Good People Doing Good Things — Communities

More news from Jill about good people (and a dog) doing good things.

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks … 2 hurricanes slammed the continental U.S., another even stronger one devastated the archipelago of Puerto Rico.  Four major earthquakes have hit Mexico so far this month. Political upheaval and controversy reigned, not only here in the U.S. but around the globe.  We all need to look to something positive, look at those people who thumb their noses at trouble and just roll up their sleeves and get down to the business of helping others.  Today’s ‘good people’ are those who take the meaning of the word ‘community’ seriously, who believe that we are all in this together and we need to set aside differences to help one another.

hatley.pngJulius Hatley is 95-years-young, a World War II veteran, and lives alone in Ft. Worth, Texas.  At the beginning of summer, back in June, Mr. Hatley’s central air-conditioning as well as a smaller window…

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What can he be thinking?

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On November 18, 1956, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, addressing Western ambassadors at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow, said …

“About the capitalist states, it doesn’t depend on you whether or not we exist. If you don’t like us, don’t accept our invitations, and don’t invite us to come to see you. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!”

we-will-bury-you-2On September 19, 2017, U.S.’ Donald Trump, addressing the United Nations in New York City, said of North Korea …

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea …”trump-fist

I was 5 years old when Khrushchev gave his speech.  Within days, posters appeared everywhere showing his picture with those words:  We Will Bury You.  Even at age 5…

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Musical Mondays: What Are You Waiting For

Really upbeat and inspirational.

Rachel Poli

I’ve noticed that I haven’t done a Musical Monday in a while. (I’ve also noticed that this is the third one and they’re all six months apart. I didn’t plan that.)

September is coming to a close. Everyone went back to work, back to school, and we’re all in our usual routines again.

While I’m happy, this is a big strange for me. For the past eight years, I’ve always had to deal with that first day of school. I’ve had to deal with working with new teachers, working with new students. I’ve been a robot; my body and mind catering to the preschool schedule, singing the days of the week and learning how to spell my name at the same time each and every day.

I don’t have that anymore.

I quit my job back in June at the end of the previous school year and honestly, I haven’t…

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Jolly Good Monday!!!

Jill says, “Happy Monday”.

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foot-tapThere you are!  I’ve been waiting … patiently …

Good Monday morning, my dear friends!  I hope you all had a fun, peaceful first weekend of fall and are now primed and ready for the work week ahead!  In a tribute to the advent of autumn, I have prepared some treats suitable for the season, so grab some pumpkin-spice coffee and something to munch on and let’s see if we can find something to laugh about on this fine autumn morning!

Bunny Shaq?

Who doesn’t love a cute bunny?  They don’t really need talent, just their own cuteness.  But meet Bini, who has a hefty dose of talent to go along with his innate cuteness.  Bini is an athlete and just this year won the Guinness World Record for … “Most basketball slam dunks in one minute by a rabbit.”  Who knew there even was such a category?

Bini’s human…

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NFL Is Not Taking President’s Bait To Divide Over Players Kneeling During National Anthem

What’s really happening.

Gronda Morin

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The republican President Donald Trump has done it again. Just as his comments promoting a moral equivalency between hate groups and those who oppose them when he referred to the mid-August 2017 rally sponsored by hate groups in Charlottesville, VA which turned violent, brought peoples together in opposition to his racist comments, there has been a repeat reaction with his words against NFL players who kneel in protest during the playing of the US national anthem.

They are emulating the former pro-quarterback Colin Kaepernick who took the controversial stance of kneeling at a game while the national anthem was playing, in protest to numerous unarmed Black men being fatally shot by law enforcement.

In my mind, Colin Kaepernick has not been dis-respecting the US Flag by kneeling as he reminds Americans that the US judicial system has not been living up to what the flag represents in the area of racism…

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Senator Bill Cassidy’s Lie About Republican’s Latest Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

Let’s take a look at the new Health Care bill.

Gronda Morin

By now, “we the people” all know that Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) was lying when he stated that the Graham-Cassidy bill guarantees coverage for preexisting medical conditions. What he omitted was that states could seek a waiver on this point. There are no provisions in the bill for follow-up or accountability in the states that are granted the waiver, which means that there is nothing to prevent the insurance companies from pricing the policies beyond what most consumers can afford.

Here is the rest of the story…

On September 23, 2017, Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post penned the following fact check report, “Sen. Cassidy’s misleading claim that preexisting-conditions ‘protection is absolutely the same.”

“We protect those with preexisting conditions. … The protection is absolutely the same. There’s a specific provision that says that if a state applies for a waiver, it must ensure that those with preexisting conditions…

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If You Don’t Read, You’re Not a Writer

This makes good sense.

Fox Writer

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”

– Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones

As a writer, I now take that saying as law.

If you don’t take the time to read, to explore the written word, then you are not a writer. It may sound harsh but reading is a necessity to good writing. It’s something that I’ve come to realise whilst writing my novel.

Growing up, I was an avid reader. Ever since I read the first Harry Potter, like many of us, I felt weird without having a book stuffed within my schoolbag, or tucked under my arm. I would spend hours of my day with my head buried within pages of writing.

However, it wasn’t until I started the journey of writing my own novel that I discovered that my once habitual reading patterns had…

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