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Tue Dec 24, 2013, 02:46 AM

Water Flow


Back in 2007, I posted some photos from a presentation by Elizabeth de la Vega and John Nichols, about impeaching President George W. Bush and/or VP Dick Cheney. I remember when, during the Q&A period, my then 12-year old daughter gave a short, off-the-cuff talk; when she finished, Elizabeth said, "Ladies and gentlemen, here is your future U.S. Sebator." I took photos of my daughter with both de la Vega and Nichols.

My daughter held up a "Democratic Underground" bumper-sticker in those photos. That was at a time when people, including the two presenters, were familiar with DU's "general discussion" forum, which featured posts linking to important news reports, and fantastic analysis of that news. It's not as if "grass roots" reporters have the resources that the large corporate media enjoys -- but in terms of interpreting the news, internet journalists can compete quite well.

A lot has changed in the seven years since. My daughter has graduated from high school, where she was her class's valedictorian. She's in her second year at a nice university, and remains politically-culturally active. She worked on Indian territory, where the environment has been devastated. She has traveled to meet Amy Goodman, Jane Goodall,Cornel West, and Robert Kennedy, Jr.

When she got home for the semester break last week, she requested that I pick some books out for her to read. She started with Chris Matthews' book on President Kennedy; other selections include: God Is Red, by Vine DeLoria, Jr.(1973); Revolution for the Hell of It, by Abbie Hoffman (1968); The Last Campaign, by Thurston Clarke (2008); ans Crimes Against Nature, by Robert Kennedy, Jr. (2004).

One afternoon, she asked me, "What is it about President Kennedy, that everyone finds so fascinating?" DirecTV had on a documentary, "JFK: A President Betrayed." At the end, she said, "Okay, I got it."

One of the things that she needs to do for school -- and wants to do for herself -- is to contribute to a blog. We've decided that we will work on that together. I will post some links (and cross-post essays) as it comes along. It's kind of a neat project for me.

Peace,
H2O Man

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2013, 02:48 AM

1. Very nice for you and your daughter

 

Congraulations on your daughter's civic engagement.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 24, 2013, 01:49 PM

4. Thank you!

Besides being the most intelligent person I've ever encountered, my daughter is a kind, gentle human being. I think she will have an impact upon that big world out there.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2013, 02:50 AM

2. I look very much forward to reading her posts, and yours.

 

Best wishes for a happy holiday season to you and the family and friends.


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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 24, 2013, 01:51 PM

5. Thanks!

I think that you will enjoy reading her essays.

Wishing you & yours the very best of holiday seasons.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2013, 04:25 AM

3. Thanks for the update, Happy Holidays and best wishes to Mrs H2O.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 24, 2013, 01:58 PM

6. Thank you.

(A couple days after our 20th anniversary -- and a couple before my latest surgery -- Mrs. H2O moved out to spend more time with her new boyfriend. So the past two months have been rather difficult for my daughters and I. More, she must have been so very busy with this gentleman, that she plum forgot to pay her end of our bills. Being broke in the holiday season adds its own stress.

On the bright side, a van drove up my driveway about 15 minutes ago. Some of the girls on the high school basketball team, along with some mothers, baked a large book of cookies for my daughters and I. That means more to me than I can say.

Happy holidays to you & yours!)

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