SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI – STRENGTH OF A REAL LEADER WITH INTEGRITY

Third in line to the Presidency, Defender of Democracy, Leading with clear steady thought and hand, calm purposeful demeanor and actions on January 6, 2021.

Mother of five in short order knows from “poop”, and the difference of purposeful defecation by domestic terrorists invading and desecrating the U.S. Capitol. With steady hand, leading both Republicans and Democrats to ensure our Democracy is saved for one more day. With truth and bravery, labeling the individual responsible for and instigating this insurrection in treason, the 45th president of the United States sitting in the White House viewing this all.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/10/nancy-pelosi-january-6-video-trump-capitol-riot.html

POLITICS OF THE BALCONY VIEWS ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND Meghan and Elizabeth, the Duchess and the Queen, and the Prince and the King

Now let’s see from this side of the pond – Prince Harry extorted by family and press across the pond to give up publishing release of his book in exchange for possible respect and civility.

For consideration of inclusion into the symbol of “values and culture” of the royals decidedly to stifle and control the human psyches in their midst.

Before alarms of suicidal thoughts and depression laid bare, the “firm” frozen in denial as The New Yorker describes “infantilize” members hiding in public in their opulent gilded prisons full of gold and pomp and ceremony, and cruelty, and rigidity.

And now exposed in full light with the addition of Meghan, the hegemony of racism and misogyny. Adding to unhappiness and despair, and the norms of reversal of adulthood visited unquestionably on heirs. A life frozen in rigid privilege and hopeless mis-direction.

Lost is the royals declaration to investigate these claims and the “firms” privately investigating hidden historic claims in their midst present today, never releasing report. What could be an exemplar of “culture and values” identifying and admitting the toxic dysfunction among them over centuries alive and present today.

The Queen in the touching ceremonies honoring a lifetime encompassing the 70 year expanse of world history – our grandmother/mother figure with an open smile, described as having lived in a “gilded prison” as all the royals have and do.

In the public lying in state in Westminster Hall, the site of beheadings of their ancestors, the family mourns along with the public.

Prince Harry, son of Diana the “Peoples Princess”, witnessed the dysfunction and toxicity in the system to which he was born visited upon his mother, now blatantly manifest in recent years to his spouse, Meghan, an independently successful woman and global human rights advocate before she ever encountered the “firm”.

Instead of lifting up the addition to their midst – an asset and antidote to the history of imperial colonization, meets with whole-hearted and ongoing attempts to demonize, blithely continuing on in the path of misogyny and colonial racism.

Historian of Women and the Struggles for American Independence declares off the record, there is no question the royal family and press attacks on Meghan Markel are racist, obvious they did not want a person of color in their midst – the royal family and the press.

There is hope that Charles’ environmental advocacy will bring along older son’s daughter, and Harry’s children. A gift to future generations as well.

The now first in line to the title, Charles older son, seems to be lost in vacuousness to what their role might be, with spouse scowling at her sister-in-law at any encounter in the sad occasions surrounding the Queen’s remembrances. Holding up high grudge over petty slights a few years before, all the while cold shoulder scowl, turning to flash magnetic smile to the grieving public, belying any sense of place and purpose.

A sad portend of John Oliver’s advice on Stephen Corbett Show a week before Meghan’s wedding, cautioning about marrying into an emotionally stunted, toxic dysfunctional group with pseudo jobs.

Alas, true love won out for Harry and Meghan, for the good.

Admiration for Prince Harry for seeing what is plainly before him, the pain to his mother, a world advocate for the most vulnerable, now being visited upon his wife, Meghan, a world advocate for the most vulnerable before ever entering the royals. Harry now with courage to step-out of the only life he has ever known, we can hope that Charles will follow that risk taking leadership of his younger son and daughter-in-law, and bring hope to his grandchildren.

Harry and Meghan are now free to craft their lives of social justice advocacy while raising their two young children in love – true exemplars of human values and culture. Perhaps a mirror to what the ‘firm’ might be capable. Charles you are free now to incorporate your younger son’s courage, exemplars of advocacy, social justice, and love. True profiles of global values and culture.

Ah the balcony, stealthily bearing cold shoulder and furtive scowls. All the while maintaining premise of paragons of culture and values. With shifty display of condescension, racism, sexism mirroring Brexit – separate for no good reason, stand alone with no footing beneath. Still no Harry and Meghan.

Mis-directed family dynamics found in families the world over exposed on the global stage in honor of the Queen. Let’s learn from Harry and Meghan and be exemplars to the younger generations of Charles grandchildren, that the new monarch sees the reality of what the world needs – acceptance, inclusion, charity, and love.

Meghan is now the symbol and vortex of the ills of racism and misogyny within the royals – the “firm” and its press, and in turn the imperial empire legacy living out today – globally. Prince Harry’s stance profiles courage. Hope is that the family unit will learn and be free for younger generations as the grandchildren of Diana.

