Would You Be Open TO An Arranged Marriage?

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In America, we do not often hear or have to think about arranged marriages. We pretty much, for the most part, marry for love. As marriages have now been on the decline for a few decades, one has to wonder about the future of marriage. Are we looking at a future that shuns the union of marriage? https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/republicans/2020/4/marriage-rate-blog-test

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What happens to those people who still want to get married when a majority of people now lean towards the “not for me” lane? Do they write off their dreams of being a wife or a husband, or do they sign up for shows like the ones we see on Netflix and TLC?

Shows like Married at First Sight and Love is Blind are similar to arranged marriages. Instead of family members picking the potential bride and groom, a TV show does the picking. When I say arranged marriages, I am not talking about forced marriages. A forced marriage is when one or both parties have no say in getting married.

A forced marriage would be sort of like my marriage! I was standing in front of the judge, with retreat written all over my face. I looked at my husband, and then I looked back at my cousin. She was the one who paid for my wedding dress, so she was invested! She mouthed the famous words “I WIll KICK YOUR ASS,” so I politely turned back around and spit out the two little words, which started the rest of my life.

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In the seconds before she threatened me with bodily harm, I was about to go the bathroom and never come back! I look back at that day and laugh! Little did I know, I would still be with my husband 23 years later. While I would not recommend getting forced into marriage, I would recommend signing up for some of the shows like Love is Blind or Married at First Sight.

Maybe arranged marriages can help to revamp the union before it fades into the background.

Quarantine Is Costly For Many

We are still in quarantine, and I must admit something to you. Being in quarantine isn’t cheap. Perhaps it would be easier for people who have family around them, but for us, we are it. Our nearest family lives two hours away.

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By now, I do not think we have anything. We are all doing fine without any signs. My daughter had contact with the student who tested positive for COVID was on Friday. Today is Thursday, so maybe we will all be in the clear. She will be able to go back to school in 6 days if all is well.

We have still been taking our medication, and I have zinc arriving today just in case something happens. The nurse informed us that she thinks we will be fine, but we still have to wait out the quarantine days. She also told us to take multivitamins and zinc. I am so glad I stockpiled meds last week. When I buy chicken, I buy large bags of chicken that can be broken up and used for soup.

This is a mind-opening situation. It shows that if you do not buy groceries the right way or have medication on hand, you could be in trouble. We always hear about having three months’ worth of rent saved up, but right now, people have to have money for food and medicine in case a quarantine happens.

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You have to have either enough food to last you the quarantine or money to get takeout. You also have to enough money for medication or have medication on hand. If you do not have those things, you could be in trouble. This is why these stimulus payments would be a big help right now. There are too many people who do not have enough food to last through three days, so ten would be a no-go.

I am not one to tell you how to live your life. Yet, if I were you, I would stock up on food and meds if you get another round of stimulus. Being in quarantine isn’t cheap. For many of the people who have gotten really sick or died from the virus, I wonder if they were able to afford simple things like soup, or vitamins. Many people never thought they would have to add a pandemic survival stash as a doomsday prep fund.

Now That Biden is No Longer In The Dark, Will He Be Able to Help Defeat COVID-19

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Have you ever heard the old saying that the truth comes out in the pudding? Well, it would seem that the Biden Administration is now finding out that things aren’t as good as they had hoped for in terms of COVID. According to The Daily Beast, President Biden will have his hands full with COVID and cleaning up the stank that former President Trump left.

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/att/cm/worse-imagined-team-trump-left-100021175.html

I informed you guys that this could very well be the case weeks ago because of how hard Trump was trying to fight to stay inside the White House. Many of us had hoped that we could forget about Trump after he left the White House, but it looks like that might not be so easy. One would also have to wonder about the outcome of finding altered data before the Senate starts looking at the impeachment. Could we see a different punishment if the findings are too altered? Can Trump be legally held accountable for not being forthcoming about the virus and the real effects?

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Trump had stopped letting the numerical data go to the CDC from the hospitals months ago. Not only did he alter the way data was being delivered, but he also started listening to someone who was pushing herd immunity. If you followed herd immunity in Sweden, you will recall that it cost a lot of people their lives. On top of costing a lot of people their lives, it still wasn’t reached.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gives a news conference on the coronavirus
https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/29296/in-sweden-herd-immunity-has-failed-tragically-will-there-be-a-reckoning

Only time will expose the enormity of the level of chaos handed down during Trump’s presidency. I fear we will find scarier monsters in the coming weeks marching down the White House steps. I wouldn’t want to be in President Biden’s shoes. However, I think it is safe to say that we can trust him in this fight against COVID. Get ready for some hard truths in the months to come.

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Helping America Get Back To Normal Means Shifting Focus! Let’s Go!

Today will mark the beginning of a new Presidency. It will be coming off the heels of one of our darkest moments, yet it will bring hope. If I had one word to describe the new feeling in the air, it would be rejuvenation. It means that we have all lived to see the end of one presidency maimed with flaws and the injection of hope.

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So, in honoring what this means to us as a country, I have decided to shift the focus of my blog. While I will still be updating you on things going on in my little spot of the world, I will also be taking on other tasks. My blog now has three new sections that deal with gaming, K-Dramas, and KPOP. If you take notice right now, they have one article under each tab.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

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I always tell my children life is like a big box. Sometimes, we have to dig and dig until we make the first groove in gaining our balance. However, after we find out how to make the groove and what direction it can take us, the sky is the limit. It isn’t about thinking outside the box, it is about clawing your way to a new understanding.

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Streaming Services For K-Dramas

There are currently a few sites that have K-dramas, but I would love to point your attention to https://www.viki.com/. It is a site that requires a small subscription of $4.99 per month. You get to see K-dramas that you wouldn’t normally get to see on Netflix or Hulu. You are also able to see new K-dramas as they come out on Viki.com.

https://www.viki.com/tv/37374c-true-beauty

True Beauty

If you aren’t sure of sites like Viki.com because they are not as notable as Netflix or Hulu, you can rest assured that their site is safe. The headquarters for Viki.com is in California with other locations around the globe.

We are currently viewing True Beauty. True Beauty is about a female that has two identities. She is pretty and a plain Jane at any given time. Her story is about a young girl that has to come to terms with finding comfort in a guy that likes her for who she is. It is about dealing with the insecurities that young women often face and the fear of being normal without the make-up. True Beauty was a comic that started off on Webtoon. We are currently watching the first season, so if you are into K-dramas, tune in.

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Now, here comes the skinny. Currently, the only subscription we are having an issue with is Apple. Apple needs to figure out a way to bundle its services with other networks. I love the way Hulu has managed to provide it’s bundling, but Apple needs a little more work.

My only problem with Hulu is that some of their bundles rival the cost of cable. Part of the reason people turned to online streaming was to get away from the high cost of cable. We have Hulu and HBOMAX, which is around 22 dollars. Yet, the live cost for Hulu will set you back 64.99 for Basic plus Live. If your family is anything like our family, that adds up fast. We are paying for like three versions of Apple, Viki, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and Disney.

Yet, with all of that said our children seem to like Viki.com the most. Go figure!

How Does America Move Away From The Aftermath Of Trumpism?

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Aftermath is a word used to describe catastrophic events in most cases, and that definition rings true today. We have two major obstacles that have changed the way we move and think as a country. The election of President Trump has turned out to be a very jarring event for the American psyche.

There’s no denying the current disconnect in America today due to constant rhetoric. It was ongoing into the minds of the American public by way of social media and continuous rallies. Perhaps, that is why you now have companies like Facebook and Twitter who have started paying closer attention to how people spread lies to the public via their platform.

From political issues to health issues, there has been an overabundance of dishonesty, which has created the perfect storm for chaos. One would wager that COVID-19 wouldn’t be the beast it is today if America didn’t fall victim to dishonest politicians trying to use COVID-19 as their political vehicle.

It has been a hard situation to sit back and watch. Unlike some bloggers, I started talking about COVID-19 in January when it was mainly in China. One of my fears was not knowing how to deal with COVID. I even went on to say that we needed to stay away from some of the mistakes that China was making. We have done far worse, which is sad because we should have known better. That failure lands on the President and his inability to deal with the virus by telling the truth. President Trump has been caught in numerous lies from COVID, Ukraine, and now the election. Yet, his people seem undying in their faith in him. I think his rallies are meant to get into the psyche of people and that has proven to be dangerous.

So, the question is, how do we reach people who have been propagandized? What should we be saying to them right now, and what should we not say? We must not give up on trying to reach them because they are fellow Americans. Yet, at the same time, we have to be careful because some followers have become very unstable.  

I guess we start by trying to understand their point of view, and then we explain why certain things happened. There is anger aimed at the Supreme Court, FBI, and other departments for not stepping in to stop the steal. 

So, today, I will give you a lesson in writing affidavits. First of all, I will not tell you my definition because I know some of you might not want to hear it. I will give you an article.

https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/what-is-an-affidavit-and-how-is-it-used

Affidavit Definition - Legal Meaning ? Lawyer Terms Simplified

So, whatever I put on this needs to be, the truth. This has to be filed prior to court and if something is not right the person standing there who has submitted it can get in trouble. I filled affidavits out on the cases I investigated, lawyers have to be even more careful. If they lie to the judge they could lose their right to practice law. This is why there was such a difference between the information that was getting washed out into the public and the information that was going to the courts. I do not know too many people willing to stand before judges and lie.

If any part of the election steal hoax was true at least one element of government would have picked up on it. We are talking about people who were handpicked by Trump to do his will, so to say. You cannot honestly believe they would turn on him at the last second, unless there was a reason. As for states letting people vote in a more relaxed fashion, put it in the COVID-19 bag. Had COVID-19 been handled appropriately, people would have been able to vote normally. As people have stated, you will have some levels of fraud, but this year showcased less fraud then the last election.

Hope that helps.

