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Wonderful Women Of The World

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 12th October 2014

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Good morning!

 Speaking of  ”tax on women…”

Sarah Silverman says it best - This is hilarious! You go girl.

 

Sarah Silverman Fronts a Drastic New Campaign for Wage Equality

She’s not going to stop at anything to make sure she gets equal pay. Which means that this video includes a prosthetic penis, just FYI.

Sarah Silverman helps launch the Equal Payback Project this morning with a video proving she’ll stop at nothing to make sure she’s paid the same as a man — and yes, that means gender reassignment. She’s picking herself out a nice “European” penis that goes nicely with her favorite boots, and then waving the floppy prosthetic peen around a bit, because what else is there to do with it? (Don’t worry though, this is just satire; Sarah still has all her ladyparts.)

“Every year the average woman loses around $11,000 to the wage gap,” Sarah explains in the video. “Over the course of her working life, that’s almost $500,000. That’s a $500,000 vagina tax.” So the Equal Payback Project is looking to crowdfund that amount — times every woman across the United States. That’s a fundraising total of $29,811,746,430,000, which the Project explains is ” a ludicrous goal, to be sure, but one highlighting the real* numbers.”

If the campaign reaches its multi-trillion dollar goal, every American woman (or “vagina owner,” if you’d prefer that on the “payable to” line) will be sent a check canceling out their vagina tax. Otherwise, the donations will be given to the National Women’s Law Center, a nonprofit focused on educating the public about the wage gap and advocating for equal pay. “The wage gap is stubborn, it’s persistent, and it’s outrageous,” the National Women’s Law Center’s co-president said. “We’re thrilled that Sarah Silverman is bringing her prodigious talents and brand of irreverent humor to bear on a very serious issue for women and their families. We hope she opens hearts and minds – and a few pocketbooks – to provide the resources to close the wage gap once and for all.”

Read more about the campaign at EqualPaybackProject.com.

*It’s a figure calculated by multiplying the nearly 69 million working women by the $435,049 a typical woman loses to the wage gap over the course of her career (assuming she works full-time, year-round for 40 years).

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Readers: The wage gap is no joke, but perhaps presented this way, people will listen and take it more seriously.

Hey, Mike, TM: Like everyone else, I too am looking forward to what you’re going to report.

Penny: Sorry you had trouble posting – that is the way it is sometimes. Thanks for your concern and for sticking around anyway, but no blog management problems at all.

Phillip: Ahh…you must be a Newbie – welcome! It seems that you haven’t been reading here long enough to know that I personally don’t censor or limit how many people can comment. As far as people “getting in,” it is the luck of the draw. No one gets priority over anyone else – that wouldn’t be fair now would it? As you can see Zen Lill had the same issue posting as you and Louis.

So no, it’s no unique way to increase my blog numbers. It is enough work blogging every day. I certainly don’t have time to be selective on who gets in and who doesn’t. You can thank those that oppose for any issue happening here.

Thanks for being here! I appreciate all of the readers who comment here in spite of how frustrating it may be sometime!

HaPPY SUNday EveryONE!

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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Aka BABE: We all know what this means by now :)

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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 5th October 2014

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Good morning!

“Just noticing…”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is serious stuff but we don’t have to be so serious to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hey, even theWhite House has been known to illuminate the cause.

 

The North Portico exterior of the White House is illuminated pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 1, 2012 (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

The North Portico exterior of the White House is illuminated pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 1, 2012 (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

From the Huff Po. 

These 6 Ways People Are Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month Will Make You Smile

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and some individuals and organizations are going beyond pink ribbons to embrace out-of-the-box ways to stand up for breast health.

We’ve partnered with the makers of Genius 3D mammography to highlight six awesome ways people are doing their part to keep breast cancer a part of the conversation.

1. Check Your Puppies! 

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Arguably the best thing on the internet, these pups are bringing attention to breast cancer prevention, thanks to the UK edition of Cosmopolitan and London-based self-examination advocate organization CoppaFeel!. It might seem silly, but their heads (er…hands?) are in the right place: Each month, Cosmo’s Facebook and Twitter followers are reminded to conduct their monthly breast exam with a photo of cute puppies in a bra. Cute animals AND breast health? We’re into it.

