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Bird's Blog

Poetry, musings, observations, commentary, rants, confessions...and who knows what else!

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Location: San Francisco Bay Area

Teacher, writer, poet, grandmother, lover, wine-drinker, chocolate eater, beach comber, hiker, traveler, Giants fan, San Franciscan. All work on this blog is copyrighted material.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Italia Roma e Pietrasanta

Just for the heck of it: a slide show of my Italia pics. Unfortunately, the music doesn't play all the way through the slide show and the picture quality diminished when uploaded to youtube.

So why do I even bother posting something that's substandard?

What the heck.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Fountains of Rome

One of three fountains at the ...

Bird at the Trevi Fountain

In St. Peter's Square

At the Piazza Barberini Near the Via Veneto

In the Piazza Spagna,at the foot of the Spanish Steps

In the Piazza Republica

My favorite: A fountain in the Jewish Quarter on an exceptionally hot day (temps were up in the high 90s)

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Forget the pill, diaphragms, the patch, condoms, etc., - just watch TV!

Oh India, I thought you were smarter than this.

India plans on reducing its rapidly expanding population by providing electricity and television to its rural and poor areas. People will watch TV, instead of making love – instead of making babies. “80% of the population growth can be reduced through television,” claims Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Health and Family Welfare Minister.

Did the Minister not think that perhaps free birth control might prove useful in reducing birth rates?

And what about … education?

Studies from the CDC and from the United Nations show that when women are educated, they are empowered, autonomous – and birth rates decline. And in general, isn’t a literate and educated population of women good for society as a whole?

Of course, India believes the night-time TV will perhaps be enlightening and of some educational value.

Now what are the odds of that?

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

On the street where I lived ...

in Pietrasanta, Italia

Pics are about all I can handle posting right now ... busy writing. Hope to post some halfway decent writing in a few days.

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