Wednesday, October 31, 2007


(sigh)A mothers job is never done. It seems no one around here bothers to get in the spirit of a holiday unless I lead them. Tired as I am I finally bellied-up to my responsibilities. Johnny was unusually grumpy yesterday. He wanted no part of stopping at the roadside stand to grab some pumpkins. I ignored him and made him grab 4 pumpkins to carve. Earlier in the week Lisa and I made some treat bags for the non-existent trick-or-treaters that visit our house. It seems the kids out here go to neighborhoods to get their halloween booty rather than trek so far between each house where we are. This has been a great disappointment to me living here BUT hey, you never know, this could be our year!

(Taylor, recognize girl.)

Lisa was game to carve pumpkins and quite surprisingly so was Johnny. (See, mother knows best.) In fact he dug right in while Lisa and I spent some time discussing what we would do.

And here's what we came up with:

Johnny's, which was even carved on the backside with holes just because he wanted to try out the hole puncher.



More to come....

Sunday, October 28, 2007

College search continued...

Yesterday we were in Philly looking at the University of the Arts. It was, Lisa thinks, her favorite school so far. She liked the painting department and that you don't declare a major your first year. She is interested in painting, graphic design and photography. This area of the city is very nice, and she is only 2 1/2 hours from home BUT what really got her was when she saw the glass blowing. I don't believe we've seen a school that has offered this yet. She was mesmerized. I mean, come on you guys, we all know how much $$ glass-blowers make. Ohhhh! I joke. I'd try it too if I went to school there.

STILL there are alot of deciding factors(money and acceptance)and one more school (back to NYC) to look at. Some schools we aren't looking at just applying to. One is School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I would like her to see it but...I'm really wiped out and that one is far. It does seem that seeing the city is a deciding factor for her. Meanwhile, I've lost my glasses. That's what I hate about traveling. Keeping myself together. Impossible. I can't see distance w/o them. They were fairly new. I hate spending that damn money on glasses. Please let them show up!

When we got home where the 14 year old had stayed this time there were dirty dishes, more than a couple flies (which conjured up visions of the doors hanging wide open which without me home and announcing every 5 minutes "Close the door so the flies don't get in" is probably exactly what was happening.) and one very messy room which we had stipulated be thoroughly cleaned before going anywhere. Naturally he was not there but out surfing.

In conclusion, if there is a God, could he please hand over my glasses?



Thursday, October 25, 2007

Virtual Town Hall

I'm sure many of you received an e-mail from Al Gore introducing VIEWPOINTS a virtual town hall. It looks pretty cool to me. Pretty, pretty, cool. In case you didn't receive a note from Al I shall share the e-mails contents with you below.

Dear Mary,

Current, the media company I co-founded six years ago with my partner Joel Hyatt, just last week launched a new web site that integrates television and the Web in an unprecedented way. It provides, as never before, a platform for citizens to make the media their own.

One of the features I'm most excited about on is called Viewpoints. Viewpoints is a virtual town hall where you can share your opinions, in video, about the issues that matter in the 2008 election: from global warming to government eavesdropping, and many more.

This digital town hall is already bustling, and you can find viewpoints from me and from a lot of people, including the candidates running for President. Come and listen to their positions and, more importantly, tell them and the rest of the world what you think!

Since Viewpoints is the only place on the Web where you can easily share your view in video, my hope is that you'll take this opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the pundits on TV and help contribute to a new platform for public discourse. All it takes is a webcam and 60 seconds.

And, since we'll be taking the most popular and most compelling viewpoints and airing them on Current TV -- now available in 52 million homes around the world -- you may very well get your voice heard on our global TV network.

I look forward to seeing and hearing you on, as we deepen the discussion on these important topics:

Thank you,

Al Gore


There is no video. Just listen.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hanging in there... web button

Didn't think I was going to make it to one of these rallies this weekend but as it turns out I will be in Philly looking at schools so maybe I will have the opportunity to cross paths with that one.

4 weeks until Michael leaves Iraq. Next week he will be moved from a trailer to a tent until he leaves. I'm guessing that means no internet. (Gotta remember to ask.) A couple weeks in Germany and home to Mama! This last month is almost worse than the whole previous 14 mos.

Maybe this college search is a good thing as it gets my head somewhere else. This is some heavy stuff. If that girl brings me info on one more school she is interested in...

I'm going to need a serious vacation once Michael is home and Lisa is accepted at a school. Picture John and I laying on a deserted beach, two lumps unable to move as all the stress melts away, no sound but the ocean.

Friday, October 19, 2007


School of Visual Arts (NYC) and Corcoran College of Art and Design(DC) this weekend. University of the Arts in Philly next weekend. Applications, portfolios and letters of recommendation. Oh my! What do I have to look forward to...tuition.

Boogie Woogie

Found this youtube of a really great and talented blues/boogie-woogie musician Deanna Bogart, that John and I have been lucky enough to see live several times. We went to school with the drummer Mike and we always enjoy seeing them jam. If they are ever in your area check
them out. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Oh and one more thing...

I'm sorry. I just thought this was funny.


I haven't had much time for blogging lately. My son finally got Internet with only 7 weeks left in Baghdad so most of my blogging time is taken up on IM. What little time there is. But that's the way it goes. Ebb and flow. I'm sure it will come back around.

I just finished reading INFIDEL BY Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I wonder if any of you have read it? The author tells her story raised in a traditional Muslim family. We follow her journey as she questions these teachings and finally overcomes them and becomes very outspoken about Islam which puts her in alot of danger. I am not good at giving a synopsis but I couldn't put it down. I found it to be a fascinating and courageous journey that she has taken.

Here is what the Washington Post and the New York Times had to say about her and the book.

