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About Susan

I am a woman of strong opinion. You can listen or not, but I expect everyone to play nice and respect everyone else's right to have their own opinions. I was never much of a diarist, and I plan for this to be less about my life and more about my observations and information sharing. So let's not call this a "blog," which is a word I find a bit repellent.

Doing what we can

I’ve been blessed with hair that is thick and grows quickly (though not as thick or as quickly now that I’m older, it’s still better than average). Since I discovered Locks of Love, I donated my hair every 18 months … Continue reading

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Proud of my agency: the Interdiction for the Protection of Children program

These are the kinds of things my agency does with your tax dollars.  I am proud to work here. December 6, 2012                                     … Continue reading

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How to block abortions without making them illegal

The state of Mississippi has only one abortion clinic. Just one. Lawmakers who want even that one closed may have found a way to do it. First, they passed a series of laws that were so difficult to comply with … Continue reading

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War against all who are not white males?

Rachel Maddow posted it and Juanita Jean echoed it. Here’s a picture of all the chairs of the House Committees. Juanita Jean’s commenters came out in fine style. Aggieland liz said, “I know a song about ‘A Whiter Shade of … Continue reading

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Santorum and Lee oppose a treaty protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. Why?

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a human rights treaty negotiated during the administration of former President George W. Bush and ratified by 126 nations to date, including China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria and Saudi … Continue reading

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I hadn’t realized it had been that long

A commenter on mentioned she couldn’t remember the last time a white male had been U.S. Secretary of State. I had to look it up. It was Warren Christopher, President Bill Clinton’s first Secretary of State. He appointed Madeleine … Continue reading

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Fitness Assessments for Texas Students

I got an email from the American Heart Association (Austin chapter) today. They are concerned about the possible sunset of a law requiring a Fitnessgram Assessment of Texas students. It’s an annual physical fitness assessment. Individual results are private, but … Continue reading

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I’d love this for my next car

CNN wrote an interesting article on “new” battery technology known as “liquid metal battery.” I put “new” in quotes because, as with many discoveries, it has been in process for decades. But what I found most interesting was in the … Continue reading

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How can they be so ignorant?

Rep. Joe Walsh told reporters on October 18, 2012 that there should be no exceptions to a “no abortion” law. “There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing”…” … Continue reading

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Whose life is more important?

A woman has died in Ireland because she was refused an abortion for a baby she was already miscarrying. She went into a hospital on Sunday with terrible back pain. She was 17 weeks pregnant and the doctors told her … Continue reading

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