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SoCS: Brains, Birds, Trees, Electricity, and Singing in the Wire

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Today’s prompt is “wire.”

It’s interesting how many wire thoughts can run through my brain between the time I read the prompt and the time I start writing. Brains are sometimes said to be “hard wired” for certain things. Maybe like, survival. But we don’t hear much about being soft wired for things, which is more often the case. I believe we can override much, ? some, a lot of the wiring in our brains.

I’m wired to be an introvert, but I can override this to a point. Then, I have to have alone time. I like alone time. I might not mind being quarantined, but I don’t want to be sick. I wasn’t going to write about the virus, but it snuck in here, like trash in the stream of consciousness. Damn news. But we need to know some things. I feel sorry for extroverts who get quarantined. I read about some people in Italy singing, but I’m saving that for Good News Tuesday.

Speaking of GNT, I just wrote about… no wait, that was Thursday Tree Love! In TTL (Thursday 🙂 ) I wrote about trees coexisting with electrical wires in the city and the grotesque, well I actually wrote unnatural, forms the electric company cuts the trees into for the electrical wires to have the right of way.  Notice I don’t write “power lines,” because when we lose electricity, we still have power. I made a meme about that. Let me see if I can find it.

This is not the one. It’s just a photo with wires. I bet I have a lot of those.

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Okay, I’m still going back for the meme in my computer files….  Here it is:

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And then there are the birds on a wire that I wrote about in the post about letting go of my parents’ house. When we were loading the last boxes on the day the house sold, there were four birds on the wire in front of the house. They represented my four family members in heaven (Mom, Dad, and my two sisters.)  Each one flew away, one at a time, and the last one (my father bird) lingered. It was a powerful experience telling me it was okay to let go, to move along in my own journey, that their spirits were alive and well. Oh, yeah, and we were staying at their house when our house was being re-wired.

Here’s that post in case you missed it.

Finally, I keep thinking about a line from a song that goes, “I hear you singing in the wire.” It was a really pretty old song by Glen Campbell. “Wichita Lineman.”  I’m not normally a country music fan, but this song seemed to cross over into 70s soft rock. It always moved me.  Maybe it’s because of the message of hope and perseverance, a love that lives on, and the soothing music.

 

Stay well, everybody! Take good care of yourself. Keep calm and wash your hands.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to us by:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/03/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-14-2020/

Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!


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Old City Trees #ThursdayTreeLove

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Yesterday evening as David and I drove through historic downtown, I took a closer look at the old trees lining the streets and medians. They coexist with cars, pollution, and wires. Some have been cut into unnatural shapes to give right of way to electrical lines. This was easier to see since it’s still winter and the leaves are sparse. This type of cutting can not be good for the trees, but most seem to adapt.

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Still, the old city trees, which are mostly oaks, persevere. They’ve given us oxygen, shade, and habitat for birds, bugs, and squirrels for more years than any living person can remember.

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Imagine the vast underground network of roots and connecting organisms that hold this community of trees together through storms and human interference

Please join me in sending  gratitude, love, and respect to old city trees everywhere

and to those working to protect them.  

Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. You’ll find more tree love below:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-83/

 

 

 


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SoCS: Infinity, Time Travel, Doggie Dementia, and the Circle of Life

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “figure.” Use the word “figure” any way you’d like. Have fun!

Go figure. So many ways to use that word, figure. The first thing I thought of was the figure 8. Turned on its side, it’s the sign for infinity.  ∞  is what it looks like from my symbols icon panel.  I bet I can find a better one. Maybe pixabay has one.  Oh yeah, that was a fun little diversion from the stream.

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Infinite possibilities in infinite combinations. Where does that line come from? Star Trek maybe. Sounds like something I might have read in a ST novel. Spock might have said it. Maybe I’ll look it up later. Don’t want to divert again right now.

I’m typing this on Friday morning from my home away from home in the mountains. The snow is coming down steadily as I look out my window to the balcony. It’s amazing that I’m here right now. If I could go back in time to myself in say, 1972 or 2001 which were some of my toughest times and tell myself it’s all going to be okay, better than you could imagine! I would, and I will send that message back. I’m imagining putting my arms around that lonely confused teenager and the lonely confused divorced woman many years after that and telling them, “It’s going to be okay. Better than you can even imagine! But you’re going to go through some stuff. It’s not going to be easy, but you can do it. You are strong.”

Wow, I didn’t know that was going to come out.

If you could go back in time to any point in your life, what would you tell yourself?

I’m writing this Friday morning because by grand daughter will be here this afternoon and we’re going to have a sleep over. It’s going to be wild and crazy, but also cozy with bedtimes stories. My grand dog is coming too so my son and his wife can have an out of town date night.

