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James Holmes: terrorist

Just because James Holmes unleashed his opinions with every bullet he discharged instead of strapping a backpack full of explosives and blowing himself up along with his victims, doesnít mean he isnít a terrorist and just because he purchased his guns and ammunition legally, doesnít mean he isnít a terrorist. Just because James Holmes acted alone, doesnít mean he isnít a terrorist and just because he is white doesnít mean he isnít a terrorist.

It's hard to be from Utah...

Today on facebook Utah friends and family have informed me (via their very informative posts) that our national debt has not only doubled or tripled, it is 100 times what it was under GWBshrub and that God gives us the right to bear arms and that is why it is in the constitution and Pres. Obama has never bothered to visit the D-Day memorial on D-Day and he is the only President to dishonor all of our troops in such a way.

Good grief...

How I wish I could afford to fly to Utah just to smack a few people.

Shine on Dear Son...


Thanks to photoshop, I can takes good pictures too...

I came home just a bit earlier than usual and found two owls hanging out back. I have never seen owls hanging out here in the city before.

Equipment question re: slides to digital

My father was a photographer and since his passing, I have inherited thousands of slides and 35mm negatives. I am not rich, in fact, very not rich but would like to scan these slides into a digital format to better enjoy them and pass them on to my son or at least be able to share them easier. I tried using a flatbed a few years ago that had a transparency attachment, but it was slow and not very good quality.

Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with slide/film scanners?

Abandoned pit bull's best pal is a Chihuahua

Bill Foundation tried everything to make Arnold feel brave and safe. He received much-needed love from volunteers and his foster mom, including help from experts. But Arnold stayed scared and anxious ó a gentle boy, but one who wanted to escape, one who always shook with fear and looked so dejected.

Then along came Dearheart, who is four pounds of fabulous. Frightened and uncertain, the diminutive Chihuahua was saved from death row by the Bill Foundation. He was brought into a foster home to help with socialization and confidence building. It just so happened that this foster home was also Arnoldís, and when the two met, they became fast friends.

**** SNIP ****

Previously, if Arnold was in a crate at adoption events he would shiver, whimper and cry. Now Arnold and Dearheart share a crate and a life together, leaning on each other for support, and snuggling in peaceful bliss. Arnold clearly feels safer in the presence of his new pal, and their caretakers say both dogs have been changed forever by their partnership.

Complete story: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45899910/ns/today-today_pets_and_animals/t/abandoned-pit-bulls-best-pal-chihuahua/

Some things I've learned as a mom...

My son passed away Nov. 15, 2011 at the age of 24. It was an accident and has been devastating for everyone who knew him. Since then, I have had to deal with insurance companies, employers and facebook.

1. No matter how old your kids are, if they have any type of life insurance policy and are not married or have kids, make sure they name someone as beneficiary. Even if it isn't you. It's not about the money for us, but trying to get things over with and done, so that we can start healing and get past the "accident" part of things... Paper work, back and forth, notary, overnight mailing and then more back and forth.

2. If your adult child isn't married or have children, they should have one of their parents or siblings (someone they trust) on their banking accounts.

3. Once facebook finds out that your son is deceased, they will memorialize their facebook page. Facebook was our only contact form for a lot of Geoff's friends around the world, once the page was memorialized, we no longer have any control of accepting friends, and posting messages, changing pictures and people can no longer find Geoff in a search. I know this seems silly, but it was almost like a slap in the face to lose that little bit of control over a little part of Geoff's life.

I just can't imagine...

Before the accident, when I read or heard about someone else's child dying suddenly from an accident, illness, overdose, suicide or war, I couldn't even begin to imagine the pain those parents were feeling or the sadness and grieving they were going through. Honestly, you can't imagine... your brain just can't go there. In your wildest imagination, such a loss is so overwhelming it just doesn't compute.

4 weeks ago today and I still can't comprehend or imagine. How can I have a son every day for 9104 days, 18 hours, 12 minutes and the very next sweep of the second hand, he's gone?

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