Thursday, January 22
im out here on the frozen tip of cape cod
i do love it here now
i love stepping into one of the only restaurants open
all is quiet
i love that even though its so cold i felt frostbite nipping at my heels
it's a new world after all
a new president
a chance perhaps for ....peace?
i hope the dreamer in all of you
or the night
have it your way
Tuesday, January 20
Last night I watched the re-play of the amazing WE ARE ONE concert and production in front of the Lincoln Memorial, where performers from Bruce Springsteen to U2, to Stevie Wonder to James Taylor to Mary J Blige sang out to honor Barack Obama. I was moved to tears. In front of the gaze of Abraham Lincoln the great emancipator, a celebration was unfolding of our first black president.
Today I watched as Barack Hussein Obama took the oath to become the 44th president of the United States. His speech was moving, powerful, loving and brave and determined all the things we need in a president today. Again I was move to tears.
Again I thought of Lincoln and could almost feel him smiling down on us.
Today, the day after Martin Luther King Day, an African American has become president of the United States! It just makes you believe that anything is possible for anyone and really, I think that is Obamaís strongest message.
We can do anything, if we stay the course, stick to our core values; hard word, loyalty, decency, honor.
Watching Dick Cheney wheeled out on a wheelchair, seeing G. W. Bush standing next to Obama looking small and meek, made me think, how the mighty have fallen. Except that I never felt Cheney or Bush were mighty but rather, weak men with access to great power, that they quickly abused.
But this is not the day to dwell on the mistakes and the mistake makers of the past, this is a day to dwell on the now and the future. This is not a day to scream at Republicans. This is a day to hold hands with both parties, to stand united against poverty, terror and strife.
I do feel that Barack harnessed the great wafts of love, joy and hope from the crowd and sent them back twice-fold with the message; we all must do our part.
This is not the time to sit back and wait to be saved by a new president but to jump in and try to change the world.
Let us not ask what Obama can do for us, but rather what we can do for Obama. But then this is not his day, this is our day. This is an inauguration of a new kind of thinking. Gone is the you and them. Here is the we and us.
Mr. President, I hear you loud and clear and I salute you.
Saturday, January 10
I made the mistake of watching CNN last night before I fell asleep
This is not a good way to get a good nightís sleep
So I woke up at 6am, a few hours before I had to or wanted to feeling all stressed out.
I sat with all the fear most of which I realized was exaggerated or irrational
I sat with the question, ďwhat is really going on in my blonde head?Ē
Hereís what I came up with
I know what it feels like to not be able to pay my gas bill and live without heat, under a pile of blankets. I know what it feels like to live in a dangerous hood and not be able to afford a phone.
I know all this, I lived all this, climbed out and up, way up. I feel pride that I survived. I feel more pride that I have not let the journey turn me dark.
This is not the rossi tooting her own horn column, this is the rossi saying I know what it feel likes to be poor.
When I give to the home less I say inside my head, ďthere but for the grace of god,Ē
Of course those years are decades ago and my life now is warm and comfy and privileged. I know this and Iím grateful, or rather when Iím reminded by things like watching the news, I remember to feel grateful.
Whatís happening now is a reckoning. Its corporations left unguarded for far too long, filled with people who may very well walk past the home-less and sniff from snobbery, now holding out a huge cup and asking for billions. ďSpare change?Ē they beg the government.
It is automotive industries filled with CEOís many of which have not given a ratís ass about changing their vehicles to save our planet and changing their oil needs to save our country, now holding out their hats and begging our country, ďPlease sir, spare some billions!Ē and we have to cave in, not for the CEOís but for the millions of people who will be affected if the automotive industry fails, not the least of which is us.
I recall growing up my parents were what you call ďDepression Babies.Ē No matter how much money they made, they never got over worrying about food in their formative years. My mom could make a dollar stretch like nobody could. It never occurred to me that I might live to see another depression. Like many of you I was affected by the recession but quite honestly after my pasta casserole years, it was like a day in Disney land. This certainly feels worse. So I believe the media when they start to throw around the word depression, not recession.
