|UNRAVELING. Art installation made by church members from 34 looms made of scraps from our lives. Making beauty out of uncertainty and when everything seems to do unraveling.|
Weather: Cold, rainy and windy. It is snowing in the mountains. Lots.
- Don's cousin died on Saturday from ALS. She was diagnosed with this deadly disease in March, just in time for pandemic lock downs and limited contact. Though we are terribly sad, it is such a blessing that she is with God now. The disease robbed her of everything except her sense of humor and, of course, love. Rest in peace, Cathy. You will be greatly missed.
- Thanksgiving plans have reduced down to our immediate family. The governors of Washington/Oregon/California are all limiting interstate travel, requiring two weeks of quarantine before travel. It isn't worth risking the chance of catching COVID-19, so we'll stay put and FaceTime with family instead. Fortunately my sister was able to squeeze in a brief visit before these restrictions took hold. She needed/wanted a quick visit with my grandchildren and my dog, Bingley, who is such a lovey boy and so adoring of my sister. Loved the visit, Kathy.
- We watched all seven episodes of The Queen's Gambit on Netflix this past week. Wow. I didn't want it to end.
- Last Sunday our church hosted a drive-by baby shower for our new grandson. About 15-20 cars lined up outside our home and drove by slowly so they could see little Jamie and congratulate his parents. Because my daughter and her family live in a very small house right now and they have lots of clothes from an older brother and two cousins, they asked that church members give them disposable diapers which they will donate to local charities. Great idea, huh?
- Books: I've been reading so little since the beginning of November it is hardly worth mentioning. One book has carried me through and I am giving it a big shout-out: HOW WE GOT TO THE MOON written and illustrated by John Rocco. I also started a new e-book, THE CEMETERY BOYS by Aidan Thomas which a lot of YA reviewers are talking about. And after getting back in line after not finishing it the first time, Margaret Atwood's THE BLIND ASSASSIN is back on my phone as an audiobook.
BROTHERLY LOVE. Jamie and Ian with their mommy. (Jamie slept through the whole photo session.)
Good News: Now that the election is over I thought I'd fade back into my regular pattern of reporting news from my small life: what I'm reading, eating, watching, etc. But during the election season I caught the bug to look for and report on good news discovered in the past week and I'm not quite ready to give it up yet. Here's hoping you find this information interesting enough to explore the links provided.
- Biden moves ahead with transition plans despite Trump's attempts to block him at every turn. Biden said he was not a "pessimist" and when pressed on how he would work with Republicans if they can't even accept that he won, Biden quipped, "They will." (CNN) He said it with a smile. I love his attitude already!
- Biden seems to follow the advice from General Grant given to other generals during the Civil War: Move forward and don't worry about what Trump is doing:
- Biden-Harris Transition announces members of Agency Review teams. “Our nation is grappling with a pandemic, an economic crisis, urgent calls for racial justice, and the existential threat of climate change. We must be prepared for a seamless transfer of knowledge to the incoming administration to protect our interests at home and abroad. The agency review process will help lay the foundation for meeting these challenges on Day One,” said Senator Ted Kaufman, Co-Chair, Biden-Harris Transition. (Build Back Better)
- Meanwhile, as of Saturday morning, it looks like Trump's legal challenges are all falling apart.
