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|A Huge Thank You To Kossacks
If gratitude can be infinite, ours is. I want to thank every single Kossack who used PayPal or sent us checks or money orders. You rock. And you reminded me that some people actually practice the ...
|Some Forevers Are Shorter Than Others
This diary has nothing to with our move, or my MiL (though she's out of the cleaning frenzy, she's driving us both nuts but this too shall pass eventually). Its about the hard lessons I learned 31 ...
|Status Update: We're Finally Going Home to New England
You know the old curse about living in interesting times? It's been the story of my life since January 2014. First there was the Packhorse's heart surgery (he's doing really well, the cardiologist ...
|No White Person Can Ever Truly Know But We better Try
No white person can ever truly know what it means to be a person of color. Our white skin protects us from the indignities even Black celebrities face on a daily basis—an empty cab driving by ...
|There Is Life After Eviction
I'll keep this short and sweet. As of May 12, we moved in with MiL. 99.9% of our stuff is in storage in the rented unit or her garage. We both want to pare down the amount of stuff we have ...
This is *not* a GBCW diary. Tomorrow, the cats and I move to MiL's. The Packhorse, true to his name, will be packing up furniture for storage.Tomorrow we pack the kitchen (Goddess I do NOT look ...
|FURTHER UPDATE: The Cats Are Safe.
The bad news is we have a temp place to live with MiL. The good news is she will grit her teeth and allow us to bring the cats with us since we are praying we'll find a place to stay soon. So THAT ...
|Update: Bad News And a Bit of Good
I am gonna be offline for an indefinite period of time. We being evicted, and if we're lucky, we'll have until Friday. I won't go into the details but the words "predatory lending" come to mind. So ...
|UPDATE: Really Good News and an Awesome Community Quilt
I am sorry not to have updated DKos sooner but the last couple of weeks have been hectic. Ben ended up with bronchitis again and my sinus infection returned. MY GP put us on the same meds and we've ...
|Best. Valentine. Ever.
Today marks the second week my husband's been out of the hospital. Saturday was a really big day, because MiL played chauffeur (makes her happy; keeps her out of my hiar and things go more smoothly ...
|Home At Last
Thank you all for watching my back. For helping me not buckle under the burden of fear. It's been a long journey from that day in the ER through the surgery past a blood clot in the leg--and ...
|He Might Be Home Friday or Saturday
If you can't be kind, begone. I am dealing with enough crap that Valium barely makes a dent in it. It's not just my husband's recovery from quintuple bypass, with bad news every time we turn ...
|I No Longer Have Much Faith in the Staff At This Hospital
*HOUSE RULES* KISS Principle; If you can't be kind or helpful, STFU. I've tried the more polite phrasing of "If you can't be kind, begone" but a handful of people don't seem to understand the ...
|Update: Tomorrow I Am Demanding Answers, and I Won't Take No For An Answer
*HOUSE RUES* I f you can't be kind begone. This means no lectures, no condescending lectures on how you'd handle this oh so much better than I. You don't know HOW you would handle this situation ...
|More Bad News
*HOUSE RULES* If you can't be kind, begone. Practical advice on how to deal with his recovery is appreciated. In don't need lectures on how you'd be handling all of this so much better than I ...
|Five Days Post-Surgery--Still No Info on Dishcarge
*HOUSE RULES* It's pretty simple: If you can't be kind, begone or at least don't post. I am carrying enough stress right now and don't need any lectures on how I should handle everything, and how ...
|Friday Update: Domn't Talrke OIt Perdonally
HOUSE RULE" If you can't be kind, begone. If you don't think this is a suitable topic for a diary, feel free not to read it. If you think I am behaving like the perfect wife, completely in ...
|I Need A Screaming Room
One Simple Rule: If you can't be kind , begone. This is an extremely tense of upsetting situation. it so much better than I am (especially from people who have never in this situation, let alone ...
