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In today's LA Times: Before transgender was a word, women served as men

The link takes you to the paper as a whole, and then this article will load. It's a fascinating look at a very timely topic.


By Bonnie Tsui
One of the toughest military enlistments in the Civil War was served by a woman who dressed as a man. Private Albert D.J. Cashier, born Jennie Hodgers in Clogher Head, Ireland, marched thousands of miles and fought in dozens of battles and skirmishes with the 95th Illinois Infantry.

Cashier joined the regiment at the beginning of the war for a three-year term, and continued fighting until after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. After mustering out, Cashier lived out the next half-century as a man, spending three years at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Quincy, Ill., until, nearing 70, he suffered the onset of dementia and was sent to a state mental hospital. There, hospital staff discovered Cashier’s secret and forced him to wear a dress.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Jul 30, 2017, 01:43 PM (5 replies)

Well, it isn't big, or centered, or even interesting...

But I just took it about an hour ago, without any help, which is a first for me. I did get the right angle viewfinder, which was an enormous help.

Anyway, for those interested, the data: 1/60 of a second @F3.5, and 16mm.

I feel much more confident about getting some decent eclipse photos.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jul 28, 2017, 06:46 PM (6 replies)

Just saw this great article on Facebook:

I thought it explained what happened very well.


Here's an excerpt:

Murkowski and Collins were the only Republicans to vote against a motion to proceed with the health care bill debate. Both women cast votes against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which could have led to 22 million more uninsured Americans. They both also voted against the Obamacare Reconciliation Act — repeal and delay — which could have led to 32 million more uninsured Americans.

Both senators said they could not support bills that would leave millions of people without health insurance. When skinny repeal — seemingly the last shot for the GOP — came down, they stood their ground and voted no again.

Through all of this, the backlash against these two women senators was severe. Two House Republicans threatened them with violence...
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jul 28, 2017, 12:06 PM (11 replies)

This POS "president" is turning our country into a horrifying 3rd world country...

And we're supposed to be nice, to not get down on his level?

I say f***k that.

He needs to feel our anger.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Jul 24, 2017, 06:08 PM (24 replies)

OK, so I'm trying to practice taking photos for the eclipse.

The solar filter is on the camera and I've got the whole thing up on the tripod.

Now I can find the sun when I handhold the camera. The problem is when I'm using the tripod.

The angle of the sun is so high that it's nearly impossible for me to see it. The camera is waaaay up at a high angle, plus the solar filter blocks my view. (It's reflecting my face!)

I'm thinking that I need to be outside when the sun is much lower in the sky, which will make it easier to see, and hopefully, find.

Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted!


On edit: Here's a successful sun shot:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jul 21, 2017, 02:39 PM (19 replies)

The Filtered Sun

Today, I got my solar filter for the upcoming total solar eclipse, next month.

The salesman kindly gave me some tips and we took some photos with the filter. Here is the best one I got:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jul 7, 2017, 05:12 PM (14 replies)

*July 4, 1894...My grandmother's birthday*

Today I honor her memory...

Her parents saw, and lived, the American Dream...

They came from Sweden, met and married here...

She was their oldest child...

She was a bright, hard-working, motivated lady...

She and her husband raised their six children on a farm outside Chicago...

They had a pump in the kitchen...

She would kill and clean chickens for their meals...

She baked bread every week...

And still had time to go into Chicago for concerts...

She lived through the World Wars, and the Depression...

She did not let adversity shrink her soul...

My Grandmother! How much I still miss her, and her example!

I wonder what she would say if she could see what's happened to her beloved country...

Her birthday, today...

I salute her!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Jul 4, 2017, 11:42 AM (32 replies)

My message to Mitch McConnell: Bring it, you dirty vulture.

Bring your mess of a bill to the Senate floor.

We will see your hypocrisy..........and so will all the world.

And we will also see that awful bill go down to flaming defeat.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jun 24, 2017, 07:31 PM (10 replies)

Some macro shots I took today of my agapanthus in the garden...

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Jun 22, 2017, 10:39 PM (11 replies)

I am my sister's and my brother's keeper. And this is why...

I am a Democrat.

I believe in helping my less fortunate brothers and sisters, unlike the Republicans, who only want to see them disappear, preferably quickly.

I believe that ALL of us deserve to live freely and without pain under the sun.

I believe that we have a RIGHT to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As John Donne said it: "...I am involved in mankind. Every man's death diminishes me..."

What the Republicans are trying to do angers me, and causes me to rise up to stop them in any way possible.

Who's with me?

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Jun 22, 2017, 01:55 PM (55 replies)
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