Thursday, December 22, 2005

Saturday, December 10, 2005

My choice for 2008: Barack Obama


We need REAL change in this country. Something I just don't think most democrats will give us. But I believe Barack Obama will. The above link is to his speech from the last Democratic convention. I hope he will be our candidate at the next one.

You can also HEAR Obama's speech from the same place this photo came from here at npr.org

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Katrina victims blame racism for slow aid - Hurricanes' Aftermath - MSNBC.com

We all knew that if the majority of the residents of Louisiana had been white constituents of George W.'s, the federal government's response would have been much quicker. This hearing is just more evidence. The Bush regime has GOT to GO. He should be impeached and charges should be brought against many in his administration. Shameful.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Amazing Hero Art

Rob Surette performed at our school last week. His show was truly amazing, and inspirational as well.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Jade Garden, Arlington, MA | Boston's Hidden Restaurants

I can't believe I haven't talked about Jade Garden! The people there are SO friendly and welcoming, and the food is just yummy. We especially love their buffet. :-)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Edge-Centric: Ah yes: 'hire the handicapped" month... DON'T SHOP AT WALMART!

Okay, so we all knew Wal-mart stinks. But here is in black and white they are completely ableist. They don't want to hire anyone with medical issues who might cost them health care money, so if you can't gather carts, shelves things, etc.. you can't have a job.

Walmart is outrageous and nobody should shop there. EVER.

Peace,
Amy

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Friday, October 07, 2005

Heartbeats Catalog

Heartbeats is one of those catalogs that I just really love to support. Their website will tell you they carry "inspirational gifts made by Women artists, developing world and minority artists. Unique irish blessings, wedding blessings and inspirational cards." But what I like most about this organization is that they are helping women of the world who *really* need it, and in a way that respects their talents. My favorites are Vicki Shuck and Doris Klein.

They also carry House Pins by Lucinda Yates, those lovely enameled pins that also help homeless people. Visit Lucinda's Website for pins that help women in need. She even makes breastfeeding pins!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Songs From The Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers

Amy Grant, Gordon Lightfoot, Ricky Skaggs and others have put together a CD tribute to Mr. Rogers. It's called Songs From The Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers.

Sharon Olds - more reasons to love her!

I have always loved Sharon Olds. She is one of my favorite poets. I especially love her poems about motherhood. Now, she has taken action against injustice as you'll read in this Nation article - No Place for a Poet at a Banquet of Shame. It makes sense that Laura Bush, who as a former teacher and librarian, loves poetry. And it's cool she wants to sponsor these poet dinners. But what's so ironic is that for ages, poets have spoken out against violence and injustice...and Laura Bush is condoning some of the most horrific acts of violence and injustice by blindly standing by her husband and thereby supporting just that.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

I love middle schools!

The MiddleWeb site has lots of great resources for middle school teachers. One I espcially like is this one about the Socratic Seminar, and this page of strategies.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Amy Grant's Three Wishes : Manna From Hollywood: Charity Begins on TV - New York Times (random musing)

I basically agree with this NY Times article. I like the *idea* of the show, just not the way they produce it. They let people cry in a really exploitive way. And they also send this message that only through charity and celebrities can people get what they need.

For example, the little girl who's parents couldn't afford her surgery. The government should be COVERING this kind of health care! If she lived in a better country, they would. And the father who wanted to adopt his stepson? Hello. He could have done so without the help of Amy Grant rushing around town with a camera and FLAGGING down the town's judge on a airplane runway.

But I thought the storyline of the boy's gratitude to his stepfather was sweet. I just dont' think they should portray people as totally pathetic, it isn't respectful. And I especially don't like them portraying physical malody as tradgedy. The fact that the girl had to wear a protective helmet, ok. But the fact that her face didn't "Look right"....that is shameless lookism. And next week's show I hear dips into ableism, portraying a person who can't walk as experiencing one of the worst tradgedies possible.

I hope they might continue to do these good things....but without the high drama and the ableism and lookism.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Theresa Perry


When I was at Wheelock College, one of the most dynamic, intelligent, and compassionate women who was a real role model was Theresa Perry . For my fellow alumni, check out this link to see what Theresa is up to now - and another alma mater of mine - Simmons College!

Asian Art! (Entertainment/home decor)

I just ran across Hinky Imports. They have soooo many beautiful things! Lanterns, singing bowls, and many other lovely decorations to give your home (or mine - hint, hint ;-), some color and multicultural flair! :-)

Saturday, September 17, 2005

The World of Freddie Red - My friend Lauren! (Personal - friends & family)


This is my Wheelock friend Lauren's website. She'd probably want you to know its pretty old. ;-) She and her hubby Adam and I had lunch today at Applebee's and I had so much fun! Lauren and I both were feeling a bit under the weather, but it was still an absolutely wonderful visit! They are both totally fun and really sweet.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Judy Collins - a class act

I was surfing, and I ran across this CMT article about Judy Collins. She spoke to the horrible reaction many country music fans and radio stations had to the Dixie Chicks criticizing George W. Bush. (Something more people should do more often if you ask me). I was reminded of a quote by someone...I can't find it right now...but it basically says that what is UNpatriotic is to NOT speak up when something is very WRONG in your country. I couldn't agree more.

Dukes of Hazzard | DukesFest (Entertainment/retro)

I doubt I'll ever see the new Dukes of Hazzard movie. I mean really, Jessica Simpson as Daisy? Puleez! But this website, Dukes of Hazzard | Cooter's Place | DukesFest | General Store | Cooter's Museum, made me smile.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Random Musing: music, poetry, other art....

So I was listening to my local country radio station on the way home, and on came Tim McGraw. I don't like *all* of his stuff, in fact I really don't like "Indian Outlaw". But I love love love some of his songs. "Live like you were dying" is especially touching to me. When I'm ranting (to someone else or just to myself alone in my car ;-), about something STUPID, and that song comes on, it just nails me every time.

Today it was "Do You Want Fries With That?". Yes, it is a funny song. And the guy in the song is totally bitter and thinking mean thoughts. And that is exactly WHY I love it. For one, you can tell by the tone with which McGraw sings this song, that it is totally tongue-in-cheek. But more to the point...don't we all know SOMEONE who lost their wife to another guy, and is now paying his wife alimony? Or someone in a similiar *kind* of situation? And the "character" in this song, his reaciton is totally funny.

I also like "Drugs or Jesus" about how for many, hard times result in either "good" choices, or "bad" choices. We all look for comfort from our pain. Some of us choose drugs, food, tv., sex, or something else that when used to an excess just make our problems worse. Some of us are able to choose faith, or some other outlet that sooths our pain but also leads us somewhere healthier. I think it is our job as people to help each other make good choices. And not to put it TOO dramatically...I think something as simple as a song can sometimes be that influence that helps us. Gary Chapman has been such an influence on me.

