April Snowfall

IMG_6058Here’s a lovely April photo of Civic Center Park in Denver – taken from the bus.  I am starting to feel bitter and angry about the weather!  Please!  This has got to end!

Fingerling potatoes are on the stove, bubbling away.  For some reason, the idea of my normal steel cut oats, blueberries, and flax seeds has no appeal this morning.  Weird, because it is what I eat nearly every morning of my life without question.  The two weeks as a vegan did something very odd to my appetite.  It is out of control.  I have got to get back to an equilibrium with food.  But for this morning, it will be an egg and potato burrito on a spinach tortilla.

In the midst of the news coverage about the bombings and the creatures who perpetrated the bombings, there are some devious things going on.  They will not be covered by the media.  Some freedoms are being sneakily taken away.   Calling the laws protecting the privacy of psychiatric records  “unnecessary legal barriers,” these protections are being eroded if not totally destroyed.  All for a good cause, they say.  All for a good cause.  Did you know that is how Hitler started?  By compiling a database of mentally ill and other “undesirables.”

OK, that is not what you expect from my blog probably.  I get that.  But I am not a big fan of sticking my head in the sand in the name of “serenity.”  I have an opportunity to comment on this proposed law, and I am going to do so.  Then I can let it go.  But not a moment before I do what I can to protect our rights to privacy.

I am another step closer to having some unbelievably good news.  On Wednesday I should know for sure.  In the meantime, I am praying, lighting candles at chapels and cathedrals around town, and praying the Rosary until the beads are smoking!

For now I have to get ready to get in my car and drive through ridiculous amounts of snow to get to work.

“First they came for the communists and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist.
Next they came for the Catholics and I did not speak out – because I was not a Catholic.
Then they came for me. And there was no one left to speak out for me.” — Pastor Niemoeller, Political prisoner of the Nazis.



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9 Responses to April Snowfall

  1. Annette says:

    Ok your last paragraph about your prayers for your unbelievably glorious potential good news….made me LOL here at my breakfast table. Thank you.

    The other news though….holy schnikies! Really? Seriously? I am not a fan of the HIPAA laws in regards to family members who are trying desperately to help their sick young adult family members, but this sounds entirely different. Its a scary world we live in. What can we do Mary? Who do we call, write to? How do I find out more? You can email me privately if you feel like answering these questions. I truly want to know….

  2. Jeanne says:

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/04/19/obama-taking-mental-health-angle-on-gun-background-checks/ Annette, this link will get you started on the issue. It is an oft used tactic of this Administration to wrap the elimination or erosion of fundamental rights inside issues which on the surface “seem” good for society. This time your privace is pitted inside gun control.

  3. Syd says:

    If someone is deemed a danger to themselves or others, I hope that they would not get a gun. The VA Tech shooter was not supposed to have a gun due to his mental condition, yet he did acquire one that a background check of his mental stability could have prevented. I would like to have an outright ban on guns which I know is totally unpopular, but it is how I feel about the killings that take place every day.

    It is even chilly here. Weird weather for spring.

  4. daisy anon says:

    I do hope you get your good news

  5. Pam says:

    why would there be snow in April? Come to my house girl, I’m barefooted and I have a fan blowing on me. I miss you.

  6. atomicmomma says:

    I agree with you on your concerns and the laws changing. I feel a vast majority of Americans just don’t care any more or have a grasp on how bad things are getting.

    Thank you for the quote.

  7. Ray says:

    Good luck with the good news, we’ll be waiting and praying. . .

  8. Chenai says:

    Mary! Yes! I totally agree with what you are saying. There need to be barriers to prevent the stigmatization of certain groups all in the name of security. I was actually having a conversation about this EXACT issue a couple of weeks ago with someone who drove me up the wall with their assumptions. Mental illness is something only speak about when talking about “others” and often these are boiled down to nameless faceless “others. Even in the company of someone who might be suffering from it, people don’t know, so they propose solutions or moves that are really messed up.

    I hope you get your good news this week. It would be so nice! It’s already Wednesday where I live, so tell us tell us already!!!!

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