Thursday, February 28, 2019

No Votes for You

I follow only my relatives on Facebook, and that's it. My sister-in-law's husband Phil is a brilliant man, truly brilliant Senior Directer of IT in a school district. He obviously searches for and finds the weirdest stuff to send onto us, people who love him.

But, every now and then, he finds gems.

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Woodrow Wilson had suffragettes picketing White House
They went on a hunger strike.  Then they were force fed raw eggs. More info

Here are some key phrases from the article you may access in "more info":

"...clubbed, beaten and tortured by guards at the Occoquan Workhouse...33 suffragists from the Nat'l Woman's Party had been arrested Nov. 10, 1917 while picketing outside the White House for the right to vote."

Some women were "tied by (her) hands to bars above her cell and forced to stand all night." One "suffered a heart attack and was denied medical care until the next morning". Hunger strikes resulted in forced feeding.

But there is more that happened. I won't detail the horror performed upon them.  This is something to relay: "The superintendent W.H. Whittaker (who) ordered beatings, called for Marines to guard the compound."

Pres. Woodrow Wilson and the Democratic congress stayed silent. 

This unequivocal torture and cruelty lasted so long, indeed long after U.S. involvement in and after WW1.  

At that time, 20,000,000 million women being regarded as chattel in America alone. In some countries there has been little or no change regarding the status of women.
Okay, I am done reciting the horrors of history and women.  

Thanks, Phil.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Who are you? Who... who? Who...who?

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The single touch

After spending/wasting a good part of the afternoon, the truth has emerged.  GENI© has wandered through the family line of my mother’s grandmother, Sarah Ann.  Twisting and turning, I followed only the male line for ease of surnames, there it was:

I am related to God Almighty!  God Almighty is my 93rd Great-Grandmother!

Sarah Ann introduced some great genes into the humble family line, as her husband Elish’s information dead ends when he was orphaned with his brother in Ohio. 

Her ancestors came from England = from Wales= from being the King of the Druids Wales = from Italy = from land of the Hebrews.  The researcher(s) made some phenomenal leaps to some conclusions that announced Adam had a daughter (!) who started the whole march of lineage.

While I could be rejoicing here, there are few things I know already.

I am a Child of God, the bloodline is Christ’s blood. And I also know that the jump from Sarah Ann involves some crazy speculation: God Almighty is not my 93rd grandmother.

I will take this part about brutal leaders because they are just plain cool:

Brân “Fendigaid” (the Blessed) ap Llur Lieddiarth, Saint, Brenin of Silures

Or, Cerwyd ap Crydon, King of the Druids and Cornwall

Or, Tros, King of Troy.

P.S. My mother always told me that “Grammy” Sarah Ann had been  "kidnapped" and raised by Gypsies and had the gift of second sight. Mom believed this, and I believe her.  

Actually there is some truth to this one. Her family came from Europe to Kentucky as part of the immigration of Romanians, also called Gypsies. People came to her to read tea leaves and receive natural herbal healing.  

I wonder what tracing through the matriarchal lines would show me?

This is a re-post from 2014 w hen I was researching my mother's side of the family. I left off from that to do other writing.  Recently I did the DNA tests, connected with cousins from my father's side.

Heck of a thing, DNA. It showed me that I have Viking blood. Makes sense.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

To Become Real

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Christmas Morning
A retired teacher is blessed to think back over the years and remember the highs and lows of teaching. She/he is fortunate to pull up memories of random students and hope she provided them with what they will need for the next years.

I loved it so.

Perhaps some of the many incredible memories are also books, precious ones that shone above all the Sponge Bob, My Little Pony Adventures, and other  books.  Sharing those great books was a shining light I hope they could see.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, illustrated by Michael Nicholas, and published in 1922. It is a Pinocchio book in many ways, but incredible in its writing. When we read it in class, I wept for its beauty.

Here is an excerpt which shows exquisite writing. (I hope you give it a chance and see if you can experience its artistry.):

The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others.  He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seam underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. 
He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by-and-by break their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else.  For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those play things that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understood all about it.

Someday, I hope and wish and desire to be a writer who can see beyond the mundane, and produce writing that makes the reader say, "Oh. So beautiful. Oh. I can see it. I can see it."

The entire book can be found at Or: How Toys Become Rea

Longing for Life

Friday, February 15, 2019

Ode to Duct Tape

Duct tape, oh, glorious duct tape!

Thank you for

Saving lives. 

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I saw the episode where Adam and Jaime used tons of Duct Tape to live on an island.

Humble and quiet,

Wrapping the world with your silver power

To hold it together.

Funny, Memes, and Kids: DUCT
 THATS Funny
Oh, there he is!
Damming water,


Memes, 🤖, and Engineer: Trustus.we're certified engineers
Duct tape really CAN fix anything!
They know what they are doing.
Enclosing and healing, adhering.

You tear easily, yet you close tears.

Gratitude and praise

We attribute and bestow to you,

Dear Duct Tape.

You are loved.

 A mother of two servicemen,

Vera Stoudt sent a request to President FDR on Feb. 10th., 1943, with an idea to seal ammo boxes that would save soldier lives. Her idea was acted upon, producing duct tape which has served that purpose and since become a part of almost every American home.

Oh boy howdy, over decades we have certainly saved a lot of money, time, and sobbing with duct tape.

Tell me, have you used duct tape, how, and for what reason? Are you grateful? 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

He's dead, Jim.

PHOTO PROMPT © Luther Siler
This is a photo prompt from 2015

Blood was splattered everywhere, gruesome and dark.  But, there were no bodies. None. 