What Republicans Are Being Told To Fear Is Nothing Compared To Real Life

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“Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.” – Aristotle

While driving home after grabbing a present for my daughter, something caught my attention. There we were waiting at the light when a radio personality came on talking about AOC. I do not know his name, and I do not care to find out his name. However, I can tell you he was filling in for Rush Limbaugh.

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So, he starts talking about how the Democrats are trying to take values, take religious rights, and pretty much take everything, let him tell it. So, I wanted to explore this attitude a little today. When Obama was in office, I didn’t love God any less, I didn’t lose my will to attend a mass gathering at churches, and I didn’t lose the ability to see the good in people. If anything, President Obama inspired me to put myself out there a little more.

The same can be said for Bush and the ones before him. I never felt like I was under assault. For the most part, people did what they could for each other and minded their business. Were there issues, of course! There has never been an administration that didn’t come with its own set of issues. However, the issues never bled down to me personally.

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During Trump’s time in office, I felt fearful of things that I used to do regularly. Going to the park is something that I have often loved. If I am with my children nowadays, I find myself cautiously looking around, fearing crazy people. I no longer have my windows down out of fear of some racist coming up beside me and doing the unthinkable. I have chronic sinuses, so wearing my mask is a new must. I have found that it helps prevent headaches that keep me sick for days, if not weeks. I fear what will happen after COVID goes away, and I still wear my mask. Will people see it as a political statement, or will they leave me alone so I can enjoy the outdoors without being locked inside?

If you want to talk about what someone has taken away, I would bring to your attention how Trump has taken away the ability to just be. Who knows what the person wants to be! Trump’s administration has produced zealot like people. These people are the ones who have caused problems throughout history. They are often cloaked in garments of the church, yet in reality, they are not the church. They are people who hold on to part of the word of God and focus on other parts that help them to gain control of certain groups. Some examples would be the religious leaders behind the witch trials, the people behind the Inquisition in Spain, and Zealots.

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On top of the problematic religious groups that have come up from the Trump movement, we have COVID. COVID-19 has taken away the lives of over 340,000 people and obliterated incomes for millions. People have gone from owning homes to moving back home with their family members. How can anyone sit here and possibly compare a “who knows” scenario with a real breakdown of everyday life?

Some Republicans Are Still Having A Hard Time Finding The Area KNown As: Destination Truth

Nearly one week ago, we witnessed a large group of individuals storm our nation’s Capitol. Once again, it will be one of those days that sears a stain into our very soul. As soon as I heard Trump direct his followers to follow him to the Capitol, I screamed and ran to my husband with the news. It didn’t take a Nostradamus to foresee the outcome of this message.

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Now that the events have unfolded, we are left wondering how things eroded to this degree. I guess the first thing we have to look at is the word following. In America, I can often remember us calling people Republicans, Democrats, and even Independents. During the time Obama was in office, I never recalled us using the term follower or following to characterize Democratic voters who voted for him while he was in office.

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However, there were divisions amongst the Republican Party that seemed to break off and present a challenge based on Tea Party Republicans and the Rhino Republicans. I remember during that time, some of the Republicans talked about how the Tea Party would eventually hurt the Republican Party in the long run due to their split. There have been many articles detailing the harmful effects of the Tea Party movement. Some papers have correlated the movement to the rise of Trumpism. The USA Today and Washington Post both ran articles linking today’s issues to the Tea Party. Other sites tried to warn about the breakdown, but nobody listened. The Washington Post article came out in December. While the USA article was published two days ago.

I believe that we are standing on the brink of the collapse of a political party; if something does not change quickly. Back to the word following, or followers! Even saying the word follower or following seems foreign. Here in America, we do not see groups that follow anyone unless they are radical.

In the colonial time, people came to America so they wouldn’t be killed or jailed for having a difference in opinions. Some also due to punishment for crimes they committed while in Europe. They would either get shipped off to the colonies here or Australia. Here in America, many wanted to be able to practice their religion or faith without the fear of persecution. Take, for example, the QAnon group. I had a member some months ago email me a letter, she considered it to be proof that some great reset is about to occur. The letter was written supposedly by some priest in hiding.

Correction she sent it to my Twitter.

After I read the letter I couldn’t believe my eyes. These people sounded like someone you would see in the Salem Witch Trials.

Yet, Republican voters still managed to vote a couple of these people in the office. Even today Republicans, see problems with people in their party dealing in lies some are still slow to rebuke their members. These are the same people who claim to walk with the Lord but still deal in lies and mischief. Until the Republican party is ready to repent their ways and cast aside the ones that would cause division, there will be no peace within the party.

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Sometimes, to rebuild, you have to start from the beginning. Currently, the Republicans are splintered into at least six groups. We have the Tea Party Republicans, establishment Republicans, Trump Republicans, Lincoln Republicans, QAnon Republicans, and recently the Biden Republicans. If the Republicans cannot find a solid path back to the basics, they are doomed.

I hope no part of this article infuses anger. Have a great week.

Birthday From Hell Because $100 Bucks Was Too Little

It is a little after three in the morning, and I am still reeling from my daughter’s birthday. In my family, we have a tradition. Every birthday person gets a certain amount of money and their special day. However, after 12 AM hits, all bets are off.

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Well, since COVID-19 happened, we had to cut back on somethings. This year we put in place a $100 maximum per birthday. Last month was the 15-year old’s birthday, and she lost 50 of her 100 at the mall. A typical birthday is celebrated all day until midnight. Every single person in the family watches the shows that are picked by the birthday girl or boy. It can be hell day for the ones of us who hate anime, or horror shows because you can bet one of those two will be on the menu. However, most of the time the birthday person picks a meal that the entire family likes which makes up for the horrible shows!!!!

The entire week including on the 27th, my daughter was adamant about not wanting 100 bucks because she said it wouldn’t buy anything. She wanted $200 and insisted that we fork over $200 or nothing at all. I informed her; that she was headed for a rude awakening, but she insisted that she would not be part of any celebrations if we gave her 100.

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So, yesterday came, and I didn’t give her anything. She woke up, and it pretty much went downhill from there. She didn’t want to watch anything; she wanted to argue the entire time. I went into my room and shut the door. Hours later, she was ready to be civil, she was happy to finish her day off with cake and dinner.

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I told my husband that I wasn’t sure about not giving her the money but that she needed to understand the meaning of gratefulness. I explained to her that there is a country full of people who cannot even get a pack of chicken for dinner, but she had the nerve to stick her nose up at $100 bucks because it wasn’t enough. Part of me feels bad about not giving it to her, but the other part feels like she got the message. Afterward, when she asked if maybe we would think about giving it to her later, it looked like she understood that it was a blessing instead of a big fat nothing. It was a hard day, but I think it a lesson in humility was needed. People do what they can , and it is a blessing no matter the gift.

Currently Viewing Bridgerton After Watching Lark Rise To Candleford

I love romances set in the historical period, so I love authors like Julia Quinn, Judith McNaught, Mary Balogh, and Lisa Kleypas. I’ve just finished up Lark Rise to Candleford, which was written by Flora Thompson. I must say I loved the show!

I am only on episode two of Bridergerton. Before I go on, I must say I love the costumes, casting, and the way the period has come to life. I am also loving the different take on music from today’s artist, yet the sounds are set in an almost classical style. This makes me want to go out and get yet another book by Julia Quinn. I would love to see if any fans of Julia Quinn’s books, would love to team up and watch this together!

I am in episode two if anyone wants to join. https://www.tele.pe/netflix/162c5460a9ecff8e?s=s123

President Trump’s Threat to Veto $900 Billion Stimulus Package Blows Up Right Before Christmas

If you were looking to get a check next week, you might have to wait a little longer. Trump went on the record this week stating how the current package was not enough for the Americans who were needing a lifeline to help stay afloat. While many of us have watched these deals burn out of the Senate floor, some of us were cautiously awaiting for a positive outcome this time. Sadly, it is much of the same. One would have to wonder if Trump did this on purpose. He signed an Executive order last month about getting stimulus out to the people and nothing was able to come from it. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/08/us/politics/trump-stimulus-bill-coronavirus.html What made him think they would listen to him now? Now the American people will have to wait who knows how long before anyone gets any help.

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It has not been a secret that the Senate Republicans and some House Republicans have not wanted to approve a stimulus over or at the $1200 mark, due to debt ceiling concerns. Yet, there have been so many expensive things coming from this administration. It appears as though, once again Americans will have to pull ourselves up and dust ourselves off. This is about class warfare. Nobody seems to care about the poor people or the people who are losing jobs in this country. It is fine for the people to go out and make the rich richer, but when those same people need help, nobody cares.

What this latest snub tells Americans is that no matter how bad the bleeding gets, these Reps will remain true to THEIR agenda. We will have millions of people losing their housing this month. Yet, the Senate stalls once again. If people do not have a place to stay, they will not be able to work. The America we knew before COVID has taken a blow of catastrophic measures and it is due to poor leadership.

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It has become a semi-norm for this group of Representatives to fight and forget about their number one job, which should be helping the American people. This is yet another reason why many fear a Republican led Senate. For some reason Republicans are having a hard time understanding what the American people need right now. As always, vote for the person who wants your family to come out on top. Party lines cannot save you.

We will problem solve our way through this nightmare. Do not forget about companies like Uber, Doordash, Waitr, and Grubhub. They offer delivery jobs to people who can pass a criminal check and in some locations, you can deliver with a bike. Ubereats lets people create their own schedule. This means you pick any hour you wish to deliver.

So, in order to celebrate this newest mockery from Congress, I leave you with this! Charles Dickens said it best!

Ps, my birthday is on the 20th of January, I have asked for a Biden cake! I hope the bakery does it for me. Can’t wait to show you! Hang in there my friends, next month will be here before you know it.

Numbers to know right about now. https://www.hudexchange.info/homelessness-assistance/  (202) 708-1112 , https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/  703-549-1390, https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ 1-800-SAL-ARMY 211 Which is Health and Human Services, they will be able to give you information on churches that help with food and clothes.

