Hi all! I have an update on the children’s letter writing campaign for immigration reform, which I just posted on Daily Kos. I would so appreciate you hitting the “recommend” button there if you have an account!
I would also appreciate it if you could take less than a minute to send an e-card to Congress drawing their attention to family separation due to our outdated immigration policies. Your signature would be delivered with the children’s letters this Monday, December 9 in an event that will also include a press conference and twitter storm to House Speaker John Boehner.
Thank you for all that you do to help keep families together!
Have you read actress Maria Bello’s column in the New York Times about her very own Modern Family? It’s a warm, candid and refreshing read. Take a gander!
What’s on your mind today? Chat away!
The Christmas countdown begins. Off my list?
• Cleaned kids’ room to make room for new toys
• Christmas tree up and decorated
• Living room decorated, everyone has a stocking
• Lights hung up outside
• Holiday card photo shoot
• Unfettered good times with the kids: two Christmas movies, crocheting, ice skating
I feel accomplished…and weirdly rejuvenated. Can you tell that Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year?
In health news: the Nutrition Action newsletter reported on a study that linked weight gain with sleep deprivation.
Finally, this is a must-read in the New York Times. Writer Nicholas Kristof responded to the number of readers who have written nasty things to him about food stamp recipients, the uninsured and prison inmates. One guy even suggested taking poor kids away from their parents and putting them in orphanages!
For those who are well-off, it may be easier to castigate the irresponsibility of the poor than to recognize that success in life is a reflection not only of enterprise and willpower, but also of random chance and early upbringing.
Low-income Americans, who actually encounter the needy in daily life, understand this complexity and respond with empathy. Researchers say that’s why the poorest 20 percent of Americans donate more to charity, as a fraction of their incomes, than the richest 20 percent. Meet those who need help, especially children, and you become less judgmental and more compassionate.
And compassion isn’t a sign of weakness, but a mark of civilization.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?
And by “Black Friday,” I mean that I buy the Christmas tree here in Berkeley, decorate the house and make the kids get rid of old toys to make room for the new ones. No braving lines or scratching people’s eyes out for some electronic doodad…
Do you “do” Black Friday? What are you up to today?
Yesterday, I had a lovely Thanksgiving with my immediate and extended family and some dear friends. Even fit in a nap — heavenly.
I have no news to report except that MomsRising.org put together a Native American Blog Carnival for Thanksgiving. A couple of the writers are Meteor Blades and Navajo from Daily Kos. Please give these blog posts a read and send the writers some love!
Have a happy and safe long weekend!
What’s on your holiday shopping list? Here is a cool little list of 10 Awesome Geek Gifts for Girls.
Am I the only one who thinks that Black Friday isn’t really a thing any more? I am seeing commercials that say “Our Black Friday sale starts Sunday!” Um, OK. And a disheartening amount of stores opening at an ungodly early hour on Thanksgiving. No thanks, I’ll steer clear on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. I appreciate places like Costco that say they want their employees home with their families on Thanksgiving. I even think Target showed an admirable level of restraint by not opening until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Goodness knows the crowds would have been lined up if they opened at 6 a.m.
What’s on your personal wish list? What else is on your mind? Chat away!
It’s the weekend, y’all!
I’m typing this post using my semi-new MacBook Air. It’s so liiiight! Yes, I’m easily pleased and amused.
DH and I watched Catching Fire last night and really enjoyed it. Tomorrow DD has an ice skating competition.
What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!
Christmas photos have been taken! Cards will be purchased today! One third of the gift list is checked off! The holiday season is my b!tch this year!
Let’s check back in a month and see if my bravado is still there, shall we?
For today, I’m feeling good. How are you doing?
Sorry for the late post, but my much loved MacBook (ca. 2007) officially died. WAAAH!
What’s up with you?
Warning: here is my very short elevator pitch of the day.
Many apologies in advance if you already heard it on Facebook, but for those not in our little active community there, I am collecting letters from kids speaking out against family separation due to immigration law enforcement. I just published a diary on it at Daily Kos.
Aside from recommending the diary, please consider having your children write letters for this campaign! We hand-deliver the letters to Congress and last year the campaign garnered extensive publicity in the United States as well as Latin America and Asia. The kids were tickled to see their artwork — and their voices! — elevated this way.
What’s up with you?