Come In, November…

As we end the month of October on a note of “Trick or Treat,” let us hope that November, beginning on the celebration of “All Saints Day, will bring in an air of promise and truth that will encourage a return to “human” kindness…Prayers…Blessings…and Offerings….not only to those souls that have passed on but also to those living souls who remain.

I attended a Halloween celebration where it was declared that everyone present was fully vaccinated…My mask was a part of my costume…I don’t trust what people declare…We had four years of people declaring lies as truth…and those same people are still traveling around America pushing the same lies!

Anyway, one person showed up without a mask, defending their UN-vaccinated presence, and their opinion on masks…Well, my opinion is this: STAY HOME WITH YOUR OPINIONS!!!

There is always “One.”

Spare those of us who have consideration for others as well as ourselves. You can honor your rights without including those who have the same right to their opinions and their rights to exercise them as you do.

We are still being plagued by the same divisions in our population with people rebelling and striking out in selfish defense of “their rights” without considering the rights of others….

It is unfortunate that we don’t understand our “connectivity” to one another…how what we do…say…and react, has a like reaction…and most often…opposite consequences for those who are respectful and considerate of others…innocent, collateral damage to “selfishness.”

Here’s the bottom line….”Be who you are…as long as it doesn’t adversely affect the lives of others. Ponder it…understand it…get it, and practice it. To subject others to your point of view may have dangerous consequences…and should that be the case? Keep your freedom, and keep to yourself, until the “coast is clear.”

Human nature is still predictable and disheartening at how we continue to ignore and dismiss the bigger picture….

Let’s see if November can usher in some “saintliness” within our spirits…enough to give us a respect and selflessness to give humanity a chance to survive beyond the next few decades…at minimum…

Happy Halloween!

Come in, November….

Bring us some… Enlightenment…

October is Here…Now What?

We have entered the tenth month much the same as the last nine…Covid-19 statistics and push-back dramas…immigration fiascos…turning back the clock on personal freedoms…climate change eruptions making it clear that climate change IS here and making bold statements in weather delivery to reach those still in denial of environmental damage brought on by humankind’s ignorance in preserving and caring for the planet that sustains us…and due to such ignorance…may not be able to sustain us in the decades to come…

Political infighting which in itself is the foremost danger to the survival of democracy and the beloved dream of a free America…And while we are all trying our best to support…respect…and reach out to those in need…we are well below the standard of raising our compassion to the level of at least 50% in this country…let alone, around the globe.

Another year about to pass and leave us with…What? Dare we say…more human chaos? Or can we say maybe a slight improvement over last year?

We must open our eyes and our hearts with the recognition and knowledge that life will never be the same as it was at the beginning of 2019…or 1999…We must move forward and weather the storms that are materializing in our path of humanity with unity and vision toward improving upon the human condition…and include plans to immediately implement change to prevent any further damage to our environment…this is the only way to ensuring a path forward for our moment of now…and future generations…some of which are here now…and fighting to secure a future for themselves and their children…and their children’s children.

We can no longer afford to indulge in the nonsense and nonsense of those who are destroying and making a mockery of our nation…through the ineptitude of what is coming from political parties…both Blue and Red, and in between…leaving the American people as well as Allies of our country, caught in the middle, and viewed as nothing more than expendable, collateral damage… Those factions who swore allegiance to upholding the integrity and the Constitution of the United States of America…

The only terrorists we have to fear at present are those who are in constant battle tearing our country apart…upon Capitol Hill….A true democracy does not use its power to “best” and tear down opposite beliefs of its constituency…it works to find compromise to best preserve and build continuity of unity…strengthened by the body of core beliefs upon which freedom is guaranteed and supported…Instead, we are delivered constantly into the pit of division…and chaos.

At this pace…the only change that will come is a country wrought with such fracture and division…nothing will prevent it from ultimately falling apart….

The only masks that need to come off right here and right now are the masks of denial and delusion.

October is Here…

Now What?

Now we stop pretending…

We stop holding back…

We start caring…

We start rebuilding…

We start unifying…

We take a second look at who we the people let run our country…on all sides of the political spectrum…and honestly take a look at where you are because of it…and where you are headed because of it…don’t take sides…take heart…take objectivity…and stop to honestly evaluate where your life will be in two months….six months…a year…is it acceptable to you? To your families? To a better America? A better world?