Is There A COVID Indifference?

The COVID-19 tally for my family is going up. With the increase of cases, one thing remains clear; there is a difference in how people receive care. Right now, the tally for COVID cases in my family stands at 9. My sister had COVID with her husband and our cousins. My husband’s sister and her husband had COVID-19, which also bled down to their children.

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Earlier this week, my daughter informed me that her boyfriend and his mother were diagnosed with COVID. I asked her boyfriend about their medication and found out the doctors prescribed Z-packs. I asked her boyfriend if he and his mother were prescribed any other medications he stated no.

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Part of me wanted to believe that this was perhaps normal. However, I knew from talking to our family members when they dealt with COVID that check-ups were frequent. I told him about the vitamins that the doctors used to help our loved ones get better.

I do not want to believe that money plays such a role in how people get treatment for this virus, but it looks like money is a factor. You have two families of the upper-middle class who receive great care. Then you have a Mexican family barely above the poverty line that is told to go home and rest.

I would like to believe that perhaps there is something I might be missing, but why were these people simply told to go home and rest? Why are so many people told to go home and rest and later come back with raging cases of COVID? Just curious.

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The Government Must Protect Families From BECOMING Homeless.

For some of us, this Christmas will bring a flood of emotions. Many Americans will be shopping for gifts this year. Yet, there is another group, that will be biting their fingernails. They will be hoping for a present from Santa Claus, called a lifeline.

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Many months ago, I warned about the ramifications of not doing enough to take care of Covid-19. Many people were on pins and needles to get the country back open and moving. The virus wasn’t contained properly, so the movement created a unprotected path for the virus to grow.

Now here we are at the end of 2020 with an uncontrolled spread. Here in my county, we’re at level one which means the virus is uncontrollable. It’s the worst possible outcome for our city. Late last night before I went to sleep I read an article about Ken Paxton. Apparently he wants to withhold covid funds from Houston or better yet Harris county. I don’t think people understand the amount of evil that goes into the idea that welcomes the destruction of a group, based on their political standing.

This virus has brought out the worst in people. It is showcased how little people cared about protecting life, responsibilities, and their ability to think for themselves. The sad part, is that covid-19 might have been controllable had it not been so politicized. It’s almost as if people took advantage of the pandemic to advance their own standing in communities.

Now we head into the new year, many families will become homeless very soon. If Congress doesn’t do something, these families and their landlords will soon face ruin. What causes homelessness? A sickness, a death, or an inability to provide for oneself causes homelessness. In this situation the sickness was covid-19, the virus was so devastating that it took a toll on millions of Americans.

Most of the time, when we talk about covid-19, we only hear about the deaths that occur. While the deaths are perhaps the most horrid outcome, a lot of us do not think about the economic devastation. Yet, perhaps the saddest part of all of this, is that people could slow the spread.

Take Ubereats for example, one of my relatives uses Ubereats as a side hustle. He stated that Ubereats has a really good system that makes sure drivers are safe, but you still find occasional customers who want food delivered to them, face to face. Even though the company is trying to protect its drivers, you still have people who don’t understand the importance of proper social distancing. For the most part, Ubereats expects the deliveries to remain contactless, which means the delivery driver is supposed to deliver the food to the door and alert the customer.

Due to the fact, that some customers still want to act like Covid-19 isn’t a thing, many drivers have decided to stop delivering. This means restaurants will cut back on orders, which means less money, and having fewer staff members in their establishments. The lack of social distancing and mask wearing creates problems for the whole community.

Because of the government’s inability to press on the importance of social distancing and mask wearing, we are now looking at a spiraling downfall. The fact is, these companies have to lay off and close due to poor habits. Their workers have no other options of earning income. In the end, it leads to homelessness caused by the government’s response to Covid-19.

It’s bad enough when you mess up and put your family at risk, but it’s like 10 times worse when it’s not your fault. Some of these states have thrown their citizens to the gutter. Some of these same leaders will sit here and brag about not wearing masks, and then pop in line to receive the vaccine before anyone else.

I know this is a long rant, and I’m sorry for that. But as I gaze out my window thinking about the difficulties of removing myself from my blankets due to my depression, I can’t help but wonder how my fellow Americans are feeling right now. I guess I am blessed because my junk is all in my head. I love you all we will get through this together.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and think there’s no exit, please seek out help. The National Suicide Hotline Number is 1 800-273-8255. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation due to violence please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Numbers to know right about now. https://www.hudexchange.info/homelessness-assistance/  (202) 708-1112 , https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/  703-549-1390, https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ 1-800-SAL-ARMY

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Trying To Look Inside The Mind Of A Trump SUpporter

Some Americans are dreading the approaching deadline of the confirmative for 538 electoral votes that will finalize the defeat of Donald Trump today. It is a normal process that takes place every four years, but this election year has been anything but typical.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Reading Regional Airport in Reading Pennsylvania , U.S., October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Due to the nature of this election and the amount of misinformation, America faces an uncertain future. In the past, deception was never an issue on the scales we see today. This administration has dealt heavily in falsehoods, especially after the election. Perhaps the most compelling tale comes from the outcomes of cases brought before judges. We have two different versions of the truth floating around.

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We have the version that Trump’s people bring before judges, which result in thrown out cases and eye raises from anyone with a history of practicing law. And then we have the version that has circulated to the public. The problem is that most of Trump’s supporters have been victims of his lies for so long that they no longer know who to trust.

In some ways, some are finding themselves alienated from others within the party due to the eye-opening facts that have been raised by the chaos from this election. It isn’t something most people want to talk about because it brings up a lot of painful questions. Did Trump see the average rural voter as someone so unsophisticated that they would never second guess his behavior or statements?

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He has managed to spread his lies around like a baker spreads icing on a cake. So, it is now time to look at the Trump voter many would call country, but few would understand. Country people are some of the most hard-working people I’ve met. I remember growing up as a little girl helping my father take off his steel toe boots. His feet would be blue and black from all the labor at the plant, but he would never complain. You would never hear him complain about the work or any work, to be honest. After work, he would jump on the tractor and plow the fields on many occasions.

He was the same person who risked his life to save a family out of a nearly flipped car and worked the same job for over 26 years up until his retirement. The heart of the country isn’t people caught up in hate. They are people who pride themselves on hard work and the ability to take care of their families. They are also very loyal. My father had friends that he had made when he was a young man growing up in the dirt.

I am not sure how Trump managed to get this gem of people, but he did. Perhaps, if we try to understand this section of people, we will come to understand the need to be patient with those who are struggling with Trump’s defeat. At the end of the day, feelings are caught up in this election. Nobody wants to be the victim, but I fear this group has been victimized by Trump. There are good Trump supporters out there; we must give them time to come to terms with reality.

Did Trump And The Republicans Count On Voter Suppression As a Way To Win 2020?

There are so many questions tied to this election. Perhaps one of the most perplexing questions is why COVID-19 was allowed to spread without containment by the top people in US government? As I write this article our states are seeing alarming rates of COVID-19 pop up from state to state. What I find repulsive is how some leaders are saying it was too easy for people to vote during a pandemic.

So, just what did they want the states to do? Did they want Trump’s voters being the only voters, voting during the pandemic? Did they really think the rest of the country was going to stay silent about how they felt about Trump and his handling of the country? What about the voters who wanted to vote, but they wished to remain safe while doing so? Here in Texas, Republicans tried to take away early voting days. The results would have resulted in fewer people being able to vote. Mail-in ballots weren’t on the table for all Texans, and some of these voters feared for their safety due to the spread of COVID.

Trump declared himself the winner on the 3rd of last month as if he knew something the rest of America didn’t know. He had already slowed the postal service; a few states had embedded complications in place to hinder mail-in ballots. Texas made sure we had one dropbox per county, and some of our counties have hundreds of thousands of people, if not more.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/10-states-still-counting-millions-votes-trump-falsely-claims-he-n1246336

So, while some Republicans were doing a fantastic job to suppress voters in their red states, blue states were trying to make sure ALL of their voters would be able to vote. Pennsylvania, which is one of the four states targeted by Paxton, agreed to let their citizens vote by mail due to the pandemic. This move would allow the state to collect ballots from any eligible voter. However, there was a hiccup that prevented the ballots from being counted until the night of the election.

With most of the mail-in ballots being for Biden, the result turned out to be in Biden’s favor. Now, we are seeing Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and GA being contested by some states that pretty much did what they could to suppress the votes of those who feared for their lives. Georgia election officials informed the public that Trump lost GA because he scared people out of voting with his lies. https://www.businessinsider.com/georgia-top-election-official-says-trump-depressed-his-own-base-2020-11

Georgia wasn’t the only red state that suppressed votes during this election, but it was perhaps one of the only ones that got caught up in the quagmire of tampering with elections. Did Trump and his base willingly spread COVID-19 so they could make sure Biden’s voters would stay at home and away from the polls? Who knows!

However, what we do know is the following, the Republicans are doing what they have been doing for years. This time they are doing it on a larger scale. They are trying to silence millions of votes. They are risking the sheading of our constitution due to their allegiance to Trump.

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It is kind of surprising to see a group that hates to see people taking a knee to The Pledge of Allegiance, rip the Pledge of Allegiance into shreds over their allegiance to Trump. We have lost our way.

Warning! I Had To Take My Kids Off Remote Learning

If you follow my blog, you know I am a big advocate for safety. I champion safe environments for children, but remote learning was starting to take a negative affect on my youngest child. It was a tough situation because one daughter was doing really good with remote learning. She was doing all the assignments! We printed out directions, passed it to the kids, and made sure they understood what they needed to do. We even helped them find different websites to help enhance their learning. Everything was going well until after about 4 weeks of school. The one with a history of asthma slowly started to shut all the way down because she missed being at school.

