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It’s is almost Memorial Day or Decoration Day as it was once called. As a young child, I could not wait to buy my POPPY at school and wear it proudly. Being an American and saluting the veterans that not only fought for us but were stationed to support and defend us was an enlightening time. Sadly much has changed since the 50s and early 60s beginning with the Vietnam War and now the intense craziness that we call our government leadership. However, it is up to each of us as individuals to make a difference and reach out to our family and neighbors and shorten the differences between wants, needs, and greed!
There may be many things I may want, but what do I truly need, and how can I pursue that without being greedy? If we each take one step in the direction of need versus want and remove the greed, we can renew our democratic philosophy and give peace a chance once again.
Last week, after Alabama passed and announced their new ANTI-ABORTION law, I announced on behalf of newclevelandradio.net, I will begin podcasting a new series on Women’s Rights. When I speak of Women’s Rights, they are the rights for all. No one should have the authority to tell you how to maintain your body! Please note abortion has not been misused or abused. Roe versus Wade was passed to provide birth control, maternity care, child health care, and in the rare case if need an abortion. No child should be brought into this world if they are not wanted. Women are not getting themselves pregnant and then submitting themselves to this procedure without thought and choice!
Statistically up until the 11th or 12th week of conception, the first trimester, “An embryo is called a fetus at a more advanced stage of development and up until birth or hatching. In humans, this is from the eleventh week of gestation.” Therefore even the heartbeat which may be heard does not identify this as a viable life stage.
Pro-choice is just that; it is my, yours, ours, to decide what we are doing to our physical and mental health. No one should have the power to put their needs and beliefs into the decisions I make – when it has no effect on them. Not everyone who gets pregnant by accident, or through violence, submits themselves to this procedure. That is why it is Pro-choice, you decide what is best for you today and into the future.
The Anti-abortion laws are just one segment of change that takes our choices and voices away. Let us discuss the opportunity of becoming empowered without overpowering others!
Monday, February 25, 2019 today begins the end of the shortest month of the year with the promise of spring around the corner. In less than two weeks we will be back on Daylight Savings time, and the daylight will extend into the early hours of the evening. Although SAD is one of my struggles this winter, I was able to control the blue and grey mood swings that come over me. I credit that to my family and friends as well as to myself. Six years ago when the seasonal affects (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder) took me down a spiraling abyss, I confronted this disorder. I acknowledged my depression and sought help. It was due to an accumulation of events that 2013 was both my worst mental health year and my best!
When we face our demons, and we all have them, it becomes an opportunity to accept the challenges and obstacles that lay before and to use the intelligence (the thought processes) to cut through the heavy, dense fog that is pulling us down, down, down!
In the winter of 2013, I had no idea that I was empowering myself to become the person I always thought I was. Instead, when I reflected on who I wanted to be and who I was, I knew it was time for a change, and that it is never too late. Although change can be terrifying and often we (I) have used excuses such as I can’t change because I’m too old, or I don’t have the resources the answer was I couldn’t I was not ready. Taking the fork in the road in February 2013 has allowed me to be me.
Here are lyrics of I Got to Be Me, sung by Sammy Davis, Jr.
Whether I’m right or whether I’m wrong
Whether I find a place in this world or never belong
I gotta be me; I’ve gotta be me
What else can I be but what I am