The Swamp Girl
Although I traveled the world as a child and met many people of varying backgrounds, my main experience was growing up in a town where there was only one black family, the rest all being white Midwestern folks. The main black and brown people I knew were on my TV set. Which, of course, did not give an accurate representation of what was happening around our nation. I really deeply loved everyone the same — Americans, just like me.
During my career, I ended up moving to the south, to the east coast. …
If we are to tear down the monster of White Supremacy, closely affiliated with the twin monsters of misogyny and bigotry that often ride in the same humans, we must begin. This monster has afflicted our nation for hundreds of years and the time has come to face this dragon head on.
The work begins by ferreting out the bottom bricks of the pyramid of White Supremacy, which will make it fall and implode. We must create a national garden that will not support the growth of this thought monster that transforms into an action monster.
Get out your verbal and psychological shovel and pick and begin. Take time to read through the pyramid. Consider posting the pyramid in your home and regularly reviewing it for progress. Talk with your family about this. Make a plan of action. …
Wear a Mask
It was late at night as I worked the emergency room far out in the swamp. “Should be a nice, quiet night,” I thought to myself as I prepared to get a few winks.
“Doctor, we have a code coming in,” the nurse yelled into my office as she quickly walked by to prepare.
“Car wreck. Guy was ejected. In the swamp.”
OK, we have a man (late teens, I later found out) who was likely not wearing his seatbelt. He was ejected from a single vehicle car accident. …
We are all in this together.
In our society, people who rent their homes are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the thrashings of political whims. Even those who reliably pay their rent on time or early every month could suffer an unexpected loss of their home due to legal wranglings over the home. The result is that a majority of Americans currently have unstable sources of housing. Our entire system of funding homes, regulating rentals, funding healthcare, funding education is now, like a laser beam, destroying the capability for citizens to afford housing.
With the advent of credit scores as a determination of your ability to pay rent, it has become easier for landlords to find the “non payers” and refuse to rent to them. It is apparent, though, that with the power they have, the credit bureaus require significant oversight to protect citizens, renters and property owners alike, from being crushed under the wheels of the massive monopolies who have the power to destroy their lives with the flick of a pen. I think having this system is great as it allows people to experience repercussions for not keeping their word. It allows them to become up to date with their bills, create a budget, and figure out how to handle the inevitable unexpected bills by saving money. In a word, it gives accountability and power to renters, to citizens. …
They are in your community now.
I wanted to share this anonymous post submitted by a tired and frustrated front line doctor. I share it because I want everyone to know that the man in the vegetable section of your grocery store may know he has COVID, may choose to not mask up, and does not understand he could kill or permanently disable those around him.
Due to the massive number of cases we will have in the fall, I presume many of those trump lovers will ultimately figure it out, mask up, and change their ways. …
And it’s not just, “He’s not trump.”
Many people will be voting for Joe Biden because the alternative is the end of democracy. However, many don’t know that Joe has a huge, detailed, effective plan for our nation. He will get us back on track, create unity, solidify the economy, save the environment, and put this dark time behind us.
During President Carter’s administration, he put out a plan to get us off fossil fuels, which would have changed the course of history for the better. …
Not all stories have a happy ending.
The other day, Michelle Obama stated that things could get “much worse.” I have been saying for months now that most Americans either don’t know what “much worse” means or that they cannot imagine it happening here.
I want to share some stories about a few of the authoritarian regimes who have marred our earth and information about what to do.
First let me say, our nation is at imminent risk of it happening here. Additionally, with other vicious authoritarian regimes (either from right or left, the POINT is the theft of assets from the people and power/control, it matters not which “story” they tell) a period of chaos followed by a sudden seizure of power is the modus operandi. …
HOW TRUMP FOLLOWERS ARE DESTROYING OUR ECONOMY
Fed Chair Jerome Powell outlines the path to recovery
Jerome Powell, head of the Federal Bank, did an historic 60 Minutes interview this past week outlining the prospects for the U.S. economy.
He made three main points:
1. Excellent leadership in virus management, including broad based testing and citizen’s/businesses following health leaders recommendations, is the most important metric for our economy right now
2. Congressional support for small businesses and individuals during this period to avoid AVOIDABLE insolvencies is critical
3. We are an economically strong nation and we should be able to weather…
~It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot~
Decades ago, Jeanice flopped down on my couch, entering my home uninvited as was our open door custom. I smiled at her as she asked, “Who do you know who is an alcoholic?”
I grimaced. “No one,” I said.
“Yes, you do. I’m an alcoholic,” she stated bluntly. “Who else in your life is an alcoholic?”
This was before the scourge of addictions had hit our nation in full and before anyone openly spoke of such issues.
“No one,” I said.
“What are they teaching you in that medical school about alcoholism?” …