24-P by R o g e r

ain't politics grandI was thinking about politics. Small-p politics.

The Wikipedia describes politics (from Ancient Greek: πολιτικά, translit. Politiká, meaning “affairs of the cities”) as “a set of activities associated with the governance of a country, or an area.

“It involves making decisions that apply to members of a group. It refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance—organized control over a human community, particularly a state.”

This is important stuff. I suppose it’s inevitable that human endeavors, especially those involving the exercise of power, have been defined in less than glowing terms. And this coming from an old political science major.

Still, I try to encourage every citizen who can to try to keep up with the political issues where you live. Contact your representatives. Express your opinion. Vote.

And some of those items also apply to ABC Wednesday. Contact your fellow contributors. Express your opinions about their posts. I hope they elect to do likewise.

 

24-O by B e v e r l y

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This week at ABC Wednesday, O gets centre stage.

 

O is for Organ Donation

Organ donation saves lives. Yet here are some sobering facts about organ donation in Canada (in 2016):

*over 4,500 people are on the waiting list to receive an organ

  • 260 people died while waiting for a transplant

Last week, in Canada, we had Green Shirt Day on April 7th, which will now be an annual event. It marked the one year anniversary of the devastating bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt hockey team, and injured 13 others. The tragedy had such an impact on our whole country.

One huge effect though, has been what is called The Logan Boulet Effect. Logan was 19 when he died in the bus crash, but he had already signed his card to ensure his organs would be donated. His parents followed through with Logan’s wishes and so 6 people’s lives were saved or improved because of his donated organs.

But Logan’s impact didn’t stop there. In just the two months after his death, over 100,000 people registered to be organ donors.

More and more people have done so as well since then, and Green Shirt Day will encourage people to be organ donors every year.

Some jurisdictions around the world already have an opt-out option – where people have to actually opt out of donating their organs. In countries that have this option, over 90% of people donate their organs. Where opt-in options exist, not nearly as many donate.

Organ donation though can happen from living donors – blood, liver, kidney, bone marrow.

In 2003, my husband needed a new kidney. He had been on dialysis for a year and a half and though it kept him alive, it was not a quality life. We had married in 2002 and I saw what he went through. I offered to donate a kidney and I proved to be a match.

Sixteen years later my husband’s kidney is still working well. He receives follow up and is watched carefully. He must take anti-rejection drugs for life but his quality of life is so much better.

 

Organ donation saves lives, improves lives.

Be sure your family knows you consent to be an organ donor. 

 

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24-N by R o g e r

Last Thursday, I wrote on Facebook: “You know when you feel so crummy that it takes you two hours to get enough energy to go to the drug store to get medicine so you can feel better? I do.”

It was NICE to stay in bed, all NESTLED in my covers. But I NEEDED something to make me feel NOT so bad. It is a NASTY ailment.

Then last Friday, my NICE wife took me to the urgent care place. And do you know what the diagnosis was? NOTHING!

OK, technically NOT true. I have “flu-like” symptoms. But NO flu, NO pneumonia. Well, NOT yet. A more specific appraisal may provide more NEWS.

I’m hoping y’all are feeling more NORMAL than I, well enough to go from NATION to NATION and visit your ABC Wednesday NEIGHBORS.

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24-M by R o g e r

Here’s a picture of a (fictional) MIGRANT from the planet Krypton to the planet Earth, specifically the United States of America. What’s the backstory?

“It was drawn by Superman comic book artist Wayne Boring around 1949, and it was stamped on a protective schoolbook cover (one of which recently sold at auction for $805) and a poster.

“But the comic is MORE than a quaint piece of Americana; it’s a relic from a largely forgotten nationwide tolerance MOVEMENT that swept the country for MORE than a decade. Powerful people in government also suspected Superman’s brand of patriotism was … anti-American propaganda…

“Educators deliberated how, and if, they should teach students to accept racial, cultural, and religious differences. After all, the ethnic MAKEUP of America was quickly changing. The first wave of the Great MIGRATION saw nearly 2 million African Americans move north and west to cities. While most classrooms remained segregated, even the whitest schools were increasingly mixed with the children of different immigrant groups.

“In 1938, the New York City Board of Education began requiring students to learn about how MULTIPLE groups contributed to American history. When World War II erupted one year later, the demand for tolerance education spiked. The New York Times reported in 1939 that ‘Instances were cited of teachers in New York City and elsewhere being ‘ridiculed, harassed and otherwise impeded’ by pupils under the influence of, and stimulated by, Nazi doctrine.’

