This Shutdown Cannot Last…


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As you are reading this, we are into, I think, the 4th week of this government shutdown; As I have addressed in my previous post (see A SHUTDOWN FEAR…), the shutdown of our nation’s government was the fact that all our president ever cares about is building a wall…
Well, I would very much like to say good luck to him, but then I began to think about those 800,000 people who are either furloughed or working without pay. What I would really like to say very much is this: The longer the shutdown lasts, the more consequences it is going to cause for those 800,000 government workers who are as you are reading this right now are wondering when or if they are ever going to have their next paycheck to cover very important things such as medical bills, family doctor visits, food, and a roof over their heads.

  I am telling you this right here and now: This shutdown cannot ever last forever. If it lasts as long as our President threatens that it would, then the after effects are going to be as catastrophic as anything in America, perhaps since the September 11th, 2001 attacks: Families will end up homeless, and once they end up homeless, they would either live in a car or hotel room…Those who rely on food stamps will suddenly go hungry once they run out, and once they do go hungry, then they shall be very sick, maybe even ending up dying. The food that’s supposed to be checked would end up being unchecked, and then the people shall never even know whether the food is safe or not.

Science experiments would go unconducted, farms will go to rot…And even so much worse, this whole entire country would go straight into a dystopian nightmare, all because of a President’s only goal in which he cares about a whole lot more than the livelihoods of each and every American: Building a wall.
Our President must wake up and know this: There are 800,000 lives at risk because of his greed and selfishness. Mr. President, if you are reading this, I beg of you: Do not put the livelihoods of 800,000 innocent government workers to risk because of your greed and selfishness. If you had any, any, ANY love in your heart, then please, please do the most sensible thing that you can do and please put those people first and think of them before you ever think of yourself. Reopen the government. Now. Before time runs out. Thank you.

 

LOVE HURTS: Domestic Violence in Sports


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(Cartoon illustration by Jenn Webster)

There happens to be a growing, as well as frightening, trend here in these United States: yes, one of the problems that this country has been dealing with is domestic violence; But now, this ever-growing problem has since become the most common crime among the most spotlighted perpetrators: Male athletes.
Yes, it certainly appears that the most common crime among male athletes happens to be domestic violence, while the struggle rages on about how to address the increasing number of domestic violence incidents that have been committed by athletes. Instances of domestic violence are such incidents that have been occurred by the members of the NFL, and that happens to be because of its immense popularity here in the United States.
Now, how does domestic violence occur when it comes to male athletes? Well, it is most often perpetrated by both collegiates as well as professional athletes, especially off the field. The victims who happen to be the most victims of those perpetrators are women; Football is a time-honored, high contact sport that has been enjoyed by millions of Americans, but the sport has also been the subject of discussion that surrounds both major athletes and domestic violence. According to scholars, they suggested that due to the environment of football, players somehow can develop violent behavior, which can be a potential accelerator/stimulator of domestic violence. 

Due to this, most people criticize major sports franchises for lack of action regarding domestic violence. Of course, the practice of domestic violence among athletes is nothing new, but it became nationally recognized; It became that issue when a man by the name of Ray Rice, a player for the NFL football game the Baltimore Ravens, had only been suspended from two NFL games in 2014 after assaulting his then-fiancee, and now wife. It happened at a hotel elevator when Rice kicked out his wife; TMZ released the video afterward. Before the incident happened, the NFL conducted a policy that stated that players would be disciplined for offense regarding domestic abuse, but did not give any specifics, so the NFL had to scramble to come up with something to punish Rice, but as mentioned, the NFL suspended him for only two games.
The NFL has received large criticism for this light suspension, so it was up to its commissioner by the name of Roger Goodell to create a whole new set of rules stating that, if a player abuses a partner, it would be a six-game suspension without pay for the first offense, while in the second offense, if the player continues to abuse the partner, then the player would be kicked out of the league for at least a year.
Due to the violent nature of football, football players could have a violent nature inside themselves; The most biggest problem among the NFL just happens to be domestic violence, and according to NBC News’ Jon Shuppe, there have been 87 arrests involving 80 football players over the last 14 years. Among the players of the sport, a contributing factor to domestic violence happens to be the fact that they are desensitized to physical conduct, and that happens to be because it is a part of what they do all of the time. There are also some football players when have grown up in an environment where violence is used to solve problems. And in nearly every case of domestic violence that involve male athletes, they who play the sport would be violent enough to abuse their wives or girlfriends physically. 

Domestic violence is something that no woman should ever have to go through-It does not matter if the woman is black, white, or any other race: It hurts ALL women, in ALL races, and ALL backgrounds. If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or learn more at its website right here

FORCED TO GIVE UP MY OWN NEW YEAR’S EVE DAY…


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Well, I hope that most of you bloggers and blog followers out there have enjoyed your holidays, while I have enjoyed mine as well as having some time off from blogging; However, although I had a pretty good Christmas, there is something that I would very much like to share with you…
I had plans to go out in the daytime on New Year’s Eve and have myself a little fun, because my SSI payment was a day early(yes, I still do get SSI in addition to my regular work pay); For the past few years, I had been going out in the daytime on New Year’s Eve for a nice, little day out, and I had been looking ever-so-forward to going out this year-but NO! My uncle had insisted on going to the garage and to get rid of some of the stuff in the garage while keeping the rest.

