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What do you get when you have a child writing seriously at the age of 7 and competing at the age of 11? A woman raised in an inner-city DMZ, weaned on too many nights of watching classic Chiller Theater until the wee hours of the morning with no parental guidance? Someone who is rumored to have picked locks to libraries to get her reads in? You end up with the Susan Lucci of e-publishing, the president of EPIC, and a driven, sleep-deprived author of fantasy and horror, straight genre through romance, dark romance, and erotica, poetry and articles. You find a woman who narrowed her college degree choices based on a comment a teacher made about her becoming "the perfect auditor or the perfect thief." And, you probably find a woman who is rumored to have once incited a mutiny...by accident. With degrees in accounting and computer programming, backgrounds in everything from teaching to clerking, tracking fraud suspects to working for the Air Force and the Navy as as civilian, it's strange irony that Brenna Lyons will become best known for her first love...writing. Brenna is an active member of EWAG, BroadUniverse, EPIC, WRW, ERWA and TELL.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

A little about me

Well, now that I've posted my first morning thoughts on POD...which I could say a lot more about and probably will from time to time, I guess it's time to tell you a little about myself.

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, spent 13 years as a Navy wife all up and down the eastern seaboard from Orlando
to Chicopee, MA to Portsmouth, NH/Kittery, Maine and finally nine years in Norfolk, VA. I graduated from Carlow College in Pittsburgh with degrees in Accounting and Computer Programming, though I have been writing since I was seven and competing in writing since I was eleven.

I have been happily married for 17 years now and have three kids: ten, eight and five. I also play Mom to a whole houseful of pets, including two big dogs (Siberian Husky and Akita), two black cats and (until very recently) seven rather large and rambunctious pups.

I propose to common-sense politics. I am liberal on some issues (like a woman's right to health care) and conservative on others (like doing away with much of the PC crap in our world today). You'll find my gut feelings on a lot of subjects in this blog in weeks to come. Many people will agree; many will disagree, but I don't pull my punches for anyone. Politically correct has gone way too far, IMO.

I'll give you a taste of what I mean from the news this past week. Either this blog will offend you, or it won't. If it will, don't visit. If it doesn't offend you, please do...as often as you like.

Doctors and the morning after pill/birth control...Yes, I launched right into a controversial one!

There are legitimate reasons to take birth control pills (besides ones that have to do with being an oversexed wanton, as some people would attest), including controlling advanced endometriosis and even preventing pregnancy temporarily in a woman who has had serious complications in childbirth and whose body needs healing time before she attempts to carry another child. There are legitimate reasons to take Plan B (not the old morning after pill but the new one that is actually just a strong dose of BCP...which is not intended as abortion but as a way to either keep an egg from releasing or a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall, either of which can occur naturally in a woman...this pill will not even abort an implanted pregnancy if implantation has already occurred), including victims of rape.

A pharmacist is not a physician, let alone the physician of choice. A woman's reasons for taking these drugs are none of his/her business. Neither does she deserve scorn, moral judgments or further trauma for taking them. Judge not lest ye be judged, okay?

While we're on the subject, I have nothing against a pharmacist who has a moral objection to carrying/dispensing such drugs as long as one of a few things are true: the pharmacy has someone on staff who will dispense these medications at all times despite the pharmacist who won't, there is another pharmacy within walking distance that will AND the pharmacist sends women to it, OR these drugs will be routinely dispensed by the same doctors and clinics who prescribe them much as the Planned Parenthood clinics of a decade or two ago did. If a pharmacy will not dispense these drugs at all, their policies should be clearly posted, giving women who have need of them the option of taking ALL their business elsewhere. After all, I have nothing against someone's morality, but I don't see why others should have to support it. It works both ways.

The new proposed legislature on requirements for getting and maintaining a drivers' license in the United States...Another controversial one.

Not only is this legislation as ineffective as anything else on the books (anything that can be used as ID can be faked), but it's full of holes. For instance, let's look at first time drivers. Short of bringing in something proving Mom and Dad live in the area (assuming they have the same last name), what is going to prove the kid does? A teenager doesn't have utility bills or rent agreements. And, photo ID to get the drivers' license? What is a kid supposed to use for photo ID BEFORE he/she has a drivers license? Or are we saying that every American will be required to get and maintain a passport from birth to the grave? Do you have any concept how expensive an undertaking that would be for many citizens? This entire thing is ridiculous!

And the so-called penalty for your state not complying with this legislation would be that YOU, the American citizen, would not be permitted the same freedom of movement (taking planes and trains) that persons from states who did comply would have. I SUPPOSE this is the government's way of convincing us to tell our states to comply.


I'm all for telling the representatives to vote against this entirely, personally. Until this bill shows the promise of doing this right, why should ANY state comply with this. In addition, the expense to the STATE to comply, which the federal government is not about to reimburse them, is outrageous.


One more for the road, and I'm done. Cell phones and accidents...


One piece of legislation I would gladly support would be NO CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING. I have seen too many people driving erratically with one hand on the wheel, one holding a cell phone to an ear and their eyes and mind not on what they are doing. There was a time when I might have suggested that a hands-free system with a headset and voice activated phone would be a healthy alternative, but recently, I have started to note that even this is not safe with many drivers.

In Europe, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving. It's illegal to put on makeup while driving or to eat and drink while driving. In England, it's illegal to take your hands off the wheel while driving. Do I want to move to Europe? Some days I might take you up on that. At least people on the Autobahn can drive safely, even if they do it at 212 miles per hour. In America, you can't seem to get a handful of people driving safely at 30 miles an hour, because at least half of them have a cell phone glued to one ear (maybe I should be thankful it's only one ear) and their mind on the babysitter, dinner plans (hate to tell you this, but 90% of the people I've seen with these annoying devices aren't even talking about anything important on them!)...

Well, that's me. Take it or leave it. I am always just what you see.

As always, in service,
Brenna


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