Worth The Effort


Orlando Espinosa

Stay in touch with those who matter to you.  Not because it’s convenient, but because they’re worth the extra effort to stay in touch with!

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Baby Valentine~

Pictures of Valentine, the baby barn owl by Cindy Knoke.

Sleepy owlet Valentine wears his ❤ on his face. (Click to enlarge and see Valentine better).

Mama has left him, and it is his first day alone, out of his nesting box.

Valentine doesn’t know what to do,

so he decides to fly down near the human,

watch her out of one eye,

until he falls asleep, clinging to his cactus bed.
Cheers to you from Valentine the confused little owlet~

Note: We have a barn owl nesting box at The Holler, usually woodpeckers nest in it, but this spring a barn owl family actually moved in. Valentine is their chick. I kept an eye on him for his first 24 hours out of the box, which was easy because he seemed quite unafraid of me. I think he was a bit shocked and confused. He passed his second night last night, and I could hear him in the oak…

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President Trump Reaches New Low: He’s Discharging Immigrants From US Military

What President Trump and his buddies are quietly doing to the U.S. military.

Gronda Morin

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This is beyond evil and cruel. The republican President Donald Trump with his anti-immigration team members like his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senior Adviser Stephen Miller and his Chief of Staff General John Kelly have set up under the radar, a new anti-immigration policy of unduly discharging immigrants from the US military that were recruited by the US military.

Here is the rest of the story…

On July 5, 2018, Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke of the AP penned the following report, “AP NewsBreak: US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits”


“Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.”

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“The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more…

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Growing Old

I know what it’s like.

Phoenix Rainez

As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to, and less critical of, myself. I’ve become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read, or play on the computer until 4am? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60s, 70s & 80s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, or deemed inappropriate for my age and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But then again, some of life is just as well forgotten…

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Happy Canada Day!!!

Yes, by all means. Happy Canada Day!

Filosofa's Word

I have spent the past week down in the dark rabbit hole, and nearly missed noticing that today is one of our best friend’s birthday!!!  To all those Canadians who are such wonderful friends, who put up with out wayward ways and worst of all, our wayward leader, I hope you had or are having a wonderful Canada Day!  Love ‘n Hugs!!!Canada Day

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US Ambassador with 33 Years Experience Resigns Over President’s Slurs Of EU And NATO

Career diplomats are leaving because they can’t stand President Trump’s policies.

Gronda Morin


Our US allies have every right to be worried that the republican President Donald Trump is planning to bring a wrecking ball to the upcoming July 2018 NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, right before he heads out for his July 16th tete-a-tete with the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Another highly experienced, well respected US diplomat of 33 years bites the dust. The US Ambassador to Estonia announced his retirement on the 29th of June 2018 because of a string of controversial comments that President Trump made about U.S. allies in Europe. Ambassador James D. Melville Jr.,  has said that he he believes “in the U.S. support for the European Union and NATO to his “marrow.”

Image result for MAP OF ESTONIAHere is the rest of the story…

On June 29, 2018, Robbie Gramer of Foreign Policy penned the following report, “U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Resigns in Disgust After Trump Anti-Europe Rants” (“James Melville is…

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