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The War in Texas

Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother-turned-political-activist, continues to camp outside President Bush's ranch in Texas, demanding audience with the president. “I want to ask the president, ‘Why did you kill my son?’” she has said. I’d like to ask her why she possibly thinks anyone would meet with her when she's...
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Role Reversal?

If you are one of those people who believe that gays and lesbians should not be allowed to marry because it would destroy the institution of marriage, then logically, you must believe that two men or two women cannot possibly feel genuine love for each other the way you feel...
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Photo: The Watcher

Like any proud pet owner, I take pictures of my dogs when I can. Every now and then, I'll catch Zoey, the golden retriever mix that I adopted from a local shelter, peering out of the window, silently watching what's going on outside. She is a couch potato. Big time....
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Photo Challenge: Clichés

This is the second of the Round Robin Photo Challenges on AOL's Journals. For more details visit Karen's "Musings from Mâvarin." For right cliché, I went to this site called "Cliché Finder" which lists more of them than you can shake a stick at! One reminded me of my favorite...
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Photo: Red

Autumn is, by far, my favorite season because of all of the warm colors and that familiar melacholy feeling they bring. But when I see colors as vibrant as this, I have to give a nod to the magic of springtime, too.
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Photo: Rust

I snapped this picture back in 1993. I was walking around my parents' back yard and came to a rusted wheelbarrow that had been forgotten in the back corner of the yard. By getting up close, the result is an image that could be anything from a rusting surface to...
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Memorial Day

At 3:00pm today, communities across the country will pause to remember veterans lost fighting for our freedom as part of Memorial Day celebrations. I read that bit of news and found it a bit sad. Sad because it’s shameful enough that we relegate any official commemoration of the sacrifices our...
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Photo Challenge: Mysterious Door

I have always enjoyed photography, but I haven't been getting out as much to take pictures as I should. Recently, several folks in the AOL journal community decided to challenge each other to photograph Mysterious Doors. I found this over at Steven's (Sometimes) Photoblog. One door immediately came to mind....
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A Home for Eddie

Since I started volunteering with FLAG, an animal shelter group where I adopted one of my dogs, I have met some wonderful dogs who have been in need of a home. There are a few of them who keep returning week after week to the adoption events that happen every...
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A New (Old) Computer

I'd been contemplating this for a while...and I finally took the plunge. I purchased a laptop computer so that I could take my novel -- or at least parts of it at a time -- along with me so that I'd have less of an excuse for not writing when...
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The Tsunami’s Aftermath

The latest death toll from the tsunami could reach 150,000. That's just a staggering number, almost impossible to comprehend. It's a tragedy that makes September 11th pale in comparison; one that makes the losses in Iraq almost seem minor for a moment or two. But like all things, politics eventually...
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Marine Gives ‘Em the Finger!

When I first heard this story, I honestly thought it was the setup for some kind of joke: A Marine wounded in Iraq is being treated by physicians. They tell him that they have to cut his wedding band to treat his badly damaged finger. He tells them that he...
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