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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2009

Tom Daschle Withdraws 

President Obama's pick for Health and Human Services secretary had been under fire for tax issues.WASHINGTON – Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary.That's according to a joint White House statement from President Barack Obama and his former nominee.Obama…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

Gov. Blagojevich at 4:51 p.m. today became the first governor in Illinois’ 190-year history to be driven from office by impeachment. Photo Credit: Chicago Sun-Times (The Spokesman-Review)

Yourrrrr OUT!!! 13 

Just in from Reuters: Illinois senate votes to oust Governor Blagojevich … CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Illinois state senate on Thursday convicted Governor Rod Blagojevich of abuse of power, removing him from office amid charges that he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat once…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009

Black Hole of Depression 62 

Unemployment.Layoffs upon Layoffs. I've never seen anything like it. First, yesterday's paper's headline shouted "One day, 40,000 job cuts" for household names like Caterpillar, Home Depot and Sprint Nextel. Then the news bulletin alert on my email stated that Mayor Vernor was planning nine layoffs…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

Homeless agency fires Illinois first lady 

From MSNBC:"The wife of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was fired from her $100,000-a-year job as a Chicago homeless agency's chief fundraiser. . . . Patti Blagojevich is not accused of wrongdoing and has not spoken publicly since her husband's arrest. . . ."Does this…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

Hail to the Chief 

Barak Obama will officially become the President of the United States on January 20, 2009. It is probably the first inauguration in my lifetime that I have been keenly interested in and excited about. It’s like Christmas, New Years, wedding days, and birthdays all rolled…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

Puffed Childhood

Puffed Childhood Cindy Hval's article ("Jot it down") instantly brought back one of many, many happy memories of my children when they were little. We spent endless nights before bedtime all curled up in one rocker while I read to them. I still have that…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

Happy New Year 21 

To all who come through the doorway of our Virtual Ballroom:May peace, happiness, prosperity, and all good things sprinkle your lives every day, every hour, every minute. Here's to 2009!Jeanie

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SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 2008

The reason's I hate 2008 a Little

The reason(s) I am really looking forward to a New Year and all these reasons happened on Fifteen Days before 2009:Wednesday - Fifteen days before New Year’s it snowed two feet; an hour and a half to get home Thursday - Snowed another foot; first…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2008

Hope 13 

I am thinking of many things this Christmas 2008. I have many losses this year and it is more poignant at Christmas – missing my parents, missing the childhood days of traditions at Christmas and the total unbelievable excitement that permeated the air and made…

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Peace and Good Will, Just for December 25? 

Here’s the question. Is the season of Christmas the only time we feel nice towards each other? Do we need a holiday (like Easter) to generate kindness?Diana on December 24 at 9:05 a.m.On which day can we resume complaining about not getting the proper snow…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2008

The Christmas Promise

Generally our Christmas cards say things like, peace, hope, and love.I want to add: promiseI like to think of this time of year as a time to start over, clean your slate; it’s a time to dream dreams, have a vision, and it’s a time…

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