Monday, September 20, 2010


In case you wonder where I've been since retiring from politics....
1. Retiring as alderman and eliminating all the piles of papers that accumulate during politics, except a select few for future references
2. Keeping my social medical calendar full
3. Surviving a very hard week included a death
4. LEARNING TO USE MY KINDLE--it has a bit of a learning curve, but I love loading 10 books for $27 (rounded off), three of which were free.

The week included a stress test, my resignation as alderman after the Mayor (male) and the husband of my female physician had a yelling match over $5 that two women in a cat fight would envy.

I had my resignation written for Oct. 1, but because I suspected this kind of meeting, I simply changed the date to 11:59 p.m the self-same day. When the fighting paused for commercial (a joke) I became the commercial., I stated in public I had tolerated this kind of mess for nearly six years and I was through. I immediately handed out the resignations first to council, and then to anyone who was interested.

Amazingly almost the roomful of people wanted a copy, because it was not just "I resign for personal reasons" normal resignation. It was a full page detail of my discontent with current government (by the way we are not party elected). 
I ran out of copies and had to go make more. As I progressed down the aisle to the back, there was applause. Not sure it was "glad you are gone" or "you have guts.'

As I reflect I'm not sure I went down in flames, or soared away on wings of the eagle.

DEATH: then there was the death and funeral of a friend. I was not able to attend the funeral because of a stress test the exact same time. The funeral director in my town I know well and she let me sign a page including that I was dressed in a neon chartreuse shirt and a fishing hat. (The friend's request was no one dressed in black- wear bright colors.) I know she would have loved it.

KINDLE - gift for my retirement from politics and rekindle my love of reading without tons of books to store or dispose.
Never before bought a Bible for $1.99. But struggled with controls in Sunday. Came home and did some practicing.

Two of the books my 10 were my favorite spiritual inspiration-Max Lucado. I don't think his paperbacks are selling at $2.39.

I downloaded the complete works of the Bronte family, I wanted to re-read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

I am currently reading a limited time version of Hippocrates and Medicine. Interestingly Hippy (no disrespect-saves typing) explored medicine in two respects: Medicine sorta like we consider it today, but certainly few pills, and alternative medicine-hardly at all what we consider alternative today.

As I finish it I will review it for you.

AND IT IS FOOTBALL SEASON. Even though I have two favorite Texas NFL teams, I watch any channel at any time that a football is flying.

So gimme a F, gimme a O, well you know how the cheer goes.


Anonymous said...

Wow! You have had a lot going on. I think you must have looked pretty cool in your neon chartreuse shirt and a fishing hat, what a great way to carry out your friend's wishes.

I would bet they are going to miss you big time as alderman. Do you have exciting plans to fill that vacancy in your life?

I have seen the Kindles advertised on TV. Sounds as if you are already enjoying yours.

Enjoy the football season.

Have a great week!


Linda said...

You are courageous. I've also passed the political torch. I will always vote but that's the only involvement I can allow myself. I can't allow myself to be eaten up by anger. It does nothing to correct the problem and it's bad for my health.

Kat said...

I would bet you "soared away on eagle's wings". Good for you for standing up in what you believe in.

I don't own a Kindle (yet), but sure would like one.


Betty said...

I can't believe you put up with it for 6 years.

I have been thinking about getting a Kindle, but will have to save up for it. And, do a little research. I don't know which one I want, but will probably get the least expensive one. Do you like yours? It's hard to imagine reading without holding a real book.

CHERI said...

I'm just now catching up on your blog...been very busy lately. First, I am so sorry about the loss of your friend. She sounds absolutely what she said about jumping in Jesus' lap! I think He would like that! I couldn't help but laugh at your latest post. I am SO proud of you and how you handled your resignation from politics. How I HATE politics!!!!! It's become ridiculous with people doing their best to trash each other. My husband says that if you stay in politics for long you will become corrupt (if you weren't already). I'm sure that's not true about all politicians but sure is about a lot of them. Personally I think people cheered for you and for your bravery and truthfulness. Now....enjoy all your reading. Sit back and just enjoy. Relax and take care of yourself!

Lorna said...

Good for you to have been so open about your reasons for resigning as slderman---and I know you're going to love Kindle. did you get the larger or smaller one? I'm working on reasons why I need one. I read from my phone and my laptop but Kindle really, really appeals to me.

faye said...

I have a kindle app on my Ipad
and use it that way.. there are
a slew of books ( classics )
available for free .

I think you went out soaring high
as an eagle.

Congrats for hanging in there as
long as you did.

Arkansas Patti said...

Don't suppose you would post a copy of your resignation? Would love to read it. I don't know how you stood it for so long. Politics really brings out the worst in some people.
I ADORE my Kindle and have 80 books stored to be read and have read 34 since I got it at Christmas. I have only paid money for about 4 of those. It is a real treasure hunt finding a good freebie. So far, I have gotten a lot of first novels by new writers but also established ones will let their first novels go free as teasers to get you hooked on their work.
Like I said, it is a real treasure hunt that I do every day. Read the reviews.Enjoy.
Hope you got good results with your tests.

lakeviewer said...

I'm still on the fence on Kindle. The price, though, is so good right now.
Take care. Hope the stress test went well.

forever lost said...

Oh my real life, well I am so glad you resigned! I love the no black rule too! I KNOW that you and your husband deserve time, special time together.
Hope to reconnect much more often! blessing to you !

richies said...

I love my Kindle. I love old books, and most anything written before 1923 I can download for free. The Kindle is the best money I have spent this year (even though the y lowered the price not long after I bout mine).

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