Archive for Sarah Palin

No Salmon Updates Yet!

It’s been over a week since George and everyone left for the SE Alaska salmon seine season, and a couple of days since they went out on the first opening. I’ve received a few calls from people wondering how the first opener went, but I haven’t heard anything official yet. I assume they fished Sunday and Monday and unloaded the catch early this morning, and expect to receive a call later this afternoon.  I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Wow, and wasn’t that some announcement from Sarah Palin last Friday afternoon? I’ve been enjoying reading all of the articles and Twitter tweets about it, as well as watching the cable news political panels discuss the latest developments.

Now, I will concede that it seems a bit peculiar to leave a Governor’s term just halfway into it, and it was an incredibly risky gamble. Yikes!

However, I’ve always admired Sarah Palin’s spunk and ability to withstand the vicious criticism, appaling personal attacks, and extreme sexism that has been thrown at her since she stepped onto the National political stage. I think she has demonstrated a lot of personal strength in the face of being constantly ridiculed and written negatively about.  It never fails to astound and amaze me what a threat she appears to be to so many!

So, although I’m as confused as anyone else about her latest move, I’m rooting Palin on. I don’t know which direction she plans to take at this point, but I’m waiting and watching with definite interest. No matter what she does–write a book, get a TV show, or increase her presence in National politics–it will be exciting, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds over the next couple of years.

Mother Knows Best

My mom is a smart lady. She was encouraged by her parents to attend college in the early 60’s, just before encouraging young women to go to college was something many parents did. She received a degree in Education and enjoyed teaching fourth grade for a couple of years before moving to be near my dad, who was temporarily stationed in Hawaii as an officer in the Navy.

My mom has devoted her life to my dad, sisters, and me as a commercial fishing wife and mother (and now grandmother). Although Mom is an intelligent and capable woman of many opinions, she refuses to enter into any real political or religious discussion. With anyone.  Mom has a vested interest in keeping the peace within her household, and never could see the point in wasting her energy going around and around in circles.

After all, Mom always had more immediate concerns on her mind.  For example, the many late nights she spent alone in our childhood home, wondering how the winter King crab season was going for Dad. Like, if he was still hanging on while boats to the right and the left were sinking and crews were being lost.

Mom answered the phone many an afternoon and tried to alleviate the fear of my worried grandmother, a nurse and college graduate herself, who had already spent a lifetime worrying about her own fisherman husband. Mom also had three children in front of her to take care for, bills to pay, gutters to clean. 

When I told Mom that I was struggling with how to address the “election issue” on my blog, her advice was to “stay neutral.”

“Just touch on it and move right along,” she said.

She did have a point. After all, my blog is not even a political blog. It’s a blog about commercial fishing and commercial fishing families. The only reason I brought up politics on Highliners and Homecomings to begin with was the connection that Sarah Palin had to Alaska and commercial fishing. And, yes, while I don’t agree with Palin on a couple of things, I am a big fan.

“But,” I thought, “I have so many more things I want to say about each campaign and the election itself. So many points I want to address, questions I want to raise.” In fact, I want to call my opinions from the rooftops and ask the bloggers and writers about just how much joy they found in—how they seemed to relish—being so vicious the past six months.

There was much I wanted to write about the aftermath of the election, and many witty adjectives I wanted to use. I wanted to write about how so many people (friends included) honestly surprised me with reactions that seemed beyond reason.

I had to think, however, about whether it would be worth it. At this point, the only thing I’d succeed in doing would be to sound as mocking as the people, writers, and bloggers I’ve described, and I’m not going there.  

The Dungeness crab crew is already here. My husband is getting ready to go do a dangerous open-ocean winter fishery, and I’ve got two little ones who depend on me. I’ve got to keep my energy focused right here, because I don’t have any extra energy available with which to keep going around in circles.

So, I’m going with Mom this time.

But—don’t worry. I can’t ever keep quiet for long.

 

 

Lunch, conversation, and a few laughs with the crab crew.

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November Issue of National Fisherman

We received the November issue of National Fisherman magazine in the mail a couple of days ago. I set it aside on the dining room table so that I could read the article headlined on the cover, “Alaska Perspective: The Importance of Sarah Palin,” a short article written by NF’s North Pacific bureau chief.

