Monday, March 30, 2009

Pass it on

So at the beginning of this year, a hottie in front of Target grabbed my attention for Greenpeace. My mother, when I was 11/12, was into it and in turn I was. I wrote letters to the president, had my classmates sign petitions, did speeches on animal cruelty and tuna fishing. I am happy to get involved in it again and thought, I have some readers here, maybe some of the info would be of interest to you.


Save the Polar Bears, Save the Planet!

Before leaving office, the Bush Administration passed last-minute regulations designed to weaken the protections afforded to polar bears and other wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. However, President Obama recently signed a law passed by Congress on March 11th that gives Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar special authority to rescind the dangerous Bush regulations.

The new law only gives Salazar this authority until May 3, so it's imperative that we act now! Sign our petition opposing the Bush Administration's illegal and illogical regulations!


The Power of Sunlight will be Rolling across Vermont

Tomorrow, March 28th, marks the 30th anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown and the kick-off of our month-long tour of Vermont with the Rolling Sunlight, Greenpeace's solar-equipped, biodiesel-fueled truck.

Right now Vermont has a unique opportunity to shut down Entergy's aging nuclear reactor, Vermont Yankee, and to choose clean, safe renewable energy. The Vermont legislature has given itself the authority to accept or reject the relicensing of the reactor. The Rolling Sunlight and Greenpeace will visit farmers' markets, universities, film screenings, and galleries throughout the state to engage Vermonters about the risks of running Vermont Yankee for another 20 years and the benefits of replacing the nuclear reactor with renewable energy. Read more about the tour here.
And on this 30th anniversary of the meltdown, it's important that we remember Three Mile Island and the dangers posed by nuclear power and its deadly wastes. You can read our blog, "Remembering the Three Mile Island Meltdown," on Huffington Post.


The Road to Copenhagen

We recently kicked off our Road to Copenhagen campaign in China, where Greenpeace activists projected some stunning images calling on the Chinese president and the chief executive of Hong Kong to attend the UN climate talks in Copenhagen this December. Over the next ten months Greenpeace will be holding similar actions in countries across the globe, including right here in the U.S. We need strong leadership from the U.S. and China, the world's largest emitters of global warming pollution, at the Copenhagen talks. This might be the last chance we'll get to put an effective, global solution into place in time to avert the worst effects of climate change. Check out a slideshow from the China projections, and read more on our staff blog about why it's so important for the U.S. and China to lead the world's response to global warming.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

inspired, too bad it's bad

So this week, I have had a few things happen that have inspired me to write. The sad thing is that what has affected me enough to actually write was a bad thing.

I was at work and a co-worker gets a phone call from her oldest daughter's school. No on has come to pick her up. Turns out dad fell asleep and her daughter was so upset. I immediately feel the worst anxiety and fought back what could have been a panic attack.

When I was in the first grade, a girl named Shae used to walk me home from school. I think she was in the fourth grade. I don't remember why she didn't walk me home that day, but I remember panic setting as I ran from her classroom back to mine, only to find no one was there. I made my way to the front of the school and waited at the crosswalk. The guards let us cross and I ran the two blocks down Lincoln Avenue to the townhouse my parents rented. The door was locked. My mother was a stay at home mom during those days and should have been home. I went to the neighbors house and knocked. By this time I was petrified and crying so hard i could barely see. No answer. I crouched down in front of our front door and sobbed.

I heard a car horn, unmistakeably belonging to my parents 1964 Ford. I run to the car so thankful that they were there only to find my parents laughing. They had followed me home and watched me break down and let me sit in front of the house for a good 5 minutes and laughed.

This wasn't the first time they did something that would still effect me so strongly. My father thought it would be funny to throw me in the trunk of the 1964 Ford and leave me in there. He sat on the trunk lid listening to me scream for help. Thinking about it now makes my heart race and I am fighting off tears.

From what I understand, my father's dad used to do similar things to him. He would drive him and my grandmother to random places and drop them off and let them find their ways home. My mom told me there was a visit my grandmother had with us when I was a baby where they laughed at drugging my grandfather so they could go to a movie. My grandfather abused my father mentally and physically. This wonderful trait was passed on down to my dad. I missed a chunk of school and the police were called. He never touched my mom or my sister, just me. As an adult I understand that he was sick and it wasn't me that set him off. As a daughter, I don't understand why he hated me so much.

So this phone call my coworker received has given me two nights of horrible nightmares and I have this horrible fear that Derek won't come home. It's so stupid that things that happened to me 25 years ago can mess me up.

And even though this man who was my father was nothing but horrible to me, I still feel pain in my heart like i'm missing something. I haven't seen him since I was 12 and I haven't talked to him since I was 16. Apparently you can disappear if you really want to. I have looked for him, I even called the place my grandmother was cremated to see if they could tell me anything.

I just want 10 minutes with him, I just have one question. Why?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Here I come to save the day!

i would love to have a huge pink gun...HONK!

Monday, March 16, 2009

And to continue with my new obsession

Again & Again, by the Bird and the Bee

Love them TONS!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Song of the Day 03/15/09

More like song of the month! Deicated to my pal Walt who text messaged me that he loved this song while I was listening to it!

Love Letter to Japan, by the Bird and the Bee

I love this song so hard!

Friday, March 13, 2009

So I started a band!

Thanks Qcast!

What would your own album look like if you were in a band?

Follow the directions below and find out…Here are the rules:

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”or click The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select “random quotations”or click The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”or click Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

Here’s mine:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Music Junk and Stuff

So my pal Bjorn issued a challenge. For the month of March he challenges people to not play their top 15 artists. We found ours via My top 15 are:

1 Tori Amos
2 Modest Mouse
3 Elliott Smith
4 Bing Crosby
5 Queen
6 The Dresden Dolls
7 Nirvana
8 Radiohead
9 Jimmy Eat World
10 Garbage
11 Sleater-Kinney
12 Frank Sinatra
13 Weezer
14 The Suicide Machines
15 Madonna

So I decided that I would do it. So while Derek and I were out yesterday, I spent some money on some new music. I purchases Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Adele, The Bird and the Bee, and The White Stripes. I also have some Rufus CDs that I haven't paid proper attention to. So challenge extended! Find some new music and if you find something good, hook a sister up!