Bumper sticker of the week: If you are bored when alone, it's your own damn fault.--

Quote of the week: ''There is a resurgence of thinking that centers on protecting life, celebrating life, enjoying life as both our highest duty and our most powerful form of resistance against a violent and brutal system.'' Vandana Shiva--

Puppets: Dan Rather, TV anchorman, as heard on the David Letterman show, Sept. 2001: ''George Bush is the President. He makes the decisions, and, you know, as just one American, wherever he wants me to line up, just tell me where. And he'll make the call.'' This is some of our ''liberal'' news media. I for one ain't Dan Rather. I'm not about to blindly follow someone into a senseless war. The war I fight is inside of me. As just one American, I'll be right here in Galesburg, Illinois, just trying to live my life as best I can.--

Dream manifesto:

­­Living near the ocean.

­­A log cabin next to a lake.

­­Debating George W. Bush about anything.

­­No war. No need.

­­Coffee in a small cafe in Paris.

­­Compassion. Forgiveness. Unrelenting love.

­­A good book, a nice chair, quiet.

­­Universal health care.

­­Fine food, good friends, cheap price.


­­Good luck.--

Amish: Friend or foe?--

Start protesting: Do something. We are at the point in history when that something can be most anything. Hold a public demonstration, or attend one, against the impending war with Iraq, against corporate greed, against centralizing the media into 4 or 5 companies, against the rapid loss of our individual freedoms, against a ''secret'' court, against market driven health care, against gutting welfare, against social security ''reform,'' against a so-called tax refund, against laws favoring the rich, against racist politicians, against further desecration of the Earth. Start a demonstration for the building of community, for responsible, participatory democracy, for social justice, for tolerance, for diversity, for religious freedom, for campaign finance reform. Don't wait for anybody else to do these things, particularly the Democrats. Do it yourself. Stand for something!--

Trent Lott and a case of modern day racism: I have to admit, I'm not broken hearted that Strum Thurmond is retiring. Unfortunately, it's about 50 years too late. He's done his damage. I will give him credit, he has softened his racist views. Unfortunately for the American public, the next majority leader of the Senate, Trent Lott, has apparently not softened his. Mr. Lott remarked that perhaps if Thurmond had won the Presidency in 1948, maybe we wouldn't have all the trouble we have today. I assume he meant maybe we wouldn't have all this talk of equality. This is the kind of crap we're going to get from the Senate majority leader. Oh brother!--

Some Christmas hints:

­­They have gift certificates at Billy's Bakery.

­­I love calamari.

­­I like almost anything in a frame, except me.

­­Underwear is always good. The dog keeps eating the crotch out of mine.

­­It's good to have cologne.

­­I don't know where all those socks go? I have one of every kind.

­­Black Forest Crepe's are on my ''to do'' list.

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