It Started Way Back in Eden.

In Eden, the serpent and temptation

It started way back in Eden.

What did?

Choice. 

Whether or not you believe in God, you have to admit humans have choice. Something no other ‘species’ have… and something we do almost without noticing. Choosing that is. Even when we decide we are not going to make a choice… that is a choice. It’s complicated.

By the way, I believe we were created.

So, what started in Eden?”

We were created with the ability to choose, and many of us have been making wrong choices throughout the centuries ever since. But, like Adam and Eve, we don’t like taking responsibility for those choices, so we put the blame on someone else. And this post is after watching a video clip where an atheist said that if there was a God, He was to blame for all the wrong in the world. Really?

There are some terrible things in this world, but most of those are caused by the choices of mankind.

Let’s look at what happened in Eden.

It was after Creation week when Adam was placed in the Garden to ‘tend and keep’ it and given instructions about the ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil.’ He was not to eat of it.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Gen 2: 7 KJV

After this, Adam named all the animals. Then in verses 20 to 22 we have the creation of Eve…

And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. KJV

Still in Eden

Chapter three of the book of Genesis starts with… “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Gen 3:1  KJV

It looks as if there is no passage of time between the end of chapter two and the start of chapter three. So, we could be left with the thought that God was unfair leaving these two newly created beings at the mercy of the most ‘subtil’ of all the creatures.

I don’t think so.

Did God walk with them in the evenings?

“And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden” Genesis 3:8.

For a discussion on this verse, and God walking with the Israelites check out https://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Mar/29/gen-38-sufficient-establish-god-was-habit-visiting/

When asked if they had eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam blamed Eve, but it was an indirect blaming of God. “The woman you gave me.” Eve blamed the serpent.

The blame game is still going on. Read a newspaper, or scroll through the news on any of the Internet sites https://www.bbc.com/news/world

It started in Eden, and still continues

Look at the world around us. So many fingers pointing at someone else.

Sometimes we are blamed for something we have no control over. Back in the post about  my fragrance sensitivity I gave a couple of examples of this.

https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/fragrance-sensitivity-is-a-real-condition/

Just a thought, God didn’t assign blame in the Garden of Eden, He let them bear the consequences of their actions.

Something to think about.

Susan

Condition of Entry

condition of entry

There is nothing new about there being a condition of entry – to a place of business, a casino, or to someone’s party. In the Bible there was a condition of entry to a wedding feast in one of the parables Jesus told.

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
Matt 22: 11
https://biblehub.com/matthew/22-11.htm

The outcome was that the man was put outside. V 13.

There was a condition of entry.

And there is now…

If I turned up at the casino wearing a ‘tank top’ and thongs (called flip-flops elsewhere in the world,) I would be denied entry.

These things are accepted, but this ‘virus’ pandemic has been turning things on its head.

Condition of entry and human rights clash

Some Australian States have mandated (https://www.dictionary.com/browse/mandated?s=t) that masks have to be worn when out in public.

Some stores have imposed the same condition of entry. However, some human rights people disagree and refuse to comply.

Some people have made claims that the mask requirement is unlawful or a breach of their human rights, and have alleged businesses aren’t allowed to refuse them entry if they’re not wearing one.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-28/face-mask-melbourne-mitchell-shire-coronavirus-legal-human-right/12494100

Whether or not you agree with wearing a mask, or any of the other recommendations, is it acceptable to ignore State or Store laws?

This brought to mind the short talk I had heard by Ravi Zacharias, and wrote about early in July https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/a-divisive-question-potentially/

The speaker divided up the method of answering a potentially divisive question into three categories… Theo nomos (God’s law.) Hetero nomos (Dictated by leadership), then Auto nomos. As you might have guessed, if you did not already know, ‘nomos’ is the Greek word for law.

Condition of entry…

Would be an example of hetero nomos. A condition determined by leadership, or the business owner. But what I see in the objections in my country are examples of auto nomos.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Judges 17:6. 

