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SoCS: California Canyon and Other Family Memories

Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday was: “starts with cal.” Use a word starting with the letters “cal” as your prompt word. Have fun!

We lived in California when I was a kid. For first, second, and third grade, I went to Santa Margarita school at Camp Pendleton. We lived in military housing, an upstairs apartment, on “Wire Mountain,” next to a canyon. My dad used to go hiking in the canyon. I begged him to let me go with him, and one day, he finally agreed. The only part I consciously remember was climbing back up and whining because it was steep, and I was scared and tired. I can understand now, as an adult who likes to hike in wild places, why he didn’t want to take a second grade girl to the canyon. But he did, and I am thankful, because there are probably things I experienced still in my subconscious mind that are like buried treasures.

After California, dad was stationed at the naval base in Philadelphia where he became the brig warden. He said he liked talking to the prisoners, or rather listening to them which was what the training emphasized. Then in 1966, he was sent to Vietnam.

Yesterday, I finished reading Dad’s letters from Vietnam. There are 118 letters that I’ve counted. Some are missing, because there are gaps, but talk about treasures! He wrote about marking the days off the calendar and keeping track of how many days he had left, but sometimes he stopped doing that, because it seemed to make time go slower. He did a lot of different jobs in Vietnam. The first seven months were in Dong Ha near the DMZ which meant combat. He was a gunny and one of the few enlisted /non officer men to lead a platoon. His nightmares lasted the rest of his life. Then after seven months, he managed the staff and officers club in Khe Sanh and went back and forth between there and Phu Bai and Da Nang which he called, “the rear.” He wrote about losing weight and feeling good physically, except for the heat. Maybe the calorie intake was lower, or maybe he burned up a lot of calories being so busy. In addition to the club management, he did night watches, supervised security, and became the re-enlistment staff NCO. Not sure what all that entailed, but I’m glad he didn’t see much more combat after those first seven months.

Maybe you’ve seen these before, but maybe not.
I never get tired of looking old photos, now that I’m older.

The letters were often written by candlelight and are surprisingly sentimental. He wrote about the heat, the mud, and mostly about how much he missed my mom. I’ve typed them up and have been working on incorporating them into what I’m calling a “Fictionalized Family History” for my kids. Next week, I’m going to be listening to some videos I recorded from the many stories he told me.

Sunday will be my mother’s birthday. He sure did love her a lot. Every letter is signed like this:

All My Love

Forever Your Husband

Jimmy.

I’m glad they are together again in heaven.

My favorite photo of my parents with me on the left –
a picnic in Newfoundland, Canada around 1961.

Yesterday a bad storm was in the forecast, but it never materialized here. Instead we had some interesting light just before sunset:

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One-Liner Wednesday: Good News and Fine Things

“For there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen.”

G.K.Chesterton

I found this in “The Rolling English Road” shared by Derrick Knight.

What’s YOUR good news?

What are YOUR fine things?

(Feel free visit me on Tuesdays for more good news!)

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


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Good News Tuesday for March 16, 2021: Sustainable Village, On-line Shop Fights Domestic Violence, Women in the Oscars, Student Helps Former Teacher, and a Funny Kid Video

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Sustainable Village in Uganda built on Shea Butter and Solar Energy

The village of Okere Mom-Kok, destroyed during the Ugandan Civil War, is now a sustainable community of 4,000 people. Electricity, generated through solar energy is available to everyone, and clean water comes from modern borehole methods. Ojok Okello, who started the project with $54,000 from his own pocket, was inspired by the city of Wakanda in the movie, Black Panther. He recognized that the shea tree could be like the natural resource vibranium in the film. The Good News Network brings us more about Okere Mom-Kok.

High School Student Creates Online Shop to Help Domestic Violence Victims

Krystyna Paszko, a high school student in Poland, created a online shop to sell cosmetics where domestic violence victims can hide requests for help by appearing to be shopping online. Her idea won a European Union prize that came with €10,000 (£8,700; $12,120) and was ignited by a pharmacy in France where asking for a special mask alerts staff of a domestic violence situation. You can learn more about Krystna’s program in this BBC article.

Two Women were Nominated for Best Director in the 2021 Oscars

For the first time in Academy Award history, two women were nominated in the same year for best director. Previously, only five women had ever been nominated in the best director category. Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman,” are the two women nominated this year for best director. Good Morning America has details on these nominees and others.

Student Raises $27,000 for Former Substitute Teacher

Steven Nava raised over $27,000 for his former substitute teacher, 77 year old Jose Villarrue, who was living out of his car. Learn more in this celebration:

The Little Boy Laughed to See Such Fun

Click the link below for a very short, funny video with a little boy laughing at his parents’ water trick:

https://fb.watch/4guWjmqebj/

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SoCS: A Year of Challenge and Hope for Healing

Our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “day/week/month/year.” Linda also invites us to write about the past year of pandemic, “how we have coped or not, to share our common experiences as a way to connect, to feel a little less alone.”

