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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This is why we have rises in cases.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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We made it! It was a bumpy ride, but we made it to Friday.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 💕💗💕💗💕
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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My husband and I have a rule when it comes to explaining coursework to our children. The general rule of thumb is that I help with anything that isn’t math-related! When I was in college, I took math classes that would pretty much ensure the completion of my degrees, and when it came to math, I would take the lesser of the evils.
He, on the other hand, would take high-level math courses, but I put him to shame with my many science classes. So, here we are explaining the academics that we learned in college to our children to help them build better understandings of their coursework.
I guess it might be considered the uncovered gem in remote learning. While the teachers do a great job preparing and sending the information for the children, it doesn’t necessarily come with the same level of understanding that they would get in a classroom. So, at the end of the day, we find ourselves having to explain new vocabulary and other questions.
We also get those random questions that stink of information that belongs in unread paragraphs, and when we come across those, we simply inform our children to go back to their initial readings!!! Helping is one thing, but doing their work is not an option!
COVID-19 officially hit cruises like The Diamond Princess around the early part of the year. These cruises would carry people across various parts of the world with newly infected people walking the virus to their home shores. News has surfaced from a recent video with President Trump talking about the severity of the virus.
What we now know:
Trump knew the 7th of February that the COVID-19 disease was airborne.
He also knew how dangerous the virus was and that the virus was killing both young people.
With this information going public, we now have to look back at what happened around that time regarding the outbreak. At the end of January Trump placed a ban on people coming from China due to the virus. This informs us that he knew something before February. The bans on other nations being hit by COVID-19 did not take place until after the beginning of March.
The beginning response to COVID-19 looked pretty textbook at the end of January. It would appear that everything was being implemented to prevent the spread behind the scenes. However, the problems start in February due to implementing things that should have taken place early that month. It took Trump over a month for his travel ban regarding China to include other parts of the world.
By this time, you still had cruises in the water and people walking around not having accurate information about the virus. As he was declaring COVID-19 a national emergency in the second week of March, he was coming off a rally downplaying the severity of the virus, by saying it was a hoax.
Perhaps it was moments like these that helped create the largest gap in understanding what the virus could do, and how the virus could upset life. Off and on, Trump would publicly struggle to define COVID-19 as the monster he privately referred to it as being in the infamous interview. In many cases, those missed chances to declare the virus as the true danger to the American public presented the American people a false sense of safety. It would be the deciding factor in how many American families would choose to protect themselves, or not protect themselves from COVID-19.
At the end of the day, Trump defended his decision by summing it as a means of trying to prevent panic. Yet, every day he tries to push panic in our homes and lives by turning us against each other. Yet the spin continues.
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K-pop is once again crossing into our living rooms, and the artist to watch is Jessi. I cannot say it enough, if you are a lover of talent, you will appreciate the different dimensions of Jessi. In her newest song she reminds us about the hardships of breaking up and getting your heart to confirm the needed adjustments. I’ve been married for almost 23 years, but I do recall those struggles. Her newest song showcases how multi-talented she is and once again shows that she should be a real contender for artist currently trending in the US. The song is entirely in English, so here it goes!
If the person in the picture beside Jessi looks familiar it is because he is the brains behind the new label P Nation. He is PSY who sang the popular ‘Ghandm Style’ song years ago. If you were like me you were dancing around the living room with the song on repeat!
In many ways K-pop has been with us for almost a decade, but thanks to groups like BTS, it is now becoming more mainstream with today’s generation. However, without people like PSY, we wouldn’t have those awesome groups that we have grown to love. KISSES ALL.
History has always been my favorite subject. I loved it in elementary school to middle school and beyond. However, there was one common theme that always seemed to appear before major catastrophic events. People lost faith in their leaders.
It appears time and time again throughout history. People lose their way, and then chaos walks in. What baffled me was the acceptance of would-be dictators. Often these people would appear to be loyal, protectors, and worldly-wise. While they were plotting their path, people were too busy feeling protected to realize they were walking into a trap.
Before they knew it, their rights were carried away one by one. It started with things many people didn’t even consider liberties. In time the lack of liberties grew. Some people today see wearing a mask as taking away a right. I look at it this way. Wearing a mask means I can be a Super Hero anytime I want. You often see me riding around in my car with the window down and my mask on listening to my Birds Of Prey CD. I’m thinking about getting leather pants to match!!!
In reality, being forced to work under unsafe conditions would be the worse of the two. It is a mind game if I give you one, and I take two, have I really helped you? Now children are being forced back to school under the threat of money being withheld from their school districts. This is another liberty that we are seeing removed. https://www.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-to-close-half-its-schools-in-u-s-over-coronavirus-concerns-11597345938
The lastest is an all-out assault on the Postal Service. Some of the people depend on the Postal Service for the bulk of their outside communication with debtors. People get checks, medication, and due dates for utilities on a regular basis through the mail. Some people are able to send mail or mail packages at affordable rates via Postal Service. For some small struggling businesses, it can be the difference between making it or not.
So when you are thinking about those liberties, think about what rights you are giving up or losing today.