2. #itouchmyselfproject

This a cappella take on The Divinyls’ 1990 classic anthem “I Touch Myself” will give you chills. After realizing her diagnosis was terminal, frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett thought this girl-power classic should be repurposed to encourage women to check their bodies for cancer. After her death in April 2013, Australian advocacy group Cancer Council New South Wales collaborated with a local group of singers to recreate this song as a means for self-examination advocacy.

3. Standup (Literally) for Awareness

We were already big fans of comedian Tig Notaro, but the way she announced her breast cancer diagnosis threw her into uncharted onstage territory. The set, which is now available on iTunes, got rave reviews for bringing a touch of humor to a very unfunny topic. From Entertainment Weekly: “…Funny, sensitive, and with a firm grasp on the fundamental absurdity of life.” Not many people can turn tragedy into touching standup, but Tig Notaro definitely succeeded.

4. Turning Lemons into (Actual) Lemonade

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What’s the only thing more refreshing than a tall glass of chilled sweetness? One served with a side of compassion. Two Texas girls took their end-of-summer lemonade stand to philanthropic heights when they used the classic kid entrepreneur model to raise funds for a local organization dedicated to helping breast cancer patients. The girls put a creative touch on the summer classic — offering customers the choice of pink lemonade (and cupcakes) to help raise awareness for the cause. How sweet is that?!

5. Stiletto Stampede
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Race for the Cure events will happen in 150 cities around the world this year alone. But organizers in Austin, Texas, really kick it up a notch with “Stiletto Stampede,”their take on the annual fund-race. Now in its sixth year, participants make the 100-yard dash in high heels to help women and men better understand breast cancer and breast health.

6. Cookies for the Cause
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We love these “mammo-graham” cookies from blogger Wendy Thomas. Here’s the recipe so you can make your own and spread awareness among your family and friends (or even the office!)

Mammo-Graham Marzipan Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • chocolate graham crackers split in two
  • 1 roll of marzipan
  • white frosting
  • pink frosting gel

To make the ones pictured above, Wendy used one roll of the marzipan cut into 13 pieces and warmed in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Then she says to “roll each section into a ball, and squish while molding it until you have a flat section for between the graham crackers and a bulging section that sticks out. ‘Glue’ the marzipan to the graham crackers with some frosting and then use the gel frosting to make the nipple.”

Genius 3D mammography is available as Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® 3D system. Please consult your physician for a complete list of the benefits and risks associated with mammography.

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Readers: Of course, I love anything with animals and kids…and the song…well it speaks for itself. Tig Notaro interview is a fresh and wonderful mix of raw vulnerability, authenticity, and comedy – a good watch. And those Mammo Grahams are hilarious! Yes, guys, they do get smashed like that in the mammogram x-ray machine.

Are you doing anything special this month to honor our sisters that have been diagnosed with breast cancer or who are breast cancer survivors? Please share. Blog me.

FF: Thanks for taking a step forward to stop the insanity of these thugs with badges. I tried your link to write a letter myself and it isn’t working.

If anyone would like to contact Ohio Governor Kasich’s inbox, click here.

Burne: I can totally relate about voters voting on single issues that affect them, especially when it comes to the repubs that I know. I don’t know the stats of older voters vs young voters though. I have some repub friends and I feel that they are just focusing on one or two issues and using talking points given to them. Usually it is about taxes. Ugh…So frustrating.

In my opinion and experience from the ones I do engage in a political conversation with, they’re really not on top of any other issues except the one or two that is personally affecting them. And if I have to be totally honest, I don’t even think they are totally informed, even on those. Most of my frustration is with women who have no idea because they live with their head in the sand living in a tiny world, too dumb, or just go into denial that their party is mostly misogynists who could care less about them.

But I hear what you’re saying, Marilyn. Young voters are just not voting, and especially when it comes to midterm elections. That is where we can make a huge difference, and win this election, if we can just get the young dems to the polls, especially the women. I will be blogging on this topic soon.

Sandra: It may be foolish to think that it’s going to change but it is worth the effort to get them there because the downside is, nothing will get done in the next two years unless we do. Obama got a lot of young and first time voters to the polls in 2008. Unfortunately they slacked when it came to taking it home at the midterms in 2010, but I have faith.

Lucy, ST: Sorry to hear that. You too, Irene, and anyone else having trouble.  It’s the same same ol’ story. Blame it on those that oppose.

