Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Rain by Cynthia Barnett

Rain

 It is amazing how one can take a topic as seemingly mundane as "rain" and turn it into an educational and entertaining book. From rainmakers to monsoons to bold literary references, this book held my attention from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed her Epilog (don't skip it!), describing her adventures in northeastern India, the world's rainiest spot, now impacted by climate change. 

I really enjoyed this book. The documentation in "Notes" is something that only the best of journalists practice. In doing so, the author tells the reader how informed and well researched she is on the history of rain, how various cultures viewed it, how we view it, and the various cycles of rain that misled us in our country's formation.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Rep Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I object to imposing asylum application fees on people fleeing persecution and danger. Not only is this amoral and inhumane, the American Immigration Lawyers Association says the president’s plan “contradicts international law” and still “fails to ensure orderly processing.” I want you to stop the president’s asylum fee and instead heal the root causes of life-threatening conditions in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Email to Rep Pete Olson:
I absolutely oppose giving Trump’s deportation machine more money. The administration doesn’t need billions more in DHS funding for detentions, deportations, and immigration enforcement agents. Just say NO to Trump’s supplemental funding request.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you note to Pat Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense, for saying publicly that the military should move away from the border to focus on its primary missions.
Address: 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000

(This phone mail box was full but I will continue to call.)
Called: Deborah Achim, Deputy Field Office Director, 210-283-4723.
I understand that ICE’s Karnes Detention Center is preventing RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) from meeting with individuals detained, denying them their right to legal aid.
I’m a citizen and taxpayer taxpayer from right here in Texas calling to ask you to restore legal access to people detained at Karnes. Thank you.

Spread the Vote and its Project ID initiative helps citizens obtain IDs for required voting. At $40 per ID, today I helped one person get the needed ID to vote.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Postcard to Rep Pete Olson:
Whether it’s his actions to obstruct the Mueller investigation or his demands that members of his administration stonewall Congressional investigations, Trump has committed acts that should be addressed in an impeachment investigation. Please support Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s resolution, H.R. 257, to open an impeachment inquiry.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Postcards to Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I value justice for Native tribes who persist in seeking return of land that was seized decades ago. Their cause finally moved forward when the House passed H.R. 375, which restores the Interior Secretary’s authority to move land into trust for all federally recognized tribal nations and reaffirms existing Indian trust lands. I’m asking you to co-sponsor this “Carcieri Clean Fix” in the Senate and advocate for its passage. Thank you.

Thank you note to Stacey Abrams:
Thank you for working to empower all voters and ensure the protection of voting rights for all. We must end voter suppression and empower all citizens to participate in our democracy.
Address: ℅ Fair Fight Action, 1270 Caroline Street NE, Suite D120-430, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

I'm calling today to tell the Congressman to reject the White House’s supplemental budget request for the Department of Homeland Security. ICE and CBP have a long track record of abuse and death, mismanagement of funds, and a culture of violence. My tax dollars should not be spent to detain, deport, or terrorize immigrant communities.

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Postcards to State Senator Joan Huffman and State Rep. Phil Stephenson:
I value nutrition and health for all. The Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) assists people to overcome food insecurity and contributes to more stable homes and better education, I’m concerned that only 57.5 percent of eligible people in our state actually receive WIC benefits. I’d like you to propose new WIC outreach efforts to non-English speakers so that more Texas residents will live healthier lives. Thank you. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

June Menu

June Menu

1. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries 
2. Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup 
3. Baked Cod/Salmon, GMP, Salad 
4. Chicken-Spaghetti Casserole 
5. Steak, GMP, GB
6. Leftovers 
7. Out 
8. Macaroni and cheese, Corn 
9. Schwan’s 
10. Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggies 
11. Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Salad
12. Schwan’s 
13. Leftovers 
14. Out
15. Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast 
16. Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup 
17. Baked Fish, Oven Fries, Salad 
18. Chicken Tenders, GMP, Mixed Veg
19. Pizza 
20. Leftovers 
21. Out
22. CB Hash, CSC 
23. Schwan’s 
24. Fried Shrimp, FF, Coleslaw 
25. Schwan’s 
26. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad 
27. Leftovers 
28. Out 
29. St. Wieners, Corn
30. Pork Roast, Carrots, GMP

Sunday, May 5, 2019

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥



đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Email to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am concerned about how we’re treating asylum seekers. The American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Immigration Judges, and Federal Bar Association all advocate for creating an immigration court that operates independently of the Department of Justice. I want you to support creating an independent Article One immigration court to give asylum seekers basic respect and a speedy hearing. Thank you.

