DEEPER CALL

I will reach higher;
If I happen to fall,
I will get up,
Dust myself off
And try again.

 

I will look farther;
If I don’t see at all,
I will grow still,
Quietly wait,
Carefully attend.

 

I will hope stronger;
Obey the deeper call
Of my own heart;
The soft voice of
My inward friend.

Felicia

wp_20160811_005-1This is Felicia.
She is a black lab/border collie mix, about 13 months old now.

I adopted this little lady from the Humane Association’s animal shelter…
When I first met her, all she could do was cower.  Once she got through that, she became a bit aggressive, mostly from severe anxiety disorder.

Felicia has made good progress:  During her first month in my home, she was afraid of everything:  An unexpected noise, furniture, the kitchen garbage can…  Now she is much more relaxed in that regard.

She still has a number of challenges:  Separation and stranger anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, problems with aggression.  Her rehabilitation plan includes medication, behavior management, calming coats, essential oils, a lot of patience and love.  When she is behaving, Felicia is a nice little dog.  I say she’s like “the little girl who had a curl right in the middle of her forehead…”

When Felicia was still at the shelter, I was told that she was brought in by people who simply didn’t do anything with her siblings and her, so they are timid.  Hmmmmm, I don’t know that I buy the story.  Felicia cowers at any hand movement that could look like she might be hit.  She also freaks out if I try to dry her off with a towel and she is very protective of her hind quarters.

As for the separation anxiety, it turns out that shelter dogs often have this problem.  It makes sense:  Imagine that you are relaxing at home; then one day, you are taken to a strange place and put into a cage.  Nothing is familiar; no one comes back for you.
If I had known then what I do now, I’m not sure I would have adopted this little dynamo.  She truly is a handful.  It is something to consider when getting acquainted with a shelter dog.

Now that Felicia has been here for almost six months and I know her, I’m glad to keep her and do the work it takes for her to be well.  I really want Felicia to succeed.  None of the alternatives are all right with me:  Take her back to the shelter?  No.  She would be destroyed by that.  Euthanize her?  No.  She has too much promise for that… Besides, now that she has found a place in my heart, I would miss her.

I have been told that it takes several months to rehabilitate an animal that has been abandoned or abused.  I get encouragement from this:  There is hope for Felicia.

Community

o-talking-to-kids-about-race-facebookIf you read through my blogs, it might become evident that I have a passion for building community.  Strong towns and neighborhoods are crucial for our well being, especially now, when prejudice, threat of deportation and the possibility of having vital services cut loom so darkly.  That has inspired the following:

Coming together as citizens;
Overcoming differences and fear;
Making friends out of strangers
Moves us to be more clear:
Unity builds strength and safety;
No one can bully us then.
It truly is impossible
To turn against the one
You have come to know and love as a friend.

On Our Own

I was reading the headlines on

http://news.google.com

 

There was one about the CDC having their conference on the impacts of climate change without federal participation.  From the way it was stated, I got the impression that this is new.

This got me thinking, what will we need to do for ourselves?  From what will the Federal Government withdraw its assistance?  Will we have to learn to do without some things?

Another question:
What do Federal agencies do now?
There are some major provisions, such as financial support for our more vulnerable citizens, including elders, people with disabilities and children; protection by the military; parks and land management…

Then there are some about I really haven’t thought…or did know.  These are ones Mr. Trump wants to get rid of:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Minority Business Development Agency
Economic Development Administration
International Trade Administration
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Office of Violence Against Women
Legal Services Corporation
Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department
Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy ReliabilityOffice of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Office of Fossil Energy

Add to this federal funding for everything from emergency response to education, health, community development, agriculture and on the list goes.

 

I am thinking that I will need to review my own lifestyle and look for ways to be less dependent.  I can do that now, or wait until I’m forced to because an agency or program gets taken away.

 

I invite your help:
What things do we need to take back so that we are less dependent on government services?
What skills do we need to develop?
Are some things better done in local communities?

