Sunday, January 22, 2017

Alternative facts?


Where can we go with THAT?  Not other evidence just the Trump view of the world.  I think Conway is the biggest gaslighter.  She can look straight at the interviewer, say something patently false then make you think that it's your fault that you don't accept it.  It's your problem that you think that way.  And then she goes right into the personal attack.

Hmmm, makes me think of some acting out teens and young adults that I know.  They do that to their parents all the time.  The parents buy into the bs for a long time.  But these journalists aren't buying in.  But here's the thing with this kind of manipulation.  You can't win, you can only dis-engage.  With an even bigger imbalance of power, it can be so effective...and dangerous.

In case you don't know this case.  Trump's press secretary came out yesterday and flat out told the press that more people had come to Trump's inauguration than any other and blasted the media for saying otherwise.  Then left the room.  What?  Anybody watching the coverage could see that the crowds were sparce.  So Conway comes out today and explains that Spicer didn't lie; he just gave some 'alternative facts'  Then went into the attack, "You are just being overly dramatic here."

Going further here, read this part of the Conway interview from the New York Post website.  Does this sound like emotional blackmail, redirection, manipulation to you?  This sounds so much like an argument that a parent would have with an acting out teen.  There's no way to prevail, you can only disengage.

“Why did the president ask the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood? Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office from day one,” Todd said.
“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” Conway replied. “Our press secretary Sean Spicer gave alternative facts.”
“Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods,” he said.

“Do you think it’s a fact or not that millions of people have lost their plans or health insurance and doctors under President Obama? Do you think it’s a fact that everything we heard from these women yesterday happened on the watch of Barack Obama? He was president for eight years; Donald Trump has been here for about eight hours,” Conway said.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Womxn's March


Today Dennis and I along with my friend Mary Ann and her friend Claire joined 130,000 (by police estimates) other people in the Seattle Womxn's March.  The whole march was 3.6 miles but there were access points along the way.  Our ride dropped us off at Pine, the spot closest to the end.  A whole crowd of people gathered, when the march came we joined in and marched to the end, maybe 1 mile.  OK, pretty weenie, but we did it.  Weather was great.  Lots of people like my friend Mary Ann's sign about her granddaughters, many took pictures of it.  We got done before 1 pm and the policeman said that there were still people who hadn't left the starting point.  So then we tried to get home which took us longer than the march.  The buses were not running.  Finally I called my daughter in law Megan who graciously came and rescued us.

Very peaceful and full of good energy.  But where do we go from here?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pussy Hats


A picture of Lisa and I last night with pussy hats made by Kolette.  I'm wearing mine whenever I go out today.

And, of course, when we go on the march tomorrow.  We have our hats, we might even have an extra hat.  We have our route plan, we have our ride.  We have dog baby-sitting.  We have some signs; Mary Ann is making a bigger sign.  Dennis is coming; so he can carry some things.  We're gonna do it.

I also submitted my Fundraising Fair piece to Pacific Northwest Quarterly.  It was in a Revise and Resubmit status.  I had fussed with it so much and I was SO sick of it, it just wanted to get it out of here.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The wedding dance


A picture taken from a screen shot from the wedding videography done by my cousin Lynn Beittel of Visionary Video.  A dinner reception at the outdoor pavilion in the evening.  I think there were more in the wedding party than other guests (that's an exaggeration, but still).  The event was designed that way.  They had their party before they left and this was really for close friends and family.  On the right, you can see Megan's grandma (the beautiful Baba) talking to her brother, Dennis and I standing near the cake table, then Ilana and Matt at the center.  Meredith taking pictures.  The 'head table' to the left.

Susanna and Megan dancing.  They were very happy at how the whole thing came out.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Susanna and Megan's wedding video

Susanna and Megan's wedding video

It's fun, 18 minutes but very nice.  Thanks to my cousin Lynn!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Birthday Latkes


Susanna wanted to make latkes (potato pancakes) which is customary at Hanukah.  And it was her birthday.  So, despite current conditions, 8 of us sat down for a dinner of latkes, brisket, applesauce and sour cream.  At the same time, here's proof.

And ate and ate.  Until every thing was gone.  Every time I turned around there were empty platters of latkes or brisket.  I barely had time to eat myself!  Susanna and Megan, Danny and Jessica and our friends Perry and Laura came.

Very tasty and animated.  In case you wondered, it was a SeaHawks game day, actually the playoffs, (they played after dinner and won)/

Fun, we opened a bunch of presents for Susanna and talked to Naomi in Korea via Facetime.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Campos family

Susanna's best friend/college roomate Ann-Marie came to Hawaii with her family, her husband Uly and two kids Micah and Nehemiah. During the Oregon days, we saw a lot of Ann-Marie and a lot of Uly too. Ann-Marie was always the VOR (Voice of Reason) and I always knew things would not get out of hand if she was involved. So she married Uly and moved to Flagstaff and they have these adorable two kids, now ages 3 and 6. I enjoyed them all so much. They all had so much fun because there was plenty to do on the plantation plus all the other places we went. Beautiful during the wedding. They were just fun all the time. Glad to see them.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas train

The day after Christmas, we went over to Pat and Marjorie's house for a brunch (or something).  I ended up cutting up the carrots and pepper for the split pea soup.  Pat had set up his model train.  He asked if anybody wanted to go for a ride.  He taped your cell phone to a car at the back of the train and it makes a very cute video where it looks like you are riding on the train.  The first time Dennis tried it, he faced the phone the wrong way.  The second time, he pushed the wrong button and I got an image of his head upside down.  I then gave up.

But Pat posted this one from another run.  You can see Pat and Margerie waving at the end.  Should have gotten mine to work!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Yippee! Mishkan Israel Cemetery!



Yay!  This idea seemed very far fetched when I started but, according to Mishkan Israel, it's going to work.  The old section of Mishkan Israel cemetery in New Haven CT.  Where the 19th century German families are buried.  My parents and my mother's family all there.  With all of my work, I felt like I know all those folks.  When I visit New Haven, we always ALWAYS go to the cemetery and visit everybody, make sure they're still there.

My guy is Maier Zunder, my great great grandmother, he has a monument at the center.  Then there's Paul Weil, another great grandfather.  Friend and associate of Maier Zunder.  Maier's daughter Delia (my greant grandmother) married Paul Weil's son Charles.  My grandmother was an only child.  I don't think Delia was happy in the marriage and she died young, in her forties.  She's the Delia of my Delia Wall, in my mother's (and now my) living room.  In 1898, Charles and his brother Louis bought 4 plots in front of their parents for themselves and their wives.  But Charles remarried and he's buried down the way with his second wife.  Mary Ann had the original deed, which she gave to me.  There's an extra spot.

Mary Ann (my cousin) and I hatched the idea that maybe I should try to get that extra spot for myself and my husband.  Several years, bunches of family trees and research, gathering of releases and following up ensued.   Much stalling.  But they called today and said that my name has been put on that extra spot originally intended for Charles Weil.  Just 10-20 yards from Maier Zunder's spot.

Oh yeah, now I've got to make sure it all happens.  Mary Ann says she knows the person who does the stone work.

Dennis is happy about it too.  We will be in front of the big Weil marker and right next to Delia.