It was the Fourth of July week and it's a tradition in our church to end the service with a patriotic song. This year it was "God Bless America." I could not help but think that we are such a nation of hypocrites sometimes, when we invoke God's help with our nation's problems but yet we want nothing to do with his influence in our government and for many of us, our lives. Yes, "God bless America, land that I love.
Anxiety, aggravation and tension seem to exist everywhere we turn in today's world. With all the construction going on and the lack of patience often times observed in traffic, it was a wonderful experience to find there are so many folks thinking of others, perhaps in need of a little assistance, even just a little help crossing a busy intersection. The intersection is busy, all four directions and vehicles with a desire to get where they are going and to get there in a hurry.
Christians ask WWJD: "What would Jesus do?" We need to also ask WWDD: "What would Donald do?" What would Donald Trump do if he was the Roman provincial governor of Egypt at the time Mary and Joseph entered Egypt? His tweet scroll from "You have illegally crossed the border into Egypt. Egypt does not want refugees (Egypt first). Judea does not send us their best people. They're rapists, murderers, hemp dealers, maybe some good people. Your careless actions of entering illegally caused us to separate your..."
Did you know physicians have the highest rate of suicide comparatively to all other professions in the United States. Every day one physician commits suicide in the USA. The caregiver doesn't know how to seek help. They instead have to be positive to their patients even when they are dying. Only to stand by helplessly and watch them die. What a perfect dichotomy of holding yourself accountable. Too many people are struggling with this. I want the focus to be mental health options for medical professionals. Physicians have a high rate of burnout.
In September 2017 NPR published an article titled, "Guess What's showing up in Our Shellfish: One Word, Plastic." The article details findings made by Vancouver Island University which found plastic particles inside oysters and clams. This spring, scientists were appalled to find a 6-ton, 33-foot-long whale washed up on a shore in Spain that had over 60 pounds of plastic in its stomach that prevented it from eating. It's becoming evidently clear—this problem is growing, not shrinking.
Speech intended to cause fear in others, to intimidate and dissuade others from exercising the First Amendment rights of speech and associated rights of assembly, of equal protection under the laws and of petitioning our government, which are assured to all of us, present significant challenges to American democracy. Speech we find to be deeply offensive to who we are as a people must be protected, but should also be publicly called out for what it is so that all can consider that speech's content on its merits.
Primary things are the first things one should focus on or do because everything after that is based on what happened in that beginning stage. Elections are based on a similar process. People choose to become candidates for an office and begin a campaign, sometimes with party support and sometimes without party support. The next stage is the party conventions in which the party often selects the candidate they will endorse. The other contenders might honor that process and drop out, or they may have reasons they consider to be important enough to continue on in the race.
It's a small, 55-acre lake in Merrifield, sort of like a farm pond, yet I love it so! This year, the two baby loons appeared in the last week of June. Unlike when I was born—some people say that I was so hard to look at that the 'stork' chopped me off a block from the house! Not so with these two! I rowed out just to look at them.
So I used to know how our government was supposed to work and it went something like this. People, mostly fellow citizens, expressed interest in being in office and announced their intentions to run for office. In their campaigns they would announce how they felt on the issues and what they intended to do about it if elected. If you took them at their word you would make a choice and vote for them.
Before you explain to your children the current uproar of "separating kids from parents" learn some facts you may not find in the media. There are several immigration laws on the books that media and some people ignore. The settled law called "Flores decision" would be a good place to start. The picture of a 2-year-old girl crying that media loved to bring attention to is misleading. According to the photographer and the father, the girl was not separated from her mother