. I skipped out on the last half day of a recent conference to do the tourist bit and see the Hoover Dam. I feel slightly less guilty because an annoying colleague skipped out on ...
|Las Vegas Photo Diary
I went to a conference in Las Vegas this week. I didn't gamble that much because I don't generally win at games of chance. I dropped maybe 20 bucks on the slot machines but there was plenty of good ...
|More Country Fair Photos
I went back to the country fair today and managed not to buy any food I could spill down the front of me as I did yesterday and this time remembered to wear a hat. The tomato face sunburn was still ...
|Country Fair Photos: They Wore Hats
Last year when I went to our local country fair it was all about the goats. For good reason, the people in our area seem to have an affection for them and a local popular figure started this modest ...
|Birth control is abortion
No, I don't believe that but apparently the Department of Health and Human services is allowing that line of logic to seep into policy changes. This story vis a vis [http://www.alternet.org/...
|Public Gardens and other random pictures....
During a rather stressful quick visit home to figure out what was going on during a health crisis for Dad I managed to catch a whiff of calming and refreshing vibrations by visiting one of my all ...
| Mister .. Can I have my official terrorist detector badge?
Found this interesting blurb over at [http://www.progressive.org/mag/mc070208 the Progressive], the article is a few weeks old so my apologies if somebody has done a diary on the topic. It concerns ...
|Slice of Life Sunday
The wozzle and I decided to change our usual walk routine and drive into one of my favorite neighborhoods in Memphis. When I lived in Mid-Town Memphis I lived right around the corner from [http://en....
|Night At the Ball Park
A friend and I decided to hit a Memphis Redbirds game last night for baseball and fireworks. As usual, I took my camera hoping to get a few pictures. I think it might be really annoying to go out ...
|Who is at the Zoo
I have written and posted about my trips to the Memphis Zoo before, not a world class establishment but still a favorite escape. With all of the gnashing of teeth yesterday I shifted into avoidance ...
|Disturbing Tale Of A Noncombat Death
I found this story over at [http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003819038 Editor and Publisher] and it highlights some of the disconnect between families ...
|The Embed War Dividend
[http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003803787 Editor and Publisher] gave note to a study recently by sociologist [http://www.personal.psu.edu/aml286/ ...
|Give Me Directions
I can find the United States on a map and I know I live here. But I am having a hard time actually finding it. I wonder if we have become a nation of sub Americas in which nobody knows the other ...
|Boston Tourist Photos
I had great designs on tackling the pictorial delights of Boston. I was hampered by a colleague hobbling on crutches, other colleagues who wanted to shop, and the fact that my employers expected us ...
|Cat Show Pics
I went to a local "cat show" and this will tell you how well my brain synapses are firing after just getting over a cold: I was taken a back for a moment when I walked in and saw rows of cages. I ...
|Chris Matthews: Yes, I am really this stupid...
There is an excellent piece of commentary at [http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/15093.html The Carpetbagger Report], that everybody should read if only to confirm that it is truly a ...
|Memphis War Protest With Photos
Political actions never seem to conveniently fall on my schedule in Memphis, a consequence of working 12 hour shifts. And Memphis is more of a big small town, than a medium sized city. I decided the ...
|Zinn Zings Elections
Howard Zinn in his latest musings at the Progressive, calls our current national dialog about candidates [http://www.progressive.org/mag_zinn0308 election madness] and argues that we have elevated ...
I actually thought about stressing in the title that this was not a candidate diary. I went home for ten days to help my mom, essentially I spent my time driving to and from the hospital where my ...
|I am not voting
I have no excuse for not voting either. I could have already applied for my citizenship by now and done so. I don't know why I can't bring myself to do it. I wasn't eligible during the last election ...
While I worked and trained in some good ones as a nursing student, I still think of nursing homes as being concentration camps for the elderly. It is a highly unfair, emotionally tinged perception, ...
|Ode to my Grandmother
My grandmother is still with us but I fear that her time of independence is drawing to a close. Grandma's health is fragile. Her appetite is withering, my mother describes her as being fatigued, her ...
A recent article in [http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2007/11/28/race_poll/ Salon], reveals some fantastically unsurprising data about prevalent attitudes about race and mobility in America. ...
|Friday Night Zoo Lights
I decided to take a trip to our local zoo to see the Christmas light displays. I realized I had not gone out and taken many photos lately and I was looking for a way to force myself into the ...
|Holiday Family Fun
I won't be going home to visit this year at Christmas. I have to work the night of, so I will visit the loved ones after in January. Although, I dearly love my rather small family, it is amazing how ...
|White face doing Black Face... What a disgrace.
