Monday, September 26, 2005

The work week begins

I had a great time this weekend and I hope you did as well. Maybe you didn’t make it to D.C. but you took action in your area? Hopefully that happened a lot. I haven’t watched any of the news or read any paper. I flew back Sunday night, made it to the bed and collapsed face down. I never sleep that way because it’s bad for the face. In terms of wrinkles. Rebecca used to laugh at me about that but she started doing the same about four years ago.

I usually take my make up off. But not always. Last night, I didn’t bother. But I never sleep face down. This morning, I had therapy sessions starting at nine o’clock which was good because I didn’t wake up until 7:45. I slept through the alarm which went off at six.

So it was a pony tail day.

Women will understand that but for the men who might not, when there’s no time to curl your hair or, this morning, to even dry it from the shower, you just pull it back into a pony tail and call it a hair style. I was rushing around and didn’t even have time to eat a yogurt before heading out. I told myself I’d grab something on the way but I was running so late that, when I looked at my watch, I knew there wasn’t even time for that. At the office, as soon as the first session was over, I dug around my desk and found a box of raisins and some crackers. So that was breakfast.
I had pizzas delivered for lunch and my assistant and I were eating and listening to Democracy Now! When she asked me, "So what was it like?" I had been rushing so much this morning, that I hadn’t even thought of the weekend.

What was it like? It was amazing. And while we listened to Democracy Now! (the full hour for a change), moments came back. Some were on Democracy Now! and some weren’t. Democracy Now! did a great job this morning. But you’re talking about days of activism and there’s no way it can all be covered in a program.

You can read some voices at The Third Estate Sunday Review. That’s 101 voices but even it doesn’t capture the tapestry of people, of opinions, of passion.

Here are some items from Democracy Now!

"Up to 300,000 Protest Against War in D.C." (Democracy Now!)
Hundreds of thousands rallied around the world Saturday to call for President Bush to bring troops home from Iraq. In Washington DC, between one and three hundred thousand gathered for the city's largest anti-war demonstration since the Vietnam War. Thousands more marched in London, Copenhagen, Damascus, Helsinki, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities and towns.

"30 Die in String of Attacks in Iraq" (Democracy Now!)
In Iraq, at least 30 people have died over the past two days in a series of car bombings and shootings. Earlier today a suicide car bombing killed at least seven in front of the oil ministry in Baghdad.

I'm still recovering from the weekend. From exhaustion from all the time we all put in and from the power of seeing Americans stand up to the Bully Boy regime.

I’ll say thank you to The Third Estate Sunday Review's Dona, Jess, Ty, Ava and Jim as well as Jim's father and Jess' parents, Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude, Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man and her children, C.I. of The Common Ills, Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills) , Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix, Mike of Mikey Likes It! and his parents and Nina, Ruth of Ruth's Morning Edition Report and her granddaughter Tracey.

"Peace Quotes" (Peace Center)
The dark night is over and dawn has begun. Rise, hope of the ages, arise like the sun! All speech, flow to music; all hearts, beat as one.
John Greenleaf Whittier