Also of interest inside this month’s issue was an anti-Palin letter from a Homer, Alaska resident and a short article on Pebble Mine.

After setting the magazine on the table, I proceeded to get distracted each time I went by intending to pick it up and read the articles. Sippy cups, milk spills, bits of toast on the floor, bills, and searching for a misplaced check (my own, actually, from teaching Jazzercise) kept distracting me from my mission.

By the time Eva and Vincent were settled in for their naps and George had found my check, I went to the table to get the magazine. It wasn’t there! I went into the family room. There it was—on the couch in the hands of George himself, who was just sitting down to read it. I explained the urgency of my mission and took the magazine from a protesting George.

Last week, I asked Jerry Fraser, the editor of National Fisherman, what he thought of Palin. I did not ask for or receive permission to re-print our correspondence here, but it was interesting and not completely out of line with the majority of what I’ve been hearing from the commercial fishing community.

In totally unrelated news, a few years ago I bought the most recent “greatest hits” album by country artist Tim McGraw. When I listened to it, however, I felt it was missing a lot of recent hits. I wondered where those particular hits were and why they weren’t on the album.

Today, I bought the newly-released “Tim McGraw Greatest Hits 3” album and am happy to report that all of the “missing hits” are on it, including my personal favorites “Unbroken” and the duet “Angry All The Time.”

Holding Ground in a Non-Event

I thought I’d better take a couple of days to mull over the recent VP debate between Palin and Biden before writing about it. My hopes for the event–the entertainment factor, at least–were high. In the end,  I felt underwhelmed by it all.

To me, the most stirring moments of the debate did not have a thing to do with energy, finance, or defense. Instead, they came when Biden spoke of the deaths of his beautiful wife and daughter long ago and how he wondered then what the future held for his sons and himself. Following the debate, I was moved again at the sight of Palin’s beautiful baby boy. I tell you, I’d watch all of Palin’s appearances if at each conclusion I got to see that little angel.

Hey, I’m a mom of very small children (one and two)–I don’t offer any apologies or excuses!

Anyway, back to the debate. Like my dad, I spent the first fifteen minutes cringing and crossing my fingers that we wouldn’t all be humiliated. I was rooting for Palin, if only because she is the underdog and has ties close to my heart. Still, I didn’t know what to expect.

I wasn’t disappointed. I thought she did fine. I’d like to see anyone go up against a multi-decade Senate member of Biden’s standing and see how well he or she did. My one hope was that Palin would hold her ground, and I thought she did.

I spoke with my husband following the debate and we agreed that the more interesting debate would indeed have been between McCain/Biden and Palin/Obama. In the end, the Biden and Palin debate was just not that interesting.

It wasn’t that interesting in part because although the intelligence and passion were there on both sides, the professional and personal experiences weren’t equal. It would have been, as I said to George, like me going up against my dad or George’s former fishing partners–all of whom are decades older than me, successful, smart, and have a lifetime of professional and personal experience behind them–and try and debate commercial fisheries, commercial fishing politics, finances and boat building.

Right.

I could touch on some of the topics just long enough to keep it interesting (perhaps), but I’d have next to nothing on their experience or firsthand knowledge of most issues, and the debate would not be a true match.

The most I could hope for in such a hypothetical debate would be to hold some ground. I believe Palin held her ground–and perhaps a bit more–in the VP debate Thursday night.

Note on Comments Regarding Sarah Palin & Commercial Fishing

The past month’s discussion regarding Alaska Governor (and current Republican V.P. candidate) Sarah Palin has made for a very interesting blog experience here at Highliners and Homecomings.

I’ve just published a comment from an Alaska fisherman regarding Palin.  I chose to publish this comment in a post in its entirety because it was a direct reponse to Kodiak Fishing Wife’s comment, which I also published in a post.

If anyone has comments to add, I may publish them in the comments section if they are respectful and considerate. I’ll consider most seriously those comments that have something to do with the candidates and commercial fishing.

In spite of all the fun, Palin’s connection to commercial fishing is the only reason I introduced national politics to this blog. (Doesn’t anyone want to hear about how George has resumed painting the boat, or how he drove the kids and me to my Jazzercise District Meeting last weekend? LOL.)

As my dad said last night (regarding the U.S. Presidential Race):  “Don’t worry, there are only two more months to go.”