One of Trumps lawyers filed a case in the wrong court. Lawsuits in AZ. & NV. were dropped. Georgia challenge, was rejected for lack of evidence. His Pa. legal team just threw in the towel.#BidenHarrisVictoryDay #TWR2020 #WTP2020 #FAM46 #WeAreFresh https://t.co/Nde6bLHoEN— Mexi-'Can' Marine💪🇺🇸🇲🇽(F🖕U TRUMP!) (@Jay_USMC2) November 14, 2020
- Small, limited studies have encouraging results that show several over-the-counter or common drugs are useful in reducing COVID-19 effects and/or reduced incidence in users: Low dose aspirin, melatonin, and a prescription drug, fluvoxamine, used for depression. Read more, links to the actual research are included in the article. (DailyKos)
- Biden's transition team has already formed a COVID-19 task force made up of people with expertise in the field. "The board’s three co-chairs are Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale physician and researcher; Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general; and David Kessler, a former FDA commissioner. Also on the advisory board are well-known medical figures, including Obamacare architect Dr. Zeke Emanuel, bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande and Trump administration whistleblower Rick Bright, who led the government's production and purchase of vaccines." Check the link for the full list of names (there are none of Biden's children on the list or any pillow salesmen.) (Stat)
- Pfizer announces they are at the 3rd stage of developing a cornanavirus vaccine that is 90% effective. (GNN)
- "It's Time to Hunker Down." With cases rising at horrifying rates and the holidays ahead of us, we really need to make our world very small again for a while. "All of this is unpleasant, but the alternative is much worse. There is a
Turkish saying for times like these, when we can see a light at the end
of the tunnel: “Time passes quickly if we can count the days until the
end.” We are no longer in the open-ended, dreadful period of spring
2020, when we did not know if we’d even have a vaccine, whether any
therapeutics would work, and whether we’d ever emerge from the shadow of
this pandemic. We can see the cavalry coming, but until it’s here, we
need to lock ourselves down once again."
- Black Lives (and all people of color) Matter
- Black voters steered the election toward moral clarity with over 90% voting for Biden. (USA Today)
- Native American tribes in Arizona voted big for Biden and may have been the difference in a state which went for Biden by only 11,000 votes. Check out this map: (Buzz Feed)
- On having the first person of color as our Vice President (and a woman to boot)---"Kamala Harris empowers the Black woman, she encourages the Black
woman," Baker said. "Little girls of all races, not just Black girls and
Black women, will be able to see that the impossible is possible." -Quandra Baker
- Thale Cress: Cinderella Weed kills breast cancer cells. "Scientists have found that Arabidopsis thaliana, also known as mouse-ear cress or thale cress, stops the growth of breast cancer without damaging the healthy cells. It could help the development of chemotherapy treatments without side-effects." (The Times, UK)
- I was recently asked to list one positive, uplifting word that starts with the letter A, the first letter of my first name. It seemed like all the good words were taken so I searched and found this word bubble. Suddenly I felt so affirmed, able, appreciated, accepted... Try it with your name. See what you come up with.
With a lot of talk about Native voting in Arizona. I thought I would share 2 maps. The left is a map showcasing all 22 tribes in the state. The right an updated 2020 voting results maps by precinct. This give you an idea of how Indigenous communities voted in the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/scrWENDVO2— Shondiin Silversmith⁷ (@DiinSilversmith) November 6, 2020
On the lighter side: While the world was holding its breath as it waited for the 'Biden wins' announcement, Trump and his team led by Giuliani, were gearing up to claim voter fraud by holding a presser at the Four Seasons. Only thing, they didn't check the fine print and ended up at the 'Four Seasons Total Landscaping' business in North Philadelphia instead of the fancy Four Seasons hotel near the Liberty Bell in Center City. The jokes just seemed to write themselves from that point forward.
1. Start by reading this account of the event: "The One Where the Dummies Hold a Press Conference at the Wrong Four Seasons."
2. The location of the event was all the more precarious due to neighboring businesses:a crematorium across the street and a sex shop next door.
The timing couldn't have been any more comedic.
press conference is going great 👍 pic.twitter.com/jxZJXzJPZ4— chris (@MrTooDamnChris) November 7, 2020
5. After some introductions, the first man featured at the presser was a convicted sex offender and a perennial candidate in New Jersey, not even a resident of Philadelphia as claimed. (Politico) You can't make this stuff up.
- “I started watching it and all of a sudden I was like, ‘there’s New
Jersey’s perennial candidate claiming to live in Philadelphia and
Giuliani claiming him to be a poll watcher and Philadelphia resident,"
Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora said in a phone interview.
6. Even the owner of the sex shop next door thought the whole thing was funny. (Slate)
"I was pretty much in awe of the funniness of the whole situation."
7. And the memes and tweets just started rolling in
|"Are you from Four Seasons Total Landscaping?"|
Enough? Okay, I'll stop but I laugh every time I think about it. I hope you got a few laughs from the GOPs inadvertent antics, too. Have a good week. Please drop a comment on how you are doing now that the elections is over.