Open exemplars for Charles to lead into the light and freedom, away from generational imposed bound energy and frustrated rigid existence. There is always hope Charles can see this and join his second son and daughter-in-law, and lead all the grandchildren into light on the balcony and beyond.

NASA photos and Lessons for here on Earth

NASA Space telescope, July 2022 (Photo NASA)

From whence we come – the stars over 13 billion years ago. A humble awareness of our small and vital place in the universe to nurture and care for all below – water, ocean, land – habituating all living things. Our charge as human beings now and forever going forward must be to care for all in our precious environment on Earth – sky, sea, land, and each other in our global community.   

My Comment in the Washington Post to Opinion – What Watergate can teach us today

The topic of my dissertation at Columbia came from Watergate. At the time Art Buchwald had a column in the Washington Post “14 points of Watergate”. No. 13 was “What is it those involved in Watergate learned in law school that made them think what they were doing was ethical?” I thought there must be commonalities and qualities that apply to all professions. From there my dissertation on Professional Behavior in Education and Practice and validated to apply to all professions. A timeless study and so relevant today.

My latest Comment – Washington Post in honor of President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukraine

Photo of the evolution of Putin/Stalin/Hitler most apt. Angela Merkel knew how to deal with Putin, Dr. Merkel raised in communist East Germany and Russian speaker knew Putin for what he is – a small-minded, insecure punk/ bully. She was not afraid or intimidated by him, by any one, speaking truth to power. Most admired now, one who reflects her qualities – President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, a true citizen of the world and patriot for his country’s independence and freedom. May all the good force in the world be with him to lead us out of this darkness, which impacts us all. The 45th president of the U.S. praising Putin’s demagoguery now is only more evidence of his treason leading to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

AS WE ENTER 2022

We can only hope we evolve out of the pandemic, our active part is to get vaccinated, wear mask, and advocate for global access and distribution.

Difference between pandemic of 100 years ago and today –

Lillian Wald, founder of modern-day public health nursing

Then – Prevalence of a strong public health system with a focus on primary care, prevention, health promotion, and maintenance. With the holistic view of the individual/ family/community as the Client. 

Now- Decimation of the U.S. public health system to focus on fee-for-service/for-profit sick care medical/insurance/ pharmaceutical/nursing home, medical devices industries.   

Then, holistic public health nursing focus on collaborative treatment of the Client. 

Today – U.S. has the highest incidence of and deaths from Covid-19 in the world. U.S. ranks #37 in WHO statistics in basic health indices and last among developed countries by the Commonwealth Fund. 

Angela Merkel for president of the World.

The world needs Dr. Merkel’s leadership, insight, understanding, compassion, intuition to peacefully bring decision-makers to reflect truth, honesty, humane values, not weapons/war/drones/destruction.

The First, 2021

 Madame Vice-president Kamala Harris

Madame Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Amanda Gorman, poet, Inauguration 2021                                                                 “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.  If only we’re brave enough to be it.” 

Greta Thunberg speaking at UN Climate Summit                                                               Global climate advocate who speaks truth and puts adults to shame.             
Deserving of Nobel Peace Prize.
DR. JANE GOODALL, UN MESSENGER OF PEACE                                                       
“Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all all be saved.”        
Global Advocate with lessons to be learned for the interconnectedness of all living things in our global environment.
Christmas Tree Dupont Circle 2021, honoring Dr. Jill Biden, Educator

Bravest

Prince Harry with courage to break out of the only life he knew to free his spirit for social justice advocacy from what John Oliver termed an “emotionally stunted” system. 

Antidote to the Pandemic

   My grandfather, W.C. Fields films, for Humor is the best medicine of all.  W.C. Fields said, “If I can make them laugh and through that laughter make this old world seem just a little brighter, then I am satisfied.” What the world needs now. https://www.wcfields.com

Antidote to the Pandemic in two words – Cary Grant (any film on TCM).

Reflections on Thanksgiving 2021 and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Native American women brought meaning to the Day – thankfulness, sharing, love, peace. Reciting blessing of tribal elders – “Creator and Ancestors, we honor you for all things. We honor the Lenape people of Manahatta and all our relations. Now we are here; and will always be here. And so it is.” Acknowledging the original Native American territory of Manhattan.                                                                                                                          

Representing the Mashpee Tribe of The Wampanoag Nation. From Left to Right: Gertrude “Kitty” Miller, John Peters, Dasia Peters, David Pocknett, Talia Landry, Cheenulka Pocknett, Siobhan Brown, Carolyn Wynne, Hartman Deetz. (Photo/Indigenous Direction)    BY NATIVE NEWS ONLINE STAFF,  NOVEMBER 25, 2021

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There is Hope with respect, dignity, humane kindness to all in our small global community, then there is Peace within and without – individual, family/support system, community – local, national, global.