Our country is engaged in a battle right now. We are fighting with blinders on and one hand tied behind our backs. Months ago Trump and his selected group of personnel stood up and laid out a plan to opening up America. The plan included a series of steps that needed to be accomplished before states would be allowed to open. Read the plan here which was approved by Trump. https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/
Soon after that plan was mentioned states like Texas, Florida and GA rushed to open before conquering the first phase. Trump gave the governors more power to handle the virus while promising he would step in if the governor mishandled the situation. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/05/trump-governors-coronavirus/611023/
Trump went on to be critical of Democratic Governors like Cuomo for high death rates and other Democrats for keeping their states locked down. Meanwhile, here in Texas we had our Lt,Governor Patrick saying that people should die for the economy. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/03/dan-patrick-coronavirus-grandparents
So far he is getting his wish, caseloads are getting shorter and shorter for case workers overseeing the elderly. In some cases, as soon as the worker is routed a new client, he or she calls to find out that the client has already died to COVID-19. Now, the same people who pushed for the cleansing of old people are coming for our schools. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/12/us/georgia-school-coronavirus.html This article is about how one school district now has to quarantine almost 1000 people due to COVID-19. https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/11/health/florida-coronavirus-children/index.html Here is another story talking about how children in another state have been infected. Yet, our President wants us to believe that children are mostly immune to COVID-19. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-covid-press-conference-children-immune-shooting-coronavirus-a9664106.html
I am sure he knows about the numbers, but the numbers do not fit his agenda or Patrick’s agenda. The Republicans are collectively putting our lives at risk each and every single day. They pushed to reopen states by kicking people off benefits before the states were safe enough to reopen. However, now they are having to add some of those same people back because COVID-19 is so out of control. With the surge that we are seeing in schools, it is just a matter of time before those are forced to either quit or get approval to work from home.
We had the audacity to think that we could skip vital parts of recovery and now we relapsing. So, I am calling on those who vote for Trump, to see the failure he has allowed to manifest. He has yet to call out the leadership in the red states with high cases from COVID-19. I have yet to hear him say anything about how Abbott or DeSantis fumbled the ball. What we are seeing is nothing more than a political game of chess that is being played with our lives. This isn’t about borders, socialized medicines, or funding the police in America. It is about people with too much to lose and people with two little to care. If you value anything at all, value your life, This vote might be the deciding factor in who lives or dies.
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If you have been following the latest in K-pop groups you have noticed that some of the artist coming from the K-pop scene are serious contenders in talent. While a lot of American artist seem to be skilled at either rapping or singing, many of the Korean artist are skilled at both forms of art. Take one of my favorites Jessi for example! She is a Korean/American female artist who actually comes from New Jersey. She moved to Korea as a teen and has become one of their top female solo artist.
Jessi has managed to stay valid in a country that pretty much likes to discourage women from showing their sexuality. In many K-pop videos women are dressed up to model almost a perfect dream of what a woman should be. However, Jessi pushes upwards with her unique style and unrelenting talent. She is gritty, beautiful, soulful and a truly awesome female rap artist.
In her newest song, she reminds you just how multi-talented she is and her presence as always commands attention with sounds that pop and stress the importance of being true to self. In many ways Jessi would belong in the K-pop hip hop group because she is just as talented as a rapper as she is a singer. Her song Drip which is entirely in English cased some heads to turn when commentators stated that she was being culturally insensitive when she compared her diamonds like blue Crips. Yet, many people forget she is from Jersey and some do not realize that Korea also has Crips and Bloods. So here’s my girl and her new song.
Jackson Wang is also one of those multi-talented artist. He is Chinese and is also a singer in the K-pop group GOT7.
Have a great weekend! To my readers in India, what are some names of Indian artist? I would love to get to know some new Bollywood.
There will come a time in the near future that requires our attention to detail. It will require our knowledge of the past as well as our ability to judge our future based on the present. Today we are standing at the edge of a cliff as a country. We are neither bad or good by default. Most of us are strong willed people with great values. We hold those values close to our heart. We all come from different walks of life and have different views of what it takes to be a good citizen. However, in order to truly protect our country we must accept the need for a different path.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.Confucius
This is perhaps one of my favorite quotes of all time because it shows the need to grow. Reflection is thinking about things we have done, or that will be done. It is almost like a set of directions that one must understand before they are able to put those directions into play. It reminds me of the time when my husband and I were stationed at our second duty station. We had just purchased our first bookshelf. I was very excited because I had never had a bookshelf. There we were excited to the max over owning our first bookshelf. Jon took it inside and pulled out the instructions.
After what seemed like hours, we finally had our bookshelf. He took the time to reflect or study the directions. It looked just like the picture on the box. If we were judging by imitation, the bookcase was a success. However, after we placed our first few books in the top shelf our bookcase shattered to the ground. It looked sturdy, ideal and perfect without any defect. Yet, our best efforts had proven to be a little lacking. Jon thought he could memorize the details of the directions which was our downfall.
Voting is a little like putting together a really expensive bookcase. In order to understand the person you are looking to place into office, you must understand their ability to reason for the betterment of the people. It is easy to stand and say all the right words especially when they are given to you. You might even be able to imitate ruling to some degree until a situation calls for the heart of a real leader. In those moments that a country barely stands, a leader is needed to pull them up. COVID-19 brought us and other nations to our knees. Our leader did not lead because he did not have the experience in dealing with a country in crisis mode. Our cabinets have rarely been manned properly since he has been on office due to high turnover rates. Perhaps, this is how one can run a business, but this is not how one runs a country.
