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"Midweek Musings May 11, 2016"

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: americans, constitution, crime, ethics, India, AIDS, GoodNews, healthcare, SupremeCourt )

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Post to TomCats blog. In politics it is said, that when not fueled by hope there is a vacuum for fear to fill. India, SCOTUS, justice, mental health, AIDS, families, starfish, and redwoods


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Kathleen M (208)
Wednesday May 11, 2016, 3:51 pm
Wicked interesting! Thx for sharing, JL.

Joanne D (37)
Wednesday May 11, 2016, 5:13 pm
Well, good for the Supremes.

I have been known to re-read stories that I enjoyed, which were contemporary when they were written, but that was before cell phones - and squirm uncontrollably at the lack of ability to communicate which, as the article says, we now take for granted. And I still don't have a smartphone - just the basic.

I was so impressed that these business people are SERIOUS. They have put in all kinds of controls to make sure they catch attempts to skirt the law. I can see them thinking their businesses might be hurt, but they are just not going there. Wonderful.

So much a better use for T-shirts than sarcasm! Funnty though they can be.

The open letter - This reminds me so much of Guy Hovess and Ralna English, who were on Lawrence Welk for so long. At some point, after the show had ended, they split up, but are still friends, and Guy remarried. His new wife calls Ralna "my wife-in-law." (Personally I think Welk was underappreciated as a person, as a musician, and as a leader, but that's just my opinion.)

As a native Californian, I have redwoods in my blood - both S. sempervirens and S. sequoia (and I understand there is a thirdsecies in China, and that is IT.) Please, Oregon, as our trees move into your territory (and out of protected territory), be kind to them.

Rose B (141)
Wednesday May 11, 2016, 9:57 pm
WooHOO India

Animae C (508)
Wednesday May 11, 2016, 10:08 pm
Thanx JL

Ted W (127)
Thursday May 12, 2016, 4:34 am
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!! Was very interesting them finding the homeless man that stole food not guilty-very compassionate! Many many thanks for sharing this thought-provoking article, JL.A!! :)

Gene J (287)
Thursday May 12, 2016, 6:30 am
Enlightening, JL. This, in particular, caught my eye. "You’re going to find yourself sitting with us at concerts, plays, games, graduations, and many other events. It will feel awkward at first, maybe, but I hope that changes quickly. "

When I was separated (1978) and then divorced (1979), my first and only priority was to protect my relationship with my sons then 2 1/2 and 4. We were one of the first "couples" in Minnesota to seek and be granted, under a new statute, joint physical and legal custody. For the next 6 years, we split time 50-50 literally, then difficulties with my younger son caused my ex to ask me if I would take him full time, I did not hesitate to say yes. He was much like his mother, but what I could not abide in her, I loved in him. My oldest told me that same day as Brandon and I were talking about his new school, that he wanted to come full time too. I told him fine, but YOU get to tell your mother. From that point on, she was peripherally involved in their lives, moving in and out of Minnesota three times.

As happens sometimes, I lost my youngest at 21 to a horrible addiction, crystal meth which I knew nothing about at the time and far too much now, then 13 years later, my oldest died 18 months after a horrible car accident in which he was not the driver but a passenger. Again, I worried about my relationship with his children, then 10 and 8, but I needn't have, their mother still lives within a few miles of me, her father 70 some miles away, one brother as far, one in California with her mother and stepfather. I take my holidays with them, attend all their events, both are very active kids, and she still introduces me as her father in law. But I find myself among strangers, often, not so much now as earlier on but even this past weekend when my granddaughter was confirmed, I met new relatives from her side. It is important for kids to have continuity in their lives and these two have been buffeted by fate more than they should have, that they are the wonders they are is due my daughter-in-law who has been on her own with them for 6 years now. I am as proud of her as I would be a daughter of my own. so, that letter was not only timely, but wonderfully wise. Adults need remember they are adults and make sure their shadow does not cover the children whose future is our own.

Pat B (356)
Thursday May 12, 2016, 6:55 am
Calliope: Great news for the workers in Seattle.
Amazing what a cellphone can do for the health & welfare of those who need it the most.
Humanity & compassion is what's needed more in the world today.
Great to see the Wedding Tent Dealers getting on board regarding minors being married underage.
Glad to see 'Wear Your Label' and others getting on board w/mental illness and spreading awareness.

Erato: Mama Hope: Beautiful !!!! Just Beautiful. One day at a time, with Love.
Open Letter: Simple, yet kind words of encouragement..."Say anything. Or say nothing at all. Please be you."

Ourania: I've not seen these beautiful starfish colors before. Wonderful little creatures for sure!

Redwoods are absolutely stunning. I fell in love with Northern California when we lived in Lompoc for a little over a year. If I had the money, I'd live near Pismo, or SLO, it's beautiful there. Love the beaches, and visiting w/the sea lions that were there.

Thank you, JL for posting, so enjoyed it!!!


Lona G (66)
Thursday May 12, 2016, 8:51 am
Minmum wage: Oh, how those Republicans and their corporate masters missed Scalia today. It probably was a draw between left and right in SCOTUS which meant it was referred back to the lower court and the verdict they made stands. Great news.

Cell phones: Brilliant idea on how a simple cell phone can save lives. If they also hand out solar rechargers – which cost next to nothing now – with the apps, both mothers and health workers can always stay in touch.

Homeless man stealing food: If Roman Ostriakov was sentenced in 2015 to six months in jail, turning his conviction back now on humanitarian grounds seems a bit empty if he's served his time by now. Nevertheless, as the article says, it is better to use taxpayer's money now spent on keeping for-profit prisons in profit to make sure the poor and hungry don't need to steal food in the first place.

Child marriages in India: (thanks Joanne) The only way to put an end to these illegal marriages is exactly what the wedding industry has done by refusing to be complicit in these illegalities and even inform the police about the intentions to marry minors. Next step is of course the police who shouldn't demand a bribe to look the other way, but who should look into it to make sure the wedding arrangements aren't taken to somewhere else who likes to make some money.

Mother's secret: Inspiring and beautiful story.

Starfish: Good to see the population is bouncing back again. On the Great Barrier Reef sadly a very voracious flesh-eating starfish population is booming too, it is devouring the inhabitants of the reef, killing it off. Divers go out there to pick off as many of these killers as possible, which is the only thing that seems to help. The Crown of Thorns Starfish isn't purple, however, but white I believe. Let's celebrate purple and orange!

Thanks for posting so much hope, JL.

Scott S (14)
Thursday May 12, 2016, 9:10 am

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Thursday May 12, 2016, 9:22 am

Judy C (91)
Thursday May 12, 2016, 9:55 pm
The victory for Seattle's living wage law is very good news. It will also be helpful to other cities implementing this kind of life in the future.

The cell phones for India's healthcare workers is a fantastic idea. Also, they don't have the hopelessly unwieldy stacks of paper records to deal with now.

Kudos to the Rajasthan Tent Dealers Association for enforcing the new rules requiring birth certificates in order for marriages to take place. They have already prevented many child marriages. Such marriages are associated with many problems, including domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Poor and hungry people stealing food should certainly not be guilty of a crime. Instead, the degree of inequality that we see in so many places today is criminal. It's good that the man in the story will not be considered a criminal by the judges. We need more recognition of the detrimental effects of poverty, including the tendency to make faulty decisions.

The people at Wear Your Label and the other businesses in the article are contributing to hope by helping to destigmatize mental illness, by promoting mentally healthy ideas through their products. It looks like they are opening up a lot of conversations about the topic, and the clothing line is proving to be very popular.

The open letter to the ex-husband's new wife is excellent. It's light years away from the bitterness and disrespect that can often occur in this kind of situation. Instead, this woman is respectful to the new wife as she explains the fact that she and her ex-husband will still be co-parenting their children, and it is not a threat to her. This approach is very good for all parties involved, especially the kids, because their interests are really of paramount importance. This woman has wisdom and a generous heart.

The appearance of so many juvenile starfish is certainly exciting. As the article points out, even though we have done some great damage, we can draw hope from the fact that nature has amazing regenerative powers.

The majestic redwoods and sequoias inspire all that is beyond words as well as anxiety about their survival. The author seems to have hope that these trees that have lived through so much and are so adaptive stand a pretty good chance of survival as they been begin to thrive more in areas to the north of where they have been up until now. There is a wealth of information in this excellent article.

Thanks for giving us hope JL. We certainly need it these days.


Judy C (91)
Thursday May 12, 2016, 9:56 pm
Typo--inspire all should read inspire awe in next to last par.

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Friday May 13, 2016, 10:07 am
Thanks for posting JL.
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