HEALING POWER OF HUMOR for 2021

W.C. FIELDS New Year’s Gift 2021 – TCM (Turner Classic Movies) screens IT’S A GIFT January 1, 2021 primetime at 8pm.  (W.C. Fields third film on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress).  W.C. Fields Gift of hope for 2021 – follow your Dream! 

I recently screened this film at the Kwetu Film Institute in Kigali, Rwanda.  Kwetu is part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) International Outreach Program, and it is AMPAS who put me in contact with Kwetu and founder Eric Kabera when I first went to Rwanda in 2012.  We have been screening my grandfather’s films there ever since. 

When I screened It’s A Gift the students, all survivors of the genocide of 1994 laughed all the way through.  After I asked them what made them laugh, they said It’s about family, it’s about real life, W.C. Fields never gets mad, he never gets angry, he never hits, he never gives up hope, he never gives up on his dreams. 

I thought to myself this is profound, for the film students are really describing themselves, all survivors of the genocide, they could have chosen other paths, but they saw in W.C. Fields universal gift of understanding the human condition through humor, their own choices of following their dreams in film. 

There is hope in 2021, and the Timelessness of W.C. Fields Art and healing power of Humor will guide us through. see http://www.wcfields.com for more.

PROFILE MEDIA AFRICA Interview- Nairobi, Kenya, May 2019

Interview at Global Network of Public Health Nursing International Conference 2019 May 2019, Nairobi, Kenya. Empowerment of Women with Professional Nursing Leadership in Humane Health Care Reform. The only model that looks to unrecognized women in their villages as the source of knowledge, strength, and power. With Train the Trainer programs for community health workers and nurses to learn how to supervise.

Reparations and Reconciliation

I do global health work in Rwanda empowering women in health in rural villages. Rwanda’s model of Reconciliation post Genocide 1994, where nearly 1,000,000 people were slaughtered in less than four months, is an unsung model of healing for the world community – Israel/Palestine/Gaza, the Middle East, yes, even families.  What is reparations, is it money doled out to whom, where is the accountability for funds getting to intended need?  How is corruption and greed prevented?

Reconciliation involves all concerned – perpetrators and victims sitting down and confronting and facing each other. For all are now survivors committed to a stronger unified society.  Rwanda’s progress is remarkable, leading Africa in WHO and UN Sustainable Development Goals. Neighboring countries in East Africa marvel at the progress and recovery post Genocide. Rwanda now has the highest percentage of women in government than any country in the world – 64 percent, the U.S. a paltry 19%. Yet, healing and recovery from the trauma and unimaginable mass suffering, murder, torture, violence, rape, and abuse, especially to women will take generations if ever. As with the Holocaust, it must never be forgotten, so it will never be repeated, lessons for today.

How is reconciliation different from reparations?  Rwanda’s Reconciliation model went village to village with all participants judging their neighbor perpetrators and weighing ‘reparations’ – prison or not. As well, one Saturday a month is set aside for each citizen to perform community service to enhance the local village, community, and country. Reconciliation is a model including a narrower construct of reparations. I ask citizens, leaders, Embassy officials – how do you account for the remarkable turnaround, all say to a person – leadership and a desire to do and be better.

What would reconciliation look like in the U.S. for the crimes of slavery?  It can be done by eliminating the blockage of the social determinants of health that prevent communities and individuals and families in these communities from thriving. Transportation, access to primary health care, productive jobs and opportunities, schools that are equipped with resources, both human and capital, to produce future productive citizens with a joy and purpose in life and society. Decent housing, reverse food deserts with ready access to fresh produce and healthy foods.  What communities lack these requirements for health or as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) describes as the “Culture of Health”?  Look around, we do not have to look far, inner cities, racially segregated reflecting the values – politics of government.

Here in Washington, DC, we have these communities within view of the U.S. Capitol Dome.  The U.S. ranks #37 in basic health indices according to WHO data for all ‘developed’ countries. Within view of the  U.S. Capitol, there are high schools with no toilet paper; every visit to Office Depot there are school teachers spending hundreds of dollars of their own money for school supplies. Of the G20 Nations, the U.S. ranks at the bottom in striving for UN Sustainable Development Goals, just below Russia. These goals address basic human rights like good health and well-being, no poverty or hunger, quality education, gender equality, clean water (Flint, MI) and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry-innovation-infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities. Responsible consumption and production, climate action, protection of waterways and ocean-life below water, life on land-ecosystem and environment, peace, justice and strong institutions, partnerships for the Goals.

Now let’s look to the tax bill of 2018, who benefits? Those who pushed it through Congress – Ivanka Trump as ‘special advisor to the president’ has said this is her greatest policy achievement. Look again, whom does it benefit, the swamp the president continues to flow in and out of the White House.

For hope, there is always the 2020 elections to take step by step to remove barriers to communities suffering from health disparities, injustices, and lack of access to social determinants of health, and the values manifested in politics devoid of moral courage and ethics. Starting with the for profit pharmaceutical, insurance and sick-care, fee for service medical industrial complex strangling all citizens.