Thursday, February 28, 2008

FYI

Hey folks,

I haven't forgot about my blog on my weekend in Pennyslvania. I will get that up, hopefully sometime next week.

Take care.

am

Ladies Where We Are?

Today I was listening to NPR like I usually do. It has become a part of my routine since Howard Stern left for Sirius. I do miss his show, but I'm not looking back, because I get news stories that I would never hear on mainstream media and for me that's a blessing. I sigh with relief every morning I turn my home or car radio to 90.5 fm WNPR.

This week the media has given plenty of attention to political banter going back and forth between McCain and Obama, they're setting them up to be the two presidential candidates come November. Although I'm an Obama support, I won't count Hillary out, not yet. We'll all know next Wednesday after the next set of primary competitions in Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont.

Today, one of the stories on NPR featured interviews from McCain and Obama supporters gearing up for the primary elections in Texas. The comments from the Obama supporters invoked the change theme that has been crucial to his campaign theme. The McCain supporters were a disfranchised bunch, no big surprise, the real hardcore conservatives consider Huckabee, their guy, but they realize he doesn't have a shot at the nomination. Now they must settle for McCain, and many of them aren't happy about that. I'm sure everything I've mentioned sounds pretty straight forward. Here is where it gets interesting for me, the reporter interviews a women, who identifies herself as a conservative Christian, she talked about her beliefs and why she's going to vote for McCain even though he is not her first choice. Her beliefs as a Evangelical Christian women led her to say that a woman should not be the president of the United States because that is not her role as a women. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I thought to myself, how many woman in our country and the world feel that woman shouldn't have the right or authority to be leaders of there nations.

I thought to myself, a women can take care of her household, husband, children, but not be President, Prime Minister, or a General. I said, "This lady is crazy." I know the woman isn't crazy, but her interpretation of her religion and the role of women in her religion gave me a sense of disappointment. I guess I expected that attitude from men and got caught of guard that it was coming from a woman. Although things change, they still remain the same.

I know women and men aren't physically equal, at least not in most cases, but I believe equal work deserves equal pay, and that still isn't happening for the majority of women in this country. Hell, if you decide to have a child, you only get up to 8 weeks paid leave. That is a travesty in my opinion. The so-called greatest nation in the world doesn't even respect new mothers, many of whom are working mothers enough to protect their jobs with pay for a year. I'm sure the conservative would call my idea socialist and say it creates too much government interference, but if we believe that raising a child is the most important job a woman can have, shouldn't our government do more to support that role, and I'm not talking welfare, I'm talking child care, mom at home with her baby. Since Conservatives are all about family values I think this would a cause they champion. I think this is an area I'm going to do some more research on.

Let me get back to my point and that is, Where are we and where are going? I'm still trying to figure that out. We're have better technology, more ways to communicate, more access to education, yet we still aren't bridging the gaps. Can there ever be middle ground for the staunch social conservatives and progressives like me? I doubt it. All I know is the world is a lot smaller than it seems and in our world there is a constant battle of ideals. We all want to believe we're right. Being right feels great, it's triumphant, but in the end what is the right ideal?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

On My Mind

Hey Folks,

I apologize for the lag in time since my last posting. I've been pretty busy with course work for my MFA program, my nine to five, my volunteer work with New Haven's VITA/EITC, and life in general. Surprisingly I've been keeping pace with my courseload, but it is so easy for me to get off track.

An example would be this past Friday night, instead of moving forward with a scene in Finding Patience, getting engrossed with writing excerpts from classmates, or trudging through a book on public relations theory, I decide to watch HBO'S, The Wire. It's my favorite show on T.V. right now. I'm disappointed that it won't be back for another season. For those of you who haven't seen it, I highly recommend viewing the previous seasons. I don't think you'll be dissappointed. The writing is solid, the stories are gripping and the cast makes you feel like you're right in the thick of things.

Despite all the good I can say about the show, I have to constantly remind myself, that I have my own agenda and although The Wire is thoroughly entertaining, watching a few episodes in a row won't help me get my stories on the screen. Indirectly it does, because I pay attention to the dialogue, characters, and how the story develops, but when I'm not writing I'm not taking myself to the next level. Shame on me, for I can be my own worst enemy. T.V is like my crack and I'm so ready for another hit at any given moment. I'm working on it but it's tough. The good thing is I know my achille's heel, so I just have to be more diligent about succombing to it.

I definitely feel a lot more focused, but I have to continue to push myself. I need to keep my momentum. I have a great deal of work to accomplish this week and due to the long holiday weekend I have less time to do it. I feel a couple late nights coming on.

Stay tuned... I also have a post coming on my weekend at the Bischwind Bed and Breakfast and my drive through the Pennsylvania country side.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super Tuesday

Hey Folks,

Before I went to the gym and got my exercise on, I went to vote. It felt great! This was my first vote as a democrat. I never thought I'd see the day when I would switch from unaffliated to Democrat, but this primary is just too important. This is the first time I've really been inspired by a candidate. Barack Obama may not be as poised as Hillary in public speaking or have her D.C. connections, but his energy is captivating and it's a difference that's making a difference in his campaign. He's new, fresh and reaching out to my generation like no other presidential candidate out there. This really is history in the making.

I'm really trying to be involved and get others involved or at least have people I know start to pay attention to the issues. Yesterday I emailed my contact list reminding them to vote, regardless of their party affliation. I also posted a video with Will.I.am and other celebrities supporting Obama on my Facebook page. Feel free to check it out. It's a small contribution, I know, but lots of small things add up.

While it's a cloudy and damp day in New Haven, CT, I can't help but feel like the sun is shining. I know the feeling won't last forever, so I'll enjoy it while I can. I'm hoping there's another upset today, like the one on Sunday night. Go Giants! Whatever happens tonight, the road ahead still remains unclear and an uphill battle. There are many problems that we have to address as a nation. I can give a laundry list, but I'll save that for another posting.

If you're a registered Democrat or Republic, have your voice heard and get out and vote. Go to Myspace, Facebook, and/or Utube, check out NPR, they give pretty good unbiased coverage. Be a part of the process. Our time is now.