However, if my choice differs from your choice, what are we left with? Anarchy? Some would say so. One definition of anarchy is ‘Absolute freedom of the individual.’ The mind boggles.

condition of entry, the mind boggles

In order for society to function, surely while needing to obtain some autonomy, we have to allow others to maintain theirs and cooperate with the law of the land.

If you think the law is unreasonable, use the appropriate channels to change it.

However, if you cannot change it, look to history, or examples in the Bible for inspiration. 

We cannot all have our own way.

Just thinking,

Susan

Prayer is not a magic wand

Prayer is not a magic wand

Prayer can be many things, but it is not a magic wand. If it was no one would be sick, there would be no murders, no wars, and none of us would be mourning the death of a loved one. But all these things, and more are happening all around the world.

So what is prayer?

Well, that depends on what you believe, I can only share what I, as a Christian, believe prayer to be, and that is, prayer is communicating with God. It is not all asking for your needs… or wants. Prayer is also listening, and studying the Bible.

After all, the Bible is the word of God.

Types of prayer

Well, there is the kind that, in desperation, someone cries for help.

a desperate prayer

That person might not even know God personally, but in a critical emergency cries out to God. Sometimes that urgent request is answered.

There is also the model prayer that Jesus gave the disciples as an outline. This is the daily prayer we said in school (that’s a long time ago) in Scotland. A couple of years ago I wrote a post about the model prayer… https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/a-look-at-the-lords-prayer/

Some sites say there are four types of prayer, others say seven types, or six types… instead of me ‘reinventing the wheel’ as they say, if you are curious, this site lists some and what they are. https://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/faith/2015/09/11/learning-pray-seven-types-prayer/72100692/

Ever heard of imprecatory prayer?

It is actually praying for bad things to happen to enemies and was prayed by King David, as recorded in Psalms. There is an article on it here…. https://www.gotquestions.org/imprecatory-prayer.html

Kind of contradicts ‘forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us,’ though. The article goes on to cover that aspect.

In our day and age

With the Corona virus (Covid-19), the plagues of locusts, the fires, floods, not to mention the riots, the looting, the demonstrations, the anger and the rage where does prayer fit?

Well it doesn’t. At least not with those who respond from a self-centred base line. Guess that now I have angered you. That is not my intention.

When I was much younger there was a song, ‘Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” There are several versions of this on YouTube. Here is one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGoEJyV7Snw

For some reason this song is associated with the Christmas season. Why? I don’t know. Every time we feel anger or hopelessness overwhelm us… is a time to stop, breathe, and pray for peace on earth to begin with me.

When to pray

In an apparently impossible situation

When sad, broken-hearted, lost, alone

If anger washes over us

After the death of a child, a spouse or other significant person

What about when we are happy, joyful, grateful…

Every emotion is an opportunity to communicate with God – our Father in heaven.

Jesus taught that we are to pray to the Father in His (Jesus’) name.

when to pray

And of course, when we are joyful, happy, and grateful.

(The sentence above is a repeat from the previous paragraph. It is important, but often overlooked so I put it in twice <smile>)

From experience, I have learned that a good time to ‘count my blessings’ is when nothing seems to be going well.

Try it next time you feel the world weigh on your shoulders.

May you be blessed with good,

Susan

PS My apologies for the ‘missing post’ last Sunday. Health was bad,  and the week went on being bad… Internet down, computer freezing, a dental emergency – but I am still here and still typing away. 

I am grateful for the life I have and the opportunities given to me.

Meet the Brief

Meet the brief, planning

“Meet the brief,” means ‘meet the requirements’ – among other things. Why am I thinking of that? A recent episode of Masterchief Australia saw the departure of one of the favourite competitiors. Her offering was skilled, as had been all that she produced so far in the series, but, you guessed it… it didn’t meet the brief.

It made me think. For those of us who call ourselves Christian, do we ever consider this?

How do we meet the brief?

meet the brief, the Bible

Well, first of all a question. If you describe yourself as a Christian, what does it mean to you? Asking this of yourself might be a way to measure whether or not you are meeting the brief.

