What In the World?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2014 by June Key

Just when we think the news cannot get worse we are witnessing the beheading of at least three men whose only crime was doing their job, which was to keep us informed that, once again, “War is Hell.” In recent months we have learned that fanatical idiots have invaded homes, dragged children out and executed them while their families were made to watch. We have been told of countless women and girls as young as eight years old that have been given to the invading ISIS terrorists to do with what they wanted.

Some will say that would never happen in America, England or France or a civilized county; well, wake up my friends, the terrorists have been joined in their brutality by young, allegedly educated, stupid idealists from our country, England and France. Their venom has invaded many areas and we are naive to think otherwise. We need to be diligent, not only in New York or California where rumors of impending dangers have surfaced, but also in every state, and we need to report suspicious activity to the local authorities regardless how insignificant something may appear to be.

When did man’s inhumanity to man disintegrate to such disrespect? Why do we hardly blink when parents kill their children when they can’t get along? Why do we load up guns to just fire them without rhyme or reason regardless of who the victim might be? Why would some laugh when a so-called respected elected official calls our President a liar at a public meeting?

This is not the respectful world I have lived 90 years in. What kind of world will the young children of today grow up in? It should be a matter of concern to each and every one of us.

Shortly after I finished this blog I learned about the beheading of the woman in Oklahoma. Please heed my warning. We cannot be too careful.

Has It Been Five Years?!?

Posted in aging, louisville with tags , on August 8, 2014 by June Key

A little over five years ago I wrote my blog about moving into my new home, Oxmoor Lodge, a retirement home.

It was not a decision I made without serious reservations. I am sure the concerns I had are the same questions some of you are wrestling with as the years began to take their toll. I want to share my honest assessment about those concerns.

Giving up my independence, taking directions from those in charge, boredom, and losing contact with my friends were a few of my concerns before making the move. I am sure there were other downers that I imagined but they were so unimportant I can’t remember what they were. Besides, not one of those fears materialized.

I still own my independence, those in charge have more to do than to give me directions – other than those that insure my peace, safety and contentment. Our activities director, Marissa Morrison, provides us with a zillion things to do or enjoy every day, most all day. She is the eighth wonder of the world. Our housekeepers, Linda Churchill, Eska Tapp and Sarah Fuller, are so much more then their title reads; they are caring angels. Our kitchen crew are magicians. When you can please one-hundred wonderful, would-be Betty Crockers and Emeril Lagasses most of the time, you must be a magician.

If you are thinking about a retirement home, please give Oxmoor Lodge consideration. You will not be sorry. At this time our managers are the best we have ever had. Our home office should definitely clone them. They are the most loving two people you will ever meet. Just ask for Tim and Sharon Hensley, stay and chat a moment, and you won’t want to leave.

Back To School

Posted in education, grandmothers, schools with tags on August 4, 2014 by June Key

Today I am going to forget about all the violence happening around the world and write about a happy subject. It is August and a very exciting time of the year; the new school year is starting. All over America the school bells will be ringing. School supplies are flying out the merchant’s doors, teachers are making their rooms “kid friendly” and the yellow school buses are tuned up and ready to go.

Each year there is another group of “first” events, beginning with, in my opinion, the most exciting day; the first day of Kindergarten. My grandmother walked me to school that morning, 84 years ago, and upon reaching the school door, she lifted me up to reach the door knob and said, “As you open this door you will begin your lifetime of learning. Cherish each opportunity you are given and learn something new each day.” With this attitude, she gave me a gift – she let me know early on about the importance of school. We were able to share this love of education for as long as she lived, and I carried her valuable gift with me after she was gone. I encourage parents to always be positive when talking to their children about school. If you value school, I guarantee you they will value school.

Next, take every opportunity to get to know the parents of your children’s classmates – the kids that they spend most of their day with. Also take time to understand the rules of the school. Schools should be welcoming places and most are; but the priority in running a school is to maintain a calm and orderly atmosphere – one that is conducive to learning.

Last, but certainly not the least: join your school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Most membership drives start just prior to the beginning of school. The PTA of your school is the backbone of parent involvement in your school. The devoted members of your PTA make a huge contribution toward a school’s success in fulfilling its goals. The Parent Teacher Association was established in 1897 with a mission statement that remains their mission statement today: working to provide health, safety and the best possible education for each and every child. They are there behind the scenes and on the front lines, working with parents, teachers, school administrators and community leaders to make sure each and every child has the opportunity to excel to their fullest capacity. Please be a member and join your school PTA.

Speak For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves

Posted in Congress, faith, immigration, kentucky, louisville, Obama, politics in the united states, World News with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2014 by June Key

This is the second time I feel compelled to write my blog about the children who are coming to us for help and understanding from Central America.

Thank God we still have good people whose heart has not turned to stone. I know my list is incomplete but my information is only as good as the daily paper chooses to print. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said, “We are an empathetic people in this country and we don’t like seeing people suffer,” despite bashing our President in the process. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said her city “has a long history of welcoming immigrants” – from her grandparents to recent waves of refugees from Bhutan, Iraq and South Sudan. She suggested six buildings on the old campus of the former Maria Regina College be used to house and care for them.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, said, “You have to take a step back and say, ‘We’re talking about kids as young as five’ – “What’s our role as human beings?” Barrett, Davenport, Iowa Mayor Bill Gluba, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland have said they would put together teams to look for suitable locations to help.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, each and every one. Great leaders rise to the top by not always looking for votes but for something like this – thinking outside the box to look out for these children; children not unlike your son or daughter.

