A Hopeful 2022

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  1. 1 jer44
    January 1, 2022 at 7:16 pm

  2. January 1, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks, Jer44 and Nerdy. Grateful to have made it to 2022 with all of you!

  3. 3 jer44
    January 1, 2022 at 8:07 pm

  4. 4 pkayden
    January 1, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Happy New Year to the TOD Family!! Thanks for maintaining this blogspot and keeping things popping no matter what’s going on.

  5. 7 pkayden
    January 1, 2022 at 9:52 pm

  6. 8 whenpamelawandered
    January 2, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Thank you NWakaUTAL
    Thank you TOD

    Thank you most especially to MO and her Boo, this photo is so heartwarming and fantastic, I love them both so much (and I wish my hair was like hers!)

    So, here we are, with the inspirational Amanda Gorman out there in the lead, we are so ready to grow through what lies ahead to overcome.

    Many blessings
    Much love
    Much Light all around us all!


  7. 11 Anna
    January 2, 2022 at 3:13 am

    Happy New TOD Family! Thank you NW for this inspirational and up lifting place to gather.

  8. 13 jer44
    January 2, 2022 at 10:33 am

  9. 15 jer44
    January 2, 2022 at 10:41 am

  10. January 2, 2022 at 11:05 am

    “The former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, ringed in the new year with her husband and former President Barack Obama on January 1. The best-selling author also had a super-cool wish,
    featuring her husband, for her followers from around the globe, and it is breaking the internet currently.

    Michelle and Barack Obama are the most adored duo all over the globe,
    and today the power couple proved why. The Becoming author wished her fans a Happy New Year 2022 by sharing one of the coolest pictures ever starring the former US President and herself.
    However, it is the caption that takes the cake for us”

    Hindustan Times: (https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/relationships/michelle-obama-and-her-boo-barack-obama-wish-happy-new-year-2022-with-coolest-pic-internet-reacts-101641093770365.html)

  11. 18 ggail44
    January 2, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Good West Coast 2022 First Sunday morning Nerdy & TOD family.
    I’m so grateful to you Nerdy for keeping TOD going 💝🥂🍾🙏🏾💃🏾

  12. 19 pkayden
    January 2, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    On ABC, Liz Cheney says Jan 6 committee has first-hand testimony that Trump watched assault on the Capitol on TV & resisted pleas from McCarthy & Ivanka asking he call for a stop to the violence.Cheney adds that she thinks Trump returning to office could be the end of democracy pic.twitter.com/iz8Ibydb3u— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 2, 2022


    • January 2, 2022 at 2:16 pm

      Transcript via CBS’s Face The Nation:

      MARGARET BRENNAN: We know Democrats are planning a vigil. We know the former president is planning a news conference. Are you concerned about the country being at risk of political violence this week and in the years ahead?

      REP. CHENEY: Look, I think that if- if what he has been saying since he left office is any indication, former President Trump is likely again this week to make the same false claims about the election that he knows to be false and the same false claims about the election that he knows caused violence on Jan 6. I think that it is indeed very concerning, given what we know happened in the lead up to the sixth and what the committee is finding out about the events of that day. But I think that it- it’s not surprising. But again, he knows these claims caused violence and we’ve seen now people who were in the Capitol, people who’ve been arrested because of their activities on that day, they themselves have told us in court filings, they’ve told us on social media, we’ve seen it on videos; that they were here because Donald Trump told them to be here. And so, he’s very- he’s doing this press conference on the sixth. Again, if he makes those same claims, he’s doing it with complete understanding and knowledge of- of what those claims have caused in the past.

      MARGARET BRENNAN: You’ve raised in the past the possibility of criminal culpability for the president. Is that the consensus view of the committee?

      REP. CHENEY: Look, the committee is obviously going to follow the facts wherever they lead. We’ve made tremendous progress. We have had now- if you just think about, for example, what we know now about what the former president was doing on the 6th while the attack was underway. The committee has firsthand testimony that President Trump was sitting in the dining room next to the Oval Office, watching on television as the Capitol was assaulted as the violence occurred. We know that that is clearly a supreme dereliction of duty. One of the things that the committee is looking at from the perspective of our legislative purpose is whether we need enhanced penalties for that kind of dereliction of duty. But we’ve certainly never seen anything like that as a nation before.
      (c/o politicus)

    • January 2, 2022 at 2:16 pm

      Easley: “Rep. Cheney has used the language in a federal statute that makes it a crime to obstruct, influence, or impede an official proceeding. It is the same statute that has been used to charge 1/6 insurrectionists, and it along with dereliction of duty are both clearly being examined by the committee
      for a potential Trump criminal referral.”


