I’ve Noticed…

I wrote this in the summer of 2016.
Granted, as Americans, we don’t like things that make us uncomfortable. That said, I’m asking that we lean into that discomfort and engage in some DEEP self analysis.

For animal lovers, like me, I’ll admit that I was very upset with Amy Cooper for the way she allowed her hatred for a man that she didn’t know to cause her to nearly choke her own damned dog to death.

I’m not going to even touch on her willingness to weaponize the police because someone called her on her stuff!

ENTITLED!

Now imagine if Christian Cooper had walked over and pressed his knee on that dog’s neck for almost 10 minutes—-until he DIED!

That’s precisely what happened to our brother, and fellow human, George Floyd!
We need to check ourselves!

Make no mistake, America has decided to host a picnic in a gas station bathroom; voluntarily becoming nose-blind to the persistent stench of hatred and death.

Flat out, until we deal with racism and white superiority/supremacy, America will never get its chance to be GREAT for once!

In fact, it will self destruct!

Please believe me when I tell you that nobody wishes America could become GREAT more than people like me!

God have mercy on us! Christ have mercy on us!
#Rest in Power George Floyd

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Friends, I’d like to chat with you about some things that I have recently noticed.

Before I begin, allow me to warn you in advance that you may or may not agree with any of my observations.

That’s alright with me.

But, hopefully, after you read this, we will still be able to maintain a high level of mutual respect; even if we have opposing points of view.

In my mind, that is one of the hallmarks of civility; don’t you think?

Now…

Let me start by saying that I strongly believe that we ALL matter.  Every single one of us.

EVER-Y-BODY!

However, based on several past and present events, I’ve noticed that some people do not agree with me. Sadly, I have no choice but to draw this conclusion based on the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile; not to mention Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown…

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A Family Conversation: Ron Brown and LadyG Discuss the Cool Uncle’s Story

 

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Cool Uncle aka Daddy (Sembach Airbase 1965)

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events and featured blog posts.

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“My uncle was as cool as a ’65 Thunderbird!”

-Ron Brown

Yep, that’s precisely how Ron describes my Daddy’s vibe from his younger days as a MP in the United States Air Force.

Folks said he was as cool as a cucumber…

A tall drink of water…

A pretty redbone…

Clearly, LadyG loves a good cliché

LOL!

All that aside, Ron’s cool uncle tells some awesome tales from his post-military days working on the railroad in the late 1960’s through the late 1990’s.

And so…

We invite you to join us in today’s sessions as we talk about Ron’s cool uncle (my Dad) RailroadConductor67’s post, “Santa’s Helper.”

As usual, Ron and I often found ourselves sidetracked!

Our conversation quickly galloped from Lysol to Clorox to wild game to storytelling where it crashed, head on, into Rickie Lee Jones.

But it gets better considering the fact that Rickie Lee wasn’t supposed to be a part of the dialogue.

AT.

ALL!

(Warning, a shift from first to third person is coming up so that I may distance myself from “LadyG”)

Yeah, so, you see, it all started when LadyG went on this tangent about Tommy Lee Jones, whom she thought was named Rickie Lee Jones.

Just so you know, Rickie, the female singer, should NEVER be confused with Tommy, the male actor.

They aren’t even kinda the same.

But of course, LadyG cannot be bothered with “facts.”

And, if you stick around to listen to the part 2 audio in this post, you will hear this for yourself.

Anyway…

Remember, you can find my Daddy, Ron’s cool uncle, here under category:  “True Railroad Stories”

You can also find Ron Brown under category “Ron’s Time Tunnel” and at his blog “Time Tunnel” 

Audio does includes some adult language

Part 1 Run time: 30 minutes

Part 2 Run time: 25 minutes

 

Happy Birthday to Us- Pt 1

 

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Lady J (October 2016)

Greetings friends!

January is a month of birthdays around here!

First up is Lady J.  

She turns 11 this week.

If you guys follow this blog then you already ‘know’ her as my youngest child.

Talk about a spirited chick?

That’s our Lady J!

Not only is she feisty, but she’s a smart and witty one who enjoys cooking, crafting, writing, reading, drawing and playing piano.

Wise beyond her years, Lady J is, as many of you know, a self proclaimed “Protector of the Animals.”

That said, she knows just about anything that can be known about pretty much any animal you can think of.

Trust me on that one 😉

I’ve heard it all!

Naturally, she wants to be a Veterinarian.

Of course, some of you may remember this post where she staged a school bake sale to raise money to help support dogs awaiting adoption.

Poor baby, I think the final tally was only about $25.00…

But hey, it’s the thought that counts.

Anyway, please join me as I celebrate my sweet daughter, Lady J.

 

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Baby Lady J
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Lady J creation (age 7)
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Lady J’s current work (in progress):  A hand knitted winter’s scarf
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Practicing for Winter Recital (2016)
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Baking Brownies
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One of Lady J’s many sketches

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADY J!!!!!

With love,

Mom 😘💋

To the Dogs

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I’ve always loved animals-especially dogs 🙂

It’s a trait that I share with my Dad.

I think he got it from his Dad.

As a kid, I can remember Daddy bringing home sick, hurt or stray dogs.  He’d take them out back and I’d watch and assist as he nursed them through to recovery.

Believe me, we cared for all kinds of dogs; everything from German Shepherds to Doberman Pinschers to Cocker Spaniels to Beagles and every breed in between.

Neither of us could bear the idea of an injured, sick or lonely animal being left to fend for itself.

Even in later years, I can remember running in the house yelling something like, “Daddy, you gotta go get that cat down the street-some dogs are after him!”

Or

“Daddy, you gotta get that bird that just ran into the window, he landed in a pile of ants and he can’t move.”

Yessir!  The animal protectors!  Daddy and me!

And…Lady J !

I am so happy to say that the ‘animal protection trait’ was passed on to my dear Lady J.

Ever since J was a tot, she’s been looking after the animals.

In fact, she aspires to be a vet.

She can tell you just about anything you wanna know about any animal; all of which she learned from her highly specialized collection of books on the subject.

It’s not unusual for her to regale me with an interesting- random- animal fact.

Things like, and I quote, “Mom, did you know that sea turtles can’t retract their heads back into their shells like regular turtles?”

Of course, I’ll be like, “No, baby, Mama never really thought about that.”

Good times!

So here’s the latest on our dear little animal fairy…

Lady J, who started “The Dog Club” at her school, decided to organize a bake sale in order to raise money to, in her words, “help take care of the dogs who are waiting to be adopted.”

You’ve seen these dogs at places like PetSmart, right?  They’re usually outside or in the back of the store.

Lady J loves visiting those dogs.

And, to her delight, about a year or so ago, a friend of mine who volunteers for a dog adoption organization, allowed Lady J to ‘babysit’ a set of puppies.

That little sister was in hog heaven!

Anyway, back to the bake sale.

You will be pleased to know that Lady J and the other members of “The Dog Club” proudly raised a whopping $8.50.

Note:  The bake sale was only for students in her class of 20.  Cookies were priced at $.25 each.

Tack said she should have upped the price!

Oh well! I am sure that every little bit helps 🙂

By the way, Lady J and her Godmother will take the money to PetSmart today after her knitting class 😉

YAAASSS!

And Lady G will chill out here with you 🙂

But seriously, I have to say how proud I am of Lady J for continuing a family legacy and for establishing her own way of being a “Protector of the Animals.”

You go girl!

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Lady J (R) and friend selling cookies.
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$8.50 for the dogs! Hooray!