Let me tell you(and please don’t get me wrong), all of my own New Year’s Eve day plans have all gone down the toilet, and I have never been so upset in my life, in fact, I was so upset that I had cried, because I had wanted to have this chance of going out in Dover, Delaware in the daytime on New Year’s Eve and to browse around and to buy what I like, and now, because of being forced to give up my plans, I shall not ever have that chance ever, ever, again! And to tell you the truth, I do not know if I would ever even have any chances of going out whenever I have my days off again, and do you know what else? I am still a bit upset over the fact that my New Year’s Eve day plans have been scrapped, just to clean out a storage unit at a storage location! (I understand and know that getting rid of the things that you do not need is important; What I had just addressed is something that I just want to get off my chest.)

 I really don’t mean to get all huffy, but there are things in life that makes me happy, and among them is going out to browse and to purchase what you like and/or need; But there are times when you get upset when you are told that you are being forced to give up your plans just to do something important. Now, I do not mind doing important things, because after all, it needs to be done, but there are other things that I would like to do too, such as going out whenever I have a day off from work…I know it sounds silly, but it’s true…
I hope that I would get to have a chance to enjoy myself and to just go out and enjoy during my day off today…

A SHUTDOWN FEAR…


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800,000 federal employees have been looking forward to having the most wonderful Christmas of their lives…But then, on December 21st, 2018, something happened-The government has been shut down. And as of this writing, the government is still closed. And all because of this one thing: All our President ever want is, I think, 5 billion just for a border wall.
And really, does all the President ever care about is having a wall, all while furloughed workers are struggling to figure out how they are ever going to figure out how to pay their bills and feed their children and struggling to keep a roof over their heads? Does the President really care all that much about wanting money to build a wall while those who are working without pay are facing the crisis of their lives, with struggles such as paying the mortgage, and buying food? And seriously, is a wall that much important than the 800,000 federal employees who worry every day of their lives of wondering if they would ever see a paycheck ever, ever again?
In the days after the closing of the government, the one thing that has become most important to me is that I am now thinking of the 800,000 workers who are going to end up in very big danger if this government shutdown could continue for as long as the President said that it could.

Now, as of this writing, so far at least nine federal agencies have been closed, and there are 800,000 employees are either furloughed or working without pay. In my opinion, our President has absolutely no love in his heart for those 800,000 employees who are now facing a daunting task of whether to pay the bills, pay the mortgage, pay for gas in their cars, for heat in their homes, or even feed their very own children…And with the President having no sympathy or even love in his heart, then it shall be the children who shall suffer the very most.
Here is what I think would certainly be the worst-case nightmare scenario: If this partial government shutdown goes on for weeks, months, or even years, then those 800,000 federal employees who are either furloughed or working without pay shall fail to pay their mortgage, thereby losing their homes; Some may even have no other alternative but to live in hotel rooms, or even live in cars, because they would be homeless. There are others, who do have homes but pay the rent, that will have to find some other way feed themselves and their children because there would not ever be any food stamps if the shutdown goes on longer than expected, but worse yet, they may even have to sell some or all of their possessions that they have treasured so very much because they do not have any checks coming in, and they won’t have any money to pay to feed their families.
Even worse yet, they won’t even have the money to pay for their medical bills, which means that those people, and especially children, shall fall very ill, and without the money for the proper medical care as well as medicine, people with health problems shall surely die.

When the President decides that he could keep the shutdown going for months or even years, then he has absolutely no idea that those federal employees are going to be poor; He does not know which of these workers are going to end up homeless, which of their children are going to starve to death, and which of those federal workers are going to end up living in a car or a hotel room. You see, when a President acts like a child and struts around like he owns the place, it is the people who suffer the very most, even the children. Sin causes suffering, and it is his own sins of greed, selfishness, and arrogance that has caused misery on those 800,000 federal employees, especially those with their children.
It very well seems like the President is going to have to think long and hard about that one…

 

Meditatively Reading…


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Yes, in case some of you might have missed it, I have returned to blogging yesterday; And I do know that I have got a lot of writing work ahead of me in this year when it comes to planning out and creating blog posts, but not just that, I also write, or have written, eBooks as well, and one such as myself is pretty much certain that there are more eBooks in which I plan to write in the future, if not the near-future…

One thing that helps me with my writing is the fact that I read, at most times if not a whole lot; I would very much like to see me something with you which would be interesting and that maybe you folks could use it sometime…When I read the words through the pages of a certain book, in fact, ANY certain book, then I would meditate on those words, allowing them to enrich my mind. When I read the Bible every day, I meditate on His words, while allowing His words to enrich my soul as well as my mind, helping me to become a much better person by the help of the Lord.

