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December 7, 2016 by Tova7
So happy to see Joeuser is still plugging along.


I've missed you!


I loved blogging here and the community.  There was a time in my life when JU really nourished my mind and spirit with community, current event commentary and flame wars!

Then the world changed.  At least my world did a bit.  Facebook, Twitter. Everything distilled to tweets or posts.  Life is busy.  

I co-founded an anti-sex trafficking nonprofi...
November 7, 2012 by Tova7
Edited 11/11/2012 for clarity and because I was really pissed off when I wrote this and it's just not very coherent.

“Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.”

~ Someone in the Czech Republic via a newspaper


I’m disappointed.

Yesterday the morning started out with such hope.  By the time I went to bed last night.  Crash and burn.

Ohio results weren’t in yet...
October 26, 2012 by Tova7
We have several bird houses in our yard.

Every spring baby birds are pushed out of the nest by Mama and Papa Bird.  Papa almost always takes a limb on a near-by tree, Mama on a patio chair.  They chirp to each other, and encouragement to their off-spring, as they watch over the baby bird. 

No matter what changes in the yard, this event takes place every year.  For a couple years, an old stray cat hung around.  Mama and Papa pushed the baby out, and more times than...
October 22, 2012 by Tova7
Tonight is the third, and final (thank goodness!) debate.

Usually, I wait until after to review it... but since this is the last one wanted to mix it up a little bit.

I'm curious about three things:

1.  What do you think should be discussed tonight?

2.  Is there something either candidate can say that might make them appear "the winner?"

3.  What the hell are we doing about last month's terrorist attack?  How did that even happen??

I have my own idea...
October 17, 2012 by Tova7
Last night, I didn't hear anything unexpected between the two candidates.

The news maker?  Candy Crowley backing up the president during the debate, and then pulling a mea culpa after.  But personally I wasn't shocked by that.  I think Americans should expect it.  She said before millions BO was right, Romney wrong.  Then AFTER the debate said she erred.  Oops.

Kind of like running a front page story with errors, and putting the correction in the ...
October 4, 2012 by Tova7
I don’t know what you saw last night, or even if you watched, but I saw Mitt Romney bring his A game to a debate.  The president however, seemed discombobulated.

I predict the president will get ugly over the course of the next two debates.  Since he can’t run on his record, he will resort to personal attacks, innuendo, and repeating lies. 

I don’t think the debates matter to Obama-bots.  Those people who vote for him because he’s black, or because of one or two so...
September 21, 2012 by Tova7
I’m writing again, after a two year break.  It’s rough, like starting over.  Ugh.  But, I’m well into a tale of death, revenge, and redemption.  This chapter is a work-in-progress.  Posting it here helps keep me motivated.



Arnica slipped the black 9mm with a leather grip into the battered Nike gym bag. The sound of the zipper ripped through the silence of the motel room. She ha...
September 14, 2012 by Tova7
The summer between 8th and 9th grade I lived at the municipal swimming pool.

One day, some friends and I sat outside the pool on picnic tables. The pool just opened so there were adults outside waiting in line with their kids. A red Camaro, music blasting, loaded with soon-to-be seniors crawled by.

Once, twice, three times.

It wasn’t until all the adults were inside that the Camaro screeched to a stop.

Four boys, men really, approached our group.

More specifically, the boy-m...
July 19, 2012 by Tova7
My youngest first time climbing the big wall..  (He's in blue)



July 7, 2012 by Tova7
How many calories do you need a day?

How many do you really burn?

Do you know?  For sure?

Are those generic calculators on line, the ones with weight, height, age input, accurate?  How can they be for everyone?  Doesn’t activity level count?  Muscle mass?

I am 5’3.6” and weigh 115 pounds.  The on-line calculators say:


And yet when I ate 1422 calories, I was so weak I thought perhaps my cancer returned!  And weight train...
June 1, 2012 by Tova7
Jay is in jail again. County jail this time. Looks like he will be there awhile.  He doesn’t have any money to get out, and the docket is full.

I’m disappointed, angry, and yes, even hurt.

So what happened? Wasn’t Jay doing well? Yes. At least on the outside, working, second year of college, but still on parole and drinking.

Drinking is a direct parole violation.

I asked if he was drinking the last time we talked. He said, “Just a few sis. I’m not g...
December 28, 2011 by Tova7

Today was deportation day.

Not in a crackdown on illegal aliens, but a crackdown of another sort.

Since my heart has shown “no improvement” over the last 4 months, I am officially off chemo.

Done with importing un-desirables who suck up all the resources (and nine times out of ten leave the area worse off than they found it), that little super highway is shut down, obliterated, gone.  A fence is constructed and baby, it’s live fire.  No prisoners.
October 24, 2011 by Tova7

A couple articles ago I mentioned being pooped, tired, tuckered out. 


It is soooo much worse now.

Turns out there is a medical reason for it (as opposed to a vacation and running around too much reason).

With only 3 breast cancer treatments left, I had to stop.  My heart is down around 49% and has enlarged in an attempt to compensate.

Heart Failure.

I have to see a cardiologist.

I have t...
September 15, 2011 by Tova7
I followed Bill Phillips’ Body For Life fitness program for years.  Recently though, I got bored with going to the gym and lifting “heavy” three times a week.  I understand muscle mass is important, that we start losing it around 30 if we don’t do something to stop it….but I’m tired of lifting heavy…

One of the anti-estrogen/cancer fighting drugs I take causes severe joint pain, and lifting heavy isn’t really helping in that area&nbs...
September 12, 2011 by Tova7
So I have a Nook Color.  (What?  You thought this was going to be about something else?)

It’s fine as an e-reader.  However, I watched several youtube videos and discovered it could be so much more!!  Like an android tablet, minus the android price tag if I could just figure out what an android does and how to do something called “rooting.”

I am woefully under-skilled and waaaaay behind in tech lingo.  Way.  I don’t own a smart phone, I...