Mother's Day was awesome. Giving and getting gifts, flowers, chocolates. My mother made her famous potato salad.
Although getting there was kind of like crossing the country in a Conestoga wagon! I love Hull, but convenient it is not. No shuttle on Sundays till after Memorial Day (although Frank's Britt took care of that part); on and off the 220 to pick up last minute things - yeah, last minute, I said it; and the Red Line under construction.....whew! Then again, it's not like I had anything else to do except get up to my Mum's house.
I've been trying to weed through my stuff and contain my spa/facial/cosmetic/body lotion addiction - no support groups for that. It's slow going and a few days ago I thought "Deb will give me something new for Mother's Day, I should call & stop her". My goddaughter Debbie shops in Bath & Body Works or Victoria Secret, which I have heard is even more expensive than Bath & Body Works.
I thought I should ask for some chocolate chip cookies, which are no better for me.....but cost less and never sit around waiting for the next purge.
But I forgot.
Still.......I opened my gift bag and it contained.........brownies! Pretty good considering we were communicating on a psychic connection.
I'm going to do you all a favor......cause I love you all so much!
I believe in doing a good deed a day......I don't always get there, lol.
Here is an easy one and you can all do it.
Vote for Joshua Newey as a favorite "Life Moving Forward", "Local Hero" to celebrate National mobility Awareness Month. I became aware of Josh because he is a friend of a friend from Bridgewater, MA Josh Newey was born on May 13, 1977. His date of injury (C5 quadriplegia) was January 11, 1997. Always an active young man, Josh became quadriplegic at age 19, following a terrible accident involving a snowmobile. After three years of rehabilitation, hard work and perseverance, Josh began attending Bridgewater State College, becoming involved with the Peer Leadership Program and also Managing the Swim Team! Josh’s bright spirit and love of life showed through during his Peer Visitor sessions at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, where Josh also did his rehab. He has visited others injured under similar circumstances, in an effort to “give back”, and to aid those whose injuries are fresher, and has tried to help them as they face an altered future. Josh is very independent, taking care of his own “personal” needs, even working three days per week as a Marketing Specialist. Each workday morning Josh must roll out to a cold vehicle which may or may not start, with a MANUALLY operated door and ramp. Somehow he manages to open the door and pull down that ramp by himself – a difficult task for even an able-bodied person. Seeking financial independence and wishing to end his need for disability payments, Josh’s greatest wish is to work full-time, but desperately needs a reliable vehicle to make that dream come true. Unfortunately, the economy has hit Josh’s family as hard as many others and they are unable to help him acquire a new van. His current van, a 1999 Dodge, is in deplorable condition – unsafe and undependable, with rotting floors, some non-functioning equipment and no heat. Josh acquired this van after family and friends pulled together a fund-raiser THIRTEEN years ago. He has certainly made full use of that van, putting 204,000 miles on it in the course of his travels. Josh is a dear friend and a loving son, brother and uncle, and is always looking out for the welfare of others. Josh leads an active life that could only be made more productive with the increased mobility a new van would provide. Josh’s love of life, selfless spirit and independent nature truly make him our HOMETOWN HERO!.
Please click on thelink and vote. You can vote every 24 hours until May 10th.
UPDATE: Angelia reminds us of Thomas Paine's opinion on the subject. He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. ~Thomas Paine
Ok, someone just thought "Hey, that's what Bonasera says in the opening of "The Godfather"!" Yeah, stick with me here, it's not trivia night at your local pub.
America is not a religion or an ethnicity. America is an ideal. And I believe in that ideal. An ideal is not something mankind is capable of achieving, but only working every day toward it. The guiding principles of America are laid out in the Constitution. Following that guidance is a constant balancing act for individuals and for America as a whole.
We talk about the common good. And sometimes it seems that the common good would be best served with a wink and a nod at this document that was signed more than 225 years ago. Especially when emotions are running high.
We are only humans and weak at that. But there are three hundred million of us, give or take. So when emotions run high and some people are weak, there are always going to be some of us to stay calm enough to hold to our ideal.
Now, if this were just me, just Maggie, sitting in a room with the Tsarnaev brothers, I'd be beating one nearly to death and kicking the corpse of the other while I waited for the first to recover so I could beat him again.
But it's not, is it? It's me, an American citizen, upholding a principle. Believing in America more than indulging my desire for vengeance.
And it's not easy until you remember this - if you let go of the Constitution for that moment of vengeance....what did you avenge?
So when people say "No Miranda rights for a terrorist!" I say "Due process for American citizens." (and I get a little snippy and think it's a Miranda *warning*, not a Miranda *right*, but whateva).
And when people point out that Tsarnaev was born somewhere else; hasn't lived here that long; hasn't been a citizen that long. I say "And your point is?????"
And when someone says the word Gitmo in this conversation, I think "Boy! You need to sit down and think hard. Quietly, in a corner, before you speak again. Because clearly you are overwrought."
There's a reason she's blindfolded. It doesn't always work. But you never give up trying.
And on a separate note - to those who say that law enforcement overreacted in shutting down Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, the T, etc. - faaack you!
I am 52, divorced, mother of two, Republican. I was born and raised in Boston and can not conceive of living anywhere else. I think Brian Lamb of CSpan is the sexiest man on TV. If you want my attention, you have to be aggressive and smart and you have to feed my head.
If you want an explanation for the pic, go to this post.