Take a good long look…

Look hard…

Life is not ever going to go back to where it was…

The time is here to make a change to guarantee a future…

What Now?

That answer rests with all of us….

To Vaccine…or Not To Vaccine? That Is Not The Question…That Is A Choice…

To Vaccine…or Not To Vaccine? That Is Not The Question…That Is “A Choice.”

Has it really come down to this?!

A Federal judge ruled against more than 100 Houston hospital workers who stand to lose their jobs by termination…if they don’t get vaccinated.

The lawsuit the employees brought against the hospital said that the administrators requesting the vaccination mandate were in violation of the Nuremberg Code of 1947; comparing the vaccine demand to Nazi medical experimentation on concentration camp prisoners during World War II.

The lawsuit also stated that the hospital administrators were forcing its employees to be ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition for continued employment…

The ten points of the Nuremberg Code deal with human experimentation and the ethics involved in experimentation.

There is a fine line here…

The actual conception of the vaccine with human subjects and their consent and the ethics involved would be applicable use the Nuremberg Code in a lawsuit if violations occurred with the actual human experimentation testing protocol with the vaccine test subjects…

Using the Nuremberg Code outside of these measures is a fine line….

The real issue here is “freedom of choice” with the situation presented…

The choices reveal the consequences which we must be prepared to take.

The fact about taking any medication subjects its user or recipient to be a ‘guinea pig.’ However, the medication is taken in most cases without really giving consideration to this very real conclusion.  One does not know how one’s biological organism (their body) will react to any drug…that is why side effects are listed, and questions asked about allergies and reactions…even aspirin! Yet, people take their medications and vaccines, as a medical professional may prescribe…if it is going to render them better by eliminating the symptoms which trigger or cause the “dis-ease” within them.

It is again, a matter of choice on the individual’s part to indeed partake… Standing strong on principles and values are always subject to consequences.

“Choice” is called upon to deliver the consequences of our actions…choices made and accepted by our own making…not the making of someone…or something else.

In choosing not the take the vaccine in this instance of the Houston Methodist Hospital employees…They can choose to quit…and seek out employment elsewhere…or stay…and take the vaccine.  Let it be your decision and your choice…your consequence…not a dictation or demand, your choice.  However it plays out, inalienable rights and freedom are not synonymous…inalienable rights should be justifiable enough…yet they are not…Freedom is supposed to be guarantee in The Land of the Free…yet, it is only another word for nothing left to lose…

Our individual rights depend upon our individual choices…with like minds standing together to ensure those collective freedoms…and protecting them.

Because it is most likely that the employees at this hospital are “at will” employees, they are subjected to the hospital’s policies of “at will” employment.

If the employees did not sign contracts stating the conditions of their employment, inclusive of what the employee’s stipulations are regarding being vaccinated against viruses, bacterial infections or other illness, in order to keep their positions…they have an uphill battle in the works. 

Creating a condition to force people into vulnerable positions to make choices against their better judgment is an infringement upon their inalienable rights…an area that possesses numerous loopholes to challenge….

The challenging situations that the pandemic has produced have given way to behaviors that are archaic in mutual conclusions beneficial to everyone involved…

These “forcible” tactics will change much of the population’s mind about taking the vaccine…and it will lead to another surge…worse in some areas than before…

The vaccine would help if people can choose for themselves…this way will only allow the virus to morph into mutations which will be deadlier…stupidity is predictable on all levels…

It is most unfortunate that society is going backward…Freedom of choice…what happened?

Who let the Covid-19 fanatics loose to exercise methods that dictate the corralling of freedom of choice to take the vaccine…or not to take the vaccine?

Choices to protect oneself and others against becoming infected should be kept into place, such as masking and sanitizing, as a compromise to those who are on the fence about the vaccination…those who are set against the vaccination…and those who are slow in getting the vaccine.

Those who choose not to vaccinate may very well become infected…or not.. if they protect themselves masking and sanitizing until enough people are vaccinated to render the pandemic to a status of a “cold” or “flu” yearly routine occurrence…

Just remember that choices produce consequences…and the consequences will be the test of one’s choices…

To vaccine…or not to vaccine…your choice…your consequences…

Choose…

Either way…

Conditions on your freedom… is the consequence.