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She was the main reason I didn’t want the girls going to school. I was terrified of her getting COVID especially after my sister and cousins caught it from their schools. However, she started sleeping all the time and refusing to do her work. On one occasion she ran out of the house to her friend’s house because she didn’t want to work on her missing assignments. It was like the harder I pushed, the more she refused. Even having her sit down next to me wasn’t producing the intended outcome. It looks so easy in the photo right? Try doing the same pose with a 15 yr old who has made up her mind that she isn’t going to do her work anymore.

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It was frustrating! We had one child who was doing a great job with remote learning and listening most of the time. We purchased books on the side just so we could help our children, but it really was the social interaction that was doing the 15 yr in. My 15 yr old had went from a happy kid to a depressed vessel walking around the house. After we put her back in school her mood boomeranged. She was once again the fun loving child, we all knew , and her grades picked up.

I think if you are thinking about remote learning, you have to take your child’s personality into consideration which is something I didn’t do. While the daughter who dislikes social interaction did great at remote learning, the one who thrived in social environments seemed to show signs of distress. The one who disliked crowds was energetic and excited about getting her work done, while the 15 yr was the direct opposite. Now that they are both back in school they meet up for lunch and eat outside due to the crowds in the lunchroom.

For you guys out there that might be going through the same situation, make sure you monitor your children’s moods and stay on top of their grades. If it is taking days on top of days to get them to complete assignments or if they refuse to turn them in, you might have to come up with a new plan. For us, it was a hard choice, but watching her melt away wasn’t an option either.

Massive Lines At COVID-19 Testing Center

Due to COVID-19 and the economic setbacks many of us have encountered, we often see pictures of long lines of cars lined up at churches. In many cases, some stores seem to be nearly empty of shoppers, with good reason, depending on your location.

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Some of us have even seen the images come to life in our cities and our neighborhoods. This morning my husband and I were coming back from Whataburger. As we were driving down the street, I took notice of a long line of cars in a church parking lot.

At first, I thought it was a toy drive. Yet, I didn’t see any toys, so then I thought it was perhaps a food line. I looked a little closer and noticed it was a COVID-19 testing line. In the past, our COVID-19 testing lines might have seen three or four cars at any given time. However, this morning there were lines of vehicles spreading out into the street behind the church.

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It isn’t easy to get COVID-19 tested here in my city. You have to be in direct contact with someone who has COVID-19, and that doesn’t always get you tested. My husband’s office has been closed down at least nearly a dozen times, and his boss had it, but nobody needed to get tested. The clinics told the workers they weren’t in danger of getting COVID.

So, to see multiple cars at both 10 AM and 12 PM tells me we are about to see some crazy stuff regarding COVID-19 shortly. If you live here in America, please be careful. Order your groceries online if you can; if you have to go to the store, go in the morning. I cannot predict the future, but judging by the long line of cars from this morning, there are a lot of people getting tested.

Be careful.

How KPOP Idols Are Connected To tHeir Fans

Groups like BTS and Blackpink are two examples of how faithful fans are able to help thrust their idols into worldwide icons. These groups are mega talented with the ability to move mountains and it all starts with the fans. The fans are so important to these artist that they pretty much tailor their careers around the fans and their ability to connect to the artist.

On this take of KPOP Talent we will take a look at The Refund Sisters. The Refund Sisters is a Korean supergroup which is a group made up of people who are currently signed with other K-pop groups. Right now you have SuperM which is a male group with members from EXO, NCT127, and Shinee.

The newest supergroup is a female group featuring solo singers. We have Uhm Jung-hwa who is the eldest of the group at 51 years old. She looks every bit of 25, and her voice!!! It is hard to explain just how perfect she sounds. We also have Lee Hyo-ri, she is 41 and once again looks 20! Once again her voice is priceless. These two artist have been out of the spotlight for a while. Lee Hyo-ri was in the Jessi song I posted some months ago.

Now that we mentioned Jessi, I am delighted to tell you that Jessi is also in the supergroup. Yes!!! She is 31! If you are asking yourself why am I posting ages, it is because we have three decades of KPOP stars in this group, and they all slayyyyy. It just goes to show you that K-pop has always been a force, but now that we have the ability to share the music with more people, it is taking over! I love it!!! Before I forget, I have to tell you about the last member of the group! Ahn Hye-jin or better yet Hwasa, if she sounds farmilar it is because she was a member of Mamamoo.

The sad news about supergroups is that they are not meant to last for longer than a season. They are called seasonal or temp because these people are also signed to their main labels. So, enjoy the new song and check out the cry fest below! I promise you will need tissue.

When You Just Don’t Have The words

In a perfect world giving advice to our children appears to be easy. However, I encountered a situation last night that left me speechless. My children have birthdays that are honestly weeks apart. Well my 15 yr old lost 50 dollars from her birthday money on the 23rd of this month. My 22 yr old was able to get her gamer friends to jump into action and before we knew it, Amazon packages were arriving at our house.

As we were watching her open the boxes, I turn and notice my 18 yr old standing in the doorway with tears in her eyes. I didn’t know what to do. After the last box was opened, the 18 yr old tried to force a happy expression by saying how happy she was for Ally. However, her face was still saying something else. After Ally took her stuff back to her room, we pulled Ari into the room and asked if she was ok. She then went on to say that she was so happy for her sister, but she couldn’t help but think about how own experience.

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She said she wished she had a friend who could just say the words “Happy Birthday” to her. We have worked on socialization for years with her, but we still struggle with that connection. I keep telling her that her bestie will show up right when she needs her, and that she needs to be open to forming the connection. I am not sure what she needed to hear, but the only thing I could think about was a promise that things can get better. Parenting is never easy no matter how old children get.

Why I said No to having a baby at 43

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You often hear about women deciding to have babies in their forties. I’ve never really held a position on it because I respect the fact that it isn’t my body. Some months ago, my husband and I started talking about the idea of adding another addition to our family. It sounded good in theory until he proceeded to make appointments.

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About two months ago, my husband came home with this goofy look on his face and was smiling ear to ear. I asked him what was so exciting, and he blurted out that he had just finished talking to his doctor about getting his vasectomy reversed. I’m pretty sure the color drained out of my face because, at that point, extreme nausea started to set in.

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We had talked about the subject in the past, but I thought all we were doing was talking. It’s like saying, if I had a million dollars, I would buy a house in Ireland. I do not have a million dollars, so the move would never move out of the fantasy stage. After a few minutes of watching him beam from ear to ear, I politely smiled and tried to sound excited. As the days went by, I started to get increasingly uncomfortable. I started looking at our 14 yr old, 18 yr old, and 22-year-old daughters. I then started thinking about how each pregnancy affected my health.

On the morning of his appointment, I remember feeling a near panic as he got in the car and drove off for his doctor’s appointment. I opted to stay behind because I didn’t want to see the doctor see the discomfort on my face.

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About a good solid hour later, my husband arrived back home. He was upset because the clinic didn’t want to let the VA pay for his reversal. The clinic intended to bill him on his job’s insurance, while the VA would have made the procedure free. I felt a little relieved until after he got off the phone with the VA a few moments later. The VA clinic promised they would take care of the confusion with Scott and White.

A few days later, the appointment was back on. The night before the second appointment, I made up my mind; it was time to come clean about my feelings regarding having another baby. I explained that we had three great children, and I didn’t like being pregnant. I hated the idea of having another baby at 43, and I went a little deeper into detail and expressed the main reason I didn’t want to give up my current position as Sexual Goddess # 1 to being a new mom all over again.

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Part of me felt a bit guilty because sex was a big reason I didn’t want to have baby number 4. Currently, we can have sex whenever we want, multiple times a month or even a week if we feel like it, but a new baby puts restraints on that. I know my body, I know my needs, and at this age, I am not looking to start over again with the birthing process.

I thought he was going to be hurt by my confession, but after I explained it, he saw my point. He called off the appointment, and I can now look at pregnant people once again without feeling an urge to run for the nearest exit.

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Trump/Hitler Similarities

We often hear Trump talk about his similarities to Lincoln, but I wonder if people know just how similar he is to Hitler. History was one of my favorite subjects in college, I studied both American and European historical periods. In the beginning, Trump appeared to have some Lincoln similarities. One of the main reasons the Civil War was fought was because slavery moved into states that were free states. Plantation owners were slowly moving into states that were free of slavery due to the Missouri Compromise. When these plantation owners moved to free states (illegally) to take over land, they would force working people into poverty.

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Obama and Trump both saw similarities to the displacement of American workers which is what prompted stricter immigration laws. Prior to Obama coming into office President Bush and President Fox of Mexico encouraged dealings which led the way for illegal immigration to boom in America. Due to the economic crisis that took over around the end of the Bush years, people were tired. They then voted for Obama because at this point, unemployment was horrific.

Obama worked on immigration issues and he also worked on getting some of the hardest hit industries back on their feet. By the time Trump came in office, he was coming into a situation that was already in its healing process. We had a lot of jobs that were open, but sadly not a lot of people were trying to get back to work. https://www.factcheck.org/2016/07/obamas-numbers-july-2016-update/

So, after Obama, Trump enters office. He continues to build on what Obama has already placed into motion and then he doubles down on immigration. While his talking points in the beginning sound a lot like Obama and Lincoln, his actions seem to take a different turn into his presidency. He wages economic wars with rivals and secures business relationships from abroad with various countries. Some of those relationships come into question because of his businesses. Trump then puts tax laws in place to offer relief to those who earn the most while placing boundaries between the poor and well off. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/29/trump-suburban-voters-will-no-longer-be-bothered-by-low-income-housing.html

Not only is he placing boundaries in terms of where people are able to live, but he increased sentences on things that were once considered misdemeanors. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/criminal-justice/reports/2020/02/03/480028/fact-sheet-trump-says-one-thing-another-criminal-justice/ To the naked eye, we hear the word reform and we get excited. However, after you read into the results of the reform, the excitement soon disappears.

