Saturday, October 21, 2017

FREE Hoopla

Now you can instantly stream movies, TV, eBooks, directly from Hoopla, free library service (in moderate quantities). Log in with your library card #.

Go to hoopladigital.com
Better than borrowing CDs from the Okeechobee library, where you have to go to and fro and sometimes they are missing or damaged.
I use it only on my laptop, but there are apps etc.   Love it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Guns, really!

There were crowds of children watching the Simply Tina (Turner) show at the Meyer today.


How about sparkly things or olive branches.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stumps

This 5-trunk tree was once just a stump (after hit by truck). Some of the Irma stumps could be kept and be trees in 5 or 7 years.  I  am going to let our avocado tree sprout. - it it wants to.  Ok for far corners of village.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

C'mon FPL

How about giving a solar system or two to Puerto Rico.  You ask us to be involved while sneakily charging us an extra $9, how about you too.  I think it would do wonders for your image.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Palm Beach Condo Expo


http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102276804436&ca=8c983e17-f333-4a4b-8b7d-694bba532c1a 

Clear your schedule for this fall's most important networking and educational event. The Palm Beach Condo & HOA Expo takes place on Tuesday, October 24th, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm (seminars begin at 9:00 am). 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

STRANGE THING . . .


HOW WITH ITS BEING CRITICIZED, THE FLAG HAS BECOME MORE PRECIOUS TO ME

From when I was a little kid, I said the Pledge of Allegiance, stood up to sing the Star Spangled Banner, and respected the flag. We were taught to respect our country in these ways just as those from other countries are taught respect for their countries. As someone said recently, it's not because you approve of everything your country has done, or all of its laws, or all of its politicians. It's because it is your country, just as your family is your family. It's similar in a way to what we enlisted men were told in the US Army: you salute the lieutenant because of his position, not how he has personally performed. Of course it helps to have known role models one can admire.

For the most part, saying the Pledge, singing the national anthem and respecting the flag have been things I have done by rote—with some appreciation for them, of course. But I've found a strange thing happening in me lately: as criticisms have been heaped upon America as a nation, it has caused me to reflect all the more on the greatness and the good of this nation. There has never been a country like America—a melting pot of immigrants from other nations, the first true democracy since the partial democracy of ancient Greece, a nation more generous than any in history. What nation ever helped its just-defeated enemies recover as the U.S. did with its Marshall Plan?

Perhaps it's the "Law of Opposites" at work. Soft is only known in contrast to  hard. We say a person is patient only in circumstances when a normal person would be impatient. (Therefore you must experience impatience in order to appreciate patience.) I don't LIKE it when our very flag, symbol of the nation itself, is desecrated. The unjustness of it, however, seems to have caused something to rise up in me that is more appreciative than ever for America.

It is as if I am seeing our precious flag with new, appreciative, honoring eyes. And I'm thankful for that.



Puerto Rico Devastation

If you missed the collection at the Clubhouse yesterday, see http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/   specifically for PR.

An initiative begun by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, with help from the private sector to provide aid and support to the people of Puerto Rico after Irma and Maria.  This is a humanitarian crisis worse than even than other hurricane areas

Monday, September 25, 2017

Single-Payer Health Insurance

Talk to your friends from Canada and UK who use single payer, it works very well.  It has more common sense than some of USA ideas, and is supported by health professionals and charities.  Too bad the current admin have shown they cannot write any bills that have anything to do with better health.  They are just wrecking ball operators.
From AARP:

A new study from the AARP finds that older people could pay as much as $16,174 more per year for health coverage under the Republican bill to repeal ObamaCare sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy .  The bill “threatens to make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of older Americans,” AARP, which opposes the measure, writes in the report. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pencil Cactus

If you would like to grow your own pencil cactus (easy) feel free to take cuttings from the one outside my door at #220 Sussex L, CV.  Victim of Irma.
Watch out for drippy 'latex' sap.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

NW corner (Irma)

Please put these trees back together again >>> click to enlarge.





Hastings (Irma)

Hastings looked almost untouched, OK one tilt.  Perimeter road trees were hammered.



Fall (Irma)

and shallow roots



Pretzel town (Irma)


FEMA stuff

 By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.
The items that can be covered include:
  • Temporary housing
  • Lodging expenses reimbursement
  • Home repair
  • Home replacement
  • Disaster-caused child care expenses.
  • Disaster-caused medical and dental expenses.
  • Disaster-caused damages to essential household items
  • Fuel for the primary heat source
  • Clean-up items
  • Disaster-caused damage to an essential vehicle.
  • Moving and storage expenses caused by the disaster

If you need disaster assistance from FEMA, you can apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or register on the phone at 1-800-621-3362.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Irma...

Just to say you who are in the Village that , we the snowbirds are with you, thinking of you, praying for you.
Here is a picture (refresh every minute) from my webcam in CoventryA (looking East.
Take care!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Irma La Douce

Wrap your electronics in plastic.
I wish you well during the next few days. Please stay safe.
Over and out for awhile!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Shelter in Place

If you find CV zone it says Shelter in Place

Ref:  The City of West Palm Beach Emergency Management Division continues to monitor Hurricane Irma and prepare for possible impacts from the storm. Hurricane Irma is an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm. The City has begun activation of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and is preparing for a potential full activation of the EOC later this week.