While we’re counting down—I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that there is now only one month to go before the crew arrives and pre-season Dungeness crab gear work begins.

Alaska Commercial Fisherman Comments on Palin

The following is a comment submitted by a multi-generation Alaska fisherman in response to Kodiak Fishing Wife’s comment from last week.

 

You have to love the passion the ’08 Presidential race has generated. Much of that passion is a result of our economy sliding into the abyss, with the added component of race and gender.

The gender component, of course, is the Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Alaska’s governor Sarah Palin. I find it interesting that the most egregious attacks on Palin have come from her her own gender—the topper being reported by a leading female Canadian jorunalist. In her byline, this East Coast journalist called Sarah Palin “white trash” and went went on to say that all Alaskans are “drunks and insane.”

As a former 30-year Alaska resident, I’d like to report that I was not a drunk—but as I made my living by commercial fishing for 40 years, I may have been a little “off my rocker.”

Sober and sane Alaska resident Liz (Kodiak Fishing Wife) aptly let us know in this blog why she preferred Obama over McCain. In addition, she provided insights on Palin. I respect and appreciate Liz’s views about Palin. I have conflicting viewpoints about Palin myself, but overall, I believe Palin is an asset to the McCain ticket and an advocate for Alaska commercial fishermen, and is capable of doing the job.

Palin is unique; she eats her own cooking, practices what she preaches, and means what she says. I like that quality. I prefer a candidate who does not tell me what I want to hear or adjusts his/her stance as they go, calculating, driven by polls or speical interest$, like most politicians. I like Palin’s ability to be open to ideas and to adjust, as evidenced in part by her ability to stay married, change church affiliations and having the willingness to move to Washington, D.C.

Alaskans are largely happy with Palin. She has an 80% approval rating. Evidently, she is doing what most Alaskans elected her to do as Governor. I do believe she cares about the State of Alaska and the people who live there. Her journey to the Governorship was unique.

Though I know little of her past relationship with Senator Murkowski, I imagine she is no longer warmly welcomed into his home, after beating him in the Governor’s race. She then went on to beat Tony Knowles. Knowles was an Alaska fisherman’s worst nightmare, primarily appointing individuals with only sport fishing interest to the board of fish and game, and being in the hip pocket of sports interest in general.

The Alaska fishing industry will only be better served by political leadership that has a commercial fishing background vice none. Palin and her husband commercially fished, she knows a sockeye salmon from a silver salmon, wild salmon from farmed salmon, and has a family that benefits directly from commercial fishing.

Most politicians, like Ted Stevens, would have followed the money, and catered to big oil. It is an illusion that either Obama or McCain have ANY interest in squeezed oil, like Omega 3.

Palin, however, challenged big oil and its money, because she felt the people of the State of Alaska were not getting a fair return on this resource. She challenged the “system,” even if it put her political ambitions (if not her husband’s oil industry work ambitions) at risk.

Palin challenged big oil by asking them why they weren’t drilling within in the Alaska leases they already had. She asked them why they weren’t building a pipeline to transport the huge natural gas resources from the north slope into Canada and the U.S.  When she couldn’t get big oil to budge on building a natural gas pipeline, she convinced the state to partner with Transcanada to get the pipeline built.

The pipeline should benefit Alaska and the USA, and Palin and the State of Alaska should be applauded. I believe this effort will reduce our resource dependency on foreign imports. This effort will also help increase inventories and cost. I believe Palin feels that resource-rich Alaska should carefully exploit these resources in an environmentally-safe manner, including mining resources.

I visited friends in Sterling, Alaska recently following my return from Bristol Bay. I watched all of the Proposition 4 television ads. The Prop 4 ads catalyzed by Pebble Mine were designed to basically stop all mining in the State of Alaska. Prop 4, as written, overreached its intended goal. Like Palin, I wouldn’t have voted for it either.

I’m a Commercial Fishing Guy, with friends that fish “The Bay,” but I am also a Resource Guy. (For what it’s worth, the big $ behind Pebble Mine is a S. African mining company run by a woman with a good environmental record. That said, I don’t support Pebble Mine.)  Prop 4 was defeated by a vote of 90,000 to 70,000, so Palin felt the same about the proposition as the majority of Alaskans. Not supporting Prop 4 does not mean support for the Pebble Mine project.

