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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
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About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

One reason the GOP sheeple vote the way they do

Is raging fear of their own inferiority and terror over the thought of being treated in kind as they lose in demographics. I've even heard some teabaggers screeching that "THOSE PEOPLE STICK TOGETHER! YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM!!!!!!"

When I once replied, "Well, if their method of sticking together works so well - and I agree it does - why not consider dropping this every man for himself crap and adopting the more successful system?"

Of course that resulted in more screaming about how their (faux) freedoms are being stolen from them! They don't comprehend how divide and conquer has enslaved them.

We're commanded to a daily examination of conscience.

I meet so many people who think that's silly, confusing it with self doubt.

Oh, my word!

Every time I think this truly grand lady can't get any more beautiful inside and out, there she goes again. What a fabulous picture and post.

Yes we can, and yes we will again.

Food for the soul.

Proves love's more powerful than hate in the end. And who does the other side have that they really love for themselves and love what they stand for? Not a one. They run on hate, and it will destroy them eventually. Brief, final surges, perhaps... deadly dangerous in their death throes... but still doomed like the dinosaurs.

Great pix, all

Yes, I've heard mention of Sasha and Malia on the trip.

Don't remember exactly where, but at some excited rally a newscaster mentioned that it's almost like President Obama is their president too. The crowd was cheering, "Yes, he is! He's ours, too!"

One of the main pictures I'm looking for, though, would show where President Obama stood in The Door of No Return. Such a powerful image. I'm sure it won't be too hard to find.

Only a matter of time, my friend.

Perhaps even a short time. One of the delights of a long life has been seeing so many incredible changes, largely for the better.

But it is a wise caution

to everyone to learn what they can about emergency care. I'm sometimes a little piqued at the local town council who tend to be very dismissive towards me as a damnYankee city girl who don't know nuthin 'bout nuthin. They don't know that I raised horses for almost 20 years with one - count 'em, ONE - vet visit for a blood transfusion. I've done more animal doctoring of all kinds than most of them ever thought about. That includes a ceasarian on a neighbor's dead ewe and midwifery on my own broodmares. I don't expect everyone to have shared that background, but still we're all well advised to learn everything we can. Prevention's the main key anyway.

The high point of my surgery career came when my big toe got split open almost stem to stern when I was out in the boonies. Being alone with no close neighbors available, I had to cleanse the wound, then triple butterfly the digit and stitch up in between. Years later I was in a doctor's office and got asked what happened to my toe. Doc could hardly believe it, but there was no record of professional medical care for the event, and he eventually said I'd done just as well as the emergency room people could have, maybe even better.

And that was w/o antibiotics or any modern pharmaceuticals.

Great read!

It's fortunate that I'm happy with my vet because he's the only one in 50 miles. But he is great and beloved by all. He treats all the farmers' cattle, too, and is widely said to calm even the orneriest ones. Reminds me of Herriott. Only thing that bothers me is his age, about the same as mine, which means he could have to retire while I still need him. What would the next one (if any) be like? Nowhere near as good - impossible. And he knows and respects the fact that I have always taken care of my dogs so far as possible with proven home remedies. As he said, anybody who can raise 16-yr-old chows gotta be doing somethin' right.

Thanks for sharing!

Microchipping is one of the best things we can do for our dogs, no matter how carefully we watch them. Tragedies can happen. I can't afford a lot of things, but both my dogs are microchipped as well as spayed.

Even in 'real' life, if I happen to detest a person's politics,

I try to overlook that for the occasion of our encounter if it isn't thrown in my face. And I'd certainly never hold the owner's politics against the dog. Although funny thing: occasionally in summer when it was still daylight til almost 9, I'd be sitting outside with the chows when bedtime rolled around. The alpha, Freedom, always set up a several minute sociable bark fest directed to me when I announced 'we're closing, girls.'

Anyway, on one such occasion a fairly nice neighbor lady happened to be out for her evening stroll, and I mentioned to her that I sometimes wondered exactly what Freedom was saying. The lady pretended surprise and said, "Don't you know? She's a Republican and she's explaining politics to you!"

Well, considering we were sitting close to that year's presidential campaign sign, I found it pretty funny. Cackled so much it was hard to pretend to be offended.
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