    • January 2, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      all the very best 2022, with thanks!

  13. 26 marleysperson
    January 2, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Happy New Year my TOD family!! I bring news:) set the DVR! Michelle Obama will be on Blackish season premiere this Tuesday ❤️❤️❤️

  14. January 2, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Richard Leakey who showed humans evolved in Africa dies at 77
    Kenyan conservationist found oldest near-complete human skeleton in 1984, dating from 1.5m years ago


    • January 2, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      Long ago and far away attended one of his fab lectures…sorry to lose him. Best wishes to Richard Leakey’s family.

      • 35 jacquelineoboomer
        January 2, 2022 at 11:24 pm

        Wow! Sorry for his loss, but, as a side point, glad you were able to attend one of his lectures.

    • January 2, 2022 at 10:46 pm

      His father Louis Leakey was important “in demonstrating that humans evolved in Africa, particularly
      through discoveries made at Olduvai Gorge with his wife, fellow paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey.” (wiki)

      —-btw it was Louis who encouraged Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Biruté Galdikas, the beloved trio
      of world-renowned primatologists.

  15. 37 pkayden
    January 2, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Happy Devin Nunes Is No Longer In Congress Day!— Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike) January 2, 2022


  16. 38 jer44
    January 2, 2022 at 7:54 pm

  17. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Probably this has been posted here 10 times already, but let’s make this #11! Love it so much.

  18. 41 Dudette
    January 3, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Happy First Monday of 2022!

  19. 42 jer44
    January 3, 2022 at 12:27 pm

  20. January 3, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War
    and Avoiding Arms Races

    “The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between
    Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities.

    We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”


  21. January 3, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    House Democrats Delivered For The American People With 12 Important Bills Signed Into Law In 2021

    Beyond the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the American Rescue Plan, House Democrats passed 10 more major pieces of legislation that became law.

    Here Is The Entire List Of Major Legislation That The House Passed That Became Law:


  22. January 3, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Speaker Pelosi Newsroom.

    “Dear Democratic Colleague,

    As we enjoy the Holiday Season with loved ones, we are preparing to mark one year since the January 6th assault on the Capitol.

    I write to make you aware of the activities that will be held that day.
    The House will not be in session, but a full program of events is being planned, based on Member input.

    These events are intended as an observance of reflection, remembrance and recommitment, in a spirit of unity, patriotism and prayerfulness. All events will be live-streamed, so that Members can watch and participate from their districts.”


  23. January 3, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Where We Go Now with Sherrilyn Ifill

    Podcast: Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

    “What are you prepared to dismantle? What are you prepared to build?
    As we witness this nationwide reckoning on racial disparities in America, these are the questions Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, wants us to ask ourselves. In her work, she sees how the strength of each movement is built atop the ones that have come before. It’s slow and painstaking work, but to be a participant in this country means that you must figure out your role in making change.

    Sherrilyn Ifill joins Chris to discuss the continued push for progress and her dogged work fighting for voting rights.


  24. January 3, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    On This Day In Black History:

    Barack Obama Celebrates Winning Iowa Caucuses With Legendary Victory Speech
    “To me, that was a more powerful night than the night I was elected president,” Obama said in 2018.

    “Exactly 14 years ago tonight, a young, first-term U.S. Senator from Illinois made American — and Black — history by winning the Iowa Caucuses as primary season kicked off on his way to becoming the first-ever African American president of the United States.”

    “As we reflect on that historic day for Obama,
    keep reading to revisit the address the then-46-year-old delivered at a post-Iowa Cacususes victory rally in downtown Des Moines.”


  25. 48 jer44
    January 3, 2022 at 1:29 pm

  26. January 3, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Senate Democrats set the stage for action on multiple fronts

    “…Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to his members this morning,
    leaving little doubt that the New York Democrat isn’t scaling back his ambitions when it comes to voting rights.”