This post has no real point, except to extol the virtues of the songs, poems, paintings, sculptures, movies, books or stories - you name it - that have given us inspiration or comfort, and helped us on our Journey.

This was my first Random Musing. I'd love to hear what you think if you've read it. :-)

Amy

Monday, September 05, 2005

Raise a Reader!


My wonderful sister Jennifer (well, actually my sister-in-law, but that's just a word anyway) ;-), is a children's librarian and she just got a NEW JOB! These links are in honor of her great work, and to celebrate with her! :-)

Reach Out & Read
Get Ready to Read
The U.S. Dept. of Education
MA Family Literacy Consortium
MA Dept. of Education; Office of Reading
MA DOE Early Learning Services

The Case FOR Bilingual Education - what everyone NEEDS to know

This article from the Detroit Free Press called Language Barrier, is about the question as to whether bilingual education is more effective than "English immersion".

I have always believed that English immersion was not only unfair, but completely disrespectful of a child's culture and past. And now the US Dept. of Education has completed a study that presumably has some data as to which is more sound educationally. But instead of releasing an official report, the info. is in some book. The article says it is giving the impression that the results go against the administrations support of English immersion and that is why they haven't released the results individually. Impression? It might be EXACTLY why they haven't done it. But we won't know until we can read it.

NPR : Hurricane Katrina Web Log

Many news organizations have been covering more than just the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. For example, NPR : Hurricane Katrina Web Log is a log of "various strands" of the story of Katrina. NPR has also run commentaries like this one from John Gregory Brown, a prize winning novelist and native to New Orleans. Mr. Brown grew up there, and mourns the devastation.

You can also read about this wedding that took place at the Mississippi Coliseum. They were to marry in New Orleans until the wedding was interrupted by Katrina. And NPR is running stories celebrating the *amazing* culture of the region, such Irvin Mayfield's Ode to New Orleans. Mayfield is a jazz trumpeter from New Orleans.

Prayers for the victims of Katrina

I've been reading articles like this one from the BBC, about Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. I know this blog doesn't get much traffic, and folks can find places to help all over the 'net.

But when you feel helpless to help, and you've made your donation, all you can really do is pray, and perhaps spread the word in whatever small ways you know how. So here's a small collection of links I've seen in the last few days:

The Red Cross
Direct Relief International

I got these from NPR:

FEMA: Hurricane Relief Donations
Network for Good: Hurricane Katrina Relief
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters

If you're reading this and have had a loved one harmed by this disaster, may God bring you healing and comfort in the days to come.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

I've missed church!

Today I visited Park Avenue Congregational Church.

If you've read my blog for a while, you may remember my earlier posting about how please I was with the UCC for their July 4th declaration that any discrimination denying people the right to get married was wrong, whether those people were black, white, able-bodied, disabled, straight or gay. (Well, this was particularly about denying gay couples the right to get married, but you get the point: discrimination is discrimination).

This Sunday's sermon was on Building. It was the planned topic before the hurricane, but the horror in LA made the theme all the more timely. And the sermon spoke of how we need to build things that will make God happy. And *think* when we do things...what am I building? As someone hoping to be a parent someday, this was touching to me as I thought about the kind of home we will build for our children, and the kind of family we will build upon the family we already are.

I've missed church. I like to think that God and what (S)He would want of me is on my mind and my heart most of the day, every day. But its good for the soul to have a place to go where the MAIN focus of your time and attention is God; be it praying in gratitude for your blessings, praying either for yourself or a loved one...praying for forgiveness or for the strength to forgive someone else...or sharing with and supporting others. And reminding ourselves that God has called us; to love each other as ourselves, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and to share our faith.

As I thought about all the people hurting in Louisiana, I thought of how blessed I am. My family is well. My aunt just came home from a stay in a hospital and a rehab. facility where they took really good care of her. We have a beautiful new niece and loving godchildren. I have a new job that I just can TELL I'm going to love. So naturally, I started to cry. I hope nobody thought I was in some kind of crisis. LOL! ;-)

Katrina: my own commentary

You've heard it from several news sources, so I won't go on and on. But while I'm glad our President is *finally* doing a good job at helping the victims of Katrina, he and our entire Congress were woefully slow to respond and have probably cost countless lives because of it. Kevin and I were listening to the weather channel for DAYS and DAYS before Katrina hit. If private citizens like us could be aware that this was going to be a major disaster, why in the *world* wasn't the President of the United States and the Congress of the US quicker to respond with an action plan?

I don't know the answer. But it saddens me to contemplate, because I think if this had been a WHITE area of the country with more REPUBLICAN constituents (i.e. folks who would vote in Bush's party come next election), the entire government might have moved as quickly as they did when they wanted to try to save Terry Schiavo.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

USATODAY - appearance can affect your paycheck (RANT!)

I hate lookism. I especially hate bias against people who are overweight, but I also hate when people make judgements about other people based on what they wear, or how they chose to color their hair to express themselves.

And I really hate people who FEED INTO this bias, by "working the system" and pandering to this stupid idea that you're only smart if you "dress smart", and only responsible if you "look" responsible, etc. I'm glad some folks are suing over this kind of bias.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Wage Peace

Here is the Wage Peace Campaign page of the American Friends Service Committee, which it touted as "Quaker values in action".

Some other "wage peace" links I've found include: Wage-Peace.org out of Alberta, Wage Peace, Inc. and the organization Wage Peace Now.

There are more peace links on my old site. And check out my Poetry Blog for some links to poems about peace.

Peace,
Amy

Speed's Hotdogs! ;-) (Entertainment/food)


News & Features Built for speed

Friday, Sept. 2 - We went back again today, and I had another lovely conversation with Speed! He's thinking of opening a restaurant somewhere between Boston and Worcester! We would travel any distance for his food - hotdogs or not! (Actually, if we had his food anymore often than we do...it probably shouldn't be these hotdogs...my arteries ya know. ;-)

July 14, 2005 - Tee hee! Kevin and I had lunch (and dinner and probably tomm.'s lunch ;-) at the *world* famous "Speed's Hotdog Stand"! Kevin has known about it for a while. And when I read this article I thought it sounded "good", but re-reading it, it is ALL true. Speed's dogs are incredibly delicious...much more a gourmet experience than "just a hotdog".

And Speed himself was gracious and friendly. His assistant was at the grill today, and Speed seemed he was mostly greeting folks when we arrived. It was so much fun. If you live in Boston, or are just planning a visit, you *must* go visit Speed and have one of his dogs - with everything on it (at least the first time ;-)

I forget in which cultures cooks actually feel at least a BIT insulted if you don't belch....because it is a way of showing you're enjoying the meal......{{{BURP!}}} LOL!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Big E (Entertainment)

The Big E is a multi-state state fair, held in Massachusetts. The closest thing I've been to fair is the Calgary Stampede. I'm excited for my first fair....and to see Los Lonely Boys! The fair goes on for a month, and LLBs are on October 2.

