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Shazza Gilbert
Self-rescuing Princess Geek
Self-rescuing Princess Geek

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My 16th birthday 1986
Getting accepted to college 1988
April 4th, 1991 - Pass the Ketchup
September 30th, 1991 - Howling at the Moon
December 21, 1994 - Our engagement
April, 2000 - First job in IT
September 12th, 2001 - Everyone in the family is out of work, except my baby Sister
September, 2007 - The MRSA infection took hold
April, 2010 - ICU - emergency surgery for my husband while my Mom was having the deep brain stimulation for her Parkinson's.
June, 2010 - Beautiful weekend in NH
July 31, 2010 - My Lovey hopefully, finally found peace
November 15th, 2014 - we closed on a new home
April, 2015 - Technical Director in community theater for the first time
New Year's Eve 2015 - with a new relationship

You will notice that none of these moments have nothing to do with politics. Except for those things that impacted the economy in 2001 and events of 2001, all of these are personal moments. The moments that have helped define me. The moments that have moved me in new directions and influenced those directions. Some good, some bad, some horrorific and yet, some that started seeming like negative and turning to be positive. And vice versa.

But these are all significant moments because of the action that they moved me too. The influence that caused me to stay the course or change my path. And those changes were my conscious choices. I embraced my life and let my choices chart the new path.

A Trump presidency saddens and angers me, but it does not define me. It may push the country in a new direction that seems bad and define what the country becomes next, but in the end may be good. I don't know, I will withhold judgement until words become actions and see the effect those actions have. All I can hope is that whatever the direction we go, in the long term we are still capable of affecting that path.

Hold your leaders accountable. Make noise when they do something you don't like -- but also make noise when they do something you do like. Take careful measure of how you want this country to be and make sure that your elected representatives know it. Democracy is not a passive thing, not something we engage in only on election day. It is an active way of life and should be embraced. Make sure your choices are charting a path that you want to walk.

To all those who have served, thank  you.

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She makes so many very good points here. Definitely worth the read. The last two relate to a lot of what I've been dealing with lately.

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Tears of joy that this has gotten such a positive response and tears of grief for those that have already been lost.

It is International Overdose Awareness day. My much loved, much missed late husband, Aries, died of an accidental overdose. I was asked this year to write about my experience and found that with the difficult summer I've had it was just too much to handle. But it is an awareness that I want to spread and a cause I support.

Anyone need a Shark Pursuit canister vacuum cleaner.   Works pretty well so long as you clean the filter pretty often.  (every or every other use)

If no one claims it, it will go to the curb or in the Goodwill pile.

Another classic New England moment. I got up, turned the heat back up and started coffee. Now back in bed waiting for it to warm up enough to go take a shower.

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Though I admit I am frequently not fond of Republicans, right now I'd still like to declare of vote of no-confidence and fire the whole Congress.

I want to know why Congressional Republicans are so determined to cause so many millions of Americans real, prolonged, unnecessary suffering, so multi-millionaires and multi-national corporations can have even more money in their pockets. I want to know why so many millions of our fellow Americans have no voice in government, when their numbers vastly outweigh the 1% of multi-millionaires. I want to know why the government of this country thinks that corporations are people who should be given more and more, but actual human beings should just suck it up and work harder.

I know it’s a silly cliché to ask why someone hates America, but it sure seems like the modern GOP truly hates Americans … or at least the vast majority of us — certainly the least among us who have to struggle just to keep their heads above water. I can’t believe that anyone in this country who isn’t lucky enough to be in the 1% the GOP cares about can support a group of people who are just so profoundly cruel and devoid of compassion.

Remember: this nation put men on the moon in less than ten years using technology that is eclipsed many times over by what we take for granted today in a disposable cell phone. If we can do that, we can do anything, including easing the profound suffering of our citizens. We live in extraordinary times, and we need a government that can rise to the challenge to serve its people. The congress we have right now couldn’t put a man on the moon in ten years, or even twenty years. Hell, they couldn’t even put a man on a chair, because that would require extending a hand to him to help him stand up.
Before you comment on this post, please remember Rule One: Don't be a dick, unless you'd rather get blocked from my G+ thingy.

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I used to love reading his work. His passion for history was something that inspired me in my early years.

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This guy makes a good point about knowing likes and dislikes AND it's OK for a girl to send a guy flowers, candy, etc. All Things Chocolate at St. James Place used to deliver to Aries for me all the time. :-)
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