Saturday, May 31, 2008

Vatican says no to women priests. Again. Why exactly is this news?

In this May 28 AP photo we can imagine Pope Benedict XVI waving bye-bye as he excommunicates Catholic women who presume to accept ordination as priests.

An AP story Friday reports that the Vatican has issued a decree that provides that anyone participating in a ceremony in which women are ordained are automatically excommunicated.

Now -- you can hold any position you like on the subject of whether women should be able to serve as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. I personally don't see why women can't be priests; I understand the rationale for priestly celibacy much more than I understand any explanation for the exclusion of women. I suspect, though I know of no proof, that women did function as priests in the earliest Church, before Constantine, if only because the faith spread far more readily and rapidly among women than men.

Although I don't know what one would call a female priest. "Father" seems... confused. Perhaps an Anglican reader can advise?

But that's not the point. The point is that, as Catholics, we accept that the Pope and the Bishops get to make the rules. We don't necessarily like all of the rules, and we don't always follow the rules (neither do the Bishops, sometimes with tragic results), but we accept, in principle, their rule-making authority. And one of the things that the Bishops get particularly uptight about is letting girls into their club. So why is it news that the Vatican would consider as excommunicated any women who presume to accept ordination as priests and those who would presume to ordain them?

Apparently, in Canada this week, a group called the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Movement purported to ordain as priests one woman and one married man.

There you go. One story from Vancouver involving two people and a fringe movement -- and about a jillion stories on the Internet about the Vatican cracking down. (I ran a search before making this statement, by the way.)

If I were paranoid I'd think that the anti-Catholics of the world were just taking this latest opportunity to bash the primitive, oppressive Catholic Church.

Look: Whether we Catholics accept women as priests is our problem, not anyone else's. While many Catholics may consider the ban silly, others do not. We all know that the Church is not the Pope or the Bishops. The Church will persist when all the current crop of bishops have gone to their reward (or punishment) -- and the Church will change, or not, in time, as inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Forever in blue jeans -- Or -- Denim of the game

Omar the Tentmaker had set up his stall in the bazaar and Long Suffering Spouse suggested that we stop there and get me some new blue jeans.

Oh, they'd be new, all right. I probably haven't worn blue jeans for almost 20 years.

Why? Initially, I suppose, an exaggerated sense of gravitas. Ego: If I would be important, I must look important, too. What a load of road apples, eh?

As it turned out, I neither looked nor became important. Mostly I looked ridiculous, dressed in a jacket and tie coaching youth baseball at Bluejay Park. I tried to cite the example of Connie Mack to some of the kids. Kids? The parents had never heard of Connie Mack. They didn't even know that the Athletics had been in Kansas City, most of 'em, much less Philadelphia.

At least I didn't wear suits to the park usually. I wore Dockers and a sport coat.

Dockers, I would argue, were Levis for old, fat people. Like me. And maybe, in my defense, when I stopped wearing jeans, there really weren't jeans for people with, ah, shall we say, a mature figure.

And thus a habit was begun.

But now, in the fullness of time, and given the fullness or ripeness of the profile of the average Baby Boomer, Levis have begun to make jeans in the typical (read: enormous) sizes required by today's middle aged man.

Long Suffering Spouse had picked up on the trend though (of course) I had not.

And so we had our excursion to Omar the Tentmaker's Stall (OK, J.C. Penney's -- if you must know -- though that strikes me as far less romantic).

The kids have been amazed to see me clad in denim. I was amazed to see that the once all-American blue jean is now made in Lesotho.


Thursday, May 29, 2008

I need a new word: A new no prize contest

It is becoming increasingly inaccurate to use the word "teenager" to describe my children: One is 24, another 23, another will turn 21 in a couple of months.

Only Younger Daughter and Youngest Son remain securely within the literal meaning of that term.

But... although the older ones do show signs of adult behavior, they also from time to time continue to display distinctly teen-like mannerisms. Which is OK... most people really don't grow up overnight. Long Suffering Spouse might tell you that I sometimes behave childishly... but that's another story.

I need a word to describe my post-teens... preferably one that could include the actual teens as well.

