A Wonderful World

This was on Facebook.

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Based in Sweden

 June 27 at 9:03 PM 

And I think to myself what a wonderful world!

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Just one example of the beauty all around us, that God has given us. When I first saw this picture, I myself thought the same thing as in the comment above, “What A Wonderful World.” and that it’s amazing when you stop to think of the many things that God has given us. The reflection off of the water makes it even that much more beautiful.

 

COVID-19 And Nursing Homes

This was on Facebook. This is important information both for people with parents or other family members, or other loved ones, already in nursing homes, and those who may have parents or other family members, or other loved ones, in a nursing home in the not too distant future.

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AARP Urges Lawmakers to Better Protect Nursing Homes from Coronavirus

Facilities need better testing, protective gear, virtual visitation and more transparency and accountability

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Two-thirds of coronavirus-related deaths in metropolitan Phoenix have occurred in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, AARP’s Arizona director on Thursday told members of a House of Representatives subcommittee examining how COVID-19 has affected such facilities in similar ways all across the country.

“AARP has heard from thousands of people all across the country whose loved ones – their mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and dear friends – lost their lives in nursing homes,” Dana Marie Kennedy told the House Ways and Means Committee’s health subcommittee. “We are deeply alarmed by the rising death toll and the continued lack of urgent action. Much more is needed now to protect residents, staff, their loved ones and the surrounding communities from this disease.”

Kennedy was one of seven witnesses to testify during a virtual subcommittee hearing on how the coronavirus has had an impact on nursing homes. Nationwide, more than 50,000 nursing home residents have succumbed to COVID-19, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kennedy shared AARP’s five-point plan for helping to stem the continued loss of life and improve conditions in the nation’s long-term care facilities. The points are:

  • Ensuring access to adequate personal protective equipment and testing
  • Ensuring adequate staff and the ability of long-term care ombudsmen to have access to the facility
  • Requiring transparency of COVID-19 data, including cases at a facility, transfer and discharge rights, and how nursing homes are using the federal relief funds they have received
  • Requiring facilities to provide residents and their families with virtual visits
  • Rejecting proposals to grant broad legal immunity to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

All of the witnesses at the hearing, which included a Texas woman who lost her brother to the virus, a licensed practical nurse as well as a researcher and advocates, said they continue to hear firsthand reports that long-term care facilities still lack the PPE they need and that testing for the virus is still lacking.

“Today we are still understaffed, overworked and don’t have enough PPE,” said Melinda Haschak, a licensed practical nurse at a Connecticut nursing home. Haschak, a single mother, said she frequently has had to unknowingly care for residents who tested positive for the coronavirus and when she contracted the illness she had to isolate herself from her two teenage daughters and ailing sister.

Haschak said she was grateful for donations of food to her and her coworkers as well as the occasional pizza party. But, she said, “I do not need a pizza party, we need PPE.”

David Grabowski, a professor at the Harvard Medical School, said testing in nursing homes is still not adequate. “Until we get rapid and accurate testing for all staff and residents, we won’t be able to contain COVID,” Grabowski said. “This can’t be just a one-off. We need a surveillance program that regularly tests staff and residents in order to identify new cases as they emerge.”

Delia Satterwhite, whose brother died in an Austin, Texas, nursing home from the coronavirus, said after the facility called her on March 13 to say she could no longer visit, she was not able to have any contact with him except the occasional visit through a window. “The worst part is that he died alone,” Satterwhite said emotionally. Her brother died on April 16. “I should have been with him,” she said.

Kennedy also urged Congress to require virtual visitation. “In America, when the technology to facilitate virtual visits is not only abundant, but increasingly affordable, it is nothing short of a scandal that these visits are still not available on a regular basis to many Americans in these facilities,” she said.

What Is The The Future For The Star Spangled Banner?

This was on Facebook.

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Calls for the Star Spangled Banner to be scrapped as the U.S. National Anthem
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Calls for the Star Spangled Banner to be scrapped as the U.S. National Anthem
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It is hard for me to believe that America is stooping so low as to scrap the Star Spangled Banner as our National Anthem. We are a country that was founded FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM NOT FROM RELIGION. We are not a communist country, SO WHY IS EVERY MENTION OF RELIGION, GOD, JESUS OR HEAVEN BEING ERASED FROM OUR LIVES?????? Are the forces that be turning us little by little to communism?
Is this for real?

