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The Only Real Coup d’état in US History

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The Prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ght.” Find a word that contains the letters “ght” in that order, and use it any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use three or more different words containing those letters. Have fun!    (From Linda G. Hill)

The Stream:

Fight or flight. I’m Sooooooo glad I’m not in that mode much anymore. It can be addicting and distracting from what we really need to focus on. But sometimes, it is warranted, a matter of survival.

In 1898 in the city I live in, the only successful coup d’état in US history took place.  People had to run for their lives because of the color of their skin. Yesterday, I attended a ceremony to unveil a historical marker to to remember what took place.

1898 Memorial Marker

It was surprisingly cold yesterday at the ceremony. But there was a good crowd. Ten names were read of the people who were known to be murdered in the coup. But we will never know how many people were killed.

Why is it important that we remember this coup, sometimes called a massacre? We need to know it happened to understand the history of our city, to understand the pain passed on through generations, and work to not let it happen again.

In 1898, Wilmington was a model city of restoration. African American owned businesses flourished as did diversity in government and the press. I imagine a city, a country, a world, where we work together and cooperatively in diversity and peace.

I thought I was going to write about my own move toward peace. I guess that’s where it starts. At least we need to work toward inner peace as we work toward peace with others.  We can do both.  It’s not always smooth, in reality, it can be hard work, but peace is possible.

You can read more about yesterday’s ceremony and the history here.

There is also an excellent novel, Cape Fear Rising, including the history which I read a few years ago.

I just want to add, getting back to “fight or flight,” that the African Americans involved in the 1898 massacre did not fight, they did not riot, they mostly fled for their lives. Now, there are different ways of fighting racism and injustice so that we can move forward together in peace and diversity.

The Info:

For more on SoCS, visit our host, Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/11/08/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-9-19/

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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Good News Tuesday: Diversity, Salt Battery, Therapy Dogs, and a Good Catch

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Diversity Growing at West Point

This year, West Point Military Academy graduates it’s largest class of black women ever!

 

Salt Battery Offers a New Form of Alternative Energy

This story from Associated Press explains how a special type of salt (quicklime) releases large amounts of heat when exposed to water. “The pilot  project in Berlin can currently store enough energy to heat about 100 large houses.”  One advantage to this type of renewable energy is that it does not depend on weather.

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Parkland Students Honor Therapy Dogs

CNN and others report that the dogs who helped students after the Marjorie Douglas Stoneman high school shooting have been given their own yearbook page. I like that they’re giving these helper dogs the recognition they deserve.

See their pics and read about it here.

Grabbed In the Nick of Time

This NY bus driver is paying close attention.  We all need to pay close attention to school buses and their lights.

Got good news?

Please share in the comments!


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Good News Tuesday: Diversity, An Inspiring Teenager, A Teacher’s Support, and Animals

Diversity in the Oscars

Though I don’t watch movies much these days, I was happy to see progress in this year’s Academy Awards recognizing and celebrating diversity.

A New House

John Hudson Dilgen was born with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare skin condition that brings challenges like open wounds, pain, sensitivity to cold, and limited mobility.  In one video, his father said 50 to 70 % of John’s body has no skin on it. His family asked the Tunnels to Towers Program if they would build a bath tub in their kitchen. Instead, they got a whole new “Smart Home.” John’s gratitude in the following video is very moving. In watching other videos with John, I was impressed by his maturity, intelligence, humor, and caring personality.

Homeless Dog Becomes a Star and Moves in with Trainer

Shelby was a stray digging for food in a Tennessee Landfill near heavy traffic when an animal control officer found her. With her friendly personality, she was happy to get in the truck. Shelby’s adoption photo was spotted by Teresa Ann Miller, an experienced dog trainer looking for a dog to play “Bella” in the movie, A Dog’s Way Home.  The movie is based on a novel who’s author “insisted that the canine actor be a rescue dog in order to properly advocate for the novel’s message.”  Ms. Miller found Shelby’s temperament and intelligence to be perfect. Shelby now lives with her trainer and works as a therapy dog.

 

Kindergarten Teacher Cuts Her Own Hair to Support Student

After five year old Priscilla had to get her  hair cut, other students made fun of her. They said she looked like a boy. She felt school wasn’t fun anymore and started to wear a hat all the time. Over Christmas break, her teacher, Ms. Grimm cut her hair waist-length hair short like Priscilla’s to support her student.

Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Populations Recovering in US

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Image from NOAA via Global Citizen

 

“When animal habitats are protected, animals tend to thrive.”

Global Citizen reports on research published in January showing the positive effect of the US Endangered Species Act (which may be in danger.) “A team of researchers looked at 31 marine populations and found that the populations of 78% of marine mammals and 75% of sea turtles rebounded after receiving protections under the law.”

Read More: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/sea-turtle-populations-increase/?mc_cid=bdfb9d403e&mc_eid=16420dc8f1

 

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Got good news? Please feel free to share in the comments!

It can be global, local, or personal.


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Finding Common Ground

These four year old girls understand that they are more alike than different.

Aren’t we all?

What might the world be like if we learned to recognize the vastness of our common ground while cherishing our diversity?

 

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In other good news, today is my birthday! I’ve been breathing air on this beautiful planet for 62 years.  My how time flies! I hope to go for a walk this afternoon and get pad thai and basil rolls for dinner tonight tonight. 🙂

What’s your good news? Feel free to share in the comments.


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One Family

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“We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”

Pope Francis

 

I don’t want to be color blind.

Our souls were made

to see many colors.

A world of sameness

would be boring and weak.

We may disagree.

We may argue,

But we need each other.

We were created

with two eyes

to reflect beauty in each other,

two ears

to hear familiar lullabies,

one brain

to understand,

one mouth

to speak kindness,

one heart

to love one another.

We must learn to cherish diversity,

appreciate differences,

listen to each other,

to find the harmonies,

and work together

for Peace.

 

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Top photo: crayons-623067_640 from Pixabay. Who knows who took the Flesh one?


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Opportunities

“I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter,

how they’re experts at letting things go.”

                                                                                          Jeffrey McDaniel.

Tree in Winter Sunset by Ayla

Connecticut Sunset Across the Thames by JoAnne Silvia

 

What if God made trees to teach us about letting go, and staying grounded?

What if water was created not just to quench our thirst,

but to teach us to go with the flow?

What if mountains are here to teach us to stand firm?

Birds and bees to teach us to sing and hum?

Do you think God made us different colors and shapes

to teach us tolerance, so we would learn to cooperate?

Or does God just like diversity?

Whether Grand Design or natural selection,

or the grand design of natural selection,

We are offered opportunities to learn.

I hope we learn soon.