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November 5, 2006

Birthday Celebration

Last night I was lucky enough to be surrounded by family and my friends Kay and Bob for a birthday dinner here at home. The evening was beautifully plannd by John who even had fireworks outside. Great fun was had by all.

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Full Moon

Every once in a while the moon rises at dusk over the pond and is reflected in the pond. I do love where I live.

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November 7, 2006

Election Day

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What an exciting day! Why? Because the Democrats will gain seats in the House and Senate? Because the Republicans will hold them off? Neither...today is the day when all those outrageous, uninformative, nasty, negative ads will STOP! I can't wait! I've actually been thinking about running on the ticket "If You Haven't Got Anything Nice to Say..." (you know the rest.) I wonder how I'd do.....you're probably right...not well at all.

I did stop off at my local polls today and on an up note, it is truly a wonderous and exciting thing to watch people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and sexes entering and exiting the building, all on a equal level, to exercise their rights as Americans (almost said "God-Given" rights but, Lord, wouldn't want to offend anyone. Hmmm, how am I doing?).

Oh, well. Back to teaching where I do have an opportunity to exercise and teach the values of right and wrong, and to fill the kids in on how this country runs. And, was I surprised this morning when in my discussion of the purpose of the House of Representatives and the Senate one of my third graders stated, "My mom told me it's called 'something' and balances so that if George Bush does anything really stupid, the House or the Senate can say, "You can't do that." Hmmmm...out of the mouths... So today the kids know a little more than they did yesterday and tomorrow they'll get extra credit if they can tell me who won our more hotly contested races. Stay tuned.

Go vote today. Your "voice" does matter and who knows, your candidate just might make it to Washington (do we really want to do that to someone?).

November 11, 2006

Nostalgia

Here it is a Saturday night and I can think of a few perfect ways to spend it - having a cosmopolitan and dinner at the River Tavern, munching on extra buttered popcorn at a great movie, snuggling up with John and a great bottle of wine. Tonight the choice was made for me, however..... The Wizard of Oz, is on television. Truthfully, now that I think about it, that's right up there, too.

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Who doesn't remember, as a child, being mesmerized (and perhaps traumatized) by the film? When I was young, trying to watch it on t.v. was always somewhat of a disappointment because it usually began at eight o'clock and I had a mother who strictly adhered to our bedtime, no matter what special movie was on television. God only knows how old I was before I was able to watch the movie in its entirety. Perhaps that's why, now as an adult, I love it so. Little did I know then that the movie I so wanted to see was already 20 years old.

It came out in August of 1939 and I remember talking to my good friend, Tom Wells, who lived across the street from us here in Killingworth, about the first time he saw it. He was 19 and viewed it in a small movie theater up at Lake Winnepesaki in New Hampshire where his family spent the summers. It reportedly was the first movie in color and he explained how it began in black and white and then burst into a blaze of color when Dorothy stepped out of her house in Munchkin land. The audience gasped, he said.

The movie really is genius. The lyrics to the songs are clever and amusing, the characters endearing and cast perfectly. While they all hope for that one thing that will make them "perfect," they turn out to be true, unshakeable and steadfast friends to Dorothy in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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And is there anything more frightening than the Wicked Witch of the West and her monkeys spying on Dorothy and her friends in the crystal ball or the sky full of flying monkeys that attack the traveling party, tossing the Tinman in the air like a tin can, stomping on the Scarecrow and throwing his stuffing all over, and carring off Dorothy and Toto? And dont forget her marching Henchmen, "Oh--Eee-oh...Oh, Oh!" Truly scary.

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In spite of her fear of the witch, separation from her aunt and uncle in Kansas and the increasing improbability she will ever get back, the movie does offer a happy ending and some memorable observations:

Oh, joy, rapture, I have a brain." (Scarecrow)
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"Shucks folks, I'm speechless." (Lion)
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"The heart is not judged by how much you love, but how you are loved by others." (Oz to the Tinman)
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And so here I am, reliving a bit of my childhood...this time with a glass of wine...and John. And, as Dorothy reminds us every year, "Remember....there's no place like home."

P.S. And let us not forget Frank Baum (1856-1919) who did not live to see the ultimate success of his story.

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November 15, 2006

The Real Story

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Remember my "Mother of the Year" blog back in October? Well, I hate to admit it but, along with millions of other people on the web, I was snookered. While the photos were real (and I guess that's what we all liked looking at anyway), the story was fiction. I usually check out emails like the one I go before sending them to others. In this case, I didn't. Sorry. If you are interested, check out the real story on snopes.com. The website is below.

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Who's the Boss?

So at what point did I lose control (or should I say the couch)?

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November 26, 2006

And So the Holidays Begin

I haven't met many people who don't love Thanksgiving. It's the holiday that is truly focused on family and not gifts. This year was no different here at Thirsty Boots Farm. Julie, Patrick and Heather were here, as were the girls' boyfriends, Dave and George. Dave and Julie brought Antje who is from Germany and works with Dave. Jonathan was here along with Marnie, Matt and their three children Lindsay, Katie and Isabelle. And you know what? It's all the more wonderful with kids.... and especially when they put on a fashion show...

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and when lead by the fashion sophisticate Heather....

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Isabelle

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Lindsay

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Even Antje gets into the act.

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A normal Antje and Dave

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Suzanne and Matt came by for a drink.

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While Pat and Matt talked shop...

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the girls went off to collect eggs.

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then it was back to the house...

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and things got going in the kitchen.

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Later - "Too much food!!!"

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Heather and George

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Julie

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Future "Dancing with the Stars" contestants practicing their dip.

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There was lots of love to go around...

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lots and lots, and there will be again in three weeks when we get together with even more family!

Until then.................

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Ho, ho, ho! (Katie)

(For more pictures of the day, go to Heather's website.)

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