And there is a warning… don’t look at the person next to you in Church, our standard should be Christ. There are many scriptures about comparing ourselves to others. You will find some of them here https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Comparing-Ourselves-To-Others/

William Barclay says of 1 Corinthians 13 that there Paul lists fifteen characteristics of Christian love. I remember having to memorize these at Primary School. They meant nothing to me, and the teacher didn’t explain anything. It was just one of those assignments we had to do. However, as an adult, the chapter has a valuable meaning.

William Barclay’s commentary on 1 Corinthians 13 explains…

https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dsb/1-corinthians-13.html

Christian beliefs aside, we can use the term to evaluate other areas of our lives.

Do I meet the brief in my work?

Some questions:

If I am employed – do I do the best I can, or do I skimp on some of the tasks?

If I am looking for work – do I look at the criteria and honestly answer my capabilities to perform what is required. (The brief.)

I am a volunteer, do I work as if I am being paid?

Do we meet the brief in our marriages?

Most of us start out wanting to please the person we want to share our lives with, but what happens when the trials and the problems come?

What happens when we seem to be pulling against each other?

Go back and look at the ‘brief.’ Individually first, and then together.

My writing

Research is time-consuming, but very addictive. In fact it is like a treasure hunt… for me anyway. When I started the  Apostle John Series  I thought I was going to write one book. Well, the series was five books long, then came the novella series… and because of the deterioration in my health I wrote the help guide, a non-fiction book.

I hope I am meeting the brief in all areas of my life, health permitting.

Walk softly, and evaluate yourself, not others

Hugs

Susan

Side effects of Covid-19

side effects of covid-19

What are the side effects of Covid-19? Well, beneath the surface, there are many theories, but no one really knows because it is too ‘new.’ Some of the theorized side effects are alarming, some are dismissive of their being any side effects, but the honest truth is that even the scientists are guessing.

Potential side effects of Covid-19

You can scare yourself by reading some of the various professional opinions… long-term lung damage, heart disease, kidney disease, memory problems… then read on and see that evidence is still being gathered.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-52506669

Or, you can look at what the ‘lockdown’ measures are training us to live like.

  • Social isolation – many already were socially isolated, but now vast numbers of people are being told to avoid, or limit human to human contact.
  • Stay at home/shelter in place – again, some people are already housebound, but in most countries there is a variation of this ‘stay home’ rule.

Think about it. What is this doing to our need for friendship, social contact, and human relationships?

“Increased social isolation, loneliness, health anxiety, stress and an economic downturn are a perfect storm to harm people’s mental health,” he said.” Rory O’Connor, professor of health psychology at Glasgow University.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/02/coronavirus-britons-health-problems-covid-19

side effects of covid-19, park closed

The hidden side effects of covid-19

There is another aspect to ‘lockdown’ and self-isolation… the buildup of toxins in your home. The method we use to control them can make our lives worse… if we are using chemical cleaners or air-fresheners. As I have written about before, I had to get rid of most chemical cleaners and the like because of the fragrance, or odour. https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/fragrance-sensitivity-is-a-real-condition/

Most of my cleaners are things like cleaning vinegar, baking soda and the like. Interestingly I was contacted by John, the clean air guy with a link to an article he published, and discovered even more dangers and solutions.
https://aircontrolguy.com/toxic-chemicals-in-your-home-everything-you-need-to-know/?msID=941b4267-0f7a-4824-8823-df47e5c6b086

indoor plants to clear toxins from the air

In an associated article on the value of house plants, it states… “Since we are spending so much of our time indoors, it is important to understand the health impacts of breathing in these pollutants every day.  Some people will experience symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, nausea or allergies due to daily exposure.  In extreme cases, serious diseases such as nervous system disorders, lung disease or cancer can develop.”
https://aircontrolguy.com/top-10-air-purifying-plants-for-the-home/

To deal with the side effects of covid-19

  • Keep your home as fresh and toxin free as possible.
  • Let in fresh air
  • Keep in touch with people via phone or Internet
  • Be as encouraging as you can to others because it will make you feel better.
  • Pray for others
  • Plan to be sensible when the restrictions are eased. (Do not plan a big party.)

