Archive for June, 2008

Follow the money…

This YouTube Video talks about Gardasil and the adverse reactions that it causes. This blog post contains more information about the DEATHS that have been caused by Gardasil and other information that EVERY parent should read before allowing this to be given to their child… and that every woman should read before consenting to get the shots themselves.

The FDA and the AMA have become very scary entities.

So many books…

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish. Confusingly, everyone seems to create their own code at this point, but I’m going to stick with this one (from the Hoydens).

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The [A] Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down (LOVED this book!!)
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield


I’m rather surprised how FEW of these I’ve read (or even HEARD of!) when one considers how many hundreds of thousands of books I’ve read over the years… I *may* have forgotten that I read some… and a few I read the “Classics Illustrated” version, but I didn’t think that would count 😉

9 months

It’s a short time, and a long time.

9 months ago yesterday, I gave birth to a perfectly formed, stillborn little boy, who died at 14 weeks gestation. It seems like ages ago, and just yesterday.

It usually takes 9 months from conception to birth a baby. 9 months of anticipation can seem forever. 9 months of hoping and disappointment can also seem forever.

But in God’s grand scheme of things, 9 months is a blink. A moment.

I’m not sure what my point is… it was just rolling around in my brain so I thought I’d give it outlet. Thanks for reading.

Police Gear

Ok, so maybe the average person isn’t that interested in police gear, but I do have several friends involved in the police force.

5.11 Tactical Shorts from LA Police Gear look like an excellent solution for any police officer for the summer months. These shorts are durable with roomy pockets. They are made to last for the officer on the go. In addition, LA Police Gear is offering FREE shipping, FREE return shipping (if needed), a FREE hat, and, if you purchase enough, a FREE travel mug. How can you beat that deal? On top of that, most orders ship within 24 hours, so it’s great if your department is in a hurry. They have cotton or nylon, in at least two different colors (navy and khaki) to suit the needs of nearly any police department. Why not check ’em out!

My Three Dads

It’s Father’s Day, again. I kind of fell down on the job, this year, though. I did the moms up good at Mother’s Day (photo books for each of them) but totally flaked on the dads. But anyway, here’s just a little about them, in order of when I first met them 😉 :

My father (Ross O’Shaughnessy b.8/25/1947 d.10/10/2002)
I am thankful that I was brought up in a Christian home. My dad accepted Christ when I was 2, and our whole family went to church regularly all my childhood. We nearly always sat on the 2nd row from the front. We participated and were very involved.
My dad was artistic and musical. He “played with” the trombone (he did quite well, for never having had a single lesson). We each played an instrument (my mom plays the accordion, my brother plays the trumpet, and I play the violin) and we played at church and for nursing homes. We had a nursing home ministry for several years.
My dad and I had our clashes, but as many things as I disliked about him, it wouldn’t have been the same growing up without him. He was a charismatic personality and I can’t really remember anyone that just didn’t like him. He definitely kept things interesting.

My father-in-law (Ron Harvey b.10/20/1944)
I met Dad the winter of 1990, when I went home with Robby for Thanksgiving.
Dad is a pastor (has been since long before I ever met him) and we have been members of his churches most of our married life (he’s had two in that time – one of which he is still pastoring, and of which we are still members). He is pretty even-keeled and has a good sense of humor.
He has very neat handwriting. He is artistic and has a very good eye. He also plays the trombone; I don’t know if he’s ever had lessons or not. He is very good with the grandkids, and will sometimes take them places just because, and is an excellent role model for my boys. He’s a hard worker and stays busy.
I am very blessed to be related to this man!

My dad (Dusty Gee b.7/12/1946)
My mom married Dusty in 1993, I believe. Might have been 1992. It’s been quite a few years, anyway 🙂 [Edited to add: My mom told me it was 1995. I was close ;)] Dusty is a Southerner for sure (nothing wrong with that!), and embodies many good qualities one expects from a Southerner – friendly, lovable, etc. He’s driven trucks for many years, and has a ‘map in his head’ – he can pretty much find his way anywhere! He fit perfectly in the family immediately, and since he joined us before my children were born, they can’t imagine him ever NOT being part of our family. And, honestly, I can’t either, even though I know there was a time when he wasn’t. He has always loved our children (and us!) just as if we were his own. He’s good to my mom and it’s good to see her happy 🙂 You know that old saying, “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother”? Well, Dusty has done that! I’m thankful God brought him into our family.

Happy Father’s Day!

“Social Networking” is fascinating!

I joined Facebook a while back because a couple of my friends were on there and I wanted to see what it was like. I added several more friends found through their “friend-finder” which takes one’s address book from any email program and checks to see if those emails are registered with them. One of the friends I added was one of my very best friends in the world who I met at college in Michigan.

She married someone and ended up living in Nebraska.

So yesterday, I decided to just run through her friends list, to see if there was anyone else there that I knew but hadn’t added to MY list yet. I recognized one name, but was a bit suprised to see it on her list, because (as it turns out), I was vaguely acquainted with the person from another college in another part of the country!

Following friends lists from one person to another, I found six or eight people whose names I recognized (and several whose names looked vaguely familiar, but not enough to be sure I knew them). I requested “friend” status with the ones I was pretty sure I knew. One of them turned out to be my roommate in the 2nd college!

There were only two or three “degrees of separation” between the two of them, which I find incredibly fascinating. I would not have thought that I could find friends from one college by looking at friends lists from someone I knew from the other college, but apparently it is, indeed, a “small world after all!”

DO NOT buy from Tiger Direct. Or CompUSA, who was bought out by Tiger Direct. They will not honor the warranty as stated. Their employees lie. Our friends bought a computer from them and got a defective motherboard. They did not have that motherboard in stock, so offered a different one as a replacement. They then refunded the ORIGINAL motherboard price, while charging for the new motherboard as an upgrade, rather than a replacement for a defective item. They are willing to lose countless customers yearly over a $76 difference that they are refusing to allow because their employee apparently lied. The employee ALSO said that they had none of the original motherboard in stock… and that they would NOT be getting any more in stock. Today, we were told they have 150 in stock. THEY LIE.


(More complaints from dissatisfied customers can be found at… this site claims there is someone who wants to make things right, but I have not seen any willingness to work with customers AT ALL.)

Harrison FordWe went to our local movie theater tonight – the whole family – to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It was discount night – every seat was the same price (normal ‘children’s’ price, so it wasn’t a huge savings, but not bad, either).

I loved it! I will definitely be purchasing the DVD when it comes out!

Harrison Ford is one of my very favorite actors in the world. I only watched Star Wars 4,5,6 because of Han Solo 😉 Even though he is getting up in years, he still looks great, and his acting certainly hasn’t suffered, either, in my opinion!