As a citizen of the United States, these past 12 months have been heavy, not just due to the pandemic, but also with the political divide and the racial injustice of the murders of George Floyd, Breaonna Taylor and others. It has been strange and confusing to have stay at home orders, masks and social distancing recommendations along with protests and demonstrations.

My hope is that with the pandemic calming down and someone less inflammatory at the helm, we can move into healing. It’s going to take a lot of work. A lot of compassion, listening, compromise, and seeking common ground… or higher ground.

I find myself feeling tired as I write this. There are bursts of energy when things get done, but maybe it’s a tired that comes with age. Still, my personal life has not been bad. I’m the oldest one in my family – my parents and siblings are deceased. Even Aunt Ruth in Wisconsin crossed over last year after a full life into her 90s. I am thankful not to have to worry about my parents anymore and feel for those who do. I am thankful to have the luxury of time and the freedom to study my father’s letters from Vietnam, and to write and paint.

Staying at home doesn’t bother me, except that I have not seen my granddaughter, son and daughter in law since October. I miss the mountains. It was in October that I last visited the mountains and first brought mama cat home from the church. She has kept me company when David is at his woodshop, and she has become much less feral.

Mama Cat has a plate of food.
She wants attention while I’m trying to write.

Having a cat has been a big change after being a dog person for so long. The pandemic and people not being at church much was one of two factors that led me to bringing her home. The other factor was the abduction of her daughter, Gray, in June. I still go to the church once per week to see if Gray has shone up, but I don’t think this is likely. I talk to Saint Francis and pray my hopes and thanksgivings.

St. Francis with last year’s hydrangeas

Not going to church and choir practice is probably the biggest change in my personal life. We do zoom church and I’ve sung and played a little guitar for that, because music is my favorite part of church. My voice is way out of shape when it comes to singing anything challenging. My friend Anne, who is in her 80s and teaches singing, is helping me with that. I’m thankful to have had both vaccines, in spite of the side effects, I’m glad to have a little more confidence if I do want to go out. I’ll still wear a mask and avoid crowds.

Hopefully we won’t have as much to protest or demonstrate for or against for a while. Maybe things will calm down and justice will grow. Maybe we humans will wake up, bridge the divides, and focus on healing Mother Earth as we celebrate diversity in all it’s beauty and strength.

Thank you to our host, Linda Hill for the consistency of SoCS through the year.

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Thursday Tree Love: At the Dentist

“Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” John Muir

At the dentist

As yesterday’s dental appointment approached, I became more apprehensive. I’ve always had a fear of needles and knew I’d have to be numbed for the work I needed on my tooth. Dr. Plage’s reassurance helped. He told me exactly what he was going to do and honored my request to talk about his waterfall photo as a distraction during the numbing shot. It wasn’t that bad. The view through the window also helped ease my tension.

I’ve been going to this dental office for many years and have always appreciated the natural setting of pines and young magnolia trees. Any urban office or business park that keeps lots of trees around gets extra points in my book. Medical and dental offices especially need trees nearby.

During the extensive drilling into my tooth, I constantly reminded myself to relax the tightness in my neck, jaw and shoulders. When we got to take a break, the trees were still there, ever green, life-giving, and lovely, waiting on the other side of the window. After my procedure I walked around the building (discreetly and with permission) to take more photos of the trees and landscaping.
Here’s some of what I saw around the dentist’s office building located within the city. The trees have been there for years. I hope they remain. You can click on any picture to see it enlarged.

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Good News Tuesday for March 9, 2021: New CDC Guidelines, Vaccine Collaboration, Fighting Cancer, and Making a Difference

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Vaccine Collaboration, New Guidelines, and Hugs

The CDC has issued new guidelines endorsing people who have been fully vaccinated to socialize with more freedom. This means if you and your grandparent have been fully vaccinated, you can hug away! The CDC still does not endorse travel. Please read details from Good Morning America.
In related news, Merck pharmaceuticals is helping Johnson and Johnson expand production of their new single -dose vaccine.
Here’s more from US President Joe Biden:(after a brief commercial)

Individualized Cancer Treatment

Oncologist Robert Nagourneytest’s system of personalized medicine determines which drug or drug combination defeats each patient’s individual tumors or fluid in the lab before giving the medication to the patient. His work has shown success according to this article from the Good News Network.

