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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday... Remembering a time before Fast Fashion, and it's costs on the human beings making it.

First I'd like to say this:

I'm thankful that my daughters have not had to work for less than $3 a day at a sweatshop in order to put food on their tables.  My sister did work for an American company as a presser when she was a teen, and it was hard work, by the piece, but at least it was fair.  And, the working conditions were up to labor standards, and law. 

I remember when the business was moved to Mexico.  I remember when a jobber told the owner of a garment factory there in Mexico, that if he, the owner, couldn't meet the now reduced piece price, that the work was going to China.  And that's exactly what happened.  I remember all these things because I follow trends.

I remember when the not very well disseminated plan in Iraq was to seize the oil fields and then use the revenues to pay ourselves for reparations after we'd accomplished regime change.  This seems to be the way Globalization of jobs works, too.   Make someone else pay for cheap oil.  Cheap someone else pay for cheap everything!

Corporations named in the Documentary (link to follow) have made billions even after a thousand seamstresses died in Bangladesh when the multi storied building they were working in crashed to the ground.

The poor girls and young men who work in Fast Fashion in the "Third World" are not protected, and you will be shocked to learn that even poor, tiny Cambodia has suffered, yet again, from some huge, seemly unstoppable foreign force that has ruined their economy except for the privileged few.  People have been killed by government forces breaking up their rallies.  I'm so disgusted with fashion now.  I will never buy any clothing from anyone who  is NOT affiliated with groups who are doing Fair Traded Fashion Designs.

Since I am a seamstress and have done alterations, Fashion Design and the clothing industry are something that always gets my attention.  Since high school, having made much of my clothing for myself both because I enjoy sewing, and to save money, I had continued sewing for my DH, and for our daughters, while they were young.

So, you can imagine, this was a Documentary that I wanted to see.  It was shocking to say the least.

 It's available on Netflix.

Want a hard look at the so called Fast Fashion movement?  Have  a look HERE.

Elle magazine calls the whole situation, and I quote: "Gut Wrenching and Alarming"

The message is, and I'm taking it, is to know what you are buying, both clothing and leather goods, and care about the welfare and hopes of the ones who are creating it for you.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thankful Thursday, er Tuesday...Books! This is for the tailless ones.. Google+ Trafficking.

I suppose this could be called a Tailless Tuesday post.

We live in a time of immeasurable wealth, not in the usual sense of the word, the mundane money gatherings, but in a time that is glorious by the fact that we have, at our disposal, the thoughts and speculations about our Universe, and World and their workings from all the great minds of the past, and that we can read these philosophies in our native tongues.

That, to me, is truly a miracle which slowly evolved, but a miracle nonetheless.  People who are intent on limiting knowledge, for the most part, have been denounced and banned.   How lucky we are that when we look back down through the ages from our own vantage points today, we can still read those works and ponder them in our hearts.

This ability to commune with great minds of the past is made possible because we have books some of which are almost as old as the oldest civilizations.  And lucky we are that these books were preserved, and translated by others who came before us; those who wrote treatise after treatise upon these ideas in their books.

You may think of yourselves as very lucky and blessed by this because it is nothing less than miraculous that more and more burning of the Libraries, like that in Alexandria, or the Nazis' book burning, have not occurred.

We are Lucky, Tailless ones; we are so very Lucky.


And now for something completely different...

I've decided to be a responsible user of Google+.  No one not in my circles gets past the electric fence.  Also, I've removed any third party link from this blog that might be sending you cookies, and I apologize that you've possibly been used in this way.

Additionally, I'm contemplating removing the Google+ tag from my blog.   What I may do is drop any entity from circles which appears to be a commercial site.  If you are in my Friends circle, or Family, or in the Bloggers, you will still see this blog there, because my original intention in using Google+ was because friends, fellow bloggers, and family are there. 
I know there are a lot of very nice people in the world, but there are also people who piggyback in and misuse good intentions for their own commercial selling.  Sad but true.

To whom it may concern:  I do not - now nor ever- desire to see, or to purchase, a Palatial home in Scottsdale. AZ.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Accidental Art- #20 something

An Occasional Series...  actually, it's #28.

Peels and Flowers- Pre compost study?

Music Monday: Van Morrison, "Sail into the Mystic". Janis Joplin: "Ball and Chain", And Pink, "Me and Bobby McGee"

I love to hear him sing this:
Van Morrison

The amazing Janis Jopland, "Ball and Chain".  The real thing.

She was only a couple of weeks younger than I am, and Part of my generation.  She had her sound, and she put it out there, and lived right out on the edge, too.  Rest in Peace Janis.

Mr. Z and I saw her, once, in concert in a smallish venue.  She was the real deal -a hot, gutsy all out blues singer right to the end.  No camp and no crap.

I like Pink, too.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Flying away... Sunday... Stealing away....

July 25, 2015

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.  
Cheers to all of us thieves!!!

