This week has given us heavy hearts as we grieve for the deaths of so many people and injuries to so many others. And the week has given us plenty of anger at the inflammatory rhetoric that has come from the mouths of some "leaders" and especially one of the Presidential candidates. How can they spew such venom at a time like this? To blame an entire religious group because of the actions of a single mentally ill individual? Kudos to the brave leaders who participated and assisted Senator Chris Murphy (Democrat from Connecticut) in his filibuster to bring some measure of gun control legislation to a vote. Note that there will be only a vote. Unfortunately there is little likelihood that meaningful legislation will actually pass in the Senate or House. The Senate Majority Leader dismissed the filibuster as "campaign talk-a-thon" that kept the Senate from its more serious business. Seriously, McConnell? What kind of serious business did you have on your agenda? Senator Susan Collins (Republican from Maine) said the stalemate was like "Groundhog Day" once again. And she is correct. After every major shooting with an assault rifle, the Congress and Senate have a moment of silence and then go about business as usual.
But this is Friday. And the post should be about our Lucy. It's been really hot here. Near record-breaking highs once again. And Lucy does not tolerate the heat at all. Understandable since she has two coats that she cannot remove. She finds cool spots in which to lie, her favorite being the tile. But sometimes, she just puts her head underneath a chair. Not sure if this is cooler, but she does it more often when the weather is warm.
Know what, Lucy? Sometimes I want to put my head under something as well.
Yeah, it works, Mom. But you'll have to find somewhere else.
This is my place. And your head wouldn't fit anyway.
Our thoughts go out to those who are injured or have lost loved ones. The victims in Orlando and all others here in our country and around the globe.
The quote today is about hatred, since our deeply divided country seems fueled by it. It's by a man who had every reason to be filled with anger and hatred, yet he was filled with love.
"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Sunday is Father's Day here in the United States. So HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all you fathers.
Monday is the summer solstice. The longest day of the year with approximately 17 hours of daylight. Of course that means the hours of daylight will shorten thereafter, but the changes will hardly be detectable for a while.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE
KEEP LOVE IN YOUR HEART