CBC News - Viewpoint: Georgie Binks (article about women priests) (Spiritual/Political)

Canadian Sisters are Doin' It for Themselves! I just had to bump this up to my current page, even though I originally posted this back in July. :-)

I am not Catholic, but I have family on both my side and my husband's who are. And I just about bounced up for joy when I heard this story of Canadian women fighting the oppression they experience in the church at not being allowed to be ordained and serve the church they so love as priests. I am often hesitant to say anything bad about a church I am not part of. But since I have loved my churches, and I know my friends and family in other churches love their churches, I feel speaking out about any church is just what you do in the name of all churches being the loving, and just places all churches should be.

See WOW (Women's Ordination Worldwide) and the site of its organizers Women's Ordination Conferencefor more details on the global conference that just ended, and all of the efforts to end this kind of sexism in churches across the world!

Love Your Body Day! (Political - Spiritual)

The National Organization for Women Foundation N.O.W., is sponsoring Love Your Body Day, on October 19, 2005 - my mom's birthday!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Health Benefits of Pasta: Complex Carbohydrates Fortified with Folic Acid.

O.K. So I'm just happy to read this because it enables me to eat all my carbs I love so much and tell myself I won't get fat. But we all know TOO many carbs makes you fat. But I do love my pasta - with anything but tomato sauce. ;-)

I joined the Y - finally! (Personal)

This has been such a long time coming...I've complained about being out of shape, made "resolutions", you name it. But now I am an official, card-carrying member of the YMCA.

I joined at the end of July, 2005. I go to the North Suburban branch. They have been doing renovations, and I have been very impressed at how they have stayed completely handicapped accessible during all of the construction.

Soon they will have FitLinxx computers connected to all of my nautalis machines, and I can't wait! No more counting reps, no more keeping notes on how much weight I lift, or seat settings! Can't post more now...I have to go lift weights! :-)

Monday, August 29, 2005

My new job at the John Glenn Middle School in Bedford! (Personal)


I accepted a position today at the John Glenn Middle School. I am very relieved to have found such a great school to work at. I've already met some folks there, and I feel really good about it. Everyone has been so welcoming! I am a teaching assistant in special education. John Glenn Middle School is part of the Bedford Public Schools, a small but excellent school system.

Happy September to all the students and school staff out there! Here's to New Beginnings! :-)

Boho Chic - Bohemian Fashion! (Entertainment - clothes & jewlery)

So I saw this link on my hotmail page to About.com's page about Boho Chic, the supposedly "new IN style". I'm not usually one to go for this kinda stuff....but this is my DREAM style! I've always said I should have been born in the Flower Child Era....but I'll settle for dressing like it now. ;-)

Friday, August 26, 2005

Scrapbooking! (Spiritual - memorials/memories)

I "discovered" scrapbooking in the last few years. I mean, I had a scrapbook that I used to put all my things from elem to high school in. And then I started a brand new one for college. I liked what I did with that one, in that it was more creative than the ugly BLACK PAPER one I had all my childhood stuff in. But neither is what you'd call terribly creative, or all that attractive.

So now I've got a brand new scrapbook to put all of my "post-history" mementos in. I got my scrapbook at Michaels Craft Store, and have been browsing sites like Paper Source.

My niece Shelley is an excellent scrapbooker. I'm hoping to pick up some tips from her. And I've collected some scrapbooking sites like One Scrappy Site and the webring 100 Scrapbooking Sites.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Fisherman's Feast (Personal/travels) (Ent./food)


Today we went to the North End and had dinner at Pizzeria Regina. Then it was on to The Fisherman's Feast, Boston's oldest Italian Festival in the North End. It is a feast to show devotion to Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). My favorite part was the Flight of the Angel.

George Bush - rant

From time to time I will take the opportunity to rant. If you know me, you know I HAVE to rant when I get torked off about something...and I am thinking about all the times I've read peoples editorials etc. on websites and blogs and thought "Yeah! What she said!". So I hope some folks get that experience if they drop in here and happen upon a "rant". ;-)

On my old page, I would call the people and organizations I was angered by nasty names. It was actually *fun* getting torked, and then using that adrenaline to rant - and I'll admit - pretty obnoxiously. I got some pretty ugly emails as a result. I have to say that some of those emails resulted in surprisingly open conversations with people who disagreed with me. But still, I've decided it is more mature to just state my problem with something and *try* to temper my language. ;-)

So naturally, my first rant on my new blog HAD to be about George W. Bush. He was on my list on my old website, but he just keeps making me angrier. Well, this N.O.W. website The Truth About George covers most of the bases.

He wants to legislate his religion. And I just can't stand that. He has fought against gay marital rights, and against a woman's right to choose. I understand his feelings on both of these issue...but what HE doesn't understand is that the Constitution says that no leader should legislate in this way. Our society has people who are of a faith that doesn't have a problem with homosexuality. And there are people who do not believe that abortion is murder. Leaders can't be MAKING these decisions FOR citizens. It goes against everything the US was *founded* on.

GWB also lied to get us into a war. While I agree that democracy should be a part of *every* government...leaders should not send our soldiers to other countries to kill people just to establish democracy. This is just my two cents. Check out TTAG for more info. on what's wrong with our current administration in 2005.

Get Involved - Change your World! You CAN! (Political - resources)

So I've been blogging new sites by topics that fit the topics from my old site. And I've slowly been trying to post at least ONE entry for EACH of my pages, to sort of "bring them up to date".

One of my favorite pages on my website is my Political Page. (Link in post title...most of my post titles are clickable...it isn't obvious). I've listed several issues or causes that really matter to me, and provided links to organizations that seem to be making an honest, and meaningful effort to effect change in our world. This is something that inspires me on a personal and spiritual level, and intellectually, just makes SENSE to me. I love to find webpages that list resources for me to get involved, and I started my page mostly for my own reference.

So check my Political page of my old site. Some links will be broken until I have time to weed them out. And this will be the new home of all NEW links. Such as these:

Make Poverty History - seems like a good idea to me. Let's hope those 8 rich white guys do all they can, since they have a lot more power than you or I. But we DO have power....and that's important to never forget. Check out the site! And get a white band

Corporate Social Responsibility Reports. This is Starbucks'. I think it would be great if everyone could *insist* that every corporation in the country had to put one of these out quarterly. Maybe if we only give our business to companies that do it...all the others would be forced to? I'll update this post with other companies that are socially responsible...or at least put out reports to let consumers know HOW socially responsibly they are being. ;-)

Equal Marriage Now
Many organizations, in this case N.O.W., are fighting for equal rights for gay people to get married. I'll post further links soon, but in the meantime my old Political page still has *some* good links for gay rights, and I'm sure they've added the fight for eqaul marriage rights if they didn't have resources on this before.

