Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets students following a Flash Mob Dance at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C., May 3, 2011 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



120 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 3 amk for obama
    May 3, 2015 at 8:26 am

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      May 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Actually, AMK, I read recently that wasps carry yeast in their bellies which they get from grapes in the late fall. They feed this stuff to their offspring who then give the yeast back to young grapes. So, indirectly, beer, ale and wine making all depend on wasps. Ain’t life grand?

      • 5 MightyPamela
        May 3, 2015 at 10:12 am

        And I do believe wasps are considered to be part of the decomposers, which I cannot imagine how nasty things could be if these little (or big) creatures were not here to take care of those bits! Everything has a Purpose under Heaven, except maybe Republicans.

  2. 7 desertflower
    May 3, 2015 at 8:41 am

    PEOPLE! Happy Sunday:)

  3. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    May 3, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Morning all. Congratulations on first, Don. It’s actually supposed to get over 70 today and I’ve forgotten how to behave in a heat wave.

  4. 21 Don
    May 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I love Sunday mornings, a new hope, everything is fresh and innocent.

  5. May 3, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Good morning TOD family and Chips. I’ve been mostly lurking in the past few days very busy with sick kitties. Happy B-lated Birthday to those I missed and it was such a joy that HZ posted yesterday. I will continue to keep her in my thoughts and prayers, get strong and well soon.

    • 24 desertflower
      May 3, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Hope the kitties all feel better soon…poor babies:( I saw that HZ stopped in to say hello and let everyone know she was alright…I missed her. I peeked in after being out last night and by the time I saw that she’d posted she was long gone from here…So glad that she did that. I was getting worried.

      • 25 0388jojothecat
        May 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

        Me too desertflower. You can tell she was not feeling well. I pray she get’s well soon. So glad her brother is with her and helping her get to doctor’s. GET WELL SOON HZ (((((HUGS))))

        • 26 desertflower
          May 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

          She’s such a love and I miss her and think of her every day…If you’re here, HZ, hugs and well wishes to you:)

    • 27 MightyPamela
      May 3, 2015 at 10:13 am

      ❤ _^..^_ ❤

    • 28 GGail
      May 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

      GM JoJo. Sorry your kitties are not feeling well 😿😿

      • 29 0388jojothecat
        May 3, 2015 at 3:05 pm

        GA GGail, thanks. It’s been a rough year so far for the kitties…..and my wallet.

  6. 30 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 3, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Good morning , TOD!

  7. 32 sherijr
    May 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Good morning TOD, A beautiful sunny Sunday morning here.. hopefully they’ll lift the curfew tonight. Wishing all of you a lovely day.

    • May 3, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Morning sherijr, hoping there’s a return to some kind of normality soon, take good care of yourself.

      • 34 sherijr
        May 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

        good morning Chips, yes me too.. the people here do not deserve to be under continued police state. The rally yesterday was really good, I don’t have the stamina to attend, but it was televised. The speeches particularly by the young folks was so inspired and inspiring.. really proud of the citizens in my newly adopted city.

  8. May 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Sunday morning. Congrats Don, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have a blessed and joyful day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  9. 42 carolyn
    May 3, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Good morning TOD…..it’s a beautiful, sunny morning here, with rain expected this week. We are thankful for every drop of rain we get. My peonies are beginning to bloom, so life is good. So glad to see HZ here last night……I love how we keep track of each other. sherijr, you and your city will be on my prayer list at church this morning. I lived in DC a number of years, and had good friends who lived in Baltimore, and I have followed these events closely, hurting for you. So admire the SA!

    As a personal note, my husband is improving day by day…..nothing dramatic, just incremental steps, but going the right direction. Hope to start physical therapy this week, we will as soon as we have an appointment. He is ready for it, physically and emotionally. In fact, his emotional improvement is somewhat startling. He said something the other day about getting rid of the “cobwebs” in his head…..which have been there for a number of months. But his mental acuity is back, and I’ll take that any day over the physical.

    Thanks to all of you for your concern.

