"The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history."
I'll refrain for now from elaborating more on the anger I feel toward those U.S. politicians -- who clearly aren't statepersons -- continuing to betray their oath to our constitution and protection of our democratic republic by not holding accountable those responsible for the traitorous acts and murders associated with the Capitol's assault January 6th -- another day of infamy! Meanwhile we must keep refuting the deceptions, disinformation, lies, conspiracy theories used to undermine our democratic republic.
On a more mood-altering note, living vicariously one night this week, I virtually visited the Big Bear Mountains via the live camera focused on the vacant Bald Eagle nest. The ferocious sound and sight of wind gusts blowing the spitting snow whipping through the tree nest tapped into sensory memories of times when I had such similar real experiences though on the ground and not hundreds of feet up in a tree. The recollection caused me to shiver involuntarily though I was now warmly ensconced in my recliner chair far removed from this real scene.
I couldn't help thinking how glad I was the eagles first clutch of eggs had not survived to hatch. The baby birds might well have not lived through the series of storms we're having with more snow, wind, rain and cold temperatures expected in the coming week.
This past week over 2 feet of snow in 48 hours in those mountains and the ones above where I live became welcome rain at our lower elevation. "On average, thirteen inches of snow equals one inch of rain in the US, although this ratio can vary from two inches for sleet to nearly fifty inches for very dry, powdery snow under certain conditions" as reported by the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Hopefully, we'll draw closer to building more adequate water reserves described by California Department of Water Resources since we're behind for the coming dry summer heat.
Will be interesting to see if after this next storm the eagles refurbish their nest which a raven couple rearranged following their devouring the first clutch of eggs. I wonder, will the eagles try again to raise a family this year starting a new clutch in February? Here's that Big Bear live cam link if you want to see what's happening up there. The scenic mountain lake view and sounds can be relaxing even if nothing else is happening.
Here in the human world, we're busy trying to ward off a virus we cannot see but one equipped to inflict considerable disruption in our lives and even take the life of some of us. This devious virus mutates and evolves to circumvent the medications used to treat and destroy this enemy. So, we now have variant viruses including at least one version stronger than all others that may be somewhat immune to the vaccines our scientists have created.
Meanwhile, in the U.S. and around the world people are rushing to obtain what they hope will be a life preserving vaccination against these viruses. Near me in Los Angeles County at our fairgrounds free vaccinations are being administered to a never-ending line of those driving through who have been able to make a reservation. Even more people complain of difficult time-consuming efforts on the Internet or even by phone trying to make a reservation because there are so many in need. The necessary vaccine is limited in quantity, too, as are the distribution sites while manufacturers are rushing to meet the demand.
While I am now eligible to receive a vaccination, I have decided to simply wait for my pharmacy or physician to receive a vaccine supply and have my injection provided by one of them. They will contact me to reserve an appointment once they have vaccine. Until then, I will continue to follow the safety precautions I have been taking successfully the past year. So what are a few more months or however long it takes. I fully intend to take those same precautions for a time after I receive any vaccination, too. Who knows, by then maybe the inoculation I receive will have been modified to resist the latest viral variants and might even be refined to require only one injection for protection -- or not. Whatever, I'm prepared to adjust accordingly.
LANGUAGE INFLUENCES HEALTH
I may be in a better position than many to be somewhat isolated from society, living alone as I do and no longer working. Even the challenge of grocery shopping is eased with delivery and pick-up services coupled with the Internet's offerings. I can still safely drive to drive-thru restaurants. There are so many people who need to be out and about, are necessarily exposed to other people in the process of earning for their livelihood who are in more need of vaccine protection than I am. Others seem much less able to adapt to a more confined life with limited physical contact to other people than I experience. Even virtual contact seems to be intolerable for some after only a short period of time in their life though I'm quite satisfied with the limited amount I have.
Maybe the Just Scream hotline, closed January 21st, serves as a better form of release though I've never found that to be a successful outlet for me no matter how frustrated I feel. I just read that, apparently, people have more to scream about, so effective February 1st they are reopening Scream's phone line -- in case you're interested click on the link above.
We all have different needs and limitations to our acceptable thresholds for being able to function effectively with the physical absence of others. Some seem to be better able to accept their situation without becoming distressed. Others seem to be more needy. I think for some, just the conscious knowledge their freedoms and choices have become limited for any reason, despite the fact it certainly isn't permanent, has created so much anxiety in their mind and thinking, they seem compelled that they must resist at all cost, however illogical or irrational that may be. I'm not much for volatile emotional outbursts as a release such as those mask wearing resistors demonstrate. The stereotypical tale of redheads having hot tempers is another one of those falsehoods which as one I can confirm.
I do believe how and what we think with the words we choose has considerable bearing on how events unfold in our lives. I remain quite convinced the language to ourselves we use in our heads does influence our attitude, thoughts, emotional state and behaviors to impact our health for better or worse. When stress becomes distress our language to ourselves can alter that state as described in this Mayo Clinic link. Self-talk benefits have been noted in various studies including even reducing pain such as discussed at Healthline.com. I wonder if others put a premium on the words they tell themselves or if doing so matters little?