Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
- quality healthcare available to everyone, all the time. no exceptions.
- insurance providers that are care-based instead of profit-based
- no one gets denied coverage because the insurance considers the treatment "not medically necessary" or it's considered a pre-existing condition
- you have healthcare simply because you are alive, not because you have a job
since a lot of this has become politicized, i encourage you to read the bill for yourself. i'm tired of hearing things like it has a "death panel" or other such nonsense. that was made up by a certain vice-presidential wannabe to get some press. be informed.
EDIT: i just came across this post from Tim Wise on facebook about the whole healthcare as an equality issue.
A friend's facebook status had this quote on it:
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost. I am an unapologetic individual.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
In less than two weeks, Brian and I will be moving to Arizona. We are thrilled to be moving and starting a new chapter in our lives. We are also excited to be closer to my family and their love, encouragement and support, although we aren't excited about Jay and Joely and Jalen moving to OK rather soon after we arrive. We do know this is a good and exciting chapter for them in their lives as well. We will DEARLY miss them.
As Brian and I have been physically and mentally been preparing for the move, we have been making a mental list of all of the things we are excited to see, do, experience, etc. upon our arrival in Phx.
Here is a short list of those things in no particular order:
- being close to my family, especially my grandparents
- reuniting with old friends and making new ones
- being in the desert climate
- being in the "west" where we can find solidarity with those who have more progressive views of life than the south
- attending ASU football, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals, and maybe MLS games
- showing Brian all of the houses I lived in while growing up
- showing Brian the different schools I attended
- attending performances by the AZ Ballet and Phx Symphony
- having a strong support system
- spending time with my best friends
- spending time with my siblings
- swimming in my parents' pool
- exploring various parts of AZ
- exploring other parts of the west such as San Diego, San Fran, Anaheim, Portland, Seattle, Vegas
- taking Brian to Disneyland- the happiest place on earth and IMHO, much better than Epcot
- spending time in Sedona again
- hot air ballooning in Sedona
- helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon
- escaping the humidity of TN
- riding the light-rail
- going to SupperThyme/Dinner-a-Fare
I recently read this book and was captivated by the story of ultimate forgiveness and justice. It's an amazing story about how one own's perception can be self-deceiving and how grace and persistence can be redeeming.
Reflecting on this day...
... to Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor. I am pleased that the senate confirmed her nomination although it was to be expected that all but 9 of the republicans voted against her. It sounds like the republican party is losing many of the hispanic voters as well. Esp. Sen. John McCain (Rep. AZ). I'm not excited about him being my senator again. Read more here.
this, my friends, is why i love the interwebs. i love learning about new things, especially when it comes to music. and especially, especially when it's about some long-forgotten part of music.
i came across this post this afternoon. it's about the blues before it became, well, the blues. it talks about how white america stepped in, with the influence of rock & roll, and changed the course of the blues forever. it talks about the original intention of the blues not being something you can dance to, or even sing along to. it was something to listen to. to take in and ponder. to absorb, and make part of the very fabric of your being.
Monday, August 3, 2009
sirius/xm sent me an email today announcing the launch of their youtube channel. i've been a subscriber of satellite radio for a few years, and i enjoy the music, news and comedy it provides. in my opinion, it's a lot better than local radio. not to mention that it provides the american public the only soccer radio shows the U.S. has to offer in world soccer daily and the football show.