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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 78,195

About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

Journal Archives


Ted Lieu is The Greatest!

Claude Taylor is one of my Twitter faves.

Hes always an interesting read, and he seems to have some really terrific sources.

Took me a moment...

WOW! Gotta keep this one for later study.

GREAT work, RandomAccess.

Connect the dots.

I laughed out loud! REALLY loud!


It's okay, kitty...

Well, that was then. Now, I notice, the only concession she's made to on-camera appearance is

in the eye makeup. She's never tarted up. But I think they give her false eyelashes and/or extra mascara or something. I find it rather pretty - especially in its simplicity, since it's so clear that she uses minimal makeup for camera. No facial contouring, no loudly colored or heavy lipstick, no precision lip-liner or highlighter or dark eye shadow or eyeliner or any of that other stuff. She's naturally attractive so she really doesn't need it. But I have to admit - I do like the eyelashes!

Compare Rachel's nightly on-camera makeup to any photo of Hope Hicks, for example. I rest my case.

Same here. She connects the dots like nobody else in the business.

I feel like watching her show is the same as attending a master class. Graduate level. I always learn things. Especially context and background.

I think she's wonderful! Her show isn't just any old news hour. It's a public service.

You sure do speak for me, David!

You ROCK, David! Keep it up!

"...And the children shall lead..."

Meh - you're not blowing smoke, my friend.

That's a most worthy anecdote.

I sometimes think in overly broad terms, but then again, sometimes I think of ANY child in my care as MINE. No matter that they have their own caring and devoted parents. When my kids were young and they had friends over or I was driving them all somewhere, or any of that, the minute they came into my orbit, they were MINE. I felt very protective and proprietary about them. Whether it was Cub Scouts or karate class or carpool, if I were the parent of record at that time, then they were, for all intents and purposes, MINE.

I find myself thinking that broadly about these wonderful kids - David, and Emma, and Cameron Kasky, and Tanzil Philip, and Melanie Weber, and Lorenzo Prado, and Samantha Fuentes, and Ryan Dietsch, and Delaney Tarr, and Alfonzo Calderon, and Kevin Trejos, and Chris Grady, and Adam Alhanti, and Sheryl Aquaroli, and all the other heroic young Stoneman Douglas High School students who've spoken up, spoken truth to power, shown extraordinary and exemplary courage and discipline and sense of commitment and poise - and have become volunteer leaders in this new mission. I was so impressed watching the coverage and watching these remarkable kids that I started making note of their names to remember them for later (when some of them might just be tempted to go all out and run for office).

As a mother, one of my biggest prevailing takeaways was - "you DON'T reward or reinforce bad behavior. You reward and reinforce GOOD behavior."

I intend to remember the names of these kids because when (and I'm certain, with at least a few of them, that it WILL be "when," and not "if" ) some of them decide to run for office, I plan to have campaign donations ready to go.
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