Sunday, January 27, 2008
My SIL, who is actually a relatively new citizen, about 3 years, is going to vote in his first election this year. He is not taking his citizenship for granted and has involved himself in the Obama campaign. (Those of you who aren't Democrats, who's campaign offices are you working at evenings and weekends? Quiet then... At least he is not working for Hillary.) They went to a celebratory party at headquarters and DD1 said she met some very nice people working at the grassroots, for the candidate they believe in. Since I have what Sarge Charley, called Electile Disfunction, I am paying and not paying attention to everyone.
Away from politics, now. We have had a nice visit, my eldest DD is turning 35 on the 4th of February so we are in celebratory mode, before we leave for home this morning. Gwennie is at home with DD2 in good hands but we are anxious to get back to clean up the mud she has tracked in this week. I am tired of the rain, but we really need it. No drought for us this year, and it has been cold. I could stand a touch of global warming right now. Have a pleasant Sunday.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
This is a great picture of a restraunt on the square in Sante Fe, New Mexico where we had lunch last November. Now there are plenty of Old Fashioned things in Santa Fe, and we saw many old things, the restraunt has been there a long time and had a great 50's look about it. While I remember the 50's and don't consider myself old fashioned, to some this would be old fashioned as it is last century's style but was actually built in the previous century.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
San Luis Obispo.com, reports:
A prodigal elephant seal that spent nearly two weeks mingling with cattle on the Hearst Ranch east of Highway 1 wandered back into the ocean Friday, with a little help from some trained human friends. Brian Hatfield, marine biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said that about 9 a.m., a six-person team used tarps, four-wheel drive vehicles, sirens, horns and lights to herd the critter about 300 yards northward on the ranch. The team cut fences, then shooed the
seal across the road and onto a vista-point bluff. Good news for sure.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Whatcha doing Dad? Something IMPORTANT? Can I help? Painting the bathroom that sounds IMPORTANT!
What's this white sticky stuff on the floor, Something IMPORTANT? Oops, its on my foot. I can help!
NOW THAT IS IMPORTANT!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
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Well I have finished reading the book, and to call it a children's book is a misnomer, now that I have read the reviews of the fundamentalist religious right. I found it very intriguing and was very upset when the Vatican banned it the same week I started reading it. I like fantasy and sci-fi. When I read I don't always get the symbolism and sub-text, so I generally read like a child. When the sub-text is pointed out to me like it was, I start reading more into it. I would have enjoyed the book more if I could have enjoyed the suspense and action of the parallel world of Lyra. I hear the movie toned down the religious or athiestic rhetoric to give it more widespread appeal, but not enough for some groups. I plan to see the movie this weekend. The book has a definite philosophical POV and at the end even I was able to see the controversy. Parents and older children reading it could have a wonderful opportunity to express their beliefs in discussion. It is a thinking book no matter where you fall in the pro/anti religious themes category and talking with your children, not at them is a good thing.