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My Classes are Filled with FUN

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Just giving you a quick update. I am teaching class #3 today, and it will be a long one.

The students I have had are terrific people. Very talented and creative, too. This makes these long teaching days worth while.

I will post photos later..........right now just wanted to let you know that I still have wind beneath my wings.

Love you guys!

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MENOLLYRJ 6/10/2011 8:41PM

  I'm jealous. Have a wonderful time!

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TOWHEE 6/10/2011 12:04AM

    I'm glad you are having so much fun with your students. It certainly makes the whole event worthwhile for everyone.

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/9/2011 3:03PM

    I am glad you are having fun, Sandy--looking forward to the photos!


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GRANDMACOO 6/9/2011 10:29AM

    Oh, to be able to sit and quilt all day! I should add that to my bucket list - just ONE DAY!!!

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MPENNE 6/9/2011 9:58AM

    Glad to hear you are flying high.
Have fun.


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I'll Catch Up with You Later

Monday, June 06, 2011

Hello Sparkies,

I have three consecutive days of quilt teaching I am going to do, using different techniques for each class. So I am very busy and focused on getting all my supplies, making sure the students have all their supplies, making class samples, remembering to make my lunch, etc.

Therefore, I seriously doubt I will be online for the next four days.

I'll catch up with you later! In the meantime, let your Spark Show!!

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DIANESMILES 6/8/2011 2:24PM

    I have a quilt my Grandma (awwww) made me back in 81. She told me she was making it for my cousin Eileen, and asked what colors should she use. I DID NOT want to tell her MY FAVORITE COLORS cos they were MINE !! But I ADORE Eileen, so I DID. BOY was I GLAD!!! LOL she was TRICKY and it sure did WORK OUT cos it was FOR ME !! LOL good thing I was NOT SELFISH !!! hehehehehehe

Have FUN teaching the class !! I LOVE teaching,,,,,I did when I felt better, the puter to the elderly and disabled, and WANT to again when I feel better again. It's just FUN FUN FUN !!!! So GO FOR IT !!!

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GRANDMACOO 6/8/2011 8:44AM

    I would also love to take a class. I am (slowly) working on an AZ centennial quilt - we did almost 2 years of classes, getting the block patterns/info/etc. Now I have to get moving to get it completed before February 2012. Have fun and see you on the other side of the class!

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MNABOY 6/7/2011 12:28AM

    We have my wife's great Grandmother's quilting Frames and I don't know when or where she obtained them. We have a couple of her quilts also. Please keep the talent active.

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KINSBAILE 6/6/2011 12:41PM

    Have fun!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/6/2011 12:34PM

    Have fun and keep sparking as you teach! I would love to come take a class from you someday; let me know when you are going to be teaching again, I will try to get some time off to come over your direction.


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Friday, June 03, 2011

A reminder of BO’s deep felt feelings for the military:

SNOPES SAYS: A Newsday editorial summed up many Americans' feelings about the matter in opining that:

This load-shedding device would have saved the government about$540 million. But whoever proposed it to Obama was politicallytone-deaf.

To Obama's credit, he appears to have backed away from this insensitive proposal. But veterans still can't figure out how he let someone in the administration persuade him to try it. Frankly, neither can I.



Bad press, including major mockery of the play by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 billion annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty.

The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of theopposition to his proposal.

"Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.."

"I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit.. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."

How in the world did a person with this mindset become our leader?
REMEMBER THIS STATEMENT...."Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice?"

This is just another example why this is the worst president in American history.

Can YOU say "2012"??? I don't know who I am "for", but it sure ain't THIS guy!!!

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4DOGNIGHT 7/30/2011 12:00PM

    I've kind of stayed away from politics on Spark but glad to see someone ranting about the PRES. And BO are good initials for him. One good thing about the debt crisis is that it has kept Michelle Mybelle from galavanting around the globe in Air Force 2, except for that little cost effective trip to Africa where she raved about french fries instead of broccoli.

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LKWQUILTER 6/4/2011 1:45PM

    I agree with you. How did we elect such a person as president--one who apologizes for what we believe in. I am a military brat and many of my friends did not volunteer to join the service but were drafted. They did not ask to be hurt/killed at all!! Our president should be PROUD to be an American and not ashamed.

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NJTEACHER21 6/4/2011 9:22AM

    I'm sorry BEARWIFE, but you never heard Obama say those words since they were written by this guy who on this sane page has other satirical postings.


