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 Fukushima. Fukushima. One year ago, that was one Japanese word that we all knew and we all knew how to pronounce. It was the beginning of a time that we thought might come someday, but that we all have dreaded looking at in our own futures. The dawn of nuclear… Read full post »

MARCH 8, 2012 11:12AM

About Leadership and Girls

 This morning I received this message in my email. I invite you to become a part of this movement. It is essential for women and girls, and the girls are our future. We need to show them that they can become leaders. The damage of the media that we are all… Read full post »
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Image from Art & Beauty 
 
 It is that time of year again folks. People should be out in the street rioting for women's rights. It took us so many years to become recognized as citizens with voting rights, and yet, we are still trampled on.

 Today, March 8,… Read full post »

MARCH 7, 2012 11:39AM

Sheila's 33 for Ms. Candace!

1. Your main trait: Creative intellectual mind.

2. The quality you like best in a man: Intelligence.

3. The quality you like best in a woman: Intelligence.

4. Your main flaw:  Over thinking.

5. Last time you cried: When I left my daughter at school in another state./Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2012 11:19PM

Beautiful Sweets

 

Deli Delicacies

Bakery & Bistro in Lakeland Florida

 

 

Yum

When we first came to Lakeland to bring our daughter to college her freshman year, we visited this deli/bakery. I never forgot it. On our visit last week to Lakeland, we returned to this wonderful place. I had… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2012 5:47PM

Visiting

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This adorable little girl has grown up into a stunning young woman.

This past week I had the opportunity to spend some time with my daughter. My husband and I flew down to spend her spring break with her. She returned from a speech tournament and then came over to… Read full post »

Speak out
 
 
 What a Glorious Day-filled with power, determination, laughter, and a commitment to continue our work for Women and Reproductive Justice in a world filled with angry men wanting
women to return to the way it was before contraceptives arrived on the scene in 1965...
FEBRUARY 24, 2012 11:09AM

A Bit of Snowtopia

the snow

 Snow pictures from Northern Illinois, yes, it is still winter!

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 Our view into the woods.

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The crowded drive. 

 

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 Into the woods.

 

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A pretty place to sit. 

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White iced branches. 

 

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&nb… Read full post »

 Actually this year they began the meeting talking about zebra mussels. Okay, what is going on here. Well, it is a bunch of men who think they should be involved in your reproductive rights. 
 
I received this in my email today from the Religious Coalition on Reproductive Choice in Ill… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 21, 2012 6:10PM

Her

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Posing For The Life Class

From Pen Sketch by Ella Modrakowska,  Philadephia, Pa. 

 Ella's work was purchased and used as print demonstrations by the Inland Printer company in and around 1902. She is listed in the Artist's Bluebook, Ask Art but there is no information other than… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2012 10:17PM

Good Living Street by Tim Bonyhady

My  interests in World War II touch on the disposition of art during and after the war. I have had this interest since I wrote my first paper on it in high school which was regarding the disposition of so called "degenerate art" and artists.

 Tim Bonyhady wrote a  book about… Read full post »

I never really do music reviews, although in my youth, you might find me singing here and there. Music was actually a big part of my life at one time. 

Scott Walker is a person who I believe has created the music of the futuristic generation, the one that sees beyond… Read full post »

 Just a little something that is really about love, and appropriate for Valentine's Day!

 

In early 2000, I was an honored guest at this event. I was campaigning in a Republican primary for state representative. At the time Illinois had been struggling with including language in a housing b… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 3:34PM

Pancakes & Pennies

It began as a strange kind of journey. I was only peripherally aware of her. She was a young girl, one of many who had passed through this small organization that did so much. Just before a big event, they needed some help. I had heard they were short handed andRead full post »

"Karen Handel was only the visible problem with Komen, they need to re think their expenditures, and how they have commercialized breast cancer to raise funds for their over inflated administration. Additionally I smell incestuous leadership as I have now heard that Brinker's board is filled with famRead full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2012 1:03PM

The Rise of the Corporate State

 

Contrary to what we have been taught, the United States is not a free nation. It is corporately owned.

 

The latest trend in politics is actually quite an ancient one. It is built on the foundation not of self government but of power being wielded by… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2012 12:03AM

And that is why I am Pro-Choice.


Recently at a family wedding, I had the opportunity to give my voice for Choice. It was not the first time. As a Republican candidate for state representative over 10 years ago in my little conservative hamlet, I was then too, the voice for Choice. Standing on a stage… Read full post »

 Last year McHenry County Citizens for Choice had the ad below placed in the local newspaper. This year the same ad will be placed. 

 

r v wade

 

 From their website:

About McHenry County Citizens for Choice

McHenry County Citizens for Choice (MCCC) is a not-for-profit organiz… Read full post »

Began over 120 years ago by Jane Addams, Hull House was a settlement house. Hull House began as a place where new immigrants could meet and learn and socialize. 

This non-profit which had evolved to meet the changing needs of the community still served several thousand people a year in their… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2012 10:44AM

Facebook Invasion, Run for COVER

It never ceases to amaze me that even though I use my Facebook as a kind of sifter for news, especially of the liberal and progressive variety, that some people will introduce the "other side" into the conversation, often in an unpleasant way.

Why keep them? Well some of them are… Read full post »

 the walk way

 This is the walk way on the way to the main opera entrance.

I think that there is often more than one reason to really appreciate opera. I have always been attracted to the stage craft and the sense that artists use to create the vessel for the blooms of… Read full post »

Governor Patrick Quinn
207 Statehouse
Springfield, IL  62706
December 21, 2011
 
Dear Governor Quinn,
 
     Because of your faithful support of Reproductive Justice for all
and your recent meeting on December 16 with Cardinal George
and thirteen Bishops in&Read full post »
DECEMBER 20, 2011 11:07PM

Stollen, A German Christmas Tradition

 About a dozen years ago I started to make Stollen at home for Christmas.  I had bought my last imported one and decided that I could try this recipe. I had a couple of years of making bread under my belt, so this did not seem impossible.  This particular version is… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2011 10:37PM

Winter Scenes From The Road

 

 Six people in the car, heading near, not too far.

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 They cannot stop to snap a shot.

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 All pictures must be on the fly.

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 The scene is made for us to enjoy.

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Serenity beckons from the side of the road; 

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We sense it… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2011 12:24PM

The Damp Place

 Basement

 

The rusty knob was not turned in a long time. Behind the heavy hewn wood door a set of stairs led to the basement. A collection of household items were haplessly arranged around the cement floor. Square paned windows let in the only light, in spite of dirty films… Read full post »