Thursday, June 17, 2010

Home Again and 80+ Women

Please bear with me as I try to catch up on 2 weeks of snail mail, e-mail, and laundry. I will be back on track soon, I promise. I have photos to show of the beautiful Hakone Japanese Gardens, a rodeo parade, and the Botanical Gardens in Berkeley. Does that give you an indication of what a great time I had?

I will tell all later, but for now I think you will enjoy seeing a very pretty 88 year old woman as she appears on the Jon Stewart show. Betty White will best be remembered as one of the Golden Girls, Rose. She is the only surviving member of the cast and is now doing another appearance in 'Hot In Cleveland'. So Heeeere's Betty. What a gal !!!!

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-june-14-2010/betty-white?xrs=eml_tds

Here's another link to an op-ed article on an outstanding 89 year old woman, Helen Thomas.

She is one of the most respected and honest journalists in my lifetime. She has held each president's feet to the fire when she sees that he is dissembling. George Bush was so afraid of her she was never given a chance to ask a question about the Iraq war after she zapped him good with a question about it. She was a bulldog never giving an inch until she got a straight answer. Modern 'pretty face' jouralists would do well to emulate her.

This editorial gives the background to her forced retirement. There will never be another one like her. What she said was unfortunate, but compared to her lifetime of wonderful journalism it is grossly unfair that her comments given in a private conversation were aired immediately and rapidly spread in the media. Would any of you like to have ill considered words aired before you had a chance to correct them? I still admire her even though I disagree with her comments.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25725.htm

16 comments:

One Woman's Journey said...

Darlene, welcome home - I have had months of slower then dial up service. New provider - and all is well. Looking forward to your post.

tnlib said...

Darlene, I hope you had a grand trip but I'm glad you are back with us.

Thank you for the link to the Helen Thomas story. I have followed her for years and truly admire her. She is the Grand Lady of Journalism and has no equal, male or female. I'm glad there are those defending her. Hell, I hope I can be that spry at 89 - or even 70!

Sylvia K said...

Welcome home, Darlene! Really enjoyed your post for today -- nothing new there, I always enjoy your posts! Helen Thomas is a remarkable woman! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Rain said...

It's nice that you are home again and had such a good trip.

Rummuser said...

Nice to see you back and blogging. I look forward to your photo posts.

Darlene said...

*One Woman's Journey - Thank you and welcome back to blogging.

*tnlib - I'm glad you agree about Helen Thomas. I am glad to be back, thank you.

*Sylvia K - Thank you and you have a great weekend, also.

*Rain - Thank you.

*Rummuser - I hope you won't be disappointed.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Welcome back Darlene...I really missed you. Can't wait to hear about your trip and all the wonderful time with your family. ~Joy

paula said...

Welcome home, Darlene! Our planes must have passed each other in the air, mine on the way out, yours on the way into Oakland. It's always nice to visit and equally wonderful to go home, isn't it?

Looking forward to your posts, once you're back in the saddle. Hats off to the grand women you've honored in today's post.

Darlene said...

*Joy - Oh gee golly - how nice to know I was missed. Thank you.

*Paula - Too bad our timing was so bad. If you had stayed a day later and I had gotten there a day earlier we might have been able to meet for coffee. And, yes, it's nice to be home.

Vagabonde said...

Welcome home Darlene. I write this as I am away in California visiting our daughter for 10 days. On 17th June my husband and I celebrated our 43rd year anniversary. Our daughter took us to a beautiful botanic garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and it was a nice place for that occasion. Before we left Georgia we did go to the Hydrangea Festival in LaGrange. I was admiring some beautiful hydrangeas. The lady who grew them told me she was 85 years old – she could have passed easily for early seventy. She was Polish but spoke good French. Her daughter near her was 60 and also looked like 50. I think that women who are involved in life age better.

Darlene said...

*Vagabonde - First Paula was in California, then me and now you. Too bad we didn't synchronize our trips so we could have a mini blogger festival. Enjoy!

kenju said...

I look forward to your garden photos!

Anonymous said...

Hi Darlene,
I was just speaking with my father via phone and he, once again, mentioned your name! Seems that the two of you have a very long history and yet you and I have never met. While talking with him I googled your name and behold! I never dreamt it would be so easy to find you - nor that you would have such a great blog! I'd love to meet, or at least correspond with you.... Sign me: Judy/daughter of Gene :+}

Darlene said...

*Judy - What a delightful surprise to see a comment from my cousin's daughter. I have sent you an e-mail.

la peregrina said...

Late to the party again. :(

Welcome home, sounds like you had a great trip. Agree with all you said about Helen Thomas-very sad ending to a long fruitful career.

Darlene said...

*la peregrina - you may be late to the party, but you cme and that's what counts. Thanks for supporting my position on H. T.