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Downton Abbey ....

Along with the rest of the world, well actually behind the rest of the world for me since I had to catch up on a whole season after it passed, I have started watching the goings on at a place called "Downton Abbey".  For any of us who are old enough this is a better produced, new take on the "Upstairs, Downstairs" Masterpiece classic.  That one was good but I was so young that it seemed so ...so ...frumpy!!!  I have to either understand that I am at the age when it looks like frumpy is now interesting, that this is possibly a really good show that captured my attention or the most likely scenario a combination of both of these.  


Downton appeals to me because of it's beauty.  The house is magnificent, much like the Newport mansions, you become a voyeur into a grandeur that you cannot easily imagine was once someone's home.  There are massive mansions today, many with space and lacking in taste and others that in future years will still be looked and admired …

Battle of the Bulge aka If I only Were a Size ___

"I'm not overweight, I'm just nine inches too short"....Shelly Winters


I have spent almost my entire life battling some sort of weight thing.  As a child I battled to gain weight...if there is a wise ass crack comment out there about that trust me I have thought of it already....because I had a terrible time with my tonsils.  They were always infected, and since in lovely Communist Romania the government did not always want to buy medicines there was also a shortage of oral antibiotics.  I spent many a day listening for the nurse that used to come and hiding under any piece of furniture that had a hard reach for an adult arm...my father had long arms.  The needles were much bigger than today but the anticipation of the pain was giant for a child under 3.  They reused needles too...sterilized (much later this would cause an AIDS epidemic in many of these countries where AIDS got reported at 0 cases) ...but that made them dull.  Yes it was as unpleasant and painful as i…

I am still following Dr King's dream

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln




Ahh Dr.King...hero to most ...anti-hero to some ...someone who no one can deny changed the world.  I like the fact that we have evolved in the States to a place where Dr. King gets a day of recognition, though am annoyed that many corporations took away Columbus Day to do this...really 1 extra day would have stopped the company?!!!  I grew up learning about Dr.King ...we learned about him in middle school as far as I can remember and my kids are learning about him from nursery school on.  They learn to celebrate a man who advocated equality ...not overthrow, not asking for more than anyone else...just an equal opportunity.

I can never write this blog with even 1/10th of the eloquence of the speeches Dr. King wrote but I can write and be part of the many who applaud his efforts.  He reminded us that we are all entitled...yes entitled a word tha…

Prohibition...trying to know history so not to repeat it

"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzsche
For most of us Prohibition seems ludicrous, ridiculous, difficult to understand not only how such a law was passed but how it could have also lasted from 1919 to 1933!!!!! At the time the far right a fundamentalist temperance movement decreed that alcohol was immoral and leading to sin.  This fringe portion of society lobbied and ranted and lobbied and ranted some more until Congress instead of listening to the majority of people, who stayed silent since they could not imagine such a ludicrous, ridiculous act would actually pass, or heeding their own thoughts on this process passed this act into law. It is a cyclical thing in history, the Dark Ages with the religious imposition that were followed by the Enlightenment period where we embraced science and gladly applauded free thinking.  It needs to happen in Islam...sooner rather than later ...these prohibitive, inflexible rules that keep the people from…