Lament for my Library


 My library has been closed for six weeks now.  It’s not closed closed, there are renovations going on – my small library is going to be a little larger when it reopens, however, I’ve been going through withdrawal.  Yes, I am a library addict, and I admit it.  I also have absolutely no intention of stopping my behavior!  I usually go to my library at least once a week, but have been known to stop by twice or even three times a week.  When my kids were little we may have managed to go every day in the summer!


It will be re-opening on November 1st – a day that I’m simply living for, at this point.  I took out a large batch of books, and have finished all of them.  I now am reading some of my daughters’ books, and I do have a few on my own shelves to read.  However, I really do miss going to the library as well as being at the library.  I love the hush, the smell and just being surrounded by books.


Once they re-open, I’ll be going every Saturday in order to write, study my coaching stuff, and organizing a new way of living.  I intend to make Saturday my day to settle down and get my work done.  Oh, I just can’t wait!



Monsanto at The Hague


 First things first, for those of you who may not know, The Hague is the International Court, located in the Netherlands.


This international court that has presided over many international cases.  In the case of Monsanto, the court will be looking at the potential liability for Monsanto to be charged with damages to human and environmental health.  There are 26 countries that have banned GMO’s (including the products produced by Monsanto).    The ingredients that Monsanto uses in its pesticides (both that are sprayed, and the ones that are inserted into the seeds) have been found to be carcinogenic to both humans, animals and insects.


One of the reasons for this new trial against Monsanto is the company’s aggressive behavior toward the EFSA (Europe Food Safety Agency).  Monsanto sued this agency after they banned the product.

There will be many well-known and respected scientists who will be both disputing Monsanto’s scientific evidence; along with presenting their own evidence against Monsanto products.  To find out more about this important case, please follow the links I’ve provided.  Let me know what you think about this issue?  Do you believe that your food is safe?


More yellow leaves.

The Solace of Nature


I’ve written quite a lot about nature.  I love it, find that time spent enjoying nature, even looking at pictures of nature makes me feel so much better.  I’ve been taking pictures of my yard lately and thought that I’d share some of them with you.

This last picture is my favorite.  I still can’t believe that it came out like this.  I had woken up to a foggy morning.  Hope you enjoyed them.





Back in another life, I worked as a Paralegal.  I mostly worked on probate, real estate, and divorces, although I’d have to say that I also filled out my fair share of Interrogatories, and filed plenty of criminal related papers with the Court.  Being a Paralegal, most of the people I worked with were men.  We did have a few women lawyers, but at the time most law firms were full of male lawyers.


So, where am I going with this?  Well, the time was the 1980’s; sexism was pretty much the norm and I endured my fair share of groping.  There was the “accidental” brushing of an arm up against my breast, the sitting much too close in the “break” room or at the copy machine, with the lawyer in question taking the opportunity to rub up against me.  I had my share of whistles, lawyers coming into my office to see what I was wearing on any given day.  (I dressed modestly in business attire – no low collars or tight skirts).  Then, when I worked at a financial investment business there was the full body contact where my boss would stand behind me, usually in the mail room, bend his knees so that he could rub his entire body up against my back as he stood up.  That happened exactly three times.  The third time he did it I threatened (yes threatened) to punch his face off (complete with a raised fist) if he ever did it again.  He didn’t.

This behavior also followed me out into the street where the construction men seemed to think that if they didn’t yell sexually inappropriate things at me and the other women, they would be remiss in their “alpha male” duty.  I was groped while standing in the bus on my way both to work and to home.  There were the men who would sit so close to me that they were almost in my lap.  Then, there were the random men who thought that I should just start either talking with them, or smile at them.


The worst part of this behavior is that it makes you feel as though you’re the one who has done something wrong.  Maybe it’s your clothes, maybe you look like you like this attention.  But as a woman you haven’t done anything wrong.  I knew that in my head, but I still felt like I’d done something to be on the receiving end of this behavior.  How many times did I simply move away from that too close man; just walk away as fast as I could from that construction guy who tried to grab me?  Countless times.

Women are people.  We are not just something to be groped.  My advice to all those “alpha males”?  Grow the f*ck up!



Quotes and “Stuff”


These last few days have been difficult.  There have been too many negative, appalling things happening locally, nationally and internationally.  So, I thought that I’d just share some quotes with you today, since I can’t seem to process much of what’s been going on.






The 2016 Republican Platform


Since election time is nearly here, I thought that I’d give some information regarding the Republican Party Platform today.    At first I thought that I’d give you some bullet points, but when I realized that the platform is 66 pages long, I simply despaired even attempting that task.  For one thing, I simply don’t have the time to slog through such a read while taking notes.  I did attempt to do this, however to tell you the truth, I couldn’t keep going.  The actual first article on the list of promises was the repeal of the 16th Amendment.  That’s the one where we all (well those of us who aren’t insanely rich), pay the Federal Tax.  After I read that, I thought, well, if they don’t collect taxes how is there even going to be a government?


So, I thought, well the rest of this is completely moot anyway.  If you don’t have any money, you can’t pay to even heat Congress, so the rest of this has simply got to be “pie-in-the-sky”, since how many of our elected officials will continue to go to a job where the government will not be paying them, since it has no money, not to mention that they will have no way to enforce anything else.  Notwithstanding this fact, another nugget of the platform is that the U.S. will only enter into trade agreements where the U.S. gets privileged business positions. Again, I don’t know how many foreign nations would agree to any trade agreements that would put them into a subordinate position.  Another promise is to repeal Dodd-Frank.  This is in order to ensure that there will be little to no oversight of financial institutions.  Dodd Frank had been passed to keep in check the practices that caused the 2008 crash.


The platform document goes on and on, promising to repeal one thing and another.  Some nuggets include repeal of “Obamacare”, leaving approximately 20 million citizens without health insurance with no policy in place to find them any.  Another includes no federal money for public transit, claiming that the states can actually finance their own.  Another policy promise is another “right to work” idea.  Here are some links that illustrate how well that has worked in the states that are now considered “right to work” states.

Again, the platform promises to protect marriage as being only between a woman and a man.  No more same sex marriage – that will once again be illegal.  There is also a promise to defend religion, (only the Judeo/Christian religion), allow the display of Christian paraphernalia on government property; and allow discrimination against anything that is deemed offensive to a person’s religion (again, only the Christian religion).

This is the last promise of the Republican platform that I will include in this post.  This promise is that there will be the repeal of Roe v. Wade.  This is also the promise that an abortion will be illegal for any reason; including rape, incest, and the mother’s own health.

Again, I urge you to read the 2016 Republican Platform for yourself.  I agree that it’s a long read, but you can skip the rhetoric and just go right to the paragraphs that set out the actual agenda.  The link below is the actual platform.  Enjoy![1]-ben_1468872234.pdf

The link below is the NY Times editorial reaction to it.