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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, ...
undercovercalico 09/14/2013 44 39 - -
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. ...
undercovercalico 07/25/2013 9 - - -
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 ...
undercovercalico 09/08/2012 9 6 - 79
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 ...
undercovercalico 01/29/2012 6 1 - 49
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 ...
undercovercalico 12/16/2011 50 52 - 263
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 ...
undercovercalico 12/10/2011 65 26 - 229
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 ...
undercovercalico 11/12/2011 24 2 - 112
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 ...
undercovercalico 11/06/2011 13 10 - 74
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 ...
undercovercalico 09/09/2011 106 112 - 413
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/05/2011 19 9 - 62
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 ...
undercovercalico 06/13/2011 22 19 - 110
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 ...
undercovercalico 02/05/2011 17 9 - 81
 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!!! ...
undercovercalico 01/26/2011 42 23 - 56
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 ...
undercovercalico 11/07/2010 13 16 - 55
Fireworks: Photos
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.
undercovercalico 05/24/2009 30 18 - 24
Southwest Shots
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 ...
undercovercalico 05/03/2009 39 32 - 14
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 ...
undercovercalico 04/05/2009 43 21 - 21
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 ...
undercovercalico 03/01/2009 44 18 - 32
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'
undercovercalico 01/10/2009 170 28 3 15
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....
undercovercalico 12/07/2008 60 22 2 24
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 ...
undercovercalico 11/09/2008 6 13 - 4
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 ...
undercovercalico 11/08/2008 76 22 1 22
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 ...
undercovercalico 10/28/2008 26 22 - 9
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 ...
undercovercalico 10/19/2008 18 9 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 10/09/2008 64 24 - 19
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 ...
undercovercalico 10/04/2008 34 10 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 09/14/2008 25 11 - -
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 ...
undercovercalico 09/13/2008 27 8 - -
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/...
undercovercalico 07/31/2008 59 36 1 29
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/27/2008 29 31 - 185
 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 ...
undercovercalico 07/13/2008 9 7 - 2
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....
undercovercalico 07/06/2008 9 8 - 1
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/04/2008 24 10 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 06/22/2008 46 39 1 172
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 ...
undercovercalico 06/20/2008 4 13 - -
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/ ...
undercovercalico 06/14/2008 2 9 - 109
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 ...
undercovercalico 04/25/2008 21 24 - 189
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 ...
undercovercalico 04/20/2008 18 12 - -
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 ...
undercovercalico 04/05/2008 348 37 1 7
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 ...
undercovercalico 04/03/2008 89 23 1 6
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 ...
undercovercalico 03/23/2008 15 24 - 2
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 ...
undercovercalico 03/09/2008 55 25 2 7
Glass
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 ...
undercovercalico 01/26/2008 26 28 1 143
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 ...
undercovercalico 01/14/2008 47 16 1 158
Elderly Disposal
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, ...
undercovercalico 01/13/2008 17 12 3 152
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 ...
undercovercalico 12/25/2007 15 22 1 185
Erasing Race
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. ...
undercovercalico 12/10/2007 36 15 - -
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 ...
undercovercalico 12/08/2007 11 13 - -
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 ...
undercovercalico 12/07/2007 12 9 - -
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. ...
undercovercalico 11/22/2007 18 32 2 152
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 ...
undercovercalico 11/05/2007 36 14 1 6
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 ...
undercovercalico 11/04/2007 10 2 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 10/28/2007 9 6 - -
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, ...
undercovercalico 10/22/2007 64 19 - 5
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 ...
undercovercalico 10/21/2007 23 24 - 156
Good-Bye, Mr.Withers
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 [...
undercovercalico 10/20/2007 16 19 - 8
Superbug Panic
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 ...
undercovercalico 10/19/2007 66 14 2 2
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/...
undercovercalico 10/18/2007 33 13 - 6
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,
undercovercalico 09/28/2007 130 30 1 5
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 ...
undercovercalico 09/23/2007 21 18 - 1
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 ...
undercovercalico 09/16/2007 125 41 4 156
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 ...
undercovercalico 09/09/2007 29 14 - 7
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 ...
undercovercalico 09/07/2007 5 9 - -
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. ...
undercovercalico 09/01/2007 19 19 - 128
Night Shift
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* ...
undercovercalico 08/30/2007 83 21 - 3
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,
undercovercalico 08/27/2007 68 19 1 -
The Sultana
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 ...
undercovercalico 08/26/2007 22 13 2 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 08/25/2007 31 12 - -
Random Meditations
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 ...
undercovercalico 08/21/2007 25 15 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 08/20/2007 9 11 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 08/19/2007 9 11 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 08/14/2007 23 22 3 5
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 ...
undercovercalico 08/11/2007 6 5 1 -
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, ...
undercovercalico 08/10/2007 22 11 1 1
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/31/2007 11 7 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/28/2007 16 8 1 134
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/25/2007 6 3 1 36
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/20/2007 32 14 1 9
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/16/2007 5 5 2 5
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/15/2007 6 7 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/10/2007 12 4 2 -
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, ...
undercovercalico 07/09/2007 23 21 2 21
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/08/2007 44 22 1 14
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/05/2007 21 10 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 07/03/2007 3 1 1 -
The Nurse who read Shakespeare
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undercovercalico 07/02/2007 78 10 6 135
Saturday Solitude
[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 ...
undercovercalico 06/23/2007 31 18 2 2
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 ...
undercovercalico 06/21/2007 126 24 2 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 06/16/2007 13 6 1 -
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 ...
undercovercalico 06/15/2007 18 8 1 4
You Don't Gotta Have Faith....
I know George Micheal says you gotta have faith, but I remain unconvinced..
undercovercalico 06/14/2007 26 10 1 -
Backyard Musings
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 ...
undercovercalico 06/09/2007 51 25 1 1
Vacation Voluptuously
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 ...
undercovercalico 06/05/2007 46 16 2 6
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 ...
undercovercalico 05/30/2007 29 14 1 143
Peace Frog
undercovercalico 05/29/2007 3 3 2 1
Arno Does Shelby Farms
Hi, Arno here....
undercovercalico 05/28/2007 13 6 1 26
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.
undercovercalico 05/23/2007 58 13 1 8
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 ...
undercovercalico 05/20/2007 489 176 10 30
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 ...
undercovercalico 05/18/2007 39 18 1 20
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 ...
undercovercalico 05/16/2007 32 26 1 5
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