Restaurant Updates


Finally, I'm getting around to posting about our favorite pizza place when we visit my in-laws. We've been going to Forte Pizzeria for YEARS now! Every time we visit da family, a visit to Forte's is a MUST. Their pizzas are unique and delicious, and their calzones and stromboli's are also just wonderful. And the family who owns it, and the other folks who work there are as nice and welcoming as they could be. They always remember us when we come back to visit, and I always tell them, "It wouldn't be a complete visit to NJ without a trip to Forte's."

In July I discovered KnowFat! Lifestyle Grille with my friend Dawn. She'd told me about it, and I'd been meaning to try it, so we finally did. One of the last times we were in New Jersey, Jennifer & Rob (SIL and her hubby) introduced me to Cold Stone Creamery. I don't know how long they've had locations in Boston, but I'd never been to one. I'm a convert! ;-)

Quite a while ago now, sadly, one of our favorite places Marche Movenpick at the Prudential Center, closed its doors. Fortunately there are still Movenpicks worldwide, and we can still go to their Montreal and Toronto locations in Canada.

Over the past year, my mom introduced Kevin and I to Stellina's in Watertown, MA. Here is a like to a recipe for Mark Bouchard's fusilli with smoked goat cheese, roasted mushrooms, and swiss chard. This place is just YUMMY.

And to save the best for last, a restaurant that deserves a post ALL of their own, is Sweet Basil in Needham, MA. A parent of a former student gave us a gift certificate many many years ago now...and it has been our FAVORITE spot for special occaision dining ever since. Not because it COSTS like "special occaision dining", (it doesn't), but because it is just so excellent! We recommend the Cesaer salad and Rosemary Chicken, but their risottos are always excellent as well. And the bread comes with this pesto spread that is just to DIE for!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

So Much Great Music!


I've discovered sooo many new artists since I stopped updating my website. And recently many of my favorite artists are coming out with GREAT new music. Check out my Music Page for all the great music I discovered *before* we got satellite radio. ;-)

One singer-songwriter who I am liking more and more as she grows as an artist is Dar Williams. Her sound seems more varied to me now than it did when I discovered her in college. I love what I've heard of her new album, especially the song Echoes. It is all about making a conscious choice each day, or in each moment that you can, to do the kind, gentle, generous thing...and how even the littlest act on our part can have deep, eternal power. If you know me at *all*, you can picture me actually CRYING the first time I heard this song. I'm just a total sucker for this kind of song. If I could talk to Ms. Williams, I would be a total groupie and be like, "OMG Dar thank you so much for writing that SONG! I love it so *much*!". ;-) It totally appeals to the idealist in me, because it makes me feel like "Yes! There are other people who believe in world peace as much as I do!". :-) Dar even has a new project called Echoes Initiative. So this is more than just a song to her, too.

Some of the new artists I've discovered include Joss Stone and Los Lonely Boys. And speaking of Los Lonely Boys, one of the things XM has done for me is introduce me to Latin music. I *think* I like Shakira. But as this review points out, it might just be because I don't understand Spanish! On the other hand, since I don't understand it, I might be misunderstanding the lyrics because word-for-word translations don't always capture the "real meaning" of a song. Keep watching this post...I'll keep bumping it up to my current page when I add to it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Memories....

This summer, like most summers, I've been reflecting on where I am along the road of life's journey thus far. It blows my mind when I think about all of the gifts God has given me. I've been so fortunate to have loving family, wonderful friends, and to find a warm, generous and thoughtful partner to share the rest of my life with. Anyway...so I like to look back on the years and remember my favorite people and moments. That's why I have a personal page on my website...and why I'll continue to blog about my travels, my family and friends. I've also been journaling in part with the help of Kathleen Adams books. I journal about my blessings, my accomplishments, the people and things I love. And I also journal about things that worry me, make me mad, sad, or frustrate me. Obviously I won't post much on this "fun" blog about these things...but I highly recommend journaling if you're working through some hard things, or just have a goal in your life and feel you need help staying on track!

So googling for old schools and friends, I've found some pretty cool stuff, like Shawn Garvey's website. And today I ran across the Wellington Elementary School webpage. I don't think this page existed when I first linked to my alma maters on my Personal page. It was a hoot to see how MANY of my teachers are still there, almost 25 years later. I remember sooo many wonderful people I remember "Mrs. Rosenburg" when she was MISS Rosen! Some of the kids thought she'd married Mr. Burg! LOL!

BA - Balanced Assessment in Mathematics - Education Link

Years ago, as you'll see on his website, Kevin worked for the projectBalanced Assessment in Mathematics. Their math assessments are a great tool for all teachers

The Nth Degree (Political - disability/Entertainment)


Here's yet ANOTHER site that is on my old site, on my political page under Disability Rights.

But The Nth Degree is about so much more than just "disability rights", it is about disability culture, and human rights. You'll find a fabulous catalog with posters, pins, and t-shirts that celebrate the human spirit with power, and some cases side-splitting humor.

That fablous, proud disabled woman you see? A pin from Nth degree! And Dan Wilkins, the webmaster, also has a page dedicated to great disability literature.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Academy for Transformation - part of YouthBuild USA - a blast from my past! (Personal/Education)

On my old website, on my Political Page you will find links to organizations for Economic Justice and Youth services. YouthBuild is one of the organizations. But YouthBuild is more than just one human services organization among many that I appreciate. I worked at YouthBuild's first Boston area office in Belmont MA when I was in college. John Bell and Dorothy Stoneman Bell were huge heroes to me, and gave me my first real taste of what is is like to LIVE for social change and justice. Now, John Bell works at their Academy for Transformation. I've yet to explore all they do, but I'm so sure its AMAZING, I blogged it without even reading it! :-)

Crip Commentary Blog by Laura Hershey

Crip Commentary Blog

Laura Hershey has a blog! Laura Hershey has a blog! Yay! Yah! :-)

Okay...so I'm a little excited, because this woman - - ugh! I can't "charaterize" her without leaving something out. She does amazing powerful poetry. She writes incredible articles about disability and human rights. Go over to my Poetry Blog and you'll find a new link for her poetry!

OMG I'm so excited this woman has a blog......

Amy

Reading: The Blue Shoe and Operating Instructions by Anne Lammot
Stitching: Greatest Treasure & Magic in the Morning by Dragon Dreams and Cozy Cove by Charles Wysocki
Listening: XM, Sirius....country, folks, aa - you name it!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

More Music Venues! (Music/Venues)

When I created the music page of my site, I decided to have a section of venues in the Boston area. Since then, I've discovered venues I hadn't known much about then. Such as Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Mohegan Sun, (there are FREE performances in the Wolf Den ), and Indian Ranch (this is their schedule for 2005). Watch this post for more venues!

