A Foggy Morning in South Florida

 

I usually look out my bedroom window first thing after awakening.  Even though I live in the Sunshine State, there are quite a few times when it’s not “sunny.”

Much to my surprise, I saw fog. This is a rarity, for sure.  Had to capture it.

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Well, at least it wasn’t “smog.”

 

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Memories of Yosemite

Bob and I were newlyweds, and in our first full year, we planned a trip called, “The West,” which included some time in Yosemite.  It was beautiful.  That was in 1995.

I found these photos on an old memory card (has only 256mb). We stayed at the old AhWahNee Hotel.  It was very rustic, but elegant at the same time.  It doesn’t bear that name anymore; it’s known as the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.  The Ahwahnee was renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1, 2016, due to a legal dispute between the US Government, which owns the property, and the outgoing concessionaire, Delaware North, which claims rights to the trademarked name

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel was specifically designed to highlight its natural surroundings, featuring Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point. The hotel holds a historic heritage as it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. The destination of queens and presidents alike, this distinctive Yosemite hotel offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality and elegance.

Good memories!

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El Capitan Falls

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Where’s My Food?

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The doctor said I gained a pound at my recent visit. I wasn’t too active because I wasn’t feeling too good, and just slept a lot.  That’s fixed now, but she tried to fix the weight problem.

So, Mom decided to starve me.  She took away “free feed.”

But, it didn’t last very long.  I persuaded her to go back on “free feed.”  Now, I’m happy again.

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Relaxing

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One of my favorite sports.  It’s so relaxing.

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Fresh Air.

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breathing-in-some-fresh-air Breathing in some fresh air.

This is a rare occasion.  Mom doesn’t let us out in the screened vestibule very often; in fact, this may be the first time!!

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Welcome To The Swamp

What happened to draining the swamp?  He’s draining ours and filling up his own.  It’s what he meant all along.  Liar, liar – pants on fire.  Remember that one from our childhood?
It seems to me, that the Trump administration is wont on locking up our democracy in a box, burying it way underground and throwing away the key. What is going on in the Oval Office is extremely scary. In his Executive Orders, Trump does not want any Federal workers to communicate with the Press. They can’t be interviewed, cannot write on their blogs, etc. If found out, they would be fired.
An authoritarian is what we have leading our country.  We don’t want to follow.  The path is the wrong one.  He’s scary.  And I believe he has all his followers in DC scared as well.  He’s unpredictable.  They (and we) don’t know what he will do next.  He’s preparing a wall – yes, a wall around himself – with the religious fanatical conservatives who will do whatever it takes to bring our democracy, including our “inalienable rights” down to a level we don’t want.
Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer, berated the press corps for [their] accurately reporting the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration, then warned them that the president will hold them “accountable” for this kind of reporting in the future.  On Sunday morning, Trump’s team blacklisted CNN.  (www.moveon.org)
Our constitutional freedoms are being stifled. The Press Secy cuts off the reporters from completing their questions and snipping at them, saying, “You asked your question,” and pointing to someone else.  Blacklisting media outlets?  Banning Press members from Press briefings?  Pressing down the Press?  That’s what gives the Guy his jollies.
Is it because we have been “spoiled” by the past occupants of the White House? Or is it because the current occupant is erasing too many of the good things in American life for the majority of citizens?
Taking away a small discount for mortgage insurance for first-time home buyers is a really smart move in helping(?) out these people.  It was extremely important, because it was the first thing Trump signed in his Executive Order spree.  He’s giddy.  He’s undoing Pres. Obama’s Orders.  Hurray!  The party has started.  And it goes on.
There is to be a halt on grants as well. Grants are very important – they make important scientific research possible that wouldn’t be accomplished without government help.  There are a great many illnesses and diseases that are wanting for treatments and cures.  These will be stifled.
Human rights are women’s rights.  Remember that?  He want to take them away.  Human rights are LGBT’s rights.
Remember the part of our Constitution about separation of Church and State?  Arch-right, alt-right, evangelicals and fundamentalists want everyone to adhere to their beliefs.  Some states have passed laws pushing religious beliefs over basic human rights.
The government benefits that have helped so many, who suffer with chronic illness, disability, job cut backs, etc., will be cut back.  Who knows what will become of Social Security, education, healthcare, etc.  Privatization of schools is something I would not like to see; instead, the salaries of good teachers should be increased, get rid of bad teachers, get our public schools up to a level in which all children will get a real good education, and not just the drabs due to poor funding.  It’s a shame that teachers have to take money out of their own low salaries to furnish the necessities of a classroom because the state and federal governments do not provide enough money for this.
The big hullaballoo that is taking the media by storm is Trump’s claim of losing the popular vote because he claims “between 2.5 and 2.9 million were illegally cast.”  This claim is totally false.  There is no proof, and Trump’s own counsel agreed the claim has no basis; however Trump is pushing for a “major investigation” to find out how this fraud was perpetrated.  Trump is using this as a diversion, I believe, to take away from the fact of his signing Executive Orders to bring us back to the 19th century.  I never saw a pen fly so quickly on paper.  And, true to his showman and egotistical nature, he holds up his large signature for the world to see – so proud is he.
IMPEACHMENT should be begun. I think it’s not going to do our country any good to wait until we are ruined (“let’s give him time, let it play out” say the ones who are not looking into the future and seeing what this Hitler-like president is doing and bent on accomplishing).  I’m sure the billionaires would not agree with me. They are laughing up their high-end expensive shirt sleeves, partly because the DOW Jones has finally reached and passed 20 thousand, and now this man has made them extremely joyous.
Extreme isolationism is on the horizon as real as the setting sun.  Don’t you see it?  He’s pushing away so many of our global friends with all his negatives and high tariffs – questioning our trade policies.  China will be taking up the niche we are leaving open by abandoning the agreements in the treaties.
As quickly as he can, he is whittling away our rights, our democracy, our enthusiasm and creating a large population that is extremely divisive, puzzled, angry, and worried that we will never be the same country, after he and his cronies are finished with it.
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Raker Man