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly Meme

Stolen from: Gabs survey

1. Have you ever had a pen pal?
Since I was little, I've had pen pals.  Now, there are three people whom I write to regularly, though it is exclusively Email, nowadays.  I'd be happy to have more but now they all read my blog.  What else an I possibly tell them in a letter?

2. What’s your favorite breed of dog?
I like all dogs regardless of breed.  If we had a big yard we'd have more dogs of all kinds, and even a few VERY BIG dogs.  Except for some pretty specific breeds, like Poodles and Shelties, I love Mutts best!

3. Can money buy happiness?
Money can buy stability in a time of need, it can do a lot of things toward happiness but it can't buy happiness.  Happiness is a state of mind.

4. Do you listen to music when you’re down?
I listen to music all the time.  The main reason I watch/listen to the credits is the music.

5.What is one thing you spend way too much money on?
Yarn and fabric.  I'm fighting off the urge to buy drapery and curtain material since there is a fantastic sale on it at JoAnne's.

6.Can you honestly say you’re okay right now?
I'm sleepy and need to get to bed because I was up all last night, but I really am OK right now.

7.What was the last thing you spent money on?
I bought the book in the side bar, used,like new.  I'm going to start reading it tonight.  I read myself to sleep if it works it's great, if it doesn't then I have to give up and turn off the light.

8.Is your current hair color mostly your natural hair color?
Yes, I have salt and pepper hair, more salt than pepper now but still, when it's wet from the shower it looks a lot more dark than light.  Most every other black haired person probably has this happen, too.
9.Who have you texted in the last 24 hours?
Today, I texted absolutely no one.  

10.Were you in a good mood last night?
I was sick last night, so no.  Today has been fine though.  Yay!  

Let's Dance!

11.Do you have a reason to smile right now?
OH baby, there is almost always a reason to smile. :o)  So yes.

I just want to eat this little baby up! 

12. How often do you hold back what you want to say?
Quite often because I want to hear someone out before I say anything, usually.  I'm more like a Navajo in that respect.  Give the talker some room please!  Unless they start gesticulating really close to my face and then I just have to ask them to back off a bit.

13. Do you think that in the end, everything will fall into place?
In the end, everything will fall into place.  In the end you either get something done, or you don't and find out that something else faces you and you deal with it.  You never know, something the "other thing" turns out better than anything you could have ever planned.

Either thing could happen and who is to say a lot of grief wasn't avoided when you doggedly trudged on to the ice cream store, and they were out of your favorites. Maybe your least favorite relative came by and You. Weren't. There!  And, you've had some good exercise and More Money!  You've also had a nice walk too, with plenty of time to smell the roses along the way.

14.Are you currently looking forward to anything?
I look forward to every single day.  Something good is going to reveal itself, or maybe a challenge but I do believe, you remember I'm a Quaker, that what is going to teach you, delight you, challenge you can happen at any moment.  The only certainty you have is that you will not walk alone through it.
15.Do you have any TV shows on DVD?
The only TV show DVDs we have are Downton Abby.  That Bug really bit me Hard, Mama!

Lord I am so tired that I'm going off to bed right now with my book in tow.  Have a great Sunday!

I know, three in one day! Hang me up by these crooked thumbs! Monarch Tracker Site

Here is it, Harriet!

The proper one...

Journey North, Citizen Scientists!

It's an Annenberg Learner site.  Thank you Annenberg!

Wolfie, asleep and content.  He no longer freaks out at sky shows from the blasted money pits called sports stadiums.

Saturday Komeekz.. Potato song, Life Lessons from a very kind and wise man...and web jigsaws - yay!

I plan to do both of these things- Keep Calm and Carry on, and Keep Calm and Speak up for Animals.
The Crab, I think is cute but not very huggable, but the watchdog, I want to adopt and bring home to an all new life of lots of hugs and kisses!  The funny little crab reminds me that you can be angry, even damned angry!  But, you should calm down so you don't suddenly turn up your toes with a coronary!  So, then you can then carry on.
This is one of my newest stress busters.  They are just Brilliant fun!

Elle gave me a first Gen iPad, and this is my prezzie from DH.
So, I can read books and do puzzles on two little machines.  Yes, I know they aren't mechanical but I love machines so there you go.  Everything that does stuff inside is a machine to me.

This is just crazy fun!

Have a great weekend!  

Friday, July 24, 2015


Ooops!  The darn thing posted!  And, as of a quarter to midnight, it's finally straightened out!

OK, We'll start with some "other" numbers:

And now for Saturday9
All the Way

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: All the Way (1957)

... because The Gal Herself is into Sinatra

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Frank sings, "who knows where the road will lead us?" Which leads Sam to ask, does your vehicle have GPS?  
No, it does not, but we have a handheld GPS from Rockhounding.