We are living in the aftermath of voting Trump in office. We are experiencing what it feels like to have him as a leader in a crisis situation. I am speaking from my heart to your heart when I say this. Our brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers did not die on battlefields so that we would give this great country over to wealth and privilege. We won our freedom from people like Trump many years ago, so it is time to remember the dream. America must not be allowed to drift into a deep sleep under any man or leader. Trump has shown how he feels about the less fortunate. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-new-york-lawsuit/judge-voids-trump-administration-restrictions-on-coronavirus-sick-leave-idUSKCN24Z1Y6
Do you remember what you were doing three years ago? I was getting used to my new surroundings and trying to mend my relationship with my children. We were talking about border security, health care, and a healthy economy. Then, out of nowhere COVID-19 came and changed the conversation.
It changed the way we celebrated life, mourned death and prepared for the afterlife in many ways. The old conversations no longer made any sense. The arguments over border security were pushed to the back of the room because we had a new problem. We had an enemy so lethal that it would push into our living rooms and tear at the very heart of America.
COVID-19 changed the way we lived, loved and hated one another. It taught us that we often thrive and decline as one. We are stronger together and that holds true from the entire country.Just as family members who hadn’t spoken in years rushed to call each other and ask about their estranged member’s well-being, we must act in a similar manner towards each other.
I remind you again to pick up your phones and reach out to those you love. We might not know what tomorrow brings, but we know what this second can gift. We are together in this and married to this situation for better or worse. The only thing we can do at this point is build a protective wall around those we love. That protective wall includes sensible thinking and a protective spirit for our brothers and sisters.
This goes out to all the teachers around the world. We are here for you.
Ask any teacher or principal across America this month, and you will hear one common phrase. They all echo fears of seeing their students get sick or their staff members. In many ways, we are seeing our teachers get tossed onto the front-lines. The enemy is COVID-19, but the teachers lack the full understanding and guidance of what needs to be done to prevent new infections, which makes for a future bloodbath.
Our government is banking on the same outcomes that other countries have seen in regards to school openings. However, what they are not explaining is the difference in COVID-19 cases, which played a large factor in how these schools were able to open.
Below are two links that show how many cases in least 13 other countries. The sites show what these countries had before they opened their schools. You will find that none of the countries had anywhere near our numbers. It is quite alarming when you look at it. The vast majority of these countries had under 70000 cases. There was only one or two with cases near 200000.
In those countries that our government talks about; the outbreak was under control to some degree. However, in America, we are sitting at millions of cases, and that showcases a different dilemma altogether. Perhaps, our biggest problem stems from people still not understanding what COVID-19 is. Many people still believe that COVID-19 is nothing more than the flu. Trump has never really pushed the importance of bringing the numbers down in ways that other leaders of some of the countries in question took control.
While some countries insured real lockdowns and leaders guided their nations through COVID-19, Trump let the governors take control of COVID-19. Due to the political storm currently taking place in the United States, many states are now in near despair with COVID-19 cases. Our recovery has never been about health; it has always been about finances. If you look at the numbers of cases for any of the countries that opened schools you will see a clear sign. We are not ready for schools to reopen. Our numbers are too high and we have yet to get real guidance on dealing with COVID-19.
At this point all we can do as a nation is pray for our schools!
According to new data published from articles in Forbes and other outlets Texas has once again changed the way our numbers are tallied in terms of infections and deaths stemming from COVID-19. https://www.forbes.com/sites/karenrobinsonjacobs/2020/07/28/reporting-changes-for-covid-19-deaths-in-texas-florida-may-give-ammunition-to-hoax-believers/#5337d9a4547e
If you have been following COVID-19 and the outbreak in Texas, you know that this isn’t the first time Texas has revamped their reporting. Back in May articles were written in The Atlantic and other outlets showing that Texas was not representing COVID-19 factually. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/cdc-and-states-are-misreporting-covid-19-test-data-pennsylvania-georgia-texas/611935/
Our site published an article in the same month detailing how two eateries within minutes from each other were closed at different times due to COVID-19.https://shellzonit.com/2020/05/13/two-eateries-come-down-with-covid-19-and-they-are-less-than-7-miles-apart/ The newest numbers on death spikes due to COVID-19 comes as no surprise to those of us who have been tracking the virus.
For many of us, we are hearing about COVID-19 cases each week. My husband’s office is once again closed because of another COVID-19 case. This makes the third shutdown within 6 weeks. Not every case has resulted in a shutdown which is perhaps the reason why his office has been closed for at least five consecutive days now. After his boss came down with COVID-19 he and the coworkers could not get tested. Since then, there have been at least three other cases.
I fear this is a common problem circulating in many businesses across Texas. We still have companies that are not closing down properly and making sure their buildings are cleaned to wipe out the virus. With practices like this we are going to continue to see the rise in cases. We may never know the true amount of COVID-19 cases in Texas or other states that are trying to hide the data from the people. However, as I have stated in the past, you only need to look around you. The answers are there, Google your COVID-19 cases every 24 hours and it will show you any local organizations that have closed due to COVID-19.
