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Name: Peggy
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Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
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And now for something very different.......something beautiful...

A song by Isaac Albéniz:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 16, 2017, 06:35 PM (4 replies)

How Heather Heyer died........a post from ItsGoingDown.


I was horrified and sickened and angered to read this compelling post.

As a queer, non-binary, anarchist, critical care RN/street medic who was the first responder for Heather Heyer, initiating CPR and, with a team of amazing bystanders, facilitating resuscitation until EMS arrived, I feel a compelling need to tell our story.

When we heard the car crash into our march, I was about 20 feet away from Heather, and I responded immediately to the screams for medics. I arrived to find bystanders holding c-spine traction on Heather’s neck and putting pressure on a deep leg wound to stop the bleeding, and I stopped to assist in controlling the bleed. Within a minute or two, Heather’s respirations slowed and stopped, she lost her pulse, we rolled her onto her back, and I began chest compressions. An EMT street medic provided respiratory supplies, and a bystander with medic training began respirations.

One of the critical aspects of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), which is the advanced form of CPR that trained medics provide, is maintaining chest compressions at an effective depth and speed, with no breaks in compressions. Providing effective chest compressions is exhausting, and to maintain effective compressions, we ideally provide compressions for only two minutes, and take turns with other medics.

In 90 degree heat, this is even more essential. I was horrified to discover, after two minutes of intense, exhausting chest compressions, that a state trooper had forcibly removed the EMT assisting me in resuscitation, as well as other bystanders ready in line for the next round of compressions. The EMT told the state trooper that we were actively resuscitating a patient, but the state trooper physically removed him from the scene anyway.

The rest at the link.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 16, 2017, 02:16 PM (69 replies)

I saw this video on Facebook and thought it very appropriate for our time...


Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Aug 14, 2017, 03:03 AM (0 replies)

I just found this post on Facebook, and it is really good:


How long has it been? When is he going to get over that grief and move on already?”

I get it.

I know you might be thinking that about me or about someone else these days.

I know you may look at someone you know in mourning and wonder when they’ll snap out of it.

I understand because I use to think that way too.

Okay, maybe at the time I was self-aware enough or guilty enough not to think it quite that explicitly, even in my own head. It might have come in the form of a growing impatience toward someone in mourning or a gradual dismissing of their sadness over time or maybe in my intentionally avoiding them as the days passed. It was subtle to be sure, but I can distinctly remember reaching the place where my compassion for grieving friends had reached its capacity—and it was long before they stopped hurting.

Back then like most people, my mind was operating under the faulty assumption that grief had some predictable expiration date; a reasonable period of time after which recovery and normalcy would come and the person would return to life as it was before, albeit with some minor adjustments.

I thought all these things, until I grieved.

I never think these things anymore.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Aug 3, 2017, 02:00 PM (6 replies)

The Palmer Report on Trump:

An excerpt from this very well-written essay:

So in addition to the numerous political arguments for why Trump isn’t fit for the job, based on everything from his extremism, to his lack of decency, to his election rigging, to his lifetime of financial crimes, to his obstruction of justice, we now have this more fundamental issue. Even if Trump had been doing a suitable job as president up to this point, his collapsing cognitive condition alone is enough to make the case for his removal by the 25th Amendment.

The whole piece is very worthwhile.


Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Jul 31, 2017, 12:46 PM (8 replies)

In today's LA Times: Before transgender was a word, women served as men

The link takes you to the paper as a whole, and then this article will load. It's a fascinating look at a very timely topic.


By Bonnie Tsui
One of the toughest military enlistments in the Civil War was served by a woman who dressed as a man. Private Albert D.J. Cashier, born Jennie Hodgers in Clogher Head, Ireland, marched thousands of miles and fought in dozens of battles and skirmishes with the 95th Illinois Infantry.

Cashier joined the regiment at the beginning of the war for a three-year term, and continued fighting until after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. After mustering out, Cashier lived out the next half-century as a man, spending three years at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Quincy, Ill., until, nearing 70, he suffered the onset of dementia and was sent to a state mental hospital. There, hospital staff discovered Cashier’s secret and forced him to wear a dress.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Jul 30, 2017, 01:43 PM (5 replies)

Well, it isn't big, or centered, or even interesting...

But I just took it about an hour ago, without any help, which is a first for me. I did get the right angle viewfinder, which was an enormous help.

Anyway, for those interested, the data: 1/60 of a second @F3.5, and 16mm.

I feel much more confident about getting some decent eclipse photos.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jul 28, 2017, 06:46 PM (6 replies)

Just saw this great article on Facebook:

I thought it explained what happened very well.


Here's an excerpt:

Murkowski and Collins were the only Republicans to vote against a motion to proceed with the health care bill debate. Both women cast votes against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which could have led to 22 million more uninsured Americans. They both also voted against the Obamacare Reconciliation Act — repeal and delay — which could have led to 32 million more uninsured Americans.

Both senators said they could not support bills that would leave millions of people without health insurance. When skinny repeal — seemingly the last shot for the GOP — came down, they stood their ground and voted no again.

Through all of this, the backlash against these two women senators was severe. Two House Republicans threatened them with violence...
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jul 28, 2017, 12:06 PM (11 replies)

This POS "president" is turning our country into a horrifying 3rd world country...

And we're supposed to be nice, to not get down on his level?

I say f***k that.

He needs to feel our anger.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Jul 24, 2017, 06:08 PM (24 replies)

OK, so I'm trying to practice taking photos for the eclipse.

The solar filter is on the camera and I've got the whole thing up on the tripod.

Now I can find the sun when I handhold the camera. The problem is when I'm using the tripod.

The angle of the sun is so high that it's nearly impossible for me to see it. The camera is waaaay up at a high angle, plus the solar filter blocks my view. (It's reflecting my face!)

I'm thinking that I need to be outside when the sun is much lower in the sky, which will make it easier to see, and hopefully, find.

Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted!


On edit: Here's a successful sun shot:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jul 21, 2017, 02:39 PM (19 replies)
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