Edinburg Jail Diversion Program (Political)

This article is about the Edinburg Jail Diversion Program, and a friend of mine does work for them. If this had gone on my old website, I could have put this under "friends", because my friend is involved, I could have put it under "spiritual" links, because I find it INSPIRING to hear about people working to provide individuals with various challenges HELP, rather than just jail time when they've made a bad choice....and I think its rather obvious why it could also go under "political". Either way, stuff like this gets my totally jazzed - even when it doesn't involve a friend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Summer 2004 Travels

We spent time in Canda. Kevin really loves all things Canada. We listen to CBC radio on the internet, including The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean. Now, to be honest, after a while his accent drives me NUTS. ;-) But the stories are funny, the music is amazing, and he seems like a totally sweet guy...not to mention talented. We also went to FondueMentale, where they were playing k.d. lang on the radio. Now, we love k.d. lang, and even though we were in Canada, we were just a bit curious that it was alllll k.d. alllll night. We figured out that it was her cd hymns of the 49th parallel, a celebration of Canadian songwriters.

Ancient Moon Beads (Entertainment - crafts)

Ancient Moon Beads is a lovely lovely store. I've not been to their new location, but I'm sure it is just a lovely as their old one. There was a fire on Galen Street, and I'd wondered where they would end up. I encourage you, if you live in or visit Watertown, and you love beads - visit them!

Daughters Newsletter: resource for parents on raising girls (Education Link)

I'm not a parent, but I think Daughters Newsletter: resource for parents on raising girls, sounds pretty cool! I definitly think that raising both girls and boys presents unique challenges that any parents could use a hand with...but as a woman, I especially appreciate a magazine to help parents raise competent and confident girls in a society that doesn't always honor and respect girls.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Summer 2005 Travels


On my website, I have entries for every summer since I met Kevin, describing all of the wonderful places we've travelled to, as well as descriptions of childhood vacation spots. I missed Summer 2004, but I'll reconstruct and blog it. Meanwhile, there are pictures of our Summer 2003 Travels in my webshots album. (See "Pictures" link to the left).

This summer has had its own wonderful travels. We started as soon as school ended with a return trip to see the Trambley family in Warren, PA. Adam is the minister at Trinity Memorial Church there.

We went to Vermont and visited The King Arthur Flour Baker's Store. And we took at tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. We got to see how their teddy bears are made, how they are repaired in the "bear hospital", and we got a souvenier mini-cut-out in the shape of a bear! Over the years, we have become the proud parents of a misfit bear, a Graduation Bear, (thanks, Aunty!), an Angel Bear (thanks, Jenn & Rob!), as well as one we won from a radio station that I couldn't find on the website. ;-)

We spent the evening at the Juniper Hill Inn, which is where we spent our wedding night. They are such lovely people. Every little detail shows how much they care about their visitors. Oh, and they are also members of the Green Hotels Association. I guess they're the people responsible for "on the floor, please replace, on the towel rack, I'll use again". ;-) I journaled in one of their guestbooks, as I'm sure I did seven years ago. I loved reading other couples stories. Discussing this with our innkeeper, she told me about a wonderful group of historians in Vermont, who maintain Flow of History.

We also went to Shelburne Farms, and I milked my first cow ever! She was pregnant, due in October. S'pose she brought me luck? Time will tell. ;-) One place we didn't get to visit that I hope we might someday is the Vermont Wildflower Farm.

Then we went to Washington, D.C. and took a tour of National Public Radio. This was our second time taking "da tour", but one tour didn't seem like enough for the man who maintains PublicRadioFan.com . I tried really hard to not act like a groupie (one, because that is sooo undignified, but also because being an NPR Groupie just seems like the nerdiest thing in the entire *WORLD* ;-) ). But nonetheless, a few times when passing so-and-so's office, even though "so-and-so" wasn't even IN their office, I had to quietly whisper to Kevin, "Groupie Moment!". Seeing Neal Conan do his thing was waaaay cool. I also enjoyed seeing the engineers and producers you never even see on websites. I got a real kick out of seeing how much some of them just LOVE their jobs. You could tell they have fun at work, and they do great work! Scott Simon is my favorite NPR personality...but now I'm really sounding like an NPR junkie.

After spending a lovely evening with Aunt Toni and Uncle Bernie, we went to the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. It was July 19, the 10th anniversary of my father's death. Part of the Smithonian, I thought Dad would have been pleased to know I married someone who enjoyed Smithsonian museums with me.

My favorite temporary exhibit was definitely Visual Music. And of the various works of art within that exhibit, my most favorite without a doubt was the Color Organs! I could have sat and just stared at these for hours. They are so peaceful and beautiful. Simply Serene. You can check out their online, interactive exhibit to get a sense of what it's like.

We also spent a weekend in Bar Harbor, Maine and relived getting engaged. (See Summer 1997 on my webpage if you care ;-). We loved Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain just as much at sunset (twice) as we did at sunrise. ;-) We visited Eartha, the "World’s Largest Revolving/Rotating Globe". Guinness has made it official. :-) The picture above is from the outside of the building, from their website. Click to see more pics.

In the morning we enjoyed a lovely breakfast at 2 cats Restaurant, and although we didn't stay at the inn, I did shop at their store and get some cute stuff with their logo on it! Before we left, we went to Timber Tina's Great Maine Lumberjack Show" - a Lumberjack & jill show! We had seen Lumberjack events on television, and so we thought we would find the show at least funny in a campy way, but it was more than that...a very funny and interesting show. Timber Tina was the host, and she was the consummate host! To learn more about women in logging sports, visit the homepage for Timber Tina's World Champion Lumberjills! (That's Timber Tina in the middle).

Zion's Herald (Spirituality Links)

In our home, we are receiving some copies of Zions Herald, because one of our favorite spiritual magazines is no longer in business, and so they have ZH filling the rest of our subscription's issues. I think we're going to like this one too!

But the *good* news is that The Other Side continues to keep their archives online! If you were never fortunate enought to read one of their issues, check out their website - it offers "strength for the journey".

Thursday, August 04, 2005

My mom & aunt's summer house in the White Mountains of New Hampshire !

This house in the White Mountains of New Hampshire belong to my mom's grandparents! She and my aunt Barbara spent their summers here! Isn't that just totally *wild*? :-)

Shawn Garvey - Pastor, Poet - and old school chum! :-)(Music/Spiritual/Personal-friends)


Shawn Garvey is a UCC minister *and* a talented musician. His website is already listed on my old site, but I wanted to post about his show in Bloomfield, NJ Sunday Oct. 23, 2005. I've yet to hear him in person, but Shawn is such a wonderful soul, I can confidentally tell you that if he's in your neck of the woods, you NEED to go hear him!

According to his calendar, he'll be playing near my inlaws! :-) I am fortunate to have known Shawn since middle school (before he was a minister OR a rising acoustic music star).

History: I sat in front of him in Mr. Topham's English class at Chenery Middle School back in 1983? ;-) I was also a Performing Arts Company wannabe at Belmont High School because off all the "cool kids" like Shawn. He was definately one of the sweetest of the "cool artsy kids". No wonder he loves acoustic/contemporary folk-rock music!