Restrictions, like Prop 4, in the State of Washington have eliminated or restricted digging, drilling, driving a pile, fishing commercially on wild fish, cutting a tree, expanding a refinery, building a new refinery, digging a new pipeline, draining and ditching. The permit process for these and other “family wage” jobs is prohibitive and endless. They are looked upon as politically incorrect.

One is welcome to go ahead and have a garage sale, for which one’s local paper will provide a weekend map. There are also several opportunities in minimum wage service jobs.

Palin’s history is similar to those of us who live ordinary public school lives. She relates to us because her experience is similar. She does not have a trust fund or an Ivy League education simply because her family donated to the school’s trust.

I believe that she is honest and cares about her family, state, and country, and about how well she does her job. The job she currently strives for requires strength of character, not connections. Honesty, not guile. Fiscal responsibility, not hubris and entitlement.

Palin is our most reasonable hope for making changes in “business as usual” in Washington, D.C. because she is not a part of the established virus that infects most of our present D.C. representation. She is more likely to say “no,” like the pitbull hockey mom she’s professed to be.

I see Palin’s lack of D.C. experience and connections as her greatest asset as a Vice Presidential candidate.

Kodiak Fishing Wife Comments on Sarah Palin

This is a comment I received regarding the matter of commercial fishing and Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. I’ve decided to publish this comment in a post because of the author’s credibility—an Alaska commercial fishing family member—as well as for the interesting and knowledgeable nature of its content. Thanks, Liz, for taking the time to leave your comment and presenting yet another side to the matter!

 

Hi Jen,
thanks for the great site, it helped get me through our hardest fishing season yet. it always helps to have other fishing wives to help you realize that you aren’t the only one )

writing from alaska, where i have been working hard to promote our fisheries, i have to disagree with you on the palin front.

alaskan politics have always been different than the rest of the world, but the one constant has been that we can always communicate with our politicians. not the case with this one. sarah doesn’t respond to letters, (snail or email), phone calls, refuses to to radio shows, phone calls, and rarely sticks around at events to even say hello to people, let alone talk about issues. she has been this way since she was handpicked by murkowski for the top oil job in the state. so it is scary to think that this woman, who doesn’t listen to her constituents, has the chance to be a 72 yr old heartbeat away from the presidency.

moreover, todd’s fishing career has been a token for her to wave around, rather than something she cares enough about to support. she is always saying that he is a commercial fisherman, but fails to see the connect that her running mate, john mccain, wouldn’t even show up to vote on the farm bill that we worked so hard to get rights for wild fisherman supported on. he did vote for the bill when it gave subsidies and credits to fish farms, though.

then there is the part that she was against measure 4, a statewide initiative that would make dumping toxic waste into salmon bearing streams illegal. true, in most parts of the u.s. this is illegal, as made so by the clean water act. but her friend frank murkowski (yes, they are friends though she ran against him, he hand picked her to sit on a commission she had no experience for) made it legal for corporations to make our essential fish habitat and rearing grounds ‘mixing zones’… meaning that as long as there was water in the stream 6 months our of the year, companies can dump all they want of whatever they want ALL OVER OUR SALMON EGGS!!! sarah, despite being the wife of a bristol bay fisherman, wanted to be sure that our livelihoods could be threatened by soaking our fish eggs in toxins.

she also supports the Pebble Mine. this would be the world’s largest open pit gold mine and would be at the headwater’s of the world’s most productive fishery, the very fishery that her husband relies on – Bristol Bay Salmon! the scary part of this is how they will have to extract the gold. with CYANIDE! one rice sized portion of a 2% solution of cyanide is lethal to humans, but a microscopic portion of cyanide, a millionth of a gram per liter of water is fatal to fish. sure, the tailings pipe from the extraction process is a scary thought – pipelines up here crack and leak all the time, and this pipeline would stretch along our salmon streams to the bay, but scarier yet is that this cyanide would be barged in and out on open container ships from here to china and back… and we don’t have the best history of safe tanker travel here. it is too risky, and her support of a unrenewable resource extracted by a canadian mining company over a renewable resource that provides the world with food and employs so many alaskans, is out of touch. we’ve had enough of companies not having to compensate the people whose lives they ruin… exxon…

so please, please, don’t think that just because she is the wife of a fisherman she supports us and our families livlihoods.

on the other hand, obama actually sent staff here to meet with fishers to write a commercial fishing policy:

SUPPORTING AMERICA’S FISHERS: BARACK OBAMA
Commercial fishing – both inshore and offshore – is critically important to the nation’s economy. The $65 billion industry provides 25,000 jobs directly and supports an additional 75,000 jobs across the economy. Healthy fish stocks are vital to the continued success of the fishing industry.