Over at [http://www.colorlines.com/article.php?ID=248 Colorlines] there is an excellent article that documents the tendency of *some* white students to subvert racial politics into a racist parody. ...
|Ten things I hate about your Candidate
I just can't hold my peace. I hate your candidate. Naturally, I have stood aside in a mature and dignified manner while you decided to prattle on. I have a sense of decorum and ethics you see and ...
|Arno For President
I have struggled with the issue of who gets to be *my candidate*, the truth is none of the Dems have that visceral, gut, appeal. Sure there are a few who are clearly intellectually capable and all ...
|Slice of Life Southern Sunday
I confess I did not change the world this weekend. There were no protests in town. I don't think I made the world a better place this weekend, perhaps I did no intentional harm? I stress intentional ...
|Chris Matthews: Girls Don't Know Nothing Bout Money
Apparently Chris Mathews thinks there is a huge untapped voting pocket for Republicans: married women who have no grasp on finances. That's right:girls don't worry their pretty heads about money, ...
|A walk down Beale Street
I am now officially kicking myself for not attending the funeral for Ernest C Withers, I assumed it would be impossible to find parking given his prominence. I ran into a work colleague at the ...
Ernest C Withers was a noted Memphis photographer, an artist, who passed this week. I actually knew some of his work before I knew who he was. Take a moment to browse through some of his work [...
The MSM has a tendency to provide medical news coverage in one of three broad categories: Miracles ( New drug cures everything, prayer cured my brain cancer), Panic ( new disease unstoppable), and ...
|Annoying Vacation Pictures
Don't you just cringe when friends invite you over for dinner and then bore the crap out of you with vacation pictures and then talk about that adorable little places/bed and breakfast/greatest meal/...
|Grocery Shopping Confessions
As I trawl the aisles of my local grocery store, and later when I stand in line I must confess: I look in other carts. What I see, it ain't pretty. People don't buy food staples or actual food. Now,
|Dogging It At Work
According to a recent survey done by Salary.com, Americans admitted to wasting time at work. Apparently, about six in ten workers [http://www.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUSN2541395620070726 ...
|Don't Poke Me There
Although they are still very much in the minority, there is a growing group of people who reject the idea of vaccinating children. I will provide a few links to some anti-vaccination sites later in ...
|We Got Goat
Goats are fairly prominent in my part of the world. Otha Turner, a now deceased but enormously popular musician in Mississippi, used to have an annual goat barbecue and music festival. The town ...
|No Surge in Health Care For Iraq
While Americans struggle with trying to access the health care system even if they have insurance, the Iraqi people are struggling to access the basics of life. In a very real sense, there is not ...
|Friday Night Fair
When I was a kid I lived in a small city that was surrounded by farms. Fall fairs were a chance to see prize animals, jams, pies, local school art, and all that went along with agricultural life. ...
Even before I became an RN, a job that involves shifts, holidays, and weekends, I bounced around in jobs that rarely coincided with the nine to five world. Although I am not one of those *cool* ...
|The P Word
First, let me be clear: I do not object to the actual letter *P*. I think it is a splendid member of our alphabet. There are an astonishing number of *P* words I think are just dandy. I like: pooties,
The greatest marine disaster in the history of the United States was *not* the Titanic. Many people automatically make that assumption because it is embedded in popular culture but as one of the ...
|The Extreme American Dream
I have an easy commute to work, 30 or 35 minutes, none of it on a interstate or giant loop, and since I work nights less traffic flow. Since I live in rural area, the first part of my trip is ...
The dogs woke me up early this morning. They slept with me last night and spend most of it trying to edge on another out for the best spot. The best spot was not snuggling with loyal devotion ...
|Street Scenes Saturday
[http://www.southmainmemphis.org/default.asp The South Main District] is one of my favorite areas of town. One of the older areas of Memphis, it was once devoted to light industry when cotton was ...
|Slice of Life Saturday
Yes, I know it is Sunday, but the slice was yesterday. I decided to go visit one of my favorite areas of town and amble on over to the Memphis Farmer's Market located in the pavilion behind the ...
|Family Values Funhouse
One of the main reasons cultural regressives often like to run on a "family values" platform, is that it is an issue that doesn't require much legislative action unless you hate gays. In ...
|Dallying at the Dixon
When dear old Dad and his wife visited and announced they quote "did not need to be entertained" and wanted to see anything, they got dragged around to see the stuff *I liked*, however, I let ...