At this point, we cannot trust Governor Greg Abbott because he is an extension to Trumpism which right now seems to be a danger to all Americans. This is a very sad time for our state. Many of us trusted Abbott and even encouraged others like myself, to vote for him. However, he has shown us that politics come first, and that is something we can never have. We are watching the eroding of a party because the key members sold their souls for financial gain. Yet, I am encouraged by groups like The Lincoln Project. The following video could have been written from my heart and many others like myself.
Two weeks had vanished without any calls or text. Sloan slowly closed her apartment door and made her way to the front of her building. Patience had never been a word she would have used to describe herself. Without giving her next move anymore thought, she took off walking in the direction of the clinic. Within a matter of minutes, the building came into view with boards covering the windows and a large chain wrapped around the front door. Sloan paused in a near panic and slowly walked around to the other side of the building. A large red leasing sign covered a side window.
“Are you just now seeing it?”
Sloan jumped a little at the sound of the voice. “Yes, what about you?”
Norma walked towards Sloan and frowned. “No, I noticed it a couple of days ago. I guess we were scammed.”
“No, I saw the company on TV, and it was in all the papers.” Sloan shook her head and looked back at the window. “Besides, I read testimonies from people who have used them in the past.”
“I could come up with a phony website and write a bunch of garbage testimonies. I knew it was too good to be true,” continued Norma.
Sloan walked back to the front of the building. “Maybe they met their quota for this area. It could be anything, we are jumping to conclusions. I mean they could still call us, they said two or three weeks.”
“Well, here’s my number just in case you lost it the last time I gave it to you. Will you call me if you hear anything?”
Sloan took the card and quickly grabbed a small piece of paper out of her bag and wrote her number down as well. “I will call if I hear anything, but if you hear something first, could you please let me know?”
Norma nodded and both women went their separate ways.
A few more weeks had rushed by and Sloan had not heard anything from the company or Norma. Life was normal at least post virus normal. There were no more shopping trips to her favorite Asian market or walks in her adored arboretum. There were however frequent briefings on tips to avoid the virus and the occasional message of law and order from President Filmore. The days seemed longer now that the chance of having a baby was no longer on the table. Sloan put down her laptop and opened her frayed purse. Norma’s number was still neatly folded in the side of her wallet. Within a matter of seconds, Sloan unfolded the card and picked up her phone. “No, I need this.” She looked back at the number and preceded to dial the digits.
“Hello,” said Norma.
“Norma, it’s Sloan! I wanted to call you…”
Norma shouted into the phone. “THANK GOODNESS, I am so glad you called me. I didn’t know if I should have called or not. I am so glad you called. I’m guessing you were called back too!”
“I wanted to call after my first appointment, but I thought it would be better to wait for your call because you don’t really seem like the sharing type.”
The room started to spin. Sloan felt the heat rising from her shoulders to her neck. Trying to maintain her balance, she backed up against the sofa and braced herself. “I didn’t get a phone call. I was just calling to see if you wanted to go out because I haven’t been out in a while.”
This time Norma paused on the other line. “I feel like a real ass right now. I thought you were calling because they contacted you.”
“No, I guess they didn’t want me in the program.”
“Well, maybe they will call later. The lady who contacted me said they were late and that they were trying to get a new building for the people moving to the next stage in the treatment. At least give me a chance to do something nice for you. I feel really shitty for blabbing like I did.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
“Let me cook your dinner.”
Sloan held the phone away from her ear and looked down at a little black bug as it rushed over a small folded piece of her carpet. “I guess I could come over for a little.”
Norma’s smile could be heard through the phone. “Great! Give me like 45 minutes and I will have spaghetti and meatballs ready.”
Last week my daughter got sick and was displaying signs of COVID-19. According to the website if anyone is having signs they need to isolate which is what we made her do. She was isolated in her room until her fever went away without having to use medication to keep it down. We were the ones cooking and bringing the meals downstairs to her. After her fever went away and she didn’t need any more meds she was free to return to normal. It turns out she did not have COVID-19.
This was still a wake-up call for her because it was a glimpse of what could have happened if it were COVID-19. She was isolated until her fever was three days gone without any medication. This means she only had access to her bathroom and she couldn’t watch any TV. We both talked to her and explained how she was lucky because if she had COVID-19 she would be in this room for 14 days. By the end of day three she totally got it. While it was hard not seeing her walk around the house being her normal goofy self, it was even scarier seeing her bedridden with fever for nearly 24 hours. The ER was like bring her in if her condition gets worse, and it took a day or two for nurses to return calls.
When you are dealing with adults, it is hard to explain the reason why. If you recall, my daughter got sick after she went out with some guy two days prior to her coming down with a bad headache and body aches. She met this person from Tinder. Prior to this incident, she would ask why couldn’t she just go out and do what she wanted because she was 18. She would inform us that her guy friends were telling her that she should be able to do whatever she wants because she is grown. So, she wanted to know why we were treating her like a child. Why is a difficult word for many of us and especially for children, but when children are transitioning into adults, it is even harder. I think my biggest fear is that she goes to college and takes this same carefree attitude with her. There are so many dangers awaiting our children and while I am glad this situation turned out okay, for many daughters it didn’t end well. Some of those girls never made it home. So, I have decided to take her with me to the next sex trafficking conference.
