Next Steps

Policy

by: Big Brother
(I tell you how things gotta be and things you’d better settle down and get used to, lest you be dealt something worse.)

All the specialists agree: Re-opening the country –even on an Terror-Level: Orange — on May 1st is an overly optimistic step.

We still need to improve testing procedures. We still need to solidify tracking procedures. We still need to get everyone into the system so we can have valid, useful information to battle both this and future attacks.

Instead, citizens who have never seen this illness firsthand are pushing for the gates of “FREEDOM” like a herd sprinting for a cliff. And it looks like they may get what they want.

This means there will be a wave of new infections. There will be death. Then these people will come crying that they need help. And doctors will help them because that’s what they’ve sworn to do. But it’s time to start making the moves that ensure that everyone who is doing everything right gets treated first.

Is that you?

Here’s a checklist everyone should be getting 100% on:

  • Wear a mask in public
  • Wash & sanitize your hands
  • Cough & sneeze into your elbow
  • Stay 6 feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with you
  • Sanitize surfaces before and after use
  • Do not shake hands
  • Stay connected and hold social events (from casual parties to weddings and funerals) online, whenever possible
  • Only leave the house if it is mandatory
  • Stay out of the sun
  • Avoided beaches, hiking trails, parks, and any public outdoor activity
  • Get current on all vaccinations
  • Input your Direct Deposit information at USA.gov

These are the first steps to staying safe and tracking illness when it does spread. It ensures you are not a danger to medical professionals and can be seen quickly if you are infected. It also means you are first in line to receive reimbursements issued to you by the federal government and who doesn’t need that?

More steps will come later that will make things much more safe and secure than they are right now. But, like everything, they will take a little time.

For now, just make sure you are where you need to be, doing what you need to do. If so, the system will take care of you.

And you and your family deserve that peace of mind.

LIBERTY: If We Can Keep It

Opinion

by: The Patriot (The United States was founded on certain principles. I stand for those principles because no government has the right to make a slave out of me.)

Folks, not since yesterday have our liberties ever been more imperiled than they are today.

Why? Because you’re all a bunch of scared little sissies cowering in your homes from a flu virus when it’s May outside.

I mean, if you’re willing to sell your liberty so cheap, maybe you don’t deserve to have it.

But I do!

I have the right to work my land. I have the right to buy seeds that aren’t GMO. I have a right to have a gun that can shoot back at anyone taking a shot at me. I have the right to meet strangers in a bar and not walk around with a mask over my face like a dude in a burqa.

I. Have. Rights. And if I didn’t want those rights, I would have been born somewhere else, learned things the hard way there, then moved here for a better life.

At least, I would have in decades past. But, maybe, not anymore.

Today, Candace Owens was suspended from Twitter for tweeting this to her followers:

Candace Owens tweet, suspended

Now, if you know Candace like I do, you know she is laughing her head off at this suspension, but this action taken by Twitter clearly demonstrates how dangerous free thought is considered right now.

Candace’s tweet is being considered as an actual call to violence, resulting in inevitable and malicious death. Look at the conversation around it on Twitter if you don’t believe me. Many want her criminally prosecuted for reckless endangerment.

Think about that: Telling people to go to work IF THEY WANT TO is being treated the same as if she just tweeted out a call to murder people in the streets.

This is where people’s heads are at. They want to treat sharing public air while going about life as negligent homicide when anyone who wants to stay in quarantine or exercise precautions is free to do so while the rest of us choose not to hide from this new invisible enemy.

What do people think is going to happen? That the quarantined and vulnerable are going to be ripped from their homes and breathed on by infected masses in the public square? These libs have clearly been watching too many zombie shows.

No. People who WANT and NEED to live their lives will go about their business as they see fit as we all process the new flu in town and try not to let it take many of us down.

I’m not going to stop the world so that libs can get off and force me into some purified pod to live on UBI and only have approved contact with people, information, and messaging for the rest of my life.

No way. No, sir. Not happening!

All these people who want to stay inside because they prefer their TVs to real people can live whatever life suits them: Go for it! This is still a free enough country for that. But I will NOT let the liberals’ general contempt for humanity and intolerance to anyone who doesn’t meet their standards become my lifestyle.

Go live in a pod! Fine. Just don’t try to force me into one with you.

Our founding fathers went through a lot to try to give us a free country, and I’m willing to fight to keep it.

Who’s with me?

Closeup USA American flag,the symbolic of liberty,freedom,patriotic,honor,american family,kids,nation,independence day,4th of July blowing by the wind with overtoned color and selective focus

Crosswalk Courtesy

Gossip Column

by: Zeitgeist Karen (White. Female. Opinionated & highly concerned. Detail Sleuth. Never heard a story I couldn’t tell better.)

I don’t know that it’s news that some people have forgotten how to drive in this quarantine. 🚗😱🚑

(My suspicion is that they are the people who have NOT been staying home, who have been driving on empty roads this whole time and now have to deal with more cars as quarantine restrictions are relaxed by people who don’t believe in science. BUT, since I have been abiding restrictions, I have no proof of this.)

