Finally? Arrests In The Madeleine McCann Case Coming

My heart goes out to this family.  I hope whatever will happen brings some measure of peace to her family, however small a comfort that may be.

What do YOU think happened to this little girl?

British police ‘preparing to make arrests’ in Madeleine McCann case | UK news | theguardian.com.

Random Facts And Horrible Acts

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I got the number today.  As you’ll see above, it’s number Nine!

It’s a number you get when you like someone’s random facts status on Facebook.  It’s actually my second.  The first one I pretended not to see.

So I thought, okay, whatever.  I’ll write my random facts as a blog post and share it on Facebook and be done with it. Lucky you guys.  🙂

1.  I’m shy.  Most people do not believe that, but it is true.  I force myself to be outgoing and I can be pretty good at it.

2.  I have a terrible fear of crowds.  Malls at holiday time are an absolute nightmare for me. This actually has a name – Enochlophobia.  

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3.  I was very afraid that I was schizophrenic when I was younger.  I heard voices, had thoughts that were not my own.  I expected my mother to totally freak out when I told her, but it was the opposite reaction.  She asked me if what I heard turned out to be true or to happen, and yes was the answer.  She told me her grandmother had the same gift and that people would line up for readings from her.  She asked my dad to take me to the store for Tarot cards, and I’ve been reading ever since.

4.  I have terrible memory issues, and it scares me.

5.  There’s not much that a pizza burger can’t make better for me!

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6.  I am alive now because of the kindness of strangers and of friends.  I have had people bring me to the doctor when I needed to go and couldn’t.  People have brought food to me when I had nothing.  They’ve given me shelter and love when I had none of either.

7.  I always wished I was someone else while I was growing up.

8.  I really never thought I’d have a child, and if I did, I’d have a horrendous time getting pregnant.  I have the most amazing kiddo now, and I was incredibly lucky to have no infertility issues, even at the age of 40 when I had her.   My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced infertility.  I count my blessings every day.

9.  When I was a teenager, I was extremely depressed.  The only relief I got from that was working at a local radio station, meeting celebrities who seemed to actually like me, and going to shows.  After meeting Iggy Pop (yes, it was a HUGE HIGH POINT in my life) I was invited to go backstage after his show in NYC in the 80s.  There were so many famous faces in that party room – among them were Joey Ramone, Matt Dillon, and one of the members of The Police.  I was happy, excited and overwhelmed. But I stayed in the corner, quiet.  I went to get a soda and that’s when the humanoid from The Police loudly informed me that I was ugly, that I didn’t belong there, and who the fuck did I think I was.  In that moment, everything went pitch black. There were silent tears, and as I tried to leave, I was stopped, I was told “oh no.  You’re not going to take that” and then watched as the crowd turned on that cruel and awful man.  He left, I stayed.  I would have ended my life that night – I’m 100% sure.  It was such an amazingly brutal verbal attack that I’ve never forgotten it.  But because a couple of famous and talented and everyday regular people decided to get involved and to protect me, I was able to hold my head up again and “carry on”.  December 9, 1982 was the day this went down.  I know that if I had left that night, my 16-year-old self would have drowned in humiliation, loneliness and the awful verification of all the things I had thought of myself.  I would not have made it.  I am still grateful all these years later.

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And that’s all I got for you.  Your turn?  I’ll give you the number 5.  🙂

Old NY Crime Scene Photos Blend With The NYC Of Today – You Have To See This!

My friend Howie shared this on Facebook yesterday, and I couldn’t stop looking at these ghostly, time travel-ish photographs.  Please click the link at the end to see all the photos including the descriptions.

 

Vintage Crime Scene Photos Superimposed on Modern NY Streets (Warning: Graphic) | Fstoppers.

A Different View Of The Holocaust And Its Survivors

 

My friend Howie posted this on Facebook today, and I was so completely taken aback by these photos that I really wanted to share them with you.

