I was appalled and horrified when reading about Border Patrol agents on horseback using lariats on Haitian refugees. When I saw the footage yesterday on CBS News, I thought, how absurd and inhumane! Have we, as a society, turned into barbarians? Have we lost all compassion for human suffering and displacement?
Please don’t misunderstand me; I’m not condoning illegal immigration, but must we succumb to brutality? Absolutely not! No one needs in their moment of desperation to be whipped or beaten because global climate change is the root of their migration. It’s only human nature to seek better conditions in order to survive and thrive.
Like all refugees, the Haitians have already gone through perilous conditions to reach the shore of what they’d had hoped to be a better place. Only to find, to their dismay, that they’re met with aggression, hostility, and get the “f-out-of-our-country” attitude. Is this the perception we want America to project? I should hope not, but unfortunately, damage has already been done.
There was some consolation, however, when Homeland Security announced that its agency will not tolerate abuse of migrants. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility alerted that its agency will conduct an investigation. That’s good to hear, but will this end the problem. No, the problem is deep rooted.
To exemplify, when the Haitians started pouring in at Del Rio, Texas, they should have been processed. That is, they should have been finger printed, photographed and undergone facial recognition, and given an ID number for tracking purposes. The national guard should have been called in to support Custom and Border Patrol.
Make shift tents should have been set up to house the refugees temporarily rather than leaving them in 100-degree heat. Local churches, community organizations, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should have been called in to support the effort in getting these Haitians new repatriation. New repatriation doesn’t necessarily mean in the US. Naturally, it would only be humane for the US to accept some placement. Because our world is interdependent, we must all carry the burden. It’s our duty as global citizens.
It is evident that our nation has lost sight of what America truly represents. In losing sight, confusion has evolved, and it has led to chaos and disorganization.
I used to take weekend trips before COVID-19. I would hop in the car and just take off to visit friends in another State. I recall spending a lovely afternoon with a dear friend at a polo match and lazying around at an outdoor cafe sipping Arnold Palmers.
We enjoyed watching the people as they went by, letting the time slip into sunset. Then, we’d get a bite to eat at one of the quaint restaurants that served delicious seafood. And in the evening, we’d have an after dinner drink and dance the night away. Oh, how fun it was!
On another occasion, I went to visit a friend in Virginia who ran a B&B. She and I pleasantly conversed while sipping on a glass of wine from her vineyard. In the late afternoon we would have tea with scones or some banana bread that she baked. Oh, how I missed those days!
Symphonies, Broadway plays, and outdoor concerts seem to be a thing of the past. Just sitting at a Barnes & Noble flipping through a magazine and sipping on a latte is of a time gone by. All I have now are memories and desires for them to return.
COVID-19 has changed the way we live. We can no longer just go window shopping, bowling, roller skating, or do any of the fun things we used to do. We have to adjust our lives to a serious situation that can weigh on us emotionally and psychologically. Being on lockdown can cause cabin fever, anxiety, and depression. Don’t let COVID-19 dismantle your psyche. Find tranquility amid chaos. Create routines for you and your children. Children in particular become easily bored if not engaged. The following are tips to help you stay safe, cope, and live life.
Having fashion sense doesn’t mean following the trend. Rather, it’s knowing what looks good on you. It’s coordinating your clothes to create your bespoke style. Creating your signature look sets you apart from the rest. During competitive times when everyone is out there looking for work, you need to leave an indelible impression. That’s where fashion sense comes in.
It’s Not Always About Work
Life is meant to be lived. It’s too short to work to death. There has to be a balance between work and play in order to keep the body healthy. Taking a holistic approach to living means healing the whole being, that is, mind, body, and soul.
If the mind and soul are plagued with depression, anxiety, and stress, the body will suffer. The immune system weakens and becomes susceptible to invasion. Stress, for instance, can attribute to higher rates of depression and anxiety, according to WebMD.Com. Stress is a real killer and can cause premature aging and even death.
Creating that balance is key to living a long and happy live. But how can that balance be struck? First, rid yourself of negativity and worry. Know that everything works out for the best. Second, bring peace and calmness to your life by taking time to meditate or be close to God.Third, keep the body healthy by exercising and eating from the various food groups. Consuming small meals throughout the day is much better because it keeps the digestive tract working. Socializing is also a key factor in living life holistically. When we are around like mind and spirit, we feel enriched. So, take time to Zoom or Facetime friends and family.
