Caregiver PTSD

I needed to look up PTSD for caregivers and found this in NYTs. I use to joke about PTCGD (post traumatic caregiver disorder) but I don’t joke about it anymore. However, once again, this article focuses on the sweet side and is not close to what me and my brother are beginning to experience. NYT Caregiver Trauma Lingers.

This blog post, Caregiver Space comes closer to what me and my brother are feeling. I told my brother this morning that I wish mom was more normal. I would LOVE to take her to a senior day center for a few hours a week. I would LOVE to take her out of the house if we did nothing but ride around and look at things. But she is not normal. Never has been normal. Ever. I figured that out when I was 4 or 5. She is a woman of extremes. Extreme volatility. Extreme compassion. I love my mom and have always wished I could help her be happy, feel loved, feel worthy. I failed. It is up to her to overcome her psychological pain and past.  She is two months shy of 88 so I do not believe she will get peace while still alive. Therefore, all around her will suffer if we are not strong enough to grasp her pain and let her own it, and also, be strong enough to protect ourselves with patience and forgiveness. My brother and I are bearing her burden. It has to stop. Each of us must protect ourselves and we must protect mom. It it time to do all of the prep work, which there is a lot, to consider placing her in a home.

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Marjorie Farabee and Australian donkey advocate Andrea Jenkins discuss slaughter of donkeys in Australia to make Chinese fad drug ejiao, (Wed. 3/8/17) on Wild Horse & Burro Radio

This should be interesting. What is it about Asian culture and drugs there require slaughter of animals? Of course, we Americans are still testing on Beagles so we’re not a lot better.

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Our guests tonight will be Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Australian donkey advocate Andrea Jenkins, who is a member of Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary, and has been investigating the ejiao issue in Australia.

Donkey skins are used to produce a fad health and beauty tonic sold as a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)…

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What Ever Happened to all the Old Racist Whites from those Civil Rights Photos?


What ever happened to those white folks from those old photos?

A few months ago from this day of publishing, I had an interesting discussion with a white guy at work.  The subject of riots came up.  Pretty much, he attempted to place a mass association of “riots” to Black Lives Matter protesters.  Fascinated with his thoughts (which severely lacked critical thinking), I throw him a critical thinking question:

“Do you think that Black Live Matter protesters, command riots?”

I had to repeat the question because he was in total shock, as if he walked from a train wreck, because he didn’t expect to engage in critical thinking.

detroit_race_riots Do you think MLK changed this white man’s bigoted social ideology?  Any of them?

He answered no, which was smart; they do not command riots to occur.  It’s a bit stupid to suggest such.  While he did concede the point that BLM…

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Republicans Stealing Your Land

One the first day of the new session the House of representatives passed, House Res. 5, a new rule (look at page 35) that makes the conveyance of federal lands easier. Congress hasn’t worked this fast and furious in the last eight years. “Previously, when Congress wanted to transfer public lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or other federal agency, the Congressional Budget Office, Congress’ research arm, calculated the cost to the U.S. Treasury by computing what revenues the lands provide over 10 years, such as grazing fees or oil and gas royalties. Under House rules, before a bill approving a transfer could be adopted, budget cuts would have to be made in other federal programs equal to the value of that land. The rules change eliminates that budgetary barrier to land transfer bills”(High Country News).

Now enter Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz (R) who introduced a bill that identifies 3.3 million acres across 10 states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming  to be ‘disposed of‘. The purpose stated is to reduce the federal deficit (The Wilderness Society). As of 1/27/2017, the text of the bill has not been received. Check here to see how your representative voted. For those in Oklahoma, I can assure you that Jim Bridenstien (918.935.3222) voted yes, and Markwayne Mullin, Mr. Native American by card only (NABCO) (918.423.5951) voted yea for the bill. Markwayne Mullin has previously said he wanted all Indian lands to be privatized. Call them and voice your disapproval.

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These public lands are of value not only to us humans, but to all wildlife. Our wildlife are losing suitable habitat at the rate of  My guess is they want to drain, dredge, drill and mine our wilderness. Habitat loss is the primary threat to the survival our wildlife in the United States (National Wildlife Federation). We are currently living in the sixth great extinction and habitat loss to agriculture, development, mining and oil and gas drilling is at an all time high. Not only is climate change warming up and changing the landscape, but human activity is adversely impacting the fragmented wildlands we have remaining. The worst thing that could happen for our wildlands, which is much of the land in federal status, and the wildlife that survive only because it’s in quasi protected by the federal status is to transfer  that land to states.


This land is our land. This land is the wildlife’s land, habitat and home. If we do not want our federal lands drained, dredged, mined and drilled until the forests are denuded and the streams run red with mining waste we must fight them. We must stop them. Start calling your representatives. And march. And protest. Raise your voice-Raise your fist. This is our land and they are stealing it.

~D.Y. Wiley


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Feds Deny Approval of Construction of the DAPL on Lands that Border Lake Oahe [corrected headline]

We must unite to ensure our tribal sovereignty is legally adhered to and we must continue to fight to protect our water and ecosystems.

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Here is the United States’ press release:


WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued the following statement regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

“We appreciate the District Court’s opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.  However, important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and pipeline-related decision-making generally, remain.  Therefore, the Department of the Army, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior will take the following steps.

“The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on…

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Summer Bird on the Trail

I’ve had cardinals coming to my window at work to eat the seeds I placed on the window sills. I love watching them.

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A young cardinal crossed my path along the trail. It’s red beak and stripe of red tail feathers, along with song announcing its presence.

young cardinal looks like a young cardinal or female cardinal

Reminds me of this sweet poem perfect for the end of August.

    A Bird came down the Walk
    By Emily Dickinson

    A Bird came down the Walk—
    He did not know I saw—
    He bit an Angleworm in halves
    And ate the fellow, raw,

    And then he drank a Dew
    From a convenient Grass—
    And then hopped sidewise to the Wall
    To let a Beetle pass—

    He glanced with rapid eyes
    That hurried all around—
    They looked like frightened Beads, I thought—
    He stirred his Velvet Head

    Like one in danger, Cautious,
    I offered him a Crumb
    And he unrolled his feathers
    And rowed him softer home—

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Burning down the house with ghosts

Good conversation this morning.

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can she go homeToday on Facebook there were two very interesting posts next to each other in my morning feed.

The first post was by Mr Mike Forcia, chairperson at the American Indian Movement in Minneapolis who stated “If trump wins it’ll be Armageddon. And I think it’s best for everyone.”

The other post was by Ms D Yvette Wiley, a Native American environmental scientist from Oklahoma who’s stated, in regards to the Trump/Pence ticket, “These nazis will be burning people like me at the stake.”

So, we have two passionate, caring and smart Native Americans who are opposite ends of the spectrum regarding who their candidates. They both do not like Ms Clinton. Their distrust and distaste for her runs very deep. They seem to both despise Mr Trump. Yet their votes will cancel each other out.

Mr Forcia advocates “Armageddon” and states, ” If we can not live in Creation the way the Creator intended, then it’s…

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