Saturday, December 9, 2017

One small step...




                                              (listen to;)   "walk on"





With the roll back of voting rights, tax cuts that are really tax hikes, immigration policies, the rescinding of DACA and on, and on and on...

We'd like to acknowledge something that just might be a little more positive.

It's a small step but it could be one that takes us in the right direction.

In 2015 Walter Scott was shot to death by a police officer.

There have been too many of these types of incidents that have gone unpunished and too many people left with no justice.

Families left with no one held accountable.

But, on Thursday after pleading guilty, a judge sentenced the officer who shot Scott, to 20 years in prison.

In the aftermath of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner and too many others to mention, It may seem like a small step...

but as small as it might be, it is a step.




Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew










Saturday, December 2, 2017

Secret Santa...







Oh boy!
It's our first Christmas present of the year...
Let's all say thank you to Donald Trump and the republican party!

The phrase death and taxes is usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in a 1789 letter that “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

In the early hours of the morning the Republicans pushed through their tax bill.

Never mind that the bill looked like a mish mashed word salad with scribbled unintelligible bits and pieces in the margins and is 400 pages long. And that no one including those who voted for it had any time to read it.so no one actually knows for sure what is in it..



But with some nifty two stepping Mitch McConnell was able to persuade republicans to fall in line.

Here are some things we do know about the bill.

In an already devastated Puerto Rico, the bill hikes the export tax. Because Puerto Rico isn't having enough trouble.

The bill will increase the deficit by over a Trillion with a T, dollars.

Students will have a much harder time affording a higher education.   

Oh and by the way...
multi billion dollar corporations and the rich will do just fine.

That includes Donald Trump even though he vehemently denies it.

Their taxes were slashed so, there's that.

Like the Beatles wrote in the song Tax man ;

"If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
if you try to sit, I'll tax your seat,
if you get too cold, I'll tax the heat
if you take a walk, I'll tax you feet".

This tax bill will in essence be the death of an already critically wounded middle class.
But the rich get richer and if we all wait long enough it will somehow magically trickle down,...

So, merry Christmas or if you are so inclined, happy holidays...
What a wonderful gift!



Have a great weekend!

Noodle and crew



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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Quintessential Barbie or the dead squirrel in the room...




                                  (baby Noodle archives)



When I was seven, my friends and I were walking home from school one day when we came upon a dead squirrel.
None of us had any experience what so ever with death.
But there lay the squirrel at the base of the big cherry tree right in from of my grandmother's house.
I can still picture the scene in my head, 5 seven year old's gathered in a circle around a dead animal.
We decided to give it a proper burial in the back yard thus began the search for a coffin.

We descended upon my bedroom looking for some type of box in which to put the remains of said squirrel prior to it's burial.
That's when I spotted my Barbie Doll.
The doll was a prized possession and as such I was extremely careful to always put her back in the box in which she came every time I played with her.

Now I was debating using her box to bury a squirrel.
In the end the squirrel won.
And was laid to rest in Barbie's box.

That's what I used to think about when anyone mentioned Barbie Dolls.

Until now...

Now consciously or subconsciously the only thing that comes to mind when I hear Barbie Doll is Ivanka Trump.

It's not so much that she looks like a Barbie Doll it's more her persona.
She seems plastic.
Stiff,
not real
I guess the word I'm looking for is pretend .

She's like a shiny Christmas ornament.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be mean but other than promoting her "business"
I'm not sure what her function is except to stand there and look good.

But now she has a platform from which to peddle her brand and make a little more money.

But be careful what you wish for...
because now it seems to be coming back to bite her in the a**!

Just recently she was inundated by nasty memes after tweeting about the appropriate Thanksgiving table setting which was so far off the mark for ordinary people that it was a joke.

Now she's off to India to do...what? Be window dressing?
Make a deal on lower costs over seas to produce her clothing line?

The White House now seems to have become some bizarre version of the Sopranos
with money laundering and back door deals with shady governments all contributing in some way to the financial interests of the Trump family.

Take for example the almost indictment of Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. in 2012.

Funny, I can remember a time ( was it only a year ago?) when we would have thought that all of this must be in reference to some third world country.

Rampant corruption, money flowing in from Russia and who knows where else.
Indictment's being handed down on a daily basis...

But on the plus side, at least we have Ivanka Trump to tell us all just what to wear to the next Congressional hearing.


Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew








Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gobble, gobble, gobble...



                                 (I'm thankful for my treats...)



Sometimes it feels like there might not be a lot to be thankful for.

Maybe you lost your job or there is illness in your family.

Maybe someone close to you passed away.

Maybe you live in Puerto Rico  and are still waiting for water and power.

Or your child is one of the 9 million children covered by CHIP and congress just let it expire so now your child is without health care.

Or you lost your home to flooding or wild fires.

Maybe you came here from Haiti after the earthquake and are now facing having to leave and go...where?

Sometimes we feel lost and over whelmed by life in general.
We look for answers and solutions and if we are lucky we find them.

Thursday is Thanksgiving, it's the one day a year that most of us reflect on what we are thankful for.
Some years are more difficult than others and it takes a bit of soul searching to find those answers.

Sometimes we look too hard and miss what is right in front of us....

That's when maybe we should think about others...the people who can't pay their bills, don't have enough food.
People who have to find shelter each and every night.
Mothers who cradle critically ill children in their arms.

I think of the parents of the children of Sandy Hook.
The families of those killed in Las Vegas.

The families of those in the military, who risk their lives on foreign shores while we eat our Thanksgiving dinners.

That's when perspective kicks in.

Most of us have so much to be thankful for that we don't even notice most of it.

Most of us complain about small, insignificant things while there are people out there who are facing impossible odds each and every day.

Maybe this year we could all try a little bit harder not to lose sight of the blessings we have right under our noses.

Instead let's look outward to others who might need a hand up or even just a smile and warm hello.

Let's do unto others...

and most importantly let's not stop on November 23rd.



Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Noodle and crew















Sunday, November 19, 2017

A cat named Cheddar...


                                                      Cheddar
                                            (photo courtesy of Jade)

In this world that at times can be filled with anxiety and division sometimes it's hard to find the stories of simple acts of goodness and love that are hidden in the chaos.

We came upon one such story right in our own neighborhood and were so moved we wanted to share it...

Jade got her cat Cheddar from the Brooklyn New York public shelter 1 year ago.
She flew home with him and he became a part of the family.

Cheddar would sit in the front window and watch people walk by.
Jade would take Cheddar for walks around the neighborhood on a little leash and harness and says he loved meeting new people and their dogs.

On Friday, Cheddar accidentally got out.

That evening  a couple stood in the street as they tended to a cat that had been hit by a car.
They where trying to notify the owner and stayed with the injured cat petting and comforting it.

On Saturday there was a small makeshift memorial where Cheddar had been hit. One of the notes left at the memorial was handwritten and said, "I was on my way to work. Please forgive me."

Later, Jade would leave a comment in a post where this story was first reported where she said; "to the young man who had this unfortunate accident with Cheddar, It was not your fault and I do forgive you".

Cheddar didn't know the couple who comforted him while they searched for his owner.

He didn't  know the person who hit him.

He didn't know the people who read his story and sent words of comfort and sympathy to Jade.

But clearly all these people where touched briefly by a cat named Cheddar.


In loving memory of Cheddar...

Noodle and crew