Sunshine Award

Thank you to Quarter Acre Lifestyle for nominating me for the SunShine Award.  The blog is source of light and air and love in the world and worth a look!

So the rules of this award are the following:

1) Use the logo above in the post.
2) Link to whoever nominated you.
3) Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
4) Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere.”
5) Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

Ten pieces of information about myself:

1.I love Irises and roses

2. I love to write and paint

3. I love to listen to music: Classic rock, classical music, jazz, blues, zydeco

4; I love opera and ballet

5. I love sunshine and warm breezes

6. I love reading

7. I really am an idealist

8. I love my grandchildren; all nine of them

9. I love my friends

10. I like ice cream

My 10 Nominees

  1. RoSy
  2. Mountainmae
  3. Social Awareness
  4. Willowdot21
  5. Moorbey’s
  6. Source of Inspiration
  7. Dr. Rex
  8. Renard Moreau
  9. Petrel41
  10. BooknVolume
  11. Petchary’s BLog
  12. Looking for Reasoning in a Complicated World
  13. Return of the Modern Philosopher

Florida Senate Advances Changes In Stand Your Ground Law

Time to stop this law which has been misused and abused.

End Stand Your Ground


UPDATE: Florida Hearing On Repeal Of Stand Your Ground Is Nov. 7th

For the first time since neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Florida’s Senate held a hearing on changes to the state’s controversial stand-your-ground law, and new guidelines for deadly force and self-defense by neighborhood watch groups were approved with a vote of 7-2

The Judiciary Committee hearing was held Tuesday on Senate Bills 130 , regarding deadly force, filed by Senator David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs) and SB122, regarding self-defense, filed in August by Senator Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale).

The two bills were combined into one, as SB130, by an amendment passed at the hearing. Simmons was one of the authors of Florida’s original infamous stand-your-ground law. The bill still has to go through three more hoops before it reaches the House: the Criminal Justice, Community Affairs, and Rules Committees.

The combined SB130  requires county sheriff or…

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Domestic Violence Must End

You Can Help End Domestic Violence

You Can Help End Domestic Violence

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development domestic viollence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families. If a couple has a violent arguement in the home, it is usually the woman and children who flee. They flee with little but what is on their backs. This is another reason why Domestic Violence Shelters are so important. They can place the women and children into temporary housing. Most can then also help them to find housing for her and the children. In my long experience I have never known a man to leave unless he is the victim.

End Violence in the Home

End Violence in the Home

Survivors of domestic violence face higher rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks (PTSD) and other mental disturbances. Many are too ashamed of being beaten to go to a doctor or mental health workder and ask for help.

You Can't Beat a Woman.

You Can’t Beat a Woman.

Domestic Violence contributes to poor health in survivors. Chronic conditions such as heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders can become more serious due to repeated battering. Fear and anger build up in the victim and the stress can lead to other health issues.

Among women brought to an Emergency Room after being beaten, were socially isolated, and had fewer social and financial resources than women who were not abused. Part of the emotional abuse is social isolation. The victim is cut off from friends, family, therapists, neighbors because the abuser needs to have total control over the victim. Abusers don’t want women to hear there is a place to go and get help. i often would put the hotline number on a piece of paper and pass it to the victim without being seen. Each city has a hotline number and you can help save a life by getting the number and gently putting it into a woman’s hand.

Without help, girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to abuse when they are teens and young adults. Without help, boys who witness domestic violence, are far more likely to become abusers of their partners and/or  children as adults. This continues the cycle of violence into later generations.

Theme : Political and Protest songs

An old favorite of us old hippies. I pray that we might learn from them. Peace, Barbara


Abraham, Martin and John” is a 1968 song written by Dick Holler and first recorded by Dion. It is a tribute to the memory of four assassinated Americans, all icons of social change, namely Abraham LincolnMartin Luther King, Jr.John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. It was written in response to the assassinations of King and the younger Kennedy in April and June 1968.

Each of the first three verses features one of the men named in the song’s title, for example:

Has anybody here, seen my old friend Abraham –
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lot of people, but it seems the good die young
But I just looked around and he’s gone.  ( Source wikipedia)

Zombie” is a protest song by the Irish rock band The Cranberries.[1] It was released…

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