I guess that what they say is very well true: When you read, your mind goes on an adventure; And when one reads, it certainly helps a person such as myself to write much more better as anything as a writer could ever do.

It’s Ever-So-Very Great to Be Back to Blogging Again!


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And I REALLY do mean it!

Well, it sure looks like yours truly had finally earned a long rest, I mean, a rest that is a little bit longer than in previous holiday seasons in which I had taken time off in the past; But while it is good that I do need that kind of time off after all of that writing, blogging and sharing stuff via social media, I somehow miss the fact that I love hearing from all of you bloggers and blog followers out there who have wanted to catch up on the things that I have shared with you throughout the past 6 years, and shortly I shall share with you on what I have been doing on my time off…
But first and foremost of all, let me inform you folks that this here blog has undergone another makeover, in terms of backgrounds; Once again, I had relied on one of my most favorite hobbies of all, doing Zentangle(R), and if you want to learn all about this wonderful art hobby, then may I very well suggest that you go to www.zentangle.com. Now, the new background art for my blog is my own Zentangle(R)-inspired artwork, and I very much hope that you enjoy it as much as I had the pleasure of creating it to give my very own blog an all-new personal touch, which happens to be my own.

And so with that announcement out of the way, I would like to share with you what I had done during my time off from blogging…I had done some meditative art (Zentangle(R) is a meditative art, right?), and then I had done doing word search puzzles again, after having been away from doing this most favorite hobby of mine for quite some time…Hopefully, I would continue to do more of the same word search fun in this new year, since I have now gotten a new word search book from Amazon a while back.
I finally got to spend some time with my family during the Christmas holiday season; My uncle and aunt had the annual Christmas party; It’s not really a large party in terms of the size of the guests and family members, but nevertheless it was just as good as any Christmas gathering that I have attended. The very first one that I have attended was not very long after my mother died, in 2004; Back then, my family was a lot younger. I would attend such Christmas parties in Dover for the next 6 years afterward. The next Christmas party was back in 2011; Little did I know that a few days later, something tragic would change my life forever…
That brings me to the next thing that I am about to tell, and that happens to be the anniversary of my stepfather’s shocking and unexpected death; Now, I really do not want to depress anyone with what I am about to say next, but I would very much like to say that somehow, I dread this anniversary. I do not know why, I just do. On the night of December 28th, I was listening to a playlist that I had created of the oldies tunes that I have listed in 2011 when all of a sudden, while he was eating, my stepfather began to have some kind of stomach problem or chest pains or something. He called 911, and then he had been rushed to the hospital.

All throughout the night, I prayed while I worried, but hoping that he would recover from whatever was wrong with him. The very next morning, I got a call from the hospital, telling me to get here as soon as possible. So with that, I rushed to the hospital just as fast as I could. And then, I was taken to the ICU, and there was my stepfather, and it seems that he does not appear to be so very well at all. I prayed for him to get better as I began to weep for him. The moment that something was very wrong with my stepfather, I started crying, and the nurse took me to a room…

Later, one of the workers at the hospital asked if there was someone in my family that they would contact, because they told me that my stepfather was very, very sick and that he would not be able to make it. I told them that I have a brother, I gave them his phone number, and they contacted my brother. Soon, my brother came and picked me up from the hospital and to his home; A while later, my brother informed me that my stepfather had passed away. I was crushed. I thought he could make it, but he did not. I have never been so very heartbroken in all of my entire life.
My stepfather was everything to me, and with good reason: He became a father that I never had, and although he had been through such personal struggles himself, such as his struggle with heroin, he tries as hard as he ever could to become as good a father as he would ever be…
I found out later that my stepdad had died from something called Cardiomyopathy(I forget what that actually was); My uncle, brother and I took his ashes from Philadelphia, as well as my other belongings, all the way to Dover, Delaware, and that was right there and then that I would begin to have this strange, new life unfold before me…

Fast-forward several years later: Still living in Dover, Delaware, I am now a food service worker for a company called Sodexo that is placed at the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware. things in my family have also changed dramatically since I had lived with my family all of those years ago since the death of my stepfather, but I really do not want to go into the details, because that would fill up this entire blog post. But what I do want to share with you guys is that I have also spent my time off working at that dining facility, focusing on the things that I should be doing, such as vacuuming and cleaning windows, as well as facing the products, something that I had learned during the REDI program at Walgreens almost 3 years ago.
Well, it looks like that another Christmas holiday season has come and gone, until next year that is; And now, yours truly is finally back at her very own desk, and waiting to bring you once again the best posts that I could ever cook up for you in 2019, as long as my work schedule allows. So, may I ask that you please stick around, hmm?! It’s so very good to be back to blogging once again…