"We are not meant to be perfect.  We are meant to be whole." ... Jane Fonda
         
Tina (aka eBrightwing)
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Resolutions for Civic Literacy

I will both limit and protest gratuitous violence, especially in my DAILY life. This includes movies, television, games, books and magazines.

 I will consume less - repairing and repurposing BEFORE I replace whenever possible.

I will organize, utilize and minimize my possessions.

I will actively resist stereotyping, marketing, reductionism, emotionalism and ignorance. An opinion is NOT a fact. Unsubstantiated opinion is NOT informed argument.


Acting from my own values is more important than the opinions or expectations of other people.

I'm 55 years old and currently planning for retirement in less than 5 years.  I am saving for the down payment on a condo or townhouse and will begin that search in about 2 years.  This summer, my mom, my sister and I celebrated birthdays with 13 days on the island of Kauai.  I celebrated my friend's birthday with her at Rockaway Beach.  I am also going to a few concerts before I buckle down to pre-retirement austerity.

I traded in my 1995 Ford Mustang convertible about 4 years ago and am driving a fully loaded 2013 Hyundai Veloster.  I am seeing more and more of them on the road and only regret not waiting for the Turbo model.  I also like their Santa Fe and Tucson models.

My knitting group on MeetUp:  Mountain Highway Knitters celebrated its 5-year anniversary this summer and I am also moderator for a Ravelry group: Mountain Highway Crafters.  I have volunteered at Vogue Knitting Live (in Bellevue) where I manned the Market doors, dressed runway models, staffed the registration desk, and provided assistance in the Beginners Lounge. I've also attended various local knitting and craft events, including yarn crawls, the yarn train, and festivals in Tacoma and Monroe.

I'm pagan and see the divine in Nature, but I'm more spiritual than religious.  I was born in Washington State and moved back home in December 1999. I share my home with my partner Ron, my cat Murphy, our black pug Hershey and a small parrot.

Following a co-worker's recommendation, I recently purchased a FitBit Charge device and am trying to increase my activity and improve my health.  The current goal is 5,000 steps per day and once I'm consistently meeting that, I'll push it to 10,000.

I got my IT certifications: MCDST (Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician) and CompTIA Security+.   I completed bootcamp for MS Windows 7.  I am currently enrolled for an aromatherapy certification and still thinking of either auditing or enrolling in a Master's program with when I retireI have a Reiki certification and was certified as an Adult Literacy Tutor by TALC.  I also enjoy all my tech toys and bade Sprint farewell and moved to Republic Wireless (phones) 2 years ago, but will be leaving soon to consolidate my smartphone and Verizon hotspot on T-Mobile.

Note:  I have four tattoos (water, earth, air and fire)  - click here for pictures of all four!  I am now toying with the idea of a back piece, perhaps the Millennium Gaia.  I highly recommend Brian (owner) or the other artists at the Tattoo Machine in Puyallup, WA.  (Note:  I just found out that Brian is still in business and the "itch" for something new has started.  But first comes retouching the ones I have!)

Murphy (RIP July 2017) & Molly (RIP May 2016)

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2016-2017 Concerts & Events
 Fleetwood Mac (Reunited!)  - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Kid Rock - Gordon Lightfoot -OneRepublic

2012-2015 Concerts & Events
Alabama - The Band Perry - Better Than Ezra - Big & Rich - Cadillac Three - Craig Campbell - Aaron Crawford - Dan + Shay - Eve 6 - Fiber Fusion NW - Foreigner - Mickey Guyton - Hell's Belles - Kid Rock - Lincoln (2012) - Little Big Town - Maddie & Tae - Madrona Fiber Arts (Winter Fiber Retreat) - Meeker Days - Jackson Michelson - National Knit in Public Day - Neal McCoy - The Northwest LYS Tour (Yarn Crawl) - Mo Pitney - Seattle to Portland Yarn Train - Blake Shelton - South Sound Yarn Crawl - Sugar Ray - Swon Brothers - Uncle Kracker - Vogue Knitting Live (Seattle)

2010-2011 Concerts & Events
Perry Acker - Trace Adkins - Big & Rich/Gretchen Wilson  - Bon Jovi - Billy Currington - Dashboard Confessional - Dustin Bentall Band - Ani Di Franco - Hell's Belles - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Norah Jones - Toby Keith - Vicci Martinez -Willie Nelson - James Otto - Uncle Kracker - Lilith Fair ( Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Erykah Badu - Colbie Caillat - Miranda Lee Richards - A Fine Frenzy - Marina and the Diamonds - Sheryl Crow - Sugarland - Sarah McLachlan - Lucy Schwartz) -SAM Picasso Exhibit - Uncle Kracker

2009 Concerts & Events
Rodney Atkins - Dierks Bentley - Brandi Carlile -Brett Dennan - Heart - Hell's Belles - Julianne Hough - The Kin - Little Big Town - The Lost Trailers - Motorhead - Nashville Pussy - Need To Breath - Paulo Nutini - Brad Paisley - PBR 09 Tacoma Classic -  Prosper - Puyallp Pro Rodeo Finals - The Reverend Horton Heat - Serena Ryder - Crystal Shawanda - Rod Stewart - Keith Urban - Gretchen Wilson - Zero Down

2008 Concerts & Events
The Ariat Playoffs of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour - The B52's - Joan Baez - Carter's Chord - Aaron Daniels - Don Dokken - Melissa Etheridge - Alan Jackson - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Just Dirt - Toby Keith - Kid Rock - Miranda Lambert - The Loyal Sinners - The Vicci Martinez Band - Montgomery Gentry - Sam Moore - Nashville Pussy - Queensryche - Rascal Flatts - Rehab - The Reverend Horton Heat - Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) - Supersuckers - Taylor Swift - Too Slim and the Tail Draggers - Trailer Choir - Wintergrass (The Duhks, Three Generations, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sarah Jarosz)