Resurrection From Social Distancing And Isolation…

Resurrecting From Social Inactivity And Isolation…

Two months ago, I was contacted as a vendor to take part in a bi-annual outdoor festival sponsored by a local business to support kitten adoptions…

Since the pandemic, I have become the consummate social distance expert and masked crusader… I reluctantly moved forward and agreed to purchase a space with the hopes of the pandemic being under control to the point of life outside being a normal venture again…

As the dates of the weekend festival neared, I grew more apprehensive of becoming a part of the “unmasked” crowd…especially since I was still wavering on obtaining a clear cut mindset on “to vaccinate or not to vaccinate,” a question of decision that still haunts me and surfaced in a dream a few nights ago.

The day before the festival, I went to the location to pick up my space assignment.  Carefully masking up before emerging from my vehicle, I noticed the organizer standing a few feet away with a clipboard in hand…maskless! Once outside, I also noticed she was less than six feet away from another participant near her tent.  I took a quick look around and saw other participants setting up their tents and tables… without masks.  Then, I realized I was the only person wearing a mask…

The statewide mask mandate in our state expired on April 16, 2021. Private businesses, cities, towns and organizations could continue to keep their mask mandates should they choose to do so.  The city in which I live still requires the mask mandate.  The city where the festival was being held, lifted their mask mandate. Looking around me, I felt a wave of fear.

The maskless face and cheery attitude of the event organizer did little to ease my “deer in headlights” feeling…

She proceeded to give me my space number and participant instructions and led me down the stairs to my place in the lot.  As she was explaining the tent setup my eyes continued to dart around to various maskless individuals setting up with ease… When she concluded, I said goodbye and headed to my vehicle, anxious to leave this scene behind.

My anxiety to attend or not to attend grew through the night and culminated in a morning call to the organizer.  I wanted to let her know that I would not be participating in the weekend event.  Her husband answered and was quite understanding of my anxiety and offered up jokes to help ease the situation.  I felt relieved…

Social distancing and mask wearing…hand washing and sanitizing had become my new normal.  While I always hand washed and sanitized at the appropriate moments before the coronavirus, the frequency and the demand for it due to the pandemic had easily become second nature and an expectancy pertaining to all who entered my proximity, and my ritual of respect when I entered into someone else’s space and proximity…especially when going out to do necessary errands which intersected with others.  My responsibility of preserving my life also extends to preserving and protecting the lives of others during this pandemic.

With the easing of restrictions due to the drop in Covid-19 cases and vaccine attainment, resurrecting from social distancing and social inactivity will be the new hurdle to overcome. 

Until the pandemic is declared officially under control and cases drop below 100, we are not out of the woods.  A new surge or new variant strains can come in and upset the apple cart at any given moment…and lifting protocol because of those who are anxious to live life as it was before Covid because of promising results with the vaccine and prior social distancing practices…may be a few months premature…Time will definitely tell the complete tale.

Fear is the great inhibitor and it rears its ugly head in some capacity in our lives, every second of every day…new challenges of fear creep in…affecting even those who consider themselves fearless and invincible…they are just experts at “masking it.”

Sometimes, fear isn’t fear…but intuition or instinct…either way, we must pay heed.

I am looking forward to the day when I can relinquish my mask to retirement and feel the air upon my face again…and I will… in my space and timetable…not someone else’s…

My resurrection back into social interaction will be my great celebration, fit with all the bells and whistles of announcement allowable.

Kisses, anyone?

Soon…just not today.

Readjusting ourselves to a “new normal,” a new approach to living after a dramatic series of events is also a “healing process.”

Healing is the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.

That includes a healthy and sound state of mind.

This pandemic has shaken and unsettled confidences, belief systems, taken lives, broken families and forced tactile humanity into isolation and restrictive lifestyles for over a year…and is still erupting to that cause and effect; with some parts of the globe, again, reentering lock down…So much so, that when the appearance of “normalcy” emerges, there are those among us who cling to the enforced, tried and true measures of securing our health and safety; that has brought us to this place of still preserving our gift of life…I know firsthand.  It is called “self-preservation.”

