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My husband and I adopted a beautiful dog named Leo. He is a dachshund and absolutely adorable! we adopted him on June 23, 2010 and he has become the love of our lives.

I love to share patterns that I find along the way or to talk about some of the neatest designers that are out there today, so I love to post links to the designs or the designers.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

To my American friends who are voting for a new Congress, Senator and other politicl changes.

Change isn't EASY (from the site)
Today is Election Day, and it's difficult to escape the media narrative that the hope for progressive change that so many Americans felt in 2008 has been replaced by fear and anger.
It's true that many who once supported the president are disappointed by his performance and have lost faith in the agenda for change they voted for just two years ago.
But this is in part due to how the economic crisis that started well before Obama's inauguration has overshadowed the accomplishments his administration and Congress have had despite long odds: historic health care reform, a stimulus that prevented a second great depression while making long-term investments in clean energy and public transportation, and an overhaul of our financial regulations system to prevent future economic crises.
Each of these battles has involved painful compromises, and together they are only steps toward the broad vision for change that swept Obama into office. But nobody ever said that change was going to be easy.
Whatever you think about President Obama's performance, he's understood this challenge from the beginning. On the night he was elected President, Obama said:
"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there."
The road over the past two years has indeed been long and steep, in large part due to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Yet our country isn't defined by what we do in good times, but how we respond in times of hardship.
In these difficult times, the true test of our resolve is whether we continue fighting for a better America - for better jobs with fair pay, a clean environment for our children, quality education for all, and a politics uncorrupted by special interests - even in the face of long odds.
However disappointed we might be with the petty state of our politics, we have a gift that many around the globe still envy: the ability to vote for the world we want to live in, and the freedom to fight for what we feel is right. The only thing that can take that away is our own passivity.
So please, join us today in exercising your right to vote. And after all the votes are counted tonight, whatever happens, let's put the results in context. Our future is not determined by a single election; it's determined by how we respond, and how dedicated we are to the long fight for the change we seek. It won't be easy, but nothing worth fighting for ever is.
I thought this was very applicable as I saw how disillusioned and troubled the US was. It takes a while for change to occur. As the old saying says "Rome wasn't build in a day" and neither was all the issues that America now faces. i see a president who really cares deep down for the people that he leads. President Obama is a true and gifted leader.who has had many, many issues to tackle...such as:
  • unemployment
  • the Wall St fiasco
  • the recession which could've been a depression
  • and Health Care (a big issue)
I am watching with interest as whatever happens south of us affects us. My biggest concern is that there would be a knee jerk reaction to the slow turn around of all the issues. I have watched the attack ads, actually there were none that focused on the what the candidate would do if elected.

Please go out and vote today and be clear as how and why your voting the way you are.

take care.....

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