I had every intention of putting out the weekly tarot, and it's been sitting in my blog drafts since Sunday evening.. my apologies to everyone for that. Since we're so close to the weekend, I'll skip it, and start up again on Sunday.
Magically, I had created a few protection pouches for friends and shipped them off this week. To them: I'd love your feedback once you receive.
#79 SageWoman magazine. I really love the articles, but the illustrations alone are worth the price of the magazine. They are striking! You can get the subscription in pdf format, but I'm still a tactile/kinesthetic who likes having something in her hands to read. Yes, I know that's not 'green', but I really love books and magazines that I can keep and re-read, and even pass on to others. Even better? I had a great customer service experience with BBI media. They are very responsive and really on the ball there. I highly recommend them :)
Lastly, I have a 2006 Hyundai Elantra.. it has been the bane of my existence since it hit 24k miles. It has had more factory made issues than I care to think about at this juncture. I've had it in and out of the shop so many times that the dealership knows me by name. My kids were driving it on Tuesday and the battery died. So they went to Autozone to get a new one, and lo and behold, they don't carry it for a 2006.. it HAS to be replaced at the dealership. They had a 2007, but "it must have changed between years".. A BATTERY?? REALLY???
$120.00 later, I have a new battery.. (insert expletives, gripes and grumbles here)
Now, if you've read my blog for even a little bit of time, you know I have to rant about at least something once a week, right? lol.. so here's your RANT ALERT: I'm about to rant about Willow Palin.. and maybe not in the way you think...
|Sarah and Willow Palin|
A 16 yr old getting into an internet name-calling session isn't new or newsworthy.. it happens every day in modern society. When I was growing up, we didn't have computers/internet, so this would have been done at school and most likely, no parent would have been privvy to the information in the first place.
I don't care how nicely you think you've raised your children, they can and will behave badly at times, and some of the things that come out of their mouths when you're not around would shock you if you think they just 'would never'.. I actually saw some comments disparaging both Bristol (20) and her younger sister Willow, and both of their parents.
Now please understand, I disagree strongly with Sarah Palin's politics. I'm not a fan of hers. But, I haven't seen any behavior from her children that I thought was a direct result of bad parenting- that includes Bristol becoming a teenage mother. These things happen in the best of families.
What I did see was Sarah and her husband rally around their daughter, support her and her child and that's what families do. If the worst thing their 16 year old does is get into a name-calling session with another kid, then I applaud them.
Yes, the names were unkind (faggot, gay, etc...). Yes, it was not a good idea to do it in a public forum considering the public life of her parents and family members. However, she was defending her mom. I have three boys and two girls, and I'll tell you right now, if someone were to attack me online, my kids (all adults now) would STILL go after them, regardless of what I said (it isn't important, I don't care what these people think, don't worry about it, yadda yadda). Family is like that.
What it shows to me is that this young lady loves her mom very much. She's not about to put up with some kid calling her mom's tv show an 'epic fail' (which. in kid-speak, is an insult) and let them get away with it.
Poor judgment? Sure.. um, remember being 16? Oh I'm sure we were ALL just the paragons of virtue and sound thinking at age 16, right? Would YOU have wanted your arguments plastered all over international news? How about your children's?
Oh yes, I hear the argument now: they are a public family.. she should know better.. they don't have a right to privacy, etc... Please refer back to my question regarding 16 year olds and poor judgment- enough said.
I would also like to remind those who think that this is just awful and the specific names she called the kid are the big issue here that the entire population of the state of Alaska is less than that of the city of Baltimore. Their culture is not the same as that of California or more progressive areas of the world.
I guarantee Willow Palin doesn't know whether this boy is homosexual or not, and it really wasn't the issue. In that culture (and having grown up and lived in the Southern US whose culture is similar, I can attest to this), calling a hetero boy a faggot or gay is an insult.. I don't condone it.. I simply understand it.
Does she need to be educated on how hurtful that can be? Sure.
Is that OUR job? No.
Do I have a right to judge Sarah and Todd Palin for not doing a better job? No.. I've seen a snippet of poor judgment and behavior from a 16 year old girl.
I don't know the Palins personally. Neither do you. I certainly would not want to be held to the standard that some people I've read on the net in the last 24 hours want to hold them to.. I wonder how many of them would want that kind of scrutiny for themselves?
Celebrity or no, politician or no.. kids should be off limits to the press. Amazing to me how Chelsey Clinton's parents were vicious about making sure the press left her alone.. I don't see our current president's kids getting scrutiny (and yes, I know they are much younger than Willow Palin). Politicians take their kids on the road with them to campaign.. yes, Sarah Palin is doing a reality show.. which makes her kids celebrities too.
If we, the people, didn't become so fascinated with watching these reality shows, the networks wouldn't pick them up.. it's a simple business matter of supply and demand. How many of you read celebrity rag-mags (gossip magazines, media, et al)? Celebrity gossip sells. I get that.
I don't understand why you'd be interested in it, but from a business perspective, I get that.
Maybe that's my problem. I just don't care what's happening in the personal lives of people I see on television, or in politics, or in any media format. I don't know them. I honestly don't want to know the dirt on my neighbors either. I care if they need my help or want to talk, but that's different.
In a nutshell, leave the poor kid alone.. her parents too. I may not agree with their politics. I think Sarah Palin, when it comes to political science, is out of her league.
But, as a mom of five kids myself, and a grandmother of two (and yes, my daughter had her children way too young herself).. maybe I relate a little there. Maybe more than a little. And, maybe I just know how hard it is to pull that off, much less to have to do it in the public eye.
Maybe I also remember what it was like to be a 16 year old, filled with hormonal angst.. and I wouldn't have let someone get away with insulting my mom or my sisters or anyone else in my family without a response. I also wouldn't have wanted a snippet of my teenage life when I was not at my best being plastered all over international media, either.
Life's hard enough for kids.. do we have to make it worse by perpetuating this gossipy kind of non-news?
In conclusion, let me offer this one piece of parental advice to the Palins when it comes to Willow. I think she'd choose other forms of insults and her life would be so much better if she just had a Sassy Gay Friend:
I'll be back to regular posting again.. thanks to all of you who emailed or stopped by my Facebook page to check up on me!