Friday, June 17, 2016

We Love Lucy

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.

Headless dog

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.
Nelson Mandela:
"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.



The Bug said...

It is so hard for me to understand all the pro-gun rhetoric. I'm glad Lucy is here to help take my mind off it for just a bit!

Carolina Linthead said...

McConnell continues to be a national embarrassment, and then there's the big lie blowhard presidential candidate. Ugh. I have dome more than my share of crying and shouting (on Facebook, anyway). I lost my ability to use gentle suasion, as the Quakers called it, with Sandy Hook. Thank you, Lucy, for being so darned cute!

troutbirder said...

Love is the answer....:)

Mary Lee said...

The two pictures are precious!

I can understand why they sent special service dogs to Orlando to help the grieving, can't you?

Let's give everyone a musket to satisfy their right to bear arms. . . and get rid of those ungodly weapons that shouldn't be in the hands of anyone except the military. We are being hollowed out by the NRA.

Ginnie said...

Being in the same State I hope you are having the amazingly gorgeous day that we are today. I know that Lucy would love it ...mid 70's and a breeze !

Lowcarb team member said...

I love the photo's of Lucy ...

We too have celebrated Father's Day here in the UK, and although it is not always possible to see all loved ones, cards and messages have been shared which has been lovely.

I do so agree with you, with the 'madness' that seems to be around at the moment it is getting even more important to keep love in our hearts.

All the best Jan

robin andrea said...

I love the Mandela quote. I wish the whole world could be taught to love, all at once. Imagine peace on the planet. It would be so lovely. I hope your temps don't skyrocket and that Lucy finds cool comfort.

Vicki Lane said...

Some of the hateful responses to the tragedy in Orlando make me wish I could hide away too. It's hard to remain positive with so much anger and hatred in the world. At least there are dogs.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Bug - I agree. It's hard to hear the "logic" of everyone having an assault rifle.

Linthead - Amen

Troutbirder - Yes, if only we could make people understand that.

Mary Lee - yes, dogs do provide comfort. Yes to the muskets!

Ginnie - It finally cooled off a bit here. And our mountain breezes came back.

Jan - Indeed there is too much madness

Robin - Wouldn't that be wonderful?

Vicki - It is hard to be positive when you hear some of the awful angry voices from our so-called leaders.