So Snopes was actually right. Have a great day :)

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NJTEACHER21 6/4/2011 9:16AM

    Anti Obama people are so blindsided. Yes I voted for Obama, and yes he has made mistakes. But just remember where we came from. Anything would've been better than the atrocious 8 years of W. Will I vote for him again? Most likely. Unless a Republican blows me away. If it's Palin, then Obama has the next 4 years locked up.

As for him saying those comments, there is an actual link to the satirical comments that were made by a commentator pretending that they were made by Obama. He's too smart to call veterans selfish and whiny. If he would've said these things then he would've lost the next election already. It would've been on the front page of every paper and certainly on the joke of a newschannel like FoxNews.

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    If he did indeed say this, he was wrong to the nth degree. However, his predecessor, George Dub, announced to the world "Mission Accomplished" years ago (NOT!), and the evil VP said something about "you don't go to war with the army you wish you had; you go with what you've got" (which at the time was crapola)

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/3/2011 11:34PM

    I cant believe the American people voted on such a LOSER for President! If the people of the USA vote for OBama again, they deserve all the hell he brings on the USA again! I hear hes wanting to raise taxes too! Obama is dammed and so is his offspring! And any other extended relatives of his too! Because he's not only causing Americans to suffer but also causing Jews to suffer. Dam Obama for all the harm he has caused the American people and for Israel! Cursed is the man who brings harm to the chosen people of G*D! !

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1BEARWIFE 6/3/2011 5:30PM

    Sorry, Nay sayers and Snopes: Both my husband and I HEARD HIM SAY THIS. In fact, we even taped it.

Remember, Snopes has been found to be wrong a whole lot of the time. Their research sometimes lacks competency.

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MPENNE 6/3/2011 4:40PM

    I don't know if Obama actually made this statement but the bad thing is I believe it is something he could say. I really think it is something he is thinking. I have never felt Obama or his wife actually like this country. I don't care who the Republican candidate is anyone would be better than Obama.

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NJTEACHER21 6/3/2011 4:34PM

    He never said these words.


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KAMINEKO 6/3/2011 4:32PM

    WRONG! Try again. Snopes proved this to be FALSE.



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Freedom Is Not Free

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hello Dear Friends,
I read this on another Sparkie's page, and just had to share it with you. It is indeed lovely and oh so true.

Take a moment out of your day and pray for all of our men and women who ARE in uniform, and for those who WERE in uniform. Then look around and see all the evidence of YOUR freedom as a result of those brave souls who have given so much so we can enjoy such a bountiful life!

Freedom Is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

by Kelly Strong

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NOTFATCAT 6/2/2011 6:50PM

I sent the Hell Pack a gift pack today. Thanks for giving me their info.

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LOULOUBELLE2 5/30/2011 11:34PM

    No Freedom IS NOT free. I wish I could say here what I'm thinking, but my tears are getting in the way. Thanks for sharing...this meant a lot to me.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/30/2011 10:41PM

    That is so true. I wonder how many Americans died over the years in other countries wars? I know very few have been fought on American soil. I wonder when will our soldiers come home.
To be honest with you, I dont like celebrating this Holiday because its like celebrating death and sorrow. I despise war! But I know its a necessry evil sometimes to have wars; but I never truly understood why we Memorialize wars and death! Why cant we celebrate LIFE! Susana

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/30/2011 4:35PM

    Indeed, freedom is not free. We forget sometimes the reason for today being a holiday, but we must not. Thanks for the reminder, my friend!

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ALMMOM 5/30/2011 12:42PM

    True statement. Freedom is not free. Thanks for sharing.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/30/2011 11:41AM

    Beautiful. Definitely had tears rolling down my face...
Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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KAYDE53 5/30/2011 11:37AM

    Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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The Good Old Days

Saturday, May 28, 2011

“Winston, come into the dining room, it’s time to eat,” Julia yelled to her husband. “In a minute, honey, it’s a tie score,” he answered.

Actually Winston wasn’t very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington. Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its
“unseemly violence” and the “bad example it sets for the rest of the world,” Winston was far less of a football fan than he used to be. Two-hand touch
wasn’t nearly as exciting.

Yet it wasn’t the game that Winston was uninterested in. It was more the thought of eating another TofuTurkey.

Even though it was the best type of VeggieMeat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce and mince-meat pie), it wasn’t anything like real turkey.

And ever since the government officially changed the name of “Thanksgiving Day” to “A National Day of Atonement” in 2020 to officially acknowledge the
Pilgrims’ historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.

Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting. The unearthly gleam of government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the TofuTurkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold.

Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats — which were monitored and controlled by the electric company—be kept at 68 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.

