Hope….

Is a powerful, motivational “thing.”

We have all been through so much in the last year; we have seen a virus ravage our way of life, we have seen governments fall and rise and genocides, explosions, weird weather events and more.  Yet, we have also seen the very best of humanity and nature - so many of you stepped up to help others facing food insecurity and shortages.  Others made masks and accessories.  Some of you gave of your time in ways no news media outlet will ever report.  Thank you for reminding us that there is always something we can do.

Hope is around the corner.  We cannot slide into complicity - our health and safety must come first because without that, our economies will not matter.  Once we are out of the proverbial woods, there is much reconciliation needed. Not just in the way in which we see people but in terms of how we live our lives.  Stay strong, stay blessed, stay safe and stay within Hope.  Remember that hope takes root where it is planted, watered and nurtured.  

Keep taking care of each other.  We are indeed each other's keepers, as Covid has shown us. God bless, be kind, and please go plant some trees.  

Treason? Civil War? Take your pick?

Hey Readers!

Do you remember a couple of months ago when I wrote:

“Professors, former members of President Obama’s staff and journalists have been warning us since last year: the far-right domestic terrorist groups have been emboldened by the OB (orange buffoon) and have been ramping up activities, both online and in public. If OB loses, and refuses to hand over power, what happens?’

And…

“What do you do when there is a baby bully in a position of power and has, arguably, the largest platform for change available, and he is refusing to “get out of the crib” without disrupting everything around it?”

Image Courtesy of NBC News

Did you really think I was blowing smoke?

WHY DID IT TAKE THE MILITARY AND NATIONAL GUARD SO LONG TO MOBILIZE??

You have known for months, weeks, days and have absolutely no excuse whatsoever to say “we didn’t know” or “we didn’t think this would happen.” Really?

You know this behaviour is tantamount to Treason. And the last time I checked, Treason was punishable by death in the good ole U.S. of A.

If this were the Black Lives Matters protestors, (who quite frankly know better), we would be having a very different conversation and you would be reading a profanity-laced, insult-ridden blog about the Orange Buffoon and his cronies.

Oh wait – I forgot, the very fact that I call him the Orange Buffoon is insulting in and of itself.

Sorry not sorry. There are no other words for an over-indulged, not-spanked-enough-megalomaniacal, nihilistic, spoilt-brute-of-a-child-ignoramus-bigoted-racist who behaves as though the world owes him a favour and he won’t stop till he gets what he wants.

Nor will he stop until he has destroyed the process and functionality of democracy and delegitimized honest folk who voted their consciences.

2020: The Year that Wasn’t

2020  – the year that wasn’t

When the year began, I really felt like something was off.  It didn’t feel like the possibilities were there for the year I had envisioned.   And then,

Kobi and Gigi and friends died. So many of us cried. I grew up watching you Mamba – you and Shaq and all that drama! Felt like I lost a friend.  Again. The corona virus came calling, but China was stalling. The WHO announced early, but people hardly any paid attention. Australia was on fire.  The country burned, people died, so did koalas.  And that was only the beginning.

Megs and Harry left “the firm” for private life.  The Brits skewered them and created strife.  Now, they’re in America, and can say what they like. They tried to impeach Trump but he was acquitted.  (Sigh) But Parasite won the Oscars and ram-don took over social media.  An asshole was convicted of rape and sexual assault – finally he was found at fault.

By spring, the virus grew and grew. The whole world stood still; Mother nature began to repair herself, because we let her be. The world was quiet; empty streets the hallmark of the weeks.

The economy tanked and wall street sank.  This was an incredible time. Black Lives Matter Protests happened everywhere.  I was in awe of how many people came out to march, peacefully, quietly, in strength and resolute determination of finding justice. 

The Canada-US border was closed for the first time in eons.  Trump declared an emergency (the only smart thing he’s done) People were hoarding toilet paper, kitchen towels and yeast.  The preppers were saying “See? We told you!”

