Sunday, August 31, 2008
From Tula Connell writing on the AFL-CIO blog:
1. Send a Labor Day e-card. Click here. (See how easy it is to take action?)
3. Get set to walk. What better way to mark Sen. John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Sept. 4 than by talking union-member to union-member about the important issues in this election? Stop by here to see video clips of union members describing why they’ll be walking Sept. 4 and here to read why AFL-CIO President John Sweeney is urging union members to walk Sept. 4. If you’re a union member, sign up to walk here.
5. Check out the information and resources available at our Working Families Vote site here. While you’re in election mode, take a few minutes to meet Sen. Barack Obama here and get the real story behind McCain here. Don’t know Sen. Joe Biden? Lots of info on his strong working family record here.
7. Keep up with issues critical to everyone who works for a living by signing up for the daily AFL-CIO Now blog news e-mail here.
8. There are a few good employers out there. American Rights at Work has the Labor Day list of employer highlights here.
Now, go get some barbecue.
Tula said it all...GG & her editor add nothing except: have a safe day, laugh, see your family &/or friends; and if you have to work, we will work hard to ensure that, unless you are an emergency worker, you will have a paid holiday next year!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
We'll try not to be catty about McCain's Veep Choice (I know!) but it does lend itself to cheap satire...not that GG Central is above such. We're waiting for professionals (Jon Stewart, et al) to handle this, for now. Tina Fey & her take on the bizarre choice should be priceless; watch SNL's first show of the season on 13 September. We can hardly wait.
Please keep the good folks in New Orleans & the Gulf Coast in your thoughts as Hurricane Gustav heads towards land. GG & her editor are so worried about everyone, including one of our very best friends, Pansy W. of Lake Charles, Louisiana. More as we know more.
Ciao-meow, bisou, baci!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery Stumbles to Third Anniversary
That headline speaks for itself. GG Central will be posting more about the disaster in the coming days. There will not be much new to report on from St. Paul, that's for sure. GG was not yet born when Katrina, then Rita, hit New Orleans & the Gulf Coast; GG's editor remembers all too well.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Have a great evening...and if you simply cannot "go offline" (or you're waiting to watch the speech on your laptop, A Cup of Jo is a fabulous blog that has come to our attention recently. We do have our standards & this is above & beyond. Check it out...and don't forget Menton Daily Photo & Riviera Dogs by Jilly Bennett.
Bisou, ciao, baci, & xoxo, GG
So, put on your CDs or fire up your iTunes account (if necessary)...GG is spinning a Bruce CD, even as her editor works (fume) on her behalf...keep your hearts & minds focused on Obama's speech tonight, the one in Philadelphia, & the one that Dr. King delivered 45 years ago today.
Dr. King's speech text.
Much more later.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ciao-meow et bisou, minettes! xoxoGG
(photograph by nikoline)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From today's Writer's Almanac. Thank you, Garrison. (And to Maria Caterina di Perugia who made sure we saw it, just in case. She knows we are often behind with our WA listening.)
GG's editor found out that there are arguments about which darned flower is the American suffragette symbol; so here's a pretty drawing of the Welsh national flower, the daffodil. All flowers are loved at GG Central. (By the way, please remember to register to vote if you've moved to a new state recently. )
It was on this day in 1920 that the 19th Amendment was formally incorporated into the U.S. Constitution. It proclaimed, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." It ended more than 70 years of struggle by the suffragist movement.
It had passed through the House and Senate. At first, it looked like the amendment was not going to make it. And then, a 24-year-old legislator from Tennessee, Harry Burn, decided to vote for the amendment at the last minute because his mother wanted him to. And Tennessee became the 36th state to approve suffrage for women.
They sent the certified record of the Tennessee vote to Washington, D.C., and it arrived on August 26, 1920. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation that morning at 8 a.m. at his home. There was no ceremony of any kind, and no photographers were there to capture the moment. And none of the leaders of the woman suffrage movement were present to see him do it. Colby just finished his cup of coffee and signed the document with a regular, steel pen. Then he said, "I turn to the women of America and say: 'You may now fire when you are ready. You have been enfranchised.'
Upcoming this week, our dinners with Maria Caterina di Perugia, BB, & the fountain of Silver Spring...
Ciao-meow, bisou! GG
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
© 2007 - 2008 · Jilly Bennett · Menton Daily Photo · All Rights Reserved
A breath of fresh
Earlier this month, GG’s editor had heaps of basil bestowed upon her by the munificent Maria Caterina di Perugia (aka Hermione the Cool Cat’s human-maman). GG’s editor dragged out an old recipe for Soup menton. Then, choses Menton (and all things southern French—from west to east) began to pop up. A few days ago, one link led to another, to the Menton Daily Photo*, & we just had to go.
A beyond-adorable cat was the Thursday, 21 August 2008 Daily Photo*; GG was entranced, as was her editor. The tabby-tiger resembles our late, dear Teddy & Oliver in their mischievous-but-sweet, pink-nosed splendor. Beyond the cuteness factor, note the elegant shot & the colors in both photos; anyone with thumbs can take a photo of a cute cat. This is different….and all due to the skill & empathy of photographer/hotelier/writer Jilly Bennett.
Also in the MDP, meet Woolite the Swimming Sheep (yes!) & Manon, the baby donkey at the Fête Patronale de la Saint Barthélémy. GG’s editor was preparing a Blessing of the Animals post but we will leave that to Jilly Bennett of Menton Daily Photo today. By the way, Woolite the Sheep was being filmed for a French television program titled 30 Million d'Amis.