Dove's new ad campaign (Political)

When Tush Comes to Dove by Seth Stevenson

It was only a matter of time before I found an article on the web about this. I love Dove's new ad campaign! But Kevin reminded me of what my Wheelock "graduate of Gail Dines' courses on feminism and the media" background taught me back in the late 80's to early '90s. The media, especially advertising, is all about making people (especially women and minorities) feel either inferior or invisible, so that you need to buy their products to "fix" your inferior self. (By "their" products, I mean the advertisers' *and* the media's because after all, they are one in the same: commercial media wouldn't EXIST without the advertisers and their products to sell).

{{Sigh}}. I hate when my bubbles burst. But I suppose I'd rather be genuinely happy in an informed way, than ignorantly blissfull. I suppose....

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Bob Geldof (Political/Spiritual/inspiring people)

So I've got an entry about new artists I've discovered, and favorites who have new stuff out, but this man is so much MORE than just a musician. He is a humanitarian of the highest order. He is passionate about justice for people in Afrcia. He has inspired me since Live Aid (gulp!) 20 years ago, and now with Live8 (see G8 post), I'm inspired all over again. Visit The Official Bob Geldof Website for more information on the man, his music, and his mission.

John Hockenberry is awesome! (Political)


PARADE Magazine | Yes, You Can--July 24, 2005

I've always liked Parade Magazine. I like to read the interview at the end, and the Q & A braincandy about celebrities at the front. I also like Marilyn's column (the genius lady ;-).

But this feature is celebrating the anniversary of the ADA. And with an essay by one of my favorite award-winning television commentator, radio host and foreign correspondents - John Hockenberry! (This is his description from the article. ;-)

If you've not read it, I highly recommened his book "Moving Violations". Hockenberry is intelligent, compelling, and funny. And his features on disability issues are all that and more!

New Panda cub for Bai Yun! Mei Xiang's cub is a boy! (Education, Science post)

Bai Yun has had another baby! This is her Third! For lots more information, check out the San Diego Zoo pandablog!

And in Washington, D.C. at the National Zoo, they have determined that Mei Xiang's cub is a boy!

It's a Panda Bonanza! :-)

Wedded Bliss (Friends & Family)

I was just revisiting Kara & Philip's Wedding Webpage.
It is such a sweet way to commemorate this special time in a couple's lives. I wish WE'D thought of this when we got married...oh, I married *Kevin*! Never mind! LOL! ;-)

Wheelock College Alumni Association (Personal)

Wheelock College Alumni Association

I just got off the phone with my dear roomie from college, Kristen. We've got Reunion Weekend coming up next year....omg. I *am* getting old. Class of '91. Lordy, Lordy!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Grocery Store Wars | Join the Organic Rebellion (Entertainment/humor)

This would fall under the category "Entertainment/Retro". ;-) - Amy

Grocery Store Wars | Join the Organic Rebellion

If you are a Star Wars fan, or have any nostalgia for the movies at ALL....you'll get a kick out of this...

Amy's Blog - an extension of my old website

When I moved in with my hubby, I made a pretty cool website. Over the years, I worked really hard on it, collected a TON of great sites/resources... but it grew waaaay too big. I kept needing to create "subtopic under subtopic" to make it managable to get around. So now my old site is humongous...most sections are still pretty excellent, but there are broken or otherwise outdated links, old info., etc. So I've decided to leave my old site up, but not update it anymore. This blog is my "new web page" - I'm going to use it to post about things that would have gone on one of the topic pages of my old site, and indicate which page I WOULD have posted on my old site.

If you go to my old site , you'll see the 9 pages (other than the "front") listed to the left. They are dedicated to music, politics, education, spirituality, entertainment (other than music or politics ;-)), Family & Friends, personal stuff OTHER than family & friends, poetry, and vile creeps (i.e. people, organizations, or events that tork me off).

Now ALL of my own poetry is on my poetry blog, and that's where you'll also find posts about new poetry sites I find. Everything *else* I would have previously added to my old site I will post here, probably with a label 'music link' or 'spirituality link', etc. to organize it loosely like I did the old site. When I post about vile creeps I'll probably just tag it with "Rant Ahead!" ;-)

If you have any thoughts on this new idea about how to use this blog (like "cool, Amy!" OR "umm, it sounds kinda stupid Ame") feel free to post a comment! I'd really appreciate your ideas about how best to use this blog so it is interesting and/or useful to someone besides me. ;-)

Amy

Monday, August 01, 2005

XM Radio - The Loft



About a year ago, satellite radio entered our lives, and we have never been the same. ;-) One of our favorite channels on XM radio is The Loft. One of my favorite programs is Mixed Bag Radio with Fornatale.

We also subscribe {{blush, yes we're spoiled but we LOVE music}} to Sirius, and our favorite show there can be found on Sirius Disorder, channel 24. It is called Vin Scelsa’s Sunday Night Idiot’s Delight. (That's him above, as pictured on the Sirius website.)

Both of these guys also work for WFUV in New York.

The Network of Spiritual Progressives

I love this website, The Network of Spiritual Progressives. This is a link to their Core Vision which I think you might be most interested in if you've never heard of this organization. It is a project of the Tikkun Community, a Jewish organization that is also inter-faith and made of of a group of folks working for social justice and inter-faith appreciation, tolerance, and love.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Arlington Children's Theater of Arlington, MA (Entertainment/theatre)

Arlington Children's Theater of Arlington, Massachusetts put on a production of Bye Bye Birdie. My friend's son was in it. The show was just delightful - all the children has SO much fun, and they showed so much talent! I highly recommend their shows, and the company for any children interested in theater.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

New music post - Gary Chapman's Circles & Seasons!


I *finally* got this 2001 release! I am a huge Gary Chapman fan. His music is beautiful and powerful, and as he gets older he just gets more insightful and wise. This is a great cd. I'll update this post with a review asap, because I just LOVE this album for a million reasons!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The Disability Awareness Institute at Understanding Our Differences

There are some folks doing some great work in disability understanding and awareness, disability activism, and the study of disability history and culture. More and more universities offer disability studies, much as they would offer womens studies and gay studies. Now I think this should be so at EVERY university and that if a university isn't offering it, they're pretty lacking.

On of my favorite groups I've discovered more recently is The Disability Awareness Institute at Understanding Our Differences. They work with parents to provide education to the students in many communities, including Newton.

Like I said, children should learn about the disability rights movement, just as they do the womens rights movement, the civil rights movement for African Americans, and the gay rights movement. The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement - University of California, Berkeley website is a great resource!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Bo Bice Says New Album Will Be Out In The Fall - Yahoo! News

Bo Bice Says New Album Will Be Out In The Fall - Yahoo! News

I love Google! I love the sounds of this album. Naturally, he will include members of his BAND from Alabama for a tour. Unlinke the *winner* of American Idol, this guy is a real musician, with the kind of ties artist develop with each other. Don't get me wrong, Carrie has a pretty voice and is sweet. She just is in a different league. I predict Bo will have more staying power. :-)

Here are some more Bo links:

Bodalicious! ("the approved bo bice fanlisting")
Bo Bice Fan

Did I mention that if Bo didn't win, it should have been Anwar? Or Constantine?

