Rusty’s First Night Back Home

Rusty continues to make a remarkable adjustment after being absent for 3 months. Patches also is making an adjustment: she seems to be more relaxed than I expected her to be. Maybe it’s because Rusty isn’t crowding her.

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Rusty found his favorite (one of them) spot.

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This was the second spot he likes.  The first one was on the bench in front of the bedroom window.  He sat on the windowsill to look out at his favorite scene:  the lake.  It seems like he is making a lovely re-adjustment.

He looks decidedly better than when I first got him home.  After a while of getting comfortable, I was able to get him to the “grooming” table, and I got to work on him.  He is still such a good boy!

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Patches, on the other hand, is not so sure this is a happy surprise; however, after some coaxing by me, she came onto her favorite spot on the loveseat.  It took her a while to get comfortable here, because she was on the lookout for Rusty (who was comfortable in the bathroom sink).

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The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes

This young teenager from Vancouver Canada, is a very special person, along with her friends. She seems to care more about our environments than the people who have control over them. A must view.

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Sometimes it is best to let the speaker have their own time. There is nothing I can say that this courageous young lady doesn’t say better. We are raising up many brave voices and I hope and pray that the world will listen to them.

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Namaste,

And bless this girl with protection, hutzpuh, and love. May her life be a shining light.

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Hello Everyone! I’ve Missed You All – Part 4 (Final)

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It was with a heavy heart that I left Petsmart on Sunday.  What will become of Romeo now?

I know it is beyond my physical capacity to care for 3.  I was planning on just having Patches to be my company from now on.  I could manage with the two, Rusty and Patches.  The amount of work is just about the same.  I can’t help feeling guilty and sad.  Will this pass?  I wonder.

So, when I put Rusty’s carrier down onto the kitchen floor, he stood up and was waiting for the door to open.  He walked right out.  It was evident that he recognized his home.

Rusty walked out of the kitchen, through the living room, into my bedroom, and walked towards my bathroom.  Looked in, walked back into the bedroom, walked past the bed and went under it.

He needed time to process it all.  Patches followed…

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Hello Everyone! I’ve Missed You All – Part 3

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It took almost 2 hours to process a new adoption.  The rescue group was short-handed (they always need volunteers).

I was getting very impatient.  I wanted to get home.

We found Rusty’s carrier, and the toys I gave the adopter.  Missing were the scratching posts and cat tree I gave her; however, the special food for Rusty was there.

As I held Rusty in my arms before I put him into his carrier, I gazed at Romeo, petted him, and said, “I’m sorry, Romeo.”  I know he will miss his buddy.  I can’t help it.  I have to let him go.

To be continued…

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Hello Everyone! I’ve Missed You All – Part 2

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I contacted RU4ME organization here in Palm Beach County FL.  They are a wonderful rescue organization, and they find homes for mainly cats who need to be adopted.  Sometimes dogs too, I believe.  They accepted Rusty and Romeo.

Those two were adopted immediately.  Together.  That was the stipulation I put on them.

I texted the adopter, and she assured me, as did RU4ME, that she was a good placement for Rusty and Romeo.

For the last 3 months, I have missed them terribly, and of course, I had Patches with me, but there was an emptiness going on here.

Two weeks ago, I got a text from the adopter, telling me that she couldn’t keep them any longer, and even though she has tried to get someone to take Rusty and Romeo, she was getting panicky.  (She wasn’t the only one.)  Could I take them?  I said I couldn’t, but…

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Hello Everyone! I’ve Missed You All

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I don’t have my camera handy, but I have company again here in my office.  My absence has been long, I know.  I will try to make my post as concise as I can (I’m not known for being concise).  Here’s the story:

Way back around Thanksgiving, I started to have an attack – back and sciatica pain.  It just got worse, and if it weren’t for my sister’s and her husband’s help, I would not have been able to get through my days.  Pain was so bad, that I made visits to the ER twice.

As it got closer to Christmas time, the situation was quite dire, and I said to myself, “What if this attack will not end?  How can I keep on depending upon others to get  me through the days and more importantly, is it wise and fair to have others take care of not only…

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Frank Lloyd Wright Series: Musical Surprises!

A fascinating architect. Many thanks to Cher for this series on Frank Lloyd Wright!!

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Continuing with our Frank Lloyd Wright series, have I got a surprise for you!  Last week I posted a photo from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Children’s Playroom

The above photo is at the ‘other end’ of the room! Can you see the choir-like area at the top?  The family used to have ‘concerts’ in this room, with an accompaniment of a Steinway piano (yes, that’s the one in the photo)!

Since Wright was, by all accounts, a very ‘particular’ sort of gent, he wanted to ensure the acoustics in the room were perfect.  Are you ready for the surprise?

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Heading down a flight of stairs behind the children’s playroom is the back of the Steinway seemingly ‘floating’ in mid-air! Mind your head as you proceed back to the main floor lest you end up with a piano punch on your noggin!  Wright was so specific that the sound be nothing less…

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New Jersey Federal Judge Paves the Way for Discrimination of Disabled Students By Religious Schools

Noticed on DisabiltyScoop:

A law suit was brought to the Haddonfield Friends School in Haddonfield, N.J. by Angela Rota, of Cherry Hill, N.J. in 2014, on behalf of her son Sky, who is now 12.

