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Friday, February 24, 2006

Pink Ribbon for Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow is one of my favorite rock and roll singers. I learned from my spouse today that Crow had been in the hospital for breast cancer surgery.

Here's the press release:

Sheryl Crow has surgery for breast cancer

LOS ANGELES - Sheryl Crow underwent surgery for breast cancer earlier this week and the prognosis for a full recovery is excellent, her publicist reported Friday.

The singer-songwriter had the surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday and is recovering without complications, said Dave Tomberlin, her publicist.

"Her doctors think her prognosis is excellent," said Tomberlin.

Read the rest here.

It's not known if Lance Armstrong, her ex-finance knew about her illness. I bet he does now.

We all know about Elizabeth Edwards and her fight against breast cancer. So far so good. Thank goodness Elizabeth had JRE for her rock and to be with her every step of the way when she wanted his support.

My spouse's first wife died of breast cancer--within 18 months of diagnosis. She was 43 when she died. Crow is about the same age--tad bit older.

Prayers for Crow.

Casual Friday

JRE was on Rocketboom (a vodcasting site)'s Casual Friday segment today. He was pretty funny as the interviewer was good at bringing out his humor with pointed questions.
Quicktime plug-in needed

My favorite part of the interview:

Amanda: We attract a lot of Republicans and I seem to alienate them. Do you have any suggestions how I can get along with them better?



Sunday, February 19, 2006

Retail Politics for a Newbie

Central Illinois Progressive David Gill and New Supporter

Today I attended my very first reception hosted at someone's private home for a progressive candidate, David Gill, who running for Congress in the Illinois 15th district. His opponent is one who has been in Congress for quite a while, but I think Gill has a very good chance to win.

Gill is a practicing family physician who supports universal health care because in the short and long run, it would save all of us money. I asked him if paperwork shuffled around by all of these insurance companies frustrated him. He said no. It was people who waited so late to come get treatment. He gave an instance of a 39 year old full-time dad who had a heart attack and didn't pay attention to the warning signs. His wife wanted him to see a doctor, but he said because they were uninsured, he would wait it out and maybe the chest pains would go away. The man died, leaving his working wife with 3 children. Sad case.

Other issues:
Gill also favors public financing of politicians because the private ones done through lobby often have too much clout. He mentioned that in Maine and Arizona that a fraction amount of income tax goes to public financing. Good idea.

Gill favors moving away from fossil fuels and talked about a project called I also found out his wife is an avid (he calls her "rabid" :->) recyclist and buys Seventh Generation paper projects. According to the website, the name is derived from the Iroquois belief that "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations."

I can see how retail politics appeal to Iowa citizens and NH, now that I've had a taste of it. There were about 15 people in all in a small condo, but everyone was seated comfortably, and he listened to their concerns and views. I enjoyed hearing their views. In addition to bringing up some issues, I asked the group if they minded if I took pictures to put on my blog, OAC, and now, Gill wants them for his blog. Good way to get the conversations going about JRE and other progressive candidates! He wasn't familiar with OAC blog, but said he had been reading good things about JRE in the news this week. I told him about the OAC audioblogs/podcasts and how they can reach a lot of people once.

I volunteered officially to be at his service, but I needed some training about how to do effective door-to-door campaigning. After all, I am a newbie.