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Jul 23, 2006

This is one of my favorite works. It's such a complete commentary on what it feels like sometimes as a woman in society.

Barbie Doll

By Marge Piercy



The girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.

She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.

She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.
So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up.

In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending.

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Posted: Jul 23, 2006 7:30pm
Jul 23, 2006
I have to wonder if people see their own hypocrisy...
I see posts and letters from people that talk about being "world citizens" and not hating people because of who they are and where they were born. This is all well and good, but I've noticed that many of these same people carry a lot of ill will towards one group of people- Americans.

 This morning, I saw a note that mentioned the "possibility" of a "Yankee friend" calling to boycot America. I realize that was meant as a joke between two people, () but I'm going to risk being told I'm taking things out of context and use that as a tangible example of why I hate labels and extremes.
Let's assume someone does use a generalized label (ie Yankees, or come up with your own example) and asks us all to boycot America because of the "war", etc...and they are serious (which based on the extremes I see is very possible). I would take offense to that for a few reasons. First of all, if you really want to take it all back to American Civil War lingo, I would be considered a Rebel rather than a Yankee. Proudly born and raised in the South, I embrace the civility and hospitality of my Southern roots while at the same time despising the fact that many in the South are still prejuduced. Secondly, I find it annoying that those who talk about living without borders seem to mean that they embrace all except the "bad Americans". I strongly disagree with most of the situations and things that the administration has done and is doing, but I don't believe that there has ever been a truly squeaky clean administration...not just in America, but all over the world. I hope those who cry foul on America incessantly here online are applying those same efforts to their own countries as well as those that surround them. Last of all, hypothetically speaking, how does one go about boycotting their country of origin while still living in it?   Stop buying American products? Much of what is carried in stores here (at least where I am) is from other countries anyway.
More seriously though, how does one really work to bring about change in their country's leaders and administrations? Protesting? Administrations worldwide routinely prove that protests and petitions make only minimal dent in the surface.I already write letters and make calls to my Senators and Representatives and, while they are very open to my points of view, they also have their own views and can back theirs up as well as I can back up mine.  I vote acording to my view of who is going to do the right job.  What else can I do? Please enlighten me...

The whole point of  my rave is that I am sick of the hypocrisy that I see. No, I don't approve of most of what is going on. Yes, I am an American. No, I am not ashamed to be an American and I am not friendly to the hypocritical mindset that claims to live without borders except America.  Does this point of view qualify me to be a "bad person"? I leave it to each of you to judge...

Again, I do not believe I have taken anything out of context and I ask others to do the same. It just happened to be something that caught my eye as a good example of what I see every day and why I believe we need to stop pointing fingers and start activly working towards solutions for our current problems and situations.
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Posted: Jul 23, 2006 5:25pm
May 9, 2006
I have decided to clean up my groups list a bit. I've left a few groups here and there- mostly due to lack of time to be involved in them. I hope to eventually pick them back up, but right now I simply don't have time. Besides, I'd rather be an active member of  a few groups than an idle and unknown member in a lot of groups.

Love to you all!  
 

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Posted: May 9, 2006 3:38pm
Jan 1, 2006
I decided to do this because I am afraid I'll forget someone....

I wanted to thank everyone that sent birthday greetings. I hope to get back to each of you personaly (if I haven't already), but that might take me a bit of time.

I had a wonderful birthday filled with laughter...and snowmen. My mom went crazy buying me snowman stuff this year!