Make your own plan for life after covid-19

Be considerate, there are some very vulnerable people in our communities, and some very frightened ones.

“Walk gently,” 

Susan

COVID19 – Doing it Tough

COVID 19 doing it tough

Doing it tough applies to so many people and groups these days. Businesses, especially small ones are doing it tough. Of course that flows on to the people they employ, and there are a vast number (putting it mildly) of unemployed because of COVID 19. Surprisingly, to me ‘cos I never thought of it, sports players are doing it tough. They cannot play sports or train as a team ‘live.’

As time goes on, so many people are complaining of social isolation… sorry, I don’t mean to offend, but probably will. Beneath the layers of complaints are some groups of people I know of, for whom this is not a new problem.

Veterans are doing it tough

doing it tough, soldier

I have no personal experience of a veteran’s life, but since becoming aware of the problems, I have read some stories. The following comment, sadly, epitomizes people’s self-centeredness. It is shown so poignantly by a comment from a young veteran.

“I was watching the news one day and it was some trivial stuff about the price of fuel. I said to my dad, ‘I don’t get it, why is everyone so up in arms about the price of fuel when on the other side of the world there are people literally dying and no one gives a hoot?’ Dad turned around and goes, ‘Because this is their world’, and it just blew my mind. When he said that I realised that it was true, that deploying to warlike operations or coming back from war, no-one really gave a crap.”

Whole article here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-25/being-a-war-veteran-at-27/8467046

Think about it for a moment, and when you have thought, if you pray, then say a prayer for these people. If you are an employer, consider hiring a veteran.

Others doing it tough

Some, by ‘virtue’ of caring for the vulnerable, have to ‘self-isolate’ as a matter of course. I have a dear friend in this position. Her adult daughter is in the ‘high vulnerability’ category. She has had a serious health condition since she was in her teens. Now, she is more than twice that age and has to be extremely careful. Her mother has to self-isolate to protect her.

Another friend is a Carer for a vulnerable young man and has to self-isolate to protect him.

 

slave to age

People over a certain age are classified as being vulnerable, and in the ‘special category’ that others are supposed to respect. Most, people do, but others, thinking they will brighten up the lonely life of a friend, or acquaintance, ignore the warning. In spite of their good intentions, they are putting someone at risk.

Then there are ‘us.’

People with serious health problems whose lifestyle is isolated. Example…

My late husband and I suffer(ed) fragrance allergies. In those days it was seen as us ‘being funny,’ or exaggerating a dislike. Let me assure you, I used to like perfume, and my late husband used to like his aftershave. These were some of the many products we had to give up… and avoid people who would not respect our health conditions. It is a health condition.
https://www.fragrancex.com/blog/fragrance-sensitivity/

https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/fragrance-sensitivity-is-a-real-condition/

So many losses.

  • Our own lifestyle changes
  • Not being able to attend church any more
  • Nor could we attend movie or theatre performances
  • Even public transport became a nightmare.

It seemed that we became problems to our own families.

Another category

This has been brought to the front of my mind when I saw so many complaints from Facebook ‘friends.’ So many complaints about social isolation!

Some people no longer have a life! COVID 19 claimed their lives, and left their families grieving. Who cares about the people who have lost family members to this ‘plague?’

Then there are are many like me. Alone, chronically ill, isolated.

Since my husband died, over six years ago, this – and other ‘special’ times of year, I have had to celebrate alone.

Then, since my health took a ‘dive’ and I ended up needing an increasing flow rate of oxygen over the twenty-four hours a day I require it, I have been self-isolated. What is it the Americans say? ‘Suck it up.” Not quite sure what that means, but it sounds like what I have had to learn to do. Make the best of what I have, look at what I can do, and don’t bother complaining.

Most people are too focused on their own lives and difficulties to be interested in the lives of people like me, permanently in ‘lockdown.’

I am not insensitive to the difficulties of those unused to this way of life!

And I do pray for them to be able to cope with the separation. 

But when all of this is over,  their lives will continue.

The lives of people like me and those others mentioned in this blog will continue on in isolation.

