Some Ideas for 45’s Earth Day Celebration

It occurs to me that in order to be a good #American, I need to give our elected #RepublicanPresident a chance. He has been working so hard to make America great again #MAGA, I decided to help him make America even greater by offering some ideas for #TrumpAppropriate activities, something that no real human being on this planet would have dreamed of, were it not for the creative vision of this despairing author. So here goes:

  1. #PresidentTrump will pour a vial of mercury fresh from a factory into the #HudsonRiver, to show that #MAGA means that decades of cleaning and caring have little to do with #MAGA. #VicePresidentPence will bless the vial using his powers of very very religious behavior before that.
  2. #PresidentTrump visits an #EPA office with some applications for coal mining jobs, to show that he is the #PresidentforallthePeople and will take any opportunity to flaunt the pullback of regulations protecting the planet from dangerous and polluting behavior.
  3. He will visit a school and show a #PowerPoint of rain forests and explain that they are very very bad for the planet, as they block efforts to grow cattle for the very very important (and delicious) meat industry back here in #MAGA country.
  4. He will participate in a #duckandcover drill and everyone in the childrens’ classes will laugh at how stupid and useless it is to try to escape a nuclear explosion so close to home. This is during the time when they used to have their lunch, which is no longer available to many of the children.
  5. He will burn some nice fresh coal in a small meadow and fan the fumes upwards to demonstrate how lovely it is that companies can now not be disturbed by !government! regulations stopping them from spreading pollution and smog into neighboring fields and cities.
  6. #PresidentTrump will visit a feedlot out there in Nevada or somewhere to prove that the conditions and smells to that we maintain for our meat industry are very very good and stupendous. Afterwards, he will accompany some ranchers to shoot baby wolves and coyotes while the babies are left alone for mom to catch some rabbits. Pictures will follow, by his two sons who love to shoot and photograph dead animals.
  7. He will then speak to the media on how important it is to not worry about #fracking, as he pours a nice tall glass of water that is actually on fire, while an earthquake rattles and dislodges his hair or whatever that is on his head.
  8. #45 will personally destroy with an axe, a grouping of solar collection cells and panels, to show us that this progressive technology which collects light to use for electricity without impacting very much, is so bad for #MAGA #America. He will repeat his usual rhetoric about how he has much much better, stupendous, plans for our energy needs.
  9. #45 will stand on an ice floe in the Antactic and hack it apart with his executive order signing pen, while being held up by a military grade ‘copter. This is not only to prove that nothing happens when an ice floe disappears(?) but puts to use a machine that we need to #MAGA fight our violent enemies, which otherwise may not be used.
  10. To prove once and for all that there is no such thing as “#climatechange” #45 will turn a graph upside down and post it to the #Republican based #Government website showing temperatures going down for the entire planet.

Ideas are welcome. We can do this. We can celebrate #EarthDay as #MAGA-ites and show the world America surely is at the forefront of making Earth itself unlivable for humans and every other living thing, for generations to come.

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The Flatlining of America

The first in a series –

The Republicans gain access to political aspects of a once-great country, and ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________^^^____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

– that was easy.

Self-Care During Hard Times

Jo’s guide to self-care during stressful times. If you’re like me and many of my acquaintances, you’ve had minor aches and pains, headaches, anxiety, a feeling of dread, overwhelming feelings, and it all stems from 45’s ascent or attempted ascent, to dictatorship of our beloved America.

To combat these self-care issues, and to combat the outside forces poking at your safe space, here are a few tips to help. They have helped me.

  1. Outward influences – block your haters on FaceBook. It’s a kinder way of holding off the insanity. Yet you can still “lurk” and check out the baby pictures. They still are very important, and you still want to know how your loved ones are doing. Even though they turned out to be haters.
  2. Contribute – in my case, (sublimation?) – I’ve created a video of the Women’s March locally. I’ll offer it to the organizers. Instead of relying on others, I’ve taken the feelings and emotions and worked through them using my own vision.
  3. Tweet! Thank, follow, follow. Sometimes they take stuff off to CYA. Too bad. Learn to screen shot. Publicize the insanity.
  4. If you can’t get to an event, follow it on Twitter. Follow it on FaceBook. Often the same individuals are doing posting onto both. I know I do. Also, you will find you will develop a liking for some new people and possibly a new online community. Keep in mind, though, that the haters are also posing as friends. But that is how it is. They were always there, and always will be.
  5. Don’t be afraid to stop. Don’t follow. Don’t talk for a bit. But Fear = Failure. Go back. Rest and revive. Resist.
  6. Declare yourself a journalist! Declare yourself a Muslim! Declare yourself a friend to the other. #standingwiththeother. Find online communities, faith communities, political organizations. I like #Indivisible.com for action items. Be brave in these hard times. We want those who follow to thank us…not wonder why we were silent.

