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

Jew or Hebrew

Jew or Hebrew, lands allocated to the sons of Israel

 It’s either Jew or Hebrew. In a book I was re-reading recently the author used the terms interchangeably and it started to irritate me.

The book was about Joseph (of the coat-of-many-colours) and his position as prime minister under Pharaoh; the author called him a Jew.

Jew or Hebrew?

The father of Joseph was Jacob, whom God renamed Israel. 

Jacob, or Israel as God renamed him,  had twelve sons. Joseph was the eleventh son. Ultimately those twelve sons became the start of the twelve tribes of Israel. (Remember the name change?)

Judah, the fourth son, is the one from whom Jews were named. Joseph, the eleventh son was not a Jew, although he was Hebrew. From Joseph came the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh who were his sons.

All the other sons of Jacob/Israel had tribes named after them. You will find Jacob’s blessing of his sons, by name in Genesis 49.

So, Joseph was NOT a Jew.

Was Moses Jew or Hebrew?

This was another mistake the author made… calling Moses a Jew. Moses, like his brother Aaron and sister Miriam, was a Levite, from the tribe of Levi. (The third son of Jacob.)

It is easy to ‘lump’ them all together, and adding to the confusion is that the modern country of Israel would be comprised mainly of descendants of Judah. There are Levites, and some Benjaminites mixed in with the members of the tribe of Judah living in the land now called Israel.

If you are confused, don’t be concerned. In two years at a Bible Training Centre, I very much enjoyed the sessions on Biblical history, but found it hard to keep a track of the twelve tribes after Solomon’s death when the nations split into the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom.

The ten ‘lost tribes’ of Israel never came back from captivity, the two and a half tribes making up Judah did return to their lands.

Does it matter?

To me it does… and to anyone who enjoys reading Biblical fiction/Christian historical fiction. And because I write in this genre I have so much research that a mistake screams at me.

It is also important when you need to follow the lineage as do the Levitical priesthood today, and the priestly families within the priesthood.

Suffice it to say that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, those early ‘church fathers,’ were not Jews. They lived before the descendents of Jacob and the latter’s renaming as Israel

Jesus Christ however, as prophesied, came from the line of Judah.

The following links might help clarify – a Jew is a Hebrew, but not all Hebrews are Jews.

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrews

And if you write Biblical/Christian Historical fiction this blog might help… https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/hints-to-writing-better-biblical-fiction/

Well, that’s it for another week, and my apologies for being absent for two weeks. Unfortunately I have been suffering from what the doctors call ‘an exacerbation’ of my medical conditions. It hasn’t been pleasant, but I am on the road to recovery now, even if it is at a slow pace.

God bless

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

Rebellious! What do you mean?

no rebellious people here

Well, the man who ‘escaped’ from self-imposed quarantine to go visit his girlfriend several train stops from Perth city was certainly rebellious. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-15/man-jailed-for-breaching-coronavirus-quarantine-by-leaving-hotel/12149908

It is claimed he visited his girlfriend in a different suburb, some reports say he travelled by train, others that he travelled by bus. Since he ‘escaped’ on more than one occasion perhaps he did both.

How many people might he have infected… or didn’t he think about that? Well, now that he is in prison perhaps he might think about it.

The dangerous thing about this virus is that a person with it is infectious before the symptoms of the disease begin.

See a previous post… https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/social-distancing-in-perilous-times/

Why is this being rebellious?

It is against the law, like the law or not.

We are in the midst of this COVID 19 crisis. Most people, at great cost to themselves, and their businesses are keeping the law.’ That man, and others who insist on meeting in groups, are all rebelling.

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves.
Romans 13: 1, 2.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Footnotes:
Romans 13:2 Lit. receive

How long will all these restrictions last?

No one knows, and I think everyone is so ‘fed up’ of the name of the virus… not to mention all the theories about it, and then there are all the conspiracy theories as well.

But ‘like it or lump it’ (a saying from my childhood) these restrictions are from the governing authorities. So, if we are endeavouring to keep God’s instructions, then we will keep the rules whether we like the rule or not.

no rebellious people here

What are you rebellious about?

Think about it and then consider why. There might be ‘many mansions in My Father’s house’ (John 14:2) but the people in them will be the ones who obey God. Remember the other verse…Matt 7: 23. And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ New American Standard Version.

Lawlessness… is this the same as being rebellious? Perhaps.

Most of us have some areas where we dislike rules, perhaps make our own rules, but we would do well to consider the consequences.

It is certainly true that most of us are tired of hearing about COVID 19; there are so many conflicting news reports, conspiracy theories… but all of this has brought to light something we need to consider. Are we law-abiding citizens? Interesting thought.

On that I will leave you… with a look at how the future MIGHT change. These are just theories, and there are an overwhelming number of theories.

