Women’s March : “From Kensington to Billingsgate One hears the restless cries! From ev’ry corner of the land: ‘Womankind, arise!'”

 

Yesterdays Women’s March was such an empowering experience. My husband came with me and the two or should I say three of us had a really nice time. Everyone I told about this was worried about the crowds but the entire experience was extremely laid back.

We all met in a park where the organizer of the event was rallying the troops via loud-speaker. There were so many people there from all walks of life, Women, Men, Young, Old, Black, Asian, Latina, White, etc.

We lined up to march and then we were off. We were quiet at first but the  women behind us were apparent pros because they had some chants up their sleeves.

Chants such as:

“Our Bodies Our Rights”

a combination of “‘Love Not Hate’ and ‘Love Trumps Hate'”

“‘What do we want?’ ‘EQUALITY!’ ‘When do we want it?’ ‘NOW!!'”

“America’s Already Great!”

to name a few.

We walked about 3 miles in total and a lot of the march was in beautiful areas of our community we never knew existed. There’s several museums and a beautiful Riverwalk.

I still feel a little bad we weren’t able to march in Washington DC but under the circumstances I feel so fortunate with how events turned out. Overall, this march was just an amazing experience. I was surrounded by a really strong group of women. And the men who joined were just very positive. Everyone was just upbeat and cheerful.

People beeped their horns and cheered as we marched by. There were Police blocking the roads for us and each time we passed we thanked them. We even saw a Trump supporter who was just sitting in his car watching us. A fellow marcher behind me told him we loved him 😛

My favorite part of the March were the Protest signs. A few of my favorites were:

“Respect my Existence or Expect my Resistance.”

“Without Hermione Harry would’ve died in Book 1”

and a few which contained some very specific and very effective imagery.

It poured for a majority of the march and by the end we were drenched but the rain didn’t get us down. We were just happy and content to be part of something much bigger than ourselves for a few hours.

Afterwards as we all went our separate ways. Stan and I grabbed lunch and thought back on the days events:

  • I feel so incredibly fortunate to live in this country where I have the freedom to protest my Rights.
  • I feel so incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by like-minded people who are willing to go out and march on a Saturday.
  • I feel so incredibly fortunate to have a husband who not only supports my rights as a woman but felt compelled to march alongside me.

 

And after reading stories and seeing pictures from the marches around the world, from the news and my own friends:

  • I am so proud of my friends: I knew people from all across the country who marched. (LA, Chicago, NYC, Florida, Washington, etc.)
  • I am so proud that no one was injured or arrested yesterday.
  • and today, like every day, I am so proud to be a Woman.

May this be just the beginning.

A friend of mine shared this link on Facebook:

10 Actions in 100 Days

Check it out the first Action is no pressure at all!

Tonight, I will leave you with a song my High School used to have us sing on Graduation Day. As you might remember I went to an All Girl’s School. I thought of my sisters yesterday and of singing this song alongside them, for our sisters leaving us that year.

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be

With God as our father
Sisters all are we
Let me walk with my sisters
In perfect harmony

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow

To take each moment
And live each moment
In peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.

Thank you for Reading.

.Post Script.

This is an extremely well written response to a Woman who publicly dismissed the March.

In case you misunderstood the signs that were left behind after the rally. Click this link for more information on how people ended their protest by placing their signs outside Trump International Hotel in Washington DC.

Why I March…

Since first learning about the Women’s March on Washington, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to join the cause. A few friends of mine were also interested. But we decided not to attend, due to scheduling but mostly due to my pregnancy. We thought it best to sit this one out, sadly.

But yesterday, by chance I found a second option. A much more low key, closer to home option.

But allow me to clarify that I do not agree with violence or disrupting the peaceful progression of democracy. I agree with sending a message of positivity, love, and progression. I cannot stress this enough, all I want is for Trump to succeed, so that we may succeed. But can’t he succeed with helping each and every American? Can’t he extend the olive branch instead of deepening the divide?

I want him to succeed and prove all the people who have supported him and not supported him wrong.

