- The US Surgeon General has formed a department to address a national crisis and epidemic of Loneliness. The crisis response is not limited to isolated elderly. Teen girls especially are at risk for considering Suicide. As a society, we have learned “being connected” does not always result in inclusion and knowing where you fit. Dr. Vivek Murtny wishes to mend our social fabric.
** Beth and I now have our 6th Covid vaccination. Our pharmacist hopes next year the Covid and flu shot will be combined, making protection easier for us and pharmacist as well.
- The Madrid Tennis Open has changed the on court look of tennis. At first there were ball boys, then later girls were added, and for 20 years ball kids. At the Madrid Open, retrieving tennis balls are young women, ages 18 – 29. Dress is black top, bare middle and miniskirt. I have been surprised by the lack of comments/protest of Madrid’s sexualizing of tennis. Goodbye kids.
** St. Andrews Episcopal in Amarillo (our home church) was vandalized Wednesday night. Broken people breaking sacred peace and damaging the interior. The concern on a Friday zoom, was to monitor if this was isolated or an attack on Episcopal churches. Either way a sad reality.
- Frank Lloyd Wright completed 1/3 of his architectural projects between the ages of 80 and 92. As an elder writer, beginning late in life, this is encouraging.
** Our TX Gov. Gregg Abbott recently called 5 family members murdered in Cleveland, TX, “illegal immigrants.” When any of us, including Gov. Abbott, labels this family, any family, there is a distancing, a dehumanizing resulting in not caring what happens to them, or us. Words convey valuing, meaning, or as with Gov. Abbott, a lack of human compassion and empathy. In 1948, 32 mostly Mexican farm workers died in a plane crash in Los Gatos Canyon, CA. News reports said the farm worker were “just deportees.” Woody Guthrie wrote the song “Deportees.” Joan Baez and others sang of these “just deportees.” Friend Gregg, you might to have Woody and Joan a listen on U tube.
- An elder New Mexico friend, living alone, said in a recent conversation, he is beginning to worder about his future care. The who, how, when of what happens to us is a reality. We have numerous elder women and men who have lived past their immediate family…with adult kids spread far and wide with their own work and families. So, being connected and active in support of others is what community is all about.
Roy, neighbors all, near or far