Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

Hey Rep. Joe Wilson, YOU'RE RUDE!

I'm sorry, did I wake up in Britain this morning? Last I checked politicians don't heckle the President when he's addressing the House and the nation. I don't think that's protocol. And they definitely don't call the president a liar. But Rep. Joe Wilson (R) from South Carolina said he "let his emotions get the best of him" when Pres. Obama clarified his health care plan is not for illegal immigrants. Rep. Wilson yelled, "You lie!"

I have never seen such disrespect to a U.S. President since Mr. Obama took office. According to the Washington Post, "White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel approached two Republican House leaders, Roy Blunt and Paul Ryan and said, 'No president has ever had that happen,' and urged them to have the lawmaker 'apologize immediately.' Sen. John McCain told CNN Wilson's actions were "disrespectful."

Nastiness is not necessary. I was offended and angered by Rep. Wilson's outburst. You're not on the schoolyard Mr. Wilson, act like you're on Capitol Hill. I'm sure if citizens attended one of Wilson's speaking engagements and yelled RUDE, CHILDISH, IMMATURE, DISRESPECTFUL, POOR LEADERSHIP, etc while he was at the podium he wouldn't be pleased.
Of course Rep. Wilson issued an apology:
"This evening I let my emotions get the best of me. While I disagree with the president's statement, my comments were inappropiate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility."

Forget Rep. Wilson, he has healthcare. Last night wasn't about him. What do you think of Pres. Obama's speech? I thought it was good. One of my concerns about government getting involved in health care is that sometimes our governement doesn't operate efficiently and effectively. I got two words for you, Walter Reed. And look at how the government has handled New Orleans post-Katrina. Don't even get me started on how the economy nose dived. If Pres. Obama's health care plan is passed, do you feel that government will run it effectively?


  1. I read that Wilson called the White House and tried to apologize to the President personally but got Rahm Emanuel instead. I laughed at that because I'm sure Rahm cursed his ass out.

    As for the government getting involved in healthcare, I agree (and know from years of working on government projects) that the government isn't efficient. However, I'm sure for someone who doesn't have healthcare, inefficient is better than nothing. Also, it's not as if you have to choose the public option. You could choose one of the other insurance options. Sometimes private industry actually does well when it has to compete against the government. I've heard President Obama use FedEx and UPS several times as an example of that.

  2. @ Erika--Yeah, I bet Rahm got hood on the phone. LOL. I would have loved to have listened in on that phone call. As for the government comment interesting point. Something is better than nothing. And we'll have options. However, we're talking about our lives. And I don't want the government running hospitals like they're the DMV.


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