I really do.

But we must remember that we need to Stay Informed and not be Afraid to Push Back.

And so today I will march.

I march for my Mother and Grandmother, for all my Aunts, my cousins, sisters from High School and each and every one of my friends.

I march for the women and men who have passed before me and cannot stand by my side today.

I march for all women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, the LGBT community, disabled citizens, and anyone else who may feel threatened.

I march for Peace, open mindedness and togetherness.

I march for my baby. Girl or Boy this march is important for all genders.

Because Feminism is not a Woman’s issue.

My baby will know we will not back down from injustice.

We will not go back because we are marching forward.

God Bless America

Thank you for Reading.

LOVE TRUMPS HATE

In my opinion this is not a Hillary Clinton campaign slogan.

Saying Love Trumps Hate is so much more than that.

Something that the people I know who voted for Trump do not realize is the same thing I’ve been talking about for months. This is so much bigger than simple politics.

This is so much bigger than a Republican beating a Democrat.
and vice versa.

This is human decency.

After the election I said that I hope he proves us all wrong.
I hope that he is a great President.
and
I still hope that this will be true.

However, I can hope that Trump does Good by our country
as well as
feel extreme dislike for him at the same time.

I honestly can’t stand him, I loathe him. I loathe him and his egotistical, self-centered, thoughtless and compassionless nature. That at 70 he still has tantrums.

I can’t stand that people don’t listen to the hatred and ignorance spewing from his mouth. That they rather believe lies than their own eyes.

Donald Trump is the bad boy girls think they need to be attracted to.
His voters have been fooled by his “confidence” and tough talk. They think he’s this bad boy with a heart of gold we’ve been groomed to find attractive. But guess what, those guys only work out in movies and Trump’s heart is not gold.

I don’t understand how people can stand by him even in the face of him being a complete a**hole. I could go on and on but you’ve heard all the names before.
Misogynist is one that strikes too close to home.

And this is why I will continue to use

Love Trumps Hate.

Because in our darkest moments we must remember that light will guide our way and that hate cannot drive out hate.
Only love can do that.

I can’t stand Donald Trump, but I will continue to hope that he will prove us all wrong.
But trust is something that is earned.
So, I will continue to be skeptical and play defense.

So, drink this to help you get through the day

and

if you can’t partake in the bubbly,

check out Instagram for something I created as a quiet protest.

God Bless America

Thank you for Reading!

7.December.1941 (2016)

God Bless America

I’ve been passionate about the War in the Pacific for as long as I can remember.

My Paternal Grandfather served in the Pacific during the war.

While my Maternal Grandfather was my very first teacher on the subject.

When I studied World War II in school we never really touched on the War in the Pacific. To be honest we didn’t really reach WWII that often in history class and when we did we focused on the Holocaust.

It’s important to learn as much as we can from history,
and I think an important lesson from the attack on Pearl Harbor is Unity.
We came together as a nation that day.
Many people opposed the US involvement in the War in Europe but after December 7th they wanted to fight.

I know I sound like a broken record but it’s so important now more than ever to remember the strength we have in ourselves. The strength we have when we come together as a nation. We may just be one person, one voice, and its easy to think that we can’t make a difference,

but I’ll let Disney explain:

The Emperor of China from Mulan,

“A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.”

or maybe listen to a villain’s point of view,
Hopper from A Bug’s Life,

“You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one and if they ever figure that out there goes our way of life! It’s not about food, it’s about keeping those ants in line.”

I’m not trying to compare the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor to recent Political events,
I’m focusing on the Strength of the American spirit.

Our ancestors were faced with a difficult task and they went in guns blazing.

and here we are 75 years later
with a country divided.

Personally, I think we can either give up and watch from the sidelines as decisions are made for us.

or

We can jump into action.
Not everyone volunteered to go off to War.
Just look at our Women at home,
they worked in factories, ran food drives, collected metal
and kept the family together.

There is so much that we can be doing,
just staying informed can make a world of difference.

I’m going to get off my soap box now and let you all have a good night’s rest.

