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Capital Punishment and other Issues I feel strongly about, plus volunteering opportunities


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/09/21/the-night-the-lights-went-out-in-georgia/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/sep/14/troy-davis-death-penalty-lynching

Above are two links to articles about a recent execution of an African American in Georgia named Troy Davis. He was given capital punishment in September despite the fact that seven out of nine witnesses recanted their testimony regarding whether or not they had tangible evidence that Davis was guilty.

There are a number of issues, the death penalty being one, that I feel very strongly about. Some of them I talk less about than others. I could even make a list: Vegetarianism/veganism, environmentalism, animal rights in general, equality between men and women, anti-abortion but pro-choice, freedom of religion, tolerance of differences across all nationalities and races, non-violence…. and there are probably more that are not coming to mind…. mental health awareness, disability advocacy, etc.

I try not to be pushy about my beliefs. I believe likewise that we all have the right to our personal beliefs so long as we’re not hurting anyone.

I also attempt to weave my beliefs into my actions. I can only do so much, of course. I recycle as much as possible, buy some organic food, talk about environmental issues with people, have become open about mental health issues with friends, volunteer at the Omni Resource Center, and I have helped put on as well as participated in other events related to mental health awareness in Monterey and other places. I try to walk my talk, so to speak.

I always wish I could do a little bit more. There’s always more to be done. But there’s only one of me. There are man more other people, however, and hopefully, the positive actions can add up into one big picture of progress.

Today I volunteered at Omni again. By the way, I forgot to write in my extra hours on my time sheet, darn. Oh well, there’s always next time.

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Moving to a One Bedroom in the Same Complex Next Week, and Other Accomplishments


I had been looking around for one bedrooms, but when I asked my manager if I could move before my lease is up, they said I would be responsible for the rent until they found a new renter. That dashed my plans to move into a complex just a little ways away from here but still in the North Salinas realm. As a result, I talked with my friend, Jessica, who works in the office and had a baby girl at the same time I had a baby boy. It came up from a maintenance man who was listening to the conversation that there is, in fact, a rental available on the opposite side of my apartment complex, a one bedroom, downstairs unit. It rents for more than what I had been aiming for, but given my current situation, it’s the best I could come up with at the moment. The head manager said I could move in as soon as next week if I can get some money down to hold it by this coming Monday. So that’s a good thing, since I’m pretty sure I can do that.

Otherwise, I saw David today, and he can walk now! I was so proud! I’m a proud mommy! I love my baby, yay! And he’s doing really well, I’m so happy. Chris was really emotional yesterday about David and about the separation. I felt bad for him.

I’ve been volunteering at Omni Resource Center this week. I started on Thursday, but before that I had started co-facilitating groups already. With the new month, I hope to do the facilitation training. I’m going to ask about it. I want to turn this into a real job someday if I can.