Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Time on the Clock

It is 320 days, 13 hours, 1 minute and 45 seconds until Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 8:00:00 AM. That is the time I will be going to vote for President. I still don't know how I will vote. Choices are wide but not very deep. I feel like I am voting in a High School popularity contest. I don't care if our President IS Popular. I want he or she to be intelligent and caring. I want them to value life but not be foolish. I am scared to death this person will push us into a deeper, darker hole. I want to feel like rational debate is an option. I want common sense to prevail. I know FAIRY TALES...

Monday, December 10, 2007


Those of you who have lived overseas or in major cities with good mass transit can laugh or cry when reading this. For the last 18 days I have made due with out a car in Austin, Texas. I have enjoyed riding my bike, walking my boys to school and taking the bus.

Years ago I worked downtown and took the bus because of horrible parking. The bus schedule was hap hazard at best. I am impressed, today, with the buses on time record and cleanliness. Further, the Drivers offer advice on reaching destinations and are very friendly. That being said we do have major issue to address before more Austinites ride the bus.

The largest problem is the infrastructure. If we are not comfortable walking to or standing at the stop we won't ride. Sidewalks need to be clear; some places need sidewalks period. We can improve our city's quality of life by improving the transportation options.

Every city employee, City Council and the Mayor should ride the bus for at least one week and give feed back. The bus stop as well as the bus should be clean and well lit. The path to the bus stop needs to be clear. Brodie lane has weeds as high as an elephants eye. It is dangerous the stop at Eskew and Brodie is filthy. By requiring City employees, transit workers to get out of their comfort zone and take mass transit we would affect real change. Citizens all over the city would give input for real change for the better.

Those of you who think it is a waste of time and money, think of this, for every person who takes the bus that's one less person on I-35, Mopac etc and one more parking space Downtown. If you whine about waiting while a train passes imagine that being 10 to 40 more cars passing. Business owners out side the Automobile related industry will see more spending for homes, dining, cloths and more.

Not to mention our reliance on the car has surely lead to Americans obesity, declining health and stress.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Golden Compass

I just wanted to address the religious hype on the movie. I'm a Christian, raised Baptist my children are Christian with a strong faith. They are also intelligent young men who I want to think and use their heads. After seeing the movie I told them what some religious people were saying about the movie and about the books. We spoke about the story being against religion and we spoke about Atheism. My eldest (10) said he thought the movie was exciting and the threat was about government. Both boys said a movie would not change their belief and that any parent who believed it would did not teach their kids correctly about God. My point is that we should utilize Movies and adverse opinions for gate ways to discussion. I will never assume my children are not smart enough to make the best choice. After all, I hope I’m preparing them to make these life affirming decisions on their own.

Friday, December 7, 2007


I am so in the zone when I'm creating my artwork. I love it I'll be putting some bags on my site daily just look under Original stuff. You can find screens of the animal designs under Children for less.

I'm trying to carve out a work space in my small home. It's not easy cause I have stuff everywhere it's make my husband crazy. I am using Freecycle to move things out of the house with out moving them to the dump. I love Freecycle and if you need to get rid of something, find something or find yourself throwing out perfectly good things please, please, please use it. I think it is in most major cities. And, if there is not one start one.

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