Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Not Real Parents? Really?

I posted the following on my Facebook page yesterday, in support of the two ads depicted: Photobucket

Shortly thereafter, I received this comment: "Makes me feel bad for being straight! They won't even advertise real parents!!!" I'm sorry, but that just made me angry. Since when do you have to be straight to be a real parent?  I happen to know that in many families with two mommies or two daddies, at least one of them is the biological parent of the child, which would be about as real as it comes. And do you then want to say that anyone who isn't a biological parent isn't a "real" parent? What about stepparents? What about adoptive parents?

It's not what you do in the privacy of your bedroom that makes you a "real" parent, at least in my opinion. It's the fact that you love the child, that you make sure the child is provided for, that you're there when the child needs you. Whether you have a biological connection to that child or not is the very LEAST of the qualifications for the title of Mom or Dad.

As the old saying goes "Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy." And it also holds true that "Any woman can be a mother, but it takes someone special to be a Mommy."

Monday, June 18, 2012

I Am NOT A Racist!!

Just took part in a discussion about immigration laws and illegal immigrants in the United States. Turns out that because I believe in being a law-abiding citizen, I'm a racist....and people like me are turning this country into a bunch of isolationists. Who knew?

I have nothing against immigrants coming to this country--as long as they go about it LEGALLY. We're a nation of immigrants, after all. But people who sneak in under cover of darkness, who want to start their life here right off the bat as criminals (that's what illegal MEANS, people, so don't get all defensive when I use the word!) are a different story.

And don't give me the line about how all the Europeans who came here and settled this country were illegal aliens as well. At that time, there were NO immigration laws in place for them to break, so all immigrants, no matter how they got here, or where they came from, were legal. Once the laws were put in place, however, it should be expected that immigrants follow them, as well as all of the other laws of the land.

I also don't agree with the benefits that are given to illegals, especially when we have so many of our own citizens in need who CAN'T get help. How does it make sense to give food stamps, medical assistance, and free tuition to people who aren't citizens, but deny it to those who are? That seems topsy-turvy, if you ask me.

I guess I'm just going to have to learn to walk away when this subject comes up in the future, since I refuse to take the politically correct view of things.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

50 Shades Of Weirdness......

I've been on the waiting list for 50 SHADES OF GREY for weeks now, and looking forward to finally getting to read it. So many people I know, and people I'm in Facebook groups with, have read it and talked about how erotic and exciting it was...it truly sounded like something I would enjoy as a summer read.


Today I finally was able to pick it up from the library. As soon as I got home, I made myself a cup of tea and settled in for what I expected to be an entire afternoon of reading. What actually happened was the most unusual experience I have EVER had with a book!!!

The minute I started to read about the first encounter between the two main characters, Anastasia Steele and  Christian Grey, I had an emotional reaction. The guy just made me feel uncomfortable, for want of a better word. There was just "something" in his mannerisms and the things he said that was setting off alarm bells in my head. By the time I was reading about their second meeting (and bear in mind I still hadn't gotten to anything erotic yet!), I was thinking that, if I were Anastasia, I would get up and RUN, not walk, away from this guy. At that point, I had to put the book down and walk away from it for fifteen or twenty minutes.

I eventually went back and started reading again. The uncomfortable feeling returned almost immediately, and it wasn't long before I felt my skin starting to "crawl" and my hands were shaking. By the time I got to the chapter where he showed her his "playroom" and they started discussing their contract, I thought I was going to throw up any second.

Down went the book again, and this time I have no intention of EVER picking it up again. I don't know what it was that reading those things was triggering, but I'm fairly sure that I don't want to find out any time soon. Just writing about it here has me shaking again, so I think this post is going to have to come to an end, too. Count me out of the "50 SHADES' fan club, for sure!!!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Books I've Read In June 2012

1) Changeless, by Gail Carriger (Book Two, The Parasol Protectorate)
Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. 

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.



2) Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.


3) Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book One), by Jessica Spotswood
Blessed with a gift...cursed with a secret.

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other.



4) Blameless,by Gail Carriger (Book Three, The Parasol Protectorate)
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.



5) Heartless, by Gail Carriger (Book Four, The Parasol Protectorate)
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?



6) Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games, Book 3)
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking The Hunger Gamestrilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.


7) Timeless, by Gail Carriger (Book Five, The Parasol Protectorate)
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?



Goal for 2012: 60     Year To Date: 36
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