I’m Proud to be an American.
Tonight I pray and salute all the men and women who lost their lives 75 years ago today.

Thank you for Reading

and don’t forget:
Day 07 : Make Cards for Nursing Home Residents.

Post-Post Script

although he’s not my favorite host,
I’ll leave this quote from Trevor Noah here for you:

“Let’s Not Be Divided. Divided People Are Easier to Rule.”

God Bless America

This is Not Normal.

Something good that has come from last Tuesday’s Election Results have been
the Cries for Justice and the Need for Involvement.

I myself have been reading more political articles this week than probably throughout my whole life. My friends and I have been exchanging news and have been discussing our thoughts and ideas. It’s been incredible to have this sudden support group who values your beliefs and don’t consider you to be dramatic or crazy.

I didn’t think I would take this loss as hard as I have.

I’m an Optimist through and through but I never take anything for granted. I always tell people that: I hope for the Best but prepare for the Worst. So, throughout this election season, I always considered Trumps win to be a possibility. When I went to bed at 2AM Tuesday night, I just couldn’t stomach the results. I was hoping for a miracle but I was prepared for the reality of the situation.

But when I woke up, I was angry and I wanted to fight.

But how?
How can I make a difference?
Someone so new to the whole political system and with no foreseeable outlets in sight?

Well, you do your homework.
Stay informed.
Don’t just tune out for the next Four years.

Listen to John Oliver, Donate!
Here’s his List for you:
Women’s Health
Planned Parenthood
The Center for Reproductive Rights
Protect our Planet
NRDC
Refugee
International Refugee Assistance Project
Racial Justice
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Services for LGBTQ youths, ages 13-24.
The Trevor Project
Latino Legal Civil Rights Organization
MALDEF
Journalism in the Public Interest
ProPublica

(He says a lot more than just that so please do yourself a favor & watch the whole episode)

President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Listen to Elizabeth Warren, Get Involved!

Senator Warren: ‘We stand up and we fight back’

If you’re looking for places to volunteer click the link below:

Volunteer Match

If you’re like me and you don’t have a lot of places where you can volunteer
here are some other ways you can make a difference.

The Official #GrabYourWallet Boycott List of Companies that Do Business with and/or Back the Trump Family

and this may be the hardest link. If you’re anything like me and hate to make phone calls, here is a list of scripts for you to follow for when you phone your representatives.

“We’re His Problem Now” Calling Sheet

Good Luck!

A friend of mine shared some pretty good advice with me,
“Stop trying to find common ground. We need to work on uneven terrain.
Try this: Find and watch a segment from a legitimate news outlet you disagree with.
Conservatives might try some Rachel Maddow.
Liberals try some Bill O’Reilly.
Whoever makes your blood boil.
Watch it from beginning to end, without responding to it.
Just sit there calmly listening to another POV.
When the video is over, close it and say, “Well, that is one way of looking at it. I disagree.”
Then do it again tomorrow and the next day.
Do it until you are able to listen to it without getting riled up.
Continue to watch those segments until you realize that most of the time, what someone else thinks, has no effect on you.
(And in the rare cases when it does have an effect, you’ll have more energy to fight and you’ll be better informed.)
If we want to be better, we have to practice.

I’ll leave you with this essay by Lady GaGa:

LADY GAGA: PORTRAIT OF A LADY

Good Night and have a Pleasant Tomorrow.

Thank you for Reading.

The Day After **Don’t Blame Me I Voted For Kodos**

.The Day After.

I understand that there are a lot of angry people out there. A lot of people who are desperate for change. People who were desperate for change in 2008 and 8 years later are still desperate. Desperate enough to vote someone in with zero experience and spewing a lot of hate.

I watched msnbc all last night.
Someone quoted, “The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.”

And as I said yesterday, I’m a Proud Independent.

Very early in this Presidential Election season, I was hoping for a good Republican Candidate. As my Grandma taught me, every 8 years you need to pull the old crooks out and push the new crooks in. And I did like Jeb! but unfortunately he was the right Bush at the wrong time. I was mostly disappointed in the Republican Party, they had 8 years to groom a decent candidate and their Primaries were a complete mess.