Unfortunately, thoughtless driving is leading to run-ins like this.

I think we ALL know how this woman feels. Thoughtless driving by strangers is stressful on the best of days!

So be kind, everyone. And play by the rules! You never know who is having a hard day and what your lack of effort might do to them.

A small thing to you can be the straw the broke the camel’s back to someone else.

Hugs to everyone 🤗💖💖💖 and stay safe out there!

Releasing Fear into the Tumult

New Age

by: Capella Nion (Oracle to an ever-changing future. All prophesies have room for correction, unless otherwise stated.)

Crystal ball emoji

As the quarantine continues, an unspoken gap between two types of people is growing: The “essential” and the “unessential” worker.

“Essential” workers are doing well. Work and/or pay is largely uninterrupted (and might even be up!) and they have what they need. Some circumstances may not be ideal, but they’re not worried about paying bills next month.

They’re okay.

On the other side of that spectrum (with many different degrees of “necessary work” in between), there are those who have received unspoken notice that they are “unessential” to the global economy.

Many of the workers who have just received this messaging are small business owners who — without notice — just traded 3 months of revenue for a $1,200 check and all their usual bills because they were too small to qualify for any kind of bailout.

And, unless they were flush going into this, these individuals are not okay.

Many are in trouble with little hope on their horizon, even if their friends and neighbors don’t know it yet.

It’s a conversation that’s coming in some homes, while others will get to skip those talks.

It was while pondering this looming future that I happened upon a wise New Age shop owner who–lack of public assistance aside–is turning every quarantine obstacle to her benefit.

Things are as much against her as they are for any brick-and-mortar small business right now, yet things are looking bright for her — perhaps, brighter than if there had been no quarantine at all!

So I asked her, “How are you doing it? How are you thriving where so many are struggling?”

“I just listen to Mother Earth,” she replied. “When this all started, and I asked her what this chaos was about, she said, ‘Give me your fear. All of it.’ So I did. Until all I had left was my new plans for the future. So I’m doing them. And it’s going to be great!”

Wise words, if you ask me.

And so I share them with you.

For what better path is there out of a mire than to cast fear aside and follow bright thoughts someplace higher?

POSTER SUBMISSION

Public Announcement

by: Rich Snitch (Snitches get riche$ and it’s the Year of the Rat. I don’t make the rules, I just use them to rise.)

Sup, my stalkers.

The bosses are offering extra cash for recruitment poster ideas, so here’s my official concept entry for bonus pay in this economy:

SNITCHES GET RICHES!
Call your local non-emergency police number to sign up today.

Think you can do better? It doesn’t have to be pro. A real artist will do the final look on the winning concept, so don’t let that stop you!

Entries are still open if you’re looking for cash.

Also, to all you fledgling snitches out there, remember that your city or state probably doesn’t want you calling 9-1-1 to report social distancing infractions anymore.

Look up your local non-emergency police number and call that to report your neighbors.

Let them know you’re ready to be ESSENTIAL and get paid!

Pro Tip: Want to know if someone you know is a snitch?

Memorize your local non-emergency number and check their call history.

(Note: This won’t work on pros like me who have more than one phone.)

MAY DAY!!!

Gossip Column

by: Zeitgeist Karen
(White. Female. Opinionated & highly concerned. Detail Sleuth. Never heard a story I couldn’t tell better.)

OMG. Social media has been on 🔥 today!

SO much to keep up with. We are still not outside the Bell curve specialists say we should stay within to not create a second wave of sickness AND MY CITY IS OPENING UP!!!

Can you believe the insanity of it all? Will everything we’ve done up until now be for naught???

Several businesses are opening up, but most of my friends are staying smart by staying home. #staysafestayhome

I hear gyms are opening up to appointments only, and I’ll confess I did drive around downtown to see how businesses are complying with mandate.

An ice cream 🍨 store was open, and there wasn’t a mask to be seen. 😡😷

All the book stores are closed📚😞 (which is bittersweet) and restaurants seemed to still be take-out only. #asformeandmyhousewewillordertakeout #stimulatetheeconomy

One restaurant was unabashedly open, with tables 8 feet apart 👏👏, but it was empty when I passed by, saved for the skeleton crew onhand who can no longer claim unemployment.

I also passed by a cell phone store with windows facing the street and there were two men inside: an employee and a customer. Neither had masks on and they were NOT maintaining a social distance. 😨😨🚑⚕🩺💉💊🏥

If a second wave of this flu is on its way, WE’RE SCREWED!

For now, we wait to see if we have truly eluded doom with the HURCULEAN 💪🥇 efforts we’ve been taking for the past 6 weeks, or if death still waits for us like a hungry cat patiently coiled around the corner.

#thinkinghappythots #livelaughlove #stay6feetaway

One Sheep

One of my favorite poems by my grandma is “One Sheep.”

In truth, I have many “favorite” poems by my grandma. I was around 20 when I first read it online. The internet was just becoming a thing and my uncle posted all my grandma’s published work on his website.

