Mar. 21st, 2006
Ariz. bill on public nursing advances
All on Senate panel vote for breast-feeding rights
By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.21.2006
advertisementPHOENIX — Mothers would not have to leave public places under threat of arrest if they breast-feed their children under legislation approved unanimously Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The legislation would give women breast-feeding rights that would mean a business owner could not ask someone to leave for that reason.
The proposed law also would create an exemption from state laws that make it a crime for a woman to expose a nipple whenever anyone else is present and a reasonable person would be "offended or alarmed."
The measure, which already has been approved by the House, now goes to the full Senate.
Several cities have adopted ordinances intended to let women breast-feed without being forced to go into a restroom or other private place. But none of those supersedes state indecent-exposure laws.
"Mothers risk prosecution every time they go out in public and nurse their children," said Amy Milliron of Tempe.
She said the measure is not designed to let nursing mothers flout state laws.
"Mothers do not nurse to expose themselves," she said.
"However, if a child is nursing, they may momentarily pop off and then pop back on again to take a breath," Milliron explained. The question of arrest should not be left up to the offended person, she said.
Rep. Jonathan Paton, R-Tucson, acknowledged that the provision letting women nurse wherever they want might be seen as violating the property rights of people who own restaurants, theaters or other businesses. But he said that those rights have to fall by the wayside on this issue.
"I think the right of a mother to nurse their children is a more fundamental right that's as old as the Bible itself," Paton said. "I don't see any reason why it should be limited."
He said similar laws in other states have not created any problems.
Milliron said a law actually would help businesses that face complaints from other patrons about breast-feeding women.
"Businesses will actually now have a tool to be able to deal with those people that may have a question about a mother in their establishment," she said.
"They will be able to say a mother is protected," Milliron continued. "That will give the other person a clue that maybe they need to step aside if they don't want to watch."
Monday's vote came after committee members rejected an effort by Sen. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, to add a provision to the breast-feeding measure making it illegal to have sex with an animal.
Harper said he was alarmed to learn that a Mesa deputy fire chief could not be charged with a felony after sheriff's deputies said he was found in his neighbor's barn having relations with a sheep. He was instead charged with disorderly conduct.
But other legislators were loath to link the two issues in a single bill. Sen. John Huppenthal, R-Chandler, called Harper's effort "a little ghastly."
"We need to stand against acts of perversion," said Harper, who noted that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said there needs to be a specific law making this kind of act a felony.
Feb. 19th, 2006
06:54 pm - crochet questions
Ok - I admit it - I am now seriously addicted to crocheting. The stash of Lionbrand Homespun yarn is becoming a problem. At least I have the intention of making bankets out of most of the yarn for various family members. But my problem is that my daughter, the other day at Michaels - when we were still figuring out the no-nap thing, selected Moda-Dea's Ticker Tape stretchy yarn (i have two skeins because they were on sale and within her reach) that I think is really really cool - but I have NO idea what to do with it. Scratch that, I was thinking of making her a purse, but I don't know how to do that. Do I just double crochet two sides and hook them togheter like a granny square?
Then she also picked out the Lion Brand Boucle yarn in Jelly Bean (OMG what bright blinding colors). I don't want to make her a poncho - hello - Tucson! But I don't like how it looks as I've made a test granny square. Should I make an afgan? Could I make her a skirt? Again, understand that I can do very basic stiches.
Any help from you wonderfully crafty people would be of great help.
Jan. 25th, 2006
02:10 am - With a throat this sore
you can't tell me its not strep. I went to the doctor today and they did the quick strep test and it came back negative. They said I had a sinus infection and gave me erythermicin. Fine, antibiotics is a good thing, but my throat is KILLING me. I just went to Walgreens to stock up on some more Halls Breezers - they are the only thing (and tons and tons of acetomenophin) getting me through this. And i hope i don't get in trouble for missing today after being sick thurs. afternoon, all day friday, going in yesterday, and going to the doctor and then calling in sick for the rest of the day today. I felt horrible and Riley decided that she was sick too and wouldn't be convinced to go to school (and she was up at 5 am and then crashed by 6....so i took pity on her and let her stay with me). And now i'm up at 1:30 because my throat is killing me. Damn.
Jan. 23rd, 2006
04:04 pm - Maya Angelou
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.
Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.
And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day...like her breasts.
They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.
The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!
Maya Angelou said this:
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."
"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."
"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."
"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."
"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."
"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."
"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."
