Not Quite ‘Tinfoil Hat Society’

I’m sitting here tonight reading some very old postings I wrote a few years ago. My views and thoughts have not changed, particularly in this election year. My life is quiet, because I prefer it to be that way. However, I am scared. Fear. It’s a visceral word. It immediately evokes a response. The reaction […]

Recap: Protest Against Romney and His Proposed Policies

Last week, we traveled around Michigan while Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney went on a bus tour through the state. Hundreds of our supporters loaded up buses to Troy, Dewitt, Frankenmuth and Holland to protest against Romney’s business practices and show their disdain for his proposed policies. WATCH: In Dewitt, Mich., Good Jobs Now activists […]

Living in an “Occupy”d World

I know there have been articles on here about the Occupy movement sweeping the country.   I don’t know how anyone could refute the immensity of this phenomena, regardless the side they are on.   This is the definitely the hot new buzz word. However, a friend of mine and I were talking today and […]

Bridging the Digital Divide in Michigan

Linda Teeter of Michigan Citizen Action talks about the challenges and benefits of bringing wireless technology to Michigan: After 30 years in political and community organizing in Michigan, I have had the opportunity to learn from the people and communities we work with – the challenges they face and their many accomplishments. It’s this experience […]

Attention People in the Grand Rapids Area!!

this is a message i got on facebook, and i am sharing it here to get the word out………  Know anyone need of food in Grand Rapids? American Legion Post 459 (located at Michigan and Grand) will have truckloads of food to distribute on Friday, July 29 starting at 6 pm. The food is donated […]

June 2011 wind storm takes out my weeping willow (pics)

More gay bashing by the Michigan GOP

Dave Agema

Well here go the Republicans gay bashing again. Yesterday the GOP House passed two bills out of committee that would prohibit the state from offering benefits to domestic partners, and from prohibiting such benefits from being included in collective bargaining agreements. These bills are HB 4770 and HB 4771. You’ll be shocked to hear that […]

Assault on unions contributes to free fall in take home pay


Anyone who survives on a pay check knows the only thing falling is their take home pay, and a chart compiled by the Labor Department floating around the internet illustrates what we are experiencing. The chart shows that the decline in pay checks began with the brief recession that followed 9/11 in 2001, but it […]

Winter Wonderland

Snow is something I look forward to all year. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy my gardens and find planting them very soothing in the spring. Tending them during the summer, and reaping the rewards of vegetables in the fall is also gratifying. A cheerful row of pansies or a lush trellis of morning […]


      Coming on the heels of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards (who I absolutely adored), this is some sad news.   Aretha Franklin has been diagnosed with cancer, Detroit's Fox 2 reported today. The National Enquirer broke the news in its new print edition, reporting that the iconic Detroit singer has pancreatic cancer, […]

Small Towns Valued

When I was much younger than I am today, John Cougar Mellencamp sang a song I didn't understand.  The words I understood, but I never quite got the underlying meaning of them.  However, now when I hear it, not only do I comprehend but I also treasure it for the anthem it truly is.  For […]

where we are, where we’ve been….

My perspective on the realities are different from those much more politically minded than myself.  As I've said before, I live a fairly quiet, low-key life.  I like it that way.  It makes sense for me. That said, I still need to abide by the decisions made by those elected to make them.  Do I […]