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November 11 (Veterans Day in U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada) is a yearly observance and honoring of the sacrifices and services  of the war veterans not only of past wars but also of current ones. They’re the men and women in uniform who have answered the call of duty to protect their respective country’s sovereignty and security. Their respective families have also sacrificed to such call of duty by respecting the war veteran’s commitment to serve his country even if it would cause such a great mental and emotional deprivation of that war veteran’s presence for the greater good.

With that, it’s very important and I think even imperative that we must never forget what the war veterans have done for us. When they come home to resume their normal lives, we welcome them by making sure that they have a role in rebuilding a society and in part, a nation.

Some of them may carry either or both the physical and/or emotional scars of war and may need some degree of rehabilitation as they assimilate back to society. We must have such services available  and make sure that these veterans do receive them. This is where the government comes in to see this through.

We as citizens can show signs of support and appreciation for them in varying degrees of our individual capacities. Some stores offer veterans’ discounts when they shop, Some restaurants even offer a free meal to a war veteran on this special day. Some visit them in their homes and keep them company for even a few hours. Some may even do a few simple chores/errands for them so as to make their daily routines a bit easier. Some visit those veterans infirmed at their respective Veterans’ Hospital and others give donations to organizations involved for veterans’ causes.

Whatever way we do it, we must always show these veterans our neverending appreciation and gratitude for what they have done for our country.

Even a simple salute when you meet one on the street would suffice. This signifies the message…”Thanks for a job well done!”

And in ending my blog for today, as one commander would say to his troops…”As you were!”

Josie

The Americans have already spoken and the decision had been  made in the last U.S. Election this past Nov. 6. President  Barack Obama has been reelected and his to-do list is long as usual. Aside from governing a nation, he’s now into the task of legacy building. I’m pretty sure that he has no time to dwell on his post-election hangover.

For us common folks, post-election hangovers happen in varying degrees to those who are political junkkies,always keeping tabs on the latest political happenings especially this recent U. S. election as well as those who are actively involved in the running of the recent political campaigns. Even the common man who will exercise his privilege to vote and has been subjected to a bombardment of political ads for almost the past 2 years.

Suddenly after all the final votes were counted and the speeches made, the world still exists and life goes on as usual. It seems after almost 2 years of electioneering, we suddenly notice that it’s peace and quiet all over again to our great relief.  It’s only to a certain minority of the population who have thrived to the thrill of this past election as if it’s an alcoholic drink giving them a buzz  that they will miss it tremendously like a bad alcoholic hangover with a superimposing alcoholic withdrawal.

I believe that both mental and emotional preconditioning should be made to lessen the impact of a post-election hangover. These people need to be preoccupied with other aspects of their daily lives because they need to continue living and find fulfillment as individuals .

If it’s any consolation to them, there’ll always be another presidential election. In fact, as soon as the results were in, pundits were already talking about the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Ay! The cycle of political life continues!

Bonjour!

Josie

Today is Nov. 6,2012- –  election day in the United States. Finally, after what seemed was a 2 year period of politicking —primaries,campaigning ,conventions,etc… it has finally come to this day.

Political pundits had a field day these past several months prognosticating as to what the election outcome would be and both presidential candidates not taking any chances,covering all bases and even hedging a few bets from time to time.

If you folks had read my previous blog–The Political Vote–A Product of Political Perception–October 21  ,2012–then, you’ll  all know what  I mean.

As I had said before, once the final votes are tallied and the outcome becomes more certain, we accept it as mature individuals since the Americans have spoken. It’s true that other nations in the world are also observing the U.S. election proceedings because they also have personal stakes with the U.S. but whoever wins this presidential election, these other nations will still continue their relationship with the U.S.

The Americans after reflecting on their possible presidential choices objectively as well as what’s in their emotional gut will learn to live with their choices, win or lose.

May the best man win!

Josie

In light of the recent Hurricane Sandy situation, one of the survival modes that we need to do is to stock up on rations(food and non-food). What I’d like to discuss today is the food rations.

Bear in mind especially for a natural disaster, there’s  usually a possible  power outage therefore it’ll mean no way to cook,freeze nor prepare food with little or no water.

Because of this, you’ll need the following items based on guidelines from FEMA(Federal Emergency Management Agency) where you can also get pointers on how to keep your perishables safe for as long as you can during a natural disaster.

A manual can-opener (Remember..no electricity! Ditch the electric one for now. If you don’t know how to operate one manually,PRACTICE !)

 Healthy Foods to Eat in a Hurricane or Other Natural Disaster:(Compact and lightweight as well as to not make you easily thirsty–you don’t want to use up those water bottles so early!)

