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“Our Phenomenal Mothers” by TOD’s HZ

Hello TODers,

I just had to share this BEAUTIFUL poem by our very own HZ that is tucked in one of the last comments on my post from yesterday. Get out the Kleenex tissues first. Reflect. Enjoy


Our Phenomenal Mothers

by HZ


I find quiet time when my soul is fighting off the floods of discouragement.
I then try to quiet my space with music, a seat in the library and music room.
I look up at one of the precious photos of my mother sitting at my piano when she came out to visit me long before she left me here on this earth.

Then I smile and try to remember what songs hymns she was playing that particular time. I feel some peace coming over my body when I think of those songs.
I then look over at a very special photo of my loving brother and see him as he is in his career and remembering how our mother and father worked so hard to make sure that we had the opportunities to grace the halls of some great educational settings. But then I cry a little because I remember how she worked so hard to make that happen for us.

I remember seeing her precious feet so swollen after standing in a family’s kitchen, bathroom, sunroom, pool house, washing, and cleaning and then preparing all of their meals and all of their holiday dinners and parties. And feel the salty tears slowly running down my cheeks as I say, “Thank you God for this beautiful and precious lady, our mother who did all of this for us.

Then I look around and see the many blessings that I have received because she wore those uniforms to conform to the rules of that family’s rules while she knew one day she would not have to do it any longer; but she would not take a penny more or less for that journey to make sure she paved the road so her baby son and daughters could walk down many less rugged roads in the future.

Then I feel my space getting peaceful and more lovely because of the fountain of memories of this phenominal woman who gave so much to her children so that they may dream big dreams; work hard in school; read a lot and learn about how other mothers were trying to do the same for their precious children.

Then my quiet space becomes sweeter and sweeter because of where I chose to sit, be quiet, listen to the whispers of God reminding me of how some of those days were born so that I could sit and give thanks as I journey at the tender age of almost seventy with pride, joy, and thanksgiving.

My tears are streaming with such speed that I do not want them to stop because they remind me of what a precious, beautiful, peaceful, hardworking, and loving mother and father I had in my life.

So these distractions moving around our great President and First Lady remind me daily of how President Obama must have his quiet time and allow the tears to flow while he remembers how hard his precious mother worked to raise, and exposed all of her goodness to Maya and PBO.

What loving and Phenomenal Mothers we all had and maybe some still do in our space; well

give them a hug, if they are still with you;
give them a call;
give them a hand written note on some lovely stationery
give them a lovely walk downtown and have a nice quiet lunch;
give them a lovely journey with some of the most lovely and fun notes about how they spent time with you;

And most of all, just give them a moment where you tell them how much you appreciate their worn out shoes to walk places where others did not dare walk for you. Just take the time, if it is possible to reach out and do one of these or one of your own choosing.

I wish I had all of the thoughts my precious mother, especially, thought as she walked to that job for all those years just to take care of her dear children. ‘Our Phenomenal Mothers.’


I went on line and found a lovely place where one can personally create a lovely garden flag with your personal touch on it in remembrance of your mother. I did one for our mother. Her favorite colors, and it will be placed in the lovely and special rose that I found and purchased today. I am so elated to have it arrive before my brother makes his next trip out here; if he can get away from his very, very important position, it will be a lovely moment for both of us. What a time we will have to share.
I know PBO does these types of loving acts of love with his sister since their mother is no longer with him. What moments those have to be for them.

Let us keep each other in our beautiful places of goodness as we go into another week. We were blessed with a wonderful week with our President, First Lady, and VPOTUS and SLOTUS. Thank you Chips and TOD Family. This place is such a sweet and respectful haven of knowledge, and great support for PBO.




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“The heartache and the hope, the struggle and the progress…..”

Sorry everyone, didn’t have time to catch up with newsie stuff over the weekend, but caught a glimpse of the Selma commemorations today.

Got me thinking of the late Ann Nixon Cooper and President Obama talking about her in his first Chicago victory speech.

“The heartache and the hope, the struggle and the progress…..”

Sequestration and all that? A misery. Completely.

But when you think of what Ann’s generation went through…. unimaginable, really.

So, in honor of Ann and her generation: never give up, never give in.



‘Storm Relief’?

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(Daily Beast)

Deaniac83 (The People’s View): Disastrous Response: Romney Campaign Billing Campaign Events as “Storm Relief” Efforts

This is truly disgusting. As Americans on the east coast are battling to stay safe (and in some cases, alive) in the midst of post-tropical cyclone Sandy, Mitt Romney can’t be bothered to hold off campaigning. His campaign first told us that he’s canceling events tomorrow, but then, they told us, nevermind. Oh, and this time, they are going to insult everybody’s intelligence by holding events in Ohio and Wisconsin, and labeling them ‘storm relief.’…

….. the American people don’t need you to hide an Ohio campaign event under the veil of ‘storm relief.’ We need you to stay the hell out of the way while the professionals take care of this. And oh, we need you to explain why it’s such a grand idea to privatize disaster response.

Full post here


Dan Hodges (The UK Telegraph): As the US Eastern Seaboard struggles to come to terms with the impact of Tropical Storm Sandy, presidential election campaigning has been temporarily suspended. “The election can take of itself,” Barack Obama said yesterday evening.

At least, I thought it had been suspended. But I was wrong …. Mitt Romney is to attend a “storm relief event” … Paul Ryan will attend a separate event to “thank volunteers”…

…. Except Paul Ryan isn’t thanking volunteers in New York or Atlantic City. He’s thanking them in the in the pivotal swing state of Wisconsin. And he’s not thanking volunteers actually involved in the relief effort (they’re too busy trying to bring relief to people)…..

And Anne Romney? … she’s attending two “storm relief events” of her own. And where are they being held? Well, knock me down with a feather. Or a hurricane. Anne’s off to Wisconsin and Iowa …. both vital to her husband’s election chances.

What about Mitt Romney himself? His “relief event” is taking place – again purely by chance – in Ohio…..

Full article here


Rise and Shine

Ohio University, Athens, Oct 17 (click the photo at the OFA site to see the huuuuuuge version, it’s gorgeous)



9:35: The President departs the White House

11:10: Arrives Manchester, New Hampshire

11:35: Delivers remarks at Veterans Memorial Park, Manchester (Live on C-Span)

12:10 Bill Clinton, Bruce Springsteen Campaign for President Obama in Ohio (Live on C-Span)

1:05: President Obama departs Manchester

2:0: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Events Center (listed by CNN)

2:10: President Obama arrives New York City

3:30: Tapes an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

4:20: Attends a campaign event at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City (Closed Press)

7:55: Delivers remarks at the 67th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner (Live on C-Span)

(Need to check this time, it says 7:55 some places, 9:0 others)

10:35: Departs New York City

11:45: Arrives the White House





(Messenger/John Halley)

Athens Messenger: Most of the reaction from President Barack Obama’s speech on the College Green Wednesday evening was that it was an inspiration, energizing and positive.

Around 14,000 people packed elbow-to-elbow in the Green while the president stood at his podium at the West Portico of Memorial Auditorium. Reports of a mile-long line to get onto the Green stretched from the corner of Court and President streets, down Richland Avenue, around Walter Hall, up University Terrace and ending on the corner of Park Place near Gordy Hall. The wait for many was worth it.

More here


(Associated Press)

Ohio University, Oct. 17 (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)


Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa (Jason Reed/Reuters)





Bruce Springsteen







Mooooooooorning everyone ;-) I haven’t time now to catch up with the news, but will do later.







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