I'm sitting on a sheet of ice. How cold is it? It's so cold that salt won't melt the ice on my sidewalk. Thank God, I don't have to leave the house today. The good news is that it's going to melt tomorrow although the weather folks are predicting rain AND snow. Sigh. I love Ohio.
* I'm still not caught up with my "gottado" list here but am too crabby to bother with it today so I'm trying to get caught up here. I think I'm getting cabin fever. Then again, who knows what the spirit will move me to do.
* Thanks to all y'all who left such nice words on the River Stones project. It was an interesting challenge. I'm always interested in exploring this sort of thing and hope Fiona comes up with more such exercises.
* I've been invited to join and blog with a group of Ohio Democrats who, most likely, will be keeping an eye on our new nutty GOP governor and assorted others around the state. If I decide to write, I'll probably weigh in on my Tea Party Congressman who is already on my 'bad' list. Here he is at a Town Hall meeting with a guy I know turning him into toast.
* The man (and I'm being polite) who drove with a trunk full of explosives from California to Dearborn, MI really has upset me. I know that mosque. It's a beautiful edifice. When I was going with The Man, we often went to Dearborn, where he grew up and lived until he moved to the suburbs, and I always marveled at it's beauty when we passed it. Dearborn has a large population of Arabs -- many of whom own businesses and are active in the community and I was really impressed with them. All are proud to be Americans and the Stars and Stripes are displayed prominently at most of them. A favorite story The Man tells is that when there was a huge and long power outtage in Dearborn there several years ago, the Arab merchants opened their doors and allowed residents to buy food and other necessities by simply charging what they needed (all the ATMs were down) by simply writing down their name, etc. and didn't lose a cent. I thought that lovely. Another thing that gave me a giggle was that the Arab parents requested a more modest dress code at the high school. My experiences there were nothing but positive so what this guy from California did really tripped my trigger. Here's a video from those wonderful folks at Crooks and Liars:
I especially liked Mr. Hamad's stance when he said: "Disrepect toward any faith is a disrespect to all faiths." I believe he is right.
* Does it bother anybody but me that that the best news/political commentary I'm hearing is from John Stewart and Steven Colbert?
I'm off to get caught up on y'all!!!
Hope y'all are having a great day!