    • 43 desertflower
      May 3, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Seems quite amazing how well his health is improving! Must be the tenacity that he has and the love of patience of you:) So glad to hear this good news, carolyn. Hope that he continues to improve with each passing day.

    • 44 sherijr
      May 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Thank you Carolyn, wishing you well and (((((yourhusband)))))) a recovery to full good health. Take care.

    • 45 Nerdy Wonka
      May 3, 2015 at 9:40 am

      That’s wonderful news, Carolyn. I will keep sending positive thoughts his and your way.

    • 46 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Wonderful news, carolyn. Hugs to you and your husband.

    • 47 Betsy
      May 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Great news Carolyn!

  10. 48 MightyPamela
    May 3, 2015 at 9:44 am

  11. May 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats Don on #1, and Happy Sunday everyone. Sending warm, positive vibes to you Carolyn & your hubby, and to our dear HZ! 🙂 🙂

  12. 55 MightyPamela
    May 3, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Because this is important: Full Moon tonight – 13.23 Scorpio at 11:42pm(EDT) 8:42pm(PDT). And I am thinking of MadameSoph, because she was facing a daunting set of tasks, Light and energy around you, MS. ❤

    • 56 MightyPamela
      May 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Meant to mention this Full Moon in May is celebrated as the birthday of Buddha, and a very special spiritual time for many!

      • 57 jacquelineoboomer
        May 3, 2015 at 12:08 pm

        I just learned that from Bill R., too, when I posted a tweet of John Kerry as he attended a celebration of Vesak, and he mentioned it was for the birth of Buddha.

        Oh, and, looks like I’ll be out howling at the night sky again, tonight. 🙂

  13. 58 GGail
    May 3, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    It’s a beautiful Sunday 😀

    • 64 GGail
      May 3, 2015 at 11:37 am

      MP, this Principal let her emotions override her professional position. She could have saved her this public embarrassment by asking the parent for an explanation for the absence. Shame on her.

  14. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    May 3, 2015 at 10:32 am


    Every other team can SUCK IT.

    Chelsea is the BEST!!!!!!

    Chelsea is the WINNER!!!!!!!

    Chelsea is the CHAMPION!!!!

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We’re number one!

  15. 69 amk for obama
    May 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

  16. 72 amk for obama
    May 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

  17. 73 amk for obama
    May 3, 2015 at 10:45 am

  18. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    May 3, 2015 at 10:45 am


  19. May 3, 2015 at 10:57 am

    So pretty boy Tom Brady was at the fight last night. I guess he didn’t have anything else to do.

    • 78 Sandy1110
      May 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      He was also at the Kentucky Derby.

      He found time to jet to both events in one day, but he couldn’t find his way to the White House.

      Disrespectful jerk.

  20. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    May 3, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I’m not much of an early bird. But I made it here in time to be an early-bird watcher!


  21. 85 criquet
    May 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

    GM everyone.

    Have been seeing reports that Gov O’Malley was on MTP talking about how nothing has been done for American cities for the last 20 years and some plan like the Marshall Plan needs to be implemented.

    Did anyone ask him how come this is needed in his cities where he was Gov up until very recently? What plan did he implement and why did it not work?

    Just asking.

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

      I think we’re all a little turned off and tuned out as it relates to Gov O’Malley … maybe he’ll find a new footing and move forward. Maybe not. We need some good candidates to make 2016 a real competition.

    • May 3, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Wasn’t O’Malley the Governor of Maryland for eight years, what did he do for the part of Maryland who needed his help the most?

    • 91 Nena20409
      May 3, 2015 at 11:38 am

      O’Malley was also, at one time The Mayor of Baltimore.
      The guy needs to explain his managerial style while serving Baltimore and Maryland respectively.

  22. 92 GGail
    May 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers to our beloved HZ and to Carolyn and her husband ❤️

  23. 94 yardarm756
    May 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Good morning y’all.

  24. 100 Dudette
    May 3, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Happy Sunny Sunday Everyone!