Monday, October 15, 2007

More Homecoming

(Sorry everyone. Family stuff.)

On the way out the door to drop off Johnny at a pre-homecoming dance party I asked him to let me take his photo. I gave no direction. This is pure Johnny.

So you get the idea. It went on like this for a while. Believe me, there is more. We had to leave though to get him to the party on time. What a party too. I grabbed a few pictures and left as I was not dressed properly and obviously adults were invited (though not me) so I felt like I was crashing the party which might have been fine had I, I don't know, brushed my hair and applied a little make-up. My sweet boy walked me to the gate and made me give him a kiss as I was feeling dejected. I went home and fixed myself up and John took me out for dinner. We picked Johnny up from the dance around 11PM. He had a great time. So did I.

Here's the group shots. It was hard. That freaking sea grass was in my way. If I backed up I would have been in the bay. I was too short to SEE a better shot and for a few just held the camera up high and blindly shot.

Most of the kids I think had dates but Johnny was told by older kids to go alone. The girls were so beautiful. Most of them I have known since they were little so it was something to see them looking all grown up. Their dresses were so pretty!
(Carla here are my two favorites.)

I have to add this last picture of Spencer and his date because it makes me chuckle. That's right I said "chuckle".

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Homecoming Week

It's homecoming week at my two youngest children's high school. Yesterday was dress in a decade day. Johnny is a total participater. I'm glad. I was too cool(so I thought) to participate when I was his age. He borrowed my Ramones t-shirt which was advertising a concert in '74 and wore some tight white jeans. He definitely looked 70's. That evening was the Powderpuff Football Game. That's where the girls play football and the boys cheer. The freshmen's cheering skills were completely lacking and I don't know any cheerleaders that dress like that but again he was participating. Freshmen always stink at this. I'm sure they will step up their game next year. He's the one in black tennis shoes. His buddy Spencer is in the bright yellow t-shirt. I am so glad they can laugh at themselves. I missed the live show. Lisa, his sister kindly took the video for me.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

A Most Excellent Opening!

These are my friends Bill and Deb Rolig. They are VERY talented artists. This is an opening I attended at the Water's Edge Gallery in Berlin last night. The art was remarkable to say the least. It was an excellent night with great art and great friends. I am very lucky to know them.

(You can click on any picture to see it larger.)

Stacey, this one's for you...

Friday, October 05, 2007

Every child is an artist.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain artist once we grow up."
-Pablo Picasso

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Free Burma

Free Burma!

Many great posts on the Burma situation on the blogs today. Check out one at The Peace Train and there are several posted at The Sirens Chronicles

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Edward Hopper

First let me say I am breathing through my nose today. Woo hoo! It feels good. Yesterday I worked very hard at laying around. I watched Pan's Labyrinth and I LOVED it. You must see it. I watched it on HBO on demand. I made myself some home-made minestrone and the spice cake my mother used to make. I crave it every fall and I thought just the smell of it alone wafting through the house would make me feel better. Unfortunately I could smell nothing. Still I knew it was baking and I knew there was soup cooking on the stove and I had nice hot cup of tea. Reinforcements in the form of tissues arrived and I settled in on the couch all cozy and watched my film.

I also discovered that the National Gallery of Art is having a Edward Hopper exhibition. JOY. If you go to the link you will find another link that will allow you to watch a film clip on Hopper. More JOY. Better yet you can subscribe to the National Museum of Art video podcast! JOY! JOY! Even if you don't have that video ipod (I don't) you can watch it on your computer. I love art. This discovery then led me to art history podcasts, ACK! and today I'm feeling better and have no time for all this great stuff I found.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Tissue Shortages and Elevators

The worst has happened. I'm out of tissues. Last night I got the box from my car. This morning I used the last one. Kids are at school. John is at work. I am going to have to venture out on my own. I'm not sure I have the strength but it has to be done. I CAN NOT continue to use tp and pt to blow my poor, abused, weary nose.

And just so you know, I blame this cold on BUSH. Michael has been in Iraq over a year now and I believe this cold is all the pent up anxiety and worry coming out. I have had the same dream since Michael has been gone. I am always getting in an elevator. I know what's going to happen but I still get in. Sure enough the doors close, the elevator starts up and its as if I am in some kind of free fall. It spins me like a sock in the dryer. I am not a thrill ride kind of girl. I hate amusement parks. I don't enjoy a roller coaster. I always think to myself, "I KNEW IT!" Yet the elevator always delivers me to safety in the end. I just have to get through the horrifying ride. I always want someone to witness this ride but there is never anyone there. Last night John got on with me. Oddly enough as soon as the thing started to roll I looked over and he was gone. WTF does that mean? What does any of it mean? Why am I still getting on the elevator?!?!?!

Here's the closest I come to interpreting the dream. I KNOW Michael is coming home safely but it is one scary, freaking ride in the meantime and I just have to endure it. Nobody can help me. I know everyone in the family is on the ride but really we are all on our own ride.

Okay. Right about now you are probably wondering how much cold medication has that girl taken? NOT E-NOUGH! The good news is Michael will be coming home on December 1st! Woo Hoo! The ride is almost over.

I'm going to get some tissues. Later.

Here's what I found on the march in DC...

So HERE is all I could dig up on the Troops Out Now March on Washington this past Saturday Sept. 29th.

"Yesterday's crowd appeared to number fewer than 1,000. "

I don't know as I wasn't there and don't know anyone who was.

Several rallygoers acknowledged that the size of the rally illustrated how difficult it is to get people in the United States to become activists, even though a majority of the public opposes the war, according to polls.

"That's the biggest problem we've got in America: apathy," said former Army Sgt. Adam Kokesh, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. "And one-third of Americans still think Saddam Hussein had something to do with the attacks on 9/11."
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