More Michelle Obama

Posted in Uncategorized by yliza on April 16, 2008

Yes, Michelle is getting the love today, but this clip in particular talks about something that’s close to my heart: public education.

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Yes, to me Michelle Obama represents the American Dream, the one I envisioned as I was growing up during the Civil Rights Movement.

I also come from a working class family. I went to public school in NYC, and that public education was sufficient for me to go to college and eventually get a PhD. Yet this path is closed to my niece and nephew in the current economic and political environment.

I support Obama because I want the next generation to have the same opportunities that I had. Who better to do that than someone who experienced it for themselves?

Nothing like a Cold One

Posted in Uncategorized by yliza on June 8, 2007

via Culture Kitchen:
Relaxin' at the G8

Of course it was a non-alcoholic beer. And you missed the meetings the next morning because of a little upset tummy. Stomach bug, yeah, that’s it. And I should believe that because you’ve been so honest about everything else.


Posted in Uncategorized by yliza on April 20, 2007

As my 50th birthday approaches I find myself reflecting about what I’ve experienced and seen during the course of my life. I think it can safely be said that I’ve lived during interesting times. The Vietnam war marked my early years, now the Iraq war marks my later ones. I remember, among other things: the Civil Rights movement; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King; the Watergate scandal and the subsequent resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon; Jimmy Carter’s Playboy interview; the Oil Embargo of the 1970’s; the Iran Hostage Crisis; the Iran-Contra scandal…I lived through all of these events and have memories associated with them.

I grew up with a healthy respect for the working class. I received an excellent public education in a major American city, complete with art, music, gym and civics.

When I first graduated from high school, $12,000 a year was enough to maintain a family of four, complete with house, mortgage, dog. Ten years later, as a graduate student, I was struggling to survive on that much, as a single person with no dependents. Today, 30 years later, four times that much ($48,000) isn’t enough to sustain that family of four in many parts of the country.

I could go on, but I think this is enough to illustrate that I’ve seen much during my lifetime. It has shaped my perceptions, my values. This is the place from which I want to add my voice to the blogosphere. The opinions are mine, but hopefully they will be of some value to others.