To those who are hesitant and unsure…take your time.  Embrace your method of healing and resurrection into life out of isolation and social distancing in a healthy and safe manner. 

Let go of fear…and let go of any paranoia.  Do not let it creep in or set in.  Hesitancy after a long illness is…normal.  Hesitancy after prolonged isolation…is normal. Hesitancy in being unsure…is normal.

Trust your instincts and move out into the mainstream when your spirit signals you that it is safe…and in your best interest to do so.

You are not alone…

Godspeed…God protects.

Be still…and listen to your heart.

You will rise again….

Believe…

Another month has dawned…

Here we are…the first day of March…2021.

Slowly but surely life is moving forward…not as quickly as the months of this year…

What can we do to accelerate our road to recovery in gathering together again?

Believe…

We can believe in and engage in the measures that will assist us in getting our lives back on track in living…

This can only happen if we…

Believe…

We can regain our faith in one another enough to care about one another…enough to practice social distancing…

Believe…

We can wear a mask and dispel the illusion that we are giving up personal rights to do so, when it has the odds on its side to save your life and the lives of others, knowing you can also set a life-saving example…

Believe…

We can overcome our fears enough to take a vaccine that has the ability to keep us from falling so ill that we may never recover…because we don’t want to fall ill…to the degree that we may become another fatality…

Believe…

That we are all superheroes and super heroines… because we possess the abilities to make all things possible to move ourselves forward through these current setbacks and obstacles…knowing all things will pass…and we can usher in the changes through these challenges…if we…

Believe….

If…for some reason you didn’t before…know it now…March 1, 2021 is here…

There’s no time like the present moment of this new month…to begin…

Get busy…Make it all happen…

Your life is calling…

Believe…..

We’re Here…2021 Has Arrived…

We’re here…2021 has arrived…

Once we get over the giddy feeling, we can get a better picture of what the New Year has in store for us…

The best thing to know is that 2020 is behind us and gone at last!

One thing we must continue to do for this year to start better is to continue social distancing and mask wearing…doing this will guarantee a better 2021, and the opportunity to begin normalizing our lives with the coming of summer months…

The vaccine is here…and it will expedite our chances of stopping the spread of the virus…if we all do our part for a little while longer.

The important thing to remember is to be mindful…

New beginnings…in the New Year….

Better times…in the New Year…

Do overs…in the New Year…

Re-creating…in the New Year…

Re-defining…in the New Year…

Love without boundaries…in the New Year…

Have more compassion…in the New Year…

Have more patience…in the New Year…

Stand up more often…in the New Year…

Seek more wisdom…in the New Year…

Be a better example…in the New Year…

Never take anything for granted…in the New Year…

Never take anyone for granted…in the New Year…

Take moments to reflect…in the New Year…

Appreciate your life…in the New Year…

Remember how many lives were lost…in the New Year…

Think about how many lives can be saved…in the New Year…

Think about how many lives your actions will touch…in the New Year…

Be thankful…in the New Year…

You have arrived…in 2021…

Your new moments have begun…

364 more days to honor 2021…

So let us jump in…and get busy….

Happy New Year!!!!

Welcome again…2021…..

The Two Most Prized Gifts This Christmas Day…

The two most prized gifts this Christmas Day are…the gift of Love…and the gift of Life…

The Universe has given humanity the task of extending life through love…by understanding and utilizing the meaning of “unconditional.”

The true meaning of Christmas which began to shift in the mid-19th century is “To give up one’s very self—to think of others…how to bring the greatest happiness to others.”

This Christmas we were tasked with choosing to adhere to the standing protocol involving social distancing and mask wearing to curb and slow down the spread of a raging plague classified as Covid-19, which came into being near the beginning of the year.  Many ignored protocol…and the virus gathered uncontrollable momentum and has now mutated to a strain that is faster in its ability to infect, increasing its reach into groups, such as people under the age of 30 and young children, nearly tripling its rate of mortality overall.

We have the ability to give life…by caring about the lives of others…by practicing social precautions known to arrest the spread of this deadly disease.  That includes traveling…

Can we care about others more than we care about ourselves?  The sacrifice that brought forth Christmas Day was the birth of a savior…who would one day sacrifice his life…to save humanity from the ravages of sin…whereby granting everlasting life by giving up his own self…by thinking of others.

The excuses made to ignore the simplest of short-term remedies in order to get back to normalcy are weak and selfish and without regard to others and their right to life.

There will be mothers and fathers…grandmothers and grandfathers…sisters and brothers…children and grandchildren…aunts and uncles…cousins and friends…who will lose their lives, because someone and many… felt they could ignore protocols, and live life as if it were normal…in the Age of Covid-19.

So many asymptomatic individuals are passing the virus onto others… Think of the thousands who could be spared and saved from this avenue of transmission if everyone wore a mask?

If doctors and nurses and other healthcare personnel, who are willing to put your life first…before their lives… and many have given up their lives in treating and caring for those stricken with this horrific disease…can’t we also love life enough to give the gift of life to another?

Out of love, we can give the gift of life through love…we can give the gift of life through helping those who are less fortunate in making it through this devastating trial of life altering circumstances…we must remember that any one of us can be touched by the tragedy of the Coronavirus…any one of us can be touched by the threat of eviction…any one of us has and can lose our livelihoods…but in the midst of it all…we must remember our humanity.  We have…and always will be…our brother and sister’s keeper…no matter what race…culture…creed…or any form of diversity…our purpose is to realize the connectivity we share with every living creature…the breath of life does not discriminate…it is the life of life… Un-conditionality must bring us to this realization…Love…must bring us to this realization….

This Christmas Day…out of darkness…light can come forth…through each and every one of us…The power of humanity’s longevity…is in your hands…and mine.

No act is too small…given out of love…it becomes a great miracle to one in need…

You are the first day of someone’s life…

Practice social distancing…

Wear a mask…

Please restrict your travel for just a little longer…

Donate a can of food to your local food bank…

Give a dollar or two to a charity that you know will help someone who has lost their home…or will help them save it.

You are chosen to save a life…by giving life…

Your importance isn’t measured by what you have or how much you can give…

You are important because you are the continuity of life…through your gift of love…through your gift of sharing the breath of life…

You are the giver of Christmas miracles…

The importance of Christmas…is you.

This Christmas Day, the two most prized gifts are the gift of Love…and the gift of Life…and you possess them both…

You have the free-will to exercise the giving…

Will you?

The Universe is watching….

Godspeed you the courage to honor your gifts…

Merry Christmas…2020.

Tricks…Treats…and Truth….

Tricks…Treats…and Truth…

This Halloween is certainly different from last year…

All Hallows Eve is supposed to be the day when the veil between the living and the dead is thin…and allows souls of the dead to come back to earth and walk among the living…

People would leave out food and candy for the dead, in the hope that the evil spirits would leave them alone…

Could that be what happened in 2016…around Election time?

Do you think if we left out some candy and food…maybe a ton of big macs and two tons of fries…we could exorcise the White House of its dead souls…and have them all back behind the veil of their waiting homes by November 3rd?

That would be a trick and a gaggle of treats worth exploring…

The truth is…it was a beautiful, large Blue Moon…it would have been perfect to have tons of costumed children and their parents and friends, parading up and down the street of houses whose yards were full of the greatest decorations and “Thriller” fare, knocking on doors and asking for candy…and watching the children…and adults light up with delight at receiving their favorite treats!

The coronavirus…voter suppression and other election divisive tactics…and election anxiety… have cast a huge shadow on this year’s Halloween celebration…

Maybe next year…Kids big and small…can celebrate…and the only masks we will wear, are those which match our costumes!

The Trick…is to stay sane…

The Treat…is to be safe…

And the Truth…is if we do our part in social distancing and wearing a mask, we can lessen the spread of this virus…bring it that much closer to being contained until a vaccine is available…and save lives.

Have a mellow Halloween…

Next Halloween… We’ll be back!!!

Food For Thought…

While out on my daily walks this past week at a beautiful forest park in the middle of the city where I live,  I noticed many people out walking, running and biking along the trails…without masks…and without social distancing, which is posted in visual and worded detail, upon entering the park… Children are present with a parent or two…Boys and girls soccer teams…elderly people…without masks…sans social distancing….

