Good News


Hello everyone, I am sorry I have not been here as much as usual. I was on a day trip yesterday. But the news is that I am getting ready to go to my sister’s graduation. She used to work for a architect and she designed jewelry stores in malls around the country. She also fixed their computer server one day and IT Manager was added to her job description. In spite of having two strokes in 2008 she worked hard regaining all of the abilities. She had lost her speech and movement on the left side. She reevaluated her life and decided she wanted to do something else.  So she decided to go back to school. She got an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking Systems and today she graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Security. The first degree she had a 4.0 and for  the security degree she has a  3.99 and I am really proud of her. This past February she had another stroke and it affected her speech so she was in speech therapy, and off work for three months. The therapy worked and her speech is fine now. She went back to work and school and today is her graduation. She has been brave and courageous. She has kept her wicked sense of humor and she did her best and despite the setbacks, she has accomplished everything. We had made an agreement that I would continue to work until she graduated and then I would retire. So she quit and was accepted at the school. The plan was going just as we planned. Then my doctors told me if I didn’t retire then, 2008, I would end up in a wheelchair or worse. So we needed to adjust our plans and we did, and my sister worked full time for all but the first couple of quarters of her degree. Here in America, we had our economic crash in 2008 so this was all ill timed. But today I am here to tell you her dream has come true. We are off to go to the graduation.

Never give up. You never know what the Universe will bring into your life.

Judge comes down hard on NSA phone tactics


This is worthy of a good conversation.

“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval.”

eaglespyingThose are the words of Judge Richard J. Leon of the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia as he denounced the National Security Agency yesterday in his ruling on Klayman vs. Obama. The judge, a George W. Bush appointee, ordered the NSA to stop collecting data on the personal calls of the two plaintiffs and destroy the records it has gathered on them. He stayed his injunction, giving the government time to appeal.

The case is the first where a federal judge not on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which authorized and rubber-stamps the operations of the once-secret surveillance program, has ruled on the NSA’s data collection on a non-criminal defendant.

In his 68-page ruling, Judge…

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Free Kindle Version of Green Anthology, Dec. 17-21, 2013


Book is being given away free in kindle version. Good deal.

Silver Birch Press

ImageTo celebrate the Yuletide season, we’re offering a free Kindle version of the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology — available from Tuesday, Dec. 17th through Saturday, Dec. 21st at Amazon.com. (If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can still read the book — with free reading apps, available at this link.) If you are in the UK, try Amazon.co.uk.

Featuring the work of 72 writers from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Europe, and Africa, the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology includes poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, an author interview, memoirs, and poetic essays that touch on the theme of green in creative, fresh, and compelling ways.

We would appreciate any reblogs, tweets, emails, and facebook posts about this Kindle giveaway!

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