"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Dec. 18th, 2005
07:58 pm - Many, many things
I'm so bad about updating. I think of thins all the tmie to write about, but I just never find the time to sit and do it.
Weight - I weighed 184.2 this morning - whoo hoo! Now if I can keep going (or at least maintain for the rest of the month). However, I've been bad at recording my food intake on the WW's site. I used to be almost obssessive and now I'm going days without updating it. I need to get back on the wagon - it's a way of keeping me mindful of what I am putting in my body.
House - Thank God for my friend Colleen who has spent every Saturday of the last two months helping me organize and CLEAN my house. She's been supportiver, brave (OMG the scary things we found), and repetitive (You have too much stuff, Riley has too many toys, think minimalist, think Asian). But I think by New Years Day, my house will be in a state that I can enjoy and maintain (especially if my MIL follows her promise of giving me a maid service!)
Riley - Too Cute - she was "helping" me crochet a blanket that I'm making as a present for my parents last night. Today she told Steve that she was making a blanket for her baby brother or sister ;) I hope we don't miss her window of being accepting of another child, but I don't plan to have another one for two more years.
Shopping - I should not be allowed to go grocery shopping alone - I ALWAYS ALWAYS overspend and since I overspent on other people's gifts (using my birthday and Christmas money my parents gave me (I do it every year and I really have to stop it because then I don't get anything for myself)), I've just made these next two weeks tight. Of course, we'll be spending several days with my parents for Christmas, so that will save some money (but there goes my diet).
I should have done more today (ie - sort Riley's out grown clothes and toys) but I'm just down today - I'm sooooo tired. I hope I'm not getting sick. I think it was the whole money thing.
Ah well - things have been worse. Everything will be ok. I can't wait to see everyone's reactions when they get their gifts.
I must write a post about the wonderful birthday I had, but that will have to wait a while.
Dec. 7th, 2005
07:40 pm - Baby Shower question
My husband's cousin's wife is expecting their second child in mid-Jan. I would like to host a baby shower for this baby (like I did the first), but my MIL said that that's not what people used to do. Do you think baby showers for second babies (third, etc.) are ok? I like the idea that every baby should be celebrated - every birth is different, every child is different.
Dec. 6th, 2005
Granola w/ Milk!
You got crunch, but there's some softness to ya
that makes it easy for you to relate to
mommies of all kinds. But they can tell there
is just something about you that's different.
Some of them are envious of your unique ability
to interact with your child or your enthusiasm
for not littering. But you won't hesitate to
tell a friend how proud you were for
homebirthing or non-circing, even if you know
she didn't do the same. The difference is, you
respect her decision and assume that she
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Nov. 2nd, 2005
08:37 am - Tucson protects breastfeeding
By Sarah Garrecht Gassen
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 11.02.2005
advertisement About two dozen of Tucson's youngest constituents gurgled, bounced and occasionally squawked away while the City Council unanimously voted to solidify their right to be breast-fed anywhere their mothers have a right to be.
The council also discussed changing city codes to prevent massive hazardous-fuel storage businesses and approved a three-way deal that deeds to the city a historic Fort Lowell property.
Supporters of mothers' rights to breast-feed their babies in public, without being shunted into a restroom or out of view, packed the chambers for the council's study session on the issue Tuesday afternoon.
The council unanimously approved a motion that voiced support for an administrative directive that will allow women to breast-feed on city property; created a task force to study potential statewide legislative options; and asked the city staff to bring back for a vote an ordinance that would extend the breast-feeding right citywide.
City Manager Mike Hein said he will immediately sign the administrative directive that will allow women to breast-feed on city owned property.
Mothers urged the council to expand the protection throughout Tucson, saying women shouldn't feel ashamed to breast-feed their babies and impart the recognized health benefits to their infants. Several spoke of being asked to feed their babies in a public restroom or outside an establishment.
"Families need the social support," said Theresa Jones, who said she had been escorted to a restaurant women's room by an employee and described how difficult it is to breast-feed in a small public restroom. "We're asking you to protect caregiving itself."
Oct. 25th, 2005
08:04 am - ENFP
ENFP - "Journalist". Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.
Oct. 17th, 2005
09:45 pm - 10%
I've made it to 189 lbs - my 10% goal weight! WOW...I kinda can't believe it. I feel like the scale must be lying, I haven't seen these numbers in at least 7+ years. But people are commenting, my clothes are feeling better or falling off (;)) and my body feels different. Hopefully, I'll be around 180 by my birthday. My next goal is another 10%, 171 lbs.