I look forward to hearing from you.

The Tyranny Has Begun – Executive Orders That Close US Borders and Oppress Her People

While people go about their daily lives, working, eating supper and doing chores, and evil is set in place.

Oh, there’s plenty of distraction:  The squabble about illegal voters and numbers is back; Mr. Trump doesn’t believe reports…

Meanwhile, immigrants, refugees and the people who help them are about to be targetted; Social Security and Medicaid are in immediate trouble; federal agencies are ordered not to talk to the public.
There is more bad news:
*FHA insurance premium cuts for home buyers have been frozen
*The pipeline in North Dakota is moving forward by way of Presidential executive order – Let’s completely disregard Native Americans, environment and any progress that has been made!
*Mr. Trump has indicated his intentions to significantly reduce environmental regulations in the production of cars

 

I’m not sure which of these troubles me most.  Perhaps the communications lockdown of federal agencies:  This sets the stage for policies and actions to be taken without public knowledge.  Transparency has been a long-time value in the United States.  It frightens me to have this compromised or abolished altogether.

Here are three stories from Google News:

 

Trump to sign executive orders enabling construction of proposed border wall and targeting sanctuary cities
Washington Post  – ‎28 minutes ago‎
President Trump is planning to sign executive orders on Wednesday enabling construction of his proposed border wall, and targeting cities where local leaders refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation, part of a multi-day rollout of his …

 

Trump expected to announce executive orders on visa and refugee restrictionsCNN

I listened to this one:  He is planning to make it very difficult for refugees to enter the US and is planning to ban visas from 7 Muslim countries.

 

Trump clamps down on federal agencies
The Hill  – ‎2 hours ago‎
The Trump administration is clamping down on public communications by agencies as it seeks to assert control over the federal bureaucracy.

I listened to this one, too.  Essentially, federal agencies are banned or limited from public comment, social media or disclosure of any sort.

 

The time for citizens to join together in support of each other and resistance to such unconscionable tyranny by an administration has arrived:  It’s now; not some day.

 

Are you ready?

First Families; Transitions

barack_obama_enters_the_white_house_march_2012

I have been thinking of a number of stories that are
beautiful.  You have probably read or heard many of them, but they are worth
repeating:
*When George W. and family were moving out of the White House and the
Obamas were moving in, the Bush Sisters wrote letters to the Obama
girls, encouraging them and blessing them.  One of the statements I
remember fondly is to the effect of, “You will hear your father called
names and there will be caricatures of him, but remember, for you, he
is still your daddy.”

*As Barack Obama was preparing to transfer power to Donald Trump, he
said that the Bushes had been so helpful to him and his family, he was
passing it on.
Way to go, George W. Bush; way to go, Barack Obama!

*When Donald Trump went into the Oval Office, he found a letter from
Barack to him that he says he will cherish.  No one will get to know
what the letter said, but it evidently was very much a blessing.

*The Bush Sisters followed with a second letter to the Obama Girls as
they moved out of the White House, again, we don’t know the whole
contents, but they encouraged them as they find their own selves,
apart from their famous parents.  What good big sisters they are!

*Chelsea Clinton stood up for Baron Trump today.  I didn’t know this, but she
evidently experienced some bullying as she was entering the White
House, shortly before her 13th birthday.  She defended Baron on
Twitter, saying that he is a child who deserves one thing:  Just to be
a kid!

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Chelsea Clinton defends Barron Trump: He deserves the chance ‘to be a kid’ usat.ly/2jRgdZO

Good stories!

Truth

Let the truth be known;
Hold it in high esteem.
“Alternative facts” don’t make it;
They’re nothing more than schemes.

 

Let Truth rule your heart;
Honor and keep it near.
Even when Truth seems difficult;
Declare it loud and clear.

 

Great is this treasure,
A valued gift and right.
Let us join in preserving it;
Let us walk in its light.