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The Impressive Backyard Tree

Spruce up your yard by planting a tree. Trees absorb 13% (net) of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions (says the EPA).  In urban spaces they give free shade, suppress noise, decrease wind speeds, and add beauty.

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I Made it Big-Time!

I’m important! Got this email threat from “Anonymous” about my book: THE WOMEN IN ME WILL BE ON PIRATEBAY AND PLAGIARISED WITH AI SOON! PLUS YOUR PERSONAL INFO GIVEN TO LOCAL THUGS IN YOUR AREA! YES WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU LIVE. STOP YOUR GOODREADS AND SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTIONS IF YOU DON’T WANT IT TO HAPPEN! WE DON’T LIVE IN YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR LAWS CAN DO NOTHING TO US!

I’m soooooooooooooo scared!

True Reason for Respect

Today’s Thursday Thought quote points out a common fallacy, a misdirection where respect should come from.

“Destroy the idea that men should respect women because we are their daughters, mothers, & sisters. Reinforce the idea that men should respect women because we are people.” (unknown)

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Celebrate!

Happy Juneteenth to us all. To descendants of slaves, who have a rich, if tragic, history. And to the rest of us who benefit daily from their contributions to our country and presence in our lives.

A Bad Half-Year of Senseless Tragedy

Saturday, in Round Rock, TX, 16 people were shot. Two of them died. This was US mass shooting #220 for the year, and the year isn’t even half over. We MUST address the cause of these–easy access to guns, mental health, prejudice, politicians’ violent speech, or a combination. And we must do it NOW!

Chemical-Free Mold Removal

You don’t need harsh chemicals to defeat mold. Use detergent and water to scrub it from hard surfaces. Or spray with 3% hydrogen peroxide, let stand for 10 minutes, then scrub. Either way, wipe thoroughly afterwards to remove residue and stains.

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Our Shelter

Today I offer an Irish proverb for our Thursday Thought. It struck me because it reminded me that each of us is affected by all those who cross our path. It’s worth thinking about.

People live in each other’s shelter. – Irish proverb

Tips to Avoid Arguments over Politics

THE SIMPLEST WAY, OF COURSE, IS JUST TO AVOID THE TOPIC.  BUT this will become harder and harder as we brawl through the November elections. These tips from care2.com are worth remembering.

1. Be choosy: Pick your battles—the Golden Rule of interpersonal relationships—is especially valuable advice when discussing politics. If your husband is yelling at the television during a candidate’s speech, is that really affecting you? Probably not. So don’t bother starting an argument over it.

2. Seek shelter on common ground: Instead of focusing on how you and your conversational partner disagree, look for areas where your opinions harmonize. Begin a conversation by highlighting the values and goals you both share.

3. Don’t get personal: Because politics are based largely on personal values and beliefs, there is no such thing a “right” or “wrong” way of interpreting the issues. If you’re having trouble seeing things from your partner’s point of view, try asking yourself why a rational person would come to such a conclusion. You may still not agree with them—you don’t have to—but it’s important to admit that their perspective is valid.

4. Check your facts: Don’t waste time debating factual information you can just look up on the Internet. Before you engage in a lengthy debate over the exact amount of money that the President’s plan for reducing the deficit is allegedly supposed to save, make sure you both know what that number is.

5. Let a sleeping argument lie: Once a political discussion has reached a natural stopping point, make sure it doesn’t start back up again. Quell your desire to have the last word in an argument and stay way from the phrase, “I just have one more thing to say about…”

6. Learn how to apologize: So many people don’t know how (or refuse) to apologize after they’ve said something wrong. Here are three guidelines for effective apologies: embellish the wrong (“I made a really big mistake when…”), say why you’re sorry, and tell the person how you’re going to avoid making the same mistake in the future.

NFL Doesn’t Pay Taxes

I was surprised to learn that the NFL hasn’t paid taxes since 1966, when “professional football leagues” were added to the IRS code as non-profit organizations.  That put them into the same category as tax-exempt charities, such as the Cancer Society, homeless shelters, and churches.  At the same time, they were granted an exemption in the anti-trust regulations, giving them a monopoly in terms of negotiating TV rights, thus saving them even more money. It makes me wonder why the items we buy–tickets, hot dogs, beer, team clothing, etc.—are astronomically high.  And why we put up with it.

Our Ocean: Caring for a Friend

Today is World Ocean Day. Our oceans give us beauty, fun, food, jobs, medicine, air, weather patterns, a place to think. In return, we give it pollution, beach erosion, and death to its inhabitants.  But with our normal daily activities we can reverse this destructive human trend:

1) Lessen pollution by conserving water and guarding against oil and antifreeze running into the ocean. (The ocean gets more oil from car leaks than from large tanker spills.)

2) Avoid litter–cigarette butts tossed onto the street end up in the ocean, killing sea-life.

3) Ask questions before buying seafood. Was it farmed, thus depending on wild fish as its food source?  Where was it farmed—inland, meaning that waste didn’t flow into the ocean?  If wild, was it caught in such a way that didn’t also catch turtles, dolphins, and other life that was simply discarded?   (For help, print a pocket guide from https://www.seafoodwatch.org/recommendations/download-consumer-guides

It’s not too late—yet—to start taking better care of our wonderful, watery friend.