Zoom took off.  And crashed.  And took off again and crashed again…laptops sold out and online learning became “a thing.” Some Governments began spending, others were in Denial. Climate change is a hoax some said. So was the Wuhan virus. Wimbledon was cancelled, so were many sports.  That left many of us feeling out of sorts.  They cancelled the Olympics too.  Alas, no world records and tricks.

Humanity witnessed the masses of seniors dying; yet the best of us stepped up at 7:00pm every night to cheer on and thank frontline and essential workers for their sacrifices.

Late spring saw cases of the Corona Virus rise, and we marched again and protested for Black Lives.  Because they Matter.  We asked for justice for George Floyd and Breona Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.  We reminded people to “say their names.”  We’re still waiting for Justice.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in a BLM protest in Ottawa and Joe Biden won the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States.  The numbers of people suffering from Corona Virus seemed to drop, right before they began to skyrocket and pop.  Except in New Zealand.  Beijing was back in lock down and the numbers were crazy.

For Boko Haram, this was a banner year. How many times are they going to get away with stealing children and turning them into child brides or soldiers and calling themselves religious?! This is non-sensical.

China and India had a fight.  Then China went and passed a stupid law.  There is a flaw to certain reasoning friends.  I don’t believe in countries to whom all loyalty is owed only to the state.  

Meanwhile, in Canada, certain residents are living under boiled water advisories. In 2020. In a developed country.  Where 20% of all freshwater resources exist.  Yet, these Neskatanga residents can’t catch a break.  Twenty-five years and they can’t use their taps.   I mean what the what??

We watched the NBA in the Bubble.  In the isolated, separated bubble.  Some sports were cancelled, others reinstated in bubbles.  Concerts, galas and more were postponed till 2021 or 2022.  More to see, more to do.  Kind of makes me feel like 2022 is full of possibilities…. New realities….

We saw royalty abdicate in other parts of the world, and a massive explosion ruin what was left of Beirut.  In India, things got tense.  And in Japan, politics were changing. Rearranging.

The fall brought with it the death of a giant – RBG.  Rest in peace superwoman! And no justice for another.  Say her name.  Say her name.  Say her name.  More people contracting and dying of corona virus, more covidiots ruling their roosts and making it harder for the rest of us to see our families.

You idiots who think wearing a mask is an infringement of your constitutional rights, crack a book!! It is not.  It protects others from the asymptomatic spreaders amongst you.  You don’t get to decide for the rest of us whose lives are valuable and whose are not.  

The late fall brought war to Armenia and Azerbaijan while Poland was protesting.  Early November brought a change in the US Political system.  Historic voter turnout and the number of votes cast, clearly outlined the deeply divided American public. Yet, they elected the first BIPOC female vice president!  And, the first US President who was elected with more than 80 million votes. (Not to mention the oldest US President.) But at least he’s one of the good guys!

Please America, never again, ever, elect a buffoon or former actor for your president. They really don’t work out well.

We’ve seen strange weather events and said goodbye to so many people. If this Pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is precious and fleeting and fragile. So it pays to go the extra mile and wear a damned mask! For many, this is an easy task. Yet, for some of you, it’s still too much to do.

We saw the Raptors in the Bubble. They came, they saw but didn’t conquer. (Next time baby!)

I am hopeful for the coming year because this time, it feels different; not just because the vaccines are rolling out. I’m hopeful that by the end of the year, we may be able to travel for the holidays again and see each other and hug each other and make human contact again.

And maybe even in 2022, we’ll stand by each other again in a crowded stadium watching our favourite artist(s) or athletes put on a great show. But to get there, we need to get through here. And here requires a mask and sanitizer and hand washing.

On that note, Happy New Year to all of you. Stay safe and blessed. Take good care of each other.

Election 2020: A New Legacy?

Finally, America!