Adolescent seems a possible candidate. From and the American Heritage Dictionary:
The words adolescent and adult ultimately come from forms of the same Latin word, adolēscere, meaning "to grow up." The present participle of adolēscere, adolēscēns, from which adolescent derives, means "growing up," while the past participle adultus, the source of adult, means "grown up."
In the waning days of the Roman Republic the term adolēscēns could mean anyone who had not yet begun his ascension up the cursus honorum -- so a young Roman nobleman in his late 20s or even early 30s might, in Roman eyes, be considered an "adolescent." (See, Marc Antony.)

Talk about your extended adolescence....

But using "adolescent" to describe not-yet-fully-independent post-teens would change, if slightly, the common, presently understood meaning of the word. Such seemingly minor changes can lead to all sorts of major problems. (See, "marriage.")

So my present inclination would be to find another word. A new word. "Tweeners" or "tweens" comes to mind -- as in describing the state between teenagerhood and adulthood -- but these terms seem to be already in use for describing that period after the five or ten minutes presently alloted for innocent childhood and the beginning of teenager status. These terms seem to refer to girls, mostly, many of them apparently with aliases or secret identities. (See, Hannah Montana and/or Miley Cyrus.)

I thought about "beerager" as a possibility -- but that could be seen as pejorative and certainly would not include everyone in that age group anyway. "Extendeds" is probably my leading candidate -- short for extended adolescence -- and not, so far as I know, already taken.

But I'm open for suggestion... which is why I hereby announce another of my famous, likely-to-amount-to-nothing-at-all no prize contests. Give me your best word to describe that period in a person's life between the end of one's teens and the full assumption of adult responsibilities. Or tell me why I should stick with one of my proposed choices.

The winner will receive no prize other than the possible (though unlikely) esteem and awe of his or her blogging peers and my gratitude for participating.

Me? Swear at work? No #$@&*-ing way!

Ralph asked, in response to a recent post, "Why is it the male 'bosses' can speak swear word soliloquies so forcefully at work, but slink under their desks when confronted with such 'girl' talk?" (In the post in question, the 'girl talk' was a graphic recital of a visit to a club featuring male strippers.)

Ralph, I have only three things to say to this: (1) I wasn't the boss -- although, as I mentioned in the post, sometimes I was pressed into service as a pretend boss, (2) I didn't slink under my desk, I dived, and (3) I never, ever erupt into "swear word soliloquies" at work.

Well... OK, there was one time....

* shimmer * shimmer * dissolve * begin flashback sequence*

My old firm was housed in a converted apartment building, something I called a three-flat with a garden level, meaning that the lowest level of the four total levels was partially below grade. All the attorneys were quartered on the three upper floors, all the secretarial staff on the first floor. There were seven work stations in a large open space in the front half of the building, each facing the wall. Each work station consisted of a desk with a hutch on top -- no enclosed cabinets, as I recall, but open shelves so the attorneys could stack up the files that went with the tapes we'd dictated.

At the front of this common room was a glass walled office for the office manager. Her desk faced the common room and she could watch the secretaries at their work through the glass wall. There was a small reception area on the north side of this common room. The receptionist sat in front of the office manager's glass wall with a window on her left so she could see and communicate into the reception area.

Because our offices were on the upper floors, sometimes when running into the building, we'd grab an incoming call on the first floor rather than make the caller wait while we trudged up the stairs. I may have done this more than most of the others; even in those days I trudged pretty slowly.

Now I try and be careful with my language -- except while quoting a source I don't think I've used any serious profanity in this blog at all. (I'll wait while you run a search................ Satisfied?)

And I was generally careful in my use of language in the office. True, among the boys, I might resort from time to time to an Anglo-Saxon term that would have made my mother faint. I know all the words. In fact, I know how to arrange the words with some style and panache and, when the situation so requires, I can turn the air around me a vivid shade of blue.

But I always tried to keep a civil tongue in my head, particularly around the (at the time exclusively female) staff. Go ahead and call me old fashioned. I don't mind.

Now on this particular occasion I was running back from court and a call came in as I did. An attorney was calling with a request that I agree to extend the time for him to file his brief in the Appellate Court. This was about the fifth or sixth such request and I was becoming aggravated. And my client was not amused.

