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calimary

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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 59,969

About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

Journal Archives

MOST interesting. She makes a great point here.

Makes total sense. As a white person it really just frustrates me and makes me ashamed. What the hell is wrong with my kind? What the hell?????? We can't get over this? We REALLY cannot get past this? Seriously, what the hell??? We can't just watch with fascination how population and demographic shifts move through the country and the world? We can't just find that illuminating and fascinating and educational? We can't just look at the evolution of our basic human species? We can't just simply step back and marvel at ourselves as an evolving life-form? One of my dad's favorite guideline-type phrases was "rise above it." Why can't we all do that? Why can't we all just get over ourselves and rise above this? Find and embrace our higher selves and our higher purpose?

Sometimes I find it utterly fascinating and absorbing to study the faces of Latinos in my part of the country. You gaze at them and you can see traces of tribal ancestry, Spanish, indigenous people who came from everywhere before Cortez ever got here, those who look as though they came over from Mongolia and China via a frozen Bering Sea. I look at some African American faces and see the magnificent and mind-boggling Dogon masks I studied in art school, and traces of history and migrations and intermarriage and interbreeding. I study sculptures of some of the pharaohs of Egypt, especially the face of Akhenaten. And those sculptures on Easter Island. MAN! What you can learn by just doing that! I see history. I see art. I see sculpture. I see human sculpture. I see bone structure underneath whatever-the-hell skin color it is, and it's just freakin' fascinating! There's a whole history to be mined in a single set of cheek bones, for example! How we remake and redesign and rebuild our very skeletal structures by where we go, what we eat, what we do, how we live, how and with whom we mate. We are our own physical architects. I find joy and wonder and inspiration in that.

We have, right there in front of us, the theater of history, playing out in the faces and bodies of the peoples and tribes around us. It's the story of us. Of mankind, womankind, humankind. And every face on the planet, regardless of its color or construction, is a page in that very VERY big history book. Why can't we appreciate that? Why can't we embrace it? Instead of puddling up in the little wells of difference like they must be something negative.

So discouraging. Sometimes we whites seem interested only in flushing ourselves down a tube of shit, rather than looking around to see and appreciate and develop the history and the art and the utterly impossible magic of the human species that plays out all around us. We really are a rainbow. As varied as the birds, or the beasts, or the bugs, or the flowers, or the very geography over which we walk. And we whites, in particular, too often would just rather flush ourselves down that tube of judgmental fearful closed-minded constipated shit.

Hey, there are some times when I really don't care. Just don't care.

Some homeless people got a nice meal they wouldn't ordinarily be able to pay for. Heck, they probably wouldn't even have been allowed entry into those Olive Gardens. Who cares, really? Some homeless and hungry people (made famous in the Bible as "the least of these" got fed. By somebody who realized he already had more than enough for himself. Works for me. Doesn't matter as much what the motivation was, or if he got his first. The results are what counts here, seems to me. I'm as Machiavellian and scheming and opportunistic as the next guy. I don't care what his motivation was. Some hungry people got fed. I won't look a gift meal in the mouth if it means some hungry person got a nice dinner. Hey, the need is great. Whatever works!

And who cares if he gets some good publicity? Don't care! That publicity might give somebody else an idea to do good.

Love you too, sweetie!

Your posts are always nourishing to the spirit. They certainly help to uplift me. I bet a lot of other DUers feel the same.

Welome to DU, Derek V!

Glad you're here! When I saw the girls coming out with their parents to the turkey pardoning ceremony, I was amazed. They're so tall! They're so big. They're so grown up. Those legs are 10-feet-long! I remember when they were so little...

Dayum...

Welcome to DU, NoJusticeNoPeace!

Glad you're here! That same thing makes me feel a little bit more encouraged. It's about time. I saw this photo...

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...and realized it really hit home for me. As a woman, I feel that same way - about a woman's right to choose. I MYSELF cannot believe I still have to protest that shit, too.

Another great find, sheshe2!

Thanks for this! Even more reason to admire this gent.

Wow! Congratulations, Omaha Steve!

Now kick back and relax and enjoy your newfound freedom! More time to carry on with us here at DU, too, 'eh?

Beautiful. And infuriating, too. He died almost 50 years ago. And we're STILL no closer.

Rather, the opposite seems to be true more often than not.

Just freakin' damn INFURIATING.

Infuriating, isn't it?!?!

Approved!!! Go get those little peckerwoods! Emphasis on the word "LITTLE."

But I'd also report it to the police as long as the perps use their full names. If they get wise to that, maybe it wouldn't be possible to contact their moms. I LOVE this, though!!!!
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