    From the letter:
    “The Senate was designed to protect the political rights of the minority in the chamber,
    through the promise of debate and the opportunity to amend. But over the years, those rights have been warped and contorted to obstruct and embarrass the will of majority — something our Founders explicitly opposed. The constitution specified what measures demanded a supermajority — including impeachment or the ratification of treaties. But they explicitly rejected supermajority requirements for legislation, having learned firsthand of such a requirement’s defects under the Articles of Confederation. The weaponization of rules once meant to short-circuit obstruction have been hijacked to guarantee obstruction. We must ask ourselves:
    if the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, then how can we in good conscience allow for a situation in which the Republican Party can debate and pass voter suppression laws at the state level with only a simple majority vote, but not allow the United States Senate to do the same?”


  27. 51 Dudette
    January 3, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Welp, I’m now in the COVID club! Light symptoms for now. Pray they stay that way. 🙏🏾 I’m isolating at home. 😩

    • 52 Dudette
      January 3, 2022 at 2:32 pm

      Damn! Damn! Damn!

    • January 3, 2022 at 5:09 pm

      Oh dearest Dudette! Take care of yourself, all will be a-okay. So sorry you’re going thru this! Plenty virtual HUGS & love for you. 😘💞💞

      • 60 Dudette
        January 3, 2022 at 5:35 pm

        Thanks Gazelle! 😘❤️
        After a couple hours of cursing, I’m trying to get back to positivity and not whine too much. This thing has been an absolute horror for so many. I’m a little nervous, but know it would be immensely worse if I hadn’t been vaxxed. I just hope I haven’t passed it onto anyone and my recovery goes smoothly & quickly. 🙏🏾

        • January 3, 2022 at 6:46 pm

          Bless you …Dudette, my extraordinary sis…May The Creator take you in their hands and heal you…praying for you…Amen

          • 62 Dudette
            January 4, 2022 at 12:28 pm

            Thanks Dear! ❤️

            • 63 Betsy
              January 5, 2022 at 12:15 am

              Saw you were sick on twitter. How are you feeling now? I hope you recover quickly.

              • 64 Dudette
                January 5, 2022 at 8:42 am

                Hi Betsy! So far it’s like a really bad cold. Sore throat is gone, now it’s lots of coughing, lots of phlegm, headache and just overall fatigue. And, of course, since I’m hydrating a lot, lots of peeing. 🤒 No fever, thank goodness. Could be much worse, so I’m trying not to whine too much. Yay for the vaxx!

                • 65 Betsy
                  January 6, 2022 at 1:12 am

                  That’s great to hear. I just found out today that one of my students in my 3rd period class this past Monday, has tested positive for Covid. He’s been out since yesterday. I’m going to get a Covid test tomorrow and I hope it’s negative but you never know. Omicron is so contagious.

        • January 4, 2022 at 5:37 pm

          All will be OK. You’ve been responsible throughout this horror. Keep the faith! Everyone around your world will be ok too! Much love💞

      • 68 tnmtngirl1
        January 4, 2022 at 5:59 pm

        Just saw this, Dudette. I sure hope you have a mild case. Please stay in touch with us. Much love and hugs!

    • 69 whenpamelawandered
      January 4, 2022 at 3:03 am


    • 71 ggail44
      January 5, 2022 at 12:13 am

      Okay Sis Dudette, you know what to do. Treat this like you would if you have the Flu…Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, soups, etc., and let it run it’s course through and out of your body. I’m sending you positivity & love!😘💝🙏🏾🙋🏾‍♀️

    • 73 mtmarilyn
      January 5, 2022 at 11:29 am

      Oh Dudette, you are in my prayers. When my husband had his break through case. Sleep was what he did most. Also drink lots of water, juice, etc. May you be wrapped in his arms through this.

    • 74 pkayden
      January 6, 2022 at 2:17 pm

      So sorry to hear this, Dudette. Sending healing thoughts your way. Get better quickly!!

  28. 76 jer44
    January 3, 2022 at 6:29 pm

  29. 77 jer44
    January 3, 2022 at 6:32 pm

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  31. 80 Dudette
    January 4, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Good Morning! Thought I’d share a little food for the soul!

  32. 81 jer44
    January 4, 2022 at 10:52 am


  33. January 4, 2022 at 11:38 am

    One of those stories you read about, then connect the dots! When you have a moment, check out this interesting interview. The guy who created biometric authentication:

  34. 83 pkayden
    January 4, 2022 at 6:28 pm

  35. 84 pkayden
    January 4, 2022 at 7:07 pm

  36. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    All of a sudden, I’m pre-recording PBS News Hour! So glad to see this – he earned it. This is his first week on camera.