Jilly’s main website is Pension Milou, “… is a 5-star 'pension familiale' for dogs on the
To round out her empire, Jilly publishes Riviera Dogs & Monte Carlo Daily Photo. They are lovely--a mini-holiday. It is well worth a drop-in for a smile, a recommendation to friends, & a thought about our friends–human & animal–across the sea. Read here about Jilly's life & work with animals in the South of France in Real Life Stories from Provence. She's an inspiration.
GG & her editor plan to visit Menton Daily Photo every day to maintain their sanity in a world gone mad.
Cheers & ciao-meow to all.
© 2007 - 2008 · Jilly Bennett · Menton Daily Photo · All Rights Reserved
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Bruce Springsteen: The Rising
If you'd like to put a FreeRice banner on your blog or website, there are several lovely ones from which to choose. Here is a link to those FreeRice banners.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Ciao, nos amis!
Monday, August 18, 2008
xoxo, GG & her editor
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wandering about, so busy, there wasn't time to think about that really, much less the phase of the moon. After being out with friends, upon retiring for the evening, up the stairs to her room...which was positively flooded with light. Hurrying over to the teensy Juliet balcony, looking up, she saw the Acropolis Illuminated--not by artificial means but by the fullest moon she ever did see. Who needed the Grande Bretagne that night? She should have had a camera, though...but here are some lovely photos someone else took.
PS: GG thought that Hotel Carolina (aforementioned pensione) must have a website. Her editor scoffed--you've got to be kidding! They're lovely people...but it was so NOT that kind of place. GG reminded her editor that it is a new century after all & that the Olympics were in Athens four years ago. So we looked...oh my goodness. It's beautiful. And apparently it was quite beautiful when GG's editor was there--the outer building hasn't changed. Just lovely. We'd stay there again in two shakes of a lamb's tail (as Grandma would say). The prices are, uh, updated...but still...oh to be in Athens tonight!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Think for a moment about all the time, money and effort that has been spent to stage the Beijing Games. Now think about the time, money and effort that has been spent, over the same time period, to help the people of Darfur.
Now that China's complicity in the Darfur slaughter is known to all the world, we invite you to help us keep the pressure on China to bring security to
Also from Mia's site today:
Support Darfuri Diaspora Groups
Many of those in the Darfuri Diaspora community hope to provide better lives for family and friends still living in Darfur and
Eastern Chad. Darfuri Diaspora groups provide support for the Darfuri population with an array of services from humanitarian aid to assistance with resettlement in the . Please visit the websites of these groups to support their vital work: United States
Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy
The Darfur People's Association of New York
Darfur Alert Coalition
Darfur Association of the United States
Darfur Peace and Development
Breaking news...from Maria Caterina di Perguia...the Outer Banks are still there; she's proven it with the cellphone pix above. GG so wants to be there, as does her editor; she used to go to Nag's Head as a child & Ocracoke as an adult. We love the impressionistic dune detail & the seashells-as-art installation on the railing. How very bricolage...just our thing. We look forward to having everyone back in town over the weekend; Hermione the Cool Cat has missed them.
In fact, we're working on a new blog entitled Bricolage...we use a very loose translation as we think it befits the subject. Anyway, many thanks to the gang & we hope they'll bring us some of those shells. Somehow, we're missing many that we've collected over the years. The photos have induced such relaxation that it's time to shut down for a summer's day.
xoxo, GG & her editor
Bon weekend, amici...
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Much more on the 'morrow, on Julia's real birthday, 15 August. GG is rapt listening to the wonderful memories of Julia; watching the original PBS series with GG's grandmum; cooking Julia's recipes, & even--no kidding--receiving a ceramic knife sharpener from Julia via a mutual friend. We had no idea our friend knew her very well; it's a great story. Meanwhile, check out some of the wonderful sites about Julia.
So more about Julia & then back to Provence...a day later than promised. But who cares? We're relaxing..
In this webcast, Mia talks with women about their lives in the refugee camp. [For those who prefer YouTube for subscription purposes, we will replace the MySpace code with YouTube code when it becomes available later this evening or tomorrow. GG does have other aspects to her life, contrary to some people's perceptions. I mean, we're off to Provence, after all...]
Coming tomorrow: The Darfur Olympics Closing Ceremony.
REPORTAGE: L'association d'athlètes olympiques "Team Darfur" entend profiter des JO pour demander à la Chine de faire pression sur le Soudan. (Reportage : G. Meyer, N. Handel)
August 14, 2008
From the BBC.
Khartoum bombing a quiet part of Darfur. People were tending their fields, kids were going to school.Sudanese government troops launched an assault in rebel-held areas in remote north Darfur. An SLA commander in the field said the attackers had some 100 armed vehicles, horses and camels and were accompanied by full air support, including warplanes and attack helicopters.
Khartoum denies the attacks and the AU has no presence in the far north but the rebels claim the assault is intended 'to clear way for Chinese oil hunt' in north Darfur.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Children who make it to camps are traumatized, and often do not have enough to eat or access to medical care.
Coming tomorrow: Mia talks to women refugees.
GG & her editor also enjoy PC's hilarious cameos on Ugly Betty - one of the few TV shows we watch regularly (we don't have cable). Penélope is also involved in many charities & for that we thank her. Especially for her work with UNICEF. We're going to ask our friend Maria Caterina di Perugia for her sangria recipe & have a Spanish summer party. Pourquoi pas?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
What Will You Do for Darfur as President?
It is time for the presidential candidates to tell us how, if elected, they intend to end the genocide in Darfur. Senator Obama and Senator McCain have expressed concern, but have yet to provide any concrete details of their plans.
1. Formulate a clear policy on Darfur.
2. Post this on the “issues” section of their website.
3. Reference their Darfur policy in their stump speech.