We brought Mary Moo with us. She’s sleeping and it’s 10:19. She’s two months from being 18 and has had some rough nights. Don’t know how much longer she’ll be with us. I read an article about what if we treat death like birth. Maybe I’ll go find it in a minute. It’s been useful in preparing for the coming death of my little mutt, Mary who is the last of our five pack. Taking care of Mary, who is deaf, mostly blind, demented, and has accidents, is like taking care of a baby. We just accept it. That has helped.

Mary Moo doesn’t make figure 8s. She makes circles that get tighter over time. She always circles to the left because of her dementia. Like the circle of life. She’s starting to stir now and I should get her up and take her out for a little walk in the snow with her old wobbly legs and circles to the left.  I’ll be back here after I take her out and see if I can find that article on death and birth.

Well, she’s not quite ready to get up yet. I can understand that.

Here’s the article: What if We Treated Death Like Birth?

 

#SoCS is brought to us by our excellent host, Linda G. Hill. For more information, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/03/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-7-2020/

Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!


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Epiphanies from Under The Tamarind Tree by Rosaliene Bacchus

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At first I didn’t think I had much in common with Richard Cheong, the main character in Under the Tamarind Tree.  His story is set  in the country of Guiana during the 1950s and 60s during a time of political and personal danger which I have never experienced.  Richard’s father was Chinese and his mother was from India. His dream is to have a big chicken farm. The father of three girls, he is obsessed with longing for a son.

Stepping into a different culture, even through reading a novel, is often uncomfortable at first. Reading this book helped me grow in humility and understanding.  As I read, I grew to like Richard and to care very much about him and his family.

I realized that there are important things that transcend culture. Richard and I do have things in common. His little brother was killed at the age of 8.  My little sister was killed at age 16. Richard loves his daughters who are important in the story. The misunderstandings and dynamics between Richard and his wife were familiar and realistic.

Richard makes mistakes, but he is a good man. He works hard for his family and his dream. Bad things happen that are beyond his control. We are reminded that hurt people hurt people, and at times, revenge runs rampant. Revenge is like a character that rears it’s ugly head more as the story progresses. Hard truths come to light. Through it all, Richard perseveres.

There’s a lesson in this story that rings true. If we persevere and keep doing the right things, however imperfectly, life has a way of working out –  maybe very differently than we planned, but sometimes better than we imagined.

Under the Tamarind Tree is well-written and rich with detail. I’m grateful to Rosaliene Bacchus for teaching me so much about Guyanese culture and history,  for helping me open my heart to our common humanity, and for reinforcing that hope lives in the midst of seemingly unbearable challenges.

You can learn more about Rosaliene at her writer’s website

Or by reading her blog: Three Worlds One Vision

 

 


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Good News Tuesday: Rain in Australia, A Heroic Rescue Dog, Environmental Progress, and Double Amputee Completes Ironman Triathlon

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Rain in Australia

The downpours have already helped to extinguish 32 bushfires in New South Wales alone as the number of fires fell from 120 to 88 on Thursday.  __Bored Panda

Even with flooding and other risks, the rain is welcome. But the crisis is not over. Fires are still burning in Australia, though they’re not spreading like they were. Let’s keep praying and sending good energy to help put out the fires.

Here’s more from Bored Panda.

Brave Dog Saves More than 200 Sheep from Bushfire

Patsy the brave border collie saved more than 200 sheep from a bush fire in Australia. Please click the link below for the story from The Good News Network including a sweet video of praise for Patsy.   Thanks to Sparky Jen for finding this news after I lost it in last week’s technical difficulties.

Here’s the link:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dog-saves-220-sheep-from-australian-bushfires/

Environmental Progress

 New Mexico: A Win for Water Quality

In response to a lawsuit filed by clean water advocates …… the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …. will require new water pollution controls in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Report from the Western Environmental Law Center

North Carolina:  The LARGEST COAL ASH CLEAN UP IN U.S. HISTORY!

On December 31st, Duke Energy agreed to excavate nearly 80 million tons of coal ash and move it to dry, lined storage facilities away from drinking water supplies. Here’s more from PBS.

China Proposes to Ban Single Use Plastics

A joint proposal from China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment  seeks to ban single use plastics. The plan includes banning single use bags and straws in major cities by the end of 2020 and all single use plastics across the country by 2025.  Here’s the report from Forbes.

 

First Above the Knee Double Amputee to Complete Ironman Triathlon

Roderick Sewell was homeless as a child. His mother gave up her job so he would be eligible for prosthetic legs. On October 12, Roderick became the first above the knee double amputee to complete the Ironman triathlon world championship.  I bet you’ll enjoy watching this video.

I first found this story in my Good Morning America email.

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Please share your good news in the comments!

Feel free to write your own Good News Tuesday post and link it below.