Detective Jim Fowler and Forensics scoured the house, gathering bits of evidence.  But, still there was nothing, no clues at all.  

Packing up and walking out the door, Fowler was certain he had missed something.  But what?

Something from the patio caught his eye.  Turning around, Jim saw the carcass of a bright yellow rooster.  Feathers littered the patio, a patch of yellow around the dead fowl.

Detective Jim Fowler shook his head.  “He’s back.  Rooster Man is back. Damn.”

This was posted in December 2015.  This was a photo prompt and had to be under 100 words and I have added some words since then.  Made some corrections and changes. Loved writing this.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

A Coat by W.B. Yeats

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artist interpretation of The Coat

I made my song a coat

covered with embroideries

Out of old mythologies

From heel to throat; but the fools caught it,

Wore it in the world's eyes

As though they'd wrought it.

Song, let them take it,

For there's more enterprise

In walking naked.

Every poem has layers and layers of meaning.

The reader is the one who 

Takes it and decides on the writer's intent.

What does The Coat say to you? What is its interpretation?

W. B. Yeats was fortunate to be born to some degree of wealth from his mother, and world of art, music, and poetry from his father John Butler Yeats.  Surrounded by such AND not having to worry about supporting himself, W.B. Yeats had freedom to develop his poetry.

His poetry reflects and captures the times and changes of Ireland.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

...and he's safe!

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Word Cloud for teacher contracts
Teacher Unions are powerful and one cannot discount what they do and can/will do.

This is a follow-up on my previous post about how coaches dramatically wreck lives of students whose injuries resulted in a horrific change in their future: some have died and some are permanently disabled.

Coaches establish their journey into a coaching career through their teacher credentials. Their membership to the teacher unions ensures their protection from losing their jobs. 

Coaches usually teach health related subjects, like health, sports sciences, PE, and civics. This allows a segue into coaching.  

This said, coaches and other teachers are union members. And the union will protect the coaches with legal forces. Coaches are tenured and protected by the Union umbrella.

American Educator Summer 2015
Protection for teachers and students

A teacher NOT belonging to a union is vulnerable. Her/his position can be compared to standing in front of a wall and being plastered with buckets of mud over and over...

All that said, coaches have the protection of the union. No matter what. 

The purple underlined words underneath the images are the sites from where they came and the information.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Who wins?? Who won??

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Friday Night Lights was a highly successful TV show that ran five seasons and followed the drama of a coach and a high school football team in a small Texas town. Friday nights in schools are filled with passion and loyalty from an enthusiastic community. BUT...  

Real life high school football is different. Real life football high school is deadly.

The thing is I know those boys' names. 

Their families are part of the community. Their high schools were within walking distances of our former home. Two young men needlessly suffered nearly fatal brain injuries that have taken away their futures.

Here is what happened:

Vu's injury happened in 1992, and Scott's in 2007. Both had had untreated concussions the week before the game, and were told to "lie down for a while".

Both were sent into the game despite their clearly expressed information that they had excruciating headaches. Scott even told the trainer that his vision was blurry and he couldn't focus his eyes. He came off the field and told the trainer again that he was dizzy, his head was throbbing. 

The coach said some inappropriate words that sent Scott back onto the field.

Many years later..

Doctors have confirmed that if they had been treated and allowed to heal after the first concussion, the catastrophic injury would be a non-issue. "Second-impact syndrome" is the term used.


Vu was down in the first play. His eyes rolled back into his head and he stopped breathing.  He died twice on the field, was resuscitated, then died again in the ambulance.  

Immediate surgery to remove a part of his skull and repair injury to the brain saved his life. 

Scott collapsed on the field in the first quarter, and immediately suffered catastrophic brain injury. He, too, had the same surgery in which a portion of the skull had to be removed.

Both were comatose for a lengthy time. Vu awoke, and spent years in 24 hour care initially, then years in physical recovery. 

Scott eventually became conscious, but remains unable to speak and to stand or move on his own. His mind is keen and alert, communicating on iPad or computer with someone supporting his arm. His health is improving and he has finished requirements to graduate from high school.

Recent lawsuits have been settled. Vu was award about $4 million, and Scott about the same.  Due to lengthy treatments involving full time care, Vu is virtually broke. He owns yoga studio with his wife.

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Although Scott's lawyer and family were suing for $25 million (an amount estimated to provide for his life-long care), Scott received $4.4 million and depends on caregivers to eat, bathe, and communicate. 

His injury has also taken nearly all, and his loving family cares for what Voice of San Diego calls "a living ghost".

I am passionate and angry about these two young men and how denial  of concussion problems continue to plague the entire football industry. 

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This is what CTE is.
In pro-ball, "issue" is called Chronic Traumatic Encephalophy. The stats on football players should scare us all. Many retired players have developed dementia, depressions, and other related brain injuries.  Many have committed suicide.

This post is way too long, I know. 

When some 17 yr. kids go through hell because coaches want to demolish the other teams, people must amass a fury so large and so loud that football stadiums explode.

All sports that involve player impact are susceptible and at risk for such injuries. Head helmets are inadequately designed or built to prevent or reduce injuries.

However some sports analyzers have seen an increase in injuries since football helmets have been introduced into games.  They insist that, if helmets were taken out of the game, players would follow the natural response to protect the head.  Hits would be less violent, focus would be on the play, not the bludgeoning. They might be on the right track.

At least this ends on a short, kinda cute commercial. It also shows how young a commitment to the game begins.