Sunday, August 29
by Sue on Sun 29 Aug 2010 10:45 AM EDT
Thursday, August 26
by Sue on Thu 26 Aug 2010 05:31 PM EDT
This is good news.
Change. It does happen. Even in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, August 25
by Sue on Wed 25 Aug 2010 08:24 PM EDT
I have a new obsession. It is getting healthy. I've been using the Wii Fit Plus and a website http://www.sparkpeople.com to improve my fitness, nutrition and overall well-being. The results have been great so far.
- no soda/pop since May (with the occasional ginger ale if my stomach is icky)
- I've lost 29 pounds
- I've consistently exercised 3-4 times per week and have graduated to a new Wii program, EA Sports Active that is REALLY HARD
- I have been very good about drinking 8 glasses of water a day
- I have faced down all sorts of temptations and managed pretty well. Except for the twinkie, but I got right back on the horse.
Change is difficult, but so rewarding. Change also means sacrifices of time. Hence, the lack of blogging. Well, that's only partially true. Yes, I have less time, but I have also enjoyed the break. It has been like a mental health release to not be locked into a singular identity for a few months. I admit that I created my own situation and I'm really proud of what we've accomplished, but this blog has taken a hard turn toward all politics, all the time which isn't a real reflection of who I am.
I'm certainly not going to stop blogging, but I am going to blog differently. I guess you'll have to tune in to see what that means.
Now I'm off to read a book and relax before bed. I have to prepare myself to ache tomorrow when today's new workout kicks in. Ouch.
Tuesday, August 10
by Sue on Tue 10 Aug 2010 09:19 PM EDT
I have no idea what to say about the parking debacle. We were out of town for awhile and I am completely out of the loop except for Peduto's tweets. I'm speculating that I agree more with Bill than I do with Luke, but I have to admit that with Ledcat as a City employee -- I'm concerned about pension stability. So I guess I have some reading to do.
I haven't heard much about local action on LGBT issues. No word on domestic partner benefits. I know that every time I bring up the fact that Onorato hasn't done anything about this I single handedly contribute to the downfall of the Democratic party in Pennsylvania, but still ... gay people deserve health care for their families. No word from the Mayor's Advisory Council, but I'm okay with that because they did help with the Dyke March.
I understand there might be some sort of PrideFest Conference here in 2011. That's good news.
Any thoughts from your end?
by Sue on Tue 10 Aug 2010 09:10 PM EDT
by Sue on Tue 10 Aug 2010 08:50 PM EDT
Rob Rogers has a great cartoon on the recent pro-marriage equality court ruling.
Not up to date on the California ruling? The Trib reprints a nice piece from the Washington Post on the ruling. This could end up at the Supreme Court level, but for now its nice to enjoy a victory. The Trib also agrees with the ruling, at least their editorial board does.
Elsewhere, the National Organization for Marriage has been holding rallies (ahem -- 25 people attending) to support their cause againt marriage equality. Counter protests drawing dozens and sometimes hundreds of pro-equality advocates have been popping up at every site. NOM has responded by labeling the counterprotestors as violent.
NOM is coming to Harrisburg and Equality PA is not planning to counter protest and urging Pennsylvania advocates to avoid that tactic as well.
Again, Pam's House Blend for some analysis. What are your thoughts? I personally understand their decision to stay focused on the issues near and dear and, frankly, possible to achieve ... HB 300, for example. Still, Pennsylvania is decidedly lacking in activism. So many shun that identity in favor of the more palatable term advocate. I'm a huge fan of advocacy, but as I've said repeatedly ... we are missing this critical link.
Enough for now.