Good morning to you – I hope this finds you well today. I’m tired. Link woke me up really early this morning fussing over how flea treatment feels on his skin – itching and burning. So I went and gave him a bath to get him some relief. We are going to have to find some other solution! I don’t know what, but some other way of keeping Link and Spot safe from disease carrying insects besides pouring poison on them! I’m going to have to research this. If I find a good lead, I’ll be sure to share. If you know of something, leave a comment!
The feature article for the Daily Good resonates with me because Greenspace is my favorite space! It’s so important, in my opinion, to have a strong connection to Nature. Every day I make a point to take off my shoes and socks and find a patch of earth to just connect with everything above, around and below me. Even in a busy city, there are usually some patches of green with flowers and trees to reconnect with the Earth with. Just got to take the time!
Mar 21, 2017— Studies reveal that contentment, interconnectedness and wellbeing levels all increase with exposure to the vibration of natural greenspaces. According to this article ‘you don’t need a rooftop garden or an acre of forest to create your own meditative biosphere. It can be wherever you are.’ When we tap into the vibration our our hearts, this magnetic strength beyond that of our brains, creates a calm tranquility for our entire being. When we move from our minds to the natural rhythm of our hearts, we become our own greenspace. Greenspaces take us from the tech-heavy, fast paced world into surrendering to the natural, open, slower state that is the vibration of nature. Janmarie Conner offers some real world tips on how to soothe your mind and settle your soul not just through a greener physical environment, but through the natural vibration of your own heart.
Links of interest: These articles represent a landscape I see enveloping our country. If there is one good thing that has happened since Donald Trump was elected President it is this – the days of complacent US citizenry are over! I feel like “the sheep” are starting to grow canine teeth! It seems the “wolves”, have taught them a few things!
03/20/2017 06:35 pm ET | Updated 1 hour ago
Donald Trump’s Anti-Science Agenda Leaves Stephen Hawking Feeling Unwelcome In U.S.
The famed physicist urges the president to boot his climate-denying Environmental Protection Agency chief.
http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/cnhi_network/protesters-make-noise-outside-louisville-trump-rally/article_ed446687-50d8-5d0f-adcb-276d4b4fc39c.html – Protesters make noise outside Louisville Trump rally (who is paying for these trips and rally’s – I venture to guess that we are.)
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/philadelphia%E2%80%99s-cinco-de-mayo-festival-is-canceled-amid-fears-of-an-ice-raid/ar-BByo5lL?OCID=ansmsnnews11 – Philadelphia’s Cinco de Mayo festival is canceled amid fears of an ICE raid (this saddens me to see!)
http://www.stripes.com/news/report-calls-to-veterans-suicide-hotline-still-being-sent-to-backup-centers-1.459649#.WNEuveQ2yUl – Report: Calls to veterans’ suicide hotline still being sent to backup centers (this is completely unacceptable!)
By NIKKI WENTLING | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 20, 2017
“”It’s unacceptable that the issues with the Veterans Crisis Line have still not been addressed,” Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said in a prepared statement. “I am extremely frustrated by the OIG’s findings and will continue to conduct oversight.”
This from the same person who is sponsoring legislation to return gun access to mentally incompetent Veterans:
U.S. – Guns in America: House Passes Bill to Allow Gun Sales to Mentally Ill Vets
By Michele Gorman On 3/15/17 at 5:46 PM
“As it now works, veterans deemed “mentally incompetent” by the VA are placed on the list of individuals who could be denied weapons permits. Representative Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), who sponsored the bill and is chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said Thursday on the chamber floor that the current practice “deprives veterans of their constitutional rights without due process of law.” He continued, “Veterans who fought to defend the Constitution should also be allowed the rights to protect it.””
Statement From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo On Repeal And Replacement Of Affordable Care Act
By Long Island News & PR Published: March 21 2017
New York Governor makes statement against the repeal of Obamacare, laments proposed cuts to federal aid to health care.
New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
Photo by: Governor’s Press Office, via YouTube.
Albany, NY – March 21, 2017 – New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released the following statement regarding the proposed repeal and replacement for the Affordable Care Act and the Collins Amendment:
“The more we learn about the repeal and replacement for the Affordable Care Act, the sicker New York gets. The repeal and replacement is exactly what the Trump Administration promised that they would not do. It is the classic Republican program referred to during Reagan’s time as “passing the buck without passing the bucks.” Congressman Paul Ryan and the radical conservatives are having their way. Congressman Ryan brags about “cutting entitlements by billions of dollars.” That is precisely what he is trying to do to New York’s Medicaid program. The conservatives have long lamented that New York’s Medicaid program was “too generous.” They scoffed at our health care proposal that provided dental care and one conservative even said when questioned about the denial of dental benefits, “soup is good.”
“The Repeal and Replace Act would block grant money to the state in the name of local flexibility but at the same time it would dramatically cut that funding. Over four years New York State would lose $4.6 billion and lose at least $2.4 billion a year by fiscal year 2020. If this were not bad enough Congressman Chris Collins and Congressman John Faso have offered an amendment that would stop the counties from paying a share of Medicaid. Historically, the federal government paid 50 percent, the state paid 25 percent, and local governments – counties – paid 25 percent. The state has already absorbed much of that burden, but even so the reduction to the program from the loss of the counties’ share outside of New York City is $2.3 billion. The cut is so severe that the majority of hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities located in Upstate New York and on Long Island would be devastated. How a county executive could believe their county could prosper while losing hundreds if not thousands of jobs and seeing the decimation of their health care system is beyond me.
“Congressmen Collins and Faso are calling their amendment a “tax savings plan for the county.” Really it’s a deathtrap as there is no way to make up the shortfall. The Upstate New York and Long Island economy will falter or collapse if the health sector is damaged.
“It would be nice if Congressmen Collins and Faso actually tried to help their districts rather than hurt them. These health care cuts are on top of a dizzying array of cuts to real New Yorkers. The Republican budget cuts housing assistance, food stamps, heating projects, community development funds – all at the expense of the middle class and working families – while they cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans. They won’t get away with it. They can’t play New Yorkers as fools and New Yorkers will remember. The bill for Congressmen Collins and Faso’s rabid conservative zealotry will be paid by Upstate New York’s hard working families, and those families will know exactly who to thank.”