I should have taken the call upstairs.

But the stairs were steep and I was lazy and I grabbed the phone in the office manager's glass-walled office.

Her door was open.

It might have been better if it were closed. Then again, it might have made no difference at all.

I don't remember which of us began reminiscing first about our fond memories of old Intercourse U. (the fancy new name for the College of Hard Knocks) but soon my opponent was telling me to go $%*#! myself and I was expressing similar sentiments to him. Indeed, in the few minutes before I slammed down the phone I managed to turn the air in the office manager's office that bright and vivid shade of blue referred to previously.

I was embarrassed at this loss of self-control, particularly because I knew I'd have to run the gauntlet past the staff to get out of the common room and back to the stairs going up.

When I turned to look into the common room, I saw several sets of eyes staring at me, and several mouths agape. So maybe -- hopefully -- they considered this out of character for me as well.

The rest of the story is that I've gotten along famously with the attorney on the other end of the phone that day, from that day to this.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Declining auto use? Not in houses with teens....

Have higher gasoline prices persuaded Americans to use their cars less?

That's what AP business writer George Jahn reports, in a story printed in this morning's Chicago Tribune:
The Schork Report, edited by Stephen Schork, cited the latest statistics from the Federal Highway Administration, noting that "estimated vehicle miles traveled ... on all U.S. public roads for March 2008 fell 4.3 percent, or 11 billion miles, compared with March 2007.["]
And prices have only gone up since then -- 40, 50, 60 cents a gallon in the Chicago area, at least.

So it's only logical that, as gas prices rise, auto use declines.

On the other hand, logic and teenagers are not even nodding acquaintances, certainly not in my house.

It would have been social suicide for Younger Daughter to take the bus to school, not as a senior. And, by driving her freshman brother, Younger Daughter could cruise the boys' school at least once a day.

Frequently, she'd come home -- driving who knows who who knows where en route -- only to receive a cell call (or text) from Youngest Son -- and off she'd go again, this time to pick him up at school. The boy-watching would be better in the afternoon anyway.

Americans drove eleven billion miles less in March 2008 than March 2007? I might have thought Younger Daughter, by herself, would have made up the difference.

My children firmly believe that their automobile use can not and must not be curtailed, even in the slightest, merely because of high prices. They expect their parents to bear any burden, hurtle any obstacle to keep them from having to take public transportation. Otherwise, they tell us, the terrorists win.

Youngest Son was supposed to take the bus home yesterday from Summer School. Long Suffering Spouse had one of our functioning autos at school; Middle Son had the other at his place of employment. But, happily for Youngest Son, Older Daughter has driven up from Champaign for a visit -- and she arrived in time to rescue him from this indignity.

So here's the bottom line: When some busybody do-gooder tells you that there's a silver lining in these obscene gasoline prices, that at least Americans are finally waking up and driving less and walking more or taking public transportation -- when such a person confronts you on the street, grab him roughly by the lapels and spin him around to face traffic... where he'll see teenagers whizzing by, blissfully unaware of record oil prices, chatting away merrily on their cell phones.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Heads or Tails #40 -- A job

Not -- heaven forfend! -- that coming up with a post on today's Heads or Tails theme is a job. No, no, no. Our stern taskmistress, Barb, has instructed us to write today about a job -- our job now -- or any job we've ever had.

I've written all sorts of boring posts about my current job here at the Undisclosed Location. I wrote once about working in the kitchen in my college dorm, and how I almost got killed when I said why I was quitting. But, since I've already written about that, I suppose I shall have to write something new today....

I was a Kelly Girl one summer. I was going into my last year of college.

College ends earlier each year, it seems. My kids seem to finish in early May. Back then, I wasn't done until some time in June. Acting with the foresight that would characterize my entire life, I had not scouted about for any sort employment that summer before completing the last of my semester exams.

My parents suggested I apply at temp agencies.

Suggested is probably too mild a word. I was probably booted out the door rather unceremoniously.

I had one advantage in seeking temporary employment: I could type. In fact, I could type fairly well, especially for a male, and while the woman who administered the various tests at the temp agency didn't promise anything right away, she seemed optimistic that something might turn up.

