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November 20, 2016

Can I say this about Gwen Ifill?

I would see Gwen on many a morning at the bakery between the two buildings we separately occupied. She would come in around 7am for coffee and a pastry. As did I. I never spoke to her. Never told her how much I admired her. I never said to her how I thought of her as a mentor, even though she never met me personally. I didn't want to appear to be a "groupie." I regret that. I really wish that I had gushed over her....or at least bought her coffee occassionally.

She taught me, through TV and true journalism, to be a better person. She taught me to persevere and to never give up. She taught me to have an open mind. And she showed me what a strong woman of any color could achieve. She had more challenges than I have had throughout my life. Why? Because I am white. Yet, she was an incredible success. I am and will always be....in awe of her.

I grieve for Gwen. Her legacy is one that makes me want to believe that I should never quit and that if I do, I fail not only her, but I fail myself. So, I am a 54 year old white woman who has had advantages that women of color never get. And I grieve for that. Because the color of my skin should not dictate my worth or any other woman's worth.

Please take a moment to recognize that we have lost a truly wonderful woman, journalist and a beacon at the top of a hill amongst a sea of darkness.

Rest In Peace, my dear Gwen. I will miss you.

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November 8, 2016

Tim Kaine ends up second in line behind 99-year-old voter

Washington (CNN). Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine displayed a time-honored trait for a vice president -- preparedness -- showing up at his Richmond, Virginia, polling place 15 minutes early on Tuesday.

Despite his planning, Kaine ended up second in line -- perhaps also appropriate for the potential vice president.

Kaine told CNN's "New Day" that he "got to my polling place about a quarter until 6," and that "there was already a line" when he arrived.

The Virginia senator was beaten to the polls by 99-year old Minerva Turpin.




We got to the polls at 5:55am. Probably around 100 people already in line. Took us 25 minutes. When we left, the line behind us was zig-zagging throughout the middle school corridors. Hundreds more had shown up before 6:30am.

Heavy Dem stronghold here.

November 8, 2016

Don'tcha know

Trump is probably seething that this rally is being broadcasted almost completely uninterrupted. Kinda like it was a victory party instead of a pre-election day rally.

November 2, 2016

Go Cubs Go...

Go Cubs Go!
Hey Chicago, what do you say?
The Cubs are gonna win today!

I'm so excited! Can't wait for the game to begin.

I so need a break from all the politics tonight.

November 2, 2016

So, I had to get my car inspected today

I pulled up behind another car and the inspector approached his car. The driver got out and they shook hands and had a bit of a slap the back kinda moment.

When it as my turn, the inspector walked up to my car and said, "Give me the keys and go sit on that bench." When the inspections were done, the man on man experience was a handshake and another slap on the back moment. When MY inspection was done, the inspector handed me the papers and said, "go pay inside."

This is what women deal with every single day in every part of our lives.

Hillary is no different. She is a woman and despite the fact that "some" people want desperately to believe that sexism doesn't exist. It does. In every aspect of women's lives....it happens regularly...daily...sometimes hourly.

Even when doing normal daily chores. Like getting your car inspected.

I'm with her!!!


October 24, 2016


Great read in the New Yorker.


Familiar echoes in the candidacy of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress.

It's a long article, but the very best part comes the the final paragraph.

A little more than a year before she dies alone, in a retirement home in Carmel, California, Rankin tells a journalist that “if she had her life to relive, she’d do it all again.” She adds, “But this time, I’d be nastier.”

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