As for COVID-19. My husband’s boss has it and the office was closed from Friday until yesterday. All of the people who worked with his boss including my husband are back at work today. None of the people were able to get tested. I do not know how we are doing things in Texas. I thought if someone you work with comes up positive for COVID-19 that those people who work with that individual are supposed to go into isolation. However, they are not requesting it and not testing the people who worked with his boss. She talked with her employees and worked in the same office. It really feels like we are on our own or are living on borrowed time. I don’t know what to think anymore. Our city made wearing a mask mandatory for a few hours, and then went back to saying it was recommended. https://www.tdtnews.com/news/coronavirus/article_243da032-ba1b-11ea-ae2c-b3810e69797e.html
I do not see myself going out anytime soon because I do not want to get mad and end up on someone’s YouTube channel. So for now I am trying to take it easy and calm down.
Over a month ago I warned about the dangers of opening Texas after visiting a park location shortly after our leaders initiated the reopening of Texas.
Part of our requirements for reopening detailed people gathering at parks in small numbers with social distancing and the suggestion to wear a face mask. However, wearing a mask and social distancing were soon forgotten as people hit the sun.
Today we are finding that a large number of younger Texans are getting COVID-19 and it isn’t surprising. Greg Abbott never followed through with any of the consequences for people breaking protocols set by the CDC. In all honesty, he did not follow those guidelines. Texas never saw the decline in cases that should have preceded any sort of reopening. Abbott and others like him blindly followed Trump. They did so at the risk of our lives and countless others.
At minimum the government should have mandated mask and a safe path towards reopening. This has been a very confusing time for my own young adult children. I have three children ages 14 to 22. The 18 and 22 year old have struggled with Governor Mom, yes I like others, had to become the official, serving in my household. Okay, maybe not official, but I had to certainty put my own rules in place. It has been difficult at times, the Black Lives Matter protest was a big issue and my girls wanted to be right in the thick of it.
All I could do was go by the numbers I had been studying on a daily basis and do my best to explain why the protest would be a health threat. At times I felt hard-pressed because I am black and I wanted to very much be part of the movement. However, my 14 yr old has lung issues due to childhood illnesses. My at risk person is my child, so I stayed put. My girls also stayed put because they did not like my 14 day self isolation rule if they went to the protest. We ended up staying at home and joining other KPOP lovers by drowning out racist tweets. It wasn’t the same as walking in the streets, but it was our way of standing up for something bigger than ourselves. Take the racist tweets out one by one!
This brings me to the whole idea of partisanship. You can be part of something or a group and still have a voice. It is up to us to elect people who can be bipartisan. Right now partisanship is our biggest threat because it is forcing people to pick sides. They are putting ideology over commonsense. You cannot lead a household this way, nor can you lead a country in this manner. Partisanship stops progress because it deletes others from being able to voice their concerns and have them taken into consideration. Think back to the start of Coronavirus in the US. Have you seen both groups ever really come together in a bipartisan way? The answer is NO. We are a country divided to the core. Our leaders are divided and estranged from each other.
Frankly, I am feeling very discouraged because there is a lack of guidance. It not only creates problems in our country, but also in our households. It is enough to make a person pause and wonder what comes next?
In the coming weeks some people in the state of Texas and other states will start losing their shelter. These people have been hit hard by COVID-19, and now their situation will go from grim to unimaginable. If ever there was a time for a basic universal income in the United States the time would be now. In some cases, jobs go hand in hand with shelter. Getting a job depends on location, money, availability and transportation. If just one of those four items are found lacking, it diminishes the possibility for the applicant to advance.
Not only does it diminish the possibility for advancement, but it also creates other problems such as neglect charges being filed, mental health concerns, and safety. It was always difficult to investigate neglect charges due to poverty. In some cases we would be able to redirect people to shelters, food pantries, help supply money for rent, but now a lot of those places are hurting for funding. My fear as an ex investigator, domestic violence advocate, and mental health worker is that we are now moving into dangerous territory. Truth be told, we have been there for a while.
If cities allow evictions to continue when we are facing such unforgiving hardships, we will see spikes across the board in all sectors of abuse. We already know since the shelter in place started there were spikes in domestic violence, well if homeless trends start to pop up people will then be forced into unsafe living conditions. Homeless shelters can be extremely dangerous for people with young children and for women. They are often targeted by sex traffickers and other forms of scams. Child abuse will also increase as it often does is stressful situations.
Some of the people might be lucky enough to have family willing to take them in, but not everyone has family. In some states that are still allowing their residents to draw unemployment, they will be able to see more stability due to those funds. However, states like Texas will have to be very careful in the upcoming months due to the restrictions placed on unemployment benefits. While some of these people might be able to return to work, their hours will not look like they did six months ago. If you are a worker that gets paid by the hour, this could very well be the question of job stability.
So, this is what opening looks like in Texas. It is a momentarily fix for the state, but a potential downfall for the individuals caught between the virus’s aftermath and transition. If you need more information on how to stop or how to get help with an eviction please read the article below. https://www.kxan.com/investigations/texas-supreme-court-allows-evictions-to-resume-this-week-but-many-renters-are-still-protected/ There might be help for you or someone you know.
