Monday, October 13, 2008
The now-famous Democratic donkey was first associated with Democrat Andrew Jackson's 1828 presidential campaign. His opponents called him a jackass (a donkey), and Jackson decided to use the image of the strong-willed animal on his campaign posters. Later, cartoonist Thomas Nast used the Democratic donkey in newspaper cartoons and made the symbol famous.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Lyric night of the lingering Indian Summer
Shadowy fields that are senseless but full of singing.
Never a bird, but the passionless chant of insects,
The grasshopper's horn, and far off, high in the maples
the wheel of a locust leisurely grinding the silence
Under a moon waning and worn and broken,
Tired with summer.
Let me remember you, voices of little insects,
Weeds in the moonlight, fields that are tangled with asters,
Let me remember you, soon will the winter be on us,
Snow-hushed and heartless.
Over my soul murmur your mute benediction
While I gaze, oh fields that rest after harvest,
As those who part look long in the eyes they lean to,
Lest they forget them.
- Sara Teasdale - from Rivers to the Sea
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
It sure feels good enjoying the cool crisp Autumn sunshine and savoring the last days before the snow comes. Here in western NY we don't feel the push and pull of Wall street nearly as much as we feel the change in the seasons and the wind that comes from the west across the tops of the ridges between us and Lake Erie. When I tell new friends on line I live in New York they always think I live close to New York City. The "Big Apple" is 400 miles away and culturally as far as Asia. That big apple has had a big old green worm drilling under its flesh for a long time and it was just a matter of time before its ugly head broke through the rosy skin and exposed itself. The culture of greed has been festering for a decade at least. Please someone tell me what is the difference between gaming on the Seneca Reservation and playing the stock market? I don't see it. Why should the foolishness of the Investment Banks and Wall Street dictate to those of sound mind living in America and working and doing their part as citizens? I say reform needs to go far deeper than some safe guards to keep Banks from going astray again. I think the economy needs to be weaned from the volatile stock market. Let's hope it doesn't take another great depression for America to come to its senses.
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- I grew up in Chautauqua County, NY. I graduated from Edinboro University of Pennyslvania in 1981 with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalworking. I have been married 31 years. I currently run a small business with my husband. We both enjoy the outdoors and animals a great deal and live on a tiny farm in Western, NY.