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Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Sweet 100.... A "Chronicles" List of 100


This is a list of 100 individuals who have influenced this progressive female blogger in some way. These people have all done something postive. They have improved life in the world by entertaining, creating beauty, demonstrating concern for their fellow human beings, protecting the environment, standing against tyranny, educating, loving, and speaking the truth. There is no chronological or preferential order to this list. It is a random arrangement. Many thanks to ""Riverbend, the Iraqi girl blogger who was my "blogger" inspiration.

I will begin the list with "The Nicholas Brothers" as a memorial to legendary dancer and humanitarian, Fayard Nicholas who passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2006. He was 91. He will be sorely missed.


The Nicolas Brothers, Kurt Vonnegut, Studs Terkel, Bertolt Brecht, Paul Klugman, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Terrific! with Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog, Keith Olbermann, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, Donald O'Connor, Riverbend of "Baghdad Burning", artist Nickie St. Phalle, Brian Lamb (founder of the C-SPAN), Rep. John Murtha, anthropologist Margaret Mead, Gore Vidal, artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Fred Astaire, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Senator Robert Byrd, The Beatles, Christiana Amanpour, Rosa Parks, poet Grace Paley, Scott Ritter, Jim Sinegal (founder and CEO of Costco), Carlos Santana, The Jefferson Airplane, Eric Hoffer (author of "True Believer"), Bill Moyers, Max Cleland, The Dalai Lama, Pablo Neruda, John Lennon (for writing "Imagine"), Martin Luther King Jr., humanitarians Audrey Hepburn, Harry Belafonte and Angelina Jolie, John Adams, Abigail Adams, Barbara Streisand (a political activist who sings form the heart), Dwight D. Eisenhower, columnists Molly Ivans, Maureen Dowd, and Bob Herbert, Frank McCourt, political scientist and author Chalmers Johnson, Mahatma Gandhi, Cindy Sheenan, author Samantha Power ("Genocide, The Problem From Hell"), Clara Barton, (nurse and founder of the Red Cross), Norman Mailer, author Amy Tan, political scientist Shadia Drury, artist August Renoir, Gene Kelly, H. R. Puff 'n' Stuff, Pablo Picasso (for painting "Guernica"), Michael Moore (my Michigan hero), pillars of American journalism Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, Joan London (author, activist, daughter of Jack London), John Steinbeck, Stan Goff, Joan Baez, Senator Paul Wellstone, Katherine Hepburn, Cesar Chavez, my fifth grade teacher-Mrs. Beauvais, film maker Nikita Mikholkov, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, author Victor Villasenor, authors Irmgard A. Hunt ("On Hitler's Mountain"), and Traudl Junge ("Until The Final Hour - Hitler's Last Secretary"), George Orwell (for warning us), statesmen Mikhail Gorbechev and Black Elk, Johnny Carson, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Detroit's Milky the Clown, Lewis H. Lapham, mystery writers Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and P. D. James, The Grateful Dead, classical composers Ludwig von Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, cartoonist Max Flesicher, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell and Tony Bennett who are both painters and singers, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Now, I am going to publish and enjoy a toast of bubbly with my family. Then, I plan to take a few days off to read all of my favorite fellow bloggers and do some dusting (maybe).

Yipeeeeeeeee!!! One year and one hundred posts!!!!
....................Kitchen Window Woman...................


Anonymous auntie said...

Many, many hugs and congrats to you, our very dear and very special niece. We are so proud of your conviction and perserverence to make this blog successful by being informative and entertaining and agressive in the effort to expose the truth about the Bush White House as well as other societal ills.I know how hard you work to get all of your facts and figures accurate.
We tip our hats and a glass of something-or-other to you! Have a great celebration.....you certainly deserve it. However, no resting on your laurels....keep on' a bloggin'!!!

6:09 PM  
Blogger neftali3 said...

Congratulations. If you like Neruda and with your politics you should check out http://www.redpoppy.net/pablo_neruda.php


6:16 PM  
Blogger Brother Kenya said...

Congrats, KWW. I do like coming here for a little kitchen window wisdom. That's a hell of a list you got there too, with many of my own heroes.

Keep the faith!

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Coyote said...

Well done KWW - I'm celebrating some milestones myself at this very moment, so drop by and say 'hi' when you can... I think you will identify with the 'life is not a soundbite' post I've done :)

"Howl @ The Moon!"

5:19 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thank you much for the congrats. I am taking a few days off as I need to clear head AND am comming down with a cold and sore throat.

I have been working on clearing my mind by watching the deluxe version of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" with commentary by Hunter S. Thompson and re-reading "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut. I feel that I have more clarity as a result but my indulgences have not helped my head cold.

I will be writing again soon. Now I am off to digest several newspapers and put a pot of navy beans and ham on the stove.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thanks for the Congrats and for the link. I may in the future order the film. I first heard of Pablo Neruda in the film Il Postino and then went on from there....

Thank You. I am sure that I have left some off of the list because so many years have gone by. I decided to do it because of the 100th post. I am glad that you appreciate some of the same heros. If more people had chosen the types of heros we have this country wouldn't be in the mess that it is in!

Thank you. I did stop by to join in your celebration and read your "Life Is Not A Soundbite" post. What a thought provoking read! Excellant.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Congrats on your 100th post. Excellent list. Enjoy the re-read of Breakfast of Champions. I read it a long time ago but it would be worth rereading (along with Slaughterhouse Five, Sirens of Titan, Cat's Cradle...)

8:04 PM  
Blogger Ken Grandlund said...

Way to stick with this thing we call blogging. Your insights offer a much needed perspective and voice, as do those of many in the blog world.

I'll tip a glass in honor of your anniversary!

10:56 AM  
Blogger zenyenta said...

I'm really late with the congratulations. I think I've read all your posts, although not necessarily in the order they were posted.

I've been enjoying your blog and pretty much sharing your perspective for a while now. I'm a mother and grandmother, too. I figure between us, we've got both coasts covered. We just need a grandma in the middle and we've got a network.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Paladin said...

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan "Press On" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Congrats on your "Sweet 100"... uh, we'll discuss your list later. [Grin!]

5:25 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thanks for the congratulations. I bought and read Vonnegut's "A Man Without A Country" and that inspired me to reread "Breakfast of Champions". I have always been amazed that Vonnegut was present(as a prisoner of war) and survived the Dresden Bombings (or genocide)at the end of WWII. That he went on to fight against such insanity by writing gives weight to his unique voice. I have not yet read "Slaughterhouse Five". It is on my list of must reads.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thank you for the toast. Sometimes I have questioned my sanity concerning blogging but I still always come away feeling that all of our voices togethter can and must make a difference.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thanks for your congrats. I am glad we linked up. Grandmothers are like fine wine. We only get better as the years pass. We gain wisdom, strength, and focus (and sometimes a little weight, too). It is up to us to pass on peace.

Yep! We need a progressive grandmother in the middle states to have it covered.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thank you for the congratulations. There is much to be said for persistence. It often carries us much further than we think we can go.

That many of us are persistent in upholding democracy against the creeping authoritarianism that threatens this country may save it from destruction. That we persist in fighting against the monster military industrial complex in America and the preemptive and unnecessary wars that feed it may end the misguided "Peace through War" movement. That many of us persist in promoting cultural and religious diversity by learning about others and treating others with respect shines a much needed light in the dark tunnels of the ethnocentrically challenged. That many of us persist in practicing humanitarian values and tolerance will hopefully bring about a time when human beings will value the lives of one another enough to end forever incidents of "collateral damage".

Yes, if we continue to persist, we just may succeed in a global celebration of life.


11:08 AM  

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