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What’s your hidden talent?

Your Hidden Talent
You are a great communicator. You have a real way with words.
You’re never at a loss to explain what you mean or how you feel.
People find it easy to empathize with you, no matter what your situation.
When you’re up, you make everyone happy. But when you’re down, everyone suffers.


What happened the year you were born?

Saw this in Ginger’s blog…. cool, huh? Thought I could get away with posting it too since we were born in different years. 🙂

In 1969 (the year I was born)….

Richard Nixon becomes president of the US

Senator Edward Kennedy escapes injury when the car he is driving veers off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island

US astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to set foot on the moon while commanding the Apollo 11 mission

Breathtaking pictures of Mars are transmitted to earth from NASA’s Mariner 7 as it passes within 2,200 miles of the Red Planet

Woodstock music festival begins in upstate NY, featuring performances by Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and many more artists

250,000 Vietnam War protestors gather in Washington for the largest anti-war rally in US history

The first draft lottery since WWII is held in New York City

The Beatles’ performance in public for the last time, on the roof of Apple Records

The Stonewall riots mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the US

Marilyn Manson, Jennifer Aniston, Rene Zellweger, Edward Norton, Christian Slater, and Linus Torvalds are born

New York Mets win the World Series

New York Jets win Superbowl III

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Sesame Street premieres

Midnight Cowboy wins the Oscar for best picture

David Bowie’s debut single, “Space Oddity”, becomes a huge hit – in part to the US landing on the moon

Sharon Tate & the LaBiancas are found murdered by Charles Manson & “family”

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

More cool things for your blog at

Follow-up newspaper article

This post may be upsetting to many… read with caution!

Today I read the follow up article about the 4 year old boy that was found severely abused, neglected, malnourished & kept in a closet. It’s nauseating.

The boy’s aunt is who he was living with. His mom & her half brother (who was masquerading as her husband) were also living in the trailer that had no electricity, no running water, a garbage bag for a toilet, and a huge hole in the roof. There was hardly any food for people in the trailer, but lots of dog food, dog shampoo, dog supplies. The article said that the dogs were healthier than the boy was.

Weighing 26 pounds at 4 years of age, this poor child was forced to hold hand weights above his head as punishment for “bathroom” accidents. When he grew too tired to hold them above his head, he would drop the weights on his head and feet. The mom got tired of him dropping the weights, so she taped them to his hands & put a football helmet on his head.

I’m appalled by this.. that people would bring a child into the world and then treat them so badly.

The mom & her half brother are now in jail being held with a high bail amount. The aunt was in jail and she is now released.

This took place in Oklahoma… a couple of hours from here.

The little boy has been in foster care for about a month now & has gained 9 pounds. He told police officers that he had never celebrated his birthday & didn’t know what Christmas is. There was one toy in the trailer when they found him.. a torn up teddy bear. The mom’s half brother had almost $2000.00 cash with him when he was arrested.

Sounds like drug dealing to me.. but, of course, I don’t have any idea if that’s what those people were doing.

While my children think of Harry Potter living in a closet (in the first novel) as a sort of adventure, I’m sure that Ms. Rowling meant for it to be a horrific thing when she wrote the novel.. much like this poor child’s life was horrifying before he was rescued from that trailer.

I tried to say “rescued from HIS HOME,” but I guess it wasn’t really a HOME, was it?

A dozen years

At 8:53am tomorrow morning, I’ll have been a mom for 12 years!

I cannot believe she’s already this age. Amazing how quickly they grow up, isn’t it?

Newspaper article

Today, Mom showed the kids an article in yesterday’s newspaper about a 4 year old boy that had been made to live in a closet. He weighed 26 pounds. The kids have been telling me about it. The article said that he ate only oatmeal & ramen noodles & told the horrible things he was put through.

I’m sure it makes a day with me fussing about picking up their games & toys when they’re finished, putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, or dishes in the dishwasher seem like a breeze.

My friendly ghost

I have noticed an odd phenomenon in… my bedroom of all places! And, NO, it’s not an X-rated phenomenon!

I have a touch lamp on the nightstand beside my bed. I currently have a make-shift nightstand.. it’s a 2 drawer file cabinet posing as a nightstand.

When I walk across the room or touch the nightstand, the lamp comes on.. low, medium, high, off. For days, I’ve noticed this & have found it curious.. giggling about the idea of telling my kiddos we have a friendly ghost who hangs out in my room turning the lamp on & off.

Last night I lay in bed, not able to sleep, touching the side of the file cabinet, watching the light come on over and over. It was almost like having a clapper. Clap on, clap off. I never had one of those things.. but thought they looked like they’d be great fun, for a while at least.

I know it’s b/c the metal of the file cabinet is conducting energy somehow.. but I don’t really understand it b/c there’s felt lining on the bottom of the lamp which I thought would prevent this kind of problem from happening. Well, that and to prevent scratching of whatever surface it sits upon.

The Dobster is really smart

He knows that I don’t like him walking on/landing on/running across the keyboard when I’m on the computer… I pick him up & move him each & every time he gets on it. I know he KNOWS because each time he gets on it now, he RUNS really fast across it to the other side. It’s kind of funny.. although frustrating because now he’s big enough to make the keys go down. Before, he could walk on it & the keys didn’t depress. He’s growing up!

I just realized that he was 7 months old on Monday.