Gary: I like your suggestions of being prepared for voting day.  Repubs may not be able to make it impossible to vote but they sure will try. And if you do vote, they will certainly try and switch your vote to steal the election. We have to all participate this November.

I agree with you - Obama doesn’t have to be on the ballot to make an election important. But people need to realize that midterms are sometime even more important because control can change party very quickly. We saw it in 2010 when the Dems didn’t show up because they were still high from the win in 2008. I am HOPEing that from what we have experienced with a loss in the House, how important the November midterms are are, and get themselves to the polls. Obama just signs legislation; he doesn’t write it. As we all know from experience, with Obama as president and repubs in power, hardly anything will get done, because the repubs would rather see this country fail than a black man succeed.

I feel your frustration over the apathy of the general public. I am frustrated too. We have the right to vote and many don’t exercise that right by using the power of their voice and their vote to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

I just keep thinking how much Obama has done and how much more he could’ve done, and could do if we can just keep the Senate and get back the House. We have all put in so much effort over the years, we can’t give up now.

Molly: Well said. Loved your comment.

Robert, I: I haven’t seen you here in awhile. Are you around? I HOPE all is OK.

Thanks for sticking around. Peace & Love…

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

Gratefully your blog host,

michelle

Aka BABE: We all know what this means by now :)

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Wonderful Women Of The World

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 4th October 2014


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Good afternoon!

I know…I know…a very late evening last night, hence a very late post this afternoon. :)

I decided recently that I wanted to have better relationships in my life, especially the one with myself, so I have been working with a relationship coach, an amazing woman. The work is illuminating, challenging, and highly emotional and revealing. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I am grateful for the work and for becoming more aware of my relationship patterns, how we assume things or make things up about people when we really don’t know, how our world view can differ from others, listening skills, self talk and limitations, recognizing worthiness and success, defining our values, vulnerability and connection with others and self, etc.

It was one of the most wonderful things I could have ever done for myself, and my relationships. I am excited for the possibilities and for what I am creating in all of my relationships.

Like most things that I commit to doing, I go in big – this coaching was no different. Success, and the meaning of, was something I have been looking at on a deeper level. What does “Success” mean to me and to others? During this coaching process I found myself consciously relating and connecting with people in a more vulnerable way…and asking the question, “What is success to you?”

Most people did not say that “success” was all about the money. Yes, that was part of it. Answers ranged from people wanting to make money to have more freedom to do what they wanted to do, to being self -sufficient, and in addition on a more personal level, “success” meant doing work they loved and were passionate about, having great relationships with others, others seeing them in a positive light, being able to give back – wanting to have a positive impact on others through work, with their community…the world.

I found this write on Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International. She talks honestly about “success,” walking the talk, and how you can take baby steps for activism. I resonated with her words.  I thought you would enjoy it as well.

From Refinary29.

This Inspiring Woman Redefines Success

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What would you say to someone who feels like they can’t be an activist because they might not have the resources or they might not be that selfless? What are the baby steps? 
“The advice I have for anybody is to live your truth! If you’re attached to the categorization of ‘activist’ or ‘success,’ then you’re attached to the categorization. I never trust anybody whose goal in life is to be rich and famous. That may sound extreme, but I would never want anything to do with this person because being rich and famous is a byproduct. You’re going about it in the wrong way. Your goal should be to live your truth. Your goal should be to do something that’s meaningful for you. Your goal should be doing something that fills your heart and makes you feel good. So, if you want to help another person, I don’t believe you need to sacrifice all of your life for it. Do something in your community — something in your life. Activism doesn’t have to be grandiose.”

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from the women you work with, across the world? 
“Is it Gandhi who said ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’? Yeah. Well, it took me a long time, but I do believe that. I started my journey thinking this was all about advocating for and helping these other women. So, it was always about them. I, on the other hand, was not really there. It was like I was hiding. But, they are the ones who helped me realize that I have to own my story in order to really be worthy of staying and working with them. Helping them is patronizing, but meeting them is respectful. If you come to me and need help, there are two different ways of addressing it: I can save you, which is patronizing. Or, I can associate with you and acknowledge you, and it becomes a mutual experience.”