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Postcard to Rep. Pete Olson:
I am angry at the continuing harm caused by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Working families who rely on tax refunds for major purchases or to pay debts are feeling the pain of receiving less back or even owing more, while the wealthy get big breaks. Now the administration wants to cut healthcare, education, and nutrition programs to pay for it. I’m asking you to introduce a bill to repeal this law.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I’m calling to express support for extending a clear path to citizenship for my neighbors protected by DACA, TPS, and DED. Recipients of these protections need stability, and so do their U.S.-citizen families, co-workers, and communities. I would like you to co-sponsor the bipartisan Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (DACA recipients) and the SECURE Act (for TPS and DED recipients). Thank you. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you notes to Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Tom Carper (D-DE): 
Thank you for forming the Senate’s first Environmental Justice Caucus. It is imperative that we address the unequal impact of climate threats on low-income communities and communities of color.
Addresses:
CB: One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Suite 505, Camden, NJ 08101
TD: 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3900, Chicago, IL 60604
TC: 301 North Walnut Street, Suite 102L-1, Wilmington, DE 19801

Friday, May 3, 2019

What Makes A Good Day?


What Makes a Good Day?

I was listening to Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast. Her guest was Atul Gawanda.  The subject was end of life care and one of the goals of end of life care should be to find out what makes a good day for an individual patient. This got me to thinking about what makes a good day for me. So here goes:
1. A truly perfect day would have cool (but not cold), clear, low humidity weather.  
2. An omelette, Toast, and fresh OJ for breakfast.
3. Not going anywhere. 
4. Nature watching: birds, butterflies, bees, trees. 
5. A bit of quilting, a bit of reading
6. A nap with a cat or even better, a kitten 
7. Veggie Pizza and a cold Coke for dinner
8. Several texts with my daughter 

What makes a good day for you??

Wildlife Around OakMeadows—April, 2019

Yes, these too. 


Aves
Mockingbird 
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Meadowlarks 
Collared Doves 
Cattle Egrets 
Barn Swallows 
Killdeer 
Red-winged Blackbirds 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Hummingbird 
Cardinals 
Grackles 
Caracara
Whistling Ducks 
Bluejays
Crow
Mourning Doves 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 

Insecta 
Queen
Monarchs 
American Lady
Pipevine Swallowtail 
Pearl Crescent 
Little Sulphur 
Tiger Swallowtail 
Mammalia 
Squirrels 
Raccoons 
Coyote 
Green Anole
Green Tree Frog

Friday, April 19, 2019

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Emailed Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I support privacy rights for disabled people applying for Social Security benefits. The administration’s new budget proposes monitoring people’s social media accounts as part of determining eligibility. Since the SSA’s own analysis finds fraud in only 1% of disability payments, this practice would invade privacy and waste limited resources. I’m asking you to publicly denounce invading citizens’ privacy and hold OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and SSA Commissioner Nancy Berryhill accountable for this nonsensical waste of time and resources. 

Thank you notes to Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR): 
Thank you for introducing the Immigration Court Improvement Act of 2019. Impartial judges are very important. 
Addresses:
MH: 300 Ala Moana Blvd., RM 3-106, Honolulu, HI 96850
CCM: 400 South Virginia Street, Suite 902, Reno, NV 89501
JM: 161 High Street SE, Suite 250, Salem, OR 97301

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Wrote letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, FBI Headquarters, 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20535-0001
Dear Director Wray, I am greatly concerned about increasing violence by white nationalists against houses of worship. I support strict enforcement of existing law to address to this public safety threat. I urge you to meet with religious leaders who wish to advocate with you directly in the near future. Lives are at stake. Thank you.

Thank you note to Tricia Newbold, security administrator, Office of Administration (White House)
Thank you for providing the U.S. House Oversight Committee with information about security clearance irregularities that could threaten national security. I appreciate your action and am in awe of your courage. 

Address: c/o Edward H. Passman, Passman & Kaplan, P.C., Attorneys at Law, 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Rep. Pete Olson:
I am concerned that young people experiencing homelessness are falling through the cracks of HUD’s definitions and data. The bipartisan Homeless Children and Youth Act would address these flaws and make HUD programs more responsive to local conditions. Please sign on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 2001.

Thank you note to Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX):
Thank you for introducing a bill (H.R.2203) that would increase oversight of ICE and DHS.
Address: 221 N. Kansas Street, Suite 1500, El Paso, TX 79901

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Wrote postcards to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I support the right of disabled people to receive long-term care services at home rather than an institution. I’m asking you to co-sponsor the bipartisan Disability Integration Act (H.R. 555/S.117) so decision-making rests with those needing care. Thank you.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Email to Pete Olson:
I want to express my support for greater oversight of DHS and ICE. For too long, these agencies have been acting independently to harm communities and violate constitutional rights. I would like you to support and cosponsor H.R. 2203. Thank you.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Left voicemail for Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I value fair and accessible voting. Stacking districts prevents fair representation in Congress. We must also stop corporate money from deciding elections over the will of the people. Now that H.R. 1 has passed in the House, can I count on your support for voting fairness?