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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 | Author:

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 | Author:

This is living proof that Molly and Maggie will do anything and wait any amount of time for a tennis ball to be thrown. Camera in right hand, tennis ball in left, I took several pictures of them. 


Merry Christmas. Peace to all, great and small.

Friday, November 28th, 2008 | Author:

Posing with cactus

Originally uploaded by bukowskigrl.

Mom and I at Benzinger winery in Napa.

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 | Author:

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Blessings to all.

Tuesday, November 04th, 2008 | Author:


Originally uploaded by Oliver Ingrouille.

South Dakota, Colorado & California all have state amendments on the ballot trying to legislate contraceptive rights.

I say it today and I will say it again: You can be pro-choice and anti-abortion. I am pro-choice, but do struggle with abortion. Not because I want to judge someone who has had one (walk a mile in other’s shoe anyone?), but because I feel in our modern age, with the access we have to contraceptives, pregnancy is largely preventable.

So I suggest a new category: pro-responsibility. This would entail comprehensive sex education, insurance funded birth control (Viagra is covered, but the pill isn’t? Does that make f*ing sense to anyone?)

I just love how we say a woman shouldn’t be able to control reproduction through use of hormones ( interfering with God’s divine plan), but if a guy can’t get a hard-on nobody suggests that is God divinely intervening in his ability to reproduce. So, we fully fund Viagra (allowing babies to happen), but Medicaid does not cover birth control. So, I guess the feds think poor people should just abstain from sex within marriage (and out of it?)

Listen, nobody WANTS an abortion. Nobody looks forward to HAVING an abortion. But, when we make it illegal, deny people truthful comprehensive education and fail to provide birth control options, we doom women and children’s ability to be economically self-sufficient and doom our ability to build a healthy population.

Think about it.

Monday, November 03rd, 2008 | Author:


Originally uploaded by bukowskigrl.

I voted early, I’m sure from the pic you can tell for who.

In my younger days I was a Republican. I believed in my party and was gung ho about it. I cried when Clinton beat Bush in 1992 and worked diligently for the Republicans as a Communications Officer in the Indiana House of Representatives. I was a Republican with all the necessary credentials.

Then, something changed. Midway through the 1998 General Assembly I started hearing things on the Indiana House floor that I just couldn’t agree with…or believe in. Things that were held as closely guarded truths by the party and the individuals who represented it.

As a Christian, I believe that the Bible is not a black and white text that allows us to judge others. Rather, it is a guide book that we should use to steer us on our path. The greatest responsibility we have as Christians is a call to conscience. So much of the suffering and inhumanity we see today is used as fodder to point blame in an election. As a nation I feel that we have lost our moral compass. Not in our ability to discern black and white (which is part of the problem), but rather in our inability to practice humanity with each other. When Republicans and the Christian Right paint themselves as the moral compass of America I became so infuriated I want to throw dishes. The left is painted as heretics and “other”, those who are somehow a “minority” in this culture and who couldn’t possibly understand “true” Christian values. I know this is not all Christians (or Republicans) but I find it hard to ally myself with a party that would allow this type of exclusionary and self-righteous speech to be a masthead for their cause.

The Bible contains many books, written by individuals divinely inspired, that describe concepts of right and wrong. However, the most important phrase in the whole damn thing (and I am paraphrasing) “Above all else do this: Love your neighbor as yourself”. It is a very simple truth, but the one that seems to be forgotten every day.

Why this long rant, for this reason: I am a Democrat and I voted for Obama because I believe he embodies this simple truth. I believe he has the capability to lead our nation back to this truth. Knowing that while the rights of individuals are sacred and an important part of our nation, we must recognize that when we debase or diminish others we diminish ourselves and make our nation weaker in the process.

Above all else, love your neighbor as yourself. Don’t judge him, don’t hate her….love them and know that by creating equality and understanding we truly live the lives Jesus intended when he spoke that simple phrase.

I believe Democrats are the ‘”Love Like Jesus” party. I believe their philosophies and goals are more in line with conscience we were intended to have as individuals and as a nation. Whether one is Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim or Atheist, I believe this truth rings truth. Kindness, love, humility and compassion are truths we can all believe in.

Can we do it? Yes we can.

Sunday, October 26th, 2008 | Author:

Maggie Rose

Originally uploaded by bukowskigrl.

Just an extra pic that I love.

Sunday, October 26th, 2008 | Author:

Maggie Rose

Originally uploaded by bukowskigrl.

This is our new baby girl…Maggie Rose. Maggie’s shelter name was Wonka, but she didn’t seem to like it…so we changed it. Juan and I have been talking about getting another dog for a while now. Since Sophie’s passing Molly has seemed lonely and starving for attention at the end of the day. So, on whim we went to the shelter to see what kinds of souls were waiting for new homes and we came across Maggie.

She is 2 years and 6 months old and was dropped off there because her owners didn’t have enough time. While it says she is a chocolate lab mix, we can’t detect anything but lab. She is about 25 pounds smaller than Molly, but definitely wants to be the boss. She knows basic commands, loves her new dog door and slept all night on a pillow right next to the bed. She doesn’t get on the furniture ( maybe she could teach Molly a new trick) and has played with every one of Molly’s toys (to Molly’s chagrin).

So welcome the new addition to our family! I dare say she is a perfect match.

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 | Author:

I am a snow junkie. I love snow. If I were more specific I would say I love to watch it snow. Thanks to global warming and a series of hurricanes, Utah weather has turned cold and snowy in October. Now, most of my friends are grumbling, but I have been the happiest girl on the planet the past 24 hours. So, I am sitting in my window desk, looking out at a snow covered lawn, drinking a great cup of coffee and having an awesome day.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 | Author:


Originally uploaded by Adam Mirski.

The title of this awesome pic, amazon….I found it on flickr….awesome. And it aptly describes the strength I needed to survive Murphy’s week. First, my computer crashed. We’re not talking the guys at the Genius bar kiss it all better either….total lose everything on it kind of crash. My computer is my child, but I problem solved. The next day, I do not get paid. There was a glitch in human resources where they noticed that the bookstore still has me listed as an employee 6 YEARS LATER. So, instead of paying me and figuring it out…..they put my check on hold. This was the proverbial straw. I broke down, cried, bought a huge cup of coffee and then moved on. Prayed for some patience and by the grace of God I made it through……So, technically I wasn’t an amazon all weekend, but this is how I feel today….strong and ready to conquer my world

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