It’s the opposite of being a missionary. 
“Totally! Totally. I realized that I can’t preach about women speaking up, breaking their silence, and being independent if I don’t do it myself. But, they were the ones who helped me do that. It’s the poorest women, the most marginalized, the most illiterate who helped me live in truth to myself.”

What was it about your relationship with these women that allowed you to evolve like that? 
“They were much more honest about it than I was. They were much more insightful. I think all of us hide because we give so much attention to our appearances. When you’re in utter poverty and utter vulnerability, your masks gets thrown off. You don’t care. I realized I couldn’t be in service to others if I don’t claim who I am. I’ve learned to be very transparent about things. If my heart is broken, I say my heart is broken. If I am happy, I say I am happy. When I break my silence, I might open another window for perhaps another woman, you know? Then, she breaks her silence and it becomes a ‘we’ story. When we realize this violence, this discrimination, this prejudice goes beyond any one woman, it becomes a collective story. Thus, it takes a collective action to break it.”

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Readers: How do you define Success? – What does it mean to you to be successful? Blog me.

Peace & Love. 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

Gratefully your blog host,

michelle

Aka BABE: We all know what this means by now :)

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Flap Your Lips Friday

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 22nd August 2014

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Good morning!

Since today is Friday and we’re moving into the weekend where we all know…lovers get together and start flapping lips, I thought this should be the write to post…not to mention a “wink and a smile” to my Asian readers.

From NPR:

James Shigeta ‘Led The Way’ For Asian-American Lovers On Screen

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Hidenari Terasaki (James Shigeta) kisses the hand of his wife, Gwen (Carroll Baker), in the 1961 film Bridge to the Sun.

Actor James Shigeta had the looks, the talent — and the voice.

“It’s melodious. It’s deep. There is something quite sensuous about it,” says L.S. Kim, a film professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kim adds that Shigeta — who died from pulmonary failure on Monday in Beverly Hills at age 85, according to his agent Jeffrey Leavitt — embodied an unusual sight on the big screen: a self-assured Asian-American man.

“In many portrayals of Asian-American men in particular, there is no sense of confidence. And with James Shigeta, his screen presence was as deep and seductive as his voice,” Kim says.

A co-star of the 1961 movie musical Flower Drum Song, Shigeta broke barriers on screen as one of Hollywood’s first Asian-American actors to play romantic lead characters. In Bridge to the Sun, a 1961 film based on a memoir of the same name, Shigeta played Hidenari Terasaki, a dashing Japanese diplomat from Tokyo who meets cute and later marries Gwen Harold, a young white woman from Johnson City, Tenn.

Bridge to the Sun was based on a memoir about a real-life interracial couple living in Japan during World War II.

The ‘Tragedy’ Of Being Asian-American

Only two years earlier, Shigeta had made his film debut in The Crimson Kimono as a Japanese-American homicide detective in Los Angeles caught in a love triangle between his white police partner and a key witness in their murder case. For a black-and-white film from 1959, there was a bit of a surprise ending for Shigeta’s character.

“Oh, he wound up with the girl!” Shigeta explained with a hearty laugh in the 2006 documentary The Slanted Screen: Asian Men in Film and Television.

The plotline became a selling point for The Crimson Kimono. Movie posters showed Shigeta’s character kissing a white woman. “Yes, this is a beautiful American girl in the arms of a Japanese boy!” one poster declared. “What was his strange appeal for American girls?”

In The Crimson Kimono, Shigeta plays a homicide detective investigating the murder of a burlesque dancer in Los Angeles.

 

Shigeta’s role in that film won him a Golden Globe Award in 1960 for most promising newcomer.

“He clearly had the talent, but the roles weren’t there, because unless there was a role that was written for an Asian-American, he would not be considered. And that’s the tragedy here,” explains Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s elected public defender who interviewed Shigeta for The Slanted Screen.

A Pioneer Who ‘Led The Way’

In the documentary, which Adachi wrote, directed and produced, Shigeta recalled an exchange he had early in his career with an MGM producer who told him, “If you were white, you’d be a hell of a big star.” Shigeta, who was born in what was then the Territory of Hawaii to a family of Japanese descent, said that encounter was “the first time that [he] had some kind of a clue as to the fact that there might be some discrimination out there.”