MY VOICE ON ABORTION

The picture is from Facebook, a partial birth abortion. The written comment is from me. They can call it abortion all they want to, but it is out and out MURDER. That is a full term baby, but because it hasn’t taken a breath outside the womb, it’s called an abortion. CALL IT WHAT IT IS, ABORTION!!!!!!!!!

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  • They can call it abortion all they want to, but it is out and out MURDER. That is a full term baby, but because it hasn’t taken a breath outside the womb, it’s called an abortion. CALL IT WHAT IT IS, ABORTION!!!!!!!!!

Grandparents Face Separation Anxiety During Coronavirus

This was on my Facebook. The article was focused on the anxiety that grandparents are going through due to the separation from their grandchildren during the COVID-19 quarantine. The article brings out many good points about the anxiety that is suffered. But the anxiety that is suffered, is not only by grandparents and grandchildren, but also by aunts and uncles and their nieces and nephews, and parents and children, if the children have already left home due to marriage or continued education. So if by chance you are some other relative besides a grandparent, just substitute what your relationship is with the child/children, every time the article mentions grandparents.

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Grandparents Face Separation Anxiety During Coronavirus

Driveway visits, video chats sub for real-time bonding

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Gloria Warnicki’s family room is set up to entertain her grandchildren. Until recently, they spent endless weekends at her Darien, Illinois, home, mostly in this room full of toys, art supplies and coloring books.

But the room has been still since stay-at-home orders were enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus. No weekend sleepovers with “Gigi,” the name her 10 grandchildren call her. No more trips to the ice cream parlor or Barnes & Noble. Instead, they see each other over Zoom video chat, or wave from the car.

“I miss feeling them, holding those little hands,” says Warnicki, 72, an office administrator whose four grown children live in the greater Chicago area, close enough for Warnicki to play an active role in their lives. Until lately.

“I don’t want them to lose that feeling of wanting to be with me and wanting to spend time with me.”

— Gloria Warnicki

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the daily lives of Americans, and for many of the country’s 70 million grandparents, contact with young grandchildren has been cut off. Older Americans have a higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19, and children may be asymptomatic carriers. So intimate relationships have been frozen in time, leaving grandparents longing for a connection they once took for granted.

“Grandparents are these enormously important attachment figures,” says psychiatrist Alan Schlechter, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University Langone Health. Though families worry the separation could weaken the bond between grandparent and grandchild, Schlechter does not see a significant risk. “Children are not going to forget loving grandparents,” he says. “That’s not the way human brains work.”

The bond may be lasting, but childhood is not. Children grow quickly, and an older grandparent may see the clock ticking. “If you’re in your 60s, late 70s, and say, ‘When am I going to see my grandchildren again?,’ that’s a legitimate question,” says Adi Loebl, a family and geriatric psychiatrist and chief medical officer at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City.

Warnicki, who has hypertension, is worried about the health risk her grandchildren pose to her and her 92-year-old mother, a cancer survivor with hypertension, who is staying with her. So Warnicki sees her grandchildren over Zoom. Her 7-year-old grandson, Sebastian, plays his drums, guitar and keyboard for her over the internet. The videos help, but they’re no substitute for babysitting him after school every Friday. “We used to do puzzles and games. We used to spin Beyblades [a toy],” she says. “He misses that kind of closeness.”

To keep her grandchildren engaged, she calls them daily, asking pointed questions about their friends and schoolwork. “I don’t want them to lose that feeling of wanting to be with me and wanting to spend time with me,” she says.

Occasionally, Warnicki drives by her children’s homes to visit from the driveway. Once, she wore a coat backward, creating a barrier to give her granddaughter a hug. “You want to cry. You just don’t realize how important that is,” Warnicki says. “My granddaughter, she didn’t want to let go, and when she did let go, she stood back and she was crying and I was crying.”

Medical experts see such outdoor encounters as relatively safe. Small children “are short, so they’re at your knees. A quick hug. What can you do?” says geriatrician Caroline Blaum, director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at NYU Langone Health, who suggests washing hands after the embrace.

For grandparents who live far from their grandchildren, the start of summer has meant canceling family gatherings. Barbara Mitcho, 70, a retired school nurse in Glassboro, New Jersey, doubts her three oldest grandchildren will be able to visit for a week as they usually do. And she recently canceled a summer vacation rental on the Jersey Shore, where she and her husband, Carmen Mitcho, 72, had planned to gather with their two sons and their families.

