The Daily Song: March – The Chicks

Christine Ray – A marching song

Brave & Reckless

I cannot recommend it highly enough. From the opening quote to the last note, it is deeply powerful and stunningly visceral.

March March to my own drum
March March to my own drum
Hey hey I’m an army of one
Oh I’m an army of one
March March to my own drum
March March to my own drum
Hey hey I’m an army of one
Oh I’m an army of one

Brenda’s packin’ heat cuz she don’t like Mondays
Underpaid teacher policing the hallways
Print yourself a weapon and take it to the gun range
Ah cut the s—
You ain’t goin’ to the gun range

Standing with Emma and our sons and daughters
Watchin’ our youth have to solve our problems
I’ll follow them so who’s comin’ with me
Half of you love me
Half already hate me

March March to my own drum
March March to my own…

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Hot dogs

Ani reminds us to keep dogs safe in hot weather.

The Small Dog

Moving in slow motion,
Reluctant effort spawning sleep
Before midday.
Soporific humming
Through open windows
Signals summer.
Only the flies are happy,
Making friends with flesh
Ensuring wakefulness.
Cloistered madness yawns,
Stretching fur-clad limbs
This is the time
For tennis balls
And Hot Dogs…

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It is officially summer in the northern hemisphere. In England, the weather forecasters are predicting a heatwave. Every year many dogs die from heatstroke. They cannot regulate their body temperature in the same way a human can. Even just a ‘warm’ day can prove fatal… a parked car with an interior temperature of 22° C (71.6° F) may rise to 47° C ( 116.6° F) within an hour. Even with ventilation, dogs suffer and die.

It isn’t just dogs at risk. Protect your pets.

More info at the RSPCA website by clicking this link.

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I love Kudzu!

LuckyOtter – If you don’t know about Kudzu, here it is.

Lucky Otters Haven

nantahalakudzu3 Closeup of kudzu and a few other native plants

I love Kudzu, an invasive vine common in the southeastern United States (but due to global warming, it now can be found in the Middle Atlantic states and even the northeast as far north as New Hampshire).  It grows most prolifically in the South, however.  Kudzu has even been dubbed “the vine that ate the South” due to its unfortunate tendency to “grab” hold of other plants and trees, and eventually cover them so completely they can no longer obtain sunlight and die.  It has been known to take down telephone wires and destroy property.

Chinese or Japanese Arrowroot (kudzu’s actual name) was brought to the United States from China (where it is not invasive) as an ornamental plant and a method of stopping soil erosion in the late 1800s.  But because in the United States, it had no natural enemies…

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This morning my Umbilical Hernia got fixed at Transylvania Regional Hospital (part of the Mission Heath System) in Brevard, NC. Everything went well and the staff there were their usual good selves. We (my neighbor who was driving and I) got there a few minutes after 6am for the 7:30 operation and left about 10:30.

There was a change from the planned procedure. The surgeon found, once the fatty material that was extruding through the hernia was out of the way (pushed back in), that the hernia opening was too small to insert a surgical mesh. He sutured the opening instead. I’ll get more detail on that when the Operative Report is posted to the Patient Portal site in a few days.

The only post-op medication is Tylenol with Hydrocodone per 4 hours (or longer) as needed for pain, a 3 day supply. So, no driving through Saturday. Instruction are no lifting more than 10 pounds for 4 weeks, and gradually resume usual activities and exercise as pain/discomfort allow. A followup appointment is in 2 weeks.

I’m feeling a little loopy from the pain med and lingering effects of the anesthesia (less of that part this evening than when I got home), but nothing bad, like dizziness or nausea (starting with lunch, eating as usual). I did take a nap after lunch and later was able to walk down to the mailbox (junk mail). And, very glad it is done.

* Nonsensical?

Sense and nonsense

Teachezwell Blog

Many thanks to Ronovan for his Décima Poetry Challenge! Usually, I read his challenge, putter around a bit, and then give up. Today, I decided to tackle this one. The topic is SENSE.

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If I had any sense at all

I’d never write a décima

Instead I’d sigh, try to recall

The purpose of this teaching blog:

To clear the smoke and rid the fog

Of cloudy thoughts that hinder all.

Of course, since I spent 5 minutes on this, I need to examine my own head for foggy ideas!

Honestly, though? I am writing this because I have no hope of writing sensibly about George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery’s murders. I am still trying to put something together that would encourage educators to teach ALL children. The fact that the average black high school graduate reads at an 8th grade level is nonsensical

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Racism and the importance of communal repentance

Sarahbeth Caplin – Social Repentance v. Racism

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One Jewish concept that carried over into Christianity is that of communal repentance. In ancient times, the sins of a community were atoned for with blood sacrifices. Today, communal repentance takes place one day a year on Yom Kippur, where Jews gather in synagogue to recognize the sins that were committed during the past year. It’s the rare Jewish holiday that is somber rather than celebratory, and is not known for feasting.

In the Anglican church, communal repentance is done on a weekly basis, with the following recitation from the Book of Common Prayer:

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