“It’s a very difficult business. It’s a constant struggle even if you’re not Asian,” says actress Nancy Kwan, who co-starred with Shigeta in Flower Drum Song. “He was a pioneer. He led the way.”

Shigeta leaves behind a career on screen that lasted half a century. He had smaller, supporting parts in Die Hard and in television series like Hawaii Five-O. But in his earliest movies, he often got top billing and the girl. And for an Asian-American actor, that’s a benchmark still remarkable today.

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Readers: Congratulations to James Shigeta for a long successful career in spite of the fact that Hollywood couldn’t see past the color of Shigeta’s skin to make him a BIG star. May he rest in peace.

PS: I’m intrigued and swooning from watching the clips…I think I’ll rent the movie. If this doesn’t get you ready for the weekend, tell me what will. Blog me.

AH: I get it. Thanks for explaining so well how it all works.

Al: Thank you. I hardly ever check that e-mail as I get over 600 e-mails a day there, so I just send it up to the cloud. I rarely get time to read them but when I do I will look for it.

Adam: I understand about Bita. I knew that she would never be reading. See…you’re already releasing some juice. I can’t wait to hear more. Happy you all are here. No doubt Vivv loves the company.

Peace out. 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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Keith Olbermann’s Powerful Speech: A Must watch

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 29th July 2014

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Good morning!

I miss you Keith Olbermann….miss your take and approach on the things that matter. So good to see you doing what I love to see you doing: Calling people out on their shit. Thanks for standing up for women. You rock.

From the Huff Po:

Keith Olbermann’s Powerful Speech About Lack Of Respect For Women In Sports Is A Must Watch

Sports has a sexism problem, ESPN2 host Keith Olbermann argued in this powerful segment from his eponymous program, and it’s self-perpetuating. He began by listing instances where women in sports have been targeted by sexist comments. The list is long, rapid-fire, and only scratches the surface.

“By some tiny amount each one of those things lowers the level of basic human respect for women in sports. And sooner or later, there are so many tiny amounts that the level of basic human respect is gone altogether,” he says, his gaze trained on the camera and his audience. “Eventually after all the b-words and ho comments and penis remarks and nudity demands and waitress jokes, the most powerful national sports league in the world can then get away with suspending a wife-beater for just two games.”

Olbermann’s poignant commentary was inspired by the NFL’s recent suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. In February, Rice was arrested in Atlantic City for allegedly striking then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. Surveillance footage surfaced of him carrying a seemingly unconscious Palmer out of an elevator, his arms hooked under hers, her legs dragging on the ground.

In May, Rice pled not guilty to third-degree aggravated assault. The NFL announced on Thursday that he will be suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season, a punishment that has been widely criticized as far too lenient. The culture of the NFL and professional sports in general, Olbermann argued, not only permits but encourages the verbal and physical abuse of women.

“The message to the women who the league claims constitute 50% of its fan base is simple,” Olbermann says. “The NFL wants your money. It will do nothing else for you.”

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Readers: As the article states…Olbermann’s list only scratching the surface. What this says is something we’ve seem evidence of time and time again…women’s health, well-being, protection etc., is just not that important. We can keep HOPEing that men will “man up” like Olbermann and some others here…ya know…be a voice in support of women…but like I have said before, I am not holding my breath. But a girl can HOPE.

Speaking of being a voice for women…

Robert: Too bad. I was looking forward to seeing it. I just might out of curiosity, even though you gave it a thumbs down for some very good reasons. Thanks for the review. I wish more men would see what you are seeing, voice their thoughts, and take action.

Brad: Many years ago I read Sidney Sheldon novels. – loved ‘em. Reading the titles you posted brought a smile to my face. Read 3 out of the 4 you mentioned. I also started “50 Shades…” and didn’t finish it, I was bored, and like you stated…”What the hell???” Not the finest –  I have read much better writing. It’s all in the timing and marketing, and “50 Shades…” got it.

Barry: Don’t be shy, the next time you see me, come up and introduce yourself. You too Owen. I won’t think you’re a perv. But. Hey, I might not mind considering I do have a “kinky side.” :)

TC: I am so grateful that you were there to assist Anonz. Thank you. He is a Hero and a Man like no other. As always wishing him and his men continued safety and success.

Happy Birthday T! Thinking of you today. 

Peace & Love…

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

Gratefully your blog host,

michelle

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