Nov 16, 2019

Shout Out to Chula Vista VFW Post 2111 and The Veterans Home: Thank You For A Lovely Birthday Celebration for Frances B and the 103

Shout Out to Chula Vista VFW Post 2111 and The Veterans Home:  Thank You For A Lovely Birthday Celebration for Frances B and the 103

It was a worrisome situation from the beginning--how to celebrate a special birthday--the 103.

They are always announcing on the history television shows that there are really not too many World  War 2 veterans left and this special lady was getting ready to celebrate her 103rd.

Yes, that would be France B who served in the WAVES from 1943-1945.

She was stationed in Hawaii when the commanding officer issued the words, "Pack up your papers and finish your work, the war is over, we are going home!"

She often tells the story of joining the WAVES after hearing the radio announcement on a daily basis asking--What are you doing to help the United States in the war effort.

After training in New York and Oklahoma most of her time was spent in Hawaii.

So many benefits have been realized for Frances from her military service with her stay at the Veterans Homes in Chula Vista being just about the best.

While her care is always top notch and the food and the facility is wonderful the birthday celebration they helped us organize was very appreciated.

One can easily guess that even though it was a very important day not too many of her relatives or contemporaries were available to participate in the celebration.

We had a cake in the cafeteria and shared our happiness with all the available residents and workers that wanted to join in and we felt so lucky that so many folks participated.

They provided decorations by Shannon and very good suggestions on where to be and set up for pictures and gorgeous flowers from Mr. and Mrs. Hank Schanstra.

As a special treat we had a visit from a representative from the VFW Post 2111 in Chula Vista proudly attired in his Navy uniform.  Wow!  That was so nice and so impressive--the Navy and the VFW was really so kind and thoughtful in regards to my mother.

We always love a man in uniform--it lends a certain importance to the day.

Shannon also organized picture taking from photographer, Les Brigham,  at The Veterans Home.

Seriously, I cannot thank everyone enough for making this day so memorable for my mother and her family.

It was important to us and her, but honestly, we really did not know how to go about it or who to include--there were not too many folks to include.

Thank you to everyone at the VFW of Chula Vista and the Veterans Home for celebrating with us and for helping us and for your very good ideas.

Thank you for taking time to include my mother and her 103rd in your day.

Frances lived most of her life in the North Park area of San Diego, a native attending Wodrow Wilson jr. high School and also in the first graduating class of Herbert Hoover high School of 1935

They always spent a lot of time on family outings to the mountains and to Orange, Ca, to visit her grandmother but mother always says it was a long ride in the back of the car.

Mother and her cousins at their house on Utah St.  This is the 2nd house from the corner of Upas about 1918.

 Two beautiful girls in the rose garden at the VA home in San Diego.
Thank you to everyone for our wonderful day.

Nov 6, 2019

Buying Produce in North Park San Diego

Chatting about carrots at Smart and Final on Mississippi and University Ave in North Park, San Diego:

Where is your go to produce place?

Someone complained the bagged baby carrots were soggy and indescribably odd.

Exact same carrot story. I was quite annoyed since I pass through there several times a week on my way home from the dog park. The milk is more fresh than Vons, it is cheaper and the lines are shorter. Sometimes I make my own yogurt so I like to be able to count on fresh milk. The manager in the checkout told me it was an issue of the veg watering system spraying too much water and then the water really does not drain but sits there and the issue is created. I have noticed they have not changed anything even though they said it would be addressed. The other issue is green beans--old green beans in the loose bin--wrinkled and still expensive. One gets the impression that most people buy vegetables in packages . They can have some really good prices and I love their biscotti from their bakery. Check out North Park Produce on Wilson and El Cajon Blvd. Yes, one has to look at the items but not really more than S and F. Their deli rice is delicious and their olives, feta cheese and hummus are wonderful. For instance, their red, yellow, orange and green peppers are a very inexpensive price and pomegranates are inexpensive, also. One does have to look at the fruit getting a pom with a bad spot but at the end of the day it is one of my favorite places.

The bread and the candy are lovely, too.

Nov 5, 2019

Paul Manafort Pardoned: Clarence Page Prediction on The McLaughlin Group 11/1/19

Love The Group--Woof!

I think John McLaughlin would love the new group, too.  What do you think?

I am always trying to tell everyone about Diana George Babish and her dog and cat shelter near Bethlehem in Palestine. 

The cool thing is that there are many folks working together to bridge the political and physical gaps to find homes for these animals.

Will you please consider helping Diana by just telling everyone about her place or maybe even a donation--or if you have any tips on sharing or possible donors who may be interested in this very worthy cause.

I visited Palestine and ended up falling in love with the place but I could not help but noticing so many stray dogs all over the place.

Thank you for reading and here is a little bit about Diana from her facebook page......just google Diana George Babish.

My dear animal-loving friends: Diana will be here tomorrow for adoption day. I have a few donations for her already. If you’d like to donate food, supplies oe cash, please contact me and I will make sure she gets your donated goods or cash. Please remember that no donation is too small 🙏🏻 100 Shekels buys Diana’s fur babies 20kgs or dog/cat food. Please note that you can also donate directly to clinics where Diana takes the fur babies for treatment. Please get in touch with me directly and I will provide you with information.
Thank you in advance for your kindness ❤️
I want to thank Gideon Rosenblit and his wife, as well as Rivkah Naomi Green (donated in loving memory of her mom) for their generous donations to Diana’s shelter this week 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Here is Diana bringing a dog to the airport in Tel Aviv on the way to a new home:

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Nov 2, 2019

The McLaughlin Group 10/25/19 featuring Eleanor Clift

San Diego Arab Film Festival to Screen The Tower at Special Fall Screening on November 2, 2019

The San Diego Arab Film Festival is a project of KARAMA

San Diego Arab Film Festival to Screen
The Tower at Special Fall Screening on November 2, 2019

On November 2, the San Diego Arab Film Festival will present a special screening of The Tower, a beautifully animated film that tells the story of Wardi, a young Palestinian girl who lives with her family in the Lebanese refugee camp where she was born. Her beloved great-grandfather, Sidi, was one of the first people to settle in the camp after being exiled from his home and homeland, Palestine, in 1948. When Sidi gives Wardi the key to his old house back in the Galilee, she fears he may have lost hope of someday returning home. As she searches for Sidi’s lost hope around the camp, she collects her family’s testimonies, from one generation to the next. An uplifting film that captures the story of Palestine through four generations.
Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Mats Grorund, the film took 8 years to make and is based on his experience of living for a year in the Burj el Barajneh refugee camp near Beirut where he taught English and animation.  To see photos of set design and construction, click here.
Note to Parents: The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival recommends this film for ages 15 and up, noting issues regarding language, mature themes and violence.
A complete Palestinian meal will be available before the film.  The meal will include vegetarian and meat option plus dessert, water, coffee and tea.  Film admission price is $15 general and $10 student.  Dinner is $12 if purchased on line, $15 at the door.
On-line ticket sales will close at Noon on November 2 unless they sell out sooner.  Remaining ickets will be available at the door until sold out.

The Tower has won these awards, among others:
  • Best Animated Feature, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2018
  • Liv Ullman Peace Prize (to director), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2018
  • Special Jury Award, Monstra Lisbon Animated Film Festival, 2019
  • Best Soundtrack, Monstra Lisbon Animated Film Festival, 2019

Saturday, November 2
Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Film screens at 7:00 PM.
Palestinian dinner available for purchase at 6:00 PM