This is not meant to offend, although I am afraid it might, and it is not the post I had intended for this week. However, I guess reading all those complaints about how difficult life is under these restrictions stirred me up.

doing it tough, woman alone

Closing thoughts… these restrictions might be saving lives… perhaps the life of one of your dear family members.

I hope so,

God bless

Susan

Cleansing, ethnic or otherwise

result of cleansing

The term ethnic cleansing to denote over a hundred years of clearing Scots from their land is a phrase rejected by those who see Scotland’s ills issuing from its weather, strange culinary habits, an odd language, and a people a little too inclined to be chippy.

This excellent article is from ‘The Grouse Beater.’ Given all that is happening in the UK post-Brexit, maybe it is time to look at the history.

Posted on April 21, 2018by Grouse Beater

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Vast tracts of the Highlands offer arable land, fit for modern farming methods

If clearing people from their land by force is not cleansing, what is it?

The term ethnic cleansing to denote over a hundred years of clearing Scots from their land is a phrase rejected by those who see Scotland’s ills issuing from its weather, strange culinary habits, an odd language, and a people a little too inclined to be chippy. Alba, it seems, is full of vexatious people who do nothing but complain.

Using ‘cleansing’ is condemned as out of context, erroneously contemporaneous, too emotional because it was often Scot against Scot that did the dirty work.

Well, I have news for slimy proselytisers. It was Jewish guards given temporary preferment who hustled Jews to the gas chambers, less their belongings and clothes. They had no choice. It was do or die. Who would dare not call that barbarity a cleansing?

Evictions, deportation in all weathers cause deaths, especially of children, pregnant mothers and the elderly. Many Scots died from the vicissitudes that befell them, some from losing their wits, and more perished on the emigrant ships.

After the battle of Culloden – its repercussions I explain later – British rule arrived with a vengeance. New laws and taxes were imposed on Scotland leaving only the most rebellious prepared to protest. Clan chiefs found themselves in the invidious position of being landlords forced to report on their clan’s behaviour monthly to prove they were loyal to the British Crown and keeping the peace.

Colonial power always avers it’s for your own good

Read the rest of the article/essay https://grousebeater.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/the-sorrow-and-the-shame/

Who knows what kind of world we will have when all this ‘virus’ and pandemic panic is over. Let’s take this time to review our past.

Susan

International Women’s’ Day

International Women's Day Banner

It’s International Women’s Day again, and what a strange year it has been. These last twelve months have seen some great happenings, some peculiar happenings, and some bad happenings.

In the last few weeks here in Australia, we have seen women (mainly) fighting in supermarket aisles over packets of toilet rolls.

Toilet roll wars.

Why International Women’s Day?

Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to honoring the achievements of women throughout history and all across the globe, and is typically a day for women from all different backgrounds and cultures to band together to fight for gender parity and women’s rights.
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a26539742/international-womens-day-march-8/

America

In 1909 the Socialist Party of America celebrated 15,000 women who protested long work hours, low pay, and the lack of voting rights in New York City.

Russia

International Women’s Day became an official holiday in Russia in 1913, while women still experienced difficulties caused by WWI. Men were off at war, women dealt with food shortages and there was a government who wouldn’t listen to them.

On March 8, 1917 (February 23 in the former Russian calendar), tens of thousands of Russian women took to the streets demanding change. The unified cry for help paved the way for Russian women to be granted voting rights soon after.

Equal pay

This last year has seen more people ‘identifying’ as something other than the gender assigned at birth, based on sex.

I have a couple of questions.

If a male person identifies as a female, does the female pay scale apply? (Women’s wages traditionally have been much lower.)

Vice versa – for a female to identify as a male, does the higher male pay scale apply? That might cause a headache for interviewers.

International Women's Day gender equality

International Women’s Day Stars

(My list)

Women quietly doing the best they can to make someone’s life better.

  • Mothers (most of them.)
  • Leaders of walking groups.
  • Volunteers
  • People in the medical and para-medical professions.
  • Firefighters
  • Shop assistants with a smile for the elderly, or for mothers with young children.

