Winter Misery

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Gone are the days when your spirit soared upward
So high into the blue sky
And floated away on white silvery wings
Gone are the long summer days
As if they migrated south
To more important things.

Winter works on you this very way
Slippin inside your head each and every day
Chipping away at your peace of mind
In short jagged pieces
Ripping away your forgotten summer dreams
As winter places its icy grip upon you
And you embrace it.

Oh the pain of winter is upon me
I cannot bear this being shut in
I don’t like not being able to see
Green living things
In my backyard again.

So here I sit staring at the grass on my back lawn
Turned a dead looking sort of brown
The eastern sky dark and gray at dawn
Winter is upon my part of town.

Gone are the robins from the backyard Elm
Which is now stark and bare
Over in the corner of the yard by itself
In the crisp winter air.

Wintertime working your ways upon me
I cannot bear this being shut in
I want to see living things
In my backyard again.

000

Our Ladies Deserve Better

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I know that I said I was going to write about some of this drivel that Condolesa Rice has been putting out, but I came across this cartoon yesterday (If you click on it, it will produce a better copy in the editor, it didn’t do too well here) and it kind of stirred me up so I made a course correction for today’s post.

Sorry.

I get enough of her (Condolesa) anyway, and let’s face it, she really doesn’t seem to have anything worthwhile to say or listen to.  Another talking head in the Bush administration so far out in right field that she doesn’t even know when to come in.

If you want to read it, here is the link.

I got to looking at the above cartoon and it made me think that although we believe we have made great strides in this country in recent years concerning equal opportunity for the sexes, it just isn’t that way.  There are a lot of things wrong here in the U.S and throughout the world we live in, when it comes to the treatment of women.

The world doesn’t look good for women.  The world right now doesn’t look good for any species really, but for women and society, it is apparent that women are being held back.  Held back by restrictions on “their choices,” opportunities and participation.  Each year, women undergo 20 million unsafe abortions, which result in the deaths of 80,000 women.

More than one in three women has been beaten, abused or coerced into sex.  One in four was abused during pregnancy.  It also might be worth mentioning here, that possibly one of the estimated 55 million babies aborted, could have been the one who found the cure for cancer or AIDS, one of those babies could have been our next great leader or statesman.

Might think about that.

As many as 5,000 women and girls are victims of so-called “honor killings” by member of their own families.  One woman a minute — 1,400 per day — dies of complications from pregnancy or childbirth.  In this day and age, it is still desirable to have a “boy baby” and girls are routinely disposed of at birth in some cultures.  Barbaric, but true.  A high number never get a shot at life at all.  Only slightly more than half the deliveries in developing countries take place with a doctor, nurse or midwife present.

As many as 50,000 women a year are brought into the USA and forced to work as prostitutes, laborers or slaves.  Worldwide, as many as 2 million girls ages 5 to 15 join the sex trade each year.  In India, desperate to legitimize this nasty trade, they give them the name of sex employees, trying to sanitize it I guess?  About 80 million pregnancies each year are unplanned.  Chronic disease, malnutrition and advanced age add to a woman’s risk of dying in childbirth.

But as grim as these statistics are, discrimination against women also involves more mundane and widespread forms.  In many countries, women are still denied equal access to education, equal pay and legal rights.  Women are just now receiving the right to drive an automobile in some Arab states.  The idea of a “woman’s place” is still solidly embedded in many cultures.  Here at home, women with the same degree of education, the same experience, are traditionally paid less in the workplace, and this is simply not right.

Thus, million of women are denied the chance to develop their full potential.  Not only does that create a toll in human waste, it retards the opportunity to solve the other societal assaults against women that take place daily.

Better pay for women boosts the welfare of their families with a “greater and more immediate impact” than increased earnings by men, who tend to spend more of their money on themselves.  Governments are beginning to champion enhanced rights for women, from guaranteeing reproductive rights (South Africa) to outlawing sexual discrimination (Ecuador and other countries) to cracking down on sexual offenses (China and other Asian nations).

Perhaps the biggest and toughest challenge exists in changing attitudes.  Perhaps it is time to start outlining the magnitude and severity of the problems that women face in this day and age.  Cartoons as effective as the often are, are still not enough to alleviate or highlight the problem.

Lip service just isn’t enough … as usual, actions would speak louder than words.

000

“The cartoon courtesy of Center for American Progress” (online)


Good Decorations (audio)

07 Days until Christmas!

We are kicking off Christmas Week here at Creative Endeavors, each day a different rendition of your favorite Christmas song …. And as is our practice and when practical, we will include “absolutely free” the lyric’s of each song.  Christmas Week At Creative Endeavors … From now until Christmas Day 2008. Tell all your friends and most importantly …. Enjoy.

Decorations
(Parody of Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys)

I …. I love the colored lights every year
And the way the neighbors stop their cars and stare
I strap a Santa Claus on my roof
Plastic candy canes and reindeer everywhere

I’m stringing up decorations
It’s draining the power stations
Fake icicle’ll light four nations
Imported from third world nations
I’m stringing up decorations
I’m freaking out fire stations
I’m pumping out radiation
My neighbors are out of patience

“Hey, pal, come on knock it off…It’s three in the morning!”
Got to keep those yuletide decorations up all winter
God appreciates my plugged-in tribute to The Savior
God would love it if I could keep ‘em up till well past Easter

Amen

Good, good, good decorations
I’m putting up a manger station
Three wise men’s destination
Nutcrackers in full claymation
Little Drummer Boy animation

Fa-la-la-la-ho ho ho
Fa-la-la-la-ho ho ho
Fa-la-la-la-ho ho ho
Fa-la-la-la-ho ho ho

Good good decorations
I’m stringing up decorations
It’s draining the power stations
Fake icicle’ll light formations
From third world nations
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