|Metal Head Heaven
No, sorry this is not a tribute diary to my favorite hard rock misogynist band, AC/DC. Nor is it a tribute to the dubious "hair band" groups. However, if you are an amateur blacksmith, ...
|Corporate Logic 101
Yesterday, there was mention in the news that *Northwest* had to cancel a number of flights due to an what the airline claimed was an unusually high absenteeism rate from pilots. Pilots are easy ...
|Prism and Nationalism
Notions of [http://www.beyondintractability.org/essay/nationalism/ nationalism] even in a benign form have always made me uneasy. I suppose that means I am a failure as a patriot. The source of ...
|Salt and Pepper, Pepper and Salt
I have always had a fascination for people who abandoned previously deeply held beliefs and engaged in a political or social metamorphosis. I have had the same core philosophy for more than ...
|So... You want to be a Nurse.....
A friend quizzed me about nursing careers on behalf of his wife recently because she works part time as a teacher's aide and he would like to encourage her to go back to school to have ...
|The Forgotten War
Many see the *Spanish Civil War* as that thingy that led up to the big one. We did not get much about it in Canadian History 101, although we did learn briefly about *Dr.Norman Bethune* who ...
| The Brooks Museum
[http://www.brooksmuseum.org/index.asp The Brooks Museum] located in *Overton Park* in Memphis, is a small but diverse little place. *Overton Park* houses a band shell area, the *Memphis Zoo*, a ...
|The Pink Palace
I am not a native Memphian. Unless your great-great-great grand daddy was born here one is not truly a native Memphian. It is fashionable among suburbanites to trash Memphis and I can't deny that ...
|The Church Committee
Remember Frank Church? Spurred on by damming articles by *Seymour Hersh* that documented activities by the CIA against both American citizens and foreign governments deemed to be unfriendly, ...
|Hum, Hum, Hum
Although, there are some pictures of my hummingbird visitors in this diary, the diary reflects my thoughts on the way life hums along in our backyard whether we are present or not. Humans have a ...
|X Meet Y
Born in 1964, I depending on which pop culture/sociological resource is [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X used], hail from the muscular tail of the Baby Boomers or the more ambiguous ...
|Panel Discussions of the Weird
Good evening, I am Morty Middleaged Guy, political analyst for *ABS* News, yes that's ABS, absolute bullshit news, the only cable news station left in America. Our motto is, " If it is absolute ...
|The Nurse who read Shakespeare
[http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/ The Memphis Botanical Garden ] likely can't compete with the great gardens of the world but it is a nice slice of solitude in the heart of the city. The ...
|Science is for Silly People
*In Oceania at the present day,Science, in the old sense has ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science.' The empirical method of though, on which all scientific achievements of ...
|The Zen of Arno
Like most people without children, I have turned my pooties and dogs into child substitutes. As any parent will tell you, children often teach you as much as you instruct them. Arno, the dog, has ...
|A Country Walk
Arno, our long haired Dutch Shepherd, just reached official adulthood, and he has two speeds: flop and all out. If I don't walk him on my days off chaos ensures. In the cool weather, he can go ...
|You Don't Gotta Have Faith....
I know George Micheal says you gotta have faith, but I remain unconvinced..
I often find what goes on in my backyard is more interesting that the scant offerings on TV. Oh, I watch TV, but as I get older I find I need some contemplative time in order to function properly ...
Americans don't get much vacation. Alright, now you can give me an award for pointing out the *obvious*. I will also be happy to take food items from non-oppressed countries in lieu of shiny ...
|Who Belongs at the Zoo
The Memphis Zoo and I have an uneasy relationship simply because while I love any kind of nature/zoological exhibits, it is not going to be making any top ten ...
|Arno Does Shelby Farms
Hi, Arno here....
|Nurses are not your porn fantasy...
Nurses come in all shapes, colors and increasingly both sexes. Let me just clarify what nurses do *not* look like.
|Hi.... I am talking on a cell phone....
Pre-rant disclaimer: I won a cell phone and have been known to use it. Hi, I am talking on a cell phone. I am walking down the street banging into other people because I am talking on a ...
|A Hole in the Bucket
I do not recall when I latched onto this habit, but at some point in my adult life, I started to throw a few bucks in my pocket when I knew I was going to be out running errands so I could give ...
|Liberal Nirvana: Or What I've Learned At Daily Kos....
Like many sturdy and active Kossacks, I introduced myself to the site with a prolonged period of lurkitude. Uncharacteristically for me, I mostly read the diaries and the comments and kept my ...
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