“As a private school with religious affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and under the control of the Haddonfield Monthly Meeting,” [Judge Joseph] Rodriguez said, “the school was exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

The judge ruled that “Quaker schools are not required to provide services to students with learning disabilities, and that the small Quaker school had not discriminated against a 10-year-old fourth grader with attention dysfunction and dyslexia who was expelled in January 2014.”

“[Rota] said Haddonfield Friends should not be able to claim a “blanket exemption” on religious grounds because the school was not overtly religious, welcomed students from multiple faiths, and made no attempt to convert them.”

Sky was evaluated by a professional and found that, although he was a bright child, he suffered from learning issues, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, difficulties with listening and writing skills and dyslexia.

Sky’s parents’ concerns and professionally recommended assistance were ignored by the school, including the requested extra time for tests and providing individual and small-group instruction when there were writing exercises.  Also included in the suit were charges that his teachers belittled him in class.

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I believe we should be on alert.  Our hard-won rights are being washed away like the ocean’s water takes the sand as the tide recedes.  The Scales of Justice are weighted against those who are not in strong positions.  The weak are being pushed down and aside, as ultra conservatives are gaining (and have gained) stronger positions.

Disabled and minority citizens are finding their rights are being ignored in favor of those officials’ views who have louder voices and more power.  The “powers that be” are feeling their power, and they are puffing out their chests.  There is more than one way to interpret our laws and our Constitution, and those people are going for the strictest interpretation in order to keep the masses “in their place.”

People PLEASE VOTE.  Voting is the only way to make sure our “representatives” listen to our voices.   If they don’t, then they will have a very short time in office indeed.  The ultra-conservatives want it their way.  Our lawful rights are being stripped.

Religious freedom DOES NOT MEAN only for the few.  We don’t need to have the religious beliefs of some citizens rammed down our throats if we are not of that persuasion.

Freedom from discrimination of our beliefs is one of the most basic ideals.  It is the reason the original colonists came to these shores.  They wanted to practice their religion without discrimination.  Unfortunately, religious discrimination has reared its ugly head here, now.

Other forms of discrimination are appearing in stronger voices.  Religion and disability are not the only victims.  Sexual orientation is another.  I say, let live.  People of different sexual persuasion have a right to live the way they desire.  Are they hurting you, conservatives?  They want to live in peace like everyone else.

Recently, some discriminatory state laws have been signed into law, and some are in the state legislatures and will most likely be signed into law by governors.

Don’t let this continue.  Wake up!  The foundation of our country is in peril – literally and figuratively.

 

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Dr. Jared Younger: Innovative Research on Neuroinflammation, Pain, and Fatigue

 

What is it that causes the chronic, severe pain and profound fatigue in patients suffering from fibromyalgia and ME/cfs (commonly known as “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”)?  On a youtube video, uploaded on March 28th, 2016, Dr. Jared Younger is questioned about his knowledge and research on how inflammation in the brain affects the rest of the human body.

Dr. Younger received his PhD in Experimental Psychophysiology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Arizona State University and the Stanford University of Medicine, before taking an assistant professor position at Stanford.

In 2014, Dr. Younger joined the faculty at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). He is currently funded by the NIH, the Department of Defense, and several nonprofit agencies to develop techniques for diagnosing and treating neuroinflammation, pain, and fatigue.

Dr. Younger starts off the program by explaining, in simple terms, how inflammation is a good thing and when it turns around and becomes a bad thing that our bodies experience.

Dr. Younger talks about the hormone Leptin (what circumstances cause an uptick in the levels of Leptin?); the role of the hypothalamus; what role do the vagus nerve, cytokines and microglia play?; and many other factors controlling the inflammation in the brain.

The questions posed to Dr. Younger are intelligent, and thought-provoking (IMHO).  Dr. Younger’s responses are enlightening and are easily understood by the average person who has an interest in the subject of how inflammation in the brain causes pain and fatigue.

One of the things Dr. Younger is asked refers to the use of LDN (low dose naltrexone) which has been found to be of help to many patients.

There is so much information correlating to chronic pain and profound fatigue and the inflamed brain.  I highly recommend this one hour video, if you have the time.  Watching only a portion can be quite edifying.

 

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Study: Students With Disabilities More Often Suspended At Charter Schools

Continuing the discoveries of discrimination suffered by children, students, and adults with disabilities:

In a first-of-its-kind report, authored by Shaun Heasley, in “DisabilityScoop,” a study shows students in charter schools, who are suffering some disability, are being suspended at a rate higher than typical children in public schools.

When discipline records in nearly 5,000 schools were studied at the University of California, it was found that there are great disparities in all grades, according to a report from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project.

“It’s disturbing to see so many of these schools still reporting such high suspension rates because that indicates charter leaders continue to pursue ‘broken windows,’ ‘no excuses’ and other forms of ‘zero tolerance’ discipline,” said Daniel Losen, the study’s lead author. “And we know from decades of research that frequently suspending children from school is counterproductive.”

“The high-suspending charters need not look very far to find much lower suspending charter schools,” Losen said. “So these findings elevate the need for oversight of charter schools and a continuing review for possible civil rights violations. There should be no excuses for charter schools that fail to comply with civil rights laws.”

It is a sad commentary on our educational system and indeed, our social structure, when children and adults have to be faced with, and suffer, the prejudice and ignorance of citizens who should know better.

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