Friday, November 28, 2008

A Drunkard's Christmas

A drunkard’s Christmas
© Beth Garry

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house

not a creature was stirring a drink

they had all passed out.

The stockings were still in the basement, I fear

we hoped that the policeman soon would be there

For we were not nestled, nor snug in our beds

but hiding from Mama who'd started to swear.

Oh out on the lawn there arose such a clatter

But we didn't dare look to see what was the matter

For out of the front door someone ran in a dash

and fell on his rear and knocked over the trash.

The officer’s flashlight shown on the snow and it gave

a strange highlight to objects below when

what to my childish young eyes should emerge

but a vision of father who was right on the verge

Of a breakdown or something, I’m never quite sure

But the policeman handcuffed him and opened the door

Of the cruiser while neighbors all laughed, quite sure of themselves

No Santa, no reindeer, no cute little elves.

For children of drinkers would never so dare

as to hope for, or wish for or plan on a share of the Christmas that’s told of

in poems of old

We’d never be hopeful or never be bold

We wished for the best, which meant no one would die, and that presents would land as if dropped from the sky

And some times they came and some times they did not

So that’s what you get when you live with a sot.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


I got an automated e-mail titled, “Gates expected to stay on at the Pentagon,” and I totally misinterpreted the meaning. When I first glanced at it, I took it literally, and thought it had something to do with fences and gates. Of course, I then realized that it was about Defense Secretary Robert Gates keeping his job.

My mind is a terrible thing, and it’s been wasted many times. I started to think of other headlines, such as, “Bush uprooted by election,” or, “Rice steamed after hearing remarks by head of state.” I’d love to know if the person who wrote the headline about Gates intended the consequences. I think I could do lots with this over the holidays. How about, “Many veterans enjoy Gay exhibit,” about a photography exhibit featuring the Enola Gay.

Any other headlines welcome.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I'm having a flashback to my childhood!! Or is it a flickerback?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ubiquitous Donuts

As I was driving through Salem, Massachusetts tonight, I noticed another Dunkin Donuts being built. I don't know if I'm shocked or disheartened. I'm trying to figure out why Americans feel the need to stop on a dime, and spend their hard-earned dollars on some many cups of coffee, to go. Don't get me wrong, I love coffee, and I like Dunkin Donuts, but I don't know why they are so ubiquitous. In Beverly, Massachusetts, which has a population of 40,000 plus, there are at least six Dunkin Donuts!!

I think it says something about Americans, and our insatiable desire to have what we want, when we want, how we want it. In other words, I think we're spoiled. How did we survive in the days when we had a cup of coffee at home in the morning and went to work. We took our lunch boxes, thermos bottles, or whatever, with what we needed for the day, and we went to work or school. We didn't feel the need to stop on the way to, on the way from, or during the day because we had a sudden urge. And we were pretty happy. Now, where there's a whim, there's a way, and we gotta have it. Damn the environment, damn the budget, our urges drive us on!! In the process we ruin the environment and teach kids important lessons about instant gratification. If you have an itch, scratch it, drink it, drive it, buy it sell it, but don't ever just feel it, and let it pass.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla - Dick Cavett Blog -

This article by Dick Cavett in the "New York Times," is one of the funniest yet about Sarah Palin. I thought I'd be done with her after the election, but I just couldn't resist including a link to this. Also, I don't think she is done with us yet, unfortunately.

The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla - Dick Cavett Blog -

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Toolkit To End Violence Against Women

Toolkit To End Violence Against Women

There is a lot of information in this document for individuals and groups who want to help stop violence against women. It includes chapters for religious organizations, mental health agencies, law enforcement professionals and others who are committed to ending violence against women.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tempered Joy

My joy at witnessing the election of Barack Obama as President was tempered when I found out that Proposition 8, which makes same-sex marriages illegal in California, had passed. This was certainly a day when we saw great progress in the way some minorities are treated, but it was also a stark reminder of how much work we still have to do.

In addition to Obama's election, another milestone of the day took place in New Hampshire. NH became the first state in the United States to have a female majority in the state senate. For more information about the state election in New Hampshire, Click Here

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama

Sounds great, doesn't it?

I (and lots of other folks) took a vacation day November 4th to travel to another state to help "get out the vote," for Obama. It was great to be in Derry, New Hampshire going door-to-door with Obama literature on a beautiful autumn day. To see the huge turnout of volunteers and voters was almost overwhelming. And we won.

Today, I'll just savor the victory. Tomorrow, I'll give some serious thought to what I can do to help President Obama in his first term, and what I can do to make the United States and even better country. This is a time of miracles. Let's help make them happen.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

YouTube - CourtingEquality's Channel

YouTube - CourtingEquality's ChannelClick to see videos related to the struggle for marriage equality.

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