The Cousins Discuss the Pandemic Pt. 1: A Good Time to Learn Something New

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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In today’s conversation, we use my post “Pandemic: The Winds of Change” as a conversation starter on how we’re trying to make the most of this Covid-19 situation.

Listen in as we touch on the following:

  • This is a good time to gain free knowledge
  • YouTube is a helluva drug
  • What might have happened if our predecessors had the technology that we have today. (Note: LadyG is in the kitchen washing dishes during this part)
  • How a Black female Mathematician from NASA, Katherine Johnson, was highly respected by astronaut, John Glenn :

As a part of the preflight checklist, Glenn asked engineers to “get the girl”—Johnson—to run the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer, but by hand, on her desktop mechanical calculating machine.  “If she says they’re good,’” Katherine Johnson remembers the astronaut saying, “then I’m ready to go.” Glenn’s flight was a success, and marked a turning point in the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in space.

Katherine Johnson’s Biography by Margot Lee Shetterly. NASA. gov.

We also discuss:

  • How our family has always engaged in continuing education
  • The distinction between being “learned ” and being a “career student”
  • The idea of a job being a means to an end

Of course, we compare notes on what we knew then and what we know now about Covid-19, and why some people will never believe the facts.

More on that coming in subsequent posts.

Enjoy!

The Time is Nigh: A Rant About You-Know-Who For You-Know-What!

“What is the hour of the night?”

Written by: Fletcher L. Brown aka “Pro” (ca. 1974)

From What Time Is It? Courtesy of The Time Tunnel

Trump Rona Rant/WHAT TIME IS IT!
Just a little something I created to go with the audio
I created this chart based on the numbers that I have logged quarterly

Good Day!

From the daughter, niece and cousin of a bunch of SUCKERS who served faithfully in the USAF, U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Army!

And I’m out

LadyG

Resources:

BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54094559

Johns Hopkins University

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

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A Family Conversation: Don’t Just Talk About It, Be About It!

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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All babies together, everyone a seed
Half of us are satisfied, half of us in need
Love’s bountiful in us, tarnished by our greed
When will there be a harvest for the world

Harvest for the World. Songwriters: Christopher H Jasper / Ernie Isley / Marvin Isley / O’kelly Isley / Ronald Isley / Rudolph Isley
Harvest for the World lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Today the cousins discuss LadyG’s post America Needs Some Samfundssind Up In Here.

Pt 1: Family Chit chat
Samfundssind vs Hygge
Mr. Spock’s Philosophy  
The Facebook Provocateur 

Pt 2: Americans: Diametrically opposed 
If you’re not going to help, don’t hinder.
Dunning-Kruger solve the puzzle
Stop the Parties!

Pt 3: George Washington’s warning 
Back to Samfundssind: Prioritizing the greater good 
Greedy Capitalists don’t trickle it down
Running the Gauntlet 

Pt 4: Walking in other folks shoes
Sacrificing for the country…but not really. 
Don’t talk about it be about it. 
Do unto others 

Links from the discussion:

Dunning -Kruger Effect

Robert Reich

America Needs Some Samfundssind Up in Here!

That’s not a typo! Read on.

Hygge, which roughly translates to ‘a quality of cosiness’ – may be the most appropriated Danish word of the past decade, but it’s samfundssind that’s really come to define the nation in the era of Covid-19.

If hygge is something you practice with people you know, samfundssind is more of a behaviour towards those you might not know. Rarely used until just a few months ago, it’s now entered the Danish vernacular in an explosive way. 

Like hygge, there’s no direct English translation of samfundssind. Marianne Rathje, senior researcher at the Danish Language Council, says you can think of it as putting the good of the greater society above your own personal interests. 

Mark Johanson. August 3, 2020. A word buried in the history books helped Danes mobilise during the pandemic, flattening the curve and lifting community spirit.

It should be clear that the title of this post is most assuredly NOT grammatically correct.

However, the message behind it is sincere.

I think that we can learn a lot from the Danish.

Simply put, America needs some samfundssind up in here!

