Monday, January 20, 2020

MLK DAY ----- IMPEACHMENT


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday 1/20/2020 – the 25th anniversary since 1986 commemorates this Civil Rights leader’s birthday and legacy.   Individuals are empowered to devote a day of service volunteering to improve their community by bridging barriers, creating solutions to social problems.

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Presidential Impeachment Trial 

.....beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The profound quotes below were said or written by Dr. King in contexts different from that to which I am associating them here.  I think these words can be interpreted to have special significance now as our U.S. Senate begins consideration of the Impeachment of our President Donald J. Trump.          (Quotes attributed to Dr. King at Keep Inspiring Me)

      

“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic or popular, but he must take it because his conscience will tell him it is right.”

“The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.”

“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind.  The time is always right to do the right thing.”

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“A lie cannot live.”

“We must use time creatively in the knowledge the time is always ripe to do right.” 

 “We may all have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

National Public Radio (NPR) describes How The Impeachment Trial Will Work which begins Tuesday, January 15, 2020.




Monday, January 13, 2020

DEDICATION


I didn’t plan to cover our Big Bear area Bald Eagles again in 2020, but viewing recent unexpected TV news videos reminded me of them, resulting in my once again becoming enthralled with recent events there. 

Note:  Last year’s saga is covered in archived posts you can read for anyone interested. Parental eagles, cougar mother Jackie and younger father Shadow successfully hatched two eggs with one eaglet, Simba, maturing toward adulthood, but there was much drama during the interim months culminating in younger eaglet, Cookie’s death, later Simba's reluctance to leave the nest.   My first post was March 24, 2019 with periodic reports during the ensuing months before my last post July 28, 2019 with links on those dates.  Summaries, You Tube video links also available on the Friends of Big Bear Valley Bald Eagle site.

Since I didn’t follow the site after Simba fledged I only now learned there have been subsequent events seriously threatening their nesting location, even the eagles remaining in the area, according to the Friends of Big Bear Valley Bald Eagles you can read about on their site.  Humans keep infringing on wildlife habitat.   Will this Bald Eagle sanctuary be protected?

Meanwhile the unsuspecting parental eagles, bonding for their second season,  have returned to their nest with Jackie laying an egg (1/8/2020) expected to hatch Valentine’s Day -- to be followed shortly by the second egg laid Saturday night (1/11/2020) as expected.    Hopefully, unlike last year, the second eaglet will survive and both eaglets will mature to safely fly from the nest.   

I wonder if climate change has somehow affected the parental eagles determination each season about when they start their family?   Perhaps temperatures vary enough from year to year now to result in their needing to adjust.  

These eggs are hatching about a month earlier than last years eggs which gives me some concern that if we have some fierce winter weather conditions whether the chicks will be strong enough to adapt.   Last year it was soon after the final really cold spell of the season with snow, may have been some rain, that the second-born chick ultimately couldn’t survive.  
Currently Jackie is being subjected to below freezing temperatures some nights, all-day and night cold feather-ruffling wind bursts, occasional icy rain or snow as expected later this week.   The nest is reportedly at 7000 feet (+/-30 feet); possibly with only one other California nest at that elevation or higher at Yellowstone National Park -- but no live video coverage there. 

Reports in "Chat" on "Friends" site are of Bald Eagle nests at higher elevations in Colorado mountains.   Nesting bald eagles there and in Canada tolerate temperatures to 30 degrees or  so below zero.  Snow, expected this Thursday, can serve as insulation but any freezing rain in the weeks ahead presents the more serious risk to the incubating eggs.  

Jackie is dedicated to keeping the incubating eggs warm, periodically turning them to aid proper chick development.   Shadow is equally dedicated, sometimes assuming the egg-warming task for several hours providing Jackie respite from the nest.   Periodically he also flies in to provide Jackie nourishment with freshly caught fish from picturesque Big Bear lake visible in the distance often featuring awesome solar-powered sunset videos.   

Here is the new Big Bear Bald Eagles YouTube live camera link: 

.....for any readers who want to follow these dedicated avians in their wildlife saga, especially since this could be the last year these eagles will remain in Big Bear.  




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I’m dedicated, too, renewing my personal commitment to myself to engage in more life enhancing actions this New Year.   I gave myself an exercise device I have yet to take out of the box and setup for use, so I’m not off to a very good start.  

It’s as though once I ordered the item, then received the box I had accomplished what seemed like a really good idea.  Nothing could be further from the truth as I well know, but what happened to the enthusiasm I had when I came up with the idea?  I even got a price “deal” adding to my motivation this was a wise action I was taking. 

Have you thought you were dedicated to doing something, then somehow didn’t follow through quite like you fully intended to do?  

The road to you-know-where is paved with good intentions as the saying goes.  Maybe it’s not too late to get my act together.  How about you?

Monday, January 06, 2020

REASSESSMENT


I’ve taken quite a lengthy break from writing here.  Thanks to commenters for your continued interest despite my mercurial writing commitment.   I really haven’t known if I would resume writing, but concluded if I did, I wanted a limited publishing schedule and posts of relatively short content.   We’ll see how well I can follow that plan as it’s no understatement to say that I can tend to become a bit verbose as you likely have noted. 