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2022 at 11:53 pm

      Ha. He “liked” my reply to his tweet. Once he gets going in his new role, he won’t have that much time to visit twitter, I’m sure!


      Geoff Bennett
      liked your reply
      You definitely earned this! So glad to hear. Now pre-recording PBS News Hour!!!

      • 87 ggail44
        January 5, 2022 at 12:20 am

        Ha! 👏🏾👏🏾😎, President of his Fan Club, eh ☺

        • 88 jacquelineoboomer
          January 5, 2022 at 1:24 am

          Like so many of the other young-ish journalists on MSNBC, he always struck me as someone who should have his own show! Has a totally different persona when he isn’t just asking one question of a politician (well, obviously)! I really admire him and a few others who are gaining their places in that field. And with that, I shall say goodnight to you – and TODville. Time to head off to dreamland for me!

  37. 89 pkayden
    January 4, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Hillary Clinton showed up and testified for 11 hours on Benghazi because she had nothing to hide. Trump and his regime members, next certainly Sean Hannity who warned that he was "very worried about the next 48 hours" on Jan 5, all trying to dodge Congress. Wonder why!— Amy Siskind 🏳️‍🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) January 4, 2022


  38. 90 ggail44
    January 5, 2022 at 12:18 am

  39. 92 whenpamelawandered
    January 5, 2022 at 1:52 am

    All done, lights out for some rest ~

    Big day tomorrow, may the heads of the liars and crooks roll, all over the world ~


    Nite nite

  40. 93 Dudette
    January 5, 2022 at 9:50 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    Hope you’re all well. It’s Day 3 of my COVID bout and I’ve moved to the cough-my-head-off-hurling-phlegm phase. Feels like a really bad cold. Scary knowing it’s a much bigger deal than a cold though. I feel a lot more tired than with a regular cold and the headache accompanying the cough is distressing. Can’t believe CDC is telling people to isolate for only 5 days. I’d love it to be so, but IMO no freaking way this crap will be completely gone in only 2 more days.

    A word of advice: A face mask, even the “best” kind, isn’t enough to avoid Omicron. The amount of virus pushed out by an infected person is like 70x higher the the original virus. It’s airborne, so it will land on you and your clothes. If your eyes, hair and skin aren’t covered, you aren’t fully protected.

    I wear glasses, so I felt like that added to my protection, but I’m now wishing that I’d worn a face shield, gloves and a hat on the few occasions where I had to go into stores. I tried to avoid going in stores as much as possible (using online ordering and outside pickup), but that wasn’t always possible. Gloves would’ve reminded me how often I touch my eyes, face and hair throughout the day. I’m pretty sure although I use a lot of soap and sanitizer, at some point I touched an exposed surface, my mask, glasses, or hair and then rubbed my eyes or nose between cleaning. I often wiped down my phone with sanitizing wipes. Not so often for my glasses. 😖

    Sometimes I’d strip off my clothes and toss them immediately upon returning home, but sometimes I’d just spray with Lysol. I wiped door handles and stuff I touched in the car but forget to do a full air spraying before getting in the car or upon returning home.

    My point is there are so many ways to slip up and miss a point of exposure. This stuff is everywhere. If it’s at all possible for you to avoid being around people you don’t live with, please do it. I’m lucky this thing hasn’t put me in the hospital (🤞🏾). Plenty of others, including folks who’re fully vaxxed and boosted have not been so lucky.

    Love you guys. Thank you all for your love and support. 😘❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  41. 98 Dudette
    January 5, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Just heard Mom is sick. Dad is gonna get her tested ASAP! Please send prayers!

  42. 106 pkayden
    January 5, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    My heart breaks for the more than 167,000 children in the U.S. who have lost a caregiver to COVID. https://t.co/tH8M2F9dkU— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 5, 2022


  43. 107 Dudette
    January 5, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    It’s confirmed now. Mom tested positive for COVID! She got sick really fast and is in rough shape. Her symptoms are different and worse than mine. Dad doesn’t have symptoms. Doc called in some meds for Mom and told Dad don’t bother testing right now, just assume he has it too and both need to isolate. Dad was boosted later than me and Mom, because he got Moderna from the VA. The rest of us got early Pfizer boosters. Both have chronic health issues.
    I’m scared for them. Please send prayers!

  44. 112 jer44
    January 5, 2022 at 2:44 pm

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