Monday, July 25, 2005

Special Education in Canada

CBC News - Viewpoint: Disability Matters

For anyone interested in a Canadian viewpoint of special education, and a look into what education looks like there.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

New Hampshire Monte Carlo


My cousin works at New Hampshire Monte Carlo, a casino-hosting organization that hosts nights for charities. Now I absolutely cannot play poker...if you know me you know...I have the OPPOSITE of a poker face. ;-) But I wonder if he could get Annie Duke to come to one of his nights....and introduce me? ;-)
(That's the lovely lady herself, as she appears on the website linked above).

Arlington, MA town profile

Arlington, MA - My Home! (An "ePodunk" website...whatever that is ;-))

I was just looking for the phone number to the post office, and I stumbled on this site. I think it is an interesting profile of the town I call home. For my friends and family who have always lived outside Massachusetts, or those who have moved away, I thought it might be interesting to you. Some of the info. seems kind of pointless, but some tidbits are kinda cool...all depends on your p.o.v. I s'pose.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

David Tucker - our wedding photographer! (Personal/weddding, Entertainment/Artsy links)

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography - Tucker Photography

July 11th was our seventh wedding anniversary. In addition to looking at our amazing photographs, I also checked out our video that my MIL's friend MaryAnn took. In it, you can see David Tucker at work. What an amazing artist and man. David captures so much more than "shots" at a wedding. He is concerned about so much more than "poses". David Tucker, somehow, manages to capture the Spirit, the Soul, and the emotions of people and moments in your special day.

We were so blessed to have David photograph our wedding. I noticed looking at his previous work that he captures emotions and moments, much more than any photographer I'd ever seen. But what I didn't realize was what a delightful addition his very presence would be to our day. David is a total romantic, in addition to being an amazing talent. And he uses this attribute to the FULLEST! In our video, we are reminded of how at ease he put us during staged shots. And how sweet he was to the children at our wedding. And just how totally excited he was for us. If it was possible, Davi'd enthusiasm got us MORE excited than we already were. :-)

During the wedding (from the video), you can see David ever-so-softly (but quickly! :-) creeping up behind a column or atop a bench to capture a special moment. After the ceremony, David even JUMPED up on TOP of an SUV to get a picture of us with all of our guests in front of the church! LOL! It was incredible - and so is the picture. I can't tell you how many people and specific moments I asked him ahead of time to try to capture. My husband was worried I was asking him to do more than any human possible could....but he was wrong! ;-)

I hope someone might come across this when googling wedding photographers or David's name, because I would wish for every couple that they could have David photograph their wedding!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Yay UCC! (Spiritual/Political/equality)

United Church of Christ - General Synod overwhelmingly calls for "full marriage equality"

This article calls the UCC church one "with roots deep in the soil of societal change". And as it also states, they took a GIANT leap foward on July 4th, when they passed a resolution in support of EQUAL marriage rights for ALL people! Yay!

For more information on the United Church of Christ, visit the UCC Homepage, where the church is described as such: a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions. From the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion. Our motto — "that they may all be one" — is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church. The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian churches in the U.S.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

June 29th James Taylor Concert!

Last night Kevin and I went to see James Taylor at the Tweeter Center. It was amazing! I'll update this post with a review as soon as I have time. :-) Meanwhile, on is official site (being updated), on the front page you can read some great reviews.

Update: Well, after starting the summer off with this awesome concert, we went on the road to visit friends and family. We're back now, and I'm still reveling in what a great show it was. Now, James Taylor shows are *always* incredible...the man can't DO a bad show. But I think this show was the best I've seen since my first JT sighting at The Newport Folk Festival back in 1997.

The concert began when J.T. walked on stage, quietly and without any fanfare (you know, no "Ladies annnnnnd Gentlemen! Jaaaaames TAYLOR!". None of that. He just walked out and smiled, everybody freaked, and he sat down to play. I love his subtle and modest personality. He is a class act. I won't do a song-by-song rundown, I didn't keep track. Here are the highlights I remember (in no particular order):

-The backdrops. I know, who cares? But I thought I'd start with something simple that I noticed right away, and throughout the concert. The backdrops were beautiful. And there was a different one for each song, and each was perfectly chosen for that song. The one that I remember best is the Russian nestling dolls for the song "Line 'em Up" about Richard Nixon. This choice made sure that this song about a former president's experience as a human being, didn't become unintentionally more political than it already was by a backdrop. (Also the Russian dolls reminded me of our friend Adam because he spent a year in Russia and has such dolls in his dining room. ;-)

- He had a new back up singer, Andrea.

- He skipped some songs I really wanted to hear, like You've got a Friend and Shower the People (hello?! Arnold McCuller and his kick-ass solo on the bridge?! Damn, I just could die every time he does that! Talk about a voice!). But then again, I think one of the reasons this show was so much better than any other I'd seen is that we heard new James Taylor stuff, stuff so old you didn't know it unless you're a fanatic like my husband, and he did some *really* great covers of great tunes.

**Some cover highlights: The Dixie Chicks "You Gotta Dance". I remember when they did a Crossroads together...how cool. I would have chosen another Dixie Chicks tune, but still, it was neat to hear him do one of their songs.

- His "new" treatment of some songs. I love when artists take one of their songs, and make it "brand new". I especially loved this from James Taylor at this concert. I have never been a big "Steam Roller" fan. But tonight, in addition to skipping the jumping up and down a THOUSAND times (on hundred would suffice? ;-)...he sang it much more sultry. I loved it!

Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Live 8 Concert (Political/Spiritual/Music)

http://www.live8live.com

We won't actually BE at any of these, but I'm quite excited. As a child of the Live Aid generation, this really excites me...people actually DOING something to make a real change in the lives of the most needy of people in the world. And you can't help but count your blessings, and want to help, when you realize what these people are dealing with, our fellow world citizens.



Current Stitching: Cozy Cove by Charles Wysocki (the Lion is done! :-)
Current Reading: The Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott (my FAVORITE author!)
Current Listening: Idiot's Delight on XM

Summertime Summertime Sum-Sum Summertime! (Personal)

Yay! Summertime! I'll be looking for an elementary special or middle school special ed. teaching assistant job, but other than that, I get to read, write poetry, stitch, and of course, work on my blogs! :-)

And those who know me know, I have a very exciting summer "project". :-) But mostly I am looking foward to the time to just BE. Hubby has the summer off too, so it will be wonderful to have all the time in the world to share.

Heh, heh. Wonder if anybody even reads this. ;-) But watch my poetry blog, I hope to add to it a fair ammt. this summer. Time will tell.

Cheers,
Amy

(See update, August 2005)

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri's gone (Personal opinion/Spiritual/Political)

Terri Schindler Schiavo died this morning. I am so sad tht we live in a country where you can starve and dyhydrate someone to death because they have a severe disability.

