I found the letter very interesting; it certainly raised a lot of questions for me & others. I am not going to reprint the contents here; it is very easy to find - just Google Kilkenny-Palin-Alaska or any combination of this.
I ask that you remember that this letter is opinion: probably informed to some unknown degree, and there definitely IS an Anne Kilkenny who lives in Wasilla. I think it is a good letter and thoughtful, but Anne has not provided documentation or links to documentation.
Re: "the jet plane sold on EBay" it didn't happen - Not True. See this link fron the NY Times:
In my personal opinion, the Republican team is dealing in smoke & mirrors and their smears & innuendos are to be expected from such as they. I'm appalled that so many Americans are buying their 'line' instead of being embarrassed by such behavior. I don't want my president to present that image in the world and I am certain that it will hurt us & this country a great deal. Again, my opinion: the only way to get change from the Republicans is to vote them out!
To those who get their news from the networks, both public & cable: If you think there is no slant to the news you hear, think again. Check online, read bloggers - widely, check out opposing viewpoints. When you listen to a politician speak, what do you hear? Policies, Vision, Plans, Platform - or cheerleading, pandering, nostalgic rhetoric, sarcasm, ridicule...?
Here are some
links from my FAVORITE blogger, Ronni Bennett (a former
producer for 20/20, etc.)
She is a Democrat,
as am I for the sake of this election, and generally writes about aging and
issues related to that such as Social Security & Medicare. Her blog, Time Goes By, has a geriatrician
and a lesbian,
both writing bi-monthly columns.
These links are
about McCain, mostly, and include thoughtful commentary & discussion on his
choice for Veep, and on his health & age. If you decide to read them, be
sure to read the comments also. Ronni’s audience is remarkable for many reasons.
I'm happy to say that work on our small do-over on parts of our house is under way. Finally. Some folks estimating delivery of products over-promised, and therefore under-delivered, so we've been torn up around here for longer than we might have been.
For example, the master bath was stripped of everything but the vanity 2 weeks ago, and we won't be able to start the work until Monday. The bathtub doesn't arrive until this afternoon.
But, the floors are about 1/2 done and will be finished by tomorrow. In fact, I'm sitting on my new floors in the office right now! Yea!!!
And the new kitchen cabinets are up; pantry won't be here until next week.
Here are a few in-progress shots:
This is the living room; baseboards are still going up. Isn't the floor gorgeous?!
This is Ike, lead carpenter, just beginning to get rid of this closet in the office. You can see the carpet in this shot. We're leaving this same carpet in the master and guest bedrooms, but everything else will be laminate wood! Yea!!
Now, the office with that gorgeous floor (& Joel's feet). We're going to use the folding tables while we find the furniture we really want, even if it takes months!
You can see the new cabinets in this shot. That line on the floor indicates where a bar and a cabinet were before (separating the kitchen from dining. Now it is all one big space!
The yellow doors will become more neutral; we haven't chosen the colors yet. But with everything opened up, the yellow doesn't work any more.
Here's an OLD shot of the kitchen that shows those two units that used to separate the space. The upper one has gone back to the utility hall and was mounted on the wall for storage. Parts of the lower cabinet were salvaged to finish the new kitchen cabinets.
Poor kitchen; what a mess. All that stuff on the counter came from units that don't exist anymore. The new pantry will go at the near end of the counter/cabinet at the left side of this shot. It is 36" wide and and 90" high (a few inches higher that the existing cabinets. Moulding will pull it all together.
Grover & Mike, working on the floor. They've already pulled out the frig. I couldn't have asked for a nicer crew.
Ike says the floors & baseboards will be done by tomorrow afternoon, Friday.
If the plumber can be scheduled for next week, all work should be finished by the end of that week. And then I can take a bath!!!
And just wait until I tell you about the bidet! :)
TWO FRIENDS WERE
WALKING THROUGH THE
POINT OF THE JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN ARGUMENT; AND ONE FRIEND SLAPPED THE
OTHER ONE IN THE FACE
THE ONE WHO GOT
SLAPPED WAS HURT, BUT
WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING, WROTE IN THE SAND
, TODAY MY BEST
FRIEND SLAPPED ME
IN THE FACE .
THEY KEPT ON WALKING, UNTIL
THEY FOUND AN OASIS, WHERE THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A BATH
WHO HAD BEEN SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING, BUT
THE FRIEND SAVED HIM. AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM THE NEAR
DROWNING, HE WROTE ON A STONE: 'TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED
THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED
AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND ASKED HIM, 'AFTER I HURT YOU, YOU WROTE IN
THE SAND AND NOW, YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?'
REPLIED 'WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN IN SAND, WHERE
WINDS OF FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.
WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING GOOD FOR US, WE M UST ENGRAVE IT IN
STONE WHERE NO WIND CAN EVER ERASE IT'
LEARN TO WRITE YOUR
HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO C ARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE.
IT TAKES A MINUTE TO FIND A
SPECIAL PERSON, AN HOUR TO APPRECIATE
THEM, A DAY TO LOVE THEM, BUT THEN
, AN ENTIRE LIFE TO FORGET
TIME TO LIVE! DO NOT VALUE THE THINGS YOU
HAVE IN YOUR LIFE, BUT VALUE WHO YOU HAVE INYOUR
kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of