How the future might change

https://au.news.yahoo.com/how-coronavirus-will-change-the-lives-of-australians-forever-062528362.html?utm_source=Marketing&utm_medium=EDM&utm_campaign=EDM&utm_term=News&ncid=newsletter_edm_uf9cw7lph94

Susan

By the way… My apologies for this post being late. As some of you know, yesterday was the birthday of a son no longer with us. These kind of days are never comfortable.

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

Writer, author beware

Author beware

Not every writer is an author, but all authors are writers. Whichever you class yourself as… beware. You are in the crosshairs of scammers. Oh they offer something, dangling the carrot but the prize is your name in their database. Additionally, you may find you also receive mail from their affiliate link people.

An affiliate, in general business terms, is an “official attachment” of one business entity to another. … In online retailing, affiliation is common in marketing and selling wherein one company may affiliate with another to sell products or services. The seller has a website on which affiliates may sell products.”
https://www.thebalancesmb.com/affiliates-and-affiliate-agreements-in-business-398119

You can be a blogger, or an author but generally this is more a blogger’s way to monetize their site. (Make money.) Writers who are bloggers are offered courses, or software to help you ‘monetize your blog.’

 

Author

carrot to lure authors

Unless you are a ‘big name’ author, you need reviews. So the dangling carrot says – because reviews bring sales. That’s one carrot to catch us… but there is another growing trend.

Awards and possibly the book being picked up by a film company.

Some of these are genuine, but a vast majority are not, in fact a growing number are not.

Personal experience 1

I have experience of both. Being fooled by an offer of author software to make my life easier. I would like to say I was taken in because I was ‘recovering from a hospital stay’ and perhaps it was. However, truth be told I was ‘taken in.’

The piece of software did not work. For more than a week I wrote daily to the support team/person selling the ‘programme’ and received only a form reply. You know the kind… “Thank you for your patience while we work on this.” Because there was no option for a refund, in the end I sent them an email saying I was going to contact my bank because this felt like I was being stalled. There were no more emails from support. So, I did contact my bank.

A couple of weeks later when the payment had been reversed the angry emails threatening me started. The person (quite a common name if you are on one of her affiliate’s lists) said she would ‘blacken my name’ with her affiliates too. When the first emails arrived, I tried to explain, then stopped because it was clearly pointless.
But I saved all the threatening emails in a folder.

Then there is experience 2

Keep the Flame, book 4 in the Apostle John SeriesThis one is actually farther back. One of my books won another award; it already had one.

It was a ‘higher level’ award, and came with the option of purchasing a beautiful, but rather expensive glass award.
Award page  
Scroll down to view.

I decided not spend the money.

Then one of my care aides saw a picture of the award and persuaded me to order it. She said it would be something for my young granddaughter overseas to remember me by. Since I will never be able to travel again, therefore will not see her again, I gave in.

The award never arrived, and that was the 2018 awards. I never received the stickers, or the certificate either.

Since then I have discovered this site…

https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/06/awards-profiteers-how-writers-can.html

Writer, or author

I consider myself both. But I do not montetize my blog, I only recommend (on a personal level) products I have found useful or which live up to what they claim to do.

With my author writing… Not everyone who likes my books writes a review, it would be good if they did, but some readers write to me telling me how much they enjoyed the book/books.

Reason for writer, author beware

I am embarrassed at the mistakes I made and reluctant to share. However, so many new writers and authors are appearing in one of the writing groups I belong to. When I made my mistakes, there was no one to ask. So, I share this is in the hope of saving other authors and writers from following in my mistakes.

Beware, but keep writing.

Susan

Social Distancing in Perilous Times

Social distancing, not immune

Social distancing is nothing new, what is new is that now it applies to people who never experienced it before. Many people have already been isolated; some from disease, some from disability, and others because their spouses and friends have died. However, now everyone (who keeps the rules) can experience what these people have already experienced.

Will it make people…

  • More understanding of the less fortunate?
  • Less critical of other people?
  • Aware of what it feels like to be ‘stuck at home?’

And for those who are in the categories above…

  • Kinder towards those who are experiencing these things for the first time?
  • Understand, rather than think ‘now you know what it feels like?’
  • Offer help?

Interesting article on Wired.
https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-psychology/

Social distancing and COVID 19 dominate the news

Most of us are weary of hearing nothing else, but we watch, listen, and try to understand.

As the article on ‘Wired’ states, “depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.”

What is known about the virus is not much more than it was at the start… see a previous post https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/coronavirus-what-do-we-know/

Talking, via video conferencing with friends overseas, it seems that compared to them Western Australia has enacted much stricter rules. But with a degree of compassion.

A German cruise ship which has been refused entry to several ports was finally granted access, under strict conditions, to Fremantle port.

