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Archive for February, 2015

Quebec skyline…the moon, Venus and Mars…from Astronomy Picture of the Day

Does anyone else think it’s amazing that those huge masses are just hanging out there…like us:)

Beautiful photographs of a child and her animals…from Bored Panda



Pink carnation


QUOTES…by Richard Pryor

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“There’s a lot more hypocrisy than before.
Racism has gone back underground.”

“I went to Zimbabwe. I know how white people feel
in America now; relaxed! Cause when I heard the police
car I knew they weren’t coming after me!”

“If I thought about it, I could be bitter, but I 
don’t feel like being bitter.  Being bitter makes you
immobile, and there’s too much that I still want to do.”

“Everyone carries around his own monsters.”

“Sure, I have friends, and they all come around wantin’ to
borrow money.  I’ve always been generous with my friends
and family, with money, but selfish with the important stuff
like love.”

“I’m for human lib, the liberation of all people not just black people
or female people or gay people.”

Sweet Emily…

IMG_1876Eating while it’s snowing.  She doesn’t like to walk  on the snow and tries to walk anywhere it’s isn’t cold and icy.  Poor baby.

Beautiful stray

IMG_1888Maine Coon saying meow after lunch.  I love this cat.

Patio, taken yesterday…

IMG_1886It’s zero right now but supposed to go up to 23 degrees. The good news is that it might be 32 degrees tomorrow.  Yay!


Love doesn’t look like THIS…this is what HATE looks like


Happy Polar Bear day!

It’s Polar Bear Day. Have white cake and vanilla ice cream and send money to an organization of your choice to help them survive. 🙂

Natureview photography

Looking in the mirror Looking in the mirror

Today is international Polar Bear Day. A day to raise awareness about the conservation status of the Polar Bear. A top predator in a rapidly changing world. A world changing due to human influences. We tend think of the Arctic to  be a pristine wilderness, but air and water currents bring in invisible toxics and raising temperatures melt the sea ice they depend on for food. In the past 15 years I’ve had the privilege of visiting the high Arctic almost each year, and I clearly see changes. Glaciers recede, places that were nearly impossible to reach are now part of a nearly fixed itinerary and in most summers we find more and more very thin bears stranded on land.

Maybe it’s time for us to look in the mirror and look at what we’re doing to this world. Not only to protect the Polar Bears…

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This is what our culture thinks of women…our culture ALLOWS this to happen…it’s built into the system.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto from public domain

*  According to the U.S. Surgeon General, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States.

*  The American Medical Association estimates that their American male partners assault 2 million American women each year.

*  The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 95% of the victims of domestic violence are women.

*  A WOMAN IS BEATEN EVERY 15 SECONDS IN THE UNITED STATES (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Report to the nation on Crime and Justice.  The Data.  Washing DC Offic of Justice Program, US Dept. of Justice, Oct 1983)

*  35% of all emergency room calls are a result of domestic violence.

*  Of those who abuse their partner, well over 65% also physically and/or sexually abuse the children.

*  Each day…4 women die as a result of abuse.

*  Each day…3 children die as a result of abuse.

This is the tip of the iceberg.  There are pages of stats on this issue.  OUR CULTURE ALLOWS THIS TO HAPPEN.  OUR CULTURE CARES SO LITTLE FOR THE LIVES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN THAT THE SYSTEM IS SET UP TO ACCOMMODATE THE MEN WHO DO  IT.  Women and children are beaten, raped, tortured and killed EVERY SINGLE DAY, and what is being done about it?

Many women are taught that they DESERVE to be abused.  That they ASKED FOR IT.  That they are worthless and are “LUCKY to have HIM.”  WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE DYING, EVERYDAY, AT THE HANDS OF MEN.  ALL WOMEN ARE IN DANGER ALL THE TIME!  Women are kept poor and dependent and that feeds into the entire problem.  This is done ON PURPOSE.

Violence is happening on college campuses, on the street, the running path, in bathrooms, parking lots and anywhere a woman may be.  VIOLENCE IS A WAY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN.  WOMEN LIVE IN A WAR ZONE AND THE “ENEMY” IS EVERYWHERE.  THE PEOPLE THEY LIVE WITH, WORK WITH, ARE RELATED TO, NEIGHBORS, EVERY MALE THEY SEE.  Women are FORCED to live in constant fear.  They are never safe.  Big, strong men BEAT HELPLESS WOMEN AND CHILDREN…women and children who can’t fight back.

THIS IS OUR CULTURE.  What are we going to do about it? How many more women and children have to die before action is taken AGAINST THE MEN WHO BEAT AND KILL THEM?  What kind of life do you think the woman in the above photograph has?  A man did this to her and once it’s been done, stats show that it will happen more often and be more destructive.  Nice life…welcome to the world of millions and millions of women.

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