Category Archives: National News

Military – parents and children

God bless our military


thank you – to our service men and women


A dear niece – this very day – became a soldier.

God bless her.

A beloved uncle who served in the Marines died recently.

God bless him.

There have been many in my family

and many among my friends

(as well as my husband)

who served in the military.

God bless them.

God bless and keep


who are serving

– all over this world –

for freedom’s cause –

for us . . .

God bless and keep them all.

Bullying Prevention

I somehow missed National Bullying Prevention Week, October 4th through the 10th.  Although my parenting days are over, I care deeply about my grandchildren – how they are treated and how they behave.

I realize that bullying has been going on for some time (probably always) – but that doesn’t make it ‘right.’

By definition, bullying involves repetition; a child is repeatedly the target of taunts or physical attacks — or, in the case of so-called indirect bullying (more common among girls), rumors and social exclusion. For a successful anti-bullying program, the school needs to survey the children and find out the details — where it happens, when it happens.  [At Last, Facing Down Bullies (and Their Enablers)]

Hinkley High School, Denver, Colorado

Click every day

I visit this site every day – and click on all of the sites (Hunger, Breast Cancer, Literacy, Child Health, Rain Forest, and Animal Rescue) – all of which are worthwhile causes.

breast cancer site

The Human Race Machine


Excerpt from Katie Collins’ column in the Seguin Gazette Enterprise:

Through Friday Oct. 9, TLU is inviting the community to experience the Human Race Machine. It is a photo booth that takes your picture, then allows you to change it to other races or ages.

Tim Barr, director of the Moline Center for Servant Leadership said it has been a popular attraction on campus.

“It has been pretty well used,” Barr said. “We have been encouraging faculty to add the machine to their curriculum, and a lot of professors are requiring their students to come down here and try the machine out.”

Barr said the machine is being used as an opening foray for discussions about race.

Classes and organizations around campus have been having discussions about race and what it means to them.

TLU junior Amanda Gilley said she was intrigued by the machine.

“I really wanted to see what it was all about,” Gilley said. “It’s really interesting. I have never thought about this before. I didn’t realize how little genetics had to do with race.”

The Human Race Machine was designed to demonstrate that race is not a biological phenomenon, but more a social construct.


I look MUCH BETTER as an Asian . . .


The human race machine uses a software program the FBI’s had for years.

Journalists in the firing line

Journalist Killed on Sunday Morning at Home in Nigeria

Mexican journalist killed inside newsroom in Chihuahua

July 23, 2009 – 60 journalists killed worldwide in 2009

Afghan journalist killed in ambush

Journalists who died in 2009 covering the news

Day after day, journalists investigate and file reports on issues they know they could be sued or killed for. Many pay the price.

“I got put in jail in Zimbabwe for simply doing my job. They said I was ‘committing journalism’ and I hope they were right.”

That’s how Barry Bearak of The New York Times described his arrest, brief detention and expulsion from Zimbabwe for trying to report from the country during the last elections. Bearak’s plight was widely reported in the global media and created a storm of indignation and protest in the international community. As many as a thousand journalists are arrested in the world each year, however, and the dramatic, often tragic, stories of the vast majority of them go untold.

At least 125 journalists are currently in prison serving significant jail terms – and more than 400 have been murdered in the past decade. To report on corruption, to challenge government policies, to investigate organized crime – these are just a few ways to get a one-way ticket to prison or the cemetery in dozens of countries.

Why do these journalists take the risk, voluntarily put themselves and their families in the firing line? Each man or woman’s story is different, but all are united in one idea at least: that without the right to inform and express ideas freely, one cannot demand any other rights.


If you tell people that journalists are being murdered daily, they usually think of war correspondents working in conflict areas.

But you are not talking about war correspondents, though regrettably they too at times are killed. You are talking about media people who are being deliberately murdered. These journalists die because they are doing their job: their reports and comments have angered a government, the military, or some other local power which demands a stop to the flow of critical reporting. An order is given for the journalist to be eliminated. Increasingly, such executions are carried out in a street, in broad daylight, much in the public eye. This in itself is a message to other media people: Toe the line or else.

The lethal message is frequently delivered at the hand of gunmen on motorcycles, usually when a journalist is on the way to and from home. Other methods include organising a group of thugs to corner and beat up media people, break or seize their equipment, ram their cars, or await the victim on home ground. In some cases, the family home is invaded during the dark hours of the night.


trail_blogTrail of Feathers Searching for Philip True is a “bold and heartbreaking book.”

From the book jacket:

In December 1998, San Antonio Express-News reporter Philip True vanished during a solo backcountry trek in western Mexico.  Five days later, his editor, Robert Rivard, was part of a small search party that, nearly miraculously, tracked a trail of feathers that had leaked from True’s sleeping bag to find his hidden grave.

a jaw dropper

When mastadons roamed the earth (in Colorado no less).

cave drawings mastadon-



LONDON – An amateur treasure hunter prowling English farmland with a metal detector stumbled upon the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found, a massive seventh-century hoard of gold and silver sword decorations, crosses and other items, British archaeologists said Thursday.One expert said the treasure found by 55-year-old Terry Herbert would revolutionize understanding of the Anglo-Saxons, a Germanic people who ruled England from the fifth century until the Norman conquest in 1066. Another said the find would rank among Britain’s best-known historic treasures.

[Excerpt of article by Raphael G. Satter]

National Book Festival

Ironically, today begins Banned Books Week and is also the day of the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Wouldn’t you love to be there???

national bookfestival poster