Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hillary as President -- Not too Late

Put Hillary in the White House

The date to remember:  December 19, 2017

We have  34 days to petition the Electoral College to set aside Donald Trump as our President and award the election to the popular vote winner,  Hillary Clinton.  It can be done.  Although unprecedented, it's perfectly legal for the College to set aside the electoral votes in cases where the winner is deemed unfit to serve. It is a fail-safe measure and if ever it was needed, the time is now.

Lots of people say it still can't be done. It is a long shot, but if we don't sign the petition, which now has millions of signers, we will guarantee that the College won't act to stop Trump. 

This morning Obama told the nation to get over their disappointment and go forward. That was, I think, before Trump appointed a person with known ties to the KKK as his strategic advisor. He was speaking to the peaceful protesters and to everyone griping on Facebook I imagine. Respectfully, Obama is wrong.

 Do not stop asserting our rights as voters until December 20th, when the winner will be formally declared. To repeat myself, if we do nothing Trump will certainly become our president.

So sign the petition before it's too late.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Who Hijacked Our President?

There's Still Something We Can Do

Our nation was hijacked last Tuesday by the Republican party and lost yet another chance to change our direction. I campaigned for Hillary and worked at the polls on election day. When I returned home, I’d planned to kick back with a cold drink and a snack to watch Hillary walk away with the presidency. I turned on the television and what I saw nearly caused me to throw up and knocked me right into the first stage of grief — denial. 

I went straight to bed, praying that I would awake to a late turnaround.  When I opened my newspaper the next morning the front page flashed Trump’s triumphant face. I was heartbroken (still am) and soothed myself by drawing horns on Donald’s evil visage and placing the page in my dog poop trash can. (Yes, I really did that – it was three days ago and the thought of him sitting beneath a pile of the same stuff he spews still soothes me.)  Of all the worthy opponents she could have lost to (or beaten), Hillary was somehow defeated by the most vulgar man in America.  Then things got worse. The protests began by lunch time in the west.

I have voted in every election since I was eligible to vote and there has never been a citizens’ protest over the results of a national election. NEVER. The closest we came was the 1968 protest at the Democratic National Convention, which never extended beyond Chicago although it was about ending the Vietnam war.

These current protests, which are going into their fourth day, are about a hijacked election. Hillary was the winner of the popular vote, by last count ahead of Trump by 1.5 percent AND there are millions of uncounted votes still out there in states like California, Washington, New York and more. These votes will probably go to Hillary.

So what? You might ask. The same thing happened with the George W. and Al Gore match-up. But that was about uncounted votes and was settled by the Supreme Court.
There’s nothing protesters can do now but march.
You’ve been told that once the Electoral College certifies that a candidate has reached the 270 benchmark their job is done, Not true. In fact the college members won’t vote until December 19 and they have the right to declare Donald as unfit to serve. It’s never been done but they do have that power, a part of the checks and balances our founding fathers built in to our political system. However, once Trump is confirmed, the only way to remove him from office is impeachment, no matter how badly he behaves.

Right now, there are petitions on the internet demanding that the College declare Trump as unfit and deliver the presidency to Hillary Clinton. Click here to add your name.  If you prefer not to endorse Clinton, then sign up for ‘anyone but Trump.’ Our job here is to disqualify Trump. The succession of power will take care of itself.

Here’s a picture to amuse you.
After you laugh, don’t forget to click on the link at the end.

Be sure also to click on the read me line on the sign-up blog and learn more about how the Electoral College works. This was one of those facts I don't remember from my civics classes.

If you are still undecided, remember that Trump declared he would not secede the election if he lost and that thousands of people are now marching in our city streets, protesting his election. Also, did you notice how Donald kept declaring the election was rigged by the Democrats. What if it really was rigged — in his favor — and he laughed all the way to the polls? 

Click here to stop Trump.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Early bird registration extended until Friday, October 7th!

Dear writers,
This is a dynamic local conference that covers all the genres. I did a workshop on building character last year and speakers cover everything from craft to marketing to blogging and more. You can't go wrong by attending.  And the registration fee is quite affordable. I recommend it.

Early Bird Registration Extended through this Friday, October 7th!

