Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July America!


With all the fireworks, barbecues and other celebrations going on, are we forgetting that today, July 4, 2008, America is 232 years old? Something to think about while you're enjoying the fireworks... 232 years ago The United States of America was born as a Nation where all can be free of tyranny.

Also this year, The United States of America has come a looong way politically. I say, "yay it's about time that, for the first time in our country's history, an African American is running for the toughest job!" What will be even more of a milestone for America is when a "woman" becomes President of this great country. That day will come eventually. I just hope I live long enough to see a woman as the United States of America's President; 2008 just wasn't that year. However, an African American "man" running for the toughest job is wonderful too, and I applaud Barack Obama for taking a bold step for all Americans! I just pray he lives up to his promises for "change."

On another note, I wanted to discuss something that may be controversial but has upset me for some time...

That is: I'd like to know why some women parade around nude, or semi-naked, on the internet??? Did these women ever hear the saying, "Leave a lot to the man's imagination..."?!?
The reason I'm bringing this controversial subject up is because I have been getting a lot of 'friend requests' on my MySpace page; where these women have no shame or modesty -- showing me their boobs, rear ends and other things I do not want to see. Yet I do state on my MySpace page that I am married and heterosexual. Can they NOT read English? Don't get me wrong, I am definitely not a prude by any stretch of the imagination. Nor am I that religious; I do believe, and have Faith, in Jesus Christ and our heavenly Father but I do not attend church. Sorry I digress...

To continue -- Of course I always reject these womens' friend requests, because I feel women have a lot more to offer this world than just their nakedness. And it does bother me that the women's parents did not teach them to have pride in their own bodies. Yes, I blame the parents! For not teaching their daughters empowerment, and right from wrong. It is WRONG to parade around naked in front of strange men and women. Simple as that. I feel that only your husband or wife should see your uncovered body.

I love America -- the land of the free and brave, however, as an American, I have the 'right' to not want to see or be friends with women who are that stupid they don't leave anything to a man's imagination! What they do have is no brains or morality. I created a MySpace page to network with others in my writing & publishing profession.

Not to network, or be friends, with stupid and silly bimbos who show ALL to the world; whether or not they know or love the people. I guess those particular women have only their bodies and faces to offer, and nothing more, since they don't seem to have any pride whatsoever. My friends take pride in their own empowerment as a human being not a bunch of body parts. Enough said.

Thank you for listening to my vent today. HAPPY 232nd BIRTHDAY AMERICA; may our great country have many, many more happy birthdays!

Rosanne C.
Publisher / Editor / Author
The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine, an
internet-based magazine;
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Friday, February 15, 2008

Recent College Shooting A Tragedy!

I was so saddened to hear and read about the recent shooting at Northern Illionis University. My heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and their families...

And this is why I say that now, not tomorrow, is the time mental illness gets talked about, and discussed, on college campuses all over the world to prevent another one of these tragic shootings!

If a person had a noticably visibile illness such as a physical one, it would be talked about and discussed by the medical profession and general public, so why not an invisibile one that is a chemical imbalance in the sufferer's brain???

A great place to go for more information about mental illness is the web site!

NAMI provides wonderful and knowledegable information on, and about, mental illnesses and their symptoms, and much more! NAMI is also a place a person can go to for help & resources if they suspect they're suffering with a mental illness or they've already been diagnosed with a mental illness.

NAMI also has knowledegable guest bloggers who are sometimes celebrities that suffer with mental illness (one recent guest blogger was the actress Patty Duke, and it was very interesting what she wrote on NAMI's blog)!

For those interested in more knowledge and info on mental illnesses, NAMI's link is: Oh my, I forgot to tell you what NAMI's initials stand for...they stand for National Alliance for the Mentally Ill [NAMI]. And yes, I'm also an advocate for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill along with all my other advocacy work I quietly do.

Knowledge and information has the power to prevent another tragedy like the Northern Illinois University killings! So why not go to NAMI's web site today, and see it for yourself.

