Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Tuesdays are for reading

I am on a roll here, people. NaBloPoMo might have just been the kick in the seat that I needed to get my blogging on.

Tuesday's theme will be "reading". I love to read. I have been reading about a book a week lately. Currently, I am reading "In the Company of the Courtesan" by Sarah Dunant. Pretty decent so far, even though I am at a standstill (my fault, not the author's). It isn't ground-breaking fiction, but it is okay. I am intrigued by the whole "courtesan" concept. They served a greater purpose than just being whores to those that had the means. It is interesting to think how much they influenced politics, art, literature and kingdoms.


It seems that I have offended a reader of my blog. "Anonymous" won't be reading my blog anymore because of my post "Clean Up Sunday". Although I am disappointed to lose a reader, I won't back down from what I posted.

Here's the thing...it is MY blog. The place where I can express myself. And it isn't always sugary sweet. And too infrequently influenced by wine/vodka. My intention and purpose of that post was three-fold:

  1. To bring to light the stupid chain emails that circulate through in boxes like wildfire. Many people take them at face value and make knee-jerk judgements after reading them.
  2. To show the hypocrisy of the political machine. It is absolutely incomprehensible for a front running candidate to not be perfect in every way, but when someone points out the fact that the man running the show around these parts does it too... Weellll then.
  3. It is a photo people, one tiny second out of the day that will forever be remembered on film. Did he put his hand to his chest after the picture was snapped? Dunno.
Is Anonymous no longer a reader because I stayed true to myself? Of course I am a Democrat. I am a tree hugging, young female. I don't exactly fit the Republican cookie cutter. I was raised to think liberally by a woman many considered to be a hippie.

Do I love my country? Yes, absolutely. We fly the flag with pride, vote, pay taxes and enjoy freedom of speech.

Maybe it boils down to Anonymous not liking the fact that I don't put my hand over my heart for the National Anthem or say the Pledge of Allegiance. When I hear the National Anthem, I stand silently with my hands held behind my back. Okay, I mouth the words. As far as the Pledge of Allegiance...I don't pledge allegiance to anyone (or anything) other than my God and my family in that order. i would rather have a POTUS that pledged allegiance to his (or her) fellow citizens instead of a symbol. Would I sacrifice for my country? Yes I would. And in a small way, I already do. I am a military spouse living 11,000 miles from home.

In no way was I being disrespectful to the POTUS. I used a common nickname for him and said "WTF?". I would say the same thing to him if he were sitting in my living room. Then I would offer him a vodka gimlet and a Landjaeger with cheese and crackers.

I wish I knew who Anonymous was, I could address you more personally. I respect other people's opinions and am all about agreeing to disagree. Just know that if Barack doesn't win the nomination, I may end up voting Republican because I don't totally *heart* Mrs. Clinton. That is the beauty of being a free citizen, you can change your mind.



Kendra said...

NaBloPoMo has also given me the proper kick in the butt to actually blog more than a couple times a week! I'm trying to come up with content, so I may end up adopting a topic schedule like what you've been doing.

I'm a bookworm, too, but lately, my reading mojo comes and goes. I get on a reading kick and get a lot read, then I'll slow down. It just depends on what else is going on in life at that time.

Right now I'm reading a bio on Peter Lawford and it's taking me awhile...not because it's boring, but just because I keep getting interrupted! Life's responsibilities can annoy me like that at times! :-)

debijeanm said...

Rock on, Sister!

Jennifer said...

I totally agree! That's exactly how I feel about my blog. It's mine and if someone doesn't like what I write in it then they can choose to not read it :)

bigsoxfan said...

be yourself and ignore the anon's, it's only a blog for goodness sake. No one should be so paranoid, that they can't post something of their own self. Erdene loved the cupcakes, thanks a lot. I'm going to wander all over the streets of Ulan Baatar, looking for food coloring now. Grin. Actually, I liked them too. We have meat loaf pans now, but left our cupcake tin in Saipan. Could that be a song? Hi Conner. Did he sit up by his lonesome for that cute tractor pic or where wires involved?

Michelle said...

I read Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant and loved it!! I'll have to give the Courtesan book a try. Good for you for sticking to your guns on what you post on your own blog!