When you think of photos from that time period, they are awful and hopeless feeling.  Naturally.  These photos are the opposite, and the text is incredibly heartwarming and interesting.

Growing up Catholic to parents who were older than most of my friends’ parents gave me some insight on WWII and what was happening in the US that many people my age aren’t privy to.

My mother told me about Bund meetings that took place which were rabidly anti-Jew.  She also told me that ships would try to come here loaded with people looking to save themselves and their families, but were turned away.  Those are things that made her sick.  My dad was stationed in the South Pacific during the War.

I want to share this with you, and I hope you’ll consider sharing it as well.  We can add this energy to our memories of history and we’ll all be the better for it.  In the meantime, I salute all who were murdered during the Holocaust (the Jews, the gays, the handicapped, the wrongly Christian, etc) and those who helped to rescue the survivors.

 

 

 

20 Photos That Change The Holocaust Narrative | Pop Chassid.

About A Boy

I had found a little blurb about an air conditioner falling out the window of Louise Wise Services in the 80s that landed on a man and killed him, so I googled the agency and this is what I found.  

This is an old article written by Lisa Belkin.  It’s really shocking and upsetting.  Louise Wise Services, an agency that matched childless Jewish couples with babies seemed to have a whole lot of trouble telling potential parents the truth of where the children were coming from.  Mostly mental hospitals.  Check it out.  It’s very interesting.

via What the Jumans Didnt Know About Michael – New York Times.

Panic Attacks And Why They Suck

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Today or tomorrow I will liquidate the tiny remainder of my retirement fund. This leaves me feeling incredibly stressed out. The money will pay off a few bills, but we’ll still need more. Then it will be all gone. Everything I had saved for the past 25 years or longer.

I have no health insurance, no income, and now nothing at all to fall back on. And it feels like I’m going crazy. I know I should live in the moment, but I’m about a year ahead, looking at my husband walking out on me and having no way to take care of myself, my daughter and my dogs. Im sure he would continue to take care of Kiddo, but i know that wont be a pretty scenario. And then I look ahead 10 years and where am I? Dead? In some state institution out of a Dickens novel? I don’t know what to do.

Sorry for the bummer post today. I’m feeling sorry for myself and very very afraid. And I guess I feel compelled to share it all with you, you lucky ducks! Listen, I hope you all have a much better weekend than the one that’s on tap here!

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All You Need Is Love. And Tattoos. And Compassion!

As much as these kinds of stories break my heart, it reassures my cynical side that there are such wonderful people on this planet.  From hospice workers to tattoo artists, the amount of love and compassion for those who need help is kind of staggering.  In a good way.  

Hannah Windsor - Beautiful Little Girl.  Rest in peace.

 

 

The Enquirer :: Tattoo studio ready to ink in memory of Hannah.

Lennox Castle Stories – Amazing What Seeds Of Destruction Can Sow

This is an amazing site that contains artwork done by former residents/patients of a hellhole mental hospital that shut down in the early 2000s.  People were put there because they didn’t go to school, or they were unwed moms, were born with Down syndrome, or just basically didn’t fit into society.  For more info on the history of Lennox Castle, click here.  Warning, it’s heartbreaking stuff.

 

Lennox Castle Stories : Art, Images, Videos, Text : Images.

We’re Bracing For Sandy, That Bitch!

ALLEGRIA LIVE CAM – NYSEA | NYSEA.

If you click on the above, you’ll see all kinds of dopey people walking the boardwalk of Long Beach while waves are crashing and bashing what’s left of the shore.

Dennis Rutowizz, of Babylon Village, takes in the

I’m a bit further inland, thankfully, but I’m a little scared.  I admit.  I don’t like the thought of elderly people on their own in my neighborhood, or of homeless animals and people around the state.  I dread losing electricity, or having some serious damage to our home.  But I’m glad Kiddo’s school is closed and that the husband doesn’t work tonight so we can be together and play games or watch movies if the power stays on.

These ARE the good old days!  Stay safe, and I hope to be able to check in with you all soon!