I'm sure there was a greater interval than I remember but, as I recall, I was working almost the next day.

I had only one assignment the entire summer, but it lasted until I went back to school: I was a customer service representative for a seller of kidney dialysis equipment. My colleagues in this department were all female, recent high school graduates, none older than 20 except for the immediate supervisor who was probably 21. She wasn't the actual supervisor on paper -- no, this was the mid 70s and the one nominally in charge would have to be a man -- but I seldom saw him. She was supposed to be his secretary, I guess, but she ran the place.

The girls did their best to keep out of the nominal supervisor's way and to keep him from doing anything in the department. Anything he touched got messed up, they said.

I don't know if I'm being unfair to him by agreeing with their assessment. But it was all I had to go by because the girls were very successful in keeping him away. Or he chose to be away.

There were six customer service representatives, as I recall, each with their own desk and phone in a pool-type arrangement. Each representative had a particular territory -- a different region of the country. We weren't selling; we were taking orders mostly. Sometimes we had complaints about misdeliveries or product damaged in shipping. Anything that required price adjustments went through the 21-year old girl who really ran the department.

On more than one occasion, some wiseguy procurement person insisted on speaking with the supervisor. A person wanting to talk to the boss wouldn't want to speak to another young-sounding woman -- that just didn't seem sufficient, over the phone, to mollify an irate customer, particularly when the customer was a man. This turned out to be my particular value to the organization that summer: The call would be transferred to my desk and I would be carefully coached about what to say.

This was thought far more desirable than tracking down the nominal boss and bringing him up to speed. I had a deep, authoritative-sounding voice. Even though I only repeated what the actual rep had already said -- or whatever additional the 21-year old 'secretary' told me to add -- my pronouncements were accepted without question.

Sexist? You betcha.

But the girls figured out how to cope... and I was the coping mechanism.

And they had their fun with me, too.

A place had opened up near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, not that far from where we were, called the "Sugar Shack." The place featured exotic dancers -- male exotic dancers. And since the drinking age was 18 at that time in Wisconsin, the girls made an outing there one weekend and were anxious to share with me the following Monday all the details of their experiences.

They became rather... graphic... in their descriptions and, at one point, I retreated under my desk and told them I wouldn't come out until they behaved better. They thought this was the funniest thing they'd ever seen -- and it spurred them on to recall (or invent) additional details about the attributes of this dancer or that one... and then someone's phone rang and some wiseguy demanded to speak with the "boss" again.....

Blogblast for Peace is coming June 4

Mimi, the Queen of Memes, has begun beating the drums for her semi-annual Blogblast for Peace. All are invited to join in -- tagged, if you must -- as this snippet from Ms. Mimi's post explains:

BlogBlast For Peace Meme ~ Join The Revolution

Here are the rules and the story.
Copy this into a post, ADD YOUR NAME to the bottom of the tag list and tag as many people as you'd like.

The Peace Globe project began in the fall of 2006 with a simple post from one blog, Mimi Writes. The post ignited a flame in the blogosphere. The flame became a passion. The passion became a movement. It amazingly traveled from blog to blog to blog across the globe. Bloggers wrote passionate articles on what peace means to them, along with the promise of three Latin words scribbled on a globe - Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) - branded with the integrity of their names or blog names. It was positively inspiring to watch. And it began to happen all over the world - from Singapore to China to Afghanistan to Brooklyn.

It was simple. And powerful.

In less than two weeks bloggers from all across the globe will blog for peace.
We will speak with one voice. One subject. One day.
Won't you join us?
June 4, 2008

How To Get Your Peace Globe In 4 easy steps!
1. Choose one of the four Peace Globe designs in this post.
Right CLICK and SAVE in JPG format.
2. Sign the globe using Paint, Photoshop or a similar graphics tool. Decorate the globe anyway you wish. You can even include the name of your blog. Click
here for hundreds of inspiring examples from previous BlogBlasts.
3. Return the peace globe to me via email ~ mimiwrites2005 at - Let me know your blog's name and url by leaving a comment
here and signing the Mr. Linky. Your submission will be numbered and dated in the official gallery . Your globe and post will be listed on the Official BlogBlast For Peace website and The Peace Globe Posts page.

