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We've been without electric power for almost 48 hours. It just kicked on and it sure is welcome. It was cold in our home last night. We bundled up in blankets and I found my long johns, pulled my heavy nightshirt out of my dresser drawer; put on two pairs of socks and added a quilt on the pile for good measure. Kevin, our son, came to the rescue and started our gas fireplace log, brought us a propane stove and a couple of boxes of BoJangles Fried Chicken to boot. Our yard looks like a disaster area after a major battle, with tree limbs fallen everywhere, especially on our decks. In the midst of all the trials, we took time to be thankful that though we are surrounded by all those trees dropping ice laden limbs, we had only 2 dents in the house gutters and NO damage to either car!
What did we learn? That we have an electric stove, electric furnace, electric hot water heater, electric computer, electric TV. When I went upstairs to my music room to play my drums and relieve some frustration, guess what? The music on our CD runs on electricity. When I tried to read in my favorite chair...no light. It might sound crazy but I'm actually happy that this happens every few years. It reminds me how blessed we are to live here in a home with so many conveniences. We have an old telephone that does not require electricity and we received calls about emergency shelters available and so many friends called with offers of aid if we needed it. And now the TV is blasting out the news. I'm able to forward my newsletter and very soon all will be right with the world.
Hero's mission is to create all inclusive coalitions to secure equal rights through Service, Action, Visibility, and Education in local communities.
HERO was formed in early November 2008 after the passage of prop 102 in Arizona and Prop 8 in California, both of which legally defined marriage between one man and one woman. At that point, we realized that people needed to become more visible and educated about the issues faced within the LGBTQ community. The HERO Steering Committee is an all volunteer, grassroots group of community organizers and leaders with diverse backgrounds.
Canada's Ottawa Province Hypocritical Stance Towards Discrimination
A very disturbing report mentioned in the TheStar.com talks about how the Ottawa government funds an anti-gay discriminatory organization while at the same time says it denounces virulent homophobia.
Right brain, left brain fight it out.
Right brain, left brain fight it out.
Arizona Denies Claims
Lawyers for the state of Arizona deny that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates equal-protection and due-process rights. The state Attorney General's office made the denial in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the ban. The seven same-sex couples who filed the lawsuit allege the ban violates equal-protection and due-process rights. They also alleged the ban denies them the benefits associated with marriage, such as spousal pension benefits, spousal survivorship rights and the ability to make medical decisions for each other.
Five Simple Rules for Happiness
I came across this list of rules when a friend of mine posted it on Facebook. I like this list because there are only five rules, they're simple and they're dead on. I have no idea who the original author is, but I want to share this list with you.
- Free your heart from hatred.
- Free your mind from worries.
- Live simply.
- Give more.
- Expect less.
One way to tackle this list is to focus on just one of these rules each day. After five days, when you've gone through the list, go back to the top and start over again and continue to do so.
Kentucky's Attorney General Jack Conway Emotional Statement
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced on March 4, 2014, that his office will not defend the state's gay marriage ban that now rests in an appearl of a federal court ruling. Governor Steve Besher said that he will hire outside counsel to do the appeal of the ruling.
A lot of speakers have been trained to maintain eye contact with an audience by looking around an audience, that is left front, left rear, right rear then right front. Often they never really look anyone in the eye or make a personal contact. I have learned that if I really get intense with one person that through the process of empathy, everyone in the audience sits in the chair of that person I am focusing on.
The same force works when you single someone out for criticism or poke an ugly joke at someone. The whole audience sits in the seat of that person you embarrass. Really talk to somebody in the audience, then really talk to somebody else. You can do a one on one with several thousand people through the power of empathy.
Garage Door Break Ins
A City of Maricopa resident recently chatted about how easy it was for a series of break-ins to occcur in the Gilbert, Arizona, area. Although their garage door was slightly bent in at the top center, the robbery was thwarted by this simple technique.
Garage door manufacturers are changing how the emergency release is activated, but older doors still use this easy method for burgleres to enter a home.
Governor Brewer's Veto is Positive But Other Bills Quickly Follow
Our celebration of the veto by Governor Jan Brewer may be short lived as Arizona House Bill 2481 follow sright behind.