Sunday, December 17, 2006

Jeannes' Christmas'

Ok, Den, here goes. Hmmm…my favorite Christmas. I have been pondering this since you brought it up. I have had many you know, fifty-two to choose from. There was the year I received a toboggan and the snow was up to our waist. We had wonderful sliding hills in my backyard. I think the same year I got the book Heidi and Little Women and I read them through the whole vacation. I just lay on my bed under my warm blankets and read.

And there were the years my children were small. Christmas is always special when there are small children. You haul them to see Santa and they ask for something you have no chance in…well you know you ain’t going to find it. But you do. You find it and oh the JOY you feel because your kid is going to wake up and look under the tree and Santa will have given them just what they wanted. Those red skis. The croc with the zipper mouth. The transformers and the ghost buster house. My little ponies and the books, books, books.

Believe it or not I think my favorites Christmas was the year I was sick…and we had no electricity…and I was pregnant. My husband went to his parent’s house to have dinner. I was alone. The house was so quiet. With no electricity there were no sounds from the appliances, no TV or radio, nothing. Nothing to distract. It was peaceful. I could just enjoy the unlit tree and the fresh snow and the movement of a baby that wouldn’t be born for four more months.

I still think of the peacefulness of that Christmas and cherish it. Peace everyone.



Micki said...

Beautiful memory, Jeanne. Thank you for sharing with us.



DEN said...

Speaking of Minnesota,
Impeach for Peace, a Minnesota-based impeachment group, has researched a method for impeaching the president using a little known and rarely used part of the Rules of the House of Representatives ("Jefferson’s Manual"). This document actually empowers individual citizens to initiate the impeachment process themselves.

"Jefferson's Manual" is an interpretive guide to parliamentary procedure, and is included (along with the Constitution) in the bound volumes of the Rules of the House of Representatives. It is ratified by each congress (including the current one), and has been updated continuously through the history of our democracy. The section covering impeachment lists the acceptable vehicles for bringing impeachment motions to the floor of the House.


Micki said...

Nothing New Here -- and That's the Point

This article is just the spirit of the season!

Micki said...

Den, I'm all for the concept of The People initiating the impeachment process! That's a salutary endeavor!

However, unless this effort results in a conviction (which means removal from office!), it'd make us all feel warm and fuzzy, but with little effect in the bigger scheme of things because the bastards would still be in office.

I took a quick glance at the site you linked and didn't see how this would get around the 2/3 required vote in the Senate to gain a CONVICTION.

Criminal charges -- onward!

DEN said...

Micki, criminal charges would be best if there was a way to indict the weasels, nobody seems willing to go down that road, except Germany that is. (Fingers crossed)

Micki said...


For me, crafting a case for prosecuting bush and cheney for WAR CRIMES is the preferred path.

The impossible may take a while longer...but I believe it can be done.

Micki said...

Tucson military recruiters ran cocaine
Some kept visiting schools for 3 years after FBI caught them on tape

I don't know about you, but I'm getting mighty weary of these "isolated incidents." And how they are handled...

Micki said...

An Organic Recipe for Development

Organic agriculture is a potent tool to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, but also to alleviate poverty and improve food security in developing countries, many experts now believe.

Organic agriculture's use of compost and crop diversity means it will also be able to better withstand the higher temperatures and more variable rainfall expected with global warming.

"Organic agriculture is about optimising yields under all conditions," says Louise Luttikholt, strategic relations manager at the International Federation of Organic Agriculture (IFOAM) in Bonn, Germany.

DEN said...

We all need food to survive, organic IS the way to go. Pesticides filter into ground and above ground aquifers, along with other fertilizers that are crop specific.

Compost returns precious nutrients into the soil,and gives essential ingredients to plants.

Very cool!

David B. Benson said...

Rebecca Solnit writes of a hoped-for future on TomDispatch today. More than just organic...

Jeanne said...

Thank you Den...and it came with such a pretty picture.

Micki said...

Re: Rebecca Solnit

Well, she has a vivid imagination! I like the scenario of Bush working in a diaper laundry, but it's not harsh enough; good riddance -- the end of the U.S. military; lovely --sailing ships to Hawai'i; and...FINALLY, there is decent rail service to San Francisco and Los Angeles! Hurrah!

Other historians claim that the tattooed love freaks of the Seattle region, who found common ground with the ex-truckers and elk-hunters of Idaho, dissolved the Idahoan Republic via bicycle races and beer fests. Some also say the same-sex desires of elk hunters were legendary and led to negotiations for a direct rail link to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Micki said...

Bush said that he would wait until January to announce his new strategy, to give Gates a chance to offer advice.

Oh, that'll help.

ºCºarol said...

Jeanne, how did you keep warm that long ago Christmas? Leave it to me to think of that right out of the gate.

Thanks for writing the story. I enjoyed reading it.

{ò,ó}arol said...

I may not see a conspiracy around every corner, but sometimes I have cause to wonder about things interlinked. This is an example of how the super wealthy are weaving their minority network into every facet of our lives. We're heading to where only a handful of groups own and control everything. I mean, that's been apparent for quite some time, but we (Michigan) just had the Amway guy run for governor of Michigan and I read that his brother-in-law Mr. Blackwater??? Well, kiss my ass! Check this info out. Geez. I'm just about speechless and that's almost impossible in my case.

Several stories here, just read the first one "Michigan: POLITICALLY SPEAKING: DeVos' in-law lands in spotlight"

DAMN! Don't try the link. It won't work. I'll copy/paste the article for you instead.

POLITICALLY SPEAKING: DeVos' in-law lands in spotlight
December 18, 2006

Unlike his older sister Betsy DeVos (former Michigan GOP chairman and spouse of the 2006 gubernatorial nominee Dick), Holland native Erik Prince has spent little time in the political spotlight in his home state.

Prince is profiled in the Dec. 18 issue of the Weekly Standard, one of the nation's leading conservative magazines, in a story about Blackwater USA, the country's premier private military and police training operation, and one of the most prominent military and security contractors in the world.

Prince, 37, went to Hillsdale College, is a former Navy SEAL and, like his sister, a solid conservative. He founded Blackwater on a 6,000-acre compound in Virginia after leaving the service in 1996.

If Prince ever runs for office, he should pirate Weekly Standard writer Mark Hemingway's copy in a campaign ad: "Erik Prince -- mercenary mogul and liberal America's worst nightmare. Not only can he buy and sell you, he can kill you before you even know he's in the room."

Alan said...

Nice story Jeanne, tho the 'no electricity' with snow on the ground gave me a chill.
The first time it snowed here (and stuck) in my lifetime, ol' lucky Alan had the damn chickenpox and had to watch my brother out the window pelting everyone with snowballs. You understand, this only happens about once in every twenty years! ugh!

Carey, I got your card today. Thankssss!