Update (6/27/05): It has come to light that "reports" claim Terri's brain was far more compromised that originally thought by her biological family or activists. That said, the info. we get from the media doesn't always tell us all sides and viewpoints. We will probably never know the full picture of Terri's consciencousness or lack thereof. If you have become interested in working to protect the medical treatment rights of severely disabled people to live, please visit terrisfight.org which is being redesigned to serve individuals and their families.

A note before visiting these sites: The whole Terri situation was tragic on countless levels. There were "liberals" and "conservatives" on both sides...and each often found themselves in "strange company", fighting for the same end, but perhaps is some cases for VERY different reasons. Some of these sites are "Liberal/Progressive", and some are "Conservative", what some might call "right wing". I don't want to characterize each site, that is for you to decide. Just wanted to let you know what you migt be getting at each of these sites.


a memorial page for Terri
Review of a book at NY Books
Joni E. Tada on Terri's plight
Murder by Starvation? What would Jesus say?
a video of Terri

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Being Stuck

Hmmmm. How personal to get on a blog that *anyone* in the world can see. I don't think that many people actually do see this, but anyway, I still think about that. My husband and I are at the point where we're ready to start our family. But because my disability makes it hard enough for me to get around, and the extra weight of a baby will only make it more difficult....I know I need to lose some weight first.

I admit it - I am a woman of very little willpower. I only do things if I'm totally jazzed about them, and/or if they are easy. Last Spring, I was on a roll....I was taking a class I loved, I was out on the bikepath in my wheelchair, watching what I ate. I was soooo excited about life....there wasn't enough time in the day for all the wonderful things I wanted to do...and well, food managed to go into the "background".

Yesterday I spoke with my therapist about losing weight for having a baby, and I cried. Was it because I'm nervous about being a mom, or because I'm overwhelmed at the thought of "dieting"? I don't know....but I did admit I've been in my slump on and off for about a year now, and that I eat as a way of self-medicating.

So why the hell am I babbling about this on a public website? Because I know this struggle is *anything* but unique...and I thought someone *might* read this, and either be comforted that they aren't the only ones....or someone might email me, or who knows? Maybe I figured if Wynonna can have a whole seciton on her website about her weight - damn it, so can I! LOL!

I'll post more later.....or maybe I won't. It's my blog, so I can do what I want! ;-)

Traveling the Road,

Amy

Monday, March 07, 2005

Time to get Writing again!

Well, I've started a Poetry Blog just for my poetry.....although I may put a few other things there. Look to the left and you'll see links to my poetry blog, my webshots page, and my website. I just started two online classes at Barnes & Noble's "University" - their online classes. One is poetry, the other is memoir writing. I'm excited! I haven't written in quite a while, and I'm eager to get back to it!

I hope if you're someone who has neglected your creativity for a while (whatever form it may take), that this might motivate you to get back to YOUR art!

Amy

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Million Dollar Baby - warning: rant!

So Million Dollar Baby cleaned up at the Oscars. Ugh. It wouldn't be so bad if there were some POSITIVE, constructive portrayals of disability in Hollywood. But there really aren't. And to portray disability as a fate worse than death....without questioning it....I just can't stand it. Especially in an era when a woman is being threatened with death because her husband thinks "she wouldn't want to live with a disability". :-(

End of rant. But here are some links to articles that put it even better than I do:

Million Dollar Bigot
Common Dreams on MDB
Disability Studies Quarterly on MDB
Not Dead Yet's Oscar Protest
Joni E. Tada

And since my Vile Cretin page on my website always drew critism that I was a bitter, negative person - - here is a POSITIVE recommendation for a movie to see *instead* of MDB:

Murderball - a movie about quad rugby

Friday, February 25, 2005

Life's Beauty, Life's Pain

I didn't know what else to title this. In the past week, we were blessed to see our new niece Nora again.

And we also went to see "The Gates" http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/tg.html

Then today, I learned that Terri-Schindler Schiavo may have only 3 weeks to live. http://www.terrisfight.org I find it so sad, that even though Terry may very well be able to take delight in the light of a new baby's face....may enjoy the site of beautiful art....and definately loves and is loved by family and friends, others feel they can just decide her life isn't worth living.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

New Family Member!

My SIL had a baby over the weekend! Her name is Nora, and she is adorable! We've only seen pics, but can't wait to MEET her!

This week, we had a snow day Monday. Tuesday hubby got to stay home, but I had school. Today (Wed.) we both went in in the snow - yuck. Tonight it is supposed to snow but stop at midnight, so we'll prob. have school. Good, because my poetry club meets on Thursdays, and last week we had the biggest turnout EVER! :-) But I HATE snow.

Currently Stitching: Peaceable Kingdom ( http://www.twdesignworks.com/Designs/pk_l.html )Current Listening: The Loft on XM radio



Saturday, January 22, 2005

It's Snowing!

First of all, I HATE snow. :-( As a disabled person, the snow really "cramps my style". But that said, it is Saturday, so I don't have to go out in it, and I love watching it! And here in Boston, it is supposed to be quite a doozy of a storm. I wish it would cancel school Monday (I'm a teacher), but its fun to watch nonetheless.

Hope everyone is well, and warm. ;-)

Amy

Currently Stitching: Peaceable Kingdom ( http://www.twdesignworks.com/Designs/pk_l.html )
Current Listening: The Splendid Table (http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/)
Had lunch at: Not Your Average Joe's (http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com )

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Love the Sims!

So I got Sims 2 for Christmas, and my stitching is suffering for it!

My webshots are here: http://community.webshots.com/user/akelly99

And my website is here: http://home.comcast.net/~aekelly/

I'm still figuring out how to do this "blog" thing....and *why* - in other words, how to make it interesting. I just found out in an email from Catie Curtis (http://www.catiecurtis.com) that her pug Sam ate her daughters ENTIRE diaper! Poor puppy....but he's okay now. :-)

{{Sigh}} I still don't know what to make of this "blog thang". I guess I'll put it in writing that my biggest wish for 2005 is to get pregnant. I'll never have a pug (hubby doesn't like dogs), but I really want a kid. ;-)

Had a poetry club meeting today. My kids are soooo great! I am truly blessed. I call leading poetry club at my school "the gift I give myself" and its so true. We usually meet Thursdays, but last thursday was a snow day, and tomm. is a half day. So the KIDS asked if we could meet another day! I was so jazzed they wanted to meet so much, so what could I say but YES!? ;-)
We go off-topic a lot, but I don't think anybody minds....its all about life, ya know?

All for now,

Amy

Amy

Monday, January 03, 2005

Happy New Year!

Happy 2005! I thought since I no longer seem to have time to update my webpage, that I'd join the world of blogging! I'm brand new to this, so it'll probably be pretty boring 'til I get the hang of it.

Here's hoping all your New Year's dreams come true!

Amy