Here's the most important part.
4. On June 4, 2008 DISPLAY YOUR GLOBE IN A POST. Title your post "Dona Nobis Pacem". This is important. The goal is for all blog post titles to say the same thing on the same day. Write about peace that day or simply fly your globe. Click
here for examples of peace globe posts from previous BlogBlasts.

( Go HERE for the other 3 globe template choices!)

If you need help making your globe, I will help and Sanni from Germany has volunteered to make globes for FREE. Just visit her and request one!

If you'd like to help spread the word, take this button to your site. The code is in my sidebar.

I, Mimi Queen of Memes, hereby royally tag the following.......
(Before you copy this list on your blogs, ADD YOUR OWN NAME to the bottom of the list. )

When Silence Speaks, Scribbit, Flashing Yellow Lights, Whynotblogitout, Bitch Ph.D, Rocks In My Dryer, Sprittibee, Embracing Momminess, Izzy Mom, Shadowscope, Fussy, Live Granades, Message In a Bottle Write From Karen, MotherBumper, The Musings of Yet Another Working Mom, john k stuff MC Hammer Brazilian XC Skier Process Recess Ear Farm Rick Mercer Not Martha Vegan Lunch Box You Ain't No Picasso Motel de Moka Guyana amond Geezer Vitriolica Webb India Uncut The Lonely Island The Splintered Mind HorsePigCow Pimpwiz Getting a Leg Up Coffee House to Go One Movie a Day This Is Not Art Dean Alfar Dean the Teen Diesel East Coast Dweller Frank Sirianni Gumby Henry Bateman Kiyotoe Matt-man Michael C Migs Bassig MorgenPenfold Prometheus Scott Travis The Language Guy Blog from Bolivia Circadiana Coffee Trail Runner's Anonymous Lawyer HD For Indies Bored Vietnamese God Google Video of the Day Simplicity Founder Frustrations The Rising Blogger Daniel Thompson Microtonal Composer altjiranga mitjina Island Writer Critique my Blog Clickworthy Links Blah Blah Blog - The Soap Box Thermal Smiling Sunflower Just a Hippie Gypsy Pastoral Ponderings Bible Study Blog Surviving NJ Mike's Place 4Simpsons Blog Here Comes a Storm in the Form of a Pointless Drivel Blog Name Removed Eel Comedy Plus The Witch Doctor Is IN The Foo Logsl My Life Shelly Save Sheila Gem-vita Hippie Spelunker Crunchy Carpets Digital Traveller Rollie at Friday's Fry Get a Klu . Mimi Writes Living Next Door To Alice More Very Unimportant Stuff Niagaran Pebbles Pole Hill Sanitarium R World Ragebot Second Effort Sonja'a Scraps Sorting The Pieces Steve's Nude Memphis Blog l The Velvet Blog Blog About Your Blog Blog That Mommy! Celebrity Scoop Tricia's Musings Odd Planet Breath of Life Photography As the Garden Grows BackBeBetter The Shopping Duck Bicycle Diaries Mike's Mixed Memories Adventures of the S-Team -Spluch--365 Days- Monday Morning Power Simple Kind of Life- Turning The Pages Of Life Worldman Saturday9 A Place I Call Home Beautiful British Columbia Trav's Thoughts Boating in Beautiful British Columbia Crafts 4 Dummies Crazy 4 Pink Crunchy Carpets Cuter than Martha Hugo Says I Was Born2cree8 Instant Gratification Girl Just MeQuilt Nut Reba's Run Terramia Jenna B Loren Baker ImmaAlice Ramblings and the Likes-WTIT Tape Radio-She Says It's Pretty Dumb-Ramblings of an Undisturbed Mind-Stormdrane's Blog-Colloquium-Clutzy's Clutzes-The Awkward Epiphany-Rogers Bla Bla- The Rhetorical Letter Writer-Maine Stay Inn-Second Effort-Beta Blogger for Dummies-Fungi Thinking-Eclectic Spaghetti--Spandex and Hairspray-Peanut, Peanut Butter...Jelly!