After what seems like decades being ruled by the Orange Buffoon, You made a great choice, with record-breaking voter turn out and record breaking numbers of votes cast!

You elected someone who urged patience and calm in light of not having a decisive result; someone who relied upon democratic processes to unfold as they were designed to do.

Someone who didn’t need to manipulate national airwaves in order to clearly, and very sadly, show the world what a tiny, spoiled, autocratic nihilist he is.

The Orange Buffoon has incessantly tweeted for his followers to take to the streets – more succinctly – to the actual precincts at which the votes are being counted. He is advocating for violence because the baby doesn’t want to leave the crib.

You elected someone who realizes and appreciates that profound divisions exist in your country.  Someone who wants to sow the seeds of reparation and rebuilding, in the midst of the worst pandemic we have ever witnessed.  You elected someone other countries can and will respect.

You elected the first BIPOC female Vice President! Well done! 

You elected a more representative Vice President – one who will work for others exactly like her – because she knows precisely what it is to carry the weight of multiple cultures and still respect the country in which she lives. She does this while being an accomplished, dedicated, driven human being who believes in empowering others. 

That’s what you call educated and balanced. That, my friends, is what you call the awesome dynamism of an empowered woman.

Women are 50% of the world’s population and hold 50% of the world’s purchasing power. It makes sense to trust us in positions of leadership. 

You elected a team that wants to get this virus under control.  With 240,000+ deaths and rising, this is a mandate for survival. You chose the people who can secure that survival – from PPE supplies to financial resources, you chose your health and safety above everything else.  Smart choice. And well done to all of you who voted by mail-in-ballot!

You elected a team who believe in healing the deep divisions that exist within America; a team who are prepared to work with people who deeply disagree with them. 

You elected someone who understands that not everyone pays taxes.  There are those of you who are earning incredulous amounts of money and have never paid your fair share of the tax burden.  (The OB included.) It’s time for equilibrium.

You voted for a team who are going to rely on evidence from scientists and the medical field and front line workers and teachers.

You elected a team who don’t believe in persecuting religious minorities because a few “rotten apples” have inappropriately come to represent the billions of others. 

You elected a team who won’t spew hatred at the female members of Congress simply because they are female.

You elected a team that is going to take America back to the Kiyoto and Paris agreements  — a team who doesn’t believe that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China. Nor do they believe that tweeting at the television 24/7 and burying their heads in the sand will solve the problem.

You elected a team who believe that it’s not okay to run a campaign bus off the road, no matter your beliefs. 

You elected a president and vice president who are going to bring respect of the institution back to the White House. 

You elected a President who believes all of you deserve affordable health care.  America, I have NEVER understood your lack of wanting reasonably priced, accessible health care.  Yet, day in and day out, your complaints about how “tough things are,” are heard the world over. 

At least now you chose someone with direct experience bringing into law the affordable care act.  Another smart choice.

You believed in and voted for a team of people who know that America is a land of immigrants.  All of whom should have the right to an education and an ability to contribute to, and profit from, the “land of dreams.” They know that as immigrants, some of you face specific challenges others do not. 

They know that the NRA should answer for their lack of participation when it comes to gun control.  (By the way, if you need an assault rifle to hunt, you should give up hunting)

Finally, you elected a team of people who want to make sure you are well taken care of. 

Don’t you think it’s time for goodness?  Have the past four years, and all of 2020 not been challenging enough? It’s time to say goodbye to the OB and hello to the Biden-Harris team.

To be honest, your friends and neighbours have missed you.

Just one huge request – please, never again, allow the Orange Buffoon or his offspring, to hold any office of any kind.

Perhaps he and his wife can go decorate some trees.


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U.S. Election 2020 and the Orange Buffoon

If Donald Trump wins the next U.S. Election, will there be another American Civil War?