In an article in the same paper there was a story about a very young boy in San Pedro, Sula, Honduras, who had two of his friends, eleven years old, snatched from their home. Their bodies were found chopped to pieces. That is how he lives each day – in fear of the same.

If each of our states would take 1000 of these children we would save 50,000 children. An example is my state of Kentucky; we have 122 counties. If each county took nine children, that would be 1098 children saved. Please use your creative ability and please do something to help these children. If we had not had some visionaries in our government in the sixties, it is possible we would still have our African-American brothers and sisters in the shackles of racism and a second class existence.

Please America – open your hearts. Ministers of all faiths, find in yourselves the voice of humanity. Let’s help these children of God. They need to be supported with the voices of caring people. Let the choir start by adding each of our voices.

The pause that reflects?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2014 by June Key

There are days when I almost regret being an avid reader of the morning newspaper. In the last week the following news items appeared.

Somali troops retook the presidential palace in the capital of Mogadishu after militants forced their way in and exchanged heavy gunfire with troops and guards Tuesday, the latest attack underscoring the threat posed by Islamic extremist group al-Shabab in East Africa.

Iraq has told the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has control of a vast former chemical weapons facility outside Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored with other chemical agents. Iraqi’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that “terrorist” groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment.

In Jerusalem, sirens blared Tuesday night, soon after the city announced that it was opening its bomb shelters “within hours” and that residents should prepare their personal or building shelters. Tel Aviv made the same announcement an hour earlier. Meanwhile in Ashkelon, many are waiting to see whether Israel wages an all-out war on Gaza. People are afraid to leave their house and afraid to leave their kids home alone. Israel, inching closer to outright war, mobilized up to 40,000 troops Tuesday for a ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and fired intense aerial counter strikes into the region where rockets have been launched at Israeli cities.

Ukrainian security forces encircled and shelled separatist strongholds in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk on Tuesday, continuing a swift offensive to retake the center of the pro-Russian insurgency. Ukrainian Defense Minster Valeriy Heletey said earlier that there will be no cease-fire until rebels put down their weapons. Government forces launched a bombing campaign and a push to retake border crossings.

I am thankful we do not have our young men or women engaged in these horrendous wars that are annihilating the innocent men, women and children of these countries. And for what I ask? Power grabbing or just because they can? May I remind those you Adolf Hitler was a power grabber, one country after another. He also died in his bunker like a sniveling coward, taking his own life rather then face the consequences.

I wish we could designate a day at a certain time we could pause across America and have a prayer for peace in the world.

Hobby Lobby Hypocrisy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 10, 2014 by June Key

I just read a letter to the editor of our local newspaper. I was already angry about the whole self-serving “crap” pertaining to Hobby Lobby and their denying access to birth control to their female employees via the company’s insurance plan.

The letter proclaims that it is part of the Hobby Lobby owner’s religious conviction and, therefore, his right to want the denial of benefits. That is the cop out used when busy bodies want to interfere in the lives of those who do not embrace their beliefs. It is also a dangerous move to recognize a for-profit corporation as able to have a religious belief – individuals have beliefs. And this individual is hiding behind his corporation.

As in 99% of cases where one group thinks they have the right to determine or, I should say, undermine the rights of others, here you will find false or, at least, poor reasoning and self-serving hypocrisy. Hobby Lobby’s 401K investments are deeply tied to companies that produce contraceptives. Not only this, but a fair amount of what they sell is Made In China, where the one-child policy has resulted in millions of abortions. How hypocritical can you get?

In the past I have been a customer of Hobby Lobby, and I am now finding I resent every dime I ever put in their cash registers. I assure them they will never see me in their store again. I would like to echo the biblical saying referred to by this letter writer saying, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” And, may I add, take care of your own business and you will have enough to do to in answering for your own transgressions.

I have a suggestion for those who want to tell women what they can do with their bodies, even though it is absolutely no one’s business.

If each of you would adopt one of those precious little babies we are going to “throw back over the border” to a deplorable life of hunger, and give them hope for their future it would help solve a humane challenge and make you a hero in what you think to be God’s eyes.

Picking and Choosing Battles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 8, 2014 by June Key

This is not an easy blog to write. My anger is so out of control. I do not take joy in extreme feelings, especially anger. If there is one mother or one father that could read or listen to the news about the three hundred girls that have been abducted from their school as they slept and not feel extreme anger, then may God have mercy on their soul.

Some girls have been held for three weeks by the terrorist organization Boko Haram, who has killed thousands of Christians (and Muslims as well as they try to enforce strict Islamic law). They have announced that they intend to marry these little girls to their members or sell them at the market place to be “used” however the buyer chooses.

This is happening in a conflict-ridden Nigeria. Edmond Keller, a UCLA political science professor, said that the west is more concerned about human rights in Ukraine, Syria and other world hot spots than in Africa, adding, “There’s a certain amount of racism involved in the tendency to look upon African conflict as being normal and being a part of the way Africans behave, as opposed to something whites need to be concerned with.”

What a tragic state of affairs that this warped sense of racism is still so prevalent in the minds and hearts of people – that hundreds of young girls, no different than your daughters or mine are only worth the barter they would bring at a street market.

The political powers (I’m looking at you America, Britain and France) must do what is necessary and bring those children home. We have put boots on the ground for reasons far less important than this.

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