-Wasting Time-My Throwaway Blog-My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings-Heroines and Heroes (Blogger Poem)-Life is falling to pieces: an illustrated journal-A Day in the Life...- Julie's Jewels and Junque Wise and Foolish-S Nicolas Originals-Brave New Word-A Homesteading Neophyte-Twenty-three and Counting-Dr. Blogstein-Controlled Chaos-Mimi Writes The Peace Globe Gallery Message In A Bottle - Getting A Grip On Grace Alicia M Ballard Angell'z Secretz Angel Mama Snapshots of Life In Pictures and Words - Anndi's Luggage -Ann M & The Kitties Another Tangential Thinker - Anyhow Blogs - A Pity I'm An Aquarius - Artsy Catsy -Asara's Mental Meanderings Mojok Pojok Everything and Then Some - Words That Flow Baby Owls Go To Bed -Furry Logic -The Ballicus Blog - The Unity Project and The Love Blog - Bart Wicked Tribe - The Peace Globe Gallery Basset Knitter Normal Life Becca's Byline - Muffin53 -Asta's World Benji Golden Retriever Ben Spark2: Electric Boogaloo Life In The Fortress Birchsprite Bittersweet Coffee - Jeter Harris Frank's Honk 'n Hollr -Blue Country Magic - On The Wings Of My Dream Random Thoughts of A Simple Gal - One Reader At A Time - The Big Leather Couch -Creating Peace Bonnie Underfoot and Victor Tabbycat - - Book-a-Rama - O So Mo Love - Bwog Of The Genius Cat - Southern Expressions The Passing Stranger -WTIT Tape Radio -Butchy & Snickers Scrappin' With Life - LifeCruiser - Capt Caveman Caspersmom - Cat Banter With Kimo and Sabi - The Cat Blogosphere Cats Goats & Quotes Catymology - Caylynn's Contemplations - The Ballicus Blog - Go Forth And... Chase Chey's Place - China Cat's Blog - Chookooloonks - The Ordinary Mystic - Epiphany Sanctuary - A Little Piece of Me - Infinitely Crazy - Crooked Eyebrow - Curry Egg - Cyclone Cats - - Purrchance To Dream - Codepink: Women For Peace Dayngrous Discourse - Derby The Sassy Cat Blogacide The Ice Box - All Things True To Me - Dixie's Heart and Soul - Dog's Eye View - Dr. Benton Quest - Dragonheart's Domain Drawing On Words - Dr. John's Fortress - Eclair's Exciting Escapades - Our Red Thread Journey - Edsel The Pooch - South By West - Electronic Village - Now Is Wow A Blog For Emma - Kat's Cat of The Day - Muffin53 Enchanted Daffodil - Screw Perfection - Our Life By Eric and Flynn - The Thoughts of Artemis - Evil Blogger Twin - City Lights - The Sextet Speaks! - Filip's Blog - Fingerprints On My Walls - Fini - Attack Cats! Fiona & All! - Flatwater Tech - Forest Dogs - My Life Is Murphy's Law - Delta Bunny - Soliloguy - From A Bee's Point of View - Fruit Of The Spirit Gabrielle - QotD: A Meme Blog O f Gabrielle Writer Cramps Gloria - Gem-osophy - Gemini's Adventures - Imagined Life - Happy Tiler - GinaFish - Echoes of Grace - House of The (Mostly)Black Cats - Notso's - Grr, Midnight & Cocoa Guanaguananare: The laughing gull - The View From Here - Boho Rhap - Sword Mama - Mr. Hendrix The Kitty Just Call Me SCANJolina Jolie - Holly's Corner Blog - Honjii's Harangues - Hootin' Anni's - A Window Within Myself -Perpetual Writer's Blog - Icon Baxter Bentley -Lone Wolf In The Highlands - Migraine Chow - Pregnant Pauses - Israeli Mom - It's All Good - Jack Of All Shades and Shadows - For What It's Worth - Jake and Bathsheba - Venters2 - Duward Discussion - Cozy Reader - The Jannaverse - Brothers Wishlist -Xenogere - Something To Say: About Life In The Netherlands 2 - Big Book Of You Blog - The Furry Diva -- Life Is RANTastic - Hunna's Happenings - Jeter Harris - My Little Corner - The Rising Blogger -Flip This Body - Mysterious Musings - Crazy Quilt - Julie's Jewels and Junque - This Is You Reading About Me - Yin Yang -Junior Babee - Fearfully Made - Kitty Limericks - Reason Enough - The Cat Realm - Kat's Journey To Success - Kate Spin - Diary Of A Heretic and Manny's Place - Katnippia - Kaze The Cat Kellyology - The Dragon: 050376 - Casting On - Evolving Your Spirit, Mind, Body - The Laments of A Brokenhearted Silhouette - Dating Profile Of The Day Solitary Views Last Minute Lyn's Life Latte The Meezer -The Bronzed Shoe Archives - Whereabouts - Fungi Thinking - The Birds and The Beads - A Stitch In Time -Levi King of Ramble - Lexa Roseann - The Witch Doctor Is In- Libby's Blog News From Hawkhill Acres - Lilly and Iris Tell All - Mu Shue Pooh King Cat - This and That -Rock and Star - Finding Life Hard? -I AmWoman, See Me Blog!-Luxor -Maddspace: Maddisms & Whatever!- Picture Clusters -Mama Milton -Mao's Mews -Maremagnum -Marie The Defender -Gentlemen Prefer Blondes -More Random Than Average Sternenwirbel - Maryam - Bagwine Ruminations -Mattingly and Harlie -Meeaugraphie - The Meezer Gang - Meloncutter Musings Milk and 2 Sugars Darling Millie - Dating Profile Of The Day and BlogBlast For Peace: The Official Site - Mississippizen - Missy & KC - The Adventures of The M's - Unplug Your Kids - Moonroot -Mother Of Invention Miss Maggie Moo Talks 2U - Just gotta Hang On....-Insanity prevails -The Chrysalis Stage - Kids, Cats, & Books: What Else Is There? - Obsidian Kitten - Odat's Mumblings7-O Mighty Isis -Opinion Minions - I Was NOT Named For A Cookie!! Right?! -Pablog -Dona Nobis Pacem: The Peace Globe Posts -Parlancheq Doctor Anonymous - Peggy's Musings - Perfectly Parker - Necessary Skills - Pet Prayer & Praise Blog - Pet Purrs and Purrayers -Piacere Stochastic Ruminations - Pimp Your Blog - Daisy The Curly Cat -Pjocall The War Within -Cherry, Plum, & Dansom Blossoms - The Moving (Middle) Finger Writes -PT-LawMom - Pumpkin's World Queenie's Random Ramblings - A Day In The Life... Reba's Run! A World of Bloggers -Return Of The White Robin -RK - A World of Bloggers -Rocky Ann -Rocky's Ramblings -The Rocky Mountain Retreat World Outside My Window -Quotes In Can -The Many Adventures of Wonder Ruby -Rubys N Purls -Me, My Life, My Garden - Mimi Writes Ruth Speaks Up -Sadie, Sadie, Married Lady -Life From A Cat's Perspective -Sammawow - Sapot-Litrato - Savvyology -Scrungy's Creator -Twenty-Three and Counting -Shadow Saluki - This Eclectic Life - The Painted Veil - Simone's Butterfly - Skeezix's Scratching Post - Skindiver - Sweet Like Kitty - Sparky's Blog - The Rising Blogger - Spilling Out! - My Life As We Think I Know It - The Friendliest Flower - Mother's Home - - Sunflower Optimism - Suz - Diurnata - Kentucky Gal - Katnippia - Tara, Princess Meezer - TeaTime Ramblings - The Secret Backup Blog - Soliloguy - The Screaming Pages -Lily's Pad-Tiggerprr's Scratching Post Blip On The Radar azy Working Mom -Tripper The Psycho Cat -Tuxedo Gang - -US Danes Meme Page -Bitter Cup of Joe -William The Old Fart -Willow's Cat Blog -Wil's Blog -Windy Willow and Salix's Art Nook -The Wired Kayaker -WMD William of Mass Destruction -Wolfbaby Webs of Significance Zenith & The Fancidots Gang -Impact Of A Soul From A Soul To A Soul-Zippy, Sadie & Speedy-Kitty Limericks - A Broad In Costa Rica Alasandra All About Me - Almost