“To nip foreign propaganda in the bud, schools across the country joined the tolerance MOVEMENT. MILITARY leaders encouraged it, too. They knew that American troops, many of them fresh out of school, would fight their best if they learned to set aside their differences.”

There’s MORE in this 2018 MENTAL Floss article. It’s interesting how this 70-year-old picture still MATTERS.

Of course, we want all kinds of people, no MATTER their MAKEUP, to MARVEL at that MATERIAL posted at ABC Wednesday.

 

 

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24-L by B e v e r l y

This week at ABC Wednesday L gets centre stage.

L  is for Live, Love, Laugh

This is one of my favourite expressions – one that sums up what we need for a happy life.

We all need love and loving others as ourselves would certainly create a more caring, friendlier world. There is too much hate, racism in the world. Every religion has the golden rule of loving others. No one is better than anyone else. Race, colour, religion are just excuses to encourage hate.

We need to live each day as if it is our last. We need to grasp all that is good about our world and be the best that we can be

And laughter only makes everything better. Worry and stress erode our happiness. We need to laugh and laught often.

So, Live well

Laugh often

and

Love Much!

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24-K by M e l o d y

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In my hometown zoo we don’t have Kangaroo’s nor Koala’s, the animals I’ve shown in my entry at 23-K, the previous round but we have animals that most people call Kangaroo, whilst their real name is Walibi.. not that strange, because lots of people don’t know the difference between these two species, they look very similar, the most obvious difference is their size. Walibi’s are lots smaller. Since walibi’s look a lot like a kangaroo, and since we don’t have any other animals  in my zoo, and I don’t have photograps of them in other zoo’s, and I don’t want to ‘borrow’ photo’s that are not made by myself… wich name starts with a K … I show you the Walibi, a kind of kangaroo

 

 

 

 

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24-J by R o g e r

I was telling Melody that I didn’t think I’d have time to JOT down an introduction for the J. “My life has been such a JUMBLE lately. I still am doing Black History Month stuff at church. I have to JABBER about demographic information without using too much JARGON at the Chamber of Commerce.”

Melody advised me that she has confidence in me. “JEEZE! But I’ve run out of JUICE. I’ve been to five funerals in this calendar year already this year. And it it’s too cold to JOG.

“Moreover, I have to JUGGLE a trip to New York City, work on a Book and Author event, prepare a webinar on sales tax for my JOB, though I am JAZZED about it. I’m looking for something to JETTISON.”

Maybe next time I can JAW about something.

 

24-I by B e v e r l y

 

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I is for Imagination

From the dictionary : Imagination is “the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.”s.

Imagination – we know what it is, we often wish we were imaginative and yet we often doubt that we have it. We think of artists and musicians as imaginative

Yet we all have it and we can all express it. It is important, it is as necessary as breathing.

From   Tao de Haas

“The ability to imagine things pervades our entire existence. It influences everything we do, think about and create. It leads to elaborate theories, dreams and inventions in any profession from the realms of academia to engineering and the arts. Ultimately, imagination influences everything we do regardless of our profession.

Imagination is the key to innovation.”

 

We may need to work at it, but we can be creative, imaginative, innovative. It is just a matter of degree.

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HI all…

I have three things to tell / ask you all ….

  1. Most of you might have noticed by now that the appearance etc of the Linky-Script has changed. That was not my decision but of the creators behind it. I myself still am trying to find out how it works and after some contact with their helpdesk, some things I would like, are not yet available but will probably somewhere in the future. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments or drop me an e-mail.
  2. I don’t know if you already know… and by you I only mean those participants who blog on Blogspot…. Google+ will soon stop and that probably will cause difficulties for your visitors who want to leave a comment. On some blogs one has to verify his comment through clicking lots of similar images… that does not always work properly. So please check your blog and specificly the possibillities you offer to your visitors to leave a comment and if alter it if necessary.
  3. I would like to have some more help with the intro’s in the future… are there amongst you how would like to assist me? If so, let me know please!

24-H by M e l o d y

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One of my favorites…. they seem so sweet and gentle but beware, they are not!!!
So if you ever come across one in the wild…. never, never ever get in between it and water!
They have no natural enemy’s … so they always feel safe, no matter wich other animals surround them…
The only real threat they have is their sleep…. if their internal clock fails to work right they die in their sleep because the internal organs press together the longs through wich they will sufficate.


In my hometown zoo we have 6 ladies who have lots and lots of space… so the public can watch them whilst they are outside and also inside when they are under the waters. Beeing under water watching them is very beautiful… because then you can see how agile they realy are and how fast too.

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