11 September 2016 … Memories (a repost)

In remembrance.

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Those who have followed this blog for more than a year know that each year on this date I write a post pertaining to 9/11.  This year, for some reason, though I tried, I have been unable to write anything worthy of being read.  I looked back at my past posts and decided that the one I wrote last year was, perhaps, the best of I have done and … it is every bit as relevant today as it was one year ago.  So, this is a repeat … some of you have already read it, but many have only joined our community in the last year.  Thank you for reading, as this is near and dear to my heart.

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911-cover-4Fifteen years ago.  It seems so much longer … another lifetime.  And yet … and yet, it seems like such a short time ago. I remember the morning well…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Hidden Heroes Part II

More heroes.

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Since last week’s good people post focused primarily on the ‘hidden heroes’ who had quietly gone about the business helping victims of Hurricane Harvey, I intended to write this week about a philanthropist who has given away billions.  But more and more stories of ‘hidden heroes’ working tirelessly and selflessly to help those affected by the storms and subsequent floods kept popping up everywhere I looked, and I decided to stick with that theme for this week … these people deserve a bit of recognition and a big THANKS!  So let me introduce you to more heroes down in the Lone Star State!


Brothers Brad and Adam Morris of San Antonio, Texas, wanted to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, but they weren’t sure how. It just so happens that their cousin is, a Houston police officer and he  gave them an idea when he said, “We’ve got boats, but…

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First Visit!

Jane Bwye’s recent post on an African charity.

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My apologies for the break in my “Charity” blog series, caused by the passing of my long-suffering husband. He was ready to go, he told me on the day of our Golden Wedding anniversary…

Life goes on, and I am beginning to pick up the threads again.

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It is always good to hear from David Baldwin, and I’m delighted to give you the second in his series about his work in Kenya. Over to you, David!

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In my introductory blog I recounted how myself and daughter Susie started in 2009 our small, grass roots charity supporting an impoverished, marginalised community in NE Kenya – St Peter’s Life-Line, and the amazing circumstances in which we, and they, now find ourselves. My next blogs will fill the gaps between then and now, sharing with you the joys and sorrows of this tumultuous and wonderful journey.

With all the preliminaries of setting…

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A Tale Of Trump And The Boy Scouts

The inappropriate speech given at the Boy Scout Jamboree this year.

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The crowd at the latest Trump rally was different from other crowds at previous rallies.  They were children.  Children who ranged in age from 7 to 18.  They were Boy Scouts who belong to an organization that promotes the values of good citizenship and service to others in the community.  Their oath is:

“On my honor, I will do my best. To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”

For 80 years, American presidents have been speaking to the National Scout Jamboree, a gathering of tens of thousands of youngsters from around the world eager to absorb the ideas of service, citizenship and global diplomacy. In keeping with the Scouts’ traditions, all eight presidents have stayed far, far away from partisan politics. But as we all…

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Ethics, Shmethics …

How sad honest people have to quit.

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When a person is in a position of extreme responsibility and trust, and is no longer, due to situations beyond his control, able to perform his duties to the best of his ability, if he is a person of good conscience, he will resign his position.  That is exactly what Walter M. Shaub, Jr., head of the Office of Government Ethics, has done.  Although I am distressed by his resignation, I hail him as a man of honour, and quite honestly I would have done the same.  This move, however, speaks volumes about the lack of honesty and integrity in the White House, and it opens the door wide for even more abuses of power and greed than we have seen in the past six months.

shaub-2“It’s hard for the United States to pursue international anticorruption and ethics initiatives when we’re not even keeping our own side of the street…

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Good People Doing Good Things – Many, Many, Many

Fantastic.

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Last week’s ‘good people’ story about the couple who adopted 88 children with disabilities is one that may not be top-able, so I won’t even try.  Today I shine a spotlight on three good people whose good deeds, though on a smaller scale,  did not go unnoticed.  Today’s first good person did not adopt 88 children, but he did adopt two …


Jody Thompson and his wife Jeannie did not plan for a large family … in 2015 they had two children already, Ryan (15) and Charley (8), and life was pretty fine.  Jody was a police officer with the Poteau, Oklahoma police department and it was just as he was about to go on duty on that day in April, 2015, that he responded to a call about a report of child abuse.

When Thompson and other officers arrived at the house, what they found sickened them.  Thompson, who…

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The Kitchen Table Charity

About some wonderful people

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Judith Gibbons is a new friend – I haven’t met her in the flesh, but her grit and determination are evident. I’ll let you speak for yourself, Judith!

You can’t tell anybody about this Mrs Gibbons

Those word were spoken by a 6ft tall 15 year old youth who had ALMOST been banned from coming with me, on my second ever trip to Kenya in 1995. He did not mean “don’t tell them I was holding hands with two Pokot toddlers” but “There is no way to describe this ….you can’t tell anybody, you have to feel it! “

And that was practically the start of “Friends From Marich Pass”.

A school trip with 53 participants, living without electricity, with long drop loos, with open air cold showers, and the bites of mosquitoes; this resulted, on our return to England, in the students wanting to do something to help. They all got…

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What Are They Up To Today ?????

We should all be aware.

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candlesThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is, lest you think otherwise, alive and well.  And they are on top of the really, really important things!  But beware!!!  They are coming for your candles!  The agency that once issued memos about carbon pollution from power plants and the threat that they posed to public health, is now warning that burning candles and incense can irritate the lungs of asthma sufferers.  Oh yes, and beware, too, of those summer bonfires, as the wood smoke can trigger asthma attacks.  Isn’t it wonderful that an agency with an $8 billion budgetis spending our money to warn us about the dangers of candles and wood smoke?

As one who has had asthma since birth, I can assure you that candles burning in my home are not a problem.  My two biggest problems are the air outdoors when it is warm and humid, and flowers.  Ohhhh…

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A One and Three Twofer

Another part of Teagan’s serial, “Murder at the Bijou: Three Ingredients-I”

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Slow Joe Crow wanted to join us today

It’s One-Liner Wednesday, the series brought to us by Linda G. Hill, and many of you will be surprised by how close to one line I am going to come. That’s because I am joined today by Teagan R. Geneviene who will soon release her 1920’s novel. If you’re not familiar with Teagan and her three-things stories, you’re in for a treat. If you are familiar with Teagan’s work, you know exactly what kind of treat you’re in for.

My one-liner is all about a treat too. A few weeks ago, when I woke up in Florida with the task making, changing and cancelling flights on a day the airlines were struggling with a blizzard in the Northeast, I wasn’t eager to get out of bed. I talked myself into action with the following thought:

When you know you’re going…

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