Sunday, July 15, 2018

It's a Good Story

Dean is downstairs watching the World Cup final.

May my McKay family forgive me, I am upstairs doing work on the computer. And some play - I check into FaceBook.

The World Cup sound is reasonably quiet for a World Cup. I am scrolling through FB when I come upon a video of a new born giraffe struggling to stand up for the first time.

Just as the baby starts to stand, the cheers from the World Cup become louder. The harder the baby tries and falls down and gets up and tumbles over, the louder and louder the cheers.

Finally, he makes it, stands up, and actually begins to prance a little bit. The World Cup fans went crazy!!

Now I know, someone must have scored a goal and the timing for the baby giraffe was Perfect! We all need cheering once in a while.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Light in the Dark

You know I read a lot of mystery stories. As light and airy what Amazon calls "cozy mysteries" are, there are also some Very good writers who deal with life and death and philosophical ideas. I know this and I am still surprised when I run across some of these ideas while just sitting on my deck, reading what I consider a good mystery. These thoughts seemed particularly appropriate to the state of the world today.

from Danger Calling by Patricia Wentworth
“ . . . there is nothing so disturbing as ideas. . . . You cannot, however, burn an idea at the stake nor can you immure it in a tomb — it continues to seek for expression. Each new expression rouses the old antagonism. . . . everyone does not wish for light in his house, Darkness suits dark things. Light is being focussed upon some of these dark things.”

Many of us thought that the Light had already come and wiped out darkness. Darkness rose up again though, struggling to survive. It shall not. And when the Light comes the dark shall fade away. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Important Information

Especially for my Texas friends although everyone is welcome. If you qualify on any of these needs, please, consider going. You may also want to check to see if a similar event is happening in your border state. Thanks for reading and considering.

Volunteers neededCenter for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is leading the effort to reunite families, and has been granted 2 days to interview 1000 children being held at Casa Padre facility in Brownsville, Texas, July 12-13.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on massive scale - please forward to folks you know who are:
- lawyers
- translators/interpreters
- medical and mental health professionals
“From Law Professor Wendi Warren Binford, leading an effort to reunite children separated from their parents when they sought asylum with their families.
The team is being led by Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.
“We are being given access to the children at Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas, on July 12-13 and need massive help. Approximately 1,000 children are being held there and we have the right to interview every single one of them under Flores, but we will only have two days and 9-12 hours per day to do so. Every interview takes approximately one hour, which means that we will need approximately sixty attorneys, plus interpreters. We need some interpreters to speak indigenous Central American languages as well as Spanish and other languages around the world (last week our team was looking for a Punjabi speaker while interviewing a child at one of the Border Patrol stations). We also are seeking volunteer pediatric medical and therapeutic professionals who can volunteer to provide support onsite both days.
Almost no private citizens are allowed to meet with these children, but a limited number of attorneys can under Flores and we need more volunteer attorneys on our team in light of the current crisis. If you go to Brownsville (or one of the the other sites where children are being held), you can document who and where these children are, who their parents are, and as much as the children can recall of where and when they were separated from their parents so that we can provide that information to the court and seek their prompt reunification with their families.
There is no travel funding available and all work done is on a volunteer basis. If you cannot help with the visit at Casa Padre on July 12-13, we also will probably need volunteers for visits to the ORR/Southwest Key facilities once those dates are set.
If you are willing and able to volunteer, please contact me at wbinford@willamette.edu and I will help you with paperwork to get your background check started and the introductions you need to possibly be added to the Flores team.”


Monday, June 25, 2018

It's Allergy Season

So ~ yesterday Dean and I have a conversation about ingesting pine pollen (which is all over everything so I make sure to rinse the mint, etc). This morning he sends me an article on pine pollen. I comment that he finds the most interesting articles and if this one tells me pine pollen will lower my cholesterol, I will have a fit. 

Guess what??? 

It. Does. !!!! 

And is good for raising testosterone levels in men and has some anti-aging properties. OMG And the nice man writing the article says that you don’t have to buy the products, you may want to forage for your own pine pollen. Forage???? All I have to do is wipe the deck tables. LOL Hey, I thought is was genetics keeping me looking so young. Maybe it’s living with pine pollen. So funny. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Family Wedding

(Photo by Greg Badger, professional photographer)

Here we are, the Mix side of the Mix/McKay clan. We are all together so very seldom that I was excited to have a formal picture made with all of us including our newest member, the bride herself, Samantha! 
Dean and Susan, Trinity and Akira, Joshua and Sam, Michelle and Marc, Meredith and David.

Dean and I of course are the grandparents of the groom. Trinity and Akira are his siblings ~ and yes, Trinity is in a tux because she was one of her brother's attendants. Michelle and Marc, the parents of the groom. Meredith and David, the aunt and uncle of the groom.

This shall remain a favorite of mine for a long time to come.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Wall Street Journal


It's fire season again and even the Wall Street Journal is reporting on a major fire in Colorado. Son-in-law David is piloting the Chinook with the bucket underneath.

And that's why you are seeing this picture. David made the Wall Street Journal!!

While I have your attention. If you are in a wild fire area, please:
1) evacuate if you are asked to
2) do not get in the way of those fighting the fires. They are trying to protect you and your property
3) if you fly drones for fun, keep them out of the skies around working helicopters!

Many thanks to all those in the air and on the ground fighting fires this season!