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As of today, we have Trump taking away unity training which helps to loosen the chains of racism and he has introduced a new form of History for our children. These are things that Hitler did when he was trying to perform a mindwipe on the citizens in Germany. If you are unfamiliar with the term mindwipe, it is a reset of everything you know. Hitler had his own group of people protecting his gatherings before he turned into the mass murderer we all know. Trump has also been quoted telling his Proud Boys to stand by. Trump is even on record talking about getting his own network together to go against FOX News because they did not spread more of his political messages to the public.

With all of these problematic behaviors, why were there so many people who voted for Trump? Could it be that we have a large number of Americans who want some form of a dictatorship? If we are not careful, Trump could send America to its first single party dictatorship which would shatter the America we know and love. Currently, Trump and his allies are trying to corrupt the sacred right of voting. They are using lies and anything else that they can use to have legal votes thrown out. A lot of the votes in Arizona that were labeled fraud came from military families that held that state as their home of record. Just a few articles to show you where we are on keeping up with misinformation.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-dominion-software-trump-law-idUSKBN27S2Z9, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/11/technology/no-dominion-voting-machines-did-not-cause-widespread-voting-problems.html

Sadly, the list goes on and on. https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/525583-trumps-fraudulent-claims-about-voter-fraud There is a different lie each day and they keep getting thrown out of court. https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-politics-virus-outbreak-campaigns-22665ea3884c47f883b416e4bd03bf54 At this point, the behavior is a clear indicator that Trump is trying to use the courts to take away Biden’s Presidency. Due to the fact that his allies are mimicking the same claims, we can only conclude that they are part of this attempt to overthrow our pollical system. So, keep informed and stay safe.

Update!! The newest court drama. https://lawandcrime.com/2020-election/trump-campaign-lawyer-caught-using-his-business-partner-as-witness-in-sharpiegate-case/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Trump’s Unshakeable Reason Behind Insisting He Won The White House

By ignoring the facts that Trump used to Postal Service to slow down election ballots across the country, we are forgiving perhaps the largest case of suppression since before the Voting Rights Act was passed. While many of us are focusing on the wording coming from some of the Republicans supporting Trump, we are ignoring the fact that the Postal Service was targeted by the Trump administration. https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-debates-how-to-count-mail-in-ballots-that-arrived-minutes-late-on-election-day/

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Some of our citizens view this as a Republican vrs Democratic issue, but it is much darker. If one person can put a plan in place to disenfranchise an entire political sphere, then we are looking at someone not respecting the values this country. Ask yourself, why is Trump so sure those ballots never made it to the states on time. Could it be because he knew steps had been set in motion to prevent the intended ballots from reaching certain places?

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Due to the chaotic blow that was dealt to our U.S. Postal Service, I think we should look at having a total recount of votes throughout the country. How many states were missing Biden ballots and how many ballots are still filtering in? Why would states like GA and PA move to prevent late ballots during a pandemic? We know PA did not start counting their mail in ballots until the day of the election. There is no possible way a ballot placed in PA on the third could have been mailed on the 6th and postmarked on the third unless someone time travelled to the 6th and back to the 3rd. See how crazy that sounds?

Biden was leading Trump by the morning of the 4th, which means the votes came by the mail in ballots. Do not let anyone lie to you. Something smells bad, but it might not be what we are being told.

About 1 hour after I uploaded my article a new UPDATE was posted on TWITTER!!!! The person behind the whole postmark situation reversed his story. As I stated before, the information made no sense to start with. Think about things before you cosign your opinions. If it doesn’t make sense, more than likely, it is a lie.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election-2020/us-election-postal-claims-fraud-ballot-votes-pennsylvania-b1720810.html?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=Echobox&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1605057201

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America Represents So Much More Than One Person

Dear Americans,

I have been doing a lot of thinking since Tuesday, and it’s time to have a heart to heart. I know a lot of people are having a hard time dealing with the results of the election. I know a lot of people will have a harder time in the coming weeks. However, I want to ask you something. What does America mean to you? Is it a person, thing, or is it about a certain mindset? When I think about America, I think about a place full of potential. The potential didn’t start when Trump or Obama walked into office. It started with the talks from my grandmother and my parents about the old days.

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Perhaps, that is why I hold such a special place in my heart for elderly people, to be honest. Some of my most cherished times were spent with my granny on her porch, watching her eat buttermilk cornbread. I know there are a lot of people looking at this election and the results as some sort of catastrophic event sent to rock America to the core. However, we have already been through those sorts of events. We have been through wars, deadly viruses, and terrorist attacks. Biden brings a chance to heal our country and we are really in need of that right now.

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This election was about preserving lives. It was about trying to harvest the chance for a real recovery. There’s only one thing that can defeat the American spirit and that is the person that open their hearts to calamity. In 2016, I wasn’t so sure about Trump. I remember telling my sister that I was willing to give him a chance because chances are free. I was on the fence for a while until COVID-19 happened. After watching the Republicans minimize the deaths I was seeing due to COVID and the effect it was having on my husband because of his job, I came to a conclusion.

Our country was forgetting what patriotism really meant. People like my husband went off to war and got injured for this country, but we were slowly starting to see people that they saved, argue about putting on something as simple as a mask. Caring for each other should never be politicized. It should be something that we are just willing to do because it is American. So, please pull the politics back for a second and just think about what our jobs are as Christians and then citizens. Did God not want us to protect the weak and look after our elderly? Did God not warn us about placing money first? God gave up his only son, but some of us are not willing to give up 30 minutes to save each other.

Think about who you are and what you stand for.

Goodnight.

The Battle For The Soul Of America

Many of us have treated elections like Super Bowl games that pop up once every four years. Some of us gather the snacks and watch eagerly as the numbers run across the bottom of the screen. However, this election feels so different. The idea of food is totally nauseating right now because America is standing on the brink of chaos. This election will have lasting consequences that will either save or take lives. We either choose to heal America or continue to let our country burn. At this point we should be able to put down party politics and do what is best for our country. We look around the globe and other leaders are doing their best to keep their citizens free from COVID-19. However, our leader is spreading the virus by holding rallies.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Reading Regional Airport in Reading Pennsylvania , U.S., October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

He has placed his election about the health and needs of the country. This is something that he will do and has done frequently during his time in office. Once again this is not a Republican or Democratic issue, it is a Trump issue. As for the polls, nearly all of the polls have Trump lagging behind Biden, but the margin is starting to get thinner. According to The New York Times, Robert Cahaly’s poll states that Trump is going to win the states of Michigan, Florida and Arizona.

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Call me crazy, but I do not think Michigan will flip this year. This was an article from Michigan four years ago. https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/clinton-winning-michigan-easily/ It had Clinton beating Trump by a large margin. However, I think there was a secret bias amongst a lot of voters that nobody really wanted to deal with in regards to voting a woman in office as a VP. I think the same secret bias stopped McCain from winning when he had a female VP candidate. As for Florida, Clinton was neck in neck with Trump this time last year in the sunny state. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/arizona/. Her Florida numbers were much higher than Biden’s in 2020 and she lost the state to Trump. This is a poll showing her Florida numbers four years ago. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/florida/.

I would hope that living in a pandemic world would clear people of being afraid of seeing a woman rise to the number 2 seat in America, but I am not so sure. In the last 40 yrs every incident involving a female running for President or VP has resulted in failure for both parties. Perhaps with hundreds of thousands dead and millions sick, America will finally be able to push aside particles of sexism and do the right thing. There is just one question, is America ready to move forward?

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Tomorrow iS the Day

I have been fairly silent these last few days okay maybe week because my nerves are shot. There is so much riding on this election and the idea of four more years of Trump is absolutely horrifying. I do not know what tomorrow will bring, but I can tell you, what is already in the works because of Trump. We will have thousands more infected with COVID because of his rallies. Some people with get lucky and have insurance that will help them bounce back, and others might not show any signs at all. However, for some people, this will mark their last November due to a virus that didn’t have to happen.

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In a lot of minds people see this as the Democrat vrs the Republican. However, that is not the issue in 2020. We are not waring parties, we are people trying to regain our lives back. There are Republicans that will vote for Biden for the first time in their adult lives. They are doing it out of honor. We all have a duty to protect our sisters and brothers. A lot of us are getting that duty mixed up with the call for freedom. You can still be free and help protect yourself and others.

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Tomorrow will be a nation altering day, no matter who wins. Trump has managed to get into hearts and turn them cold without remorse. While I do not know the damage that will be done, or the events to follow, I ask you all to pause and think about something. Before every calamity there is a second of reasoning. There is a moment of reflection that gives us the needed pause to figure out what comes next. What we do tomorrow will set the path for our entire nation. How we vote today will set the path for tomorrow. If you can be okay with leaders stoking anger in a country that is already on the edge of madness, then you must ask yourself, what does America mean to you?

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America has always represented a safe haven from the colonial days until today. If we turn back on those values that make us protectors, we have lost the most important battle. Do not let this election suck your humanity out from under you. Be safe and God bless.

Schools With COVID IN Texas Are staying Open.

With cases showing up every few days, some Texas schools are refusing to close or switch to fulltime remote learning. This month we have had at least four different letters sent home about children with COVID-19. It is a very alarming situation which results in fear and anger amongst parents, like myself. At some point I would love to send my girls to school, but I do not see that happening. I do not blame the schools, I blame our leaders. When you check the dashboard, it doesn’t give up-to-date information. If you do not have a child in school or attached to the school, you wouldn’t even know how horrible the situation is getting.

These are 4 different letters, starting from the 15 of this month to the 26th of the month. Does this look under control to you?

