With Liberty and Justice for All?

Liberty, Statue of Liberty, Democracy, Justice

Is democracy in our country really under siege? Are we truly paying attention to how the freedoms we gallantly sing about are slipping through our hands like water? Is there a diabolical motive undermining our current state of independence, creeping up on us, and going unnoticed?

It was so disheartening to read and hear about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to purge people who haven’t voted in the past two years. They refer to it as “Use It or Lose it.” It’s only been 53 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

An attack on a law designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution leaves one to question how soon other amendments will be compromised as well.

Liberty, Democracy, Justice

There has been much concern about outside forces tampering with the foundation of our democracy, but what about inside conspirators, breaking down the code of ethics that once stood for something real and promising, for the good of all people and not a select few?

Who can you trust to tell you the truth or genuinely try to protect “We the People” anymore? So much is at stake and many wonder if anyone is bothering to pay attention to adhering to good ethics or even showing more compassion anymore. Liberty and justice for all? Do we really have to question this again? 😦

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All That Glitters Haiku

Glitter, Shine, Sparkle

When you think about glitter, what comes to mind? A creative art project? Christmas decor? The finest gems? A disco ball?

To glitter, sparkle or shine cannot be without the essence of light. The reflection of light creates a luminescent aura of being alive, colorful and festive. Even as the sun’s rays bounce off a blanket of snow, slivers of ice capture that light and cast a sparkle and shine, which brings the landscape to life. 

Glitter, Sparkle

All That Glitters

To shine and sparkle

to capture the festive cheer

from a ray of light.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Glitter, Shine, Sparkle

All that glitters fills the heart with a wonderland of angelic sounds, like strumming melodies from the delicate caress across a harpist’s strings. As a shower of fairy dust blown through the air, the drifting glittering flecks are quite magical in the flashes of light.

On Deaf Row: To Hear or Not to Listen

Listening, Hearing, Ears

Image Credit: Vera Kratochvil

What does it feel like to be deaf in a world of sound? How does someone pretend to listen when they are not hearing