Saturday Unnervings

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Grand Bahama, No fly zone.

As Erica Roberts clung to a tall mango tree, the winds and sea water churned up by Hurricane Dorian pounding her face, a single thought ran through her head: “I will not die like this.”

Her home, in the small town of High Rock on the eastern side of Grand Bahama, had been swept away. Her 24-year-old daughter Natori survived too, clinging to branches beside her.

Roberts’ face and arms still bore dry, bloody cuts. The pair eventually lost their grip, she said, but they were swept close to a home that still stood. They got inside.

“By the grace of God, we made it,” she said. “We are survivors.”

Oliver Laughland @ THE GUARDIAN

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18 Responses to Saturday Unnervings

  1. David B. Benson says:

    The Donald “snowflake” Trump


  2. Micki says:

    Dr. B….

    I don’t feel qualified to characterize Pasco and/or Yakima high schools. But, I do happen to have a young friend (27 YO) who graduated from a Yakima HS. She is half Latina and half Japanese, but culturally personally identifies more with her Mexican side of her family. (Her dad, who was Japanese, and her mom divorced many years ago…and he subsequently died).

    Anyway, my friend, who I’ll call “Maria,” was the first (and only, so far) member of her family to attend college. Her family is large. Her sisters are still in high school only because Maria “prods” them unmercifully. Made sure they got reproductive education. The dropout rate in Yakima (and Pasco?) high schools is very high. The schools lag behind Washington State graduation rates, but rates are improving. (Maria doesn’t believe most of the graduates are prepared for college rigor., even tho they got their diplomas) Reading proficiency is lower than the national average; math proficiency way lower!

    Maria, even though she has graduated college and is seeking a graduate degree, thinks kids should be encouraged to learn job skills, such as welding, or medical record keeping, or something tailored to future career goals. Vocational training! Some girls drop out because they are teen moms and need childcare.

    Language barriers abound — which impedes educational attainment. Poverty a factor. The percentage of non-white, foreign-born students in Pasco and Yakima high schools is close to 3/4 (I believe that’s what Maria said.)

    Maria’s extended family have lived in the Yakima, Pasco, Richland areas for years — they are all here legally, have become citizens. They are hardworking, some own their own businesses, such as restaurants and landscaping. Most of the older generation own their homes. There are struggles — worries their children and grandchildren will join a gang, get hooked on drugs, drop out, etc.

    School breakfast and lunch programs are offered across the board — many in need of that, so all get the meals, if they want them.

    Here’s the kicker! ALL of Maria’s older relatives, though they are not totally jazzed with Trump, support him on immigration policies. Their attitude is, “we came here legally, everyone else can too!” They will not vote for ANYONE who does not support stronger immigration policies.

    Maria told me it’s getting more and more stressful to visit her family because they know her political views differ from theirs. Maria and I got together recently — as of that day, her voting age relatives will cast their ballot for Trump!

    This isn’t what you asked for … but it’s a story that’s part of the “fabric” East of the Mountains in Washington State.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    More blackberries. Tryed one, a bit tart. Try again tomorrow.

    Various birds feeding and flying. Grasshoppers on the walkway. The taco truck has finished moving to the new site further north, having been kicked out of the train station property.

    Typical 28 minutes to the Old Post Office.


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  6. David B. Benson says:

    This mobile device has a mind of its own.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Which are there more of in the USA?




    • Micki says:

      Isn’t pentecostalism a subset of evangelicalism?

      Like other evangelicals, pentecostals generally adhere to the (alleged) divine inspiration and inerrancy of the bible.

      Count all the “evangelicals” who speak in tongues and you might get your answer. 😉 Glossolalia in the medical definition is emotionally-charged, profuse speech that is usually unintelligible (to the listener) and is uttered in some schizophrenic and religious ecstasy states. I think only pentecostal evangelicals speak in tongues…some non- charismatic evangelicals don’t. But, I have no idea if that’s 100% accurate or not.

      It’s all Greek to me!

      As far as their numbers? Too many in my opinion.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Madman at the helm.


  9. Den says:

    Please exercise caution when pressure washing your boat:


  10. Carol says:

    Got thru the day with no problems. Had lunch at Margaritaville with the twin’s brother who drove up from Ypsilanti to lunch with his birthday sisters.

    After that, back at Jill’s I let the dogs run around then watched a movie. I fed them, let them out again then brought them home where I had to walk them on leashes. I don’t have a fence.

    They’re asleep now and I’ve been in here catching up on FB and my reading.

    I’ll feed them in the a.m. take them for a walk and eventually take them to Jill’s to run loose. I’ll time it so I can leave them there until their 3:00 dinner time and at home get some stuff done. I really need to mow for one thing. After I go back and feed them, let them run around, I’ll bring them here for the rest of the day and night.

    I got a text from Courtney the dog sitter, she asked how it was going and told me her grandma isn’t doing that well, is confused and out of it. 😦


  11. Micki says:

    Holy moly!

    I’ve never experienced thunder and lightning here like now!!!




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