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Critical Issues Around the Globe and at Home in Doodle Land



Today’s prompt for the SoCS is: “critic(al).” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Thinking of this prompt, not planning mind you, but thinking, I’ve gotten into a somewhat serious mood. I ask whoever wants to be asked, what are the critical issues we face as a species, or as individual nations? How about climate change?

I was listening to the radio in my car yesterday – the local public radio station since I didn’t like the song on the oldies station – and they were talking about how the barrier islands on the east coast of the US would become uninhabitable in the next 30 to 100 years. That’s where most people I know go to the beach. A lot of people live there, not to mention animals, which I am mentioning. The ice at the poles is melting more rapidly than we thought. This is a critical issue. This is, shall we dare say, emergent.

A critical issue in the US is health care. I know plenty of hard working people, working over 40 hours a week to support families, who cannot afford health insurance because the premiums are ridiculously high. And I live in a state that chose not to expand medicaid which some of my friends are going to Raleigh to protest. I can’t leave the dogs that long which I’ll get to in a moment. But my point is that the lack of affordable health care is critical in my country. For some people, it truly is an emergency. A national emergency. Along with education, homelessness…

I know I’m dancing close to the edge of a political rant which I generally or maybe never do on my blog, but that is the risk adventure of venturing into the stream of consciousness.  But let me take another branch of the stream. Maybe a broader branch. Maybe the big, overall critical issue is that we, and by we, I mean the media and popular culture of our culture, oooh that was a little whirlpool, now I’m dizzy. Where was I? Maybe the critical issue is that we’re too critical of others who we believe are so different from us. Maybe we need to focus on our similarities, what we have in common, and solutions for the common good.

Okay, lest I continue into a rant, let me share a personal critical issue we’ve faced/are facing in our home. I’m somewhat in denial about it. A few weeks ago, we found out that our crazy coon hound Doodle has a mast cell tumor which is malignant. Blood work showed she also has kidney disease. The denial comes from the fact that while Doodle is at least 12 years old, she’s always had a lot of energy. She kinda still does, but has not been as crazy enthusiastic about her walks lately. A couple weeks ago, the tumor spread and swelled her whole right rump, and her right back leg swelled to twice its normal size. The vet said this is a sign it’s probably gone into her lymph system and surgery might not help. Plus she’s 12 and the kidney disease. He put her on prednisone which quickly alleviated the swelling so that now she looks normal. Then she became more obnoxious than usual because steroids can do that. She actually had tremors. So we cut back on the prednisone (cut the dosage in half), and she’s doing okay. We have to watch her closely. Maybe she has a few weeks or even a year. I’m still a little in denial because she’s still crazy-ish. I have been more prepared for our other dog, Marigold, to cross over the bridge because she is almost 17. But Marigold keeps on plodding along.

Well, this is a little bit of a bummer of a post. But Doodle is not currently “critical,” and we are spoiling her rotten. And that’s kinda fun. Dogs. Gotta love ’em. Cats too. They help us get through all the other critical issues.

Doodle in recliner

Doodle when she wasn’t feeling good.

Doodle the Queen (2)

Doodle the Queen

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “Critical Issues Around the Globe and at Home in Doodle Land

  1. Soory to hear about Doodle. Enjoy her while she’s still around to enjoy, and let’s hope she’s in no hurry to cross the bridge.

  2. I’m so sorry about Doodle. Been there.
    I also share your critical thinking about the planet, and frankly, at this point I am beginning to think that humans are just too stupid to do what they need to do to stop what is about to happen. It could be a money maker, it could help global economy, and it certainly would save species and our plant. Just one thing — I have been ragging on my “green” market to stop using those damn woven plastic bags — they are grab bags in the market for avocados and Brussels sprouts and oranges. They kill sea and river creatures ans winged creatures and really, all so you don’t pick up a couple of avocados and put them in your own cart. I mean, if they can’t get that, how stupid that is, then I think we are hopeless.
    You got me started. A kindred spirit.

    • Thank you for understanding and for caring. I think some people are still clueless about plastic. When we go to a restaurant and say, “no straws,” at least half the servers bring a straw anyway out of habit and ignorance. When a server gets it, it’s a real treat. We lavish praise on restaurants where straws are not automatically given. Mainstream grocery stores are making progress, but have a long way to go. I still have some hope.

  3. Your post is appreciated in all ways. Sorry to hear Doodle was having a rough patch but has stabilized.

  4. As you make clear, what’s critical in our lives are the issues that affect our personal lives, such as our health and that of those we love, be they human or our beloved pets. By the time the critical interconnected issue of our species–climate disruption and ecological collapse–become a personal issue for us as individuals, it would be too late for us, as a nation and species, to avert or ameliorate the disaster.

  5. Sometimes an “almost” political rant is good for the soul. I am so sorry about Doodle. What a sweet doggie.

  6. Seems like there is more than one national emergency issue in our country that is being ignored while pursuing fake emergency issues. Doodle is a cute name.

  7. Sorry to hear about Doodle. I think the subjects you were discussing are such bright line items that talking about them shouldn’t be considered a political rant. It’s more a statement of fact You did a god job with this.

  8. Health insurance is such a difficult topic. So many sides to it. I think all of our problems could be solved if there was some way to reign in how much the CEOs can make. I love the changes made in the ACA, but the insurance companies jacked up the premiums to unrealistic amounts to make up for it. It’s part of the reason I sold my company. I was paying 25 grand a year out of pocket for my family’s insurance. Yuck.

    Sorry about Doodle. He looks so kind:)

    • Good idea about limiting the CEO salary. Maybe a company leader will do it voluntarily and get more business. That was a crazy huge premium! Doodle is kind – kinda crazy. David rescued her from the street and starvation 10 years ago. She continues to be obsessed with food, but that’s just Doodle.

  9. All the issues are critical. We all live in a bit of denial feeling overwhelmed that the problems are so big and growing in number every day. How to tackle? I do my part locally. But is that enough? I am sorry about Doodle, although I feel elated he has lots of love and caring. Great post.

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