Does that scare you? It should…

When a sitting U.S. President refuses to denounce white supremacy, in front of a live, national and international audience, it’s tantamount to condoning the same. That he told a group to “Stand by and stand back,” when he ought to have told them to disband — because they are constitutionally illegal — should scare you. That he waited till the next day to clarify his meaning is cowardly and undignified.

We have so much going on right now. We have people, globally, dying. We are globally a sick planet. Globally, all the measures we have taken to reduce, reuse, recycle, have taken a back step to Covid. Globally, covidiots are ruling the roost and ruining things for the rest of us. This virus is unlike anything we have known in all of human history. If you haven’t taken it seriously yet, do so now please. The request that you mask up and keep your bubbles small is not a restriction or removal of your freedoms. You are being asked to do so in order to safeguard your freedoms. (also, you should read your constitution because you will learn that in times of great danger, your freedoms can be abridged and removed all together.)

We have had to come to terms with living in a racist world. Not only have we lived in it, many stood by and watched because not of all you are BIPOC. (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour.)

America and the world should wake up to the fact that the Orange Buffoon in the White House, is in fact, and in deed, a white supremacist and bigoted racist. That he paid less in taxes than 90% of you, and is so indebted to his creditors, should concern you.

What would you do if you were broke, in debt, property rich and cash poor, facing law suits you couldn’t get out of, and threatening to run for president every chance you got? Would you not run for a seat in which your housing, transportation, meals, clothing and well being were paid for by the tax payers? It seems like an evil genius move to me!

So let me get back to the Civil War statement. Professors, former members of President Obama’s staff and journalists have been warning us since last year: the far-right domestic terrorist groups have been emboldened by the OB (orange buffoon) and have been ramping up activities, both online and in public. If OB loses, and refuses to hand over power, what happens?

You may think I, and others, are “blowing smoke.” I think the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, would disagree. Six men have been arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap and threatening to kill her. Those six men are allegedly linked to the far right militia organizations.

The OB said recently “liberate me.” What in hemoglobin and haberdashery is this? He has constantly stated there is voter fraud happening everywhere. There is no evidentiary proof of this at all. Yet, if the OB loses, and says to his followers, “take to the streets,” do you really think this will be a quiet demonstration?

On October 08, 2020, Global News, on their website, reported “Polls south of the border indicate a growing number of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum feel violence would be justified if the other side wins the election.” **

Why?
Why does there have to be violence?
Why is it that tv-educated, rural-living, shot-gun-toting-holier-than-thou white people feel their views are the only ones that matter? And why do they feel America belongs to them?

It never belonged to them. Ask the Indigenous peoples who descended from those from whom that land was stolen, how they feel every time they hear “this is our country.” Ask the descendants of African Americans who built the country through their slavery.

If the OB has a problem with the ballots, show us the evidence, number one. Number two, come up with a solution that is satisfactory to all parties. The OB is saying “don’t count the ballots because it’s all fake news anyway.” So how does he think the election will happen?

What do you do when there is a baby bully in a position of power and has, arguably, the largest platform for change available, and he is refusing to “get out of the crib” without disrupting everything around it?

You begin with Education Reform. You begin with the 50% of minorities who did not vote in the last election. Get up! Get out! Go vote! because what happens in your country affects mine– and I am so sick of hearing the complaints from your side of things. If you didn’t vote in the last election, don’t complain. Do better. Register yourself and go and bloody vote. This is your opportunity for betterment. Don’t be like the OB in the crib.

You also begin by tasking those representatives who care about betterment, to better represent you. You take to Congress and hold them to task because you put them there- so let them start earning your vote. You place your trust, however little is left, in the other institutions that should act as a check and balance against tyranny – like the Supreme Court.

You also begin by masking up and keeping your bubbles small. If you protect yourself, others will follow. This isn’t forever, it’s for the extended now. Stay safe.

I will pray and wish and hope for betterment for all of you because, that, more than anything, is what we all need. We don’t need an orange-faced buffoon who thinks his way is the holy way. Ask him what his passport is worth now.

