November 8th, 2008

cirque du soleil

Awake in the night -

I am awake in the night, not a surprise since I went to bed so early. I love this early, very early, morning time.

I read Mudfalts, something that might not exist without Sarah Palin. Here is an enticing look at what it is was like to be in Chicago at Grant Park on the night of Obama's election.

I peruse the other Mudflats posts and see that Palin brought back with her to Alaska 17 or 18 new suitcases of loot. I think what has always amazed me about her is her lack of humility and grace. It is always someone else's fault. Some, in her position, might say it all went to my head and maybe I went a bit overboard with other peoples' credit cards, but, no, in her case, it is that other people are "jerks." "It's not fair and it's not right." Some might say it is not fair and it is not right to steal and lie. That is what is not right. Some might look at themselves.

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Life and Death -

It is said that the veil this time of year between the living and the dead is thin.   It may be why I've been awake in the very early morning hours ever since we returned.

I am wide awake.  

Those of you who have been with me awhile know that this time last year young Mitchell left us, went unconscious on November 11th, and passed on November 12th.  It was a traumatic and painful time, and yet, uplifting, too, as he reached to communicate with those of us who felt a connection with him.   Though I never met him in the flesh, I knew him and his spirit through the blog his family kept, and  he knew me through mine.   For some reason, Mitchell communicates with me through a grasshopper.  Thursday morning, a grasshopper and I spent some peaceful time together.  It is most unusual for a grasshopper to be here at the house, but certainly it is unheard of on an early cold November morning, but my grasshopper friend was resting on the middle of the chair when I peeked outside.  I sat on the chair next to him.

I first met grasshopper on a rock on Mt. Tam, a rock that overlooks the whole Bay area and is a place I love to go.

I think we are more connected than we realize and sometimes we are reminded. 

At 7, PST,  on November 11th, Veteran's Day, candles will be lit, so Mitchell knows how much we are thinking of him, colored candles.  It seems that white signifies sending the spirit away, and on this one night, we want to beckon his spirit back.  I think he is here.  If you would like to participate, light a colored candle Tuesday night.  

We unite in love, hope, and prayer in the constant changing of the tides of releasing those we love who have died, and asking them back for a prayer.  I have felt my parents close in this election of Barack Obama, in a return to knowing we unite to benefit the whole, and I cannot be happy with my daily bread at the cost and expense of yours.  

We are in this together, My Friends, and I must say that feels really good to me.

Candlelight.  It is that time of year!

ayer's rock -

Perception -

"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."

-- Aldous Huxley

And, of course, what a woman does too, and we each contain male and female and balance, like a two-handed kite, our parts.  

alan's poppies

I feel proud -

Op-Ed Columnist

Take a Bow, America

Published: November 8, 2008

The markets are battered and job losses are skyrocketing, but even in the midst of a national economic crisis, we should not lose sight of the profound significance of this week and what it tells us about the continuing promise of America.

Voters said no to incompetence and divisiveness and elbowed their way past the blight of racism that has been such a barrier to progress for so long. Barack Obama won the state of North Carolina, for crying out loud.

The nation deserves to take a bow. This is not the same place it used to be.


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Morning -

I look like a chipmunk on one side of my face this morning, and I certainly won't be dancing cheek to cheek on that side for a little while, and I have the other cheek that seems to have an awareness of being very "good." I sense it saying "What was that all about?"

Steve is searching out serenity for me, since it hurts to smile, so he found this piece of instrumental music by Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins, two of the greatest guitarists alive today. The second piece they play is Imagine. It is lovely to hear it without the words and know how much the words reverberate in our bones. Enjoy!

alexander calder

Polls -

I read in the Huffington Post that:

Rasmussen Reports, in a new poll published Friday, has some interesting data on how Republicans still have overwhelming positive feelings about Palin:

Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin, including 65% who say their view is Very Favorable. Only eight percent (8%) have an unfavorable view of her, including three percent (3%) Very Unfavorable.

When asked to choose among some of the GOP's top names for their choice for the party's 2012 presidential nominee, 64% say Palin. The next closest contenders are two former governors and unsuccessful challengers for the presidential nomination this year -- Mike Huckabee of Arkansas with 12% support and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts with 11%.

Three other sitting governors - Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota - all pull low single-digit support.

I think this says two things.   One is that very few people will admit to being a Republican at this point so that 91% could be 9.1 of 10 very limited people, or the Republican Party is in even sadder shape than we realized.  I think McCain would have been closer with a decent sidekick.  That the Republican party seemed unable to produce one, says it all.   This really does make me question the wording and reliability of polls though.  Did the poll offer any reasonable or responsible choices?   In light of the results of this poll, one must assume that this one did not.