Rosanne Catalano
Publisher / Editor / Author
The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine TM
Now On Sale: Mirrored Images by Rosanne Catalano

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tragic and Sad that Heath Ledger Died So Young

Although I only saw Heath Ledger's movie Brokeback Mountain, I was truly saddened to read about this young actor's death on January 22nd of this year. 28 years old is way too young to die!

From what I saw of his acting in the movie Brokeback Mountain, Heath truly had a great talent to become the character he was portraying. I'm only sorry that his recent role of "The Joker" in the upcoming Batman movie drained and exhausted him to the point he could not sleep. However, it is understandable.

Playing the role of a psychopathic, murderous and evil person with no empathy whatsoever had to have been very hard to do when you're a lovingly kind person like Heath! But I'm sure he was able to portray the role as well as he did that of a gay cowboy. Though I have to admit, I can't wait to see the new Batman movie this coming July 18th! I'm sure Heath's last acting job will not disappoint his many fans.

Now my condolences go out to Heath Ledger's entire family...
For Heath was a loving son, brother and father (to Matilda) first and foremost which defined the human being he was more so than his work ever could. A loving and kind human being like Heath Ledger will never be forgotten.

Rest In Peace Heath.

A fan,
Rosanne Catalano
Publisher / Editor / Author
The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine TM
Now On Sale: Mirrored Images by Rosanne Catalano

Friday, January 04, 2008

Happy New Year Everyone!

I pray you had a happy Holiday season, and that your New Year brings peace, happiness, love, good health and lots of prosperity! Now I have to vent about something...

What I'm going to say may sound ungrateful to some but not all; some would understand. Although I thank God that my husband and I were able to spend time with our families during Christmas and New Year's, I was very hurt that not one member of my family gave me gifts that had to do with my interests -- reading, writing and publishing. The Christmas presents I did receive had to do with music or clothes.

Now you're probably saying, "At least you got gifts! There are children and people in this world who did not get anything, or who didn't even have a holiday to speak of..." I do realize, and know very well, that there are people less fortunate than I.

But I am only human so I was extremely hurt that my Christmas gifts were meant more for someone else rather than me. Especially that all year long I was telling my husband (and my mom) exactly what I wanted. So please remember that when buying presents for someone other than yourself, we must think of what the gift-recipient would like or love rather than what we ourselves would like.

The one great thing about Christmas this year that I do not have to vent about is that my hubby and I were sooo happy to be with our loved one's! It is always special when we see our families, and we cherish the times spent with them.

However, what should we do if we have received Christmas presents from loved ones and friends that we either did not like or had nothing to do what we love? I finally decided what the most practical solution to this dilemna is --
Go out and purchase gifts for ourselves that's what we do!

Or, if you're like some I've been reading about on eBay, we can sell them to someone else. Personally, though, I think it is truly tacky to sell Christmas presents given to us on eBay. A better solution is to either buy ourselves what we really wanted or re-wrap those gifts and give them to someone you know will love them as much as you hated them. If you have a different solution to this problem, I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for listening to my vent...

Oh my, I forgot to tell you that as soon as I realized I can always go out and buy myself what I truly wanted, I wasn't as hurt anymore. However, I do still wish that my loved one's had remembered my interests and purchased Christmas gifts accordingly. Maybe next year they will? That would be nice. But I sure am not waiting until next Christmas to get what I want :)

Sorry I have to get back to work now...besides working on my January 10th magazine issue just now, I'm also in the middle of writing more in my third book. For the first time ever I made a New Year's Resolution for 2008. And that is to finally finish my fiction novel and get it published and and in your hands this year! So stay tuned for further developments with my upcoming book...

Again, Happy New Year! I pray that it is a great year for you.

Rosanne Catalano
Publisher / Editor / Author
The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine TM
Now On Sale: Mirrored Images by Rosanne Catalano

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