I talked to him again! Hearing his voice sounding almost normal and saying "I love you!" was such a gift. I'll see him tomorrow and talk to him. I want to thank everyone here for the support. It ...
|Better News Today
HOUSE RULES They're pretty simple. If you can't helpful or kind, begone. If you wouldn't dare say it in front of my husband, don't say it here. I really don't care to hear how you would handled it (...
|Things Are Worse Than We Thought
Be proud pf me. I didn't completely lose it with the saccharinely sweet ICU nurse. I simply told her that I found her manner condescending, and while I am sure most people find her manner comforting ...
|Secomd Worst Day of My Life: This Is What Terror Feels like
Today was just horrible in so many ways.The only day worse than it was when my first husband died of undiagnosed heart problems (whoever did the autopsy was incredibly incompetent; he apparently ...
|Another Update. Surgery Scheduled.
I am makio\ng the same request I did yesterday. Please regard this diary as my living room or my husband's hospital . If you want to know WHY I am making this request, go read yesterday's dairy. I ...
| More BNot-So-Great News About My Husband nd
I am making the same request I made yesterday: I fyou cannot be kind or supportive, please keep your opinions to yourself. I know people have found my comments about the local fundies and my ...
|My Husband's Health--The News Wasn't Good.
I posted a diary last night about my husband The Packhorse's heart attack. Moist of the comments were kind and supportive and are appreciated deeply. I cried in a good way over the, A few of you ...
|My Husband Had a Heart Attack Today
I spent today in the waiting room of the Er down here in GA. My husband The Packhorse (he's not an active Kossack who comments, but some of the people in GA met him at Manny's at the first meet-up) ...
|The Kitten Who Was A Christmas Present
In 2009, we ended up adopting four completely unrelated kittens. This is the story of one of them. There’s also Cleo’s story, previously written in the post “The Cat Who Came In From the Cold.
|Georgia Needs Better Heroes
Last month Governor Nathan Deal signed an order to have a statue of former GA (late 19th and early 20th century) Congressman Tom Watson. The reason? Not because many people find the statue ...
|A Wiccan Witch Goes To Salem
Since it’s only two weeks from Halloween, I made my usual foray into Christian Right Country to find out what their plans are for this Halloween. I don’t know where to be sad or just bored that ...
|Pootie Pad, 6 Cats--No Waiting
Last week an anonymous Kossack gifted me with a pootie pad by our own Sara R. My husband and I chose the Bookshelf pattern because we have a tabby pirate whose favorite thing to do when bored is to ...
|Real Humility: My Letter to Cardinal Rger Mahoney
After reading several diaries by Hunter and others, featuring Cardinal Roger Mahoney’s self-serving comments, I have been fuming. Actually, I have been throwing soft, squishy toys with painted-on ...
| Despite What Forced Birthers Claim, Pro-Choice Means Defending the Choice NOT to Have An Abortion
There’s a nasty lawsuit going on in Texas. A sixteen-year-old girl is pregnant by her sixteen-year-old boyfriend, a not-uncommon occurrence, sadly. She wants to have the baby. Her parents want ...
|The Cat Who Went to Heaven
The title of this diary is borrowed from a beautiful Japanese folktale retold by Elizabeth Coatsworth in her award-winning.book about a cat who miraculously appears on a scroll despite the wishes ...
|Real Men Don’t Rape
It took the Steubenville rape case to rouse me from my torpor. I haven’t been around much for the last few months. I was sick with bronchitis and a sinus infection and on nasty antibiotics for a ...
|I'm Back. FINALLY.
It took two courses of different antibiotics plus Tamiflu and a breathing treatment to get rid of the bronchitis, but finally I'm okay. I don't ever get seriously ill, just minor infections--and ...
|Takin' a Break
I'm gonna be taking a short break for a week or two. I've been sick with something since September, and finally concluded that this bronchitis/sinusitis/whateverthehellthis is isn't gonna go away ...
|Paul Ryan, Gombeen Man
I was born into an Irish Catholic family. My grandparents were the first generation born over here. My O’Leary grandmother had 8 sisters, and they all had several children, so O’Leary family ...
|Mrs. Romney, This Is What A Real Struggle Looks Like
I’m out of charity and out of patience with you and your husband, Mrs. Romney. I’m especially fed up with your attempts to prove you have a grasp on real life as lived by most Americans. You ...
|It's Not the Money, Mitt; It's Your Willful Ignorance
The rIch are different So said F.Scott Fitzgerald. In his famous novel *The Great Gatsby* which several generations of high school students have been forced to read. he depicts the tragic love ...
|V-A-G-I-N-A! Vagina! Say it Loud. Say it Proud.
