"In the first 100 days of the war, President George W. Bush increased homeland security and built a worldwide coalition that...began to destroy al-Qaeda's grip on Afghanistan by driving the Taliban from power...helped the innocent people of Afghanistan recover from the Taliban's reign of terror...helped Afghans put aside long-standing differences to form a new interim … Continue reading THEY ARE OUR SISTERS
"He who clinks his cup with mine, adds a glory to the wine.“ ~ George Sterling, poet "Ragtime plinking, glasses clinking, choruses getting sung with only half the lyrics right, giggles bubbling over like a tower of champagne. It's a party, shaking down the dawn." ~ Catherynne M. Valente, New York Times bestselling author “This … Continue reading TO CLINK OR NOT TO CLINK – THAT IS THE QUESTION
Photo Courtesy of Lyn Leis Abandonment of animals - N.Y. Agri & Markets Law 353-b - Misdemeanor, 1 year imprisonment and/or $1,000 fine ~ Animal Protection Laws of New York 2018 The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Social Activist … Continue reading PANDEMIC PETS – THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF COVID-19
"Its most famous tolling, however, was on July 8, 1776, when it summoned Philadelphia citizens for the first reading of the Declaration of Independence." ~ Liberty Bell tolls to announce Declaration of Independence, history.com The Liberty Bell cracked beyond repair on February 23, 1846.~ National Park Service “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what … Continue reading SILENCING LIBERTY
Jeanne's "I Got The Shot" Collection “It may be socially inappropriate [to ask someone if they've been vaccinated against COVID-19], but there is more of a compelling need if it’s a potential health threat like an infectious disease. You may fear that if an unvaccinated person accompanies you into a restaurant, then they can be … Continue reading VAX REVEAL ETIQUETTE: I GOT THE SHOT – DID YOU?
“The benefits of a handshake are significant...The nerve fibers of the skin that are activated by touch all have a cascade of effects. Touch lowers the heart rate, releases oxytocin, which has a knock-on effect with dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. This drives more social behaviors and lowers a stress marker called cortisol, which helps … Continue reading HANDSHAKES AND PANTYHOSE
Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons Not everyone’s ambitions will be world domination or Carnegie Hall, but we should be driven beyond what we know and feel safe doing. ~ Stacey Abrams I spent my 20s earning minimum wage decorating cakes for a living. But one day, I looked … Continue reading AMERICAN HEROES: WOMEN MAKING HISTORY NOW
. "We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” ~ Thomas Jefferson "We have a saying around here, use it or lose it." ~ Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Dear Readers, Please forgive my delay in posting. Like many others, I've been shell shocked … Continue reading USE IT OR LOSE IT
"This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses." ~ Heroes' Act - H.R. 6800 Note: The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Heroes' Act in May and an updated version in October, but it has yet to … Continue reading WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS…AND A RESCUE BILL IN OUR STOCKING!
"Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays'Cause no matter how far away you roamWhen you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gazeFor the holidays you can't beat home sweet home!" ~ Music by Robert Allen and Lyrics by Al Stillman “My Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year. I would … Continue reading HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS