July 6th: Stephon Clark

Why many black people are afraid.

Stephon Clark
August 10, 1995 – March 18, 2018

 March 18, 2018:

Stephon Clark, a father of two, was shot and killed in Sacramento CA, by two officers with the Sacramento PD. This all took place in the backyard of his grandmother’s house while he had a phone in his hand. He was on probation for domestic dispute at the time.

2 days prior, Clark had been in a physical domestic dispute with Salena Manni, the mother of his 2 children, and was trying to call her. Manni had sent texts telling him that he would be sent back to prison for the domestic incident and that he would not see his children for a long time. Clark also texted other ex-girlfriends seeking drugs, as well as texting Manni that he was going to commit suicide. An examination of his internet search history also showed that he had been researching websites about suicide.

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Don’t Label Me!

Jill explains what she wants.

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I would much rather live in a world where everyone has equal rights.  I would rather live in a world where free education … a good education where young people are taught to think … is affordable and available to all.  I would rather live in a world where good health care is available to all at a very small cost to those who cannot afford it, and a higher cost to those who can.  I would rather live in a world where people have been taught since birth to respect everyone and everything … humans, but also the environment, all animals, trees, flowers, grass.  I would rather live in a world where people can disagree without fighting, without screaming and yelling, without threats of violence.  I would rather live in a world where people gladly stop to help a stranger or give up something – time or money or…

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Some Republicans Leaving The Trumptanic

How some who voted for Trump in the last election have changed their thinking.

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Donald Trump is a frustrated ‘man’.  He thinks he should have won a Nobel Peace Prize, mainly because he is jealous that President Obama won one in 2009.  Only four U.S. presidents have ever won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Trump is about as far away from one as anybody I can imagine.

And then, there is the fact that his ugly mug will never be carved into the side of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, though he has long said he would like to see that happen.  He has illusions of grandeur that are just that … illusions.

And, of course, there is the fact that his poll numbers are tanking and the only way he’s going to win in November is “by hook or by crook”.  Even life-long republicans are stepping back from Trump.  The New York Times recently interviewed some republicans in swing states who enthusiastically voted…

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Hunca Munca & Brothers~

Pictures by Cindy Knoke and a story to go with them.

I was watering The Holler flowers,

daydreaming, not paying attention,

when out of the corner of my eye, I spied,

baby Hunca Munca and her three little brothers,

desperately climbing and clinging to the fountain grass.

I had inadvertently flooded their nest!

Needless to say, I gave watering a rest.

Cheers to you from all the living creatures at The Holler~

Note: For more about Hunca Munca see, “The Classic Tale of Two Bad Mice,” by Beatrix Potter.

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July 2: Philando Castile

What happened in the case of Philando Castile?

Philando Castile
(July 16, 1983– July 6, 2016)
http://www.philandocastilefoundation.org/

About Him: Philando Divall Castile was born in Saint Lousi, Missouri. He worked for the Saint Paul Public School District as a supervisor in nutrition services and memorized the names and the food allergies of nearly 500 children in the school. He served as a role model for hundreds of children often teaching them important lessons about the consequences of stealing and being respectful.

A coworker said: “Kids loved him. He was quiet, respectful and kind. I knew him as warm and funny.”

Philando Castile was also a member of a teamsters union that represented public and law enforcement personelle.

On the day of his shooting: On July 6, 2016, Castile and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds and her 4 yr old daughter, were returning from grocery shopping.  They were pulled over as part of a traffic stop by Officers Jeronimo…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Reaching Out

More good people doing good things.

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If it’s Wednesday, then it must be time to set aside the politics for just a few moments and focus on some good people, yes?  Well, it just happens that I’ve found a couple …


Lasagna anyone?

Michelle Brenner went to work at her job in a men’s clothing store in Gig Harbour, Washington, one day in March, only to be told that the store would be closing indefinitely, due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Michelle went home and fixed herself a pan of lasagna … comfort food, y’know.

The next day, she knew she couldn’t just sit home and do nothing to help people, so she volunteered to go grocery shopping for some friends and neighbors.  When she noticed that several had included frozen lasagna on their lists, she was horrified!  FROZEN Lasagna???  Surely not!  Now, Michelle is of Italian descent, and has long used the recipe her grandmother handed…

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July 1st Elijah McClain

Kawanee writes of the death of Elijah McClain.

10:30 p.m. on August 24, 2019, Elijah McClain left his house to go to a convenience store to get something ice tea for his brother. He was 23 years old and on his way home, listening to music as he walked. Unbeknownst to him someone called the police to report a suspicious man in a ski mask waving his hands around.

Hewas a massage therapist who is said to have loved animals and who taught himself to play the guitar and the violin. A photograph of Mr. McClain playing the violin for stray cats, which he believed helped soothe them, has gone viral. Sheneen McClain says her son was always introverted. She said he’d channel his shy nature by expressing himself through art.

While he was detained, Mr. McClain was clearly in distress. After officers restrained him on the ground, he vomited several times, for which he apologized, saying, “I’m sorry…

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