It’s almost like we live in two different countries today. The common theme amongst Twitter users seems to be centered around political beliefs right now. At some point, a country has to be able to put down their opinions and state the obvious. We can make this country great again by looking at what we accept into nothing more than our front door.
Its that simple. Think about the values you would willingly accept into your home and weight the two candidates. Let us break down the current presidential election. We have Joe Biden vs President Trump. Both men have tainted histories on race relations and questionable histories in regards to their treatment of women.
Here’s a list of women that Trump has been accused of abusing. https://www.thecut.com/2016/10/all-the-women-accusing-trump-of-rape-sexual-assault.html As you see the list is very long and there are some surprising people that show up on the list. Not only is the list long, but there’s a video of him at a party with a known sex trafficker.
Then we have Former VP Joe Biden. I was actually surprised at some of the accusations when I googled them for Joe Biden. Perhaps, I will add one point, there has been an update on one of the allegations and I will post that as well as the allegations. https://www.businessinsider.com/joe-biden-allegations-women-2020-campaign-2019-6#caitlyn-caruso-said-that-after-she-shared-her-story-of-sexual-assault-at-a-university-of-nevada-event-in-2016-biden-hugged-her-just-a-little-bit-too-long-and-put-his-hand-on-her-thigh-6 The update can be found below. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/oath-biden-accuser-tara-reade-cited-bidens-work/story?id=70829512
When I worked as an investigator sexual assault was when a person penetrated or fondled an individual. It was a little more than someone smelling someone’s hair or hugging an individual. I actually had a case once that was called in against a religious leader because he side hugged a minor. He didn’t touch her inappropriately and in truth she said she didn’t know if hugging was considered assault. The school that called it in said that they didn’t know if calling it in was the right thing to do because it seemed innocent, but we still investigated it. So, what is the medical term for sexual assault.
Sexual assault is any sexual activity to which you haven’t freely given your consent. This includes completed or attempted sex acts that are against your will. Sometimes it can involve a victim who is unable to consent. It also includes abusive sexual contact. It can happen to men, women or children.https://medlineplus.gov/sexualassault.html
Both candidates have a sorted history of race relations. VP Joe Biden has said and done things in his history that makes black people uneasy. He was at times on the wrong side of the street. However, he went on to change his ways which eventually led to Obama nominating him for his VP. After he was in office he and President Obama went on to do a lot of great things for African Americans. I think Biden’s heart changed. If he were the man he was in his 30’s he wouldn’t have ever run with President Obama. He could have easily changed parties if his feelings were truly coated in racism. https://theintercept.com/2019/09/13/joe-biden-democratic-debate-slavery/ As a former investigator, I can tell you he was somewhat right about what he said in regards to family issues. The sad fact is that we have a lot of children without both parents in the home. That creates a lot of issues and those issues create more issues. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/14/progress-african-american-community-during-obama-administration
President Trump has not been without blemish when it comes to the race monster either. He has said things and done things in the past which have often been aligned with racist individuals. However, at the same time, he has done some things that would become groundbreaking in regards to race relations in Florida with integrating establishments in a time when people did not feel comfortable with integration. He has also worked to improve the Criminal Justice System which was a large hindrance to black people. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/every-moment-donald-trumps-long-complicated-history-race Trump’s Criminal Justice Reform. https://www.prisonfellowship.org/2019/01/what-is-the-first-step-act/?mwm_id=295776850205&sc=WB1710B10&sc=WB1710B10&gclid=CjwKCAjwtqj2BRBYEiwAqfzur_gJ4gRLyjJfOhBrPZBXseMU-6_hwWwTPfalqSgujRxghGqPVbI1dhoCotgQAvD_BwE
So, at the end of the day, both men have been on the wrong side of important issues to some degree. One was able to gain redemption with his work in the White House under Obama, and the other one is currently still working on his legacy. If it were only about these two issues, we would be in for a good race. However, we have a looming issue called COVID-19 lurking in the shadows. Presidencies are built or broken on crisis and crisis reactions. With nearly 100,000 people dead and more sickness on the horizon hearts will change. This election will come down to two things in the end. It will come down to the recovery of the economy and the physical recovery of a country. If more people die because of the COVID-19 virus more people will feel a need to change direction.
When you are deciding who to support think about the front door question. Who would you be more likely to open your home to?
I hear a lot of people asking for data when it comes to how many people are getting COVID-19. This is my response look at your community when you are asking for data. Data can be swayed, but outbreaks in your community will be noticeable, believe me! Take our situation for example. We had two eateries come down with COVID-19 in a two week span. One was a Pizza Hut which was reported here https://www.kxxv.com/hometown/bell-county/bell-county-issues-public-advisory-after-pizza-hut-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19 and if you read the article you will see the days May 4th-May 7th.
On May 3rd there was a report by a local news outlet that Taco Bell closed down temporally because of a case of COVID-19. This restaurant more than likely had it prior to Pizza Hut. The article can be found here. https://www.kxxv.com/hometown/bell-county/taco-bell-employee-in-temple-tests-positive-for-covid-19 We are talking about less that 7 miles apart. We ordered Taco Bell from Ubereats a few weeks ago, so we were a little alarmed and still somewhat afraid.