But Mitcho’s relationship with her 6-year-old granddaughter in North Carolina, Mary Wynn, has taken an unexpected turn. Mary now contacts her grandmother daily over Messenger Kids, a communications app. “She called me at 7 in the morning and she said, ‘Do you want to help me pick out what I’m going to wear today?’” Mitcho says.

The calls can’t replace a visit, but “this is new — the fact that she feels comfortable to do that with me,” Mitcho says. “I do look forward to the calls.”

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I do not have any children of my own due to a disease or condition called endometriosis. I had to have surgery when I was 30. Also, I live in a different state from any of my family, and do not own a car. All of my grandparents have passed on. That being said, the titles that I can claim are; daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and aunt. With living in a different state from any other family, I have had to substitute for any contact with family by being close friends to many people with children, where I live.

I have been ecstatic to babysit for them anywhere from a few hours to a few days. But every time any article focuses on grandparents, I have felt a huge vacant place in my heart, and have even had tears to well up in my eyes and run down my cheeks. There is no way I can understand why people like myself cannot be included in references about children and grownups relationships to them. We have just as much love for the relationship that we have with the children as the grandparents do with their relationships to their grandchildren.

There are some friends that have their children affectionately refer to me as Grandma Bonnie, and I love it. There are some that I could not love anymore than what I already do if they were my actual grandchildren, and some that even call  me Mom. But nowhere do I ever see it mentioned that there is any kind of recognition for the anxiety that people like myself suffer, for these others, that we love as if they actually were whatever kin to us.

Love Your Mother

This was on Facebook. This notice is so correct, but it goes for every person you are kin to, every person that you love, every person that makes you happy, in other words everybody you know. Life is short. Live it to the fullest. Once the light that belongs to anybody that you know, goes out, it goes out for ever.

There are some other people that tell me that I say “I love you.” to too many people and that I say it too much. It is my personal belief that every time you talk to one of the people that you love, you should end by saying, “I love you.” even before saying “Good Bye.” And if it’s someone you love quite a bit, it isn’t wrong to say, “I love you more than you know.” I do this most of the time when I just make comments on their Facebook posts.

You may be wondering why I do this. The answer is that NOBODY, AND I MEAN NOBODY, BUT GOD, KNOWS WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO DIE.

At this point in my life, I am in my late 60’s, and all of my Great Aunts and Great Uncles are deceased, and all of my Uncles on my Mother’s side are deceased. I’m not too sure about my Father’s side. My Father is also deceased. There have also been numerous, too many to count, friends that are deceased. All of the rest of my family lives in different states.

I have lived where I am for 46 years. There is no way to say an exact number of times that I have heard different friends, and even strangers, say after someone’s passing, “I should have told him/her how much I loved him/her.” Some of the times the statement did not have the words “how much”, but just “that I loved him/her.” (at all), “years ago”. After hearing it so much, I reached a point that I said to myself, “I don’t care how much they get annoyed with it, I’m going to at least try to let “whomever”  know that I love them.

When I am told that I say “I love you” too much, I slow it down a little, but still never quit saying it to them. Saying “I love you.” is so important to me, that I even say it in my sleep. Once the person’s light goes out, it will never come back on, so my advice to everybody is that if you love somebody. let them know it. Even if you are angry with each other, swallow your pride and let them know. Even if they get upset with you again, at least you will go to bed with a clear conscience knowing that you told them, even if they did not say it back. You will go to sleep feeling good about it, instead of thinking “if (whomever) dies tonight, or if I die tonight, I know that I told the ones that I love, that I do love them, and not to forget it.

Here I will say, I’m sorry for repeating the same thing in so many different ways, but at least you can tell just how important this is to me, and hopefully now it is to you too.

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I miss her every day.

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Please Pray For This Family

This was on my Facebook May 25, 2020.

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Please take a moment a pray for this sweet young man.. This is just so sad on a day that wad supposed to be filled with joy.. 😢

Fleming County parents killed in crash on the way home from son’s high school graduation.

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Posted at 8:35 AM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 1:31 PM, May 25, 2020

FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two Fleming County parents were killed in a car crash on Saturday after leaving their son’s high school graduation.

Also in the car were two of their sons, who are recovering at UK Hospital.

Kentucky State Police say the crash that killed Nancy and Lyndon Barnett happened near the intersection of KY-599 and KY-11.

Dalton Barnett is their youngest son and had just finished getting his diploma at his social distancing graduation celebration when the crash happened on their way home.

