Archive for November 2007

Rosie’s Video Blog

November 12th, 2007 — 7:15pm

Rosie O’Donnell’s negotiations with MSNBC for a show fell through. So she is videoblogging. I watched her clip today [one day I will learn to link] — and I found her — unmade up, coughing, sneezing and all — riveting. (I also think she’s a gay man in a gay woman’s body). It’s so potent when a person speaks directly, and speaks her truth.

She was reading letters from readers. One said that the anger people see in her is justifiable anger for the state of the world. If you’re not angry with the way things are, especially in the United States, she says, you are definitely not payng attention. Marshall Law comes next.

She talks about this administration’s horrific crimes against our civil liberties and our Constitution, how this senseless war must end, and that the people behind these war crimes be held accountable. Are we unpatriotic because we ask questions?
What is it about an angry woman that raises people’s ire and makes them want to run for the hills? Lord knows there are plenty of angry men around, but an angry woman? Just call her crazy, a bitch, or a harpie.

Rosie is angry. I am angry. If you love this country, you’ll be angry too.

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Comforter in Chief

November 10th, 2007 — 10:35am

In the New York Times today, there’s a front page story on how Bush meets privately with families of dead soldiers to offer them hugs and comfort. I suspect there’s another story here. Bush is seeking his own redemption for his disastrous Iraq policy. If any family of the fallen tells him their child did not die in vain, that they still support him as President, he gets a soul reprieve, however brief.

Personally, I’m glad he gets the comfort — not for him, but for the families themselves. Can you imagine knowing (like Cindy Sheehan and countless others), that the child you bore, loved and raised died too young for no reason at all?

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Slide Ranch

November 6th, 2007 — 7:40am

I went on my sons’ class trip the other week to Slide Ranch in West Marin. Nestled in the hills right next to the Pacific ocean, the Ranch is an agricultural learning center for kids. We watched chickens lay eggs, reveling in the gorgeous palate of colors (my favorite is the green blue eggs layed by Araucana chickens). We gawked at the amazing wattles on the Turkeys, and ate fresh sorrel from the garden. But the highlight of our day was milking Hilda.
Hilda is a goat, and she’s a patient beast. While she was fed a mixture of alfalfa and molasses (the equivalent of a Milky Way for goats), dozens of kids worked her teets to try to get milk. Most eventually succeeded. I was last and on my first try, milk spewed forth. Her teets were warm, she was patient, and the milk was a lovely, creamy white.

We’ve become so separate we from our food sources. Getting closer to how food is grown and raised deepens my own appreciation of what I eat. If you live in Northern California and have kids, try to get to Slide Ranch. It will open their eyes, their palates, and their hearts. Your own too.

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