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Nowhere Fast

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With the impending deadline upon the United States and deficit talks going nowhere, does anyone care if an agreement isn’t reached?

Washingtonians were polled (I would say randomly but as a former statistics major I know better) and the sentiment was unanimous: annoyance, indifference and sick to death of the game of politics. Last night, I met a former co-worker and friend for drinks and it never entered the conversation. I wonder if this feeling extends beyond the beltway…

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Politics

 

A Morning Walk

Ankle weights, sunblock and a liter of water.
I walk away from the noise of life
Into my thoughts and mental stillness.
I commune with the air, grass and trees
And am thankful that I appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds me.
The water waves and laps
And calms my restless spirit.
An occassional jogger or biker whiz by nodding a silent hello.
Screams and laughter ride the breeze
From chubby brown children running across a field
Plaits bobbing in the wind as happy tears stream down faces.
My heart swells with love for my community.
A morning walk restores my balance.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Fun, Reflection, writing

 

A Salute to Our Military

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Yesterday, President Obama repealed a long-standing policy that refused condolence letters for the families of soldiers who commit suicide while in combat zones. Good for him. The word for such a policy is cruel.

If you have ever spoken to a soldier or veteran who has served in times of conflict, you know that there are things that they will never share. There are experiences that they have locked away as a means of self-preservation.

I remember attending a hearing regarding suicide in the military. A young, former Marine, a veteran/ psychiatrist as well as older veterans, who turned to substance abuse and other destructive behavior to mask their pain, testified. It was excruciating and I had to excuse myself. They were asking the VA to improve mental health outreach/benefits to veterans but more importantly to partner with community programs that serve and give continued support to veterans for depression and PTSD. The Marine had attempted suicide and had several fellow soldiers who succeeded.

The point is this, these people voluntarily serve this country and fight valiantly. If they break from the weight of war, does that make them less of a soldier? Does their family grieve less? And while I’m thinking about it, I am curious to know what the policy is for the spouse/children/family- do they receive whatever compensation is given to other soldiers who die in the line of duty?

Again, I applaud the policy change and thank our veterans and soldiers for their service.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Family, Health, Politics

 

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Hello Angels!

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Executive Producer Drew Barrymore breaks the color barrier.

I used to live for Charlie’s Angels, everyday at 4pm.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Fun, Girls, Race, women

 
 
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