2007 Concerts & Events
.38 Special - A Fine Frenzy - Gary Allan - The Ariat Playoffs of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour - Steve Azar - Big & Rich (Cowboy Troy and the Muzik Mafia) - Clint Black - The Boinkers - Garth Brooks (Kansas City Simulcast) - Bx3 - Brandi Carlile - Jason Michael Carroll - Neko Case - Marc Cohn - Daughtry - Def  Leppard - Foreigner - Merle Haggard - Heart - Hell's Belles - Faith Hill & Tim McGraw - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Just Dirt - Blaine Larsen - Loverboy - Lynyrd Skynyrd (Cancelled) - Magic Bus -The Vicci Martinez Band - Reba McEntire - Ronnie Millsap - Megan Monroe - Mos Generator - Pain in the Grass (Godsmack, Candlebox, Buckcherry,  Finger Eleven, Operator, Black Light Burn, Evans Blue & Point One) - Kellie Pickler - The Pretenders - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Vonda Shepard - Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband - Shedaisy - Rod Stewart - George Strait - Stray Cats - Styx - Taylor Swift - ZZ Top

2006 Concerts & Events
Keith Anderson - The Beach Boys - Pat Benetar - Dierks Bentley - The Boinkers - Brooks & Dunn - Shawna Carol (& Friends) - Cirque du Soleil (Varekai) - Rita Coolidge - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Sheryl Crow - The Dixie Chicks - Melissa Etheridge - Foreigner - Faith Hill & Tim McGraw - Jack Ingram - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Jamey Johnson - Kris Kristofferson - Miranda Lambert - Blaine Larsen - Little Big Town - Lonestar - Los Lonely Boys w/Susan Tedeschi - Bill Maher (HBO Real Time) - John Mayer - The Vicci Martinez Band - Montgomery Gentry - The Parrothead Band (Jimmy Buffet Tribute) - Danielle Peck - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Guests Stevie Nicks & Eddie Vedder) - Queensryche - The Randy Rogers Band - Sugarland - Train - Josh Turner - Darryl Worley


Previous Concerts, Live Performances and Events

Tim Allen (Men Are Pigs) - Lynn Anderson - RC Bannon - The Beach Boys - Pat Benetar - Big & Rich (Cowboy Troy and the Muzik Mafia) - Blue County - Michael Bolton - Brooks & Dunn - Mary Chapin Carpenter - Kenny Chesney (with Uncle Kracker) - Rodney Crowell - Billy Ray Cyrus - Dance Factory - Billy Dean - John Denver - Diamond Rio  - The Doobie Brothers - Emerson Drive - John Fogarty - Foreigner - Vince Gill - Jonathan Harris - Ubaka Hill - Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge - Lillith Fair (The Pretenders/Sarah McLaughlin/Mediaeval Baebes) - Little River Band - Marshal Tucker Band - The Mavericks - Tim McGraw  - Reba McEntire - John Mellencamp - The Steve Miller Band - Michael Martin Murphey - R. Carlos Nakai - Willie Nelson & Family - The Oak Ridge Boys - Oklahoma! (Musical) - Rascal Flatts - Jerry Reed - The Rockettes - Sawyer Brown - Silly Wizard - Rod Stewart - Billy Swan - Randy Travis - Shania Twain - Keith Urban - The Vicci Martinez Band - The Warren Brothers - Gretchen Wilson  (with Ann Wilson) - Lee Ann Womack
 

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Support Our Citizens, Our Civil Rights
and Our Armed Forces

1.  Stop the Backdoor Draft - Encourage Diplomacy
- Military members:  refuse to deploy under stop loss.
- National Guard:  refuse to deploy outside the US.
- Citizens and Friends:  denounce torture, support civil rights, demand the separation of church and state AND the division of power BETWEEN the branches of government.
2.  Stop Funding Overseas Aggression - Stop the War for Oil and the War on Terror
- Meeting economic threats with military action isn't acceptable.
- Support the use of the military ONLY for international actions approved and coordinated by the United Nations.
- Renounce fear and secrecy.  Support transparency in government.
- Terrorists are criminals not soldiers.  Act accordingly.
3.  Stop the Drilling, Fraking and Nuclear!
- Drilling and fraking don't solve problems, they create them.
- Clean coal is entirely theoretical and thus a myth.
- Nuclear power encourages nuclear proliferation and has no answer to storing the radioactive waste.
- Subsidize solar and wind instead.
- Our addiction to oil is killing us and destroying the natural world.
4. Stop the Transfer of Wealth to the Wealthy - Stop Poverty
- Repeal subsidies and privileges for profitable commodities and organizations.
- Tax luxuries, inheritances, large incomes, corporations and monopolies - not the common citizen.
-  No more tax cuts for the wealthy.  Simplify the system.  Save the middle class!
- Support universal health care, unions and campaign reform. That means single-payer!  Allow early enrollment in Medicare.
5. Stop the Assault on Immigrants and Civil Rights
- Offer a clear, simple, and free path to citizenship.
- Stop separating parents from children and husbands from wives - stop destroying families if you have family values.
- People died to protect your civil rights, all of them.  Those rights belong to everyone and are not a privilege for the few.  Don't let fear, bigotry or greed trump them.

"Honor requires the soldier to kill or be killed, whatever his scruples.  But it is not regarded as dishonorable for the politician to swallow his misgivings and allow the young to die without protest."

"The simple fact that occupying armies, whether allied or enemy, always become unpopular hardly ever figures in official calculation."

 --- I.F. Stone on the Vietnam War.
 

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Preconceptions Are Limitations:  Change the Environment
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That Was Then, This Is Now

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