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Name: Peggy
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Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Home country: USA
Current location: Right here!
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In the LA Times today: What's behind Republican voters' support of Trump? Anger at Republicans.

By Mark Z. Barabak

After years of raging against President Obama, unhappy conservatives have a new target for their anger and disgust: the Republicans in Congress.

The GOP seized control of the House in 2010 and four years later took the Senate. Yet even with those majorities, Republican lawmakers have failed to achieve such conservative priorities as rolling back Obamacare, their derisive name for the national healthcare law, or cracking down harder on illegal immigration.

The controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is no closer to being built Ė indeed, it may soon be dead Ė tough antiabortion legislation has languished in the Senate, and a fiercely disputed nuclear deal with Iran seems virtually certain to take effect, despite near-unanimous opposition from Republicans in Congress.

In short, as many see it, the promise of the 2010 tea party movement and its 2014 echo have been dashed on the marble steps of the Capitol.

The rest at the link: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-trump-congress-20150909-story.html
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 01:25 PM (4 replies)

An incredible video about the center of the universe!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Aug 20, 2015, 01:43 PM (43 replies)

I recently found this little treasure among my late parents' things.

It was made by my mom's younger brother and the cross-stitch was made by his wife, my aunt. It had been a Christmas present, and I felt that it needed to see the light of day. It had lived in a drawer for many years, maybe even decades. I felt so lucky to have found it!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Aug 16, 2015, 01:12 PM (4 replies)

Here's another great article on how to handle grief:


It is first rate.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:37 PM (8 replies)

This footstool was made by my parents...

My dad made the base and my mom embroidered the top...

I cannot get over just how beautiful it is. It was truly a labor of love.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Aug 10, 2015, 01:46 PM (20 replies)

I found this really excellent article on Grief on Facebook, and wanted to share it:


Here's a bit from the beginning:

By McCall Erickson

The hallmark of a human life is loss, it seems. And the body is a vessel for grief.

This is not an if, but when. When is loss gonna hit?

And then it is how. How do you carry it? All that grief. And donít even ask why. Why is not a question that grief ever answers.

I only know this because I have my own grief. I am not looking for more, but it keeps coming anyway. It makes me feel like Iím getting nowhere sometimes, and yet closer to something at the same time.

Maybe thatís because loss doesnít just take. It gives, too. Like a trade.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Aug 9, 2015, 06:05 PM (5 replies)

Just got this picture today and scanned it tonight...

It dates from 1921. It's of my maternal grandmother and her 4 children at the time.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Aug 8, 2015, 11:39 PM (31 replies)

Here are a few more pictures from Hearst Castle...Enjoy!

Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, next to the Indoor Pool:

A detail from the floor next to the indoor pool:

Next to the outdoor pool: (There was an ugly fence in the way, so I cropped that out.)

Another view of the gardens from the guest houses:

A sarcophagus in the garden:

A small statue:

A classic carving:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Aug 8, 2015, 03:11 PM (13 replies)

LA Times columnist Robin Abcarian on Personal and Deeply Felt Choices:


Susan Robinson was sitting on the patio of her Central Coast home, above golden hills and oak trees shimmering in the summer heat. She sipped homemade hibiscus tea as she patted the head of her mischievous border collie, Radar, and told me about the pride she takes in her work.

Robinson, 69, is an abortion doctor, one of only a handful in this country who perform abortions in the third trimester. She is in the business of ending pregnancies, yes, but more important, she is in the business of helping women assert control over their own lives.

"There is no other field in medicine where people come to you so desperate," she said, "and you can really help pretty much everyone who walks through the door."
There is no other field in medicine where people come to you so desperate and you can really help pretty much everyone who walks through the door. - Susan Robinson, doctor

Robinson used to fly to Wichita, Kan., every three weeks to work at a clinic owned by George Tiller, perhaps the country's most famous late-term abortion doctor. Tiller was renowned for his kindness toward patients and his courage in the face of relentless physical attacks against him that culminated in 2009 with his murder by a Christian extremist.

"His murder changed things," Robinson said. Tiller rarely gave interviews, insisting on keeping the focus on patients, and he instilled in Robinson the same ethic. But after he died, she decided to speak out.

"If you are secretive, you are sort of colluding in the stigma of abortion," Robinson said. "Now when people ask what I do, I say, 'My specialty is abortion care, and I love my job!' "

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Aug 7, 2015, 01:22 PM (0 replies)

My husband and I just got home from a trip to the middle part of California...

We wanted to see Hearst Castle, and we did, plus we saw some other great sights...

Here's a few pictures:

The main building:

In the dining hall:

And again:

The grounds and the view from a guest cottage:

We also saw the elephant seals, and what a sight they were: These are juveniles and they're practice fighting!

Here they are resting on the beach:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 5, 2015, 09:52 PM (38 replies)
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