To ensure the safety of you and your family, don’t wait to prepare for possible impacts from Irma. Have a plan of action.
  • Know Your Zone: Now is the time to become familiar with evacuation zones and routes should an evacuation order be issued for your community. Remember, if a hurricane threatens your community and you are told to evacuate, don’t hesitate—go early. To see which evacuation zone you live in, visit: http://www.pbcgov.com/knowurzone/
  • Fully stock your hurricane supplies and have a disaster supply kit on hand: Make sure to have enough food, water and emergency supplies to last at least three days should a storm strike. Assemble your kit now. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
  • Complete a family communication plan: Discuss with your family and agree on ways to contact one another in the event of an emergency.
  • The City of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County may issue advisories. Please adhere to these advisories.
  • Sign up for local alerts on your phone: Download Palm Beach County’s PBCDart and the City’s Code Red apps.
  • The City may also share information via its Facebook and Twitter accounts and on the City government TV channel, WPB-TV. The City’s Twitter handle is: @westpalmbch. WPBPD’s Twitter handle is @WestPalmPD. WPBFR’s Twitter handle is: @wpbfire. Information may also be communicated via the city’s website at http://www.wpb.org/storm. You may also receive updates via email from the City.
  • In the event of an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency calls, call (561) 822-2222.
  • The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County asks all county residents to refrain from cutting down whole trees or doing major yard or construction projects until after the storm passes. Do not place any debris at the curb after a Hurricane Watch or Hurricane Warning is issued.
Right now, the City’s Division of Sanitation is expediting yard waste and bulk pick-up. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, sanitation trucks will cover those days’ usual routes and, also, work ahead on some of the next day’s routes.

Please visit the City of West Palm Beach website for updates and links to important hurricane information at http://www.wpb.org/storm. Stay safe!

Sincerely,

Jeri Muoio, Mayor

Monday, September 4, 2017

Whole Foods review

Amazon and Whole Foods were masterful at getting the media to promote an almost nonexistent price drop, and in turn at helping them counteract the supermarket’s high-price image. The reality is that the average shopper will barely notice any savings in their weekly grocery bill at least in the short-run.

http://www.mouseprint.org/?utm_source=newsletter

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Help Harvey victims

 Want to help those hurt by Harvey? Here are some good options.

The most important things to remember, experts say, are to give cash rather than goods, to consider the long term and of course to avoid scams. Beyond that, there are options big and small that address the huge spectrum of flood victims’ needs, from providing food and shelter to helping those who are most at risk.

See the full list of groups.
Of course, NPR isn't endorsing or vouching for any of these groups. It's a good idea to do a bit of research on any charity before you donate to it. One place to start is Charity Navigator.

Friday, September 1, 2017

STORMS - POWER LOSS - DO YOU HAVE

STORMS - POWER LOSS - DO YOU HAVE
  • Plenty bottled water
  • Favorite canned foods
  • Plenty batteries, flash lights not candles
  • 7 days medications
  • Pre fill bath tub 1/2 full for flushing/washing
  • Move loose items from open porches
  • Have boxes of ice in freezer

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse hide and seek

Can you find the 'toenail clippings' in the clouds! Shadows and binoculars too.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

7-Day Symbiosis Gathering

Traffic has been jammed for days people going to the Eclipse festival in Prineville, OR.  Where is our festival Lanny?

https://www.everfest.com/e/global-eclipse-gathering-prineville-or 

All this work is geared toward creating something powerful and new. ..collaborative experiences and zones that conjure up new worlds. Naturally, there will be celestial components, including a sun goddess art installation, a sun temple, and elemental altars tailored to this year’s journey from light to dark to light again. Some of the eight stages have names like the Eclipse Stage, Sun Stage, Moon Stage, Sky Stage, etc.
There will be a full permaculture design course, complete with herbal arts education and an apothecary. It’s part of the elemental alchemy series, which has four courses centered around yoga, visual art, herbal art, and ritual performances. 

What Do America's White Nationalists Want?


In the National Review, Kevin Williamson considers the aims of Charlottesville's "angry white boys":

"The fact that they get together to play dress-up — to engage in a large and sometimes murderous game of cowboys and Indians — may give us our answer. They want to be someone other than who they are. That's the great irony of identity politics: They seek identity in the tribe because they are failed individuals. They are a chain composed exclusively of weak links.

"What they are engaged in isn't politics, but theater: play-acting in the hopes of achieving catharsis. Their online personas — knights, Vikings, reincarnations of Charles Martel — will be familiar enough to anybody with a Dungeons and Dragons nerd in his life. But sometimes, role-playing around a card table isn't enough: Sometimes, you need a stage and an audience. In the theater, actors and audience both can forget ourselves for an hour or two. Under the soft glow of the tiki torches, these angry white boys can be something else — for a night."

"In the morning, they wake up with the same faces. And there is something in the faces," Williamson writes. "James Alex Fields Jr. has more than a little whiff of Dylann Roof about him, and we know what Dylann Roof wanted: to murder black people. Sometimes, it is worth taking angry white boys at their word." 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brandless

I guess if I were stuck at home and running out of supplies I could try this  https://brandless.com/
Reminiscent of Aldi, but you have to dig for size/weight if you really want to compare.  New way shopping.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Universal access to health services

British National Health Service (NHS)
Universal access to health services is a founding principle of the NHS.
The NHS has been judged the best, safest and most affordable healthcare system out of 11 countries analyzed and ranked by experts from the influential Commonwealth Fund health thinktank.
It is the second time in a row that the study, which is undertaken every three years, has found the UK to have the highest-rated health system.
The NHS has held on to the top spot despite the longest budget squeeze in its 69-year history, serious understaffing and the disruption caused by a radical restructuring of the service in England in 2013.
Its ranking is even more notable because the thinktank found the UK to put the fourth smallest amount of GDP into healthcare among the 11 countries. While the US spends 16.6% of its national income on health, the UK comes near the bottom, investing just 9.9%. Only New Zealand (9.4%), Norway (9.3%) and Australia (9%) put in less.

etc. Read it all - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/14/nhs-holds-on-to-top-spot-in-healthcare-survey

UK first,  USA 11th