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Why This Election Feels so urgent

I don’t think I have ever counted down an election or followed one as I follow the 2020 election. It is so stressful in many ways. I remember growing up listening to my father and mother talk about stressful times. Today, we are living in stressful times. Right now feels like an unforeseen pressure closing in on you, yet there is nothing you can do. There are many Americans hurting right now. It isn’t due to lockdowns, it is due to the lack of urgency in our government to tackle the problems from state to state. I live in Texas and we are not locked down, yet it doesn’t stop cars from lining up at food centers, in any given city. Our county will ramp up a new program to help homeless Texans in our area. Any idea how the new cases are forcing such a program to appear? COVID-19!

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I check the polls three and four times a day. Perhaps, it is out of fear, or it is because we have a lot to lose with this election. During the 2016 election, a lot of us did not know Trump; we only knew we were tired of politicians. Now that we have gotten a face full of who he is, it is clear, America does not need him as a leader.

I think Biden has a chance to do something unique. He has a chance to unite the country by uniting political parties. He is also a living lesson. Biden reminds me of Saul on the road to Damascus. He was persecuting Christians when he was stopped by God and asked why was he persecuting him. Saul’s heart was good. He thought he was doing the right thing for God until he learned how God felt. Then he would go on to be called Paul and would preach the word of the Lord across the world.

This was no easy task for Paul, who once was called Saul. The people knew him as this problematic person that dealt harshly with Christians. He would spend the rest of his life trying to undo the wrongs he committed and carry out God’s will. If Paul could be forged out of something the Lord made and turned into a compass for Christians, God can change the heart of anyone. Perhaps, we are changed by the sorrows we face.

I guess I see Biden’s problematic policies against black people, like myself, in that light. Somehow he learned to be better and to care about all people. Perhaps, that is the reason I support him. He was humbled, and now God can use him. I fear the secrets I cannot see, more than the secrets that aren’t so secret anymore.

Not to mention, the more Trump calls for his arrest, and his son’s arrest shows how un-American Trump is at this moment. Why is he calling for the forced removal of his political rivals? That is a very Russian thing to do, and it screams of scandal. A person with nothing to hide or nothing to fear doesn’t act this way. So, I am fearful. At this moment, I am heading into November with fear because I do not trust our leader. His heart remains hidden from the people.

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Understanding Why There Is An enormous Chance For a Biden blow out

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If you are wondering why the polls are looking in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden, look no further than the COVID-19 storm that soaked America. The storm has somewhat left the houses and is now standing in the lines waiting to cast their votes. You had the majority of people making sure they socially distanced and then another small group that seemed to want to poke fun at the group wearing their mask. While standing in line the first morning of voting, a young duo rudely cut in and disregarded the people who had been waiting behind them for hours. Some of these people waiting in line included wounded veterans like my husband. He had been pushing through the pain for hours. As the crowd made it to the doorway, the duo thought it was a good idea to take off their mask and try to gain entry into the building.

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Here in Texas, there are counties under a mask mandate, and our county happens to be one of those mandated towns. As the election worker asked the duo to put their masks on, they insisted that they did not bring any face protection. They then stated that the mandate had ended and that the election workers did not know the law. I assure you, the mandate has not ended, but this is the driving force behind the votes that will be coming Biden’s way. After the disruption started to bleed into the people in line, the workers informed the duo that they would need to clear out the entire building if they did not have a mask. They went on to explain how this would take time, and it would be the only way they would be allowed to enter. They did not want to wait for the building to be cleared, so they pulled out their masks and put them on as they entered the building.

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The duo entered the building with an angry group of voters standing in line, talking about how they lost friends and loved ones to COVID-19. The COVID-19 response spells out the reason for the blowout. When we hear about the more than 7 million people getting COVID-19, we zero in on the 200,000 lives snipped away; we do not think about the families of those people. For at least each person, we have to assume they had at least one family member. While not all cases of COVID were deadly as the 200,000 cases, they were still life-altering cases to some degree. Those cases came with mandatory isolation and quarantines that lasted for weeks.

For many people, the sickness produced results that either saw them cramped up in hospitals or numerous trips to the doctor for anything from breathing treatment medication to a barrage of oral medication. My own family dealt with a high fever for nearly nine days. We are talking about a fever that would send people to the hospital in normal circumstances. Meanwhile, as all of this is going on, we family members are taking note. We are looking at what our loved ones are going through, and one thought seems to keep coming to mind. It didn’t have to be this way.

Now, back to the numbers! As we stated, most likely, the 7 million cases had at least one family member and at least one friend. Now, if you take that number and multiply it by 3, you have twenty-one million people with lives directly caught up in COVID-19 cases. In most cases, these people had more than one family member, and I am willing to bet they had more than one friend. We are talking about co-workers watching their loved ones die, and at times families of 19 coming down with the virus.

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We haven’t even started talking about the people who no longer have jobs due to the virus or the people who have seen their hours cut back due to COVID-19. After you add all of those people, the number quickly could be as high as 1/3 of the American population has seen hardships due to COVID-19. That is what I would consider a minimum. So, in my opinion, we are seeing this large surge for Biden because COVID-19 has treated America like a tsunami would treat a small island in its way. It has changed our cities, our culture, and the way we interact on a daily basis.

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President Trump talks about Law and Order, but he fails to understand that there is an enormous population of this country undergoing a very grueling pandemic. While some might view the fight as being almost over, I can assure you, the ones dealing with COVID right now do not see it that way. What are your thoughts?

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COVID-19 And Your Purse

With the election around the corner, it is more important than ever to understand the weight of our decision and how it will hinder healthcare. My sister and her husband both had COVID-19. Thankfully, they were able to get through the quarantine without having to be hospitalized. However, the COVID-19 fight includes numerous visits to the doctor. Their fever was high for nearly nine days of the 14 that they spent in quarantine. Not only did they have high fevers, but they had reoccurring breathing treatments for their pneumonia.

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With them both having to go to the doctor every two days to get medication and periodically trying new cocktails of meds, they were able to get better. My cousins still have COVID-19 and seem to be doing fine with their medication. My sister caught her COVID-19 at the beginning, and she was in good health. She is someone that takes her vitamins religiously; this was something she did before getting COVID.

We are grateful for their recovery, but this ordeal showcased another situation that many of us do not think about daily. While we often hear about COVID-19 being the biggest threat to people with underlining health conditions, we ignore another group. We do not think about people with little to no health coverage. When a person gets COVID-19, they will have multiple visits to the doctors and different assortments of medications, which all come hand in hand with good benefits.

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To put it in simple terms, if you do not have insurance, you are jacked. Since COVID-19 is such a nasty virus and it can kill, it is unthinkable that anyone would think about taking away medical benefits during a situation like this. If you do not have insurance, your treatment chances will not be the same as someone with insurance. When you think about all the millions of Americans who are out of work and uninsured, it becomes a larger issue.

Would you be able to afford a COVID-19 diagnosis?

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My family’s Covid cases are now at five

My sister and her husband are 7 days into their quarantine. Now, my cousin and her husband have both tested positive with my brother-in-law’s sister being added to the outbreak. There have been two community deaths due to the virus on top of our cases. At least three of the people infected in my family at this time, are members of the education community.

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This is a sad situation. I wish Trump the best, but part of me is so angry right now. Opening up schools was such a bad move. If he gets better he needs to rethink the steps he has taken to thrust COVID back into the mainstream. It is one thing to get COVID from going to a party, but another thing completely to get it from working. Keep in mind, Texas schools are not closing when they get cases. Cases are rising again and nobody seems to have the strength to say it’s time to back up.

A lot of people keep chanting about mild cases of COVID as if mild cases are a walk in the park. These so called mild cases can come with 101 to 104 fevers that last for days. My sister and her husband are still having fever and they are on day 7 or 8. Tell me what flu ever made you have fever for longer than a few days with medication? That is the difference. My family has pneumonia brought on my the COVID which is due to the inflammation inside their body. When people talk about about COVID 19 being the cause of death and then things like pneumonia being the real reason, they do not understand that COVID causes the pneumonia. If you would picture a bite from a venomous snake and think about how the venom attacks the body, you would understand how COVID attacks the body.

How Venom Affects Humans

https://www.nytimes.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000007056651

As always be safe, and thank you for caring about my family. Remember you owe it to your family to stay healthy. Political wars are not the issue, the issue is surviving this virus.

President Trump and the first lady Test Positive for Covid-19

It was bound to happen at some point, due to the lackadaisical attitude regarding COVID-19, President Donald Trump and his wife are now positive for the virus. There are a lot of feeling flooding the country tonight. Some of the feelings are of fear and sorrow, while others are unremorsefully pleased with finding out the President has now contracted COVID-19.

Some of us fall into the next category, which wants to see him live to learn from his past mistakes. Having a family member with COVID-19 is hard. You count days until their quarantine ends because you want to make sure they make it out alive. I find myself thinking about my sister all of the time and calling or texting every day. While it is understandable why some people would feel conflicted about their feelings regarding Trump’s fight with COVID, we still must not forget that he is someone’s father.

I hope this is a lesson for the people who blindly follow Trump. One of his downfalls was not wearing a mask often enough. He made fun of Biden on Tuesday night about always wearing a mask. Well, that mask is the one chance you have at slowing the spread of COVID-19. I cannot say it will end it, but it will limit the number of cases.

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While a lot of us are thinking about Trump, I cannot help but think about the people at the rallies. Someone had COVID at one of the events that Trump visited, and we know that someone managed to spread it within the White House. How many others caught the virus? As a typical member of society, we do not have money or power to get us the best medical attention for this virus. However, some of us are still flirting with the chance of getting sick by going to a large gathering.

We are living in a difficult time. Our circle of trusted leaders is at an all-time low. At this point, the only thing we can do is listen to the person who seems to care about our wellbeing the most. I saw tweets from Trump tonight that included a seriousness in his stance on COVID, which has been absent in prior months.

I am glad to see he is taking it seriously, but part of me wonders if it is serious because now he is infected. Nevertheless, he is the leader of our nation, and I will pray for him tonight. He needs to get better so he can witness the fear and sadness of being separated from his loved ones. Perhaps then he will understand why COVID-19 is an issue that still needs attention.