It’s not always about individual rights and freedoms; especially when those “rights and freedoms” infringe on the health, safety and welfare of others.

Any thoughts?

When A Doctor Cries…

One of Mom’s Doctors. NBC News July 16, 2020

WE’RE IN BIG TROUBLE!

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The Time is Nigh: Pandemic Hospital Data Reporting Change

“What is the hour of the night?”

Written by: Fletcher L. Brown aka “Pro” (ca. 1974)

From What Time Is It? Courtesy of The Time Tunnel

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Wake up!

What’s happening right under your nose?

Why is there a sudden need to bypass the CDC for reporting Covid-19 hospital data?

White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Pay particular attention to this point from the article:

On Monday, an email flagged “Special Bulletin” from the American Hospital Association and obtained by NPR, informed hospitals of the data reporting change, and indicated that distribution of remdesivir, a drug that’s been used to treat hospitalized COVID patients, would be tied to the daily data reported into the TeleTracking portal. “The daily reporting is the only mechanism used for the [remdesivir] calculations,” the email from AHA reads.

HHS could not immediately confirm if failure to switch to the new HHS system means that a hospital will no longer get this key drug therapy from the federal government.

P. Huang, S. Simmons-Duffin. NPR.org

Notwithstanding the second quoted paragraph, why do you think that the distribution of remdesivir is tied to daily reporting to the new HHS portal?

Who will have access to this data now that it is bypassing the CDC?

Will the data still be public?

Talk amongst yourselves…

I’ll wait.

Wake up!

Georgians, what say you to this?

Brian Kemp voids mask mandate despite surge in Covid-19 cases (Washington Post)

What the heck is Brian Kemp doing? (CNN)

Ass backward to say the least.

As we say in the South, I guess he won the pissing contest!

Now…

who are the losers?

A Family Conversation: LadyG and Ron Brown Discuss All Kinds of Fools

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with some of our favorite posts from each other’s blog.

“A Family Conversation” is published on Wednesdays.

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This week, LadyG and Ron discuss one of his posts from February 2016, STORNADO.

In today’s conversation, Ron reads the original submission and recounts how his Gramp (Grandmother) and his Aunt used to talk about all kinds of fools; including the biggest kind of fool known to man…

The Stornado Fool!

Or was it Starnado?

Apparently, there’s some debate.

At any rate, as you might have guessed, Ron and I got sidetracked discussing conspiracies and all of the foolishness that we’ve observed lately; particularly in light of the current pandemic.

Please enjoy!

Contains some adult language and situations

Stornado (Part 1)

Stornado Foolishness (Part 2)

 

***In part 2, we refer to a woman who was coughing on fruit in the produce section of a grocery store.  We discussed her during an earlier conversation, prior to the broadcast.

***Dr. T.V. McCoo was Marilyn McCoo’s grandfather.  Her father, Waymon, went to school with our Grandmother (Mother).

**If you dare, visit the “Real Talk” page to listen to a deeper conversation between the cousins.

Did we slip?

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…into an alternate UNIVERSE?

Where we don’t know wrong from right?

Day from night?

Left from right?

Truth from lies?

Soldiers from spies?

Dumb from wise?

Laughter from cries?

Horseflies from pies?

Don’t worry, this is not poetry.

NOT EVEN CLOSE.

Simple word play for easy questions like….

Where are we?

Clearly, we dropped our MORAL COMPASS and lost our way back down the road a few stops ago.

Or was it a few years ago?

Who are we?

Do we simply overlook duplicity as long as it’s “our guy” who is being duplicitous?

Do we value all life?

REALLY?

To date:

247,752 valuable lives lost…

Millions of valuable lives affected…

And counting……………………………

And counting……………………………

And counting……………………………

Where is our common sense?

Do we blindly drink or shoot up the “Klorox” Kool-aid because someone thought it might be a good idea?

Where is our humanity?

Do we value ME  and MINE over THEE and THINE?

Are we expanding OR contracting?

Just a few questions for us to ponder.

Either way,

Lady G LOVES YOU!