Keep in mind, this is a small area, so if our Ubereats person happened to come into contact with this worker and caught it, there goes the spread. We keep hearing the officials talk about the reason we are seeing more people come down with the virus deals with more testing, but do not forget that those are testing positive because the virus is spreading.
We are talking about two restaurants within 7 miles from each other which could possibly cause community spreads. We get caught up in numbers, but when you get food from these locations, stats are the last thing on your mind. You start trying to think back to when was the last time you received food from these areas and if you might have been exposed to anything. Be careful and think for yourself.
Yesterday after my children and I arrived home, my 14 year old ran into the computer room and asked me about hand sanitizer. I really didn’t think much about her reason behind asking. I blurted out the location and went back to what I was doing. About ten minutes later my 22 year old walked in the room and informed me that one of Alison’s friends had magically appeared on our doorstep. She went on to explain how Alison was about to hyperventilate because she feared I was going to ground her until she was 20.
Apparently, her friend biked all the way from her house to our house which is about twenty minutes away. I walked to the door and looked out the window and noticed that my daughter had on her N95 mask and had given her friend one. At first I was a little upset because of the situation, but then I thought about it for a second. How can we expect our children to understand the dangers of being out in this pandemic when our leaders lack the understandings of dealing with it?
This weekend I saw multiple children hanging out with their friends and acting as if things were back to normal. At this point, it is a waiting game. The governor doesn’t want to open the schools up because he is afraid of children coming down with the virus, but he is opening up other avenues for children to get sick. As a mother, I can do everything I can in my power to keep my girls safe. However, I cannot control other people’s behaviors. I do not even want to dare think of any negative outcome of yesterday’s visit. I just pray that our children remain safe.
I am thankful that my daughter knew enough about social distancing and wearing her mask, but that doesn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The government is sending mixed messages in regards to safety. On one hand, it is safe enough to go get your hair and nails done by someone standing directly over you, but it isn’t okay to sit next to your best friend in math class. If one form of protection is needed to preserve the youth, why aren’t all avenues covered in protecting the youth? A sick mother, father, hair dresser, or friend sitting next to a child all produces the same outcome.
And if you are wondering, I didn’t ground Ally. I told her I was proud of her for practicing social distancing and wearing her mask. She hugged me and said she was so happy I didn’t freak out. Silently, I was freaking out!!!
Thanks to all those that follow and read my blog. You make waking up at 3 AM worth it!!
It’s so easy right now to let your guard down and pretend like things are normal. We see stores opening, people running to the beach and other things that resemble a country free of our current threat. We turn on the TV and our leaders are all chanting about getting back to normalcy and getting this economy back to a healthy state. However, privately they are talking about how we are still walking in the shadows of death.
It is enough to run a person mad. We are living in such a contradiction in regards to what happens next. This week I found out that the Taco Bell that we ordered food from within the past few weeks is now temporarily closed because a worker tested positive for COVID-19. Even if you try to be safe, there’s always the chance of the unknown slipping in. I think about the Ubereat’s drivers who have picked up from that eatery and other eateries. How do you contain something like a virus especially after the protective measures have been relaxed?
Then you hear the president talking about more death and of course our governor talking about how opening up will cause more causes of COVID-19 and you wonder what is life worth to those at the top? Are we only worth the amount of money we can bring in? One of our news stations is reporting that we now have a 911 center that is currently undergoing testing for COVID-19. Some of the workers have tested positive, will a large majority undergoing testing. https://www.tdtnews.com/news/central_texas_news/article_48dd8068-8b01-11ea-8228-8f1d7b96c4ec.html
Do you know how small our county is? Do you know how damaging it would be for any city within our county to come down with an outbreak of COVID-19 in their emergency response systems? When these politicians talk about the threat of hospitals being over run with COVID-19, they do not bring up other essential services like police departments, 911 control centers, or fire departments. Unless you are diligent in searching the events that take place in your areas, you will never get a real idea of what’s going on.
I beg you to use daily Google checks for your areas, use the tool tab to narrow the search down to 24 hours. Do not leave it up to someone tainted by politics to dictate your movements in regards to safety. While we might be thirsting for getting back to normal, normal might never be the normal we used to know. We have to remain watchful, and make sure we are not in the number of people that will be causalities on this war on finance. Do what you must, but understand that you can be here today and quarantined tomorrow. Stay safe, and wash those hands.
So, if you recall, I stated that I would be making hand sanitizer this month. After all of my ingredients came in, I continued to research the entire process. As I was researching, I found out that making sanitizer can cause cancer in the people who manufacture it. Not only can those people be at risk but so can the people who use it often. So, this has caused me to look at things a little differently and perhaps pause.
These are just three of many articles telling about the risk of hand sanitizer and cancer. Perhaps this is one of the reasons the CDC strongly emphasizes the process of washing your hands with soap and water. I am not telling people not to use hand sanitizer, because I made my family about 8 small bottles of sanitizer and purchased three more bottles just in case of an emergency.
