Burning Questions

October 27, 2006 at 7:44 am 22 comments

I say this often, I’ve lived a charmed life. Unconventional, but nevertheless charmed. Full of love, surprises, joy and companionship. Over our 25 years of marriage, I’ve done many things to preserve our family: Agreed to go camping instead of shopping in New York, compromised on the color of the den, rethought some rules, standards and beliefs to fit the seven personalities that comprise my clan. I would throw myself into the path of a speeding bus, fight my way through burning forest, wrestle a wolf to the ground if I needed to protect one of these people I love with every cell of my body. I’m sure every wife and mother can say the same thing. There is nothing I won’t do to preserve my family.

So why am I so shocked and disturbed by the fact that one in four women are beaten by their life partner? That every fifteen seconds a woman is the victim of domestic violence. Even in these enlightened times, with a glut of information, music, and video shouting that “love doesn’t hurt”, that message can’t get through the fact that women will do almost anything to preserve their families. “All I had to do was fix me.” Chilling words, those. The mindset that exists when women are doing what we were genetically engineered to do: nurture and preserve our families, no matter what the cost.

Rush Limbaugh, shame on you for criticizing Michael J. Fox’s demonstration of just what Parkinson’s disease looks like. Because we have a medication that will mask the symptons, he’s supposed to be satisfied with that? Well I’m not. I’m not satisfied with our treatment for aids, cancer, heart disease, diabetes or alzheimers either. I’m sick of seeing young, vital people struck down by these hideous diseases they have no control over. However controversial, however wrought with the potential for mismanagement, I’m losing my family to these diseases and I’m in favor of stem cell research. It’s a glimmering symbol of hope.

Physicist Costas Efthimiou, professor at the University of Central Florida: Big old raspberry at ya fella! He thinks he’s proved there are no such things as ghosts, vampires and zombies through the probabilities of physics. Oh yeah??? Come live in my old house for a weekend and tell me there’s no such things as ghosts. Fun sucking old busybody, you could have released that news anytime but Halloween.

Apparently I’m much too crabby to blog today. I must need a nap.

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  • 1. Catch  |  October 27, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    Id say you right on the money about these topics! And Rush Limbaugh is a total nincompoop! Have a good weekend!!!!!

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  • 2. DaveM  |  October 27, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    Look all you had to do was go camping and that says it all. What a woman.

    The worlds a nasty place sometimes. I’m with Michael Fox [and Mohamed Ali]….make people aware.

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  • 3. Dr.John  |  October 27, 2006 at 3:57 pm

    But would anybody c are if it wasn’t a;most haloween? Don’t wrestle that wolf in Michigan they are a protected animal.

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  • 4. Stacy  |  October 27, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    More power to those who want to show us the real faces of disease. Perhaps it will eventually raise awareness enough.

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  • 5. Hayden  |  October 27, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Something important was lost when mobility, drugs, anonymity allowed us to hide things. One of the wonders of the internet is that inside this anonymous wrapping people tend to come clean and tell it like it is – a wonderful relief to the thousands of others hiding the self-same secrets.

    The first step is always acknowleging what is real, that is the baseline for change.

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  • 6. Mimi  |  October 27, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    You are not crabby. You, unlike many in our world, are aware of how crazy it is.
    I would like to punch Rush in the mouth for that crap he said!

    Have a good weekend!:)

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  • 7. Biker Betty  |  October 27, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    Michael is doing a great job getting info out there about Parkinson’s disease. You’re so right. Shame on Rush Limbaugh!!

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  • 8. MrsJoseGoldbloom  |  October 27, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    I back Michael completely…I’ve always liked him he seems like such a great guy. My son has a disorder and hopefully some new technology will be discovered so that he can live a normal life. I would fight a wolf if it would cure him…hell I’d fight Rush Limbaugh!

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  • 9. Sunflower Optimism  |  October 28, 2006 at 12:29 am

    My decorative painting group painted some rooms in a shelter for victims of domestic violence. I was the contact person for my group and I had a chance to speak with some of the staff at the shelter. What a difficult life these moms had. The shelter provided care and schooling for the children while the moms either went to school or job training. I can’t recall the exact percentage of these women that return to their abusive situations, but it was too large a number.

