tinkll1 (tinkll1) wrote,

The Next Nation Cruise

I had started to write this when the news came of Molly's death. The main reason Lin and I took the 9th Nation Cruise in December was to meet Molly and to thank her. We knew that she was ill but she had confirmed her appearance and that's why we were there. We knew that her cancer was closing in, but we hoped against hope.

I've been a Nation reader since about 1960. Most of the time I've been a subscriber. It's my dose of progressive inspiration and a bridge from the little island where I seem to live... figuratively. Being a liberal or a progressive in Orange County, in the medical profession, is not to get lost in the crowd. But, there are quite a few of us, after all, and the Nation Cruise is the place to temporarily get one's faith back in one's fellow men, although the waiting room outside the delivery room, and the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights, through which the Syrian Bride passed, is probably another.

We're hearing a lot about Scooter Libby and his memory, and the trial that links the exposure of Valerie Plame, Joe Wilson's wife, in an attempt to discredit Bush's reasons for the Iraqi invasion. Here's a photo of Lin talking with Joe Wilson on the Nation Cruise, last month.

Scott Ritter, who headed the UN's inspection team that couldn't find any weapons of mass destruction, prior to the invasion, because they weren't there, had dinner with me (and 7 other guests.)

There were panels every day and they didn't interfere with cruise activities. There was a round robin dinner seating arrangement and great food. It was a wonderful experience, so we'll back for number 10.
If you need an infusion of optimism, and you feel like you're alone, join about 400 progressives for a great week, and I'd love to buy you a drink. http://www.nationcruise.com/
Tags: joe wilson, scott ritter, the nation
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