A fantastic view of storm clouds in the snowy mountains in Romania.
It seems Trump wants us to pull away from the rest of the world. We need to use our votes to exercise our wills.
On Friday, Donald Trump announced that he would be pulling the United States out of the World Health Organization (WHO), effective immediately. The thing is, Donald Trump is not a member of WHO … the United States is a member of WHO. The United States is comprised of some 330 million people. As one of those 330 million people, I reject his decision, made solely in his own head with no consultation by knowledgeable experts or the people of this country. It is not right and proper for one ‘man’, a ‘man’ with substandard knowledge and substandard intellect, to make such a decision entirely on his own. It is dangerous … extremely dangerous. It is unfair to the people of not only this nation, but of the world.
Let me tell you a little bit about WHO. The United Nations body was founded in 1948 with a mission to promote…
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Walking the old ways as described by John Bainbridge.
Wandering through the quiet fields yesterday with just the cries of curlews, I thought of the line from Gray’s Elegy, which gave Thomas Hardy the title for his novel. I happen to be re-reading Far From the Madding Crowd at the moment (I recommend the Oxford University Press edition which has restored many passages missing from earlier editions). I hadn’t read any Hardy for some years, except the poems which I adore.
Far From the Madding Crowd – it conjures up a lot of images, particularly when you live in remote countryside such as ours. Yesterday, we saw one walker and a farmer, one or two more folk as we walked through a large hamlet. Apart from that, wandering through the landscape, we saw only a herd of cows and ewes with their lambs. A brief glimpse of a hare. Curlews and a peewit.
But Hardy’s Dorset – and…
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Information for better leadership.
We need words and acts of wisdom, ethics and compassion, from our leaders now more than ever. Since this is utterly lacking, take heart from the words of a truly gifted leader that could never be more relevant than today.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”
“I Have a Dream”, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963
My heart breaks for George Floyd, his family, and our country. Are we not better people than this?
There are no cheers…
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Pictures from Cindy Knoke of stunningly beautiful juvenile Crimson Rosellas from Australia.
This red head,
will grow into,
a pure scarlet beauty.
Cheers to you from the baby rosella in Oz~
More good people doing good things.
With the exception of the first story, today’s ‘good people’ are all doing small things but … boy, sometimes those little things sure can mean a lot!
For more than 20 years, the nonprofit Students Rising Above (SRA) has provided low-income, first-generation college students with financial assistance, internships, career counseling and more.
Now, the nonprofit has announced another incredible milestone. Anonymous donors have stepped forward with a gift that will change the lives of approximately 400 graduates – providing up to $8 million to pay off their college debt.
Elizabeth Devaney, CEO at SRA, informed the students with a surprise announcement on a Zoom video call.
“What I want to share with you tonight is that anonymous SRA donors have presented us with a remarkable gift. It’s intent is to eliminate student loan debt for you.”
Students like Dr. Zachary Tabb, who graduated medical school two years ago and owes…
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In the mountains of Romania.
A character study from D. Wallace Peach’s latest book “Liars and Thieves”.
I took a last-minute break to finish the 5th draft of my trilogy: Unraveling the Veil. Phew. Done. Now I can
celebrate start my next draft. Yay! Ugh!
This project has been in the works for 2 years, and I plan to start publishing in
May August if all goes well.
I thought I’d share a slightly-condensed intro to my WIP’s main characters, starting with Naj’ar, a goblin. I hope you enjoy the read.
Bats squeaked in the blackness, and an enduring cold leached from the walls. Neither troubled Naj’ar. His kind were accustomed to the leather-winged company, and his muscled frame, though half-elven, tolerated the chill almost as well as the purebloods. A shaggy fur draped his shoulders as he navigated the tunnelways beneath the mountain.
Ragged veins of quartz glimmered in the rock’s wet crevices, their latent power spiraling as if they’d captured wisps…
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Trump must be voted out of office.
The 2016 election was not a fair and honest election. If it had been, we would be writing about President Hillary Clinton today. The election was “rigged”, to use Trump’s own terminology, in ways almost too numerous to count. Gerrymandering takes top billing, as evidenced by the fact that Hillary Clinton won the election by nearly 3 million votes, yet because of gerrymandered districts, Trump ‘won’ the electoral college. Other means of disenfranchising poor and minority voters came into play, as did propaganda by Russian entities, as well as Trump’s own dirty campaign.
Our own intelligence agencies tell us that the Russians have been spreading disinformation and propaganda for over a year now, gerrymandered districts have only been re-districted in two states that I’m aware of. Add to that the crisis of the year, the coronavirus pandemic and … well, how could we possibly have a fair and honest election? …
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