    Thoughtful post, Kat and I agree wholeheartedly. Don’t worry about that professor – he can’t prove a thing 😉

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  • 10. goldennib  |  October 28, 2006 at 7:50 am

    I say we all ask the ghosts that live with us to visit that physicist tonight to show him what probabilities look like.

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  • 11. Kat Campbell  |  October 28, 2006 at 9:09 am

    Catch – Rush is definately a poop.

    Dave – Pap counts his blessings every day for finding me (right after I say “Pap count your blessings for finding me”.

    Dr. John – Luckily I live in Ohio, so I can wrestle all the wolves I want to.

    Stacy and Hayden – If we don’t see the real effects of the disease, how can we motivated to fight for its cure? I applaud Michael and Ali for mobilizing us.

    Mimi – You punch him, I’ve got your back.

    Nice to see you Betty!

    Mrs. Jose – I know how you feel, Alzheimers is stealing the life from the males in my family. You could kick Rush’s butt with one hand, no challenge there.

    Oh Sunflower, then you know the mental battle these girls fight right along with the physical one.

    Exactly goldenib – stinking pencilneck wouldn’t last a night in my crib.

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  • 12. Guyana-Gyal  |  October 28, 2006 at 9:53 am

    Somebody criticized Michael J. Fox?? I love Michael J. Fox. He’s one of my heroes, he didn’t hide away in shame.

    My gran’pa had Parkinson’s and not many people knew about it until Michael J. Fox and Mohammed Ali.

    Maybe the more people who speak up about their illnesses, more effort will be made with research? I hope.

    Whew, yes, you sure were on a rant today…we need to rant sometimes.

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  • 13. Kat Campbell  |  October 28, 2006 at 10:43 am

    Yes I was GG, ranting is good for the soul, busts out all that bad energy.

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  • 14. QuillDancer  |  October 28, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    Battered Rose

    We married in June
    surrounded by roses and
    joy everlasting.

    October arrived crimson
    called forth by your flying fist.

    As leaves fell from trees,
    and the cool night air grew chill,
    my pride withered, too.

    Apologies and remorse
    bathed me after each bruising.

    January found
    me huddled against sudden
    violent flurries.

    You hated to hit me, but
    I could not keep you happy.

    Now tender green grass
    grows upon my cold, dark grave.
    Finally I am free.

    In court you beg for mercy
    That you did not have for me.

    CLA

    in loving memory

    Kat, this is posted on my poetry blog. I wrote it in honor of my cousin, who tried to preserve her family and paid to high a price for unity.

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  • 15. Gela  |  October 28, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    I really didn’t plan to comment, just wanted to do a quick skip through, but that last paragraph re Efthimiou was so funny that I had to abandon my lurking plans. Hehe.

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  • 16. katcampbell  |  November 3, 2006 at 6:51 am

    Testing, hello…. will you land where you belong, or zip to the gnome too?

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  • 17. tony  |  November 3, 2006 at 7:08 am

    testing out the digs…are the comments working?

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  • 18. Linda  |  November 3, 2006 at 7:33 am

    I like the new site. I am sure things will be better in a few days. Sorry I have not been commenting, I have been so busy. Anyway, the Halloween party looked great. I hope that everybody had a great time!

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  • 19. Mimi  |  November 3, 2006 at 7:44 am

    Like the new site and look! Technical difficulties drive me insane! Hope you work them out soon!

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  • 20. Janet  |  November 3, 2006 at 8:23 am

    Nice digs! Let me know when you figure out how to change the font color-I haven’t figured that one out yet!

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  • 21. Hammer  |  November 3, 2006 at 10:59 am

    I’d like to move too..did you come from beta or regular?

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  • 22. DaveM  |  November 3, 2006 at 11:20 am

    Hi Kat. I may well have to move as I have lost my blog. I cant access it. Disappeared into the ether. I tried accessing it via your link, but no luck. If you can would you mind letting me know . Many thanks. D

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