Ooooo, we have plums. I can’t keep up. I have been making jam and drying plums and I made a plum tart. Now I look out the window and panic because… apples….
the virtue of the disconnect
as a child
they say we are broken
he wakes at night
what was your childhood like?
how did you sleep?
it was not safe
we had to get up
leave in the night
you survived your childhood
yes, I did
sleeping lightly saved you
yes, it did
you could rewire that
it takes a lot of time
to change the childhood wiring
or you could just
with sleeping lightly
For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: brilliance. The brilliance of the sky reflecting in the water.
I am so blue, Beloved
about the things I can’t heal
about the people I can’t heal
about the relationships I can’t heal
I take my own advice
and walk after clinic
and the beauty of your sky, Beloved
I am with the trees
water water water
blue in the evening light
we only see the surface
of the water
not what is underneath
it reflects the sky
people are like water
we only see the surface
and see ourselves reflected back
my office manager came from hotels
this is so much harder, she says
and I say yes
because we see the depths
this person is behaving badly
yelling on the phone
calling crying yelling
but we both know
how much they are suffering
how much they want help
how they won’t listen or accept help
they want what they want
these people are breaking down
in the holidays stressed
I just long for rest Beloved
For Wordless Wednesday.
…after I spent about three hours going through paper and throwing it out… ok, like a total numbskull I mislaid my ballot. Have you mislaid your ballot? FIND IT! VOTE!
” …that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.“
When I went across the country as a Mad as Hell Doctor in 2009, we talked to people everywhere. I joined the group in Seattle. I had never met any of them and had only heard about them two weeks before. But we were on the road, talking about health care, talking about single payer healthcare, talking about Medicare for All.
Some people said, “I don’t want the government in healthcare.”
We would ask, “Are you against medicare?” “No!” “Medicaid?” “No!” “Active duty military health care?” “No! We must take care of our active duty!” “Veterans?” “No! They have earned it!”
…but those are all administered by the government. More than half of health care in the US. So let’s go forward: let’s all join together and have Medicare for ALL! And if you don’t agree… so you don’t think you should vote? Hmmm, I am wrestling my conscience here….
We need one system, without 20 cents of every insurance paid dollar going to health insurance profit and advertising and refusing care and building 500++ websites that really, I do not have time to learn and that change all the time anyhow. How about ONE website? How about ONE set of rules? We are losing doctors. It’s not just me worrying: it’s in the latest issue of the American Academy of Family Practice.
Vote. For your health and for your neighbor’s health.
Physicians for a National Healthcare Progam: http://pnhp.org/
Healthcare Now: https://www.healthcare-now.org/
I can’t credit the photograph, because I don’t remember who took it…. or if it was with my camera or phone or someone else’s! But thank you, whoever you are!
Voting weather too. Please vote.
For mindlovesmisery’s Heeding Haiku catch reality: With a nasty cold, I have to be off from work for long enough that I won’t cough talking and get pneumonia again. But the work piles up…
pig in blankets
virus swollen drain
balance, rest while paper piles
return to work soon
You noticed the pig in the blankets..but did you notice the other?
Miss Boa likes the blankets. A purring comfort for me.
Mondane Monday #180: fall coral.
These are coral mushrooms. J said he can’t remember which color is edible so we didn’t eat any. We saw yellow and white too. We were on the Tunnel Creek trail in the Olympic National Forest.
Fall coral could be color or coral or …. something else. Message your blog or do a pingback if you want to join! I will list the entries next Monday.
Last Monday was Without words.
KL Allendorfer wrote Wordless Cat, with lots of photographs!
For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: contrast.
I took this Friday, walking around north Seattle, waiting for my autoclave to finish testing. In the early morning these small flowers were by the road and scattered through a yard. For survivors everywhere: the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia and for men, women and children who have been hurt and abused and go on. For the capacity to love, to grieve and to heal.
Our air quality is still bad today. I got my first alarm on my cell phone for bad air quality yesterday: the first time in 18 years.
Here are some links regarding forest fire smoke and your lungs:
Forest fires and Respiratory Health Fact Sheet: here. This pdf has other links at the bottom.
Breathe: the lung association: here. A Canadian site. Good, short and clear.
American Lung Association: How wildfires affect our health.
Fire fighter health: US Forest Service. Effects of Smoke Exposure on Firefighter Health
The photograph is not a fire: it’s a sunset in Hawaii.