Also, especially since 2016, when I begin to write I’m often challenged with thought intrusion associated with preservation of our threatened democratic republic’s freedoms.   Consequently, I experience frustration resisting excessively writing about the state of our nation.   I realize too much of this subject matter may be less than appealing to readers here, but I seem to feel the need to express myself.

Those were my thoughts before the most recent actions initiated by our nation’s leader who has now unleashed the potential for even more dangerous unpredictable world events.   Escalating uncertainty ensues with unknown consequences.  Additionally, indicators of our planet’s climate changes, denied by this same leader, increasingly manifest themselves in destructive weather events around the world we read or hear about in our daily news such as the present horrendous Australian fires.   

I long for a nation and world that seems not to have so many more such serious issues demanding immediate resolution.  I entertain the hope we will overcome these challenges for the betterment of humankind but wonder if any will occur in my lifetime, much less that of my children and grandchildren.  Perhaps in a more desirable environment my thoughts and writing would explore light-hearted topics.  I try to differentiate between what I can realistically do to positively influence matters and what is beyond my control.   

The manner in which I can act to impact the situations has altered through the years.   My ageing, physical condition has gradually limited me more, but the very least I can do is to vote as I have now arranged to do by mail should I be unable to visit my voting site.  Traditional voting sites are changing in California and elsewhere, anyway.  We just need to insure as best we can the security and integrity of our states voting systems.  We also need to combat voter intimidation through limiting laws and any gerrymandering prevalent in some states. 

We can combat the forces that defy our nation’s values with the November 2020 national elections offering a significant major opportunity to do so.   We need to facilitate new voter registration through every method possible as one means of accomplishing this opportunity for necessary meaningful change.   

Meanwhile, we’re all faced with finding coping mechanisms to aid in retaining our sanity for relief from the unbidden heavy life complications foisted upon us.   We each do so in our own way.  I use a variety of methods in an effort to balance my thoughts with other input.   Just a few alternate focus areas for me include following my distant family members activities, listening to music, pleasurably reading both fiction and nonfiction, engaging in a variety of other involvements that also serve as distractions, but humor of all kinds is a saving grace. 

I never knew what one favored type of humor, often flippant and funny, sometimes with serious meaning, was called, “Paraprosodokian”, where the statement ending can be quite unexpected, a reversal  from the beginning of the statement, such as: 

"War does not determine who is right – only who is left."

What prompts your choice of writing topics? 
How do you cope with any frustrations you may feel with life issues? 


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

HOLIDAYS RECALLED IN MUSIC


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!   


A few holiday tunes I recall with their joy and melancholy.    

























 The Christmas Song – Manhattan Transfer featuring Tony Bennett – A video by Lee Arboreen


 

All these You Tube videos are for entertainment purposes only and not intended to infringe on any copyrights.


  


Sunday, July 28, 2019

FIRST FLIGHT -- BASIC SURVIVAL -- FEELINGS


Big Bear Bald Eaglet Simba finally makes his first flight:



Big Bear Bald Eagles father, Shadow, (with a few black head feathers) arrives with a fish.  Seven minutes into the video Simba finally flies in from lower branches on the nest tree where he has been perched overnight to be able to claim his share.  


Mother, Jackie, (with all white head feathers) with son Simba sharing special moments as night descends.


Today I observed Shadow bringing a fish to the nest, but before Simba returned, to disappointingly find the meal has been eaten.  Simba spend the rest of the afternoon alone.  Just as dusk was arriving, he began to engage in chirping communication with Jackie as she finally flew in but brought no fish.  Simba exhibited subjective cloying behavior with touching exchanges between him and his mother but there was no food. 

Withholding food seemed to stimulate him to finally fly this past week.  I wonder if Simba's parents message to him now is to begin obtaining his own food, possibly bringing a fish or whatever else he might catch back to their nest for sharing?

These eagle parents appear to use a positive reinforcement system using food as a reward when he acts as they desire, such as making his first flight.  Even using tough love seemed to come into play when food was withheld until Simba made that first flight.

Teaching basic survival skills are shared by parental creatures of all types.   Perhaps there's much some humans might learn from the birds.

When I've viewed some of the interactions between Simba and both parents, but especially his mother, I have wondered if there are more emotional connections, feelings,  than what we may think.  Scientists have learned this is true in some other creatures, so why not birds?  What do you think?

This Audubon article reveals some interesting observations about the question of whether or not birds grieve.

Live Feed 24/7 Video Cam:  https://youtu.be/5b2dUgK6VV4

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Shirley Bassey -- a uniquely talented world famous Welsh vocalist sings "Feelings" recorded in 1976. Dame Shirley who also sang in three James Bond movies is in her eighth decade now.

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I may take a break from blogging here for the coming weeks.  I’ll probably return after the end of summer.    Everyone have a wonderful rest of the summer.