Hope for the future

Volunteer firefighters in all parts of the world. They risk their lives for others. Sometimes it costs their lives, and sometimes while saving someone else’s home their own is lost.

https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/volunteer-firefighters-and-their-value/

Volunteer firefighter after her shift

This young woman is eighteen years old, her younger brother and her parents are also volunteer firefighters.

These folks, and the people who help in all walks of live ARE the hope for the future.

Let us encourage them in whatever way we can!

Susan

Discrimination Is Taking Over Unnoticed by Many

discrimination against human rights

Discrimination is rampant, but unless you are a victim you probably have not noticed. Why on earth would I say that? Because I have noticed. And yes, that means I have experienced discrimination. However, none so obvious as happened a few days ago. It was almost laughable as it was so obvious. First, a look at the meaning of discrimination…  

Option 2 at the link. “Treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.”

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/discrimination?s=t

Discrimination by a company

It was almost laughable, it was so obvious.

I needed my air-conditioning serviced, so I did what most people do nowadays, I did an Internet search. The company I found was happy to do the work, but it would be a few days before it could be done. Since I had not expected someone to come immediately this was fine, so I opened my diary at the day he mentioned to make sure I had no appointments. It was clear.

discrimination over maintenance

Before asking for a timeframe, I said, “There is something I need to tell you. I am on oxygen full time, plus I have a strong allergy to fragrances, something whoever comes needs to be aware of.”

The reply, “Actually, I don’t think we can help you. We don’t carry parts for your brand of air-conditioner. However, I can give you the name of an engineering company who supply parts for your model air conditioner, they will be able to help you.”

Alarm bells were ringing. I didn’t need parts, I wanted maintenance. I remember thinking, “I am getting the ‘bum’s rush.’

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bum%27s%20rush

The Engineering Company

The woman I spoke to was kind, helpful and agreed with me. The other company had ;given me the bum’s rush.’ Her company supplied parts to companies who did maintenance, but they didn’t do maintenance themselves. However, she did give me the names and phone numbers of a couple of companies they dealt with. She was extremely helpful.

So, what made me think ‘discrimination?’

(By the first company I spoke to.)

The person I spoke to had given me a day and date for the service, until I mentioned…

  1. I am on oxygen full-time
    • That can cause problems if anyone needs to use equipment that would make sparks. However, it has never been a problem with other work I needed done.
  2. I have a strong fragrance allergy.
    • “In the US Federal courts have ruled that an allergy to scents can be considered a disability under ADAAA (the most recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act). Under this law, when an employee has a severe reaction to exposure to an odor or scent their employer must act on their behalf to remedy the situation.”
      https://www.fragrancex.com/blog/fragrance-sensitivity/

I rather think the latter.

Why?

Remember the incidents mentioned in that blog post? (Sorry, of course you don’t.) I do though.

The perfumed Bank…

They say… “Individually we can be great but together we are greater. At … Bank, we call this ‘the power of &’. And is at the heart of everything we do.”

Not the last time I had to go to a branch to deposit a cheque. The staff member I dealt with was definitely ‘cool.’ The difference was noticeable; I had been served by her before – but that was before I complained about the fragrance diffuser they had installed. Someone in ‘head office’ emailed me and suggested I change to Internet banking. That doesn’t work with depositing foreign cheques.

The angry ‘home help’

The lady who refused to leave my home because she could not believe I could ‘dislike’ her strong, expensive perfume. By the way, I was on my care plan not to use any fragrance products when with me.

And after someone comes into my home wearing a strong fragrance, even after the person leaves the fragrance does not. At least not for a long time.

It’s an invisible disability

Isolated by discrimination

If you are near me, you can see I use oxygen. That is isolating in itself and limits so much of my life. There are so many places that cannot be accessed, and I cannot be around smokers, or a BBQ.

Oxygen and flames, or sparks are not a good mix.

But the fragrance allergy/sensitivity is a source of great stress. It limits where I can go even more. It also isolates me, and people like me, in a way that is often ‘attacked’ by those who don’t want to understand.

