About a month ago I stumbled in to this place and I have spent the last month "lurking" and getting to know everyone. I have decided to make it official and step out into the light! A quick intro: I am a 47 year old married woman. I was born and raised in East Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. I am a Christian Conservative, but I won't try to force either onto you. I am "Mi-Mi" to one precious granddaughter who is 6. I am the mother of one son. He was born 7/4/83, and I had him for 23 years and 11 months. He drowned 6/4/2007 at the Sinks in the GSMNP. I am still trying to learn to live in this new "normal" and I learn something new about grief every day. I am relatively new to political debate and I look forward to learning from each of you in the political arena. I have many interests and opinions, and I look forward to getting to know each of you! Thank you to whoever established this site for everyone to come and discuss so many different topics. What a wonderful place!