Anyone who listened to the intelligent speech that got Rep.. Brown banned from speaking on the floor of the Michigan House yesterday realizes that her banning had nothing to do with her use of the ...
|When A Child Stops Dancing
My father died three years ago this month. The 18 months he spent with us, as we attempted to care for him as he suffered from Parkinson’s, COPD and Alzheimer’s, were the second worst time in ...
|“We All Did Stupid Things in High School.”
That’s been the refrain from pundits, mostly Republican pundits but also some liberal talking heads, since the story about an incident that occurred in Romney’s high school years, in which he ...
|My Mother-in-Law Has Cancer
There. I’ve said them, the words everyone hates to hear: the news that someone you love is fighting a terminal illness. In my MiL’s case, it wasn’t completely terrible news. She has a tumor on ...
|St Patrick’s Day Folk Tales: Fairies, Wizards, Banshees and Fitzgeralds
Storytelling was a great part of Irish life for centuries. Bards, a sub-set of the old Druidic order, entertained the rich and powerful, whether Celtic kings or Norman lord. The highest rank of ...
|The Way We Were: Why We must Win the War on WOmen
I’ve been at DKos since 2005. My first diary, written 6 ½ years ago, was on abortion and contraception in the context of the 2006 elections—and why we desperately needed to fight for pro-choice ...
| A Brief Vacation
This doesn't really constitute a diary but I wanted to bring people up to date. With the holidays looming, I feel a need to step away, take some time off, and perhaps start writing fiction again. I'...
|Violence Is Never the Answer
As some of you know, I lost my NR status a few days ago because I uprated a call for a change of tactics to include violence in the OWS protests. I want to make it very clear that this uprating was ...
|Fetus Dolls: Definitely NOT a Halloween Treat
You’d think that after living in the Georgia for the last eight and a half years that nothing the Self-Righteous Religious Right could do would surprise me, But no, these guys are creatively ...
|Sexual Harassment: My Story
The sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain are nothing new in either the political or business worlds. The sort of actions he’s accused of (and which the trade organization ...
|It's All Your Fault, George Romero
I'm a bit emotionally exhausted by all the dead serious stuff going on in the country--and I am 100% behind OWS--but I need a brief break. Since it's Halloween and _The Walking Dead_ is back on, I ...
|"Jesus Ween" The Latest Tactic in the War on Halloween
Since Halloween is a little more than a week away, I decided to do my annual search pn Google to find out what the Religious Reich is up to in its attempt to destroy my favorite holiday. Since ...
|A Navy Wife Remembers 9/11
On 9/11, 2001, I was living in Maine. We'd come back from Japan after 7 years there, and had just gotten everything unpacked and settled in. My husband the Packhorse was working the midnight shift ...
|"So, Why Did You Have Kids?"
A few days ago, this [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/24/1010150/-I-Am-the-Population-Problem- diary] reminded me of how unusual it is to choose a childless life. In other words, to ...
|Bobby Franklin, Notorious GA Legislator, Dead at 56
For 15 years, Bobby Franklin represented a district in Cobb County in the GA State Legislature. He [http://www.gpb.org/news/2011/07/26/rep-franklin-dead-at-56 died at home ] today at the age of 56. ...
|Don’t Call me a P***y
There was a diary today which I didn’t read because the term “pussy” was used in a derogatory way to imply cowardice. I replied by reprinting an old diary I wrote providing non-sexist and non-
|The Cat Who Came In From The Cold
Last night, our Maine Coon mix, Cleo, slept on the foot of the bed. Doesn’t sound like anything important to most of you, I am sure, but to us it was a small miracle. It was the first time in the ...
|Some Men Just Don't Get It
I've been away for the last month or so dealing with springtime in GA and my allergies to everything green that grows on the Eastern Seaboard, as my doctor one summed it up. I came back this weekend,
|Toughest Job in the Navy? Sorta
There's an old saying the Navy that the toughest job in the service is being a sailor's wife. I don't entirely agree. I kinda think its tougher to work on a flight deck where you duck down under the ...
|DKos Gave Me Back an Old Friend
The other night, I saw I had a new message. When I got there, I saw a nick that reminded me of the an old friend's SCA persona. But I didn't think it could be her. We hadn't spoken since 2001, and I'...
| GA Legislator Wants to Create The Uterus Police to Investigate Miscarriages
They do this every session in the state legislature here in Georgia. Someone introduces a bill that would make abortion a criminal act. And, yes, this year is no exception. This year's legislation ...
|Abortion: Are We Losing Younger Voters?
