Isn’t It Funny


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Isn’t it funny how big corporations complain about their taxes in the USA are the highest in the world.  Even though their wages among  industrial countries are some of the lowest hummmmmmmmmmm. I wonder if their distaste for higher taxes is so they can give higher wages to their employees? “I’ll just say it, laugh out loud”.

An Afternoon Tea Birthday Party!

A super long post- don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Although Zoey’s birthday was two weeks ago, we just officially celebrate it this weekend. Her favorite aunt was out of town and we possibly couldn’t celebrate without her. Last year, we skipped a ‘real’ b-day celebration altogether because we were in the midst of moving into our new home. It was completely chaotic- I also started my dream job and found out I was pregnant with Mr. Axel around the same time.

Zoey has been looking forward to her birthday party for the last 2 months. She has a countdown calendar that she looks at everyday. It’s crazy what one year does to a child. Last year, I don’t think a birthday party would mean much to her. This year, she is so excited and sings happy birthday to herself frequently.

z8aI wanted to make this birthday a special one…

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What makes you shine? (the tale of a book tour…)

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The book tour babes:  Monica, me, Terri and Suzi The book tour babes: Monica, me, Terri and Suzi

Hello, dear reader, you with your stories, with hands that create breakfast, lunch and dinner along with many mysteries.

I am finally returning from the Giving Motherhood a Voice tour through our fair Upper Peninsula.  The waves of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior pulsed in the background as we read stories from An Anthology of Babes:  36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice, edited by Suzi Banks Baum.  We traveled to Escanaba, Marquette and Ishpeming.  Yesterday, we settled in a cabin nestled in pines and spruce near the foggy lake in Big Bay and created collages and painted rocks and wrote soulful words whispered to us by stones and seagulls and lighthouses at Suzi’s Slow Time Salon.

We’ve celebrated women’s voices this past week.  We’ve touted women’s stories.  We’ve honored our mothers, our grandmothers, our children, our partners.  Especially we’ve sung the…

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Ladies of the lake and other Lake Superior sunset photos

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Evening silhouette against the lake Evening silhouette against the lake (this may be a gentleman of the lake!)

Friends, I am leaving again–heading downstate to visit my mom and dad and brothers and families–but still want to show you some sunset photos from an evening in Big Bay along Lake Superior last Friday night during the aforementioned book tour.

Beating wings of geese over Lake Superior Beating wings of geese over Lake Superior

There are more pictures of the Big Bay Lighthouse but I’m not sure if there shall be time to upload them before departing and driving 550 miles south to my dear family.

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1. It’s three below zero right now.  (Tree below zero according to that old Finnish joke.  Must look for photo to illustrate.)

2.  It’s damn cold.  I started Barry’s car this morning when the thermometer shivered at 6 below zero (-21.1 C).  It’s all thanks to Grandma’s 1969 or 1970 one-piece snowmobile suit with the orange-red racing stripes.  When and if that snowmobile suit disintegrates, he’s on his own.  He can start his own car.  The suit is ripping in one place.  He suggested I sew it.  I suggested he sew it.  Tit for tat, as they say.  (I like rushing out in the freezing cold on stay-at-home mornings sometimes, the inner engine pumping in the dark, clouds of vapor rising from the face toward stars, the fingers not yet numb.  This is not a daily obligation, so don’t any women libbers fret.  I do it because it’s invigorating and…

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Red Dok’s New Album


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It’s here! Here is the link for Red Dok’s new album All Mixed Up

This is how Red Dok describes this album:

All Mixed Up was written from three different perspectives.

The first one is Old School, New Hip Hop and R&B Dance.  If you like Prince and Nelly you will like this.

The second one is a political aspect with a dance groove funk inspired by some of the Old School Funk bands like Sly, Graham Central Station, James Brown and Funkadelics.

The Third one is a Faith based and deep human emotion for love understanding and loss.

If you have any concern of what’s happening in this world than you will hear were I am coming from with these tracks. Enjoy.

What Baby-boomers Want to Know


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After interviewing some baby-boomers and asking the question what’s on your mind, surprisingly several of them wanted to know the answers to the following.

  • What happened to The Cost of Living Raise or for that matter raises in general?
  • Why is taxes being taken out of Unemployment? It didn’t use to be.
  • Why don’t some people get it or just don’t want to acknowledge that companies are not the job creators and that the customers  are the job creators. Without customers buying there would not be any companies or businesses.
  • What makes employers think that paying minimum wage that they will have a high percentage of employees that really care about their jobs. If you can’t pay above minimum wage then you should not be in business.

What’s your thoughts?

You’ve Gotta Do What You’ve Gotta Do!


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Sorry I have not written a post lately. I have been a caregiver for my 1 year old grandson. Its been such a joy to bond with him. Thursdays to the library we go for story time and once during the week we have art class.  I can’t believe how creative I have been turning things into art just by recycling, paper towel rolls, old news paper, burned out light bulbs, old greeting card and much more. He turns 2 in January and I sure will miss the time we have shared during the week when he starts at a  Christian school with his 4 year old sister and 3 year old brother. I will always remember these moments.