Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Blogging Blahs

I’ve hit a dry spell blogging-wise. It’s not that I don’t have any opinions regaining current events, food, and/or spirituality. Of course, I do. Everything is simply a jumble right now, and I’m finding it hard to focus my thoughts.

Being an election year, I thought I’d be doing lots of president critiquing right about now. Yet, it seems wrong to write divisive material during a time when we need to be coming together.

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Right now, political parties and differences in God concepts seem trivial right now. I mean, they're not, but they need to be on the proverbial back burner right now. We can blame the government and/or God for the position we’re in, but doing either would be pointless and counterproductive. What's important right now is that we come together as people and support each other.

I’m not quitting blogging. I may blog again tomorrow or two weeks from now, I simply won’t be doing it on a regular, pre-pandemic schedule. Stay healthy, safe, and sane, my friends.

Friday, April 3, 2020

There's a Light

- In the velvet darkness,
- Of the blackest night,
- Burning bright,
- There's a guiding star.
- No matter what or who you are.
- There's a light
- Over at the Frankenstein place.
- There's a light
- Burning in the fireplace.
- There's a light, light, in the darkness of everybody's life.

I’ve had this song rolling around in my head since this viral sleigh ride began. OK, in Rocky Horror these lyrics were ironic, Brad & Janet thought the light in the house was their salvation when it was actually luring the to all kinds of trouble. Throw the context for everyone moment, and focus on the lyrics, especially the last line.

“There's a light, light, in the darkness of everybody's life.” Granted, it’s hard for many of us to see the light in the proverbial rainstorm, but it’s there. The light emanates from those around us who are going out of their way to do kind things during this difficult time.

A 4th grader girl is sewing masks for health care workers battling coronavirus pandemic in the Boston community.

From Chula Vista to Oceanside, local residents spreading gifts, food, art and good cheer

In the small town of Coos Bay, also in Oregon, coffee shop owner John Beane is hosting virtual story times for kids after shutting down his cafe.

These are just a few examples of good people making an effort to alleviate suffering. Even when certain parts of government seem to be befuddled and bewildered, everyday people are stepping up to do their part. Focusing on their example, or even pitching in, will help us hold onto ouch humanity and stay sane.

With this in mind, I've created a new Facebook group, A Light In The Darkness. I want it to be a place where people can share good news, so we can all focus on the humane as our guiding light.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Clean Hands In Hard Times

It’s official, we’re living in a completely different world than the one we’re used to. For the time being public; gatherings, dining, worship, movies, concerts, classes, and sporting events; are things of the past. Yet, as surely as we must remain physically
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separated in order to avoid contamination, we must hang together as a society.

Hoarding toilet paper so you get yours, before your neighbors get any, makes matters worse. Fist fighting over the last package of hamburger in the supermarket makes matters worse.

Now is the time to make positive contributions, to help and support each other. To that end, I’ve researched recipes for homemade hand sanitizer.

The most popular version requires people to buy, if they can find it, or make their own aloe gel before making the sanitizer. Not only do most people not have their own aloe plant, but the popular formula purportedly leaves hands sticky.

From everything I’ve read, the glycerin-based formula seems preferable.

In order to make it, mix 12 fluid ounces of rubbing alcohol (which is 99% isopropyl alcohol) with 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerol.   Then add 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide & 3 fluid ounces of distilled water. If you're working with a lower-concentration solution of rubbing alcohol, use far less water.  Keep in mind, at least 91% of your sanitizer needs to be alcohol.

Glycerol is an important ingredient because it keeps the alcohol from drying out your hands.  You can buy jugs of vegetable glycerol online.   If you can't find glycerol, proceed with the rest of the recipe anyway and just remember to moisturize your hands after applying the sanitizer.

Load the solution into spray bottles—this isn't a gel, it's a spray. You can wet a paper towel with it as well and use that as a wipe.

Above all, stay safe and stat sane.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Revising My Thoughts Regarding Corona

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I confess, I don’t know what to think. I admit it. When I see mass panic I automatically take the position that people are being sheep and over reacting. Nine times out of ten, the emperor IS actually naked, and I wrote my last blog from that point of view.

Boy, I don't know. Theme parks, schools, museums, sporting events, Hell whole countries are shutting down. Normally busy streets are empty. We don’t need Klaatu to make the Earth stand still, we’re scared. (Oh, see the movie if you don’t get the reference.) Seriously, I’ve never seen things shutdown like this. I know businesses don’t shut their doors, sacrificing income, without a good reason.

I can't advise anyone, or tell anyone who’s advice to listen to. Doctors on TV say we need to self-quarantine, local doctors have told my friend and me that everything is being overblown. I don't know who’s right.