When stressful situations arise, step back and detach. Don’t get entangled or caught up in the moment. Rather, walk away, take a deep breath, and know that destiny will take its course. Infusing your day with an herbal tea break will not only relax you but also provide clarity. Life is meant to be lived … to enjoy the moment … to laugh and love … to create that perfect balance that only a holistic approach can bring.
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Her Majesty The Queen walks away sad from her beloved grandson, Prince Harry and his family. She makes it known when saying, “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.” Her decision to set them free, as they had so desired and demanded, were officially announced on 18 January in Royal.Uk. https://www.royal.uk/statement-her-majesty-queen-0
Her Majesty The Queen sets a somber tone when she refers to Harry, Meghan, and Archie in the past tense, but her message is very clear in that Harry, Meghan and Archie have been cut loose … set free to live an independent life away from royal duties.
In agreeing to the transition, the following consequences have ensued: (1) to relinquish their HRH titles, (2) to invalidate their trademark Sussex Royal, which remains in limbo because Harry and Meghan were entitled to use it when they were serving the monarchy, and (3) to pay back 2.4 million pounds for the renovation of Frogmore Cottage. They will also have to pay rent to continue to live there.
In the mean time, the couple’s Instagram account and website sussexroyal.com may have to come down or be rebranded. Harry’s military title will also be relinquished. But on the upside, he will be able to maintain ties to the Invictus Games.
Meghan’s father also shared his take on the situation. He feels sad and believes his daughter has made a mistake. He emphasizes that she had it all, and now she and Harry are lost souls. He continues to add that Meghan got what every girl ever dreamed of, that is, marrying her prince charming and joining a royal house, such as the House of Windsor.
Everything, however, was blown to smithereens when their plans backfired for not having to follow the directive of Her Majesty The Queen (i.e to not publicly announce their plans until it was finalized and approved by Buckingham Palace).
Harry has since announced a heart-wrenching statement on Sunday at a charity event in London. https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/21/world/prince-harry-vancouver-island-intl-gbr/index.html
On Tuesday, 21 January, Harry left the UK and joined his wife and son in Canada. Harry did take a bold ‘leap of faith,’ as he so stated at the charity dinner in London. Best wishes to them, and may they find peace and happiness.
Harry & Meghan’s Saga Hits a Low Tone
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have caused a seismic tremor in the House of Windsor and throughout the world. It was so serious that Her Majesty The Queen had to issue a crisis summit. The Queen, being the gracious and dignified woman that she is, supported her grandson’s wishes, or better yet, demand to abdicate.
It is speculated that Meghan Markle instilled the notion to leave the Royal Family because she could not hack the protocol and tradition. More importantly, Meghan’s common upbringing of navigating her own life caused internal conflict within herself. She has been used to doing her own thing.
Now she has to be a royal, and that entails being guided by advisors and seeking approval from Her Majesty The Queen. Something to which she is not accustomed and frowns upon. Thus, the transition from being a commoner to a royal was too much for her to bear.
Both Prince Harry and Meghan showed grave disrespect to a family that welcomed her. Both showed disrespect to Her Majesty The Queen and to Prince Charles, who spent more than 30 million pounds on Harry and Meghan’s wedding. The Queen and Prince Charles did all they could to make Harry happy, so history would not repeat itself. It seems it was to no avail because both the Queen and Prince Charles got slapped in the face, so to speak.
Both Prince Harry and Meghan acted out of selfishness. Their announcement in sussexroyal.com stated that they seek financial independence. Aren’t they already financially independent? Harry inherited a great sum of money from his late mother, Princess Diana. It has been reported that it is around 30 million pounds, and Meghan 5 million dollars from her acting career. What Harry and Meghan are really after is to join the billionaire club, and they couldn’t do this if they were still a part of the Sovereign Grant.
Lastly, it’s ironic that Prince Harry and Meghan want to live a life away from the public eye. Prince Harry has always been in the public eye and took his role seriously upon marrying Meghan. Meghan’s sole desire was to be in the public eye by choosing to be an actress. Now suddenly, they both want to refrain from being in the public eye. But yet, Harry is touting his wife to Disney. Their decision to leave their royal duties and the family showed no consideration for Her Majesty The Queen and his father, Prince Charles.
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