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Alexa by Invitation Only

Alexa, a virtual personal assistant marketed by Amazon, is proudly announcing some new features with Echo Look.

I think the new features are brilliant!

Yes. Brilliant, but also a little bit creepy.

See for yourself...

"Alexa, take a video." 

Alexa, you are brilliant.

Yes, brilliant. Especially if your toddler is dancing, or you want to see how you look in a 360 video - and who doesn't?

Hopefully, the security features are such that no one can ever take control of the camera.

Easy fix - cover it up when you aren't using it... like you would cover a bird cage at night time.

Then, of course, you will have the added inconvenience of removing the cover before you can use it, but it's a small price to pay for privacy.

Would I buy one? 
If my girls were still young children?


If I were dressing to kill every day of the week?


Who am I kidding?
If I were dressing to kill one day a month!


Alexa also has some quite useful features that are helpful…
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Easter Witch

My love of cultural anthropology and my studies of world religions have enriched and enlightened my life. I am always seeking new information about other cultures because not only is it educational, but it also brings into sharper focus how much we have in common with each other, not only across cultural and national boundaries, but even throughout time. This is particularly true with traditions and holidays.

Imagine my delight to learn of the Easter Witch!

In Sweden and Finland, Easter traditions are similar to Halloween traditions in the U.S.

They combine the use of colored Easter eggs and candy, and the children dress up, mostly as little witches. They go door to door, offering their willow twigs, and in return for treats of candy, they offer a little blessing which they recite.

Virvon, Varvon! (These words indicate the Witch is waving their willow switch!)
Tuoreeks, Terveeks (Fresh, Healthy -)
Tulevaks, Vuodeks! (- Forthcoming Year!)
Vitsa sulle! (Twig for you!)
Palkka mulle? (…

Protecting Americans

We need to get serious about protecting Americans! Congress is supposed to serve Americans, NOT the other way around. They should receive absolutely NO benefit that is not available to every other American.

If you want to be called a Public Servant, then do your job!

Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress
and their familiesSign the Petition @
public servant a person holding a government office or job by election or appointment; person in public service.

public servant. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved March 19, 2017 from Dictionary.comwebsite

Health care funding should come out of the defense budget since it is the widest spread threat to our well-being.Health care should not be a luxury allowed to only a few, but rather a right provided to all Americans.End healthcare subsidies for members of Congress, or provide this service for ALL. 

She Persisted

"She persisted."

What a profound statement that so aptly describes how hard women have worked over the centuries to make life better for themselves and their daughters.

What most people do not realize is that when you have made life easier for the women, of all colors and beliefs, then you have made life better for their children, which makes life better for everyone - and that should be our goal as a nation, and as a planet.

Women Read Coretta Scott King's Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions...  Republicans tried to silence Elizabeth Warren from reading this statement criticizing Attorney General nominee Senator Jeff Sessions. Instead, #shepersisted.
Coretta Scott King's Letter

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Women Read Coretta Scott King's Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions

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Remember to always be persistent.

#ShePersisted #BePersistant

Lunar Eclipse Visibility

The Snow Moon, aka the full moon of February 10-11, 2017, also brings us a penumbral lunar eclipse and the New Year Comet. The comet only appears to us earthlings every 5 years. It's a grand celestial event, even though most of us will not be able to view it.

On Friday (Feb. 10), just 10 minutes after the full moon peaks, so will a penumbral lunar eclipse. The moon will spend more than 4 hours coasting through Earth's outer shadow, called the penumbra, and it will appear darker than normal.
Interesting that this Snow Moon coincides with the winter storm now blasting the north-eastern United States.

When to see itWhile lunar eclipse visibility will be at 100% for Europe and Africa, those in portions of the Americas will be able to view it only as the moon rises in the eastern sky.

The moon will first enter Earth's shadow at 5:32 p.m. EST (2232 GMT), and its moonlight will slowly but surely grow dimmer for a little over 2 hours. After t…

Muslim countries not on POTUS ban list

From Rosalind S. Helderman at the Washington Post, simplified information - what you need to know about President Trump's executive order banning travelers from specific countries with predominantly Muslim populations.

More specifically, we are taking a look at Muslim countries NOT on the POTUS ban list

The executive order he signed Friday bans all entry for the next 90 days by travelers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya.

Wait, what? Why 90 Days?

According to Trump (see image), "...until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Trump has two luxury towers in Turkey, and earned $6 million there (reported in May, 2016)... Turkey is NOT on the list, yet Americans have been issued a travel warning from the State Department regarding Turkey's anti-American rhetoric.

Wait, what?

Then there's Saudi Arabia, where Trump is attempting to build a hotel. Saudi Arabia in NOT on the list. "The executive order makes no menti…

Liberals are Happy People

There's a Facebook post written by Senator Chris McDaniel (R-MS) whining about the Women's March and declaring that liberals are unhappy, among other things.

Then there's a great rebuttal.

First, here is my comment on the article...

I take issue with the statement that liberals are not happy. As a liberal, I can say that I am very happy in my personal life. My sadness only comes from the heart-wrenching lives that so many people are living in America.

Likewise, some of the happiest people I know are liberals, although a touch of sadness does seem to manifest when in the presence of conservatives like Sen. McDaniel.

Sometimes it's not even sadness, but amazement at how they manage to justify their hatefulness and lack of compassion.

Liberals love everyone; liberals want equal rights for everyone; liberals respect human rights. 
How can we not be happy?
Conclusion: Liberals are happy people in their personal lives. They are not happy at the suffering that exists among thei…