  25. 106 Nena20409
    May 3, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Finally, Sunny Sunday…..but for how long?
    Did yard work yesterday. I wanted to finish today….but in came rain this early AM…..so time will tell.
    Hello TOD.
    So many are not happy with the “Fight” of the 21st Century? What exactly were people looking for? TKO? It went 12 rounds. Oh well, the problem of the very Wealthy? Money. Money. Money.
    Congratulations to all the Au ⭐ winners, starting with this post and last post.
    I am still trying to adjust to the FoxFire Browser.

  26. May 3, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Yes, the question to Gov O’Malley should have been what programs did you implement in YOUR cities,state…Every state has a Governor ,state senators etc. who are in charge of getting stuff done for their citizens of their state…Gov O’Malley, don’t try to dump your mess in the Presidents lap…you were Gov. for 8 damn years!!!!

  27. May 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    As of now, Gov.O’Malley can go have a seat!!!!

  28. May 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    GM TOD!

  29. 111 sherijr
    May 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    A couple of things Baltimore related: According to my 15 yr old there are videos out this morning of Baltimore PD ‘politely asking White protestors to leave after curfew last night’. As we all know, that is not the way black protestors have been treated after curfew, most have been arrested.

    The other thing, as relates to O’Malley: Having only been here a short time, 2+ yrs.. and I mentioned this early in the week: There is a tremendous amount of income inequality here, and to a new person it is really obvious. When we see the $$$$ downtown w/ the Ravens/ Cardinals stadiums, the Harbor & tourist stuff.. and a block over there is evidence of real poverty, my first question has always been where does all this income to the city go? I honestly don’t know. I know the costs here are high- utilities, taxes; etc. Even food, particularly in the corner/ neighborhood markets that too many folks have to rely on. Even gas is higher in the poorer areas than elsewhere. It’s an old story, that never seems to change in urban areas that are predominately filled with people of color.

    My neighborhood is little better.. although we have less violence here, I think. There was a 14 yr old boy shot and killed at the beginning of April, a few blocks down the street. I will say something here though that I’ve not said outloud except to family: I’ve mentioned the heroin dealer living behind me.. what I didn’t mention is that he is white- his partner is AA, I know that they run the hookers that stay on the corners nearly 24 hrs a day- 3 houses down on my street. What I am beginning to believe is that the police allow this.. because he and the majority of the hookers are Caucasian. This neighborhood is very mixed, white, black, Asian, hispanic- it runs the gamut. And as I’ve stated it is mostly working poor.. but we get lots of traffic to the hookers and the dealer.

    Just my two cents for what it’s worth.

    • 112 0388jojothecat
      May 3, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Sherijr thank you for your insight on B, MD. I would encourage you and your neighbors start a block club of all surrounding areas. Rout out these parasites infecting your neighborhood. Get the local police to have an officier attend the block club, this is an opportunity to make positive changes while the spotlight is on B, MD. If you feel this way I am sure others feel the same way.

      • 113 carolyn
        May 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm

        sherijr….want to let you know that people halfway across the country are praying for all of you and doing what we can. Today our Assoc. minister’s morning prayer was exclusively for all aspects of the Baltimore situation. She had spoken with a friend, a Rev. Amy Simms who is a minister in Baltimore. She called Lori and specifically asked that we remember Baltimore this morning, and told her some specific things that have happened in her neighborhood. Lori also included in her prayer the devastating facts and statistics about young AA males’ lives. That hit hard………I hope that people are waking up. You are not forgotten.

      • 114 sherijr
        May 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm

        that is a great suggestion jojo, thank you.

  30. 115 vcprezofan2
    May 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    GREETINGS! 🙂 🙂

    • 116 vcprezofan2
      May 3, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      😳 Bigger than I thought ….apologies, but give him a welcome to TODland anyways. 😀

  31. 118 Nena20409
    May 3, 2015 at 12:35 pm

  32. 119 Nena20409
    May 3, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    • 120 Sandy1110
      May 3, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Yes, it is. Just look at the context in which it’s always used.

      One site full of racist cops referred to “the head thug in the White House”. It’s just a replacement term for what they really want to say.

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