I've been plowing through a book entitled *American Grace: How Religion Unites and Divides Us* by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell. It's an interesting read, although I find their optimism ...
|Was THIS Rape Real Enough for you, Mr. Boehner?
Many years ago, I was a volunteer at a rape crisis center. We didn't have any professionals working there. The director was a tall, stately African American woman who resembled Michelle Obama ...
| Inappropriate Behavior Is In The Eye of The Beholder
I was expecting Republican criticism of the fact that people cheered and clapped at the Tucson memorial service. It wasn't properly upper class WASP behavior where any overt display of emotion ...
|Nathan Deal Wanted to Put Rape Victims on Trial
There’s been a very effective ad accusing Nathan Deal, Republican candidate for governor, of wanting to put rape victims, instead of accused rapists, on trial, permitting rape victims to be ...
| “ They Want to Institute Sharia Law” Starting in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
I’ve been in the doldrums creatively since I took a break in July for health reasons. I had a neck issue, a sinus infection and was facing root canal. That root canal caused a massive ...
|Takin’ A Break—Be Back Soon
I’m going on hiatus for 2 to three weeks. Wish I could tellya we’re taking a fabulous vacation, but no such luck. Instead, I’m stepping away from the keyboard for a few weeks to ...
|Happy Anniversary to the Pill
Fifty years ago on May 9, the FDA approved the oral contraceptive. That may not sound all that important to some of you, but to those who remember what it was like before the Pill was widely ...
|Saving the Bully From Himself
Last week, I wrote this [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/4/9/855803/-The-Face-of-the-Bully:-Heathers-and-Draco-Malfoy diary ] on bullying. It made the Rec List, and most of the commenters were ...
|The Face of the Bully: Heathers and Draco Malfoy
In my last diary, I revealed the fact that I was bullied when I was in seventh grade, and how a kind stranger told the principal of my Catholic girls’ school, who put a stop to it. What I didn&
|Bullying Can Kill: Bullying 101
In what has become an all too familiar story these days,[ http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/03/30/massachusetts.bullying.suicide/index.html?hpt=T2 another teenager]Phoebe Prince, has committed suicide ...
|When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
I love Saint Patrick's Day--except for the pinching bullshit. One of the little mysteries that confound me every St. Patrick's Day is the origins of of the annoying custom of pinching someone who isn'
| ACTION ALERT: Race and Abortion: Thanks, GA Legislature
I live in Georgia. which means I frequently have to apologize for the actions and comments of my two Senators and my Congressman. Then there's my governor, Sonny Perdue, who seems to h ave been re-...
|Jim Daly Throws Our Own Words Back At Us
My poor husband The Packhorse has had to put up with me ranting at the TV for the last few nights. The media has been all over CBS's decision to air the Tim Tebow anti-abortion ad. In case you've ...
|ELder Care Took Its Toll
I haven't been very active in the last year, and I apologize. It hasn't been because I've lost heart or energy for political issues, but merely that real life got int he way. As some of you know, ...
|Safely Rest: A Military Wife’s Perspective on the Fort Hood Memorial Service
Like many of us, I watched the Fort Hood memorial service. I did fine through Obama’s speech and the singing of “Amazing Grace and the Benediction. But when they fired the volleys and &...
|Of Kennedys and Kittens
I spent a good portion of last weekend crying. Teddy Kennedy’s death hit me hard, and I kept tearing up. I never met him or spoke to him, but I was in a room with him once. As part of my ...
|Farewell, Illya: Goodbye to a Feline Friend
My husband The Packhorse and I spent yesterday crying. Our Russian blue, Illya, developed kidney failure, and we had to euthanize him. He was six weeks short of his 20th birthday. Illya was my ...
|Homophobic Book Burning, Anyone?