Yet, I am telling people to be careful about how much you use and often you are using it. If you are near soap and water, that should be your first choice. If you do not have to go out, do not go out. You can minimize the need for sanitizer by watching your movement. The less you mingle with people and objects that are not your own, the less you will need to use hand sanitizer. So, now I have enough bottles for us and my husband’s job. Would anyone else like a bottle of isopropyl alcohol? I am giving them away free. I have 19 bottles which is enough to help at least 19 families or people if needed. You will have to get your own aloe gel and essential oils because I need those for lotion and other stuff.
The alcohol is 95 percent so it will be strong enough to keep COVID-19 away, but again do not go crazy with using it. Be careful while mixing it and please don’t turn around and try to market it for high prices. We should be trying to help each other right now, not preventing others from being safe during this crazy time. As always, I am here trying to spread the word, as I learn the word. Maybe in a few weeks I will be able to showcase my products, but as for now I am trying to find ways to remove the need for parabens in my products. Parabens have been known to cause cancer, and after watching my father die from lung cancer, I do not want to sell any beauty product that trades beauty for health.
Be safe and remember it take a village! Look out for each other.
” There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.“Confucius
We are living in a stressful time and people are suffering all over the world. Right now would be a really good time to pick up a hobby or start a new project to get your mind off of the stressful junk. It feels like we are in the middle of a boat that’s headed down the river. We do not know what we will find, but we know we must stay inside , and survive the gathering storm.
So, instead of worrying about it, blog about it! You can blog about anything under the sun. You can start a blog about poetry, songs, photos, paintings, or even your feelings about being alive in 2020. Your blog is your space to unwind, I think of my blog as a home away from home. It’s 2 in the morning and this is where I want to be.
I think it’s important to have an outlet right now because there are so many people out of work, worried about going back to work, or worried about their loved ones going to work. I mean there is fear at every crossing, but it doesn’t have to immobilize you. I remember when my husband was in Iraq and the girls and I were in Germany. I got word that my mother died which was horrible because this was someone I used to call three and four times a day. Getting on the plane was the hardest thing I ever had to do, because it was to say goodbye for the last time.
In those moments, I ran towards writings, it was my only way of dealing with my grief. I didn’t really know anything about writing. I only knew writing made me miss her less. So, when I wrote The Last Love Story. It was more about how I felt pretty much abandoned even as an adult. I have never had the heart to take the books down, because for me they were a healing process. I do not know where I would be today if it weren’t for those moments back then. https://www.amazon.com/Last-Love-Story-S-B-Santiago-ebook/dp/B008C5HSIW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+last+love+story+by+s.b.+santiago&qid=1588317742&sr=8-1 So, it is okay to be upset, just make sure you are doing something to deal with the emotions.
These are the veggies I planted. They are growing!!
I am still working on how to keep my leaves from dying in my rose bush.
As the nation ends preventive measures like Stay-At-Home Policies across the nation, many of us are starting to feel a little uneasy and even forced into a situation that we do not feel comfortable with. For the majority of us, we understand that the timing is very questionable, but the government has placed many of our sisters and brothers in a difficult situation. At the current time our country lacks the very items that are needed for many of us to be safe. Hand sanitizer, mask and other things that are extremely important however they are nowhere to be found. I have ordered two different sets of mask from Amazon and have yet to get either order. I have also ordered two small bottles of hand sanitizer and those haven’t come yet either. My husband is essential and his one bottle has started to run out. He had an extra bottle at work, but it was stolen. He now has to use the one bottle that was supposed to be for all of us and siphon what little hand sanitizer we had for the cleaning of his hands. It is now used as his travel bottle because he isn’t always near water and a sink. As for the rest of us, we do not go out. We are at home until we can get the items we need to be safe on the outside.
Our family will do exactly what we started before the shelter-in-place ordered was instituted. We had already started avoiding large crowds and finding other ways to stay safe. https://shellzonit.com/2020/03/03/moving-around-during-an-outbreak/ Not only will we continue to be careful, but I will start making our own hand sanitizer. I have found out that the little stores down the road never have hand sanitizer which leaves the clerks in danger. I will give them some bottles as well as my husband and his coworkers some bottles to keep them safe. I will have a stash for my blog readers, it will only be a certain number because the rest I will have to sell in order to continue making the sanitizer.
I am still waiting on my supplies and I will not post any info until we have used the sanitizer on ourselves to make sure they are safe for all. We have eczema in our family, so we want to make sure no skin type is harmed by the mixture. It is the CDC’s formula which means it will be followed by what they are referencing. I cannot promise a date because again a lot of the preventive measure items that I have ordered are still missing in action. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/fda-says-it-wont-take-action-against-manufacturers-that-start-making-hand-sanitizer.html If I am able to get my stuff up and running, it will be at a price that allows all people to afford. The biggest obstacle I see will be shipping, I have to find a way to afford shipping without charging too much for shipping. We shouldn’t be selling anything costly when we have a pandemic and especially when people are being forced to participate in something that could end their lives. Here in Texas our people have little or no choice when it comes to returning to work. They must either return or see their financial help cut off. That’s not fair, but that is how the government is treating their citizens. If you ask me the government should be giving people the gloves, mask and hand sanitizer to stay safe, but safety isn’t their man concern. Their main concern is making money and keeping the markets from going under. So, stay safe as always and we are in this together.