The abortion rights issue was once again front and center as the GOP held up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General until anti-abortion verbiage could be included in the Human Trafficking Bill.

It chaffs my ass that the confirmation of the first African American woman to hold the office of Attorney General was held up for anti-abortion measures in a Human Trafficking Bill.  This is a dichotomy as well as antihetical to the intellectual integrity of the bill itself. 

Let’s distill this incongruency down to its legitimate core, lets personalize it- if it were your sister, your daughter, your mother or friend who had been forced into sexual slavery eventually rescued and along with physical and emotional trauma – suffered the indignity of having become pregnant as a result of her captivity.  What would be your thoughts and beliefs then?  I believe that most of us, rather than politicize the policy, would come to the understanding that abortion services should be made readily available to these women at their choice.

The language was included clearing the way for Ms. Lynchs’ confirmation.  Tuesday’s deal allowed all sides to claim victory: Republicans for ensuring money for medical procedures is subject to the existing abortion restriction, the “Hyde Amendment,” and Democrats for establishing that the Hyde restriction isn’t expanded to new money sources.  Tuesday’s agreement provides survivors of human trafficking with immediate access to needed health care services.

It  is unfortunate that abortion was once again politisized holding hostage the confirmation of a United States Attorney General as well as the safety and well being of Human Trafficking survivors.  I know it’s politics but it is obsurd.

Human Trafficking and a woman’s right to choose are not a Republican or a Democratic issue. They certainly are not issues that should have held up Loretta Lynchs’ confirmation.  They are global issues and at its core….personal issues.



I want to take today’s blog and thank everyone who stops by my site, those who like it, those who don’t and those who share comments with me. 

When I started Postcards I wanted it to be as interactive as possible.  I am learning, with your help, how to achieve that. 

I have dabbled with long and short posts. I have settled, for now, on shorter to the point posts that call for comment. 

I have also been testing what days seem best for you as a reader. I have decided I will be a weekend blog. That way I can spend Mon-Thurs writing and editing for a three day run.  Of course that could change too,  I am prone to indecisive action

I am blessed and excited to be going to Phoenix this Friday for the WP Conference.  If anyone reading this is going please let me know, I would so enjoy meeting!

Without WordPress I would not have discovered what a wonderful outlet blogging can be. There is so much I want to learn to make my site one you will want to continue visiting.

As it is Sunday, that means Funday.  Let’s try to make at least one happy memory today! 



Out Of My Head

As much time as my dis-ease of the mind takes, I have found the time to do something to help myself while helping others.  I have gotten into activism. The possibilities to help are endless.

I do not remember when I first started to feel compelled to sign petitions, send emails and call my representatives.  It just happened.  Then it snowballed. Today I signed 15 petitions.  I received the results of 4 petitions I signed.  It was a busy day.

My signature, and the signatures of my like-minded activists, caused Ringling Brothers to announce they will phase elephants out of their shows by the year 2018, saved 2 bears in Sochi, shut down a roadside petting zoo and helped keep a herd of wild Mustang in Nevada free.

That was one day.  Not bad for a woman who some days needs to find a reason to get out of bed.

Seeing that my signature helped a cause to be successful makes me feel like I matter. It is a small thing I know; but I did it.  I got up, dressed, went online and accomplished something.

My Facebook friends have been known to say that “Marlene’s day is perfect if all the children are fed, animals safe and someone is pissed off by her political views”.  That may be true.  It is also a day that Marlene is not depressed.

The hours I spend focusing on something other than me are hours I am lost to myself.  I am concentrating on others.  I was struck by how satisfying this is.  Helping implement change for others gets me out of my head and changes my mindset, for the good.

If, like me, there are times you forget what it is like to feel anything but bad you may find yourself smile for the first time that day.  Smiling is a good thing, feeling happy releases feel good endorphins.  If you are smiling you have dimmed the light on your problems in that moment.

Getting involved is a strange thing.  You don’t feel so alone.  There are many people who have interests similar to yours.  Finding them is the fun!  Start with a site like “Take Part”.  There are endless pledges you can take and petitions to sign.   Tracking results to see how you have made an impact through their interactive Dashboard is icing on the depression free cake.

You may suffer from depression but it does not define you.  You are a complex, interesting person with diverse interests and you can make a difference.  You have to get out of your head to do it.

Enhancing your life by helping others.  Who would have thought?



whats up with the weather?

Anyone have the answer to this?  It is crazy out there.  I remember, as a child, there were four distinct seasons; summer, fall, winter and spring.  Where did they go?  Now we have hot, hotter, hottest, cold, colder, coldest.  Now I don’t really want to get political here but if I must.  Climate change.  This seems to me to be the elephant on the page.  Speaking of elephants, please sign the petition on Change.org regarding the treatment of elephants by the Ringling Brothers Circus.  If you are an animal lover and protector like me your head will spin too.  But wait, what do elephants have to do with weather?  A lot my friend.  Elephants or an incarnation thereof have survived many natural climate changes intact.  Their secret? Adapt and leave no carbon footprint other than your bones. This crazy weather is due in part, I believe, to natural climate change that our planet goes thru every millennia or so. What is going on now is that with a little help from earths most selfish inhabitant, us, it has sped up a bit.  A bit is all it takes to throw the delicate balance of this planet that we are in charge of off.  Naysayers, nay.  How can you look out the window if you live on the east coast this morning where in some locations it is negative some huge number while I can look out the window at sunshine, throw my flip flops on and run out the door knowing that in four months it will be so incredibly hot here that my flip flops will melt to the sidewalk and my dogs will have to wear shoes to protect their paws.  I don’t have the answer to stopping climate change but I do have a few common sense ideas.  Recycle, go green, stop fracking and just plain refall in love with this beautiful blue planet that we live on called Earth.