---Alice Abrams

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Manic Monday - Shop-ping

"By 4:55, with no police officers in sight, the crowd of more than 2,000 had become a rabble, and could be held back no longer. Fists banged and shoulders pressed on the sliding-glass double doors, which bowed in with the weight of the assault. Six to 10 workers inside tried to push back, but it was hopeless.

Suddenly, witnesses and the police said, the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him. Others who had stood alongside Mr. Damour trying to hold the doors were also hurled back and run over, witnesses said." (Courtesy of Meg Marco, of The Consumerist, and The New York Times)
I took the following from History Mike's Blog. He says so eloquently what I've been wanting
to say. To read more of his thoughts about this, please see his blog: History Mike

..."I am thoroughly disgusted with the sick, cold-hearted bastards who killed this man, but I am positively apoplectic at the self-absorbed idiots who think their Wal-Mart shopping experience is somehow more important than a lifeless human being. Yet these morons and thugs are only symptoms of the larger phenomenon of a consumer culture in which vertically integrated media fuel a relentless obsession with mostly-useless manufactured offal: a culture of shallow desires, greedy acquisitiveness, and dead human beings like Jdimytai Damour.
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I apologize for the direction I've taken today, but I just couldn't let this go.

Camera Critters

Meet Otis, my very favorite "granddog!" He was a
Siberian Husky and walking him was a chore - he thought
you were hooked to a sled and off he'd go!
He was, without a doubt,the most comical, vocal,
loyal beastie a person could hope to have.
We miss him terribly but glad that he
chose our laps to sit on!

Camera Critters

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Photo Hunt - Metal

This is a stretch but it's all I could think of...My stained
glass lamp has lovely pieces of glass but without the metal
holding it all together, it just wouldn't work -
you'd have a lovely pile of glass on the floor...

Please meander over to TNChick's place and see more "Metal."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is what November looks like in my neck o' the woods.

I trust that you will all have a most blessed Thanksgiving...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Camera Critters

I've decided to start a new meme - for me - that is all about
"critters." It's called "Camera Critters," and if you're
interested in some real cuteness, check it out...

This is Zoe, our Miniature Schnauzer, and the very infamous
Katie, The Wonder Dog - a Shih Tzu. This is their way of
saying, "Hello, come on in and visit a while."


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sorry, folks....

I'm very sorry I've been such a dud lately. I've been under the weather
for some time now
(or under the bird...) - mostly with the
most damnable headaches...same old thing.

I will come by to visit and comment as soon as I can
stand to look at the screen for more

than five minutes at a time....
Thanks for your understanding!


Wordless Wednesday - FIre

(Taken in So. California during the fires this
past weekend - not my photo....)

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Manic Monday - Season

My favorite season is any season roses are in bloom.
There are so many varieties
to choose from but they
make any
season a delight!

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Photo Hunt - Ruin(ed)

We were just headed into fall - the liquid amber is turning
color - but when winter came in all of it's freezing beauty,
the mimosa and bougainvillea were ruined...
This occurred before we sold our house, naturally, and left
a huge hole in the landscape!
I love Mother Nature but I get a tad grumpy when she
tampers with my shrubs!!!

Check out what else was ruined!
TNChick - Photo Hunt

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Friday, November 07, 2008

Photo Hunt - Together

Four Generations!
My granddaughter, daughter #1, me
and the sweet little lady in the middle
is my great granddaughter!

Visit our host at TNChick for more togetherness!

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Two different evenings, two different sunsets...
I did use the spotlight effect on the bottom
photo but did nothing to enhance the one
on top. I hopped in the car and raced
back the road about a mile to get the
first photo. I love the colors in clouds.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

My mistake: I can't claim this photo.
But it echoed my mood...
It does look a lot like the area I live in...

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The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno

"Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate", or
"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"

Dante's Inferno - The Divine Comedy: For those of you who had to
study this classic work, no doubt you will remember the Nine Circles of Hell.
Within the 8th Circle of Hell, a special place is reserved for corrupt politicians. Yes, even in the middle ages they existed!

During this two year political campaign, I feel as though I've been through one of the Circles of Hell! If we are ever subjected to this again, I feel that our "friends" in office should take the official tour that Dante prescribed. As for me, I'm re-registering as an Independent!

For more reading:

Bolgia 5: Corrupt politicians (barrators) are immersed in a lake of boiling pitch, which represents the sticky fingers and dark secrets of their corrupt deals. They are guarded by devils called the Malebranche ("Evil Claws"). Their leader, Malacoda ("Evil Tail"), assigns a troop to escort Virgil and Dante to the next bridge. The troop hook and torment one of the sinners (identified by early commentators as Ciampolo), who names some Italian grafters and then tricks the Malebranche in order to escape back into the pitch. (Cantos XXI through XXIII)

Bolgia 6: The bridge over this bolgia is broken: the poets climb down into it and find the Hypocrites listlessly walking along wearing gold-gilded lead cloaks. Dante speaks with Catalano and Loderingo, members of the Jovial Friars. It is also ironic in this canto that while in the company of hypocrites, the poets also discover that the guardians of the fraudulent (the malebranche) are hypocrites themselves, as they find that they have lied to them, giving false directions, when at the same time they are punishing liars for similar sins. (Canto XXIII)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Feed Burner

A lot of you have told me that my blog doesn't show up in your readers.
Well, I followed advice and double-checked my settings.
It was as it should be. I've tried to contact Blogger (hahahaha)
to no avail. So, (here's the scary part) I fiddled around with
Feed Burner and have, I think,solved the problem.

Please do me a huge favor and let me know if this works!
I appreciate all of you who have offered solutions and let
me know that you care enough to want to read this crazy blog!
~~~Blessings to all~~~