Promote Better Science:
The path to equitable fishery management is paved with good science. Collaborations between scientists and fishers, like the University of New Hampshire’s Northeast Consortium, have helped foster creative solutions to some of the most challenging issues facing our fisheries. Through its work, the Consortium has brought new insight to gear selectivity, methods, and stock assessments. Still, much work remains to be done. Barack Obama supports initiatives to improve the science and our understanding of our nation’s fish stocks. Through improved science, we can better guide decisions about how to protect the health of fish stocks, and, in turn, ensure a better, more secure and predictable future for our nation’s fishers.

Protect and Preserve the Oceans:
Barack Obama understands that the health of America’s saltwater and freshwater resources is vital to the economic security of coastal communities. Key to achieving that goal is abatement of direct pollution from industry and wastewater, as well as runoff pollution, which are significant threats to fish stocks. Obama believes this pollution must be reduced and prevented. As a U.S. Senator, Obama has been a strong supporter of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration and cosponsored the Great Lakes Environment Restoration Act to protect the health of the Great Lakes. He supports full funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which funds water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management. If elected president, Obama will bring this same level of commitment to protecting and preserving our oceans.

Bring Fishers to the Table:
In its regulation of small business, the federal government has long known that it is important to involve small business owners in its decision-making process. The federal government’s regulation of fishing must be no different. Ultimately, fishers are the best experts in such matters and Barack Obama believes that their input should be sought out and respected at both the regional council level and the federal level.

Provide Health Care for Fishers:
Commercial fishing is unlike other industries in that its employees work on sporadic, transient schedules at the mercy of seasonal and oceanographic pressures. This employment pattern often denies them traditional health care coverage. Since 1799, fishers were able to participate in government sponsored health care. This program came to an end in 1981 and, since then, fishers across the nation have struggled to maintain coverage. Barack Obama is committed to signing universal health legislation that ensures all Americans have high-quality, affordable health care coverage by the end of his first term in office. He supports the Fishing Industry Health Care Coverage Demonstration Program and the benefits it can bring to America’s fishers.

—-Obama for America—-

As our community has directly been involved with both Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama, I welcome any and all questions and discussions from the ComFish view: bidarki@nullgmail.com

Thanks!

Liz

Commercial Fishing Families and Sarah Palin

If it wasn’t for the fact that the Republican Vice Presidential candidate had ties to Alaska and commercial fishing, I’m certain I wouldn’t have touched on the issue of national politics on Highliners and Homecomings.

As tempted as I am to write about a variety of subjects on this blog, I do try and stick to the topic of commercial fishing families. Fortunately, that topic includes so much that I have a lot of wiggle room!

After the selection of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket, however, I just couldn’t resist entering (on a very limited basis) the political arena. I was excited and astonished (surprised is also a good description) that Palin was selected as the VP candidate, but I certainly haven’t finished my research or completed discussion on the matter. In fact, I’m looking very forward to watching the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.

My own extended commercial fishing family is divided right down the line.

Many of my readers have a vested interested in commercial fishing and Alaska and I think they will be especially interested in what I am posting on Highliners and Homecomings tonight.

I’ve decided to post a comment I received today from Kodiak Fishing Wife. Originally, I was going to write about the comment and direct you to it under the post Go Sarah!, but I decided that the best thing to do is to publish the comment in a post so that it can be easily accessed and commented upon. Because Kodiak Fishing Wife is an Alaska commercial fishing family member, I believe her viewpoint will be of particular interest to many of my readers.

I’ve received additional well-thought out, researched, and interesting comments on the same subject that can be found under the post New Clarity and Even Tones…What Could be Better?.

I appreciate the courtesy, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and care that has gone into each of the comments left on this blog. I’ve enjoyed this discourse and am honored that readers (those who have a vested interested in commercial fishing as well as those who do not) have taken the time to comment on the matter.

