Monday, November 20, 2017

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz: I’m calling about funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. It appears that the Senate is dragging its feet and putting the health of 9 million kids at risk. Please get funding for this program reauthorized before Thanksgiving!


Thank You note to Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) for speaking in opposition to the inaction of fellow congresspeople and their failure to protect the American public from gun violence. I sincerely appreciate your unflagging advocacy for commonsense protections.

Thank you note to Elaine Duke, Acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security, for not bending to pressure to eject people in the US with temporary protected status. Our country is a place of refuge, and I appreciate your leadership in continuing to consider the needs of people from unstable nations.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I would like you to oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court. His history of defending voter suppression and making voting harder makes him an inappropriate choice for this position. Please defend democracy and oppose Farr’s appointment. Thanks. (Cornyn’s Washington phone mail box is full so call the Houston office, 713 572 3337.)

Wrote Thank You note to Mark Herring, AG for Virginia:
Thank you for opposing the rollback of the ACA’s birth control mandate. I appreciate your recognition of women’s equality, including access to vital medication. Thank you for your vocal legal advocacy for women’s rights.

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Wrote Thank You notes to Attorney Generals Brian Frosh (Maryland) and Eric Schneiderman (NY): Thank You for opposing the rollback of the ACA’s birth control mandate. I appreciate your recognition of women’s equality, including access to vital medication. Thank you for your vocal legal advocacy for women’s rights.

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am calling about the Dream Act. We need to ensure that These young people can go to school, work, and serve in the military—but not in exchange for a border wall or increased deportation of other immigrants. I am asking you not to proceed with congressional budget business until passing a clean Dream Act. Thank you. 

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Sent Thank You to Senator Chuck Grassley:
Thank you for retaining the blue slip process to approve judicial appointments. In an era of contentious political relationships, your decision is a mark of good leadership. I thank you for continuing to honor this bipartisan tradition.

Sent email to Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am concerned about efforts to allow tax-exempt religious organizations to influence political issues and campaigns. The House version of the tax bill would strip the Johnson Amendment of its protective strength, allowing big money to gain a greater hold on our political process. I would like the Senate version of the tax bill to not include this provision. Thank you. 

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Sent email to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
The president cannot un-designate a National Monument, only Congress can. Please protect Bears Ears National Monument and vote against any bill carving up this sacred land for profit.

Sent Thank You to Senator Susan Collins:
Thank You for your admirable leadership on behalf of all Americans. For being among the few Republicans publicly calling for Moore to step down. For showing Congress the importance of basic math in the tax bill. I appreciate your consistent willingness to act with integrity.



Sunday, November 19, 2017

November Thoughts

     “Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don't think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn't stop you from doing anything at all.”
~ Richard P. Feynman

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November Poetry

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."
-  Elizabeth Coatsworth

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Plans for Next Week


Cooking 
Saturday -- Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast
Sunday-- Meatball Tortilla Soup 
Monday-- Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggie Tray
Tuesday -- Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw 
Wednesday -- Pizza
Thursday-- Turkey, Dressing, Sweet Potato, Corn, Rolls, Pecan Pie
Friday -- Leftovers 

Reading 
     A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger
     Benjamin Rush: Physician and Patriot by Alyn Brodsky
     Glass Houses by Louise Penny

Personal 
     New kitchen sink faucet installation 
     Thanksgiving 
     Christmas Decorations 
     Spanish
     đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Summer Visit to Brazos Bend State Park








Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

 Lisa Wingate's book, Before We Were Yours, weaves an incredible then-and-now story. It follows the story of the Foss children in the '30s and Avery Stafford in present day, and tells a horrifying and shameful story of real-life scandal.

The Tennessee Children's Home Society, under the direction of Georgia Tann, stole poor children from their families and newborn babies from single mothers and sold them to celebrities, politicians and others who could afford them. Although it was done under the guise of helping orphaned and abandoned children find good homes, it was really the cold blooded sale of stolen children. 


The characters are well drawn and the history is riveting.  A good read.