I donít think itís possible that it could anything remotely close to the great depression but it certainly is a time when people all around me are feeling desperate.
Desperate people do desperate things and thatís scary.
I did finally fall back asleep. It was a deep magical, warm safe sleep nestled in my heated apartment with the warm downy blankets and my purring cat. I woke feeling enlightened and if you would indulge me a bit Iíd like to pass on to you what I have come up with.
Much like the way Jews take inventory on Yom Kippur, evaluating what we have done wrong and what we have done right and what we want to change in the new year, this is a time to take inventory, not just of our wallets but of ourselves. I believe that if all of us, with a bit of extra coin, will right now do something generous for a person in need and if all those in need will find the courage to ask for help if they have not, and accept it if its offered, we can right now start to change the world.
You know what? While I was walking around giving out all that money, I was not blowing cash on meaningless things like I might normally have been. All in all I might very well have come out ahead.
I think I am going to stop watching the news for a while and just start listening to my heart.
I have three bags of change left and I plan on giving them out today.
Happy New Year to you.
Like everything else, I promise
Friday, January 9
Of course I donít know John Travolta, but like many of you, I feel that I know something of him. As a kid I watched him play Vinny Barbarino in Welcome Back Kotter. I recall my pals and I would argue over who was cooler Vinny or the Fonz. It was usually a toss up. Then I witnessed his rise to super-stardom in Saturday Night Fever. This movie changed the way people dressed and danced for a decade. Talk about power! Then I recall after a string of fairly horrible movies, his career seemed destined for B movie land until Quentin Tarentino revived not only his career but Bruce Willisís in Pulp Fiction. Travolta was on the top of his game ever after.
Okay granted the whole scientology thing weirds me out, although somehow it never felt quite as annoying with Travolta as it did with Cruise, maybe thatís because john has always seemed so much more willing to laugh at himself. Certainly performing in drag for Hairspray was a testimony to his willingness to do so and by the way, he rocked the roll.
I like Travolta. I like that he loves to fly and uses his skill to fly jets. Maybe Iím wrong, but he seems like a really decent guy and most likely a great dad.
Today I feel real sadness for what his pain and what Jettís mom Kelly Prestonís pain must be like.
To be enjoying a wonderful vacation in the Bahamas and then lose your beloved son, for a any parent to lose a child, itís got to be the worst thing a person can endure.
I think of the image of John trying in vain to resuscitate jett until the paramedics literally had to tear him away. Itís heart breaking.
I didnít know Jett, but I do know he was loved. He was sixteen years old with his entire life ahead of him. This is beyond tragic.
John I donít know if you will ever read this, but if for some strange reason you do. Know that myself and Iím sure countless other strangers feel for you today.
I hope you find a place in your heart that enables you to survive this and to feel joy, love, happiness and hope again.
I know that your life will be forever changed from this, how could it not?
Good luck to you
Monday, January 5
My sister-in-lawís brother, hmm that would be my brother-in-law? Cousin-in-law?
Shortly thereafter, Hamas turned the Gaza into one huge missile launch and has continued to fire missiles at civilians in Israel for years since. Some of those missiles can now go as far as 40 kilometers!
At any point in all this time, Hamas could have peace. All they had to do was not fire any more missiles.
After years of being murdered and attacked from the very piece of land they gave back in the name of peace Israel has decided to do what anyone in their right mind would do
How can you reason with this kind of enemy?
This war will not solve the problem
It us up to the Palestinian people
All Israel can do is to slow them down
I get so angry when I hear people denouncing Israel
If someone was firing rockets at your home every day
If hamas wants an end to this war
Israel is delivering food and water to the civilian Palestinians
It is time for the Palestinians and arab nations
Friday, January 2
today is not a day to go to work
okay new years resolution
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