I was manning a receptionist desk when I discovered “One Sheep” — reading it again and again while marveling how well she captured a sentiment I think nearly everyone can relate to.

Below is a scan of the poem, as originally published, followed by a recording of me reading it.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

One Sheep

God, I don't know how to start
or what to say.
I do not know the language of a formal prayer
so long it's been since my heart felt the urge to pray,
so long I've made believe no need to pray was there.
But, God, somehow I don't believe You are the kind
to hold a grudge for what I have or haven't done,
and if I just start praying I know You won't mind
or worry much about the way my prayer's begun.
It's over. I've been wrong and I'm not going to make
a lot of fancy promises that may not last,
a lot of crazy vows I'm weak enough to break.
You see, I have discovered mem'ries can be short,
and even tho right now my feet are on the ground,
it's hard to keep them there, so much comes to distort
my sense of values and to twist my views around.
I don't know yet if I can find the way to You,
I am afraid I'm apt to falter now and then,
but I will do the most that anyone can do,
if You'll have patience, honest, God, I'll try! Amen.

Verse by: Kathryn Kay

One Sheep. All rights Reserved. Copyright 1941, 1997, 2019.

Disempowerment 101

The 2016 election caused a bit of a social kerfuffle in the US.

Uncounted conversations with friends in the aftermath led me to this write this poem:

DISEMPOWERMENT 101

by: Sheralyn Pratt

It is old wisdom
that the way to weaken a people
is to get them to think
outside their sphere of influence.
If it’s beyond their horizon,
it is but a play on a stage.
Spectators can watch
but they hold no true sway.
They can only cheer
or speak outrage
to claims and hearsay
—hands tied,
thoughts bound
to a place far away—
until those far-away thoughts
disrupt their own day-to-day.
This is no accident.
It is all a design
to train the masses
to have impotent minds.
For unempowered souls are easily led
and when the 99 feel helpless…
well, you know what comes next.
The good news is
returning to power
is a flip of a switch.
Every animal does it—
it’s that easy to fix:
Tend to your sphere
and all you can touch.
See to its care
and make it top-notch.
Then, perhaps, if a call
leads you to go far-and-wide,
you can go,
you can give,
and improve what you find.

Here the poem is as a shareable image:

It is old wisdom 
that the way to weaken a people
is to get them to think
outside their sphere of influence.
If it’s beyond their horizon, 
it is but a play on a stage.
Spectators can watch
but they hold no true sway.
They can only cheer 
or speak outrage
to claims and hearsay
—hands tied,
thoughts bound
to a place far away—
until those far-away thoughts 
disrupt their own day-to-day.
This is no accident.
It is all a design
to train the masses
to have impotent minds.
For unempowered souls are easily led
and when the 99 feel helpless…
well, you know what comes next.
The good news is
returning to power 
is a flip of a switch. 
Every animal does it—
it’s that easy to fix:
Tend to your sphere 
and all you can touch. 
See to its care 
and make it top-notch. 
Then, perhaps, if a call 
leads you to go far-and-wide, 
you can go, 
you can give, 
and improve what you find.

Disempowerment 101: Copyright, Sheralyn Pratt 2019

Talking Poetry

Ask anyone who’s known me all my life and they’ll attest to the fact that I have never self-identified as a poet.

Yet as I get to know the fictional characters I write for, I find myself describing their POVs (points of view) in poetic fashion.

Or, as I like to call it: Poetisophical™ — philosophical bedrock that allows you to deduce the state of heart.

This is a little different than traditional poetry, in my opinion. Maybe it’s actually poetry upside-down.

Poetry is known for its invitation to sit for a moment in someone else’s experience. Good poetry inspires sympathy or empathy in the listener — transporting them into a vicarious experience that allows them to see something in a new way.

My “poetisophical” poetry is a bit different in that the genesis is often the motives of fictional characters in a story. They might be the good guy, they might be the bad guy, or they might be some form of chaotic neutral in the middle.

But they have their points of view and their motives, and the poems I write often speak to the bedrock of their character.

Then, to beat the character in the story, you must beat their bedrock.

Here’s one such poetisophical poem that has most people split 50/50 on loving it and hating it.

What do you think?

CHASING DOGMA

By: Sheralyn Pratt

A truth
becomes a lie
the moment it arrives.
For truth cannot be stopped
—sometimes it is,
sometimes it’s not—
it holds its space
and plays its part
but holding still
is not its art.
For truth is on the move, you see,
it has things to prove
and places to be.
So if you spot it once
and proudly mark its plot,
remember this:
 truth cannot be caught.

Like the poem? Here it is in a shareable image:

A truth
becomes a lie 
the moment it arrives. 
For truth cannot be stopped
—sometimes it is, 
sometimes it’s not—
it holds its space 
and plays its part 
but holding still 
is not its art.
For truth is on the move, you see, 
it has things to prove 
and places to be. 
So if you spot it once 
and proudly mark its plot, 
remember this:
 truth cannot be caught.

Copyright: Sheralyn Pratt

Like it? Hate it? Start a conversation.

Chasing Dogma, Copyright Sheralyn Pratt 2019