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I've always somewhat prided myself on my penchant for punctuality. If I committed to a time or day for an appearance or a project's completion, it happened. Sleep be damned! Aaah, the prices we pay for biting off more than we can comfortably chew and errant priority settings.

So here we are about to embark on the month of March and I'm just now saying, "Happy New Year!" For me, it is the beginning of my new year. So much has taken place on the world front since I entered what I've come to call my twelve week 'void' on Thanksgiving night, I confess I've lost a grip on most of it. In the hospital, I'd catch bits and pieces of current events on the few channels to which I had access, but most of the time my cognizance level was such that full comprehension didn't take place. Often, simple shock and wondering if I'd heard correctly were my only reaction. The Tucson shootings come to mind.

My return home on February 1st has since been a whirlwind of "breaking news" and I'm confident that most of you are more up on the details of worldly things than I am at this point. I did manage to keep a journal in the hospital of one liner thoughts as circumstances daily educated me on the 'inside' facets of the controversial healthcare systems and policies in our nation. One can learn more by quiet observation when on the 'inside' than in all the research, rants and debates that took up most of our summer and fall in 2009. And, remains to be a hot button issue when 'repeal' is mentioned.  

When the time is right, I hope to share some of my realizations. Right now, we seem to be more taken up by the labor union/budget issues. My thought there is, why do we, as a nation, wait until things are hanging off the edge of a cliff before we address the problem? It all boils down, in my opinion, to the obsession with re-election by the politicians and 'getting all we can get while the getting is good' by the populace. I'm curious as to how my Fabulous 40 friends feel about some of these issues.

The total unrest in the Middle East I find rather fascinating. It's appalling that some of these dictators would rather shoot their own people down in the streets than give up their reign of power, but no one can deny that the people of this region have had their fill of oppression and are willing to die for the simple freedoms we take for granted. Egypt, especially, proved to me that the power still is with the people if the people will stick together and 'never give up'.
Interesting, too, is for the purpose of dethroning the dictator, the people came together as one unit. Our forefathers knew what they were doing, I'd say, when they separated church and state in the constitution.  

Although, it must be said, that a people-oriented military who refused to harm their own made a huge difference in Egypt, as well. But, even in Libya where a madman rules and the military is not so loyal to the people, the people have managed to take all but the stronghold of Tripoli. The remainder of the country is 'freed' and said to be already organizing some form of order. I think the whole world, especially our own politicians and parties, can take a lesson from the people of Egypt and the Middle East. "United we can stand, divided we will fall or be subservient."

Surely, this old quote with a few extra words of my own is not to say we do away with constructive criticism and hearty debate on issues. But to me, it's imperative that we all have the same ultimate goals . . . freedom and equality for all Americans. It also must mean that each individual is willing to do their share of sacrificing based on their own ability to pay. I don't think of that as redistribution of wealth. I think of it as fair.
I don't think there should be free rides for anyone. Everyone has something they can do or contribute! Even if it's volunteering at the animal shelter or a library a couple of days a week in exchange for a book of food stamps. That's probably an over simplification, but maybe we need to get back to 'simple'. I never fail to be amazed when they speak about a piece of legislation being multi-hundreds or even thousands of pages long!

This is my first attempt at putting together a column in quite a while, so please consider it as a reintroduction, or a practice run if anything. I want to say, too, how superbly kind and supportive Yana Berlin has been for me throughout my ordeal. I thought surely she'd have no choice but to fill my spot, but she chose to hang in there with me. I am greatly indebted to her and most grateful. She really is a most special lady and we are all lucky to be associated with Yana, herself, and Fab 40.

My fondest springtime wishes to all of you and I look forward to further spirited conversations here. We sure are afforded lots of material by our illustrious governments. I simply have to re-sharpen my attention span and research abilities. And now, we are about to enter yet another campaign season! I do believe campaigning is what it's all about. Solving problems and moving the country into the new century on an even playing field has become but a side trail for politicians. Maybe that is where 'we the people' come into play! Are we ready?

Susan Haley, Author/Editor
AMBER RETURNS TO MAINE
RAINY DAY PEOPLE – A Novel
FIBERS IN THE WEB  

**Susan Haley is the published author of three books, several articles on networking, an award-winning poet, a contract copy editor, and a book reviewer. She also contributes a column to the "Fox and Quill Newsletter", writes and co-edits for "The Infinite Writer" E-zine and   "The Florida Writer", the official magazine of the Florida Writers Association, of which she is Facilitator for the Sarasota County Chapter. The audio version of her novel, "Rainy Day People", received a 2008 Indie Excellence National Book Award. She also contributes a variety of editorials and excerpts of her work to various E-zines, newsletters and written publications.

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      Mztracy wrote Feb 25, 2011
    • Welcome back Susan!!
      So good to see you. As always love your blogs. heart

      I agree we as a people seem to wait until the last minute for many things. Procrastination Nation. tongue out



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      Midnightmom wrote Feb 26, 2011
    • You are back! Yes! I so look forward to your analysis of the happenings in the world today. Your views always offer objective points with a few subjective one for good measure. :)

      It is such poor , or shoudl I say lack of, planning for the government act on a situation only when there is no time left for observation and the need to act is so great. I would guess our leaders should be observing what happens when a ‘people’ becomes fed up and crosses the line of no return and starts burning bridges, literally and figuratively.

      Welcome back! Yana is a very special woman and I know we all support her in her hour of need as well.

      Hugs :)



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      Vikki Hall wrote Feb 26, 2011
    • Hi Susan,

      So happy to see you back. And while I’m not as spirited in conversation about politics and world events I still look forwards to the conversations you bring up.

      So welcome back!



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      Yana Berlin wrote Feb 28, 2011
    • I’m sooo stocked that you are back.

      Please take good care of yourself and don’t start running around, remember....you need lots of rest.

      Big hugs,
      Y



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      Susan Haley wrote Mar 1, 2011
    • Annie - How very sweet of you. I’m all teary-eyed again reading the welocomes back. I’ve missed what I do and I’ve so missed the people that have come to be friends. Over the last ten years, I’ve spent so much time online, that a good share of my friends are Internet friends. It’s wonderful when you finally get to meet them in person, which I have on many occasion. Have never been disappointed yet! My son met my daughter in law on the Internet back when Yahoo had discussion forums. They were the forerunner of the blog, I guess.
      S.



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      Susan Haley wrote Mar 2, 2011
    • Thanks, Yana - You’ve been beyond patient as it is.  

      It feels good to be back. It will take me a while to sharpen the edges but I’m touched at the welcome. Believe me, hon, I won’t push too hard. If I do, I’m afaid I’d be down for the count! :)
      I must take care at least long enough to write the things about to burst my heart, my gratitude for experiencing Alaska and a second chance to write about it. Not to even mention family, fine friends and the opportunities sent my way to do what I love most . . . write.

      Thanks, Yana. You are one special lady!

      P.S. I’ve got that San Diego trip to make, too! Most especially after Jack Wolf made it over to Florida! ;)

      Hugs,
      Susan



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      Yana Berlin wrote Mar 2, 2011
    • Yes you do Susan.

      San Diego is waiting for you darling.

      Hope you are feeling better.



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      UK Girl wrote Mar 3, 2011
    • Hope your feeling better.
      A retail analysis made an excellent statement in his weekly notes last week - sometimes nothing happens in a decade and then you have  month with a decades worth of happenings and 2011 has been that with the whole Middle East crisis our own respective countries still blundering under fiscal constraints and everything still doom and gloom



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