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New developments that need studying by the government would be traces of COVID-19 turning up in bodies of water. Another needed answer would be to understand the mutation that makes it more contagious. These are just two things that our government should be looking at today and over the next few months. https://www.foxnews.com/health/traces-coronavirus-lake-superior-water

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So, he needs to get better and trace this virus. We need a real reaction to help us understand the steps we need to take to stay safe.

Trump’s Demeanor Is The Thorn In America’s Side.

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If you have been wondering why America has an anger problem, look no further than our leader President Trump. Trump’s debate performance last night cleared up so many questions regarding the recent chaotic atmosphere in states across America. Trump’s telling the Proud Boys to “Stand Back and Stand By” showcased an allegiance with the group, which is known to cause as many incidents as their rivals. With his link now reinforced by those little four words, people can no longer defend the President against causing some of the unrest.

Biden was annoyed by the tactics of President Trump. While he might have said some out of character things here or there, he still managed to talk policy. People watched the debate because they wanted hear about policies that would help move the country past COVID-19. Instead we got a one-sided show. One person was trying to talk policy and the future of America, while the other was trying to talk about anything other than policy.

The 90 minute debate felt like 180 minutes by the time it was over. Trump was an absolute mess. If he wasn’t responding like a ten year old, he was giving Biden grief about his son being a drug addict. There are numerous people in America with mental health issues, and substance abuse issues. To hear a president talk down on a population of people by judging them at their lowest moments shows just how uncaring he is about his citizens. Not only is it disrespectful to bring that type of hardship into a conversation, but it speaks loudly about the mindset of the person doing the talking.

America has a problem and the only way to solve it is to replace Trump as President. The people of this country deserve better and America cannot stand four more years of this sort of leadership.

As for my own struggle with COVID-19. My sister and her husband are now on day 5 of their quarantine and her husband’s sister has now also tested positive for COVID-19. These are the issues we needed to hear Trump address. The country needed to understand why he opened schools, only to turn around and see many of them come back with cases of COVID. Trump has no defense and this is why we are seeing him push attention to anything other than the failures, he has helped to bring to our country.

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COVID Update On Family

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This is kind of a hard time for us, but I want to keep you updated. My sister and her husband are on day three of their 14 day quarantine. So far nobody needs to be hospitalized, so that is a good thing. As for anything else, it is not like the flu. It is setting up inflammation inside their entire body. COVID is a beast, any prayers you wish to throw their way would be welcomed. We will keep it positive with positive thoughts flowing,

The only thing I want to focus on right now is removing Trump from office before this happens to more families. No family should have to go through something so stressful without the ability to see and comfort their loved ones. It sucks.

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Protecting Life Is A must

No matter how much we might disagree on things, we must always understand that this election is about a lot more than red and blue. It is about lives being lost because people deemed some to be less important than others. At the end of the day it is about saving families from having to see their loved ones sick.

Once upon a time, the only thing we had to worry about was immigration arguments, arguments over abortion, religion, and the right to choose a lover. While to some of us, these things might still be very valid issues, there is another issue today that blankets all of the issues above. It is the right to live in a COVID free environment. We are fighting for the right to live in a country without ongoing violence. Our leadership is lacking in so many different directions right now. We have rioting that has now gone on for months, attacks from various groups within America on other citizens.

Instead of seeing leadership that aims to calm the storm, we see people still stoking the flames. Just as my sister and her husband are home with COVID today, it could be yours tomorrow. How do we prevent more cases in the future? This election has to focus on healing our country. If we vote for anything less than making this country whole again, we are co-signing our own destruction.

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What Will It Take for an economic recovery at this point

If you listen to politicians talk about their advances regarding COVID-19 recovery, you might think all is well. Some often talk about manufacturing being up and more jobs coming our way. However, there are states like mine that are witnessing closures of small businesses and layoffs across the board. The misinformation can get a little out of hand at times.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/around-870-000-people-filed-first-time-unemployment-benefits-last-n1240913

States with high cases of COVID infections are facing a tough time recovering due to the stress COVID-19 places on a local economy. We have two major issues right now; we have people gathering in mass turnouts, and people not knowing what to do. Politicians would have you think the COVID-19 problem is red or blue, but it isn’t. I live in a red state, and we are currently still struggling with COVID-19.

My sister and her husband are quarantining now because they were diagnosed with the virus. Sadly, this is a similar nightmare across America. My sister wore her mask all the time and still managed to get sick from the virus. It just goes to show you how much we do not know about COVID.

As many of the doctors try to fight COVID, they are finding it hard to treat various patients. They are still trying multiple things to treat people with COVID. My sister stated that at this point, she is getting a lot of vitamins thrown at her. She is also taking other meds, including breathing treatments.

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Perhaps, the larger problem is how we manage to keep having so many cases of COVID pop up across different states. Rallies and protests are not helping reduce the infections, and that is a fact. With more cases on the horizon, we need to stay alert. While many of us want to get back to normal, we might have to accept that, the idea of normal, might never be the version of normal we once lived. Perhaps the fantasizing about normalcy is the reason we are now seeing cases rise once again.

The outbreak is something that will take time and diligence to overcome because it can overwhelm, and it is overtaking some communities. So, practice caution, and as always, do your research. Do not let some guy barricaded behind safety endanger your family, for the sake of his comfort. Do not forget that we are still in the middle of a pandemic.

https://abc13.com/covid-19-spike-2nd-second-coronavirus-peak-covid-cases-in-america-virus-coming-back/6565099/

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MY Sister And Her Husband Both Have Covid-19. One is a principal and the other a coach.

When I first started writing about COVID-19 in January, I never thought I would see the virus hit my family. At that time, it was predominantly in China and just barely crossing onto the shores of America. After writing numerous articles on COVID and warning all of my loved ones, it is finally here within my small orb of family members.

This is my sister at the start of the school year.

My sister, who happens to be a principal of an elementary school, and my brother-in-law works as a coach/driver’s ed instructor at a high school are both now quarantining with the virus. Not only are they now quarantining for 14 days, but many of the staff members at my sister’s school have had to go into isolation. The school has had to bring in an assistant principal from another school and teachers to help fill in the gap of workers that had to take off due to the virus. The virus removed my sister, counselors, teachers, and other members of staff.

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For some reason, Texas is not letting schools shut down after cases of COVID are found. Instead of shutting these locations down, they bring in more staff members to plug in the gaps. Perhaps, this is our cry for help during this storm. Who is backing this protocol when it comes to reporting and handling of COVID 19 infections? As many of you know, my children’s school now has at least five cases of COVID. One school about 25 miles away has COVID cases in the double digits.

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We have heard a lot about herd immunity in the news. It would appear, in my opinion, that we are witnessing some form of it play out in our schools here in Texas. It is just too perplexing as to why anyone would keep schools open with cases of COVID. It is over the school administration’s head, so where are these decisions coming from that enforce schools to stay open with cases of COVID?

With over 200,000 people dead of COVID-19 right now, I think we should make sure we are not letting our guard down. Right not my sister has pneumonia, but her spirits are good. I will keep you posted.

Schools With COVID and No Closure

Do the people in charge of our schools know all they need to know about the transmittal of COVID-19? Our local paper stated that our children’s high school now has a case of COVID-19. An email was shared earlier that day by some students on social media about the outbreak, which soon followed an article in our local newspaper. So far, at least four cities in our county have cases of COVID-19 in their schools.

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The schools are not closing down. They are still open, and one city saw their teachers file a lawsuit due to unsafe environments. It is risky to keep these schools open and more students come down with COVID-19. Where is the guidance? I keep reading about the districts talking about their so-called plans.

However, so far, I do not see a plan that prevents a spread. Sure, it helps that some children are remote. However, what happens to the children that go to school in those classrooms? Even if they social distance, how will the teacher not get sick? At the end of the day, people are not staying 6 feet away from each other when you have a school with so many students. From some of the comments I have seen from the school officials, I have to wonder if they know what they are doing. I would wager that many do not understand how COVID-19 spreads. I blame this on the CDC. The CDC has been very inconsistent with news regarding the prevention of COVID-19.

Just last week, they stated that asymptomatic people could spread COVID-19. When I took the COVID-19 class five months ago; it talked about the 2 days before symptoms started to appear. At that time, people were able to get sick and pass COVID-19 to others before any symptoms started. So, to see that these schools are not closing with cases of COVID does worry me.

Are we inadvertently preventing things from getting back to normal because we are trying to force normal out of an abnormal situation?

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Trying To Understand How Trump Could Ignore His Own Voters Due To Political ICing.

Trump’s lack of empathy for the blue states showcases a major flaw in his ability to lead a nation. When I think about a leader, I often picture someone like Sir William Wallace rallying his men on the battlefield. The one image that never crosses my mind is someone cheapening the grief and hardships of people belonging to an opposing party.

To make matters worse, Trump has tried to cut off his voters by shunning the Democratic leaders in the states that he labels blue. By even thinking about allowing those states to go bankrupt, he is showing just how much he doesn’t care about the lives of the very people he swore to protect.

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To some degree, he has desensitized his position as a leader of a nation. It is unclear how his voters will react to his betrayal this upcoming election. The only thing we know for sure, is that millions of Republicans voted for Trump in the very states he wants to lay by the way-side.

I guess the real question is what kind of self repair button does a country need in order to find a way forward? When such lines of division have been made and drawn by the very leader of a nation, how does a nation survive? We are facing something so unstable right now. It’s almost scary to think about what happens in 47 days. I have this sinking feeling that no matter who wins, America will struggle to survive the Trump years.

Remote Learning Week 2 with a senior and freshman in high school

Remote learning week two has been a real eye-opener. As we are working on things this year, it has come to my attention that one of my daughters doesn’t know how to take notes. She is now engaged in a note-taking exercise that involves writing down keywords from videos.

