Friday, April 14, 2006

April Holidays

For all of my Jewish friends, Happy Passover!
Want to learn more?

For all of my friends that celebrate Easter,
I hope you get lots of chocolate!
Have a wonderful weekend..I will be back on Monday!

N Posted by Rain at 4/14/2006 12:28:00 AM

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Pamela Rogers is at it again!

Pamela Rogers was back in court today charged with violating seven different terms of her probation.

Part of Rogers plea agreement ordered her not to use the Internet. Authorities said she established a Web site with several photos of herself on Her profile said that she was a 28 year old from Paris , France.

The court ordered her not to contact the victim or his family and yet she sent him messages and tried to communicate with the victims 17 year old sister.

Now it may be possible that Pamela Rodgers did not create the site on There really is no way to check the authenticity of the site. There have been cases where someone has made a site using another person's name and pictures.

Pamela Rodgers reminds me of this woman Mary K. Letournea. In 1996 she conceived a child with a 13 year old student named Vili Fualaau. She was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for child rape. The judge knocked down the penalty to six months.

Once released, she resumed the affair, got pregnant again and was returned to prison to serve the remainder of her 7 1/2 years. Released in 2004 she picked up where she left off with Vili, who was by then 21. They have since wed.

My question is when are we going to learn that these offenders will repeat over and over again?

According to Charol Shakeshaft, a professor of foundations, leadership and policy studies at Hofstra University, sexual misconduct is the top reason teaching licenses are revoked. "About 10% of kids report that sometime during K to 12, they have been the target of some form of educator sexual misconduct, and about 7% report phyiscal sexual misconduct. About one-third of those cases are female teachers to male students."

"Most offenders share traits besides being accomplished, attractive and married. Most are socially naive and have desperate need to be liked by their students. They have dysfunctional childhoods and poor relationships with their fathers as well as a pattern of abusive relationships. They become motivated by feelings that they perceive as love and believe that the boy(s) are special and not like any other boys. It's a very idealized , romanticized and intense relationship, almost like a fantasy."~Catherine Lewis, University of Connecticut.

Another question~Why is there such a double standard in the criminal-justice system? Why is it that we as a society are so concerned about protecting the virginity of girls but not boys? Male offenders get maximum sentences and women get short sentences and probation? WTF?

I have had a very difficult day...Why oh why did I turn on the news? You will have to excuse me now, I think I am going to throw up.

N Posted by Rain at 4/12/2006 11:36:00 PM

Needing Strength

Today will be difficult.
I will need to be strong.
For myself and my son.
I just need to remember to breathe...
hold on tight and keep my faith.

N Posted by Rain at 4/12/2006 12:47:00 AM

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Giving Thanks

"There is no question that our health has improved spectacularly in the past century. One thing seems certain: it did not happen because of medicine, or medical science, or even the presence of doctors. Much of the credit should go to the plumbers and engineers of the western world. The contamination of drinking water by human feces was at one time the great cause of human disease and death for us, but when the plumbers and sanitary engineers had done their work in the construction of our cities, these diseases began to vanish. "
~Lewis Thomas, medical researcher

Today I am thankful for:

  • My plumber, Van Zetten. He always comes to the rescue with out having to pay an arm or leg for his services.
  • My luva, because he puts up with all my moods and still loves me at the end of the day.
  • Rascal my overly protective dog. He won't let anyone "get the mama". Don't worry its a "just a game!"
  • C. My favorite gas attendant at my local ARCO. She is knowledgeable and always has a smile and she can count back my change properly!
  • My dad. I think he finally "gets it" when it comes to Punky.
  • For a certain DCFS social worker named Sunny. She truly does put rays of sunshine in an otherwise dreadful day. Thanks Sunny for your help! You help change children's lives for the better everyday.
  • For L. And J., for opening their homes as well as their hearts to a innocent baby girl. Enough said.
  • Rainman. Thanks for being you. You teach me something new every day. I love you.

N Posted by Rain at 4/11/2006 10:38:00 PM

Monday, April 10, 2006

Anigozanthos Rufus

I purchased two of these this weekend. They are drought resistant, attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Botanical Name: Anigozanthos rufus

Common Name: Kangaroo Paw

Family: Haemodoraceae


Plant type: Perennial

Height: 2-4'

Light: full sun

They make great cut flowers and have blue-green foliage. Yay for me!

This coming weekend I'll be searching for Salvia Greggii also known as Autumn Sage in purple, coral or pink, I just haven't decided which color yet.

Rainman has been having a lot of difficulties dealing with JW's death. What's worse is the fact that this is Rainmans second friend to die since December 2005. I am keeping a eye on him and if it becomes necessary I will take him in for counseling. It's hard on anyone to lose two people in such a short time, my heart just breaks for him.

The Padres lost big time to the Colorado Rockies. pfft. They will be back..I just know it! Hey, I believe in positive thinking... Don't look at me that way! :)

Have a safe day!

N Posted by Rain at 4/10/2006 11:59:00 PM

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Home from the beach

I had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.
How was yours?

N Posted by Rain at 4/09/2006 11:35:00 PM