Somewhat Positive - And Everything Thereafter - And Miles To Go Before I Sleep - Angell'z Secretz - Anndi's Luggage Answers To The Questions Anyhow Blogs Are We There Yet? -Artsy Catsy - A Stitch In Time - Baaahhh! - Baby Mao - Beau Beau & Angie's Fur Days - Black Tennis Pro's-Brain Foggles - Cap'n Dyke Lesbian Pirate Queen & Rogue Blogger - Carver's Sight or Is That Site- Casey: Meezer Diva - Charlie! - Christine of Epiphany - Costa Rica Crazy - Dallas Maio'd Diary of A Heretic - Diary of A (Slow) Triathlete - Divas Never Die Dogs With Blogs, World of Turbo, Opy The Original Gruff Puppy, Chucksie-Bux -Finding Blanche -Gill's Jottings - Girly With A Twist - Gretchen's Paw Prattle - Hardly Subtle - Heart Full O Cat - Home In France - Idaho Daily Photo Jasper Mckitten-Cat- Just Write - Kattonic Cats - Life - Life Isn't About Finding Yourself- Lily's Pad Manx MNews- MauiGirl's Meanderings Migraine Chow -Mommy Bytes - Mrs. Who's Open Book - Mr. Zenith and The Fanidots Gang -Mummified Times Five -My Dogs Keep Me Sane - My Life Is Murphy's Law - Nobody Important - Not Afraid To Use It - Odat's Mumbling - On A Limb With Claudia-O So Mo Love Our Life By Eric and Flynn -Random Autumness -Royal Kitties - Scrappin' - Sheltered Sanity - Skeeter & LC - Sparkling Lotus-Land - Starry Skye Just Say Ooh Rah - Blogging Sublimely -Sugar Queen's Dream - Sweet Ariel -Tara, Prince -Tea Leaves - Team Tabby - The Love Blog, The Unity Project, World United Bloggers - The Adventures of Vincent and Mike - The Goat Rodeo7 - The Jannaverse - The Spirit Knows Best - The Starr Ann Chronicles - The Thoughts of Artemis - Thorne's World - Tiger Girl Lamb - Transitions - Twilight Mug Unplug Your Kids - Vixen's Den - Watgog - Wayne's World - What? Mermaids? Work Of The Poet -Yao-lin's Yawnings - Yo Quiero Paco Belle You Can't Become A Goddess Overnight And Another Thing...-meloncutter musings-A Dog A Day-Memoirs of a Gouda- Late Bloomer Boomer Jane Lake Makes a Mistake-Bitter Cup of Joe-Web Gamin-Totally Biased Book and Movie Review- These Are Me Thinks-Mascaline Visions 4.0-Vicepost: All the Good Things In Life-Cozy Reader-New Mom On The Blog-Using My Powers For Good-Bold Contemplations- Billy Warhol -Waterfalls Uplift-New Kid on the Blog-Memoirs of an Inmate's Wife-Purrchance to Dream-A World of Bloggers-R2K-World of Reeholio- Are We There Yet? -Creative Truth-New York Bathrooms-Micro Images Blog- Saturday9 High Power Rocketry-The Club-The Woman Speaks 18 Languages But Can't Say "No" in Any of Them-Food for a Living-The Gluten Free Post-Theory of Thought-LAEvanesce: Muses and Opines-Grease TV - You're The One That I Want - Review-Bloggers Helping Bloggers-Life as Stripes--Yada Yada Yada-Westward Ho Folks--Irish's Cartoons- Speedcat Hollydale This S#%t Drives Me Crazy!!!-Bono Is Brian Peppers Adventures in Time and Space Dooce A Brain Like Mine A Lovely Promise A Series of Tubes Flippy ......YOUR NAME HERE.


Please consider passing this meme through the blogosphere.

This is not political -- or, perhaps it might be better to say, this transcends politics. I'm sure you will find examples, among this wide variety of blogs, of opinions with which you disagree -- no matter where you are on the political spectrum. Feel free to disagree strongly -- but not violently.

This is about peace.

(For the record, my prior peace globes may be found here (November 2006), here (June 2007), and here (November 2007)).