* The last day of rain for DFW was June 3. Rain west, south, north, and east....but not here. Trees are suffering, losing leaves they cannot support. We are supporting the trees, plants, and bushes that have added beauty and color to our home as best possible. The drought in western states is severe, long-lasting. Climate Change is no longer a theory. Good for younger people for not accepting the passivity of our non-leaders.
** A report this week on the growth of boomers creating "boommates," as an economic way of meeting the ongoing increase of expenses of staying in their homes. A secondary plus is the benefit of having someone else in the home during the elder times of a spouse's death and adult children now with their own families and not living near. In new and creative ways we see the redefining of "family."
* A news panelist presented information in a way I had not heard before.
There are 120 guns in America for every 100 Americans.
Law enforcement, mental health, and schools are all seeking answers to the all too often school, mall, and random shootings by young white men. A young mom here said she does not go anywhere without a backup, an exit plan. We do know the brain's frontal lobe is the last to develop. The frontal lobe is where impulse control, judgement, empathy for others, and emotional expression are developed, usually completed about the age of 25. In the meantime white young men with guns will continue to kill children, elders, couples, and the innocent ones of our unsafe world.
** My latest story is titled, "I Can't Go Back To Starbucks," my writing is about a young woman who worked at Starbucks through college, but is now facing the difficulty of finding the right first job. The story opens with her at a Starbucks table, staring at an employment form. A mall walker, an older gentleman notices, on his 3rd mall lap,she is still at the table, staring down at a piece of paper. He says hello....her life changed. That's the story.
Finally, let's talk about dreams, everyone's dreams. Researchers, for two years, interviewed young and old, all gender, race, and social and economic standing. Whether that person, family, or group of persons dreams, and what they dream about is important in directing their life. In general, our 8 yr. old dreams are more fantasy than a high school senior applying to colleges. Younger families dream for their infant, different
than a couple at mid-life, and then again as elder years come, either surrounded by family or alone. .So, stop, for a few moments allow earlier and current dreams to come to you, let each rest on you....and what are your dreams now, today, for your tomorrows. Let's talk, share our dreams.
Roy, whatever dreams I may have include Beth, always