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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Goodbye President Ford

Ok, yes, I am a Liberal. However, as a newly-minted voter in 1976, I cast my very first vote in a US Presidential election for Gerald R. Ford. It wasn't because he was a Republican or because he was from my home state, but because he an anomaly in US honest man. While he lost to Jimmy Carter ( a mere change in 5,000 votes would have changed the result- note, Ford never asked for a recount), I now can look back and see that there were more similarities in the two men than differences. Pardoning Nixon cost Ford the election yet, in retrospect, I do believe it was the right thing to do for our country (I hope that Nixon is getting his punishment in eternity).
Of course, I am in the thick of things here in west Michigan. The 10 jets doing the *missing man* formation flew over us here yesterday....they came from the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek. At one point, the line waiting to file past Ford's casket had 60,000 people in it and the wait was 8 hours. No, I am not going. I see no point in standing in line and freezing my butt off to look at a flag-draped casket holding a body. I would rather remember the man he was, and honor him, by striving to be more like him: to be honest in all dealings, to know how to separate the person from the job- Ford was so good at this; he might not agree with your politics but he could still embrace you as a person. He was also approachable and, when told he was wrong, he would actually listen to why he was wrong, as was willing to make adjustments. Dubya could learn a lot from Ford....What a difference.
So, back to the studio today. Going to set up the iMac and finish my niece's signature quilt from her wedding on July 1......
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:57 AM  
  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger Deb H said…


  • At 2:01 PM, Blogger Jessie said…

    The list for the Create a Connection Mug Swap will be posted tomorrow (Monday)--don't forget to check the list! :)

    I'm glad you're participating!

  • At 9:42 AM, Blogger All Things Jennifer said…


    I have a mug for you...

    Send me your address :)

    All Things Jennifer


  • At 6:25 PM, Blogger Sara said…


    I'm looking forward to getting a mug from will look wonderful in my new kitchen...

    Please e-mail me at


    I couldn't reply to your note on my blog as there was no return e-mail address for you...and I can't seem to find one on your blog...

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Name: Teri Springer
Home: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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