Well, 'tis the New Year and time to shake off the dust of personal-blog inactivity and try to "get regular" - though with all that's been going on, it has been easy to get caught up in the fine blogs out there that already have everything covered (of course I'm talking about Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo, all those sites you see in my links plus a few others, like European Tribune.)
But what's also fired me up, perhaps just because his writing style gives me such a thrill, is James Wolcott's blog, which has this wonderful entry that makes me mutter under my breath "Dennis Miller... P.J. O'Rourke... Dennis Miller... " - you get the idea. Someone should start a "Pathetic Pansy Page" for all those supposedly smart folk who think our liberties aren't worth fighting for if it means we might actually take a blow. Yeah, they fight the good fight, they think, when it means only taking up a pen or a place in the spotlight rather than a rifle or a spot in a tank. Please don't donate to the sperm bank, guys.
On a less angry note, may I point out that family from all over gathered at our home for Thanksgiving, that I still have both parents, all three siblings and the world's best husband, and that my daughter and grandchildren live within a 15 minute walk from my house, so what do I really have to complain about? Okay, I lost the city of my soul to the failure of the system to adequately protect her from storm surges, but that loss can't compare to the horrors endured by my friends and others who still lived in New Orleans. I'm crossing my fingers for the reconstruction. The photos above are of the two places where WE used to live in the Quarter (the upper floor of the top photo.)
That's all for today, lots to get done, but I resolve to post regularly. Hey, it's possible - I have begun sending letters and photos more regularly to my friend Andy in London (tell them, Andy.) And my office is all nicely organized, all my 12,000 photos organized in Picasa (download the free photo management program from Google if you haven't... it's super and includes some good photo editing and sharing features) and the laundry and dishes are done, so I get to ride off to fantasyland now (working on my next novel, a rather tricky one.)
Stay safe, but more importantly, stay free.