A lovely story of kindness and respect for a human being down on his luck.

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The tropical sun was intense but from the shade we sipped Pina Coladas and stared at the blue Caribbean. A vacation in the Dominican Republic! We staked claim to a favorite cabana and by afternoon were chatting with beachside neighbors. Diane in the next cabana knew a lot about the area and in the balmy breeze we compared notes on favorite restaurants as we enjoyed the beach.

The next hot day while eating lusciously ripe strawberries I caught sight of the trio working in the sun. We’d noticed the daily routine of these three whose job it was, apparently, to clear the beach each day of seaweed washed up during the night. They were a motley band in ragged clothes. Locals in need of work I supposed, and hard work it was. Each day they scoured the beach, raking and hauling debris. An older worker lagged behind. The effort it…

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Squirrel Gets Into The Halloween Spirit!

A special Halloween treat. Entertaining squirrel carves his own pumpkin.

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The is one talented squirrel! Perhaps his name is Claude Mornuts?

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DEA Delays Kratom Ban, More Senators Object To Process And ‘Unintended Consequences’

This is an update to my first post about kratom, dated August 30, 2016.  A follow-up by David Kroll on Forbes, shows that the DEA is listening to some of our representatives in government who are listening to their constituents.

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Mr. Kroll states:

I was on the phone today [September 30, 2016] with DEA spokesperson Russ Baer when the clock struck 5:00 pm on the East Coast without a final order from the agency making two chemicals from kratom Schedule I controlled substances. Baer said that the plan to place the plant alkaloids, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, onto the most restrictive classification of drugs of abuse and public health risk is still in progress and “will come sooner rather than later.”

The alkaloids have been known for over a decade to possess some modest opioid actions but their potential benefit for patients with chronic pain and substance dependence was overlooked in the notice of intent to place the botanical chemicals in the same class as heroin, LSD and mescaline.

Meanwhile today, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a two-page letter to DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg calling for the agency to delay this scheduling order. The Senators objected to the emergency, temporary scheduling order that could be enacted within 30 days without “a robust process of stakeholder input and discussion of medical, public safety and scientific considerations.”

In the intervening 30 days, kratom advocates and researchers have voiced concern that the botanical dietary supplement does indeed have legitimate medical uses, although not as an FDA-approved botanical drug. Most vocal on the scientific side have been researchers at Columbia University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The teams have independently and collaboratively published two papers on kratom-derived chemicals and their potentially beneficial constellation of complex actions on human opioid receptors.

Columbia associate research scientist, Andrew Kruegel, PhD, was specifically cited in the Booker-Gillibrand-Wyden letter to DEA as he led an 11-scientist letter of objection to kratom scheduling that was submitted to congressional representatives on September 2. Kruegel is also first author on a paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in May showing the alkaloids in kratom act on opioid receptor signal transmission entirely differently [from] strong opioids such as morphine, fentanyl and oxycodone, posing less risk of respiratory depression.

This is the first time that Congressional elected officials have come out of their respective “closets” and are taking a stand against the strong-arm DEA when they have proof that the “plant” does have medical properties which are not as risky as the opioids.  In doing so, these Senators, in taking this heroic, progressive stand, are, in essence, thumbing their noses at Big Pharma and the FDA; telling them there is scientific evidence proving the benefits of kratom, and there is another way other than opioids, to help patients who are suffering with pain.

There is a big “however,” because Russ Baer, spokesperson for the DEA, still believes kratom’s inclusion on Schedule I “will come sooner rather than later.”

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Children Bring Happiness and Talent

A great start for a Sunday!  Listen, watch and be blown away!!!

Maati Baani brings 45 child artistes together in one song to pay tribute to Michael Jackson!

 

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