Throughout this whole election process, my friends mocked Trump…but I was silently fretting. I knew in my gut to be fearful and not cocky. Especially while SNL was joking about how sure they were that Hillary Clinton was going to win. I’m not trying to be Captain Hindsight here, but I knew that people underestimated the Angry White Vote.

I’m honestly scared of a Trump Presidency.

I’m scared as a woman and as an Army Wife.
We can’t afford to go back.
and
it’s disheartening to see how stubborn people are.

All I can say is that I’m hopeful things will change for the better.
But with a Republican back in the White House, I don’t see how it could happen.

We’re an evolving country.
We need to be continuing to grow and adapt
we can’t go backwards.

Make America Great Again.
How?
Pull women out of the workplace? Silence Black people? Wall up our borders? Deny marriage to our Gay/Lesbian couples? Deny the LGBTQ+ community basic human rights? Bring back coat hanger and back-alley abortions? Go back to when it was perfectly acceptable to litter?

Has everyone forgotten how bad things were 8 years ago with the economy?

I’m serious.
There are issues here that are too important to flip-flop. There are issues here that we shouldn’t be arguing about. Gay Marriage. Abortion.

These are basic human rights that should be left up to the person.

If I can’t have Religion in schools than what is Religion doing in my healthcare and in politics.

I wrote the above last night while I was waiting for the polling results and the below I wrote this morning. Last night I was trying to be positive and open-minded. Today, I feel this overwhelming sense of anger, frustration and a little fear. Fear of the unknown.

I’ve always said that I would support my President no matter what.
That once our election is over,
as a country we should forget party lines and support our leader.
And so far, I’ve done that.

I supported Bill Clinton, even through his scandals, I supported George W. Bush, even while everyone called him stupid and unfit for the Presidency and I supported Barack Obama, even while the majority of the people I knew thought he’s been useless.

I supported them all because they were our Commander-in-Chief.
but this year, these next four years, I don’t think I can honestly do that.

I need to be patient and see.

How is Trump going to Unite our country?

I’m an Optimist but I’m Not stupid.

He’s a major reason for this divide.

I hope that I’m wrong. That all my #ImwithHer friends are wrong.
In fact, I hope we’re all wrong.
I hope he doesn’t fulfill all the hopes and desires and needs of all his racist, sexist, homophobic, narrow-minded followers.
I hope that he’ll stop spewing so much hate and stop being so vulgar and garish.
and that he’ll be the Best President we ever had…because we REALLY NEED it.

I don’t want to lower the bar and that’s all I can see with a Trump Presidency.

I know I’m ranting here and I’m probably a day too late but I don’t usually talk about controversial topics. I don’t like to ruffle feathers or make people feel uncomfortable.
But seriously, screw that.  Why be polite to people who are anything but.

plus
I’m feeling passionate.

Here’s a link that might make you feel a little better

Stephen Colbert Signs Off on the 2016 Presidential Election | Live Election Night | SHOWTIME

and here’s one to inspire you.

Don’t Mourn, Fight Like Hell

and here’s something incredibly touching from Miley Cryus,

Thank you, Hillary, for Inspiring All of Us.

and last but not least,

Morning After To-Do List

I really do hope that I’m wrong.

Thank you for Reading

Presidential Election 2016 – “Sex! Now that I’ve got your attention, Vote for Bart!”

Once again I voted for President through the Mail

I’m a Proud Independent Voter.

My Paternal Grandfather was a die-hard Republican
while
My Maternal Grandfather was a die-hard Democrat.

I was raised to Vote for the Person, Not the Party.

and  I’ve always lived by this creed.

Though I do agree with Susan Sarandon that we should have a strong Independent Party candidate, I agree that our 2 Party system is not working, but I firmly believe that this was not the year to mess around and have a protest vote.

