So Excited to See Progress In Puerto Rico

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How uplifting it is to hear about and see the progress that is being made, taking place in the different regions in Puerto Rico, especially in the harder to reach areas like the mountainous regions.  The groups that are undertaking these tasks are nothing less than Real Heroes.  And the thing that drives most of them to get the job done?  Knowing that somebody has a fighting chance afterwards, a real fighting chance to make it!

The individuals and groups of people are “regular people”to hear them describe themselves; they’re military veterans, policemen, retirees, church groups, etc.

They are not really so regular after all.  Regular people don’t uproot themselves, upset their personal financial budgets, work 60-80 hour weeks for no pay and no particular place to stay.

No.  These folks are Real Heroes.  The Unsung Type.  So to these folks, thank you.  And if you are a believer, as I am, that what you do comes back to you, you can’t help but smile.

Vision Board 2018

I couldn’t get nearly everything I needed or wanted on my Vision Board.  But the Vision can’t include everything…

It mainly needs to show where you are, where you plan to go, and what your rocket fuel is…

 

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Thinking About Designs for the Future

I saw the sectional slipcover and instantly thought about all the things I wanted a “slipcover” for right about now– everything Christmas when I finally take it down; everything already covered or marked as “proficient” by teachers on their “to-do” checklists for students; starting the New Year with a new outlook; starting out crisp, fresh, full of energy, ready to go, eyes wide open, mind receptive to new ideas that are workable.  Reading and researching new authors and ideas that make a great difference with kiddos’ performances on tests…and in the classroom…

via Sectional Slipcover in Natural Duck Cloth

 

Helping Puerto Rico

Thanks to Tesla and many others for their untiring efforts in helping Puerto Rico slowly, slowly, but surely, get up, and get back on its’ feet again.  Those of us who have been praying for the peoples of this island who belong with us, the United States of America, are beginning to see the results of your hard work pay off for many, although there is much more to be accomplished.

Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Military, the other agencies assigned to help such as FEMA and many of the medical groups, as well as the logistical teams who help put plans into action and make it happen.  You are appreciated so much.

There are still approximately 60% without power as of this writing.  That’s 60% too many.

We will continue to watch and pray and hope and give thanks where it is due.

 

 

Writing for Puerto Rico

Writing is by this blog author and may be considered an argumentative essay for literary purposes.

I have ties to this beautiful land, this commonwealth of the United States of America.

I have been there about 12 times in the last 16 years.

I have seen over the many years of travel just how proud and dignified a people the Puerto Ricans are.  They have every right to be.  Most of them have indigenous roots in the Taino Indian and in their Spanish and Italian forefathers and mothers who traveled by ship long ago to this “rich port” to do the very same thing our American ancestors travelled across the oceans to be able to do:  establish for themselves a new home, land and livelihood they could call their own; a land where they could worship their God without fail.

The people who have lived here for generations on end have carried on traditions of cultivating the soil to grow copious amounts of precious fruits and vegetables and plant trees that produce bountiful food such as arugula, avocados,  bananas, basil, breadfruit, cabbage, cantaloupes, carambola, carrots, celery, cilantro, coconut, corn, eggplant, ginger, grapefruit, green beans in the pod, green pepper, guava, honeydew melon, lettuce, lima beans, limes, longan, lychee, mangoes, mangosteen, onions, oranges, papaya, peppers, pineapple, plantains, potatoes, pumpkin, quenepas, star fruit, sugar cane, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon.

My extended family had a lemon tree, a banana tree, and different kinds of plum trees right in their backyard, as well as guavas, papayas and coconuts.  They could have actually lived off the land if they would have wanted to.  And many of the people in Puerto Rico do indeed live off the land…did, did live off the land. The land that has been ravaged not once, but twice, in so many weeks.  The second time was the knockout punch.

So, tell me again, how are these people, and there are so many of them, how are these people supposed to help themselves now?

Before any of the disasters, the people of Puerto Rico were a thriving island with numerous industries and small locally owned businesses from one end to the other.

We had actually driven from one end of the island to the other, and from sea level up to the highest mountain peak driveable.  We saw the  small thriving businesses, the homes, the farms, the industries, the scores of hotels, the throngs of timeshares, neighborhood stores and grocers, churches and parishes, rainforests, local ocean parks and the many roadside broilers of meats, homemade foods and wares…who are not there any more because they lost everything in the storms.

And we expect them to rebuild and fix up and live and thrive, on what?

On 16% power.

For those in power, for those who have power, let them take notice, take swift action and help Puerto Rico while it is not feasible for Puerto Rico to help itself.  And with this support, the indigenous peoples of Puerto Rico can once again someday live off the land they have known, cultivated, and loved for so many generations.