Passengers had made signs saying ‘Thank you Fremantle,’ as well as ‘We love Fremantle.”

What now?

Like circling sharks, several cruise ships have been travelling up and down the West Australian coast. However, some have anchored in Gage Roads waiting.

The situation here changes daily. Who could fail to feel sorry for the passengers on these expensive world cruises, who are denied entry at most ports.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/25/cruise-ship-passengers-to-be-quarantined-on-rottnest-island-in-western-australia

Then it changed, and   two private hospitals are now caring for some of the passengers taken from the ship.

Other ‘venues’ have been proposed.

Some defy the order for social distancing

risk to healthcare workers


And have led to the closure of beaches, the frustration of authorities, and put others in danger.

If you ignore the rules and contract this virus, you are putting a strain on the hospital system. You are also costing the few remaining tax payers their valuable tax dollars, which would be better used in prevention, or finding a solution. In addition you are putting the lives/health of our healthcare and emergency workers at risk.

Danger of social isolation

Unless we make an effort to keep in touch we will become ‘stay-at-home’ shut-ins. Already, because of busy lifestyles the elderly are often forgotten. With people working at least one job, up until recently at any rate, there never seemed to be time for visiting elderly family members. What happens now? And what happens if the elderly person is not a relative?

What can we, who are used to being isolated do to help?

  • Email
  • Phone calls
    • Ask if the person needs any shopping done.
  • Send a card, or leave one in their mailbox.
  • Leave a small food parcel on the doorstep of someone you know is isolated.

Don’t forget

This virus, and the ‘flu which will follow it, does not only target old people. Young people are at risk, so are children and in a rare case, an infant in Illinois has died after testing positive. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/covid-19-united-states-rare-case-us-infant-dies-coronavirus-12586822

May the parents find comfort.

And may you all find peace

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

Slaves to a System

Slaves to a system

Slaves? Sadly, yes. We are all slaves to some system or other. Can you identify?

It might be to…

  • Debt
  • Your workplace
  • An addiction
  • Your health

There are lots more that could be added. Such as some of us are slaves because of age. What does that mean? No longer being able to do the tasks, or enjoy the pleasures you once had.

Slaves to other people’s opinion.

Over the years I have known many people with what are now called ‘hidden illnesses.’

These includes chronic physical conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and others including brain injury after trauma. It can be very difficult for sufferers of these conditions who, in other’s eyes, have nothing wrong.

I thought the idea at the link below an excellent one.

https://www.headway.org.uk/news-and-campaigns/news/2019/sunflower-lanyards-take-off-for-passengers-with-hidden-disabilities/

Then we have those who think the elderly, especially if they are chronically ill, should be given a ‘death pill’ at a certain age. (Honestly, I read a discussion about that online.)

I am a slave to aged care

slave to age

When we are in the aged care system, it seems like it is the ‘luck of the draw’ whether or not you receive the help needed.

My several ‘life-limiting’ conditions are managed, albeit with a bit of difficulty some days, but I have one ‘condition’ that is either not believed, or not understood. A very strong sensitivity to fragrances. As I blogged about once before, Fragrance Sensitivity is a Real Condition https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/fragrance-sensitivity-is-a-real-condition/

My serious sensitivity to fragrances has cost me a home care provider. (They could not provide me with a carer who  was willing to not wear fragrance.)

So, what am I a slave to?

The sensitivity, or people’s opinions about whether I am or not?

My home is one of the few things in my life I have control over. Fragrance sensitivity is life-limiting in a different way from my ‘will-end-up-dying’ from the other conditions.  There are so many place I can no longer go… cinema, theatre, public transport, celebrations too because other people will wear some variety of fragrance. It’s worse than having the coronavirus… that will finish, the fragrance sensitivity is something that sufferers are stuck with. Some things can be controlled in my environment, but when other people come into my home wearing something that sets off my ‘allergies’ it is a nightmare to endure… and also life-threatening because I cannot receive the oxygen I need through my nasal prongs when suffering allergic rhinitis.

And if the person knows I am fragrance sensitive but chooses to ignore it – well, isn’t that a form of elder abuse?

Read the information at the links below if you have the time. Perhaps it will open your eyes, or perhaps not.

https://www.news-medical.net/health/Perfume-Allergy.aspx

https://www.health.com/condition/allergy/fragrance-sensitivity-health-effects

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/blog/perfume-stinks-how-fragrances-can-affect-health

Some people are kind, others are rude. I have met, and had to deal with people from both ends of the spectrum and at various points in between.

What are you enslaved to?

  • Debt
  • Your workplace
  • An addiction
  • Your health

To some extent, most of these can be ‘worked on.’ Age is debatable, but the hardest to deal with is other people’s fixed opinions and refusal to consider anything but their own opinion.

Something to think about.

Susan

Not giving up, giving

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.

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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