Dalton’s principal, Stephanie Emmons says this tragedy is felt not only in the school but throughout the entire community, “being from a tight-knit community any kind of tragedy doesn’t just impact a small portion of the community, it impacts all of us.”

Dalton was one of the first grads to walk across the stage, his mother, Nancy, wore a shirt that read “some people wait their entire lives to meet their inspiration, I raised mine.”

Emmons says Dalton has plans to join the military after graduation.

Dalton and his older brother, Michael, are being treated at UK Hospital.

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To all of my readers, any of you that are praying people, please pray for this young man and the rest of his family, especially his brothers that are being treated at UK Hospital.

This young man and his brothers have a long way to go, and no parents to help to guide them when they need encouragement.

Also, please put this family on the prayer list at your individual Churches.The more prayers the better. Besides, prayers never hurt anybody. Thank you for joining me in my praying for them at the same time as some of you may be praying for them also.

Old-timer’s Situations

This was from Facebook.

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When you are on a diet, and you go into a bakery, this is the reply you may receive if you actually did ask that question. I can picture it in my mind now. But, I guess it could have been worse. The lady behind the counter could have said, “I’ll fill a bag with our sweet smelling air, and you can imagine you are about to eat one of the goodies, that you can’t have on a diet.”

Growing Up With Technological Advancements

Reaching the magical age of six years old was something that I looked forward to from about three years old and in Primary Sunday School Classes at Church. My older brother is one year older than I am, and therefore started school one year before I did. Needless to say, I wanted to go to school too, but kept being told that I wasn’t old enough to go to school.

There was no such thing as Preschool, or Kindergarten. That was to come nine years later that a child could go to private Preschool and/or Kindergarten. Public Kindergarten in Virginia didn’t come until the mid to late 60s.

Before that, I would gather the 4 and 5 year olds and we would go to my house, where I would teach them their alphabet, their numbers, their colors, and their basic shapes. For teaching them, I would make their alphabet letters by putting dashes for the shapes of the letters and they would trace over them. The same would be done with their numbers, and I would just hold up items with the different shapes and different colors for them to identify.

There was no such thing as a cell phone, they were all equipped with a dial pad that had a plastic disc with individual open circles for each of the nine numbers, and the phone lines were called party lines and were shared by four or five different families. It would be several years later before the numbers were on individual squares and each one had a different tone that it made when you pressed it down to select it.

Televisions were black and white pictures until 1969 when the first color television came out for the public to be ale to purchase. There were three basic channels ABC, CBS, NBC, a government channel and a public service channel. Television service went off the air at midnight to one o’clock in the morning, and did not come back on until six to seven o’clock in the morning. Profanity, nudity, and sexuality were not allowed. Shows with a husband and a wife made the husband and wife sleep in separate twin beds. There were no walk men, no CD players, no cassette tapes with cassette players. Most radios had only AM on them, there was no such thing as AM/FM radios until the mid to late 60s.

There were no digital cameras. You had to use rolls of film that had to be threaded into the camera after 20 to 24 pictures, and there were no automatic flashes in the cameras, individual flash bulbs had to be put into the flash attachment. Later came Flash Cubes with four sides that had a bulb in each side. Each individual roll of film had to be developed, or put onto picture thick paper. Then came cameras that used little automatic rolls of film in a little cassette roll of film. Now there are digital cameras with little SD cards with different amounts of memory on them. When they are full, you load them onto your computer and save them on your disk drive or save them into one of the many memory clouds that are out there.

Having computers at home were unheard of, and when they did come out, only rich people could afford to purchase them. The manual typewriters were replaced with automatic ones that plugged into a regular electric socket. That was the nearest thing to a computer that most normal people could ever even hope to purchase. Most recorded music was on records. Circular discs made of vinyl, came in three different sizes, with the music being on groves in the vinyl. Now the music comes out of your computer or from a MP3 player where you recorded what music you want to hear, from your other CD’s and real live concerts, if it’s allowed.

Posting about all of the changes that I have lived through could go on for several more hours. But I’m going to stop here and say that thanks to modern day technological advances, news can be reported within minutes of its’ happening, thanks to Drones, powerful cameras, and super fast internet services.

 

Midland Flood Of 2020

This was on Facebook. Being able to see things like this by way of a Drone is fascinating. But at the same time, when it’s about something like a fire or a flood, or any other “Act Of God”, they are heart breaking as well. When you stop to really think about technology, it can almost blow your mind away.

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