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Prince Doc: Hunting for the Secret Vault

8 minutes and it is really cool!

Going to see Martin O'Malley this evening! O'Malley's March is playing in DC!

http://birdhousestudio9.wix.com/omalleysmarch

If I get a chance, I will ask him if he is thinking about a run in the primaries!

Either way, he's a pretty good musician!

Delegate Rob Krupicka retiring (Va 45 district)

He'll be missed, that is for sure.

http://www.krupicka.com/blog/it-has-been-honor-serve

Serving the people of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax has been one of the greatest honors of my life. For the past 12 years, I have had the chance to serve as an elected official in one of the most vibrant, diverse, civically-engaged places in the United States. It is always humbling to talk to my constituents because they always know so much about so many issues and they always teach me something.

Coming back from session this year, I was forced to evaluate the number of hours in the day and how I fill them. Between business, family, and public service, it is clear that I’m burning more candles at more ends than I can sustain.

I have a growing business with employees and investors that depend on me---a business that gives me a chance to put my values into action by supporting local non-profits, promoting a strong wage, and by giving people a second or third chance to get on their feet. I have also spent time in the last weeks reflecting on the fact that my family has tolerated me missing a lot due to public responsibilities.

Having spent over half of my adult life involved in public service in some way or another, it is time for me to step back from elected life to focus on my growing business and on my family. I don’t like to do anything halfway and the demands on my time make it impossible for me to be the engaged, active public servant that I have always tried to be.

I believe in Virginia’s part-time public service model. It is designed to minimize politics as a career and to give a variety of people the chance to serve and better the Commonwealth. It also inevitably creates conflict with an individual’s family, financial, and career needs. After 12 years, that conflict has become too stark for me.

There are many good people who have the time and passion to serve the 45th district well. I know the district will be well-served by whomever holds the 45th district delegate seat.

It will take years to say thank you to all my friends and family that have enabled my service and supported me over the years. You all put up with the all too frequent requests to volunteer or donate and much more. I know our work together has left things a bit better than we found them. I know we have more to do. I am looking forward to finishing my term, with a focus on my early childhood work, and then continuing civic activities and working with all of you through my business and as a community volunteer.

In Service,

Rob

In_The_Wind — where are you sister?

I haven't seen you in the past few days. I hope you are out enjoying some nice weather up in your area !

An American goes to Iran:

and he gives a lecture about his travels.



I posted this because I think this is a very important issue. IRanians are human beings. They live in a theological society. This is a report from a person (who I admit, I admire) that lives in our country.

Iran is not just its politics. It's not only its government.

And we can learn a lot about this lecture.



I love living in the DC area — this is one reason why:

My husband works very close to the capitol building and often takes walks around it for lunch. Today being a spectacularly sunny dat with the ice melting and we have reached a balmy 45 degrees, he said he was going for a walk.

I went out myself to walk the dog.

When I got back, here was his message to me:

I decided to take a walk around the Capitol building at lunch. There was a woman there struggling with some sort of protest display - she had an Israeli flag, a Gadsden flag, and an upside-down American flag. The wind was creating havoc with them.

Oh yeah - she was also wearing an Uncle Sam hat.


I wish he's gotten a picture of that hot mess.


My Oma.

She is 95 years old. She is not going well this afternoon.

I now live here in Alexandria, Virginia and she is in a nursing home Rhinebeck NY. She is not doing well, she has pneumonia and I got a call from my sister that her blood pressure is dropping. WE are all from Long Island NY. Wellm Oma is actually from Brmehaven, Germany. She came to the States about 1921?

It doesn't look good. This woman has the lives of about 2-3 cats. I told my sister that we would wait until tomorrow to see what happens before we get in the truck and go north.

My Oma. I share her with my two sisters. And I have one niece (almost 21) and two nephews that call her Gross Oma. This is a painting I did of her about 10 years ago.



I based it off many pictures but eventually used this photo:







I will stop the pictures soon. Having said that: I have an awesome Sir Duke update. (pic heavy)

X-posted from the Pets group. http://www.democraticunderground.com/116120542

A few weeks ago I found a Facebook group called People United to Promote the Proper Identification of English Setters and hubby put up some of these pictures to the group.

A woman replied and said that he looked just like one of her dogs puppies. At this point, all we knew about Duke was that he was surrendered in West Virginia. Strange coincidence, This woman was from W. Va too and her Dogs name was Sadie May. That kinda made me curious as Duke had a sister at our shelter called Ellie may. I told her that and what Duke original name was and we were all shocked that it was indeed her former dog.

She was going thru a lot of things in her life and could not keep three dogs. So she felt the best thing was to surrender them with a guarantee that they would find good homes.She still has the momma Dog, Sadie.

She is so happy about this and we are going to try to find out where Ellie may have went.

The very best part is that she took tons of pictures of him growing up. Just yesterday Hubby and I were wondering what he looked like as a puppy.

So here is a picture of Duke as a puppy!




The chances of this happening are amazing! I have been given permission to post even more pictures!

That is Duke in the middle.

A little tiny baby Duke.

Chunky boy….

Chilling..

His mom and his sister…



I'll never be too old to enjoy this movie! 'The Breakfast Club' set to return to theaters in March!

http://www.today.com/popculture/breakfast-club-30th-anniversary-movie-returns-theaters-march-2D80491243?cid=sm_fbn

To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, the John Hughes-directed film will again play in theaters on March 26 and March 31, thanks to Fathom Events, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and BY Experience, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The film has undergone a restoration, and the screenings will be accompanied by a short film that features comments from cast members and teen-movie directors like Diablo Cody and Amy Heckerling.

Tickets go on sale Friday, with an anniversary edition of the movie out on Blu-Ray and DVD March 10.


I was kinda the basket case. No really, I was.

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