Still, it was good getting together with family. Or at least most of the family. Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of life-saving medical treatment.

He had had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program.

And though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort. “The RHC’s resources are limited,” explained the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone. “Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled. I’m sorry for your loss.”

Ed couldn’t make it either. He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021 outlawed the use of the combustion engines—for everyone but government officials.

The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn’t want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.

Thankfully, Winston’s brother, John, and his wife were flying in.

Winston made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion.

No one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government-mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids.

Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added “inconvenience” was an “absolute necessity” in order to stay “one step ahead of the terrorists.”

Winston’s own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022.

That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for “unequal scrutiny,” even when probable cause was involved. Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine.


The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law

“A living Constitution is extremely flexible,” said the Court’s eldest member, Elena Kagan. “Europe has had laws like this one for years. We should learn from their example,” she added.

Winston’s thoughts turned to his own children.

He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him.

Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner. Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford. She whined for a week, but got over it.

His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether.. Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism or any of a number of other calamities were “just around the corner,” but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility.

It didn’t help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being.

Winston paid the $5000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13.

The latest round of quantitative easing the federal government initiated was, once again, to “spur economic growth.”

This time they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but Winston was not particularly hopeful.

Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement.

At least he had his memories.

He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the Good Old Days, long before government promises to make
life “fair for everyone” realized their full potential.

Winston, like so many of his fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn’t happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them.

He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there was still time, maybe back around 2011, when all the real nonsense began.

“Maybe we wouldn’t be where we are today if we’d just said ‘enough is enough’ when we had the chance,” he thought.

Maybe so, Winston. Maybe so.

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DIANESMILES 5/29/2011 12:31AM

    DEAR ME !!! They LET the Mother die cos she USED UP her MEDICAL allotment !!! SHEESHE !

I'd send this to my brother Allan, but I'd NEVER hear the END of it. I DO KNOW God will soon step in and help us out,,,with KINDNESS not the stuff that preacher says about on TV. God Promises life on earth forever for those who want it with REAL equality of ALL and ever lasting health. Thats where I've put my vote.

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RUFFIT 5/28/2011 9:07PM

    emoticonfor posting this. Moni

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/28/2011 4:05PM

    Not too far off...... and it really started when they took prayer and Bible reading out of the schoold in 1963 but our problems in America really started before that with the start of our country allowing abortions and the laws that came into allowing Abortions on demand. America started to go down when they first madated the killing of babies! Susana

Check it out

....1936– Heinrich Himmler, Chief of the SS, creates the "Reich Central Office for the Combating of Homosexuality and Abortion". Himmler, inspired by bureaucrats of the Race and Settlement Main Office, hoped to reverse a decline in the "Aryan" birthrate which he attributed to homosexuality among men and abortions among healthy Aryan women,[95] which were not allowed under the 1935 law, but nevertheless practiced. Reich Secretary Martin Bormann however refused to implement law in this respect, which would revert the 1935 law.
1938– In Britain, Dr. Aleck Bourne aborted the pregnancy of a young girl who had been raped by soldiers. Bourne was acquitted after turning himself into authorities. The legal precedent of allowing abortion in order to avoid mental or physical damage was picked up by the Commonwealth of Nations.
1948– The Eugenic Protection Act in Japan expanded the circumstances in which abortion is allowed.[96]
1959– The American Law Institute drafts a model state abortion law to make legal abortions accessible.[81]
1961– California state legislature introduces an abortion reform law based on the American Law Institute model.[81]
1966– The Ceauºescu regime of Romania, in an attempt to boost the country's population banned all abortion.
1966– Mississippi reformed its abortion law and became the first U.S. state to allow abortion in cases of rape.
1967– The Abortion Act 1967 (effective 1968) legalized abortion in the United Kingdom (except in Northern Ireland). In the U.S., Colorado, California, and North Carolina reformed their abortion laws based on the 1962 ALI Model Penal Code (MPC).
1967–1970– Colorado becomes first state to loosen its abortion laws followed by Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, and Virginia.[81]
1968– President Lyndon Johnson’s Committee on The Status of Women releases a report calling for a repeal of all abortion laws.[81]
1969– Senator Robert Packwood of Oregon introduces legislation to legalize abortion in Washington D.C.; no action is taken.[81]
1969– Canada passed the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69, which began to allow abortion for selective reasons.
1969– The ruling in the Victorian case of R v Davidson defined for the first time which abortions are lawful in Australia.[citation needed]
1969–1973– The Jane Collective operated in Chicago, offering illegal abortions.
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