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I found a site online that offered flashcards and terminology, so I printed the information out and made copies. For some reason, the school doesn’t seem to have books in a lot of these classes. The students are relying on notes. I would be lying if I told you that this makes this easier.

I’m going to have to buy a biology and economics book because I want the kids to be able to study the chapters away from their computers. As far as grades go this second week, we are doing good in most classes. My youngest is having a hard time with some of the sites that require special codes. We had to email one of her teachers and request a new code because the site still has her information saved from when she was in the 8th grade last year.

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So thus goes my day. We started around 8:30 and will go until the last class is finished. Hope all is going well for the ones of you on the same journey.

Are some Texas Schools Not rEporting COVID-19 Cases

Last week was the first week of school for our children
in Bell County. It was brought to my attention by my husband, who works with a parent from Belton ISD, that Belton has a case of COVID-19 in their school. The parents were sent an email about the spread. As of today, the incident hasn’t been in the news. I informed one of my children’s teachers about the case. She informed me that some of the teachers at my children’s school are not being updated properly. At a time when transparency is important, people are being strategic in their reporting.

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This is the reason why my children are remote learners. I strongly fear the information coming out of the school system will be somewhat misleading due to reporting issues. How are parents supposed to make educated decisions on the future of education when schools are not properly updating information? Take the Belton situation, for example, if my husband’s co-worker has to quarantine, the families involved will not just be limited to Belton, it will also be Temple and Killeen.

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At this time, I am calling for a clear understanding of COVID-19 numbers in the schools. Our teachers and students deserve the best information without weeks of delays. If neighboring districts fall victim to outbreaks of COVID-19, it should be imperative that the information is shared between close school districts. All it takes is one case to infect multiple people from different cities within one county.

The Pledge Of Allegiance could have been one of America’s First ENCOUNTERs with SOCIALISM.

There have been many arguments about players not saluting the flag or being present for the Pledge Of Allegiance. Right now, America is witnessing an era much like the one that gave birth to the Age of Enlightenment. The Age of Enlightenment took place in the 17th and 18th centuries. The era came forward after wars and conflicts caused people to look closer at their current circumstances. They would start to look closer at the government and their ways of living.

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Today people are once again questioning the government and what the roles of government should mean when it comes to everyday life. One of the arguments that we often hear today is surrounded by the question about socialism. We currently have two ruling parties in the United States, and it would appear that one party doesn’t understand that they have perhaps been answering to socialism this entire time.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Christian socialist named Francis Bellamy in 1892. His Pledge of Allegiance would be altered in the future to fit our American views, but it still sets the table for a socialist dinner with all of us seated around the table. In 1954 President Eisenhower had the words Under God added to the Pledge of Allegiance, but this was not the first addition to the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Bellamy’s Christian Socialist group believed in the idea of equality. Ironically, I believe that Mr. Bellamy would be kneeling with the players on the field right now due to our current situation and how we are once again torn apart.

He was a Christian and he wanted to fight the evils of capitalism. He was also looking at ways to bring people together. In the very first line of the Pledge, ” I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Look at the part that says justice for all.

Is justice playing out for all Americans? You have poor people, people of color, and women, who often find a hard time achieving equality. My daughter was attacked by a mob of children some years ago when we lived in Garland, Texas. There were 11 or 12 girls that attacked my child, but the police only wanted to charge one child. The cops wanted to charge the black child with a misdemeanor, while they wanted to let the other children off free. I remember the officer telling me that he felt like the other children were good kids and that they would never do anything like that again.

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I refused to let them blame the incident on one child when all of the children hit and kicked my daughter. It was way too easy to blame everything on one child, and it wasn’t going to happen on my watch. This is what inequality looks like. It is a situation that showcases many wrongdoers, but only punishes people of a certain race.

When people choose to bend or stay in the locker rooms during the Pledge of Allegiance, they are not saying they do not love America. They are indicating that something is wrong with America. Not only are they honoring the integrity of the Pledge, but they are also honoring their freedom. Countless people have died for us to have the right to argue, eat, walk, practice our religion, and even kneel if we feel the need. By telling people that they cannot practice their freedoms, you are engaging in your own form of socialist behavior.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-man-who-wrote-the-pledge-of-allegiance-93907224/

https://www.independent.org/news/article.asp?id=1281

https://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm

Get ready for a look inside the pledge of allegiance

Tomorrow we will be looking at how our stance on standing or not standing could be skewed due to our perceptions. I can’t wait to dive in. See ya soon 💕💗💕💗💕

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Does standing for something that America was founded on mean worshipping and image, or is it more important to respect the sovereignty of the image?

So many emotions after hearing the family of George Floyd explain how their brother’s death was minimized

Today we are looking at a situation that has been centuries in the making. We have an accountability issue from the very top of the government to the lowest levels of leadership in our towns and cities. In most cases, we did not get here by accident; we got here because people too often take shortcuts. Instead of doing things the right way, we gamble with safety and other basic rights.

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From our leaders to our protectors, we see the same problems year after year. It is seen in schools, police departments, hospitals, government jobs, and the highest level of government known as the presidency. When I worked as a domestic violence advocate some years ago, I would often have to attend conferences. Many of the conferences educated us on new laws and services available to victims of violence.

My time spent working as a domestic violence advocate and legal advocate educated me on a lot of things. Mostly, it showcased prejudice within different departments. Some cities did a great job of protecting their citizens. However, other cities practiced near predatory actions towards victims.

One case comes to mind, involving a young woman being separated from her children. She was choked by her boyfriend, and as a means of self-defense, she scratched him to get him off her. You could see bruises on her neck, but it didn’t stop the cops from arresting her. While she was in jail, the man took control of her baby and dropped her young daughter off at the CPS office. He then rushed to file child support charges against her and had her served with a restraining order.

We read the numerous text he sent her, which showed how abusive he was. He took advantage of the system because he knew the cops in that particular city cared nothing about domestic violence. Often the shelters would do more to try to hide and protect women in some areas because the cops just didn’t do enough.

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After I started working as an investigator; I would soon work hand in hand with some of these officers, I previously complained about. One of my cases involved, Amber Guyger the cop sentenced in the death of Botham Jean. She was one of the most helpful officers I encountered. Seeing her whole ordeal play out nationally was gut-wrenching because I could see the issues on both sides of the coin.

Violence against women and people of color have been minimized for centuries. While the part of me that knew Guyger professionally felt for her, there was another part that knew the attitude of policemen regarding people in vulnerable situations. There is a whole lot of minimizing that goes on behind those doors which leads to trouble.

My daughter was dating a young PFC from a base near our city. He wanted to come over and see her after the sun went down a few weeks ago. I hated that I needed to explain to her why his traveling at night wasn’t a good idea because of the color of his skin. I explained that it was safer for him to come in the day because he would be seen as less of a threat.

You know how young children are, they wanted to see each other so, he came anyway. On his way to our house, two policemen pulled him over with two different squad cars. He called and was like I’m being pulled over, we quickly informed her to tell him to make sure his hands were noticeable at all times and to stay calm.

Why do I have to tell someone who looks like me to be careful about doing the same thing any other American does? We have to stop minimizing the issue with racial profiling and prejudice. We have to start warning our young people to be careful when approached by people in uniforms. The cities have to do more to ensure that people are trained properly in all forms of dealing with the public. It is time to explain what cities must do to build trust within our communities. I am not talking about taking funds away because I do not think that is the answer, but it might be time to talk about imposing new standards on hiring policemen. We need assessments that are geared towards seeking out racism during the screening stages of potential hires. If anything this might cost more money, but you cannot put a price tag on saving lives.

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Remembering September 11th 2001.

I don’t normally do blog postings from my phone, but I wanted to share something with you. On September, 11th, 2001 my husband had just returned from PT. For those of you who are not familiar with PT it is a workout sessions for the troops which usually takes place early in the morning. Apparently, while they were working out, they were informed about the first plane that hit the twin towers aka World Trade Center.

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I remember walking into the front room and asking why he was home so early. He told me to come over to the sofa and then filled me in on the events that had just taken place. We were stationed at The National Training Center in California known as NTC. At the beginning of the attack we really didn’t know the full account of what was going on. As we gazed at the TV we would see the following planes being rocketed into buildings and mass chaos follow.

After that day, a few weeks later, my husband and most of the troops on our street started receiving special orders. Some of us were sent to Guam, Japan, while others like my husband were sent to Germany. It was a scary time. In the coming weeks, I remember a flood of feelings rushing over us. After we arrived in Germany my husband and others like him were rushed off to training. After their training was completed they would return to make sure their wills and POAs were in order.

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While my husband was fighting in Iraq my mother got sick and died. This was the first time I would take a flight post 9/11 by myself. I hardly remember anything about the flight home, but I remember the flight that reunited me with my husband almost a year later.

We were seated next to a group of Middle Eastern men on the flight to Frankfurt. I remember vividly as I secretly wanted to exit as soon as they made their way in my direction. Something wouldn’t let me go. Instead of getting off the flight I engaged the man beside me in conversation. I told myself this would prevent them from wanting to take the plane down if they saw me as a good American.

After 8 hours the flight ended and a sudden wave of shame washed over me. I allowed my arrogance to think that I could speak for an entire people, and I allowed my prejudice to dictate my actions. I had never considered myself prejudice until looking back at that moment. Sure, I spoke kind words, but the thoughts behind the words wasn’t something I was proud of.

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You see, sometimes we can be prejudice and not even realize it because it is so deeply embedded in who we are at that moment. We trick ourselves into thinking that we are doing some service to a cause when in truth, we are doing it for other reasons. 9/11 means a lot of things to many different people, but this year please remember the healing stage known as recovery.

Love one another and let the differences between you be something good and not bad. That’s all I have.

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Goodnight.

Sorry if this is gritty!!

Got some not so great news …

We are in quarantine for COVID-19. My daughter came into contact with it at school.