Be Kind. Be safe. Be a registered voter.

** link to Global News:

Rest in Power and Light ….

You are a light that will shine and shine and shine, brother, through the quiet dignity and strength you gave to the world. Though we knew nothing of your battle, you carried on. That is what true Kings do.

May you rest in the beautiful Peace and Light of the Almighty!


In the event of this King’s death, no one should be doubting that Black Lives Matter. We have lost a super power, a teacher and a gentle, warm light. Let’s stop taking each other at face value and see each other for who we are – creations of the Beautiful Maker who sends us light from time to time so that we can learn and shine.

May all the gifts of Heaven and eternity be yours brother.

for Lebanon

My thoughts, my heart and my prayers are with you!

Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com

May your recovery be quick and in the service of all who need you. May your people find happiness and peace in the rebuilding of your beautiful country!

My prayers also go out to all those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as to the Syrians, the Iraqis, the Iranians, the Afghanis, the Uighurs, the Rohinya, Black Lives Matter, and every person who is praying for anyone!

Much love!!

One Love. One People. One Planet. Nuff Said.

Kindess is as Kindness does…

One of my favourite images from this week:


This is a wonderful example about how the content of character overrides the colour of skin – people helping people. This is what it’s all about!

Bravo to Patrick Hutchinson! And to whomever took that photo!

We have one planet people, we are ONE race. We are indubitably in this together…

Time’s Up!

Time is Up on…

Racial inequality

Blatant Racism

Sexism

Gender based racism and inequality

Inequality based on colour of skin

Systemic and institutionalized discrimination.

Black Lives Matter because we are one race, one human family.
If one of us is discriminated against, it is a crime against all of us.


“I am not my sister’s keeper. I am my sister.”
(Iyanla Vanzant)

Time is up. And caring is sharing.  So if you care, share.

peace out.

#BLM #OneRace

 

 

 

Thoughts and questions on Covid-19

Hello human family!

Lately, our strange and unique world has seen some great challenges.  So many thoughts and questions have been running through my mind – and I am sure that it’s the same for many of you.

I’ve been thinking of the families who have lost loved ones due to the corona virus and it’s got me thinking about the adage, “When an old person dies, he takes a library with him.”  How many libraries have been lost in the last few months because of one little, yet incredulously powerful virus?  My heart goes out to all of you…

Yet, this sheds an astonishing light on how poorly we treat the most vulnerable people in our societies. It’s almost as though, once people reach a certain age, we “put them away” in places that could not possibly bring them comfort, which, ironically, makes them more vulnerable.

I never thought that our seniors could be so negligently and thoughtlessly ignored,  even though people are being paid to attend to their needs.   I never thought that doctors, nurses, EMTs, hospital staff, porters, food servers, janitors, cleaning staff would be even more vulnerable than the patients streaming in to hospitals.

I never thought I’d be a cheering fan of truckers, but as long as they are delivering the food to our grocery stores and supermarkets, I’ll continue cheering them on.   (thank you truckers!) and thank you to every employee of every place that sells food – without all of you, this pandemic would have been far more horrendous!

Thank you to the bus drivers, teachers (who are well underpaid!) and all essential workers for keeping things going while the rest of us shut down.

Thank you to the Canadian government and health officials who have been there for us, informing us, supporting us and giving us the truth of the situation. (So proud to be a Canadian!)  Thank you to all the anonymous, un-thanked volunteers who are delivering food to the most vulnerable.  You are heroes and sheroes too!  Thank you to the food banks who are overwhelmed with requests and under supported.

Thank you to all those following the social distancing requirements, staying home and wearing masks while you have to be out and about.  You too are an important part of this recovery process!

And thanks also to the “covidiots” who necessitate embarrassment; I never thought we would need new lessons on how to properly wash our hands or explanations of what “six feet apart” looks like.