WARNING: the following is a rant, and I am none too polite about wanna-be-censors. I’m a librarian and a writer by profession, so the words “book burning” give me icy chills. I ...
|A Tale of Two Pooties
To those Kossacks who hate the pooties and woozles diaries: Please go somewhere else. I This is a community diary, not a political one. If you can’t handle that, well, you’...
|Farewell to My Father
My father died on Monday, May 18, two weeks short of his 89th birthday. My husband the Packhorse had gotten him up and into the shower and shaved, something which could take anywhere from 30-60 ...
|Living the Long Goodbye
My father, who is 88-years-old and suffers from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, returns home on Wednesday, April 29th. Someone of you will find it strange that I have very mixed feelings ...
|The Law and Elder Care
A few weeks ago, a Kossack made a casual suggestion that we needed a law to force families to care for their elderly family members. In this [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/1/22/687727/-Elder-...
|A Wiccan in the Deep South
Yesterday I wrote a [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/4/21/722812/-I-Feel-Unwelcome-at-the-Y-Because-Im-Wiccan diary] about my experiences at the local Barrow County, GA YMCA. Let me state up ...
|I Feel Unwelcome at the Y Because I’m Wiccan
An unpleasant reminder of just where I live hit me like a two by four between the eyes. Since we haven’t been living with my mother-in-law and have been able to practice our religion, Wicca, ...
|Sasha, Come Home
Our house is too quiet. There’s no “rrr rrrrrr?” chirps and trills, no occasional thuds as someone falls off the couch. Instead, it’s too silent. Some of you will remember ...
|Dangly Bits: Will Somebody Explain Homophobia to Me?
As a woman, I realize I will never understand completely the relationship between a man and his penis. I like my genitalia. I like the way they feel during sex, but most of the time I don’t ...
|Batterers:Why Women Don’t Recognize a Mr. Wrong
A few weeks ago, someone posted a diary on the Chris Brown/Rihanna alleged assault. As always, a Kossack registered a fairly common opinion: that there should have been signs before he hit her that ...
|Elder Care Reform: Dying of the Light
I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution this year. Instead, I made a New Year’s wish—and wrote a letter to Barack Obama urging him to take a hard look at the way we care for ...
|The Christmas Cat
As many of you know, this last year has been more than a little stressful for me and my husband, The Packhorse. My 88-year-old father moved up here in January, which changed our lives drastically. ...
|The Real America Is Everywhere
I cannot stand Sarah Palin, and I freely admit it. Everything about her rubs me the wrong way, from her hobby of shooting wolves from airplanes to her cavalier dismissal of the rights of rape ...
|Unfit to be Commander in Chief
I’ve never been a big fan of John McCain. I could never quite put my finger on why, but something always seemed a little off with him. When he ran in 2000, and some of his history beyond his ...
|Real People, Real Pain
This is not a diary about the bailout bill in its various incarnations, except peripherally. I really don’t give a damn if the richest 5% lose a little spending money or have to sell one of ...
|What “Common Ground”?
Like many Kossacks, I wish I could find common ground with anti-choicers. Surely, we can work together to bring down the number of abortions? We must have that desire in common, mustn’t we? ...
|How Do I Not Hate the Men Who Did This?
Hate crimes happen to people you don’t know in places you don’t live. They happen to Yusef Hawkins, a young black man who was beaten and killed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn because the ...
|Sarah Palin, Meet Willow Rosenberg
I heartily dislike Sarah Palin for many reasons—but unlike some Kossacks, I can understand why she appeals so strongly to Bush’s base, the Religious Right. In fact, many of the things ...
|CA Doctors Cannot Discriminate Against Gays
As some of you undoubtedly know, the California Supreme court has ruled that doctors may not discriminate against patients because they are gays or lesbian because their religious beliefs regard ...
|Feminisms: Faith and Feminism
I’ve been reading a lot of books about religion lately—not surprising when I write so much about it, particularly about the Religious Right. This time, most of the books were about women ...
|Friday Pootie Tales: Dad and the Cats
With the primary wars over, it’s time for a change. Pooties rule! As some of you know, we share a home with my 88-year-old Dad. We always had cats, but after Mom’s beloved trio of ...
|Simple Gifts: Dancing the Dance of Life
When I went out on the front porch today, I saw that the first of our lily plants had two blossoms on it, the first of the flowers we planted this year to bloom. The first of the plants we lovingly ...
|Pondering the Texas Polygamy Case
I’ve been away for over a month getting moved into the new house, which meant packing and unpacking two households (boy, was my mother a packrat), painting the master bedroom and bathroom and ...
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