Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sharing Foundation Video

Click to watch a video of the great work being done by TSF

Sharing Foundation

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Sharing Foundation

Some friends of mine and I are trying to raise money to support Srey Neang, one of the kids at Roteang Orphange in Cambodia. The orphanage is one facet of The Sharing Foundation, an organization that is committed to "caring for Cambodia's children." If you think you want to help support Srey Neang, or any of the other children or programs of the Sharing Foundation, feel free to make a donation to:

The Sharing Foundation
PO Box 600
Concord, MA 01742

For more information, check out their website:

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Good riddance, Wacko

I woke up this morning to the news that this year was John "Wacko" Hurley's last St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston. At first, I was too busy contemplating odd nicknames like "Wacko," and "Milton Born With A Tooth." I wondered how people get their nicknames (Miton's is obvious), and whether Tipper Gore and Tip O'Neill had more things in common than the Democratic Party affiliation. I wondered how my friend's mother got the nickname "Bird." My mind games and the fun ended, however, when I remembered how Wacko, John Hurley really is. He worked to ban LGBT groups and Veteran For Peace, from marching the Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade. For more information, click on the title link.

For now, good riddance, Wacko, or should your nickname be, "Bigot," instead?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Everyone into the jury pool

Well, I had to report for jury duty today. The experience did nothing to perpetuate my faith in the jury system. I was glad that I was excused, but the guy they kept didn't seem qualified to sit on a jury. As a matter of fact, he announced that fact when we first got into the waiting room, and still, he ended up on the jury. As soon as this guy arrived, he announced that he needed to speak with someone. The court officer very kindly said that, as soon as we had transacted some business, he would be happy to listen. The "juror" later told the officer that he shouldn't be on a jury because he had short-term memory problems and couldn't hear. Well, the officer said, he should have let someone know when he received his summons. He did say that the judge, if we got that far, would ask everyone if there was a reason they couldn't serve. Well, since this gentleman had short-term memory problems, he probably didn't remember that when he was questioned.

I don't know what I said that caused the attorneys to dismiss me and, as I said, I was glad they did. But this guy was in no condition to decide a case. He didn't watch the video that explained the difference between evaluating evidence in a criminal case from that of a civil case. He didn't communicate with anyone in the waiting room. He definitely had problems.

There was another guy who slept the entire time we were in the waiting room. Fortunately, he didn't get on the jury. It's kind of scary what a "jury of one's peers can actually look like.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


I started thinking about the word, "Wedlock," today, and realized that it perfectly describes how I felt when I knew my marriage was over. I was LOCKED in with the man i had wed. Horrible!! It look a lot of money and a not so good attorney to get unlocked, but it was worth it!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Why do people blame themselves for misfortune?

Read a reprint from "High Country News," about people who blamed themselves for their misfortune during the Great Depresssion. From the stories I've heard, this has not changed for people I know who are currently unemployed.