Good morning!

1. The first news article I read this morning made me a little misty-eyed:

Single Mom Caught Shoplifting Gets Touching Surprise From Cops

I remember what it was like being a single mom getting very little help from my kid’s dad.  I’d been married to him but divorced him when he started getting abusive and refused to acknowledge that there was anything wrong with that and get help.  I got medical coupons, food stamps, and,working as an office temporary all over the place, help with daycare from the state because he was too low-income to go after for sufficient child support, and I was lucky to get that.  But that didn’t cover the cost of diapers, clothes, electricity, heating oil, phone, gas, ect.  That all came out of my sporadic income and some I had to do without on many occasions because my income just couldn’t cover all that at one time. 

For a while, in fact, we had no income to speak of at all, because all I worked for trying to get regular employment went straight and wholly to daycare.  Then President Clinton changed all that when he created a program to help single parents with daycare and technical education programs.  Yeah, that was a misty moment too when I realized that help was finally on the way.  I don’t care how imperfect a character he’s accused of being, he was/is a good person that helped a lot of us when we needed it most and I will always be grateful for it.

I remember feeling that no matter what I did, I couldn’t support my children as well as they deserved and I felt awful about it.  Hence the regular nightmares I had about potentially having another baby – being talked into having another by someone who swore to help raise it but didn’t, or getting pregnant via rape (as happened twice before but I didn’t keep it), or whatever….  So when the state offered laparoscopic tubal ligations to single moms, I took the offer and have never regretted it.

I keep thinking of other women I’ve encountered that didn’t get as much help as I did and I was struggling.  But many fall right through the cracks and raise their children right on the street for lack of better options.  It’s to hear that even one such family gets the help they need from someone acting on goodwill alone and not because they have to of because of a state program that helps some and leaves others to starve.  You know?

2.  I thought I saw a life-size Barbie Doll…

Valeria Lukyanova

I did!  I did!  Her name is Valeria Lykyanova and she’s actually a pretty fascinating person beyond her Barbie Doll looks.  She’s an artist, teacher, musician, and regular out-of-body traveller who runs her own school for this.

“Boys! Pay attention to the subject matter, NOT the teacher!”

Seriously though, I’d love to take those classes.  I’ve had a few spontaneous out-of-body experiences on my own, but for the life of me don’t know how to do it on purpose.  I think that would be really neat.

About Ampbreia

I'm an ex-Pentacostal, ex-Muslim, ecclectic Agnostic with slightly Wiccan leanings. I am not affiliated with any organized religion or political platform, but I do believe in magic and all things wise and wonderful. I work as an admin in a calibration lab. I've published 2 books so far this year: Lost in Foreign Passions: Love and betrayal, passion and loss in the heart of an alien land (a memoir of my time as a Muslimah and living in Iran for a year), written under my previous married name, Debra Kamza, and Dream Lover (a paranormal romance, the tale of witch that summons her favorite character out of a Bewitched spin-off and the actor who plays him as well). I'm constantly writing stories and poems, thoughts and dreams, and quite a few opinions - many of which are not popular but oh well. Bite me. I'm interested in art, animals, the paranormal, and people. I love to dance, all sorts, but have been studying belly dance since 2006 and LOVE it! I love anime too and love dressing up and going to conventions. My writing runs the gummut of historical, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and erotica. Beware: I may not be safe reading for work. Just saying....
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6 Responses to Good morning!

  1. Interesting, on several fronts. Bill Clinton has always been about empowering others, and never added a government restriction on the poor, without opening another avenue for them to pursue with dignity. The story underscores why I won’t shop K-Mart again, ever. Those officers gave the store its money and the matter should have ended there. Finally, I did have an out-of-body experience, just last night, briefly reunited with my late wife, who told me to be good to a certain friend.


  2. Ampbreia says:

    Yeah. He’s a very good person. It’s just a shame that some people judge him on his sexuality alone instead of the job he did and the better parts of who he is.
    I hope you’re going to blog in greater detail about your experience last night. I think that’s wonderful.


  3. I enjoyed reading this. I’m glad the officers helped the single mother, but don’t believe her situation justified her stealing. I am fascinating by astral travel, and would also love to take classes about it.


  4. Clinton was a good president. He’s not perfect, but he did help people and cared about the poor.


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