Monday, May 10, 2010

Darn, who moved my sand (and giveaway winner)

It's happened. Someone took my sand.

They removed it.

All of it except for a few irritating grains ensconced firmly in my shoe and stuck behind my ears from my head being buried for so long.

Instead of catching up on e-mails and writing a funny post and working in my garden I have been sitting here for several hours writing a scathing letter to the editor.

Scathing.

Me.

To the editor.

Me.

On a political matter.

Me.

At first I thought a spaceship might have stolen me...as in "who are you and what have you done to me?"

And then I realized that...gulp...maybe the only that has happened to me is that I am becoming a grown-up. And fed up. And tired of not being heard.

And I realized that you can't be heard if you don't actually say anything.

So I did.

And I think I feel better.

And maybe I'd rather have my sand back.

Or maybe I'd rather start thinking a little bit more about Abraham Lincoln's great quote, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
And in other, less radical news, I have a winner for the WW's Celebrations cookbook!

Mr. Random Org was happy this morning to tell me that this was the winner!

Min: 1
Max: 93
Result: 6


Comment 6 was this one!
Cynthia K. said... Hi! Would love to be entered for the Celebrations Cookbook giveaway. I'm already a follower....Have a lovely Mother's Day...

Congratulations Cynthia, please e-mail your address to: jennymatlock at cox dot net and I'll get your book right out to you!

Thanks everyone for participating.

Now I am finally, finally heading out to my garden!

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40 comments:

Julie Harward said...

That is some quote Jenny...something to think about! Come say hi :D

Viki said...

Good for you. I email one of my senators a lot especially if I don't like something LOL.

Sue said...

I'm all about getting ourselves heard with our views on things that really matter. There's a lot at stake just now.

=)

Jenny said...

I have become much more outspoken about my opinions when it comes to politics! Old Abe was right!

Jenny said...

Love that Falling Slowly song!

Amy said...

Oh goodness, I love that quote! Great man, that Abe Lincoln. Good for you, and I hope something good comes from it.

Becca's Dirt said...

Congrats to the winner. Hope you get a lot done in the gardens. Have a good day. I didn't know that's why had this sand on me too. I'm digging out.

Ms. Anthropy said...

I'm guilty... and sandy.

Lourie said...

I have sand in my ears, up my nose, etc. Maybe I need to stand up!

Lindsay said...

Good for you!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Words to ponder, my sweet friend!

And congrats to your winner!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I don't know who you are and just stumbled into your blog...but I am bursting with pride that you have awakened to see what is happening in our country...APPLAUSE for you my friend!!! Now lets all make a lot more people grow up and listen to what is really happening!!!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Good for you, Jenny!! Abe's quote is 'spot on.' Congrats to the winner, and may I just say... enjoy your gardening time. It is a whopping 50 degrees here in MO with thunderstorms. A lovely kind of day.. lol. -Tammy

marie said...

Great quote Jenny!
Definitely for such a time as this!

I also loved your previous post ~ it's how I look at Mother's day now too!

Makes for a much more relaxed and enjoyable day!

Thanks for sharing such great thoughts....always!!

My name is PJ. said...

Someone as articulate as you should be writing letters to public servants and the editor about issues close to your heart.
If not you, who? If not now, when?
Bravo! Take a bow for having the courage of your convictions! I'm proud of you!

Bettyann said...

OK honey spill the beans, what put a burr under your saddle?? lol..breath in and out slowly...

Brenda said...

Ummm....that was vague. Did you want to say something or was your intention to vent? Vanting is good... LOL!
Just did some serious venting myself. Mom venting, man that's the worst. You get that Bad Daughter guilty feeling afterwards. Better go to confession soon or I'm going to rot in hell; LOL! You think God takes into consideration "extenuating circumstances"? I sure hope so, LOL!

Jeanie said...

Good for you, Jenny. I would love to see you letter. The Lincoln quote is frightfully true.

Dee said...

I think America is waking up and getting angry just like you. :)Gardening will help you have a place to put some of your anger and the rest you can put here! Congrats to the winner...lucky girl.

RNSANE said...

I have never been one to keep my mouth shut. In the horrible fight against the budget cuts to public health, I wrote a poem to the mayor of San Francisco. In the picket lines, I happened to be next to a reporter fromt the Chronicle who published the whole thing in an article entitled, "The Rhyming Nurse at San Francisco General." Amazingly it won a 2008 top ten National Nurses in the Media Award...but, of course, we lost our jobs!!

P. S. The wedding was wonderful.

The Paper Mama said...

Great quote!

Sarah said...

Nothing like standing up and being heard! Good for you, Jenny.
Love the song today. ~ Sarah

jen said...

Okay, when shall I watch the paper, and for what? You can't leave us hanging like that!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Sometimes being a grown-up feels good. Particularly if you make a difference...somehow I bet you will! Good luck:)

Donene said...

Thanks for your comment and thanks for becoming a follower, I can tell by your posts, I will be visiting often. Thanks!

Linda Medrano said...

Okay, Jenny, you are my kinda girl! No question about that!

Cynthia K. said...

Hi! I won! Yay!! I'm thrilled to win this Cookbook and will be emailing you shortly. Thanks!

We all need to be brave and get angry enough to be motivated to speak up and out. Crazy things are happening and it will continue until enough good people stand up and be counted...

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

Bossy Betty said...

Hope your time in the garden was a good one!

Terra said...

I was looking at your MP3 player. Superman - on my list of top 20! I absolutely Cat Stevens and Tracy Chapman and Mary Chapin Carpenter - You'll think of me is one of the songs carrying me through...and CCR will forever be on my playlist!

(do you like how I skirted the real post?)

Tracy said...

Just pushed my hand out of the sand and am using a perascope to see the keyboard well written.

jfb57 said...

If you don't say it will never change!

mbkatc230 said...

I've written several letters to the editor, but usually on local matters concerning city government, education, etc. The one and only time I wrote a letter touching on anything "political", the firestorm of e-mails and nasty letters I received was unbelievable. But it was something that I felt very strongly about, and I don't regret it for a minute. I am deeply disturbed by the hatefulness that seems to be becoming the norm lately. If we can't work together and attempt to understand another point of view, I fear that Lincoln's warning will come to fruition. I wrote a post on 9-11, and in it I said that I fear if we continue all of this infighting and aren't able to work together, basically we are letting the terrorists win. Good for you for making yourself heard Jenny! Kathy

mbkatc230 said...

I'm a dork! I got so worked up that I forgot to say congratulations to Cynthia for winning the cookbook :) Kathy

Cassie said...

Good for you. I wish more people cared about what's going on around them.

Julie Schuler said...

I wrote a letter to your governor about the cuts to the children's health program. But then after recent legislation passed... I just have to say 'wow'. You are living in an exciting political vortex down there.

And here is a message to everyone- and especially everyone who likes to tout the "can't feed 'em. Don't breed 'em" attitude. Child abuse and incidence of shaken baby syndrome have risen dramatically since the recession. You don't know what you are doing when you constantly peck at and put down people who are already down and hopeless. You cast your stones into the puddle, but close your eyes as the rings of your effects spread wider and wider.

Vicki said...

Now THAT would be a good read....

Being quiet this week..see my last post.

KLZ said...

One of the reasons I love my husband is that he writes letters to everyone. He writes letters to Potbelly's about what new sandwiches he'd like them to offer. I'm not there yet...but I'm getting there.

Also, I LOVE your blog header. Love. Love. Love.

fredamans said...

Congrats Cynthia!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Abraham Lincoln; "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

What a powerful and prophetic and true quote!

Nishant said...

Congrats to the winner.
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