2) Sinatra introduced "All the Way" in the movie, The Joker Is Wild. During that film he also sang "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)." A few years later, in the movie Robin and The Seven Hoods, he declared Chicago as his "kind of town." Besides Chicago, can you think of another city Frank immortalized in song?
Yes, or at least I think I do.  He also sang "New York, New York".  I, too, like Frank Sinatra.
3) When Frank was 19, he saw a pretty girl sitting on her front porch, giving herself a manicure. He went and got his ukelele and serenaded her. That girl became his first wife, Nancy. Tell us how one of your romances began. 
My "one and only romance" started with a "stunning" premonition, this before DH had even arrived, and then with a dance, and, after that, several more.  

4) Both Frank and Nancy grew up in New Jersey. When you think of NJ, what else comes to mind?
New Jersey used to be called, and may still be called, the Garden State.  It must have been amazing back then.  Almost like an Eden by the sea.

5) Sinatra made Las Vegas as famous for entertainment as for gambling. He was so identified with the Strip, that when he played Caesar's Palace the marquee simply said, "He's Here." Have you ever been to Vegas? 
Several times, and I've just been driving through to get from "here" to "there".  I actually don't like Vegas much at all.  To me it's sort of a sad place.

6) Thin for most of his life, Frank was blessed with a metabolism that allowed him to whatever he wanted without gaining weight. He especially enjoyed clams posillipo. What's your favorite Italian dish?
My favorite is probably Lasagna, but Scampi is lovely, and so is an Antepasto salad.  Yummy!

7) Perhaps because of his hardscrabble childhood, Sinatra was a soft touch for charities devoted to kids. One of his favorites was Variety, which sends disadvantaged children on day trips to museums, zoos and sporting events. Here's your chance to tell us about a cause that's near and dear to your heart.
Right now I want to know what is going on with babies in Vernal, Utah but really, anything to do with children, all the other animals and their environments.  

8) Sinatra was a neat freak who couldn't stand dust or clutter and showered at least twice a day. He got this from his mother Dolly, who was compulsive about housecleaning and hygiene. Can you think of a time when you caught yourself doing something and thought, "I'm just like Mom/Dad!"
I'm a lot like my mother.  So, yes.  My mother was a deeply loving person who had trouble expressing her emotional depth of feeling.  I've learned to be more open over the years.  Now I guess it's still not exactly full throttle, but it's a lot more "Italiano" or maybe it's the Irish??  Hmmm??

9) In 1998, Sinatra was buried with the things he always had in tow: a bottle of Jack Daniels, a pack of Camels, a Zippo lighter and 10 dimes. Why the dimes? According to his daughter, "He never wanted to be caught not able to make a call." Of course, 17 years later cell phones have replaced pay phones. Anyway, tell us what you always carry.
I always carry ID and a cell.  And, of course, my Rod when it's open season on the L.A. freeways. Just kidding!

Tell the EPA to Save Monarch Butterflies

Tell the EPA to Save Monarch Butterflies

I'm starting  my campaign for the rest of the earthlings...

We used to see dozens of Monarchs passing through our garden in a year, now we are lucky to see 3!  I know that something could have been done five years ago, and nothing was.  This is the North American Monarch.  It's our butterfly!  It exists in no other place on earth.  We just might save it but we are up against Monsanto.  They make the crap that's killing this butterfly.

Friday5 Teaching Expectations, and what they can do for students?

Friday 5 for July 24: Expected Student Learning Results

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! 

Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

A trend in education for the past several years has been to identify the central, target outcomes a school sets its sights on for its graduates. They’re kind of a pain sometimes, but the primary aim is admirable, and institutions who use them well can get a lot out of them. I’ve taught at two schools who defined their outcomes this way, so I thought it would be fun to use one set of them here. There were five, you see.

In what way were you a concerned citizen this past week?
I blogged about alerts from environmental groups and try to stir up more action for them.

In what way were you a clear communicator this past week?
See last week's Sunday Stealing for a clue?  Anyway the rest of the week would yield no example of "Clear communication" since there was nothing that would be interesting to relate here.

In what way were you an insightful learner this past week?
I watched the documentary, "The Widow-maker" this past week.  I'm planning to watch it again. This time I'll take copious notes.

It gets you attention when your 43 year old assistant Veterinarian drops dead of a heart attack with no prior indication of trouble; any concerned person wants to know WHY.

It's my opinion that LarMarj and Country Dew are right, and I know as well, that we have a screwed up healthcare system where making money is more important than treating people in order to get them well without unnecessary surgeries and drugs..

In what way were you an effective advocate this past week?
Other than things mentioned already, I have no idea.  I'm not entirely sure what role advocacy plays at this stage of my life.  I'm much more of a private person than I've ever been before.  I would like to remain an advocate for the poor, of children and of animals, though this will have to be carried out via this blog.

In what way were you a responsible risk-taker this past week?
Now, that's a hard one.  I am not taking on risk at any level anymore.  If it finds me, and it hasn't, I'll deal.  Actually, I'm going slightly eccentric and plan to join an Agricultural  commune(CSA)  That's my risk taking for the future.

Thank you for participating, and may you have an educational weekend!