1 gallon of water per adult,per child and per pet per day(3-day minimum)

Condiments—– salt,pepper,olive oil

Canned sardines and tuna; Corned beef, luncheon meat and ham are good too(already cooked before canning)(I wouldn’t call the latter meats as too healthy though but surely convenient)

Canned beans,fruits and vegetables preferably with high liquid content

Peanut butter and jams( Unsweetened PB since the jam is already sweet)

Pre-washed fresh vegetables and fruits

Nuts,seeds and dried fruit

Hard-boiled eggs(already prepared in advance)

Salt-free crackers,whole grain oats,granola bars,trail mix

Canned juice,milk,soup  (Use a thermos if you  need to heat some food items)

Vitamins

Comfort/stress foods–cookies,hard candy,sweetened cereals,lollipops,instant coffee,tea bags

Pet food (Your pet has to eat too,you know)

Just bear in mind the kind of foods that infants,elderly people and those with special dietary concerns or who have specific food allergies will need.

Modify your food ration list if you need to in the interest of yours and your family’s and pet’s safety.

The list that I’m showing you now is a general one.

One final note : Always check your food  supplies from time to time particularly their respective expiration dates. You might need to replace them and use the expiring ones for immediate consumption already.

Happy shopping!

Josie

From October 28 to 29,2012  Hurricane Sandy became an unforgettable storm for all ages. Initially, she was called Frankenstorm because it’s occurring a few days before Halloween. She’s also described as a once in a lifetime storm and others say, even The Perfect Storm… the big one. She is currently now downgraded to a subtropical cyclone but still leaving a path of death and destruction complicated by the fact that she’s a lingering storm. Right now, she’s called Superstorm Sandy and still going strong by pouring more rain and winds along Chicago and  Lake Michigan as well as  continuing to dump more snow on West Virginia and Maryland.

What makes her unique in so many ways is in a way immeasurable but I’ll try as humanly possible to describe her from my point of view.

Hurricane Sandy is a combination of the worst of both a Category 1 Hurricane and a Nor-easter. That’s a double punch! It consists of srong gale winds, heavy rainfall with flooding and a cold front with heavy snow potential.

She came at an unusual time..near the tail end of the hurricane season which meteorologists say is unusual this time of year.

She came during the tail end of the current U.S. presidential election campaign which caused both presidential candidates to revise their campaign schedules so as to get themselves and their constituents out of harm’s way. I believe that the election outcome will be affected by her . As to which way, we will know in the coming days. Talk about an October surprise!

She first went to the Caribbean,then would ascend upwards along the Atlantic Ocean and would enter an unusual path… westward towards  the Carolinas then up  further westward towards Maryland,Washington DC,West Virginia,Pennsylvania ,Ohio,Illinois and yet at the same time ,also going up northward towards the Northeast United States(New York,New Jersey,Connecticut and New England states of Massachusetts,New Hampshire and Maine. It even reached Ontario province in Canada specifically Toronto and parts of Quebec province and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It’s possible for this to happen because she covers a wide upward yet northwesternly swath in her trail. Accdg. to weather reports, it covers 800-1000 miles and would affect at least 80 million people . And to think that this upper part of the United States especially the Northeastern U.S. rarely encounters such a natural climate disturbance!

Of course, we humans have to go into survival mode, stocking up on rations, getting generators,flashlights,batteries,plywood,etc,bunkering down or going elsewhere for safer grounds. Common sense is imperative here .

All sorts of land,water and air travel were suspended during this difficult time. Offices and schools were closed. Only the news media were on deck to deliver the news and updates on this storm.City,state and federal officials ,the Red Cross and all hospitals and other related agencies were all on deck to provide any further assistance to the public.

What we can learn from this is that Mother Nature has her own timetable and we humans can be powerless at times to control her. Mother Nature deserves our respect . Same with Hurricane Sandy. They’re both creatures of nature that we shouldn’t mess with.The best that we can do is to let nature take its course and we adapt by going into survival mode and avoiding nature’s path.

Hurricane Sandy may be waning now but her trail of death and destruction and its aftermath will be felt profoundly. The massive cleanup and rehabilitation will continue for a considerably long period of time.

It may be hard to believe but I think that any natural disaster is part of how Mother Earth works to keep the ecological balance in place. Same with earthquakes,tsunamis, cyclones,blizzards,etc.

It is very important to respect and save the environment or else,consequences like global warming will continue to prevail leading to probable natural disasters to come.

Just my food for thought on this!

Josie