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Of Maternal Seamstresses and the Fall of Communism

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:37 pm - December 5, 2005.
Filed under: Mythology and the real world,Ronald Reagan

I’ll be kind of busy today, catching up on reading for classes and other responsibilities, so I may not be able to blog as much as I like. And I’m about to dash off to meet meeting up with an old buddy from my days in DC, current blogger Rick Sincere, in town for a few days. But, before I do, I wanted to share with you an intriguing observation that my Athena makes in her wonderful book, John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father. Noting that the late pope’s mother “took in work as a seamstress to make ends meet,” Peggy observes:

Ronald Reagan’s mother took in work as a seamstress, and so did Margaret Thatcher’s. The three great leaders most responsible for the fall of communism and the reunification of Europe spent their childhoods watching their mothers joining different pieces of fabric together and making them into a whole.

I’ll have to check and see if the real Athena provided any assistance to Ariadne. (Well, that Cretan woman did help the Athenian hero Theseus). We do know that she was a master weaver, having bested Arachne in a celebrated competition.

Relocation to Charlotte, NC

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:05 pm - December 5, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

Hey everyone. Sorry the blogging has been light the past couple of days. PatriotPartner, PatriotPooch and I made the long drive from Northern Virginia to Charlotte on Friday night. Of course the traffic in Northern Virginia probably added one full hour to our trip. Unreal.

Anyway, the GayPatriot East Coast HQ is now officially in Charlotte! Dan continues to man the West Coast HQ in Los Angeles.

I’m blogging from the Charlotte-Douglass Airport waiting for my plane to Phoenix for the week for a business trip. Yes, I have a business trip in the middle of moving my entire life to a new state. Oy.

Some initial thoughts on Charlotte….. the locals thought the traffic was bad this morning. Heh, heh, heh. At the time of day we were on I-485, I-66 in DC would have been gridlocked in both directions. I’ll take this “bad traffic.”

Breezing into Charlotte-Douglass Airport was also one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life as compared to the “take years off your life” experience of getting to and through Dulles Airport in Virginia.

We have found two great places to eat already. The Pewter Rose and Flat Rock Grille. Yum!!

And the new house is beautiful. Here’s a pic of it from about 3 weeks ago when major construction was still going on. There are just some minor things left to do before closing on Friday.

Blogging may be light the rest of this week due to work and the new house. So hopefully the Los Angeles Bureau will be able to pick up my slack!!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)