REGARDLESS!

Check out this minute video:

 

 

 

Patio Garden: Listen in as Daddy teaches me how!

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***Important Note: 

Daddy and I purchased the seeds for our patio garden back in late January/ Early February of this year. 

We had planned to get started with this project much sooner.

But, life happened, and one day in mid February, out of nowhere, Daddy collapsed and had to be rushed to the hospital. 

As a result, he spent some time in the ICU. 

But thank GOD, he was released ONE WEEK after his emergency admission date. 

God was with him the entire time!

He was truly blessed and so were we!

We thank every doctor, nurse, assistant and therapist involved in his care.

Special thanks to my son and daughter who were with him when he collapsed.  They took immediate—lifesaving action.

Remember, in an emergency, it is best to call 911 because they bring help; they are NOT just there for the ride! 

They can make ALL the difference between living and dying!

Thank you to those first responders (Paramedics, EMTs and Firemen ) who arrived on the scene to care for my Dad.

Also, special thanks to the anonymous witness who called 911 seconds before my daughter did!

That said, after spending several weeks in physical and occupational therapy, Daddy is now recovered.

No doubt, we lost some time starting our gardening project, but his well-being was much more important to me.

AND NOW……

Enjoy the post and the video!

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I think it was 2017 when I first revisited a recurring idea of setting up a patio garden.

Sadly, Covid-19 has recently come to town and highlighted, among other things, weaknesses in our food supply chain.

As a result, you can best believe that I am now moving this project to “on fire” status!

I’m dead serious!

Anyway, a critical piece to this garden project included having my daddy teach me how to set it up—mainly because that dude has a…

Mint

Jade

AND

Emerald

Green thumb mix!

His daddy taught him.

I’m a Georgia girl, so frankly, as far back as I can remember—and I am about 50 :), my dad, who is a native of Alabama, maintained a garden in our backyard.

He kept that practice up for years!

Later in life, maybe 15 years ago, he transitioned to apartment living, and continued gardening on a smaller scale.

Neighbors, who passed by his patio, would ask, “Hey man, how do you grow such beautiful greens?”

He’d just smile and offer some form of pleasant response and continue on with tending his “crops.”

And when the crops were ready to be harvested, mama made sure to cook them up just right!

Queen Diva Eva!

YAASSSS!

Now then,

Let me be frank, there is NO way in hell that my dad would consent to appearing on camera so I had to secretly record the action!

God knows if he reads this….that’s my ASS! 

Oops!  Did I say that?

Forgive me Daddy!

That said, I am going to post an audio of him supervising my steps toward establishing our little family garden along with a short video and some pictures.

Forever the conductor!

But he’s cool about it

Anyway…

Enough of my rambling.  Check out the video.

LadyG loves YOU!

*** WARNING:  This video contains strong Southern accents so may the peace of the Lord be with you if you are not used to it!  A bit of translation is included 🙂

Comment on your experience with gardening, or if you’d like to leave a tip!

Check out Daddy’s railroad stories by going to category: “True Railroad Stories.”

*See pictures of one of his gardens in the first post I did about his gardening here!

A Family Conversation: LadyG and Ron Brown Discuss An Inconvenient Truth

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…And you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free. 

-John 8:32

In today’s post, Ron and I discuss an inconvenient truth as it relates to the current state of affairs here in the United States.

Uh…So….Yeah…

Politics?

Even though I have a B. S. degree in Political Science, this topic is not exactly my typical fare.

I get it…

However…

There comes a time when one, as they say, must speak truth to power…

And, baby, my cousin Ron is definitely BUILT. FOR. THAT!

In his post, Things Won’t Always Be This Way, Ron offers a commentary on the division that we are now experiencing in the United States, and how it came to be.

A highly educated veteran of the United States Air Force, Ron is, as we used to tease, “bonafide and qualified” to give an excellent lesson on what’s really going on!

Now then…

After listening to the audio, you’re more than welcome to respectfully join the conversation in comments.

Run time: 1 hour

**Excuse the background noise, but, like many of you, we are at home.