New Clarity and Even Tones…What Could be Better?

Estee Lauder is having their fall “bonus gift with purchase” event right now. I pre-ordered the lotion I wanted and then went to the counter on the first official day of the event to retrieve my lotion, the bonus, an extra gift for pre-ordering, and one more gift after that for spending at least $55.

I’m not a big spender and I don’t have many bad shopping habits, but I do have a weakness for cosmetic counters and try to make it to each “bonus gift with purchase” event wherever it occurs–Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique. I’ve been doing this for about ten years and have never made out as well as I did last week at Estee Lauder’s fall event. 

After I returned home, I sat down in my pink chair to read the copy on the light blue box that contained the lotion.  As I read, a particular calm surrounded me and I suddenly felt less anxious than I had before sitting down. What was it about the box in my hand that made me feel this way? 

I’m a lover of words and keep a sharp eye out for strong verbs and adjectives wherever I go, so it didn’t take long for me to realize why I felt more optimistic after reading the box. Here are some of the words I read:

“Revolutionizes…treatment….exclusive…lifting away…reducing…significantly reduced…instantly…brighter…fresher….velvety…lifted away….new clarity…even tone…emerging…restrengthened…reclaims…youthful appearance….”

Who wouldn’t feel lifted away and instantly brighter after reading words like these? I did feel fresher with new clarity. My tone immediately became more even. I felt ready to reclaim my youth and to emerge restrengthened. 

I should have saved $55 on the lotion and just asked for a discarded box to read…for free.

I watched Sarah Palin’s speech from Fairbanks, Alaska last night and was somewhat surprised to find I was still as taken as when I watched her at the RNC a couple of weeks ago. I never expected this to happen. Unlike George, I am not an across-the-board card-carrying Republican. I like to think of myself as an Independent. I don’t even agree with Palin on a couple of key issues.

So, I don’t know if it is the mother connection, the commercial fishing family and Alaska connection, or if it’s just her overall persona.

What’s interesting is how McCain and Biden have been all but been forgotten. It seems to be all about Palin and Obama. I can’t believe the television split screens that show Obama on one side and Palin on the other, as if the race for President was between the two of them!

A couple of things I don’t think are funny are the attacks on her mothering, her daughter, or their babies, born and unborn. Seriously. I had to stop reading some of the blogs about the subject because the attacks on her “family values,” were just too vicious.  

Doesn’t the phrase “family values” mean…valuing your family?

If so, then isn’t Palin’s standing together with her family to love and support her daughter, help her through a difficult situation and ensure that her daughter still has the opportunity to pursue a successful future, in fact, valuing her family?

Words, words…although I’m not a Scrabble player (I prefer Boggle), I love what opportunity for thought, puzzle, and game they provide.

 

Go Sarah!

To say that my household was excited about Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention the other night would be an understatement.

George and I were in the middle of preparing and feeding dinner to the kids when Palin’s speech began. After unsuccesfully straining to peer out of the dining room into the family room to watch it as we fed Eva and Vincent, we finally gave up and recorded it on the DVR. After the kids went to sleep and the dogs were fed, George and I sat down and watched Palin’s speech. 

Wow.

To hear the words “commercial fisherman” spoken by the Governor of Alaska on national television during a speech in which she accepted her historical nomination for the Republican Vice Presidential candidate….incredible.

“Doesn’t this seem surreal to you?” I asked George.

“It does,” he agreed.

To see Palin’s beautiful daughters, her handsome sons, soon to be son-in-law, and her commercial fisherman husband smiling in the crowd as she introduced them one by one, was a real treat. Listening to her speak with pride and joy in her family (as well as in the State of Alaska) was an amazing experience. 

I will never forget how it felt to sit here in my family room and watch a beautiful, intelligent, and proud commercial fishing family from Alaska take center stage in the national spotlight.

Following her speech, Palin’s family joined her on stage. I was moved by the look in her eyes as she walked toward them and the way she reached out her arms to take and hold her precious four-month-old baby boy to her heart. In fact, I watched it a couple of times.

Go ahead, call me a sap.

I’ve never enjoyed a speech quite this much, nor have I ever been proud of a woman or a family that I don’t even know!

I am glad that George and I took the time to sit down together to watch history being made.