Braveny’s Garden

Wild and Crazy Gay March in D.C.
October 18, 2009, 10:30 am
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Equality is the Answer


Most Admired Women in America
December 28, 2008, 11:41 am
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Sarah Palin made the list of most-admired women in America?  I just read the article on ADN and I am appalled by this.  Sorry America, but Sarah Palin did NOT make my list. 

Braveny’s List of Most Admired Women:

1. My Mother – who raised five children to think for themselves and gave us the gift of common sense.  She promoted reading all kinds of books which continues to be our joy today. She refused to have us baptized into her church when we were young wishing instead that we find our own way to God when we were old enough to decide for ourselves. 

2. My Grandmother – who raised 13 children on the prairie in Oklahoma and always had a meal for those that had less.  She passed on her talents of sewing and cooking and making do with less to all of her children.  Creativity lives on because of her. 

3. My Daughter – who has been active in the Red Cross for the past 3 years and gave of her time and talents to help victims of Katrina, Ike, and Gustav.  She donates her time each week locally now to assist those who need help in time of trial.  She is an avid reader.  (I wonder where she got that?) She fears nothing. 

4. My Boss – who even though she didn’t feel qualified for the position was encouraged to apply by all of the people who work with her.  As a Mexican-American woman she stands tall for equality for all women in the industry she works in.  (And we are a really mixed group)

5. Rachel Maddow – who presents the news and asks intelligent questions.  I watch her daily.  Sometimes I jump up and down and shout.

The Cold Within
September 13, 2008, 1:14 am
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This is a repost from about a year ago…  I think it fits for today. 

I heard this poem the other day on the radio on my way home, so looked it up tonite.  Is this what we have become in this America?  Your comments are appreciated.

The Cold Within

Six humans trapped by happenstance
In dark and bitter cold
Each possessed a stick of wood–
Or so the story’s told.

Their dying fire in need of logs,
But the first one held hers back,
For, of the faces around the fire,
She noticed one was black.

The next one looked cross the way
Saw one not of his church,
And could not bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.

The third one sat in tattered clothes
He gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich?

The rich man just sat back and thought
Of wealth he had in store,
And keeping all that he had earned
From the lazy, shiftless poor.

The black man’s face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight,
For he saw in his stick of wood
A chance to spite the white.

And the last man of this forlorn group
Did nought except for gain,
Giving just to those who gave
Was how he played the game,

Their sticks held tight in death’s stilled hands
Was proof enough of sin;
They did not die from cold without–
They died from cold within.

——James Patrick Kinney

Seems like it is also a song by The Crossing a Christian Band