Here is some food for thought…

We all breathe the same air… when people are running without masks, walking, biking and socializing, believing that they are protected because they are in the “open air”…did you ever stop to think about the transmission of this virus? It is AIRBORNE…

The open air, is not going to protect you from the virus…because it is airborne.  It travels through the air.  When someone coughs…or sneezes…or breathes heavily, as in running, they are releasing particles from their mouths…which are large particles…aerosol in nature, into the open air… When one comes behind them, they are exposing themselves to whatever is lingering in the air after that person or persons has expelled the contents of their person…into the air.

Asymptomatic…contagious…one has no idea…yet, one is exposing themselves to a greater possibility of contracting Covid-19, because they believe they are “safe” in an open air environment. So…why wear masks? Why practice social distancing? Why care about the next person? Chances are, you’re good, right?

Wear a mask. Period. Practice social distancing. Period. Why take chances? Maybe it would take you or someone you love to contract this disease…would that bring it home to finally take heed?

Don’t play Russian roulette with your health or the health of others… Until everyone takes this virus seriously and practices social distancing and wearing masks…it’s going to prolong the longevity of this disease.  Defiance will only result in more sickness…death…and shutdowns…

This is the new normal…be flexible and willing to change your lifestyle for now. If everyone does their civic duty to themselves and our communities, we can and will beat the odds of this pandemic.

This virus is airborne…wear a mask at all times, outside of your home…no matter what you are doing…and especially when you are out at parks and recreational areas where groups of people gather…believing…that because they are outdoors…they are safe…and there is no need of masks…or social distancing…

Nothing could be farther from the truth…use common sense…be wise…once this virus is under control and a vaccine is available, safe, tested and proven to contain and stop the spread of Covid-19…then…and only then…can masks come off…and social distancing, will clearly be a choice of liking or disliking someone enough…to let them get close….

Just some Food For Thought……

July Says Goodbye…

Here we are again… July says goodbye…another month comes to an end…

We are still battling the corona virus…White House Administrative, Elephantine, pie-in-the-sky illusions…massive unemployment…masses trying to make ends meet…tremendous death tolls on the rise again, because the belief is that not wearing masks and not taking protective measures against the virus will make a difference, due to misinformation, and those who wish to exercise “invincibility” against a virus that has no distinct indication of how it is attacking humans in the first place!  What we do know is covering the face at the most vulnerable points of entry gives the most assurance of keeping this virus at bay, while sanitizing and washing hands is also a viable recourse against it…Your life is at stake…and the lives of others, by you, if you do not follow the safety guidelines until a vaccine is found and made available…

July also saw the death of an American Hero and Giant of Civil Rights, John Lewis, Congressman from Georgia… He said:

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair.  Be hopeful, be optimistic.  Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime.  Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble.”

Words to live by…words to put into practice…an energizing mantra….

Right here, at July’s end, as is every day, until we conquer our demons and enemies acting against humanity, is a call for action from each and every one of us.  If we truly value life…and one another…we will always answer the call of action…because the call is mobilizing us to stand up against injustice, tyranny and any assaults against doing the right thing… We must always exercise common sense…if one can be reckless without harming another…that’s their right…however, should their recklessness touch the life or lives of others in a harmful manner, this recklessness becomes everyone’s concern…

The only way we can better the world is by bettering ourselves…The only way we can change the world…is to change ourselves…We can alter the surge of the virus and put it in decline…by following the guidelines to do so…We can bring about justice in the world, by being a voice and activist against injustice…Just as John Lewis spent his entire life doing…and he ushered in and brought about change…crucial change in the fight for Civil Rights…Equality is not a privilege…but a human right! July says goodbye…I say make it your beginning…

We must all change the rhythm of the world…We must sing a more righteous and heartfelt song by changing the words and the melody to reflect the times…We cannot continue to live and function in a “dead” past.  We must choose life and advancement…

As July says goodbye, let August say “Hello, this month will make a difference, because, I will make that difference…”

You can…You will…You must…nothing will change, if you don’t.  You are the difference…Only you can change the course of this Pandemic…Injustice…Humanity…

Common sense…

Compassion…

Conquer and elevate the world to a better tomorrow…

Tomorrow is August…

A new month…a new beginning to make that change…

Goodbye…July….


 

 

 

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