Again, thank you all for the greetings, testimonials, and cards. I'm going to try my hardest to get back to you all.
Love and hugs
Christi
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Posted: Jan 1, 2006 5:08pm
Dec 4, 2005

Robbie has received 14 new, 14 total stars from Care2 members Robbie L.
    I am brand-new to Care2 Connect and I’d like to introduce myself to everyone by telling you a little bit about my background and a new documentary film I’ve made about peace activism to end the U.S. war in Iraq.
    I’ve been working as an independent documentary filmmaker chronicling grassroots social change movements over the last 25 years.  My work has been broadcast on CNN International, PBS, Cinemax, Sundance Channel, Free Speech TV, Pacifica Radio, Democracy Now, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
    I’ve recently finished a new feature-length documentary, THE PEACE PATRIOTS, which presents an in-depth view of grassroots peace activists working to end the U.S. military occupation of Iraq. The film features narration by Air America Radio host Janeane Garofalo and music by 2005 Grammy Award winner Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Jonatha Brooke, Stephan Smith and John Sheldon. (For more information and to watch excerpts of the film, visit: http://www.ThePeacePatriots.com  or http://www.turningtide.com/peacepatriots.htm )
    I made the film to provide a counterpoint to the huge lack of serious coverage by the mainstream mass media about a global mass movement which grew in the months leading up to the war to millions of people around the world and in the United States. We have now reached what many observers have noted is a “tipping point,” where the majority of the American public has shifted against the war in Iraq—over 60% in recent opinion polls—due in large part by the on-going grassroots work of peace activists challenging the Bush administration’s view of reality.
    I wanted to make the film as personal as possible so I profiled a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age from 13 to 74, including middle and high school students, college students, teachers, clergy, community activists, and war veterans from Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, as they take part in vigils, marches, theater performances, and civil disobedience sit-ins to protest the war.
    Howard Zinn, author of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, writes,
“THE PEACE PATRIOTS gives us hope and inspiration. I hope it will be shown widely.”
    The film is being distributed on a non-profit basis and we’re inviting activist groups to become distribution partners to use the film as a fundraiser and organizing tool.
    The film can be shown by individuals at house parties. The film can be shown in college and middle and high school classrooms as an effective discussion catalyst about the U.S. military involvement in Iraq and how students can participate as engaged citizens here at home.
    Large-event premiere screenings of THE PEACE PATRIOTS can be hosted by local activist groups in your community or on college campuses, in conjunction with a national speaking tour I will be conducting, as the film’s director. These screenings can serve as a benefit fundraising event for the sponsoring organization, as well as, be a public forum on grassroots activism and part of a campaign to end the U.S. military occupation of Iraq.
    Given the corporate media blackout of serious coverage of the peace movement, we are totally dependent on grassroots activists to get the word out about this film around the country.  Care2Connect members can play a vital role by setting up showings of the film at house parties you host and at public premieres you can help organize with local peace groups and on school campuses.  
    Please spread the word about this film among your friends, family, and colleagues!  THE PEACE PATRIOTS can make a difference by inspiring more people to become active in the peace movement and help turn the tide to bring our soldiers home from Iraq as soon as possible.
    For more information and to watch excerpts of the film, visit: http://www.ThePeacePatriots.com  or http://www.turningtide.com/peacepatriots.htm
    Please email me your comments and let me know if you can help out: robbie@turningtide.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Peace,

Robbie Leppzer

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Posted: Dec 4, 2005 7:38pm
Nov 30, 2005
Category: Desserts
This is a recipe passed down in my family for several generations....it requires some work but is well worth it!

Ingredients

8 apples- peeled, cored, and sliced

I like to use several types of apples together...each has a different flavor so it turns out pretty yummy!

If you have an apple peeling device, you're lucky! If not, your hands will hurt, but it's worth it

1/2 cup  Sugar

1 Tbsp. Flour

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Tsp Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Water

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the apple pieces. Once mixed, spread mix in a pan (The apples will shrink during cooking, so it will look a lot less full when it comes out of the oven)

Pour water and lemon juice mixture over the apple mix in the pan. Make the topping...

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Topping Ingredients

3/4 Cup Flour

1/4 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Butter (Margarine works just fine too)

In a bowl, work these together with a fork or pastry blender until it has a crumb-like consistancy. Spread over the aple mixture.

Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F. for about 45 minutes  

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Posted: Nov 30, 2005 12:23am

 

 
 
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