Life's like that!

September 23, 2004

Vischeck is a way of showing you what things look like to someone who is color blind. You can try Vischeck online- either run Vischeck on your own image files or run Vischeck on a web page. You can also download programs to let you run it on your own computer.

September 22, 2004

1928 Presidential Campaign Slogans

A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage – Herbert Hoover

Claims that the everyone will be prosperous under a Hoover presidency

September 21, 2004

Just in case you have second thoughts about voting this year.

The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night, theywere barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden'sblessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of"obstructing sidewalk traffic."

They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head andleft her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurledDora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knockedher out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead andsuffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guardsgrabbing,dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the "Night of Terror" on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden atthe Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to thesuffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson'sWhite House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--allofit colorless slop--was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, AlicePaul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tubedown her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She wastortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why,exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter?It's raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie "IronJawed Angels" It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged sothat I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamedto say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But theactual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, votingoften felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBOmovie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry.She was--with herself. "One thought kept coming back to me as I watched thatmovie," she said. "What would those women think of the way I use--or don'tuse--my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just youngerwomen, but those of us who did seek to learn." The right to vote, she said,had become valuable to her "all over again."

HBO will run the movie periodically before releasing it on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum. I want it shown on Bunko night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade apsychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanentlyinstitutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse.

Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy. Thedoctor admonished the men:"Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."

Please pass this on to all the women you know.We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard forby these very courageous women.

September 08, 2004

"There are only 10 types of people in the world; those who can count in binary and those who can't."

C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot.
C++ makes it harder but if you do it blows away your whole leg.

The Houston Hot Sauce Festival

Word of the Day - Gazebo

One entry found for gazebo.
Main Entry: ga·ze·bo
Pronunciation: g&-'zE-(")bO also -'zA-
Function: nounInflected Form(s): plural -bos
Etymology: perhaps from 1gaze + Latin -ebo (as in videbo I shall see)1
: a freestanding roofed structure usually open on the sides

September 02, 2004

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt


(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it .. live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.

Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. I hope you all have a blessed day.

Beautiful Women's Month

Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.

Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.

Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister (Mum I can't go to school looking like this!)

Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly"- but decides she's going out anyway.

Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but decides she doesn't have time to fix it, so she's going out anyway.

Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "clean" and goes out anyway.

Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.

Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.

Age 70: She looks at herself & sees wisdom, laughter and ability, goes out and enjoys life.

Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.