Sunday, February 18, 2018

License

Well...it's official.  My boy has his license.  Like in driving...all alone...by himself...in a car.  I don't think parents are ever ready for this milestone.  As happy as I am for him...I'm just as nervous.  Be safe my boy.  And turn down the radio!!!



Friday, February 16, 2018

It happened yet again

...and it will continue to happen again...and again...and again...and again...and again...


We are not safe anywhere anymore.  Whether it's schools...colleges, high schools, middle schools or elementary schools...indoor concerts...outdoor concerts...malls...airports...nightclubs...churches...movie theaters...places of work...and the list goes on.  We are not safe anywhere.  Because how do you protect yourself from an assault weapon?  Install metal detectors?  What match are metal detectors to assault weapons?  When you can just blast your way into a building...and through doors and windows...with an assault weapon?  Or be match for ANY gun...whatever the type of gun?

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1. The N.R.A. calls the AR-15 the most popular rifle in America.

2. Five of the six deadliest mass shootings in the past six years here in the U.S. -the gunman had an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle.

3. Under federal law, you must be 21 to buy a handgun from a firearms dealer. But 18-year-olds can buy semiautomatic rifles.

4. Florida has a 3-day waiting period for handgun purchases. But anyone without a felony record, domestic abuse conviction, or a handful of other exceptions - can walk into a gun store, wait a few minutes to clear a background check, and walk out with an AR-15 style rifle, magazines and ammunition.

5. Congress explicitly banned AR-15s and other semiautomatic rifles that fit its definition of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004.  Since that law expired 14 years ago, in most states, it has been just as easy to buy an AR-15 style gun as it is in Florida. Buyers can also purchase the weapon in person or online from private sellers who are not required to perform a background check...an exemption known as the “gun show loophole.”

The FBI failed to do their job in this particular case.  Mental health played a role in every single one of these cases. 

We need to fix what is broken. NOW. 

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I kissed my kids goodnight last night knowing those families couldn't do that.

I kissed my kids goodbye this morning and said "have a good day"...and wondered if those were the last words their moms and dads said to their kids as they left for school on Wednesday...which was Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday.

My hope is that we, as a country, have reached our breaking point...and come together to finally do something...anything...to help control gun violence.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Volunteer Work

This is why it is so important for our animal shelters to have volunteers. Look at shy little Etta. This is the way she's been for weeks...just poking her head out from beneath the cages...looking to have some treats that we're passing out...but too afraid...


She is a beautiful cat but she's not being adopted because she just hides all the time.  Who will get to know her when she's no where to be found? 

Speaking softly, tempting with treats and some fun toys, and gentle little pats while eating goes a long long way.  

Etta's getting to know humans and realizing we aren't the enemy.  She's learning to trust.  And that is sooo important when finding homes for all these cats...


The hissing, growling, swatting and hiding are all defense mechanisms and done out of fear.  There are many feral cats at our shelter who are so lovable and friendly now all due to the work of the volunteers...like my Gianna.  




This is HUGE for little Etta...


I hope she finds a home of her own real soon.  

He'll never be too big

Nope. My boy will never be too big to sit on this Mama's lap. I love how affectionate he is...


Friday, February 09, 2018

Beautiful Young Dancers

There are so many gorgeous teen dancers in my area right now.  I've been following these girls since they were little.  I see them at the competitions we go to and they are so fabulous.  These are just a few of my favorites.

1. Kayla Mak - Westchester Dance Academy NY


2. Grace Luiso - Rhythm Dance Company MA:



3. Kira Marderosian - Elite Academy of Dance MA:


4 & 5. Juliette Marzo and Alexandra Walz - New England Dance Centers MA


5. And of course I have to include my own gorgeous dancing daughter, Julia...




Wednesday, February 07, 2018

This is Us

In my opinion, "This is Us" is THE best show on TV right now.

This is one of my favorite scenes. It's exactly how I feel about my Dad. My Dad is with me...every...day.  Just because I can't see him...doesn't mean he's not here by my side. Time and time again he has proven to me that he's still here with me.

And that is something I know for sure.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Superbowl Party

Julia and some of her cute friends at a Superbowl party...



No party for me.  I stayed home and enjoyed a nice quiet house.  I don't like football.  B-o-r-i-n-g!!

Sunday, February 04, 2018