I had long held out hope that pollution levels in India, Los Angeles and China would dissipate, and yet, look at what happens when we are forced to stay home with our families, loved ones and liked ones? Jellyfish have been spotted in the canals in Venice!  People are hearing bird song in places in which birds had disappeared and more importantly, we have had no choice but to surrender to our surrounding ecosystems.

Why (and when) did it become normal to continually and substantially harm our environments?  It took a global health crises for us to realise what was possible if we all just stopped for a bit…

People, let’s not ever go back to the previous way of environmental degradation.  We have the power to shape a new normal, so when we are able, let’s all go plant hundreds of trees.

Goodness knows, the Amazon is in trouble.  Let’s not add to it… Look at what happens when we give Nature the time she needs to repair herself.

Have you also noticed the tanking of gas prices?  I’ve written on this blog before that if all of you wanted to see lower gas prices, all you had to do was stop driving for a bit.

This is nothing new.  Given how many people have stopped driving for a month or two, we’re seeing major environmental response.  Please don’t throw that away for the sake of the dreaded rat race.  We have one planet.  There are no other options.

Moreover, when did it become normal for world leaders to publicly request that all governments globally work together to solve this crisis?  Did the fact that “we’re all in this together” not register?  Do certain leaders think that their part of the continent will be spared given who’s in charge?   Denial is a dangerous game when it comes to pandemics.  Let’s stop electing people who clearly don’t give a ****.

How many of you complained that you didn’t have enough time with your families?  How many of you wished you didn’t have to see your bosses on a day-to-day basis?  How many of you wished “that you could just slow down for a little while?”

It seems, my friends, we were all making the same wishes…

But there are lessons here for those who ponder- Only the One who Made us could make the entire world stop, answer all our wishes, show us who the real heroes are and expose the awesome regenerative power of Mother Nature simultaneously!

Take this time and use it well.  Don’t waste it on the hustle; the old rat race has run its course.  Nature is showing us what really happens when we’re not paying attention.

Speaking of paying attention, it’s been bothering me that we pay certain people so much money to act in plays or movies. We give them awards and as much air time as they want – even just for cutting their hair.  Yet, we pay our teachers less than many essential service workers.   We pay our footballers, basket ball players and baseball players more money than can be justified whilst we under-fund and undervalue teachers, janitors, porters, food servers and biological researchers – these are the people who will find a cure for cancer – and for the Novel Corona Virus.

Don’t get me wrong – GO RAPTORS! – I love a good match as much as anyone else, however, are we all not questioning priorities at the moment?  One of the Italian biological researchers said it well, “You pay Messi 1 million Euros per month while you pay researchers 1800 Euros.  You want a cure?  Go ask Messi.”

How many of you, whilst schooling your children at home, have had the thought “I don’t know how teachers do this every day…”? It’s time to show, and place, appreciation where it belongs.

And how is it that we read one article on what is happening, or what needs to happen and we become sudden subject matter experts who can diagnose one another and prognosticate as to when things will open up again?

Also, HOW do people get away with having mass protests under lock down? Because yet again, the almighty dollar reigns supreme?  Has Covid taught people nothing? Without your health, the rest of anything else becomes irrelevant.

And WHEN did it become okay to pack in a small flight without any pre-screening,  health or temperature checks? Or any instructions that masks must be worn throughout the flight?

Speaking of planes, how long will it take before I can travel again? How long before I can see my antipodean family?  When can I rush into a grocery store for a midnight milk run?  When can I sit with loved ones in a café or restaurant without fear of infection?  When will there be a vaccine and how will they get it to everyone?

I’m sure many of you have the same questions.  I think the most important fact of the matter is this: family matters.  Your loved ones matter more than the hustle, the drive, the status of how many and how much…

We have to trust that “this too shall pass,” and when we emerge from this world of isolation, let’s all be that much kinder to each other.  Do we not deserve that?

Love each other.  That’s the only real rule.