Hello family, how are you today? It’s Monday, 3:33 pm as I write to you. If I’m honest with you, I’m not sure how I’m doing. I’m really not. I’ve been pulling out my mental gratitude list a lot and that’s helped some. Each time I do this, I find I have far more to be grateful for than to complain about! It’s been very difficult for me these past few months to stay positive.
The word that came to me as I sit here today is Honesty. I can remember as a kid I was dusting in my parents room and broke a figurine of my Mom’s. Instead of telling her I broke it I tried to fix and cover it up that I had broken it. Well I wasn’t good at either thing and I ended up getting caught and punished for what I had done and rightly so! That’s how I was raised. When you did something wrong you were expected to tell the truth about it or risk getting punished more severely for either an outright lie or a lie of omission.
Honesty is something I’m not seeing very much out of very many of our elected officials in this country and it’s downright disheartening and shameful.
When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
Joy is not in things; it is in us.
More of what is going on you may not have known about in Washington:
http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/4227948-under-pressure-usda-restores-some-abused-animal-reports-website – I was surprised to hear this had happened! I don’t think this was mainstream news.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/noaa-satellit-funding-cuts_us_58bcff7be4b0d2821b4efb52 – see link for entire article
Satellite shots by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are incredible, but who knows how long they’ll be on this Earth?
NOAA is yet another federal agency that President Donald Trump has targeted with funding cuts.
According to an Office of Management Budget memo obtained by The Washington Post, Trump hopes to slice NOAA’s funding by a whopping 17 percent. That would include cutting 22 percent ($513 million) from NOAA’s satellite date division, and axing another $216 million (26 percent) of funds from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Some of the programs hit hard would be coastal management and developing ways to aid coasts in dealing with rising sea levels.
In an indication of how draconian the cuts could be, the memo inquires about ending leases on facilities and “property disposal.” As rationale for the cuts, the memo said the administration wants to “prioritize rebuilding the military.” –
I suspected this was why we are seeing what we are with the proposed elimination of complete government departments (EPA, Education, ACA etc), defunding and cutting of programs vital to the health, safety and well-being of the American people! Why do we need a bigger military? It is may be because one of the main sources of revenue for this country is from the manufacturing of arms and implements of war?! Rather than do what’s right and hard, like fixing what is broken about our country, they seem to be intent on scrapping it all for profit and go the tried and true route of the war machine.
https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/ – this site has a continuing tally of how much war has cost us, to date and what the money could be spent on instead: