Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Celebrating Ice and Snow!
Closer to home, for our neighbors to the north the focus is on Bonhomme and Carnaval de Quebec or the Quebec Winter Carnival. Here's a bit of its history from the official website
Since the beginning of our French colony, the habitants of New France formed a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. Already at this era, this intense period of revelry was designated as the Carnival - a word of Italian origin that signifies Mardi Gras. The tradition of celebrating at the end of January until mid-February is a custom long in progress.And, here in Michigan, we celebrate the Ice and Snow with our own festivals. Here a just a few you may want to check out:
Third Annual Hunter Ice Festival in Niles
Visit Zehnder's Ice Fest in Frankenmuth
Visit Tip Up Town USA in Houghton Lake
Trap Attack Ice Fishing Festival in Brooklyn
Visit Frost Bite Open a golf tournament in Harrison
Read Harbin China Ice and Snow Festival by Bill's Blog
Read more about the Harbin Ice Festival at TravelChinaGuide.com
Visit the official website for Carnaval de Quebec
The photo is from the Absolute Michigan Pool on Flickr
Check out Darrin's Traverse City, Michigan set for more frozen photos
Monday, January 29, 2007
2007 Michigan Heart Gallery
So what is the Heart Gallery?
There are over 300 children in Michigan currently waiting to be adopted through the foster care system. Most of these children are African American, over the age of 8, or need to be adopted along with other brothers and sisters.Read Portraits with purpose by NOISE PhotoBlog
Visit 2007 Michigan Heart Gallery
Watch Fox2 News' Heart Gallery Offers Hope for Foster Children
This photo is from the Absolute Michigan Pool on Flickr!
John Conyers, Jr. speaks out for peace
Jack Lessenberry talks with John Conyers about his tenure on the House Judiciary Committee as well as his thoughts about the war in Iraq and whether or not President Bush should be impeached. Rep. Conyers has just become the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, after having served for, as Jack puts it, "longer than most people have been alive", assuming his office in 1965. According to Wikipedia, he is also
"one of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and is considered the Dean of that group."and
"After Martin Luther King Jr.'s death in 1968, Rep. John Conyers introduced a bill in Congress to make King's birthday a national holiday."In his interview with Jack Lessenberry, Rep. Conyers says that he believes President Bush has committed impeachable offenses, however he does not want to pursue impeachment hearings because he feels it will impede the progress of the Congress over the next year. Basically, he feels Congress doesn't have time to address this issue now with more important matters that need to be acted upon before the elections next year.
"Rather than seeking impeachment, I have chosen to propose comprehensive oversight," Conyers said. He wants a select bipartisan committee to look into alleged abuses and report back to the Judiciary Committee. But he didn't say what he would do if that didn't happen.Read or listen to Essay: Conyers and the Committee - 1/29/07 by Jack Lessenberry's Essays and Interviews
Also read or listen to the companion Interview: John Conyers - 1/29/07 by Jack Lessenberry's Essays and Interviews
Visit the John Conyers, Jr. House of Representatives website
Read more about Rep. John Conyers at Wikipedia
Also read Peace Movement Strong on the Washington Mall by John Conyers about last Saturday's rally
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