Recognition of Paralyzed Man Collecting Plastic from Boat Makes a Difference in His Life

N. S. Rajappa lost the use of his legs due to polio at the age of five. Now, the elderly gentleman drags his small boat into the Vembanad Lake in India to pluck plastic bottles from the water. If he fills his boat, he makes about 17 cents per day. It’s enough for a meal, and he likes helping the environment. Since Nandu Ks shared his photo of N. S. Rajappan collecting plastic in his boat, donations have started to help make Rajappa’s life a little easier with a motorized boat, chair, and a plan for a new dwelling. See the photo and read the story from the Good News Network. In addition, I found a video that also helped with the donations.

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SoCS: Buttercups!

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is “butter.”

We are not going to write about, wait, who’s we? Me and the cat? She’s not interested in writing. She just wants to cuddle since she hid most of the day yesterday in the bedroom where maybe she was trapped. I don’t know. But I don’t want to write about the first thing that popped into my head, the butter in the refrigerator and object of my cheating in my endeavors to be vegan for lent. I’d rather write about the second thing that popped into my head:

Buttercup!

Photo of buttercups my daughter, Ayla, took in the mountains

Then, I thought of Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride and found this commentary about how she is not just a typical, helpless, fairy tale princess. She is not in love with the prince. She loves to ride her horse. It made me like her more. I didn’t realize until recently that the same woman who played Princess Buttercup, played Jenny in Forest Gump. Back to the commentary.

Horses and freedom. My horse phase was more than a phase. I actually had my own horse in my twenties. I miss horses. And the beach. But there’s no reason I know of that we can’t go back to the things we love in some way or other – if it’s meant to be, we will find a way. Trust the Timing.

Spring is coming. With buttercups!

That was way more fun that writing about my awful side effects from Moderna 1 and 2. But that is over and done with, and I’m very glad. I survived, and I’m thankful for my strong immune reaction.

Buttercups! Daisies! Roses! Orchids!

Check out the orchids and other flowers blooming in time lapse from Nat Geo! They even have fairy tale like music to go with the images of Princess Bride riding her horse. That’s my stream of consciousness for this Saturday.

But wait!

I forgot all about sharing that commercial where they sing the buttercup song. Can I have three videos in one post? Let’s see! I’m not promoting the product. I just love TV commercials that use old songs like this. I’d totally be singing with her if I was in the store. It doesn’t matter that the lyrics are sorta sad. It’s got a good beat and it’s easy to sing to.

For more on Stream of Consciousness Saturday, like rules and stuff, visit our host, Linda Hill at the link below!

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 6, 2021 | (lindaghill.com)


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One-Liner Wednesday: Jesus and Socialism

“Jesus Christ actually “out-socialized” the socialists. He said that in His kingdom the greatest one would be the servant of all (see Matthew 23:11).”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

Wikipedia describes Oswald Chambers as a “Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional My Utmost for His Highest, where this quote comes from in the reading for February 25. He often rubs me the wrong way with his stern language. But my small weekly study group likes his devotional, and every now and then, Oswald Chambers offers an interesting surprise. Even someone we don’t agree with much might have something that appeals to us, and we can disagree with even our favorite leaders.

One-liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda G. Hill. For more one-liners and related guidelines, visit:

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Good News Tuesday for March 2, 2021: Helper Drives from NJ to Texas, Weed-eating Goats, and Solar Power for Light and Clean Water in Chile

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Plumber Drives 22 Hours with Family to Help after Texas Snowstorm

Andrew Mitchell drove from New Jersey to Texas with his wife, Kisha Pinnock, their 2-year-old son Blake, and Kisha’s brother, Isaiah to help make plumbing repairs after the unusual snowstorm in Texas. Read more about it from CNN.

Sustainable Farm Uses Goats instead of Herbicide

A sustainable farm in Tom’s Creek, Australia uses goats instead of toxic herbicides to control unwanted weeds. Read about it here.

An Ingenious Invention Brings Light and Water

People living along Chile’s coastline have a shortage of affordable electricity and fresh water. A designer in New Zealand invented a system to work with what they have: an abundance of salt water and sunshine. Here’s the fascinating story:

You can read more about the design project and designer Henry Glogau, from this story in the Good News Network.

(In my personal good news, I have 95% recovered from Moderna vaccine # 2. It was a rough couple of days, but I’m thankful to have such a strong, active immune system.)

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WATWB: 10 Year Old Removes Snow from Cars at a Hospital

Ten-Year-Old Christian Stone and his mom removed snow from cars in hospital parking lot. What I like about this story is that it’s about an young person, an ordinary person, but not so ordinary, doing something extraordinary.

We Are The World Blogfest is monthly event started by author Damyanti Biswas to share good news happening around the world in an effort to diminish the impact of negative news. For more information, visit:

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