So what happens when I cannot get away from a fragrance?

I might have a coughing ‘fit.’ However, it is more than a simple coughing fit, it could lead to incontinence, or it could lead to angina.

Perhaps it would cause rhinitis. https://www.medicinenet.com/chronic_rhinitis/article.htm

With me, it is a runny nose. When my nose is running, I cannot breathe the oxygen. (I need the oxygen.)

Discrimination or understanding

Tradesmen have come to my home to do work in the past, and when I have explained the difficulty most have been considerate. This is why these have been ‘stand-outs’ for a negative reason.

  • I write this in the hope it will help others with this ‘problem.’
  • We are human, we have rights
  • We did not ask for this isolating condition.

This kind of discrimination is unnoticed by many, because few are aware of it. Of those who are there are some who either don’t want to know, or do not believe it is a ‘real’ condition.

Susan

The Effect of the Bushfires

The effect of the bushfire

The effect of the bushfires on animals is a subject much posted about on Facebook. However, the sad truth is that if all the native animals survived the fires, they would still die. Their habitat is burning or burnt.

Kangaroos are herbivores… After these catastrophic fires there is not much grass, nor leaves and mosses left.

Koalas (are not bears by the way, they are marsupials) eat gum leaves. And not just any gum leaves… “Koalas are very fussy eaters and have strong preferences for different types of gum leaves. In Australia there are over 600 types of eucalypts, but Koalas will not eat a large proportion of these.”
https://www.savethekoala.com/about-koalas/koalas-diet-digestion

The effect of the bushfires

This can be seen from space…
https://nasaspxa.com/2020/01/04/satellite-images-show-australias-devastating-wildfires-from-space/?fbclid=IwAR39_Jv3iKrAubYI-MmTcZSVRmTNHMEHoDG6jtQ8FvaVvRsEulfiKIIeNq8

So people on two continents are suffering from the smoke, which makes life more difficult for people who suffer from asthma, lung or heart disease.

Power is ‘out’ for vast numbers of people, as is phone coverage.

Reports from people who successfully fled from the fires – “It was like Armageddon,” was a ‘common’ comment. Considering the sky, which had been orange then turned black at 9 am, the comments make sense.

Pray for the firefighters

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Some of the fires started in September 2019 and firefighters and voluntary firefighters have battled the blazes ever since. Now, however, the fires are raging in many of our States at once.

North American firefighters have been arriving in Australia since early December to assist in the country’s bushfire crisis with more to be deployed on Monday.

For the first time since 2010, the US is sending firefighters while Canada is sending fire experts to Australia for the first time.
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/us-canadian-firefighters-will-help-local-efforts-in-bushfire-crisis/news-story/b3682d095caacf22de608e1fb123a9d9
Western Australia has sent firefighters to help. But is it enough? Who knows, but we have to try.

Consider also…

The effect of the bushfires on the farmers who were already ‘doing it tough.’ Many have ‘walked off the land,’ while others have committed suicide. The ones who remain desperately need help. Then there are caravan park owners, holiday homes… and people. People who have lost everything they possess and desperately need hope, encouragement… life. Pray for them also, please.

Since so much of the country has already burned, recovery is going to be difficult.

I read in the press that our major Telcos are waving mobile phone fees for the volunteer firemen.
https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/optus-slashes-fireys-bills-to-zero-231102844.html

Plus,banks are offering not only immediate assistance to people but also the suspension of mortgage and personal loan payments.
https://www.theadviser.com.au/breaking-news/39526-banks-offer-relief-for-bushfire-victims

You can help...

There are many honest fundraisers around, as well as some dishonest ones. If you choose to donate, check out the details.

Here is a link to one which was sent to me… Check it out
https://www.facebook.com/donate/1010958179269977/

And remember the ‘face’ of a young volunteer firefighter who shared with me photos she took at the start and end of her ‘shift’ fighting fires here in WA.
https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/volunteer-firefighters-and-their-value/

You can also donate your prayers. I see some people are praying for rain… but it’s not a sprinkle we need, it is monsoon rain, lots of it.

Thank you

Susan