Southwest Valley Writers Conference
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Avondale Civic Center
11465 W Civic Center Drive
Avondale, AZ 85323
Session: Who’s Who Now: A Look at the Changing Landscape of Contemporary American Poetry
Valerie Bandura Finn
Born in the former Soviet Union, Valerie Bandura’s collection of poems, FREAK SHOW (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) was a 2014 Patterson Poetry Prize Finalist.  Her second book, HUMAN INTEREST (Black Lawrence Press) is slated for publication in 2017.  Bandura is a graduate of Columbia University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  She was the recipient of the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellowship, and residency from the Vermont Studio and Bread Load Writer’s Conference.  Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Cimarron Reiew, Crazyhorse, Mid-Atlantic Review, Third Coast, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Beloit Poetry Review, Best New Poets, and others.  She teaches writing at Arizona State University where she lives with her husband, fiction writer Patrick Michael Finn, and their son.

8:00am – 9:00am  Registration & Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am  Keynote Speaker: Amy Silverman, Riding the Wave
Council Chambers
10:10am – 11:10am  Breakout Sessions:
Sonoran Room: Deborah Ledford, Contemporary Storytelling: Demystifying the Formats
Mojave Room: Valerie Bandura, Who’s Who Now: A look at the changing landscape of contemporary American poetry
11:20am – 12:20pm
Sonoran Room: Tina Radcliffe, The Art of the Short Story
Mojave Room: Laura Truman & Jesse Caufield, They say write what you know: what if that isn’t enough?
12:20pm – 1:20pm  Meet your next favorite book, Networking Luncheon
You will receive a new complimentary book with your registration and have the opportunity to either keep your book or exchange it with someone else during this luncheon.
1:20pm – 2:20pm
Sonoran Room: Drew Eastmead, How to blog and earn money in a Google world
Mojave Room: Deena Remiel, READY, SET, WRITE!
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Sonoran Room: Terry Greene Sterling, Wire Your Writing
Mojave Room: Karen Grove, Iain Lundy & Patricia L. Brooks, Panel Discussion: All the Questions You’ve Ever Had about Publishing…But Didn’t Know Who to Ask
3:30pm Book signing

Registration Options: 
Registration includes breakfast snacks, Lunch and access to all conference sessions.
  • Early Registration discount: $75
  • Late Registration:  $95
Early registration extended until October 7th
Late registration begins October 8th


For questions contact: Stacey Lindsay or visit

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Friday, July 22, 2016

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tempe Book Festival

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A Celebration of Books

Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tempe Public Library
3500 S. Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282


 Come out with the whole family to celebrate books and the joy of reading!  The festival will feature great books by bringing together local authors, book illustrators, booksellers and publishers for a day of panel discussions, book signings and fun for all ages.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

This Crazy World--The 21st Century Examined

So I went to Fry's Foods (aka Kroeger's in the midwest and east). I shop there every week and it's one of my favorite grocers. I needed milk and bread and wanted to check the price of a sale item. I was stopped at the door by a gatekeeper who told me, rather disdainfully, that I had to register first.

"What," I indignantly complained. "Register? I've never had to register before."

"New policy," the gatekeeper shot back. "If you don't register, you can't pay (no that's not a typo).

"Ridiculous," I protested. "I don't even have any items in my cart. Actually, I don't even have a cart because they're all inside."

"All the more reason to register." The gatekeeper extended a hand. "Credit card, please."
As you've probably guessed, this conversation never took place. I made it up as a prank. But just this mornings something similar
did happened  that inspired my snarky little post.

I was searching the internet for information on writing a business plan—something I definitely need—and got directed to the SBA, our nation's small business association. What's the first thing they asked for? You guessed it, my personal information, plus email address and a password. A website for the SBA needs that information?  I didn't know if it had anything to help me. For all I knew they were data mining and selling my personal information as part of a package. That does sound paranoid but it's a doesn't mean they aren't out to get you scenario. It really happens.

Actually, it's happened to me before—the data mining, not selling my info, or at least I hope. Most recently, a cute clothing ad caught my attention and I clicked on the site. Guess what happened? I'm sure you have. We want your personal information. Before I could get into the site to browse. Along the same line are the sites that offer an intriguing product but take a gazillion pages to tell  you the price.

I never give those kind of companies repeat business.

Some, though, you just can't get away from. How about the big firms that require your credit card numbers then keep them on file. Some even give you one-click shopping which gives you the privilege of making mistakes on the fly. Viola, you suddenly have a pasta maker when you wanted a wrench. In this case I really needed that business plan template and in other cases I needed the widget, the cottage cheese, the bestselling book. Whatever. I needed it.

One thing I know. Store loyalty cards notwithstanding, they are not a condition of doing business with brick and mortar stores No sane retailer would ever require a customer to provide personal information before they could walk inside and look at the merchandise.

But if they did, would I fill out the form and whip out my credit card so I could get into Fry's? You bet I would. It's my favorite grocery store.

That's kind of scary, isn't it?

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