I may be naive in writing this, but this election is not a typical one.
just listen,
and I’m sorry but I’m going to have to rant for a moment: I am so sick of people saying that they don’t like either candidate. That they hate them both. I feel like the only people who can really say that honestly are my die-hard Republican family members who are stuck between a Rock and a Bigot.

But as my dear friend pointed out, “I think it’s a cop-out and they’re not actually doing their homework.”

I could honestly say that I’ve never really liked any candidate who has run in the past. And in hindsight, it had everything to do with me not doing my homework. (Please note that I’m counting the elections while I was in Grammar School)

To say this election season has been stressful is a bit of an understatement.

I don’t know about you but I’ve been mostly nervous about the results tonight.

I don’t want to watch the results…but I can’t. look. AWAY!

Here are a few links for you

FiveThirtyEight – Who will win the presidency?

Presidential Election Results

FiveThirtyEight – 2016 Election Night Live coverage and results

Good Luck tonight,
may you find a good vice for getting through these last hours of the Election.

Our poison of choice?
PIZZA FRIDAY COMETH EARLY!

Thank you for Reading

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Happy International Women’s Day!
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When I was a little girl, I remember consciously thinking,
“I’m so lucky to be a girl.”
🙂
Obviously, when I thought this, I had been fortunate enough to have never dealt with Sexism yet ,or, more plausibly, I was just too naive to understand. Since then, I have understood firsthand the setbacks women face on a daily basis.
tumblr_m8keo6xnai1qj5t08o1_250Whether it was when my Dad and Grandfather asked my younger Male cousin to look out for me. Or when the Men in my Graduate Level class decided to exclude all the Women from Jobs, I’ve witnessed Sexism first hand.
😦
I do consider myself a Feminist.
rosiesexismNow, I know some people consider this a dirty word, and I’m not going to get into a heavy here. But in honor of today, I’d just like to say that whoever believes that should seriously reconsider.
Feminism is about Equality.
That Women and Men are Equals.
This does not just include Equal Pay for Equal Work.
This covers a much larger spectrum.
And again, I won’t bore you with a rant.
My point is:
If a Woman wants to go to Work and not have Children, that is fine.
If a Man wants to stay at Home and Raise his Children, that is fine too.

Just think about this. Girls are taught that they should wait before having Sex. That one should be fully prepared and ready before embarking on such a intimate and personal matter. But Boys are encouraged to get “Laid.”
Equality, I believe treats Boys the same as Girls.
Because not everyone is built the same way.
Sometimes, a Girl is ready for Sex and a Boy is not.
But it’s not as easy for a Boy to say no.

 I hope my Food for Thought didn’t leave you with a bad taste.

For a little Fun, here’s a Link, Stan sent to me today.

and if you have time for a Giggle

😉

By The Way,

I still think that I was lucky to be born a Girl.

 And my husband was lucky to be born a Boy.
😀
…though I do wish I had the ability to grow a mustache.
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thank you for reading.

Enjoy Your Week.

Peace for Paris

Pray for Paris
446_PH445180315-0446It’s important to not show fear.
That’s what the terrorists want, they may pretend that it’s for “purer” reasons but they just like to see the world burn. The people who committed these horrific acts are monsters and just like we did as children we must learn not to be fearful of the dark.  

Let us all be French tonight.

I know this is over a week late.

and before I jump in…

I’m in a little bit of a hurry but I just wanted to pop in with a small picture filled update.
I hope you enjoy ❤

WfM Happy Birthday Jenn

While Stan worked on Fallout, I worked on some new additions…
DeskArt Drawers

Before, During and After the Fallout Party,
The three of us have also started going on longer and longer hikes together.
Here are some of the beautiful shots from around our neck of the woods.
Annie's Walk NovemberAnnie's Walk November 2
Annie's Walk November 3

Here are a few things that went out in the mail
matching JoysCan you guess who received this gift?
…I stayed true to my word and started my Star Wars theme 😉 Gift for Chloe and Finn

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
Thank you for reading.
11221837_10153760164341079_5494141185524352424_nI hope you have a wonderful weekend.