Saturday, July 01, 2006

On Posting For Peace!

I was caught up in meetings and work demands the past few days and have not been really consistent about coming to my blog, so I was amazed to see the great initial response.

One one the biggest complaints I have heard by the Democrats and progressives is that they do not have a clear platform and that there is no organization. I suggest that WE ALL begin, here and now, to create a network of like-minded people who agree to work together to hammer our message loud and clear, that we want the troops to come home now!! Sure, there are only 20 of us now, but what if next week we have 50, then 200 the week after, and something as simple as people coming together creates a national movement?? What if we as individuals can really make a difference.

That is something to ponder. I am willing to commit to help make that happen if you all will join me. As individuals, we are weak, as a group we are indefeatable.

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity." ~ Louis Pasteur

Thursday, June 29, 2006

July 4th. Let's Post for Peace!! Join in!!

I have been thinking about the coming 4th of July holiday and what an opportunity it is for expressing our pariotism by supporting peace.
I want to give you all a heads up on this early, in case you want to join in on a cooperative project I want to do with all of you.

I would like to invite all of you who support ending the war to join with me (and others that I hope to arm wrestle) to join in a project I call Posting for Peace.

Just put Posting for Peace in your headline banner on the 4th of July and write something about why you are against the war, or post a drawing, or a photo. Whatever peace means to you. Be creative!

Please let me know if you are interested in this and I'll add your link to my post.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Going down to So Fi

My daughter called me up and invited me to go with her to a cactus and plant sale, so I grabbed my camera and went with her. It was a beautiful day, hot and sunny, just perfect for shooting pictures.

We drove by one of the new eateries, Baby Greens, on the way to the coffee shop. My daughter told me that they had good food, and that a lot of it is vegetarian. And it's right next to the bus stop.

We kept on going and finally reached the coffee shop, a place called Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Cafe, a small place with both indoor and patio seating. It is one of many small mom and pop establishments on South First, which is nicknamed So Fi by the younger generation.
My daughter and I both prefer to support smaller businesses rather than the Big Box Corporations as often as possible.

So Fi is an older inner neighborhood in transition in Austin. As prices go up, the properties become more expensive, so what was once a heavy residential Latino neighborhood is becoming trendy as the working class occupants are being pushed further and further to the cheaper outskirts of town.

Once inside the coffee shop, I looked around. There was a poster on the bulletin board inside the coffee shop. If any of you know 14 year-old Jeremy, tell him his parents are looking for him. It's not safe out on the streets.

There was also a Book Project container in front of the coffee shop, so feel free to bring down your old books to donate to those who need them. Looks like they need some.

Seems like a simple solution to the problem of those who have too much stuff they don't need and those who have too little.

Heading back to the car, I stopped to look at some beautiful blue-lavendar plumbago that is in full bloom all over town right now. Even in the heat of summer, one can always find something that can adapt to the heat. I've seen plumbago bushes at old abandoned homes, where there is no one to water it, and still in full bloom in the heat. So you can have a bit of beauty and conserve water as well.

We walked by Bouldin Creek on the way back to the car. It has rained this week and there is water running across the limestone rocks. Many Austin neighborhoods have access to creeks and parks. We got in and drove down the road to the small group of businesses that were holding the cactus plant sale.

After parking, we walked some more. I passed a gate to one of the businesses and noticed a grouping of signs. Peace signs!!

I thought, here is a business tha does not deal in bullshit! Here is a business that is proud of their stance against the war!! I peeked in, but despite the open sign, the proprietor was not in. They were selling handmade glass and metal wind chimes. I decided to come back later and support this business.

We walked up the street to the small store that was selling the plants. Actually, it looked like a cooperative effort with several nearby shops involved.

There were plants inside and out. They were large and small. There were venders at tables selling handmade jewelry and pottery.

Here are some of the other pictures. Each cactus plant was a small work of beauty.

The spines and colors are delicate works of art, all are small universes unto themselves.