Category: News and Views

Less News Might Reduce Stress

Limit the News You Watch

When was the last time you watched a news cast that left you feeling energized and motivated? I am almost certain that has not happened lately. At any given time of the day the news report is filled with more negatives than positives. Imagine filling your mind all day with that kind of negative energy. It could leave you feeling less energized, and even depressed. While it is important to stay informed watching less news might reduce your stress level.

Personal, I limit myself to half-an-hour of news most days, if at all. I usually tune in to “World News Tonight with David Muir. This half-an-hour segment keeps me informed on the things that I need to know. By the way this is not an endorsement of ABC. You can tune in to your favorite news channel. The point I am trying to make is keep informed without drowning yourself in all the negative news of the day.

A World in Turmoil

Prayers for Afghanistan

My heart goes out to the people of Afghanistan, especially the women and children. I just don’t understand how this happened. The US was in the country for 20 years. Biden claimed they trained over 300 thousand Afghan soldiers and gave them state of the art millitary equipment, yet the moment they begin moving out the country collapsed. Is it that the Afghan soldiers are so afraid of the Talibans that they gave up without any form of resistance? Aren’t they all now at the mercy of the Talibans?

COVID-19

Do Your Part to Stop the Spread

How many of you thought we would have put COVID-19 behind us by now or at least have things under control. Instead of things getting back to normal, we seem to be taking a step in the wrong direction. This is a disease that is spread from person to person. If each person do his or her part in trying to stop the spread, it will. Get vaccinated, wear a mask. Let’s all do our part.

The Trump Era

Trump’s rise to presidency was not an accident. White Evangelicals were opposed to Barack Obama and they resisted his presidency. Not surprising as this was the same group of people who for centuries used the bible to convince black folks that slavery was justified by God and they should obey their masters. It did not please them to see one elevate to the height of presidency.

Not once did they say God bless President Obama. But God sits high and he looks low and he blessed Obama’s presidency. Eight years, no scandal, no chaos. He ruled with dignity and integrity.

Then came Donald Trump, a man known for unfair business deals, a womanizer and adulterer.  A man who spoke derogatory about women even going as far as saying he grab them by the pu..y.  

Evangelicals presented him as a man of God. They claimed he was sent by God and he was going to do great things for America. Their overpowering influence caused many to believe the lie.

But unlike Obama who they despised; Trump’s presidency was rocked by one scandal after another. It was full of hate, bigotry, and division. Many of the people around him were either accused of crimes or convicted for crimes. He failed to put the people first when the Corona Virus crisis hit, focusing more on the stock market.

White Evangelicals tried to fool the people again not knowing Trump’s purpose had already been accomplished and God had exposed them for who they are.

The funny thing is, Trump could have made a difference in uniting the people. He could perhaps have convinced his base who were mainly white, racist individuals that he was president for all, and he wanted a nation where people of all color or race live in unity. His base adored him. They might have listened. Instead he fueled the flames of hate and division.

That is not of God. That is not who God is. That was not what well thinking Americans wanted for the country.  The people have spoken and he need to respect the wishes of the American people.

Longing For a RETURN TO THE nORM

Like me, you are probably tired of hearing about the Corona Virus. However it is here, it is real, and we have to be sensible. It is up to each of us to do our part to stop the spread. It will not go away at the wave of a magic wand, although we all wish it would.

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Don’t put yourself at unnecessary risk. Avoid crowds, wear a mask, practice social distancing. Adapt to a new norm. The sooner this is over the better, but remember we all have to do our part.

When Will Things go Back to Normal?

I honestly thought we would have been over COVID-19 by now. But here we are in August and the virus is still with us. It continues to spread in many parts of the country. It is time for common sense to prevail and everyone do their part to stop the spread. The last thing we need is to have it around when the flu season starts.

Illegal Firecrackers

Since the start of June areas in New York as well as other parts of the country has been plagued by the incessant noise of fireworks. Why anyone would spend money to create a noise nuisance in their community defies all logic.

No one stops to question who benefits from the sale of these fireworks and who has to suffer sleepless nights because of the noise. No one thinks about the effect the fumes released might have on the general population. Given that we are still fighting coronavirus, the last thing we need are toxic wastes that may create respiratory complications for the vulnerable.

Some say it is a release after months of lock down. Some say it’s defiance against the police. I call it an act of stupidity. You are inadvertently burning money and causing distress for people in your community in the process. No one benefits. If you are not contributing to the betterment of your community then you are a part of the problem. Stupidity is contagious. The way forward is to think consciously and spend wisely. Money is power and fools have difficulty keeping it. To those involved I urge you all to stop the stupid fireworks and find a way to uplift yourself.

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