Friday, September 9, 2011

Things I Think I've Learned This Week...

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Angels among us!!  My brother went for his radiation yesterday and met with the oncologist after.  The nurse on duty explained to my brother that her dad had the same cancer.  She made sure my brother understood some points that will speed up his recovery.  Something he really needed to hear. I'm always in awe when I hear of the right person being in the right place, to say the right thing at the right time.   It's amazing when you really look at your life and realize that there really are angels in our midst.  
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All this talk about whether or not to bring technology to the classroom has some good points on both sides.  But until the decision is made to teach kids what they need to know instead of "teaching to the tests", we aren't going to grow as a nation. There's no getting around the fact that technology is here to stay.  We just need to learn how to make it work for us.

We need more business owners to be politicians, and more politicians need to learn how to run a business in order for the craziness in Washington, D.C. to stop.  I'm convinced that career politicians don't understand that you have to have the money before you spend it.  You don't create the money by giving back to people what they earned to begin with.  So, my solution...switch jobs.  See if you can understand how things work on the other side.  Then make decisions.  Or we'll vote your ass out!!

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Being the geek that I am, I printed and reviewed the President's Thursday night speech.  I took each paragraph and decided whether it was rhetoric, a suggestion, or a solution (does it give an answer, a "how" something needs to happen).  And here's what I came up with:  Out of 54 paragraphs, 45 were rhetoric, and 9 were ideas/suggestions.  None actually outlined anything new (but we were told that THAT would be coming next week).  In my humble opinion, that was quite a bit of hot air. Too bad for us, I guess.  We need solutions.  

I'm so grateful to my daughter's sister-in-law, Anna, for taking a beautiful picture of me with my grandkids.  She is an extremely talented photographer, and it truly shows that she loves capturing life.   
Photography by Anna Buti

I have had the honor of offering my input to the business plans of one of my very good friends as she develops a business that will offer her creativity to the world.  I can't wait to see what comes of it.  Maybe I should ask for stock options now, before she makes it to the big time!!!

I miss following up on everyone's blogs, and will probably take some time this weekend to catch up.  Also need to create a little to keep that part of my spirit fed. 

This weekend, each and every channel seems to be spending some time airing 9/11 "stuff".  I know I'm not alone in still grieving deeply on this anniversary.  But I truly wonder why they have to show some of the stuff they show.  Are they hoping to get the prize for "most gory details"? 

Okay, enough of my opinions and things I've learned this week.  Just leave me a comment with yours.  I'm off to read some of your blogs.


Leanne said...

Great lessons/moments shared this week, Peggy. I know I, for one, was glad to have you in my week. Thinking of you often, my friend. And will keep your brother and family in my prayers. (and I LOVE that picture of you and the kids!!!!! LOVE IT!!!)

Ms. A said...

That IS a beautiful picture, Peggy!

Anna B said...

Thanks Peggy! Like I said before, they are very lucky to have you for a Grandma!!!

scrapwordsmom said...

First off...AMEN to the Politicians being business men!! My husband and I have owned our own business's for over 21 years!! What is going on in Washington is KILLING us! We will be shutting down/selling our pizza shop at some point this year. It's just barely worth our time anymore. I am so grateful we have other means of revenue.
We are becoming a socialist society with a Dictator as a leader...very scary!!!!!!!!!!

Blessings to your brother, Peggy.

And what a great photo!

I LOVE how you always speak your mind!

Laura said...

Great post -- I loved the things you learned this week. And yes, I can't believe (no, actually, I CAN believe) you printed out the speech. Too funny. Regarding 9/11.... well... I agree with what you said too...