Christmas Passed – Decs Deferred

This is the year we were caught by surprise.

There were a few good reasons why our house seemed a poor uninspired effort amidst the joy and celebration visible all around us. We witnessed our neighbors welcoming and hosting a blockful of cars and SUV’s. Although our own family was outside of this arena, it still felt strange to come home and have to navigate a darkened driveway without all those garish eyesores blocking the way.

One of the reasons we forewent all of that was that when the time came, there was a daunting situation. How does an older physically challenged person climb a ladder, get those lights in perfect alignment and take hours doing it. Then, the decorations themselves were old. Old, elder lights that were crumbling with oxidation just like our old bones. Older Christmas village that may have been magical beyond when a small child, looked like a group of old paper covered in sparkles which were quickly falling off. Sad.

Then there was the tree itself. It isn’t a tree; it’s the top part of an artificial tree that was also very old, and long gone and forgotten. The needles are out of proportion to the tree, making it impossible to hang trinkets. This year my patience was lost. The tree sits on the dining room table, making it impossible to use the table in the event of a rare, rare, rare, visit by friend or family.

Hence the desire and the drive to make it up. Yule season, thee is not forgotten nor forlorn. No longer will I ignore, and deny myself the magic and anticipation of the return of the light to the earth.

Next year will be hard, yes, with new involvement in environmental and social pushbacks. Despite not speculating and guessing, my life will be just as difficult as anyone else’s. But I’m up to it.

Putting my needs before anything else, downsizing does not mean ignoring. A modified, sale priced lighting display and new tree that actually looks festive, is a goal. So I made sure of this.

Several shopping trips later, I’ve become the proud owner of a plan that will startle and surprise. I will walk the grounds, splying wires and tiny lights. I will attach, hang, tape and smear sparkles and color over all the surfaces out there. And after the feast of the epiphany on January 6, 2018, I will do the entire act in reverse.

Such is life. Holding breath until it is time to exhale simply causes one to understand the importance and peace of the wait. Seasonal decorations may be held absent now, but will brighten our eyes and hearts in years to come.

My Lifetime is Your Lifetime – All 99 Years of It

No, I’m not just coming up from hiding my head in the sand, but if I were, I would bury it anew. Just became aware of more dire predictions about the planet I live on, and it’s obviously true.

Not one to believe, although I am allured by, conspiracy theories, I’ve felt that I can now truly declare, that when I am 99, things just will not be the same.

The year 2050, if things don’t change, the planet will become uninhabitable by humans. Well, we finally did it. We can predict our own demise, while we continue to burn fossil fuels and refuse to address or ameliorate the effects thereof.

That is the status quo. Electing a government in the United States, while not normally a cause for panic, has guaranteed and ensured that we will indeed continue on a trajectory that will result in our own deaths. Oh, not everyone. My generation, and those still living in my parents’ generation, will be quickly disappearing. We are like dinosaurs, mostly ignored and used for getting good seats at movie theaters.

We will continue our lives, on our lifetime retirement and Social Security benefits. We will mostly be content, left alone and given consideration in public places. But our children, and definitely our childrens’ children, will not be so lucky. If they survive massive storms, overpopulation, and disruptions to the infrastructure, they will surely find it hard to breathe when the planet finally gives up the ghost.

Look at it this way. We like families. We like our communities. We give a lot of thought to the future of same. Jobs, homes, more family. What can be so odd about that?

Thanks to the skewing of the 2016 election, there are now possibly proponents of lies, theories, all sorts of stupidity. For instance, it no longer is enough to say, “they don’t believe in climate change.” Well, it’s not a belief. Cavemen did not cavort with Brontosauri. The earth is round. It revolves around the sun, not the opposite.

Just when I thought it was safe, and that my family and community, animals and yes, the planet itself, had survived primitive thinking and behavior, magical thinking and just plain ignorance and prejudice, it has become a reality. Here are a couple of links from whence I draw my information.

Pray we can manage somehow to overcome the billionaire’s insulation from us, the masses, and that my lifetime is not the last lifetime planet earth will endure.

http://climate.uu-uno.org/

https://www.epa.gov/climate-change-science/future-climate-change