Saturday, November 29, 2008

Black Friday

The biggest shopping day of the year is named Black Friday, so named because retail stores are supposed to make enough profit to end the year in the "black" . Yesterday an employee at a Wal-Mart store was trampled to death by frenzied shoppers.I really have to ask, is a few dollars bargain worth a life?
Feed the greed machine, I guess. So now we have a new twist, called Cyber Monday. At least no one will be physically hurt at the virtual malls. Though you do have to watch out for scams, identity thieves those virtual malls.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

losses great and small

my keys
note book
Charles Scultz
Misty Morning
self respect
my MIND! (nutz NOS)
walks in the woods
good moods
my computer
Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday, June 8, 2008

in the news

a local hospital couldn't find the body of a stll born infant. i have never heard of something like this happening. how unutterablely sad. the parents must have been doublely grieved by this. i pray they find comfort for their saddeness. i hope the hospital finds the baby's body soon so this nightmare ends for the family.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Check this out!

supermom_in_ny has some really awesome ideas for making money online as well as some really great stories on her blogs and squidoo lens. there is a lot info and tutorials that explain what you need to know and how to do what you are looking to do. i have spent most of the day reading and there is still more stuff i'd like to look at.
thanks supermom.....your newest number one fan.....dogs

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Leturs to Ant Lisa

Deer Ant Lisa,
mom says y'all lost my last letur so im riting it all over agin. now let me think if i can remember wat i rote last time.
oh yeah!
mom got some kinda papers called divorce. she was very xcited about these papers. i don't know wat they are all about but its kinda like wen i was a pup.remember how xcited i wood get wen there was papers on the floor? so xcited they wood end up getin wet! so wat is the meenin of theses papers called divorce? is it like goin' BOS at ...oh like...westminester or sumthin? i know those kinda things are emportent to humans! mom even hanged them up in a fram on the wall for a wile, now that's just plane silly! everbuddy knows papers belong on the floor!
so ant lisa, let me tell you bout a new frens i made. his name is berdie pigin. i met birdie at my other frens howse, you know sqire squirl. squire had a howse warmin party cuz he jus moved into a new condor. it's a real nice place! he has wall to wall straw and a automatic nut krusher.(whitch by the way ya really need to keep your paws away from it!) squire even has a swimin pool in his yard. we had lots of fun runin and jumpin but i got so hot and thurste i drank all the water out from the pool. squire was mad at me for a long time but we are back to bean frens again
my new fren berdie and his wif berdett had to move to cuz their daughter had to move back home with her kids.
burdettas husben jus died not long ago burdetta was so ovecum with grief that she culdent work or take care of her kids so berdie and berdett are helpin out for awhile burdetta is a real nice gurl and it makes me sad that she is so unhappy. it was a real weird askadent that killed him. he worked overtime that day so it was late at nite and he wanted to stop at the roost to get some seedburgers. wel seems the plac was klosed for the nite but he thoght the fly-thru winda was still open. he flew rite threw the glass cuz he was tired and ina hury and dinnit see the "closed" sinne. poor burdetta! well i gotta go for now its time for my beauty nap. pleaz tell all my frens and famely i love and miss them. im havin berdie and his famely and sqire over for tea tomarow so i got a lots to do!(most empotant is the nap of corse) pleaz tell squire not to be ofended by my squirl frens name being the same as his (but squire always was a litle squirly huh? )
love and kises from
bltiz the wunder dawg

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday.It is a day to contemplate redemption a solomn time for many christrians. I find myself thinking about forgiveness and what that means to me.When someone does something that hurts you, there are a few ways to respond. Usually the first response, for me at least, is anger followed closely by thoughts of revenge. But I find I'm expending more energy staying angry and vengeful than I can spare. It has hurt me more to hang on to the hurts than it hurts the other person who may not even realize what they've done.So how do you let go of the hurt? I have not found an adequate way of doing that. I try to forgive but I know have not because the hurts still live in my mind. I know that forgiveness doesn't mean that you condone an other's behavior and really you can't 'fix' anyone else, they are responsible for their own behavior. So why forgive? Is it a way to peace within your heart? Is it a duty you must perform as the bible says or you will end up in the hot place after death? I would guess it's in order to find peace within that you forgive. It's more about letting go of your need to hang onto the hurts.
I am watching Diane Sawyer's special on prostitutes tonight and I wonder who will take care of these people? Who will make sure they are safe and cared for? Why are the women arrested but not their not their male clients or the pimps? And why don't these documenteries talk about the male prostitutes?
And when the women who was caught in adultry was brought before Jesus, did He condem her

Saturday, March 15, 2008

What do you do when you're bored?

you could watch t.v.or listen to bon jovi cds or write silly posts on your blog or play with the text colors or play with the font gosh this is so much fun. are we having fun yet? no not yet!
the t.v. is showing our local st pat's day parade. is it nearly spring? it must be at least we didn't have snow falling on our parade today.ok i'll stop being boring now

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

In the News

Mr. Spitzer, What were you thinking?!? I really thought we had a winner in Albany this time. I thought Mr. Spitzer would take New York in a new direction.
I guess he did...
I don't think it's a good direction.
It's so stupid. it's outrageous.
It is just sad.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

if you only had six months to live...? part 1

the doctors words hit me with the force of a sledge hammer, like the kind you see at fairs to test your strength by how high you can get that metal puck to go up and hopefully ring the the top.
you should get your affairs in order. i'm so sorry but there is nothing left for us to try. you have maybe six months....his voice trailed off, we sat in silence for a few moments
were those tears i saw welling up in the doctors eyes? perhaps. perhaps it was my wishful thinking. perhaps only a very human need to believe someone cared about my passing, that somehow i'd made a difference here, in this life, to at least one person.
in my stunned and dazed state i left the doctors office and walked the three blocks to a small park and sat there on a cold wooden bench for hours.
the green grass, the new leaves budding on the trees, the yellow daffodils bobbing in the soft breeze, all went unnoticed by me.shouts of laughter from nearby children seemed somehow harsh and jarring to my ears. the sun seemed over-bright to my eyes. this was not a glorious herald of the coming spring nor a celebration on awakening new life, to me on this day it was a sad reminder that i would most likely not see another spring. i ached inside with the loneliness of the thought and couldn't imagine the scene before me with me not there.
a shift in the intensity of the sun a chill in the air roused me from my stupor. i stood and on my stiff legs began to walk toward home. home. a small word yet so rich in meaning. a mom, a dad, kids, a family doing the usual family things.
to be continued
copyright susan voigt march 7 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

an inconveint truth

i was watching the movie an inconvenient truth by al gore tonight.(a little shout out to netflix, i just joined and i love the selection and the idea of having movies sent to me!! it's awesome ). while he explaining how green house gases cause global warming it occurred to me that it's kind of like being at a party with a lot of people smoking cigarettes. there's always this layer of smoke that just hangs there in the air and the more people who smoke enter the house the thicker that smog gets. it's not easy to get all that smoke out of the house after everyone has left either.
some people don't think there is really any problem with this thing called global warming. i want to make another comparison to cigarettes here. when the surgeon general said studies showed that cigarettes cause heart disease cancer emphysema, the tobacco companies said that other studies showed no connection between smoking and these diseases. i remember thinking ,'well maybe cigarettes are bad but no one seems to know for sure, so i'll just keep smoking till they do'. that was pretty stupid huh? well maybe global warming isn't real but do really want to be 'stupid' and do nothing? maybe it will it just go away. maybe we will just go away with global warming as well.or our kids will.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008



Empty heart
Alone. Alone
in dead zone
numb, cold.
Icicles form in place of heart
and mind.
No care taken of the body-betrayer
Pain, pain
rises up within
Seething, roiling, bubbling
Everlasting to everlasting
Racking, coursing throughout
a betraying and broken body
broken on the rocks of tempest tossed seas
lift raft gone, disappeared into the mist
Just you alone in raging seas
with broken body, broken mind
looking for release
from pain that does not cease.
Light a cigarette, drink some wine.
Yes drink deep and long of
chilled red wine.
Siren whine. Shrill empty howling
Whine, whine, whine.
Red wine for Red whine
Blinding headache whine.
Muscle whine.
Lung whine.
Belly whine.
Old decrepit
creaking-knees-on-stairs whine
Bitter, sour wine.
look for food in cupboards bare.
Nothing to sustain you there,
only ancient bones of long past feasts.
Empty words,
vacant stares
of people who pretend to care.
What does it matter if there
is one less whine.
In the dead zone by and by
we lay down our heads to sleep
the sleep of the undead
until the red wine is gone
and the red whine is finally turned off,
at last
cpoyright july 2007 susan voigt

Friday, February 29, 2008

mental health parity

from bazelon mental health law center

write or call your represenative (see my favorite website for link to ask him/her to vote for H.R.1424
the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act. Parity is a fair and affordable solution to insurance discrimination. It will save lives and families.

it is still SNOWING think we'll see spring before june?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

perfect stranger

the world news with Charles Gibson tonight had a reporter asking perfect strangers where their clothes were made. it seems that clothes made in foreign countries prices are linked to how well our economy is doing. but that isn't what I wanted to talk about really, i want to know where ABC news or anyone else for that matter, found perfect strangers. I don't know about you but I'm not perfect and I don't think I've ever met a perfect person. I will say I am a bit stranger than most. maybe even perfectly strange.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

In the news

O.J. is back in the news....he alegedly tried to steal back some of his football memorabila that he sold to a collector...i wonder what kind of defense he'll concoct this time around.....

Obama and Hillary are at's almost enough for this life long democrat to vote....gulp!!..oh i just can't say it!

more suicide bombers in Iraq and Afghanistan

more favorite web sit well i guess there won't be anymore favorite website links until i can contact blogger to find out what they changed in the proccess of adding links cuz it doesn't seem to working the same as it did a few weeks ago

Saturday, February 23, 2008

who is your hero?

i have a severe profound hearing loss, so i guess it shouldn't surprise anyone when i say that my hero is helen kellerr.she lived an extraordinary life despiste being both blind and deaf in an age that was not was her determination that inspired me the most. she inspired me to find different ways to accomplish some of my goals,to see that my biggest obstical was how i percieved myself as a hard of hearing person in a hearing world. you are what you think you are and you can accomplish just about anything you set out to accomplish. within reason of course, we all have things we're not suited for.
who is your hero? leave me a coment and tell me who your hero is and why.

have you huged someone you love today? did you tell someone you love them?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

got drugs?

i have a question, why does the FDA try to frighten people away from natural remedies and vitamines by using scary sound warnings about the hazzards to one's health, while allowing the pharmacutical companies to blast us with ads for their drugs that include such side effects as lymphoma, heppatitis,tuburculous and posible death?
in my opinon it's because natural remedies cannot be patented and so no one company can makes scads of moneyby manufacturing and marketing them to television audiances. my health insurance will not cover any type of alternative treatment for chronic pain even though they were extremly helpful to me in the past, even allowing me to continue work for several months longer. they will however provide me with pain medications with some very unacceptable side effects. because of my other health problems there are drugs that mess up my balance to the point that i fall more offten. but alternative tretments aint allowed!!!

ok my mini rant is finished, but it is something to ponder these last cold winter nights, sitting in front of the fireplace watching tv ads for killer drugs...

Thursday, February 14, 2008


ummm..i'd like to give a shout-out to the new york giants! i watched the supper bowl commercials, most of them stunk, and i had the sound off so i wasn't really sure who'd actually won the football game. oh well better late than never i always say....yay giants.

happy valentines day to sweethearts everywhere.

chocolate hearts all
around to celebrate this
lovers day with you

Thursday, February 7, 2008


one of my favorite meditations is the prayer of st. francis.
lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness light;
where there is sadness, joy.

o divine master, grant that i may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
for it is giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
it is by dying to self that we are born into eternal life.

a few months ago i rediscovered the 'benefits' of meditating. i also started keeping a 'gratitude journal' and i highly recomend this as a way to begin changing your thoughts from negative to posative. we are what we think and say.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

my favorite websites

some of my favorite websites write your congressperson!!! lots of info on disabilities and links to other helpful sites lymphoma research foundation info on latest treatment, support for paitents and family of lymphoma surviors arthiritis institue web site thru national institutes of health, info on sjogren's syndrome and more buy new and used books, fund literacy world wide free shipping in U.S. free knit and crochet paterns, blog chat etc.. my fave search engine

mini political rant

what i am hoping for in our new president. i want a president that will be honest and willing to share information. a president that does not opperate under a cloak of secrecy. the united states is a government of, by and for the people, i think it is past time for our elected officals to start listening to us again. i want a president that will follow the consitution and uphold the bill of rights. i want a president that does not misuse their power by evesdropping on inocent citizens, one who will follow up on reports of emmenit terrorist attacks prior the attack. i want a president who acctually works for the better good of u.s. citizens. and finally, i want a congress who will head the call for impeachment if the president overreaches for power and engages in subtrifuge and or intimidation to get what ever they think they want. the consitution does not allow the president to have the power to do just anything they have a mind to. laws must be obeyed, procedures that are already in place must be followed.think we have a candidate that might fill the bill? i don't know.

on a lighter note, the days are getting longer! spring is surely not far away now. i've been studying my seed catalogs trying to decide what i want to plant in my garden this spring. so many wonderful plants and so little yard to plant them in!

happy super bowl! GO GIANTS!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

we'll return after a word from our sponsers

there are a number of adds on tv for all kinds of drugs. if you have a problem tell your doctor and ask for the latest wonder drug. later you can call those lawyers who also advertise on tv to sue the drug companies for the serious side effects of all the new wonder drugs. better living through chemistry!

some antidepressants some anti epilectics, almost all anti psychotic drugs cause tardive dyskeniesia. it is brain damage. it is permanent. it does not go away. it can not be treated. they can give more drugs to control the symptoms, but most of those also cause t.d. i know this. i have t.d. parents need to really think about this before letting some doctor say their young child has bi polar disorder and to treat them with drugs. i was an adult when i took these drugs. the antidepressants side effects were so awful, i tried twice to commit suicide. thanks to my psychiatrist i'm now a happy well adjusted freak