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December 2007

How addicted to blogging are you? Hope your score is not as high as mine!

I saw this quiz over at the Electronic Village and decided to give it a go. Oh, my God! I am a blogging addict.

88%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

I guess it's time for blogging rehab or that 12-step program.

Give it a try and let us know what you score is.

Credit Card Interest Charges Under Scrutiny

I owe Discover Card $367.10 $417.57 $418 and I'm paying I paid them off next week today. I could have engaged in a long negotiation over my balance but my time is more valuable than what I would have gained monetarily from such a debate. I have way too much on my plate to allow them to distract me. Good riddance.

If you haven't been keeping up with the hearing on credit card interest rates, please read the article below. As the economy worsens and the mortgage industry crumbles because of loan defaults, this becomes more of an issue and has a domino effect that touches all of us.

Watch for Credit Card Interest Changes


WASHINGTON (AP) — Check your holiday credit card bills closely.

Some credit card companies are raising interest rates on good customers even if they pay down their balances, on time, every month. The reason they cite is that the customer's credit rating has fallen elsewhere.

That was a rude surprise to Janet Hard a stay-at-home mother of two teenage boys from Freeland, Mich.

Depending on her husband's salary as a steamfitter while she raised the children was financially difficult, Hard said, especially with college tuition on the horizon. To keep the family's finances in balance, Hard said she paid more than the minimum payment on her Discover card every month, plus an $8.00 Internet fee.

Or so she thought.[Continue reading…]

Mychal Bell Accepts Plea Deal

Jena 6 defendant Mychal Bell accepted a plea deal that may see him released next year. Read Howard Witt's coverage at The Chicago Tribune. I guess this is the win-win situation in that neither side got everything they wanted.

While I'd like to be happy about this decision, I'm not. The racial problems in Jena, regardless of the disavowal of some residents, still exist. The 'White Tree' was cut down at Jena High School but the cancer of racism still festers.

Justin Barker's role in the unrest and the attacks on other black teens still haven't been addressed. And let's not even get into using some of the Jena 6 for their athletic prowess and not arresting them until after the football season was over.

Until the issue of racism is actually addressed, whatever happens in Jena will be just like putting perfume on a pig. It still stinks.


Seven Facts You Probably Don’t Care to Know About Me

My_friend_tag_front_compI am way late responding to this tag but I'm sure Ms. Marvalus will forgive me. It's a Scorpio thing you may not understand.

The rules of the game are:

A). Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog…

B). Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself…

C). Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs…

D). Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

I got tagged by Ms. Marvalus.

7 Random Facts About Moi:

1. I collect Barbie dolls. I don't know how many I own now but I think it has to be close to 300. I've not sold any as I have in the past. I'll get back to cataloging and re-dressing them as I did before. I'll spare you the details now but you're welcome to check out my Barbie blog.

2. My bottom lip is freckled. The freckles are fading as I get older. I used to try to cover them with lipstick, now I don't care.

3. When I was 7 years-old, I was chosen to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in a school play. Of course, Toto was a stuffed animal...I learned everyone's part...I really wanted ruby slippers. I still know the words to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, wanna hear it? Here it goes...

4. I like to sleep with a television on.

5. When I was 14, I pierced my own ears. My dad didn't think girls should get their ears pierced. I bought self-piercing earrings from Woolworth's, wore them for a couple of weeks, and voilá pierced ears. To make matters worse, I have two holes in my right ear. My Dad was not happy but he got over it.

6. When I was a kid, I wanted to be President of the United States.

7. I drove non-stop from Tallahassee to Miami once. No food...water or nature break. I really wanted to get home. LOL

This has been fun but I'm not tagging anyone. Peace, folks.

The beautiful tag in the photo abaove is the work of artist Ann Christine Dennison. She's fabulous. Check out her blog at

In Memory of My Cousin: Blogging to End AIDS

Today is World AIDS Day. Throughout the world, over 30 million people are living with one of the most deadly diseases --- HIV and AIDS. It is likely that you know someone who has contracted the virus or who has already died from it. Because of the stigma of AIDS, one of my cousins, passed away several years ago in loneliness and isolation from our family.

Without giving us an opportunity to say a loving good-bye to him, his mother selfishly had him buried far away from us. No one else, not even his father, knew what happened to him. It is a pain that I still carry and anger that I have yet to overcome towards her.

Not only did my cousin die a horrible death, he was also ashamed to disclose his homosexuality to the family. While I cannot fully understand how he must have felt, it was just another stupid attempt to conceal the obvious.

I so want to say to him, "Hello cousin, tell us something we don't already know." I would have hugged him and told him that we love all of him even if we don't agree with his lifestyle. I just can't imagine the pain and loneliness he must have endured. It was all so unnecessary.

I know that my cousin probably wanted to avoid the attempts to "straighten" him out. His lifestyle choice would have wrought the same lectures heaped upon the "wayward" relatives who choose to "live in sin" without the benefit of marriage. I love my family but some of their actions are as predictable as sunrise.

All things considered, my cousin forgot how our family always has each other's back. He forgot that we don't always agree but we're always family. What is more ironic is that he could have learned that he was not alone; there are other members of the family that are homosexual also. What a sad end to a promising life.

HIV/AIDS is not a homosexual disease so don't foolishly think you can't get it if you're heterosexual. Although HIV/AIDS is prevalent among blacks, you can get it if you're not black. Regardless of your ethnicity or sexual preference, you are susceptible to contracting HIV/AIDS if you engage in sexual activities, are an intravenous drug user or require a blood transfusion. If you are an infant, you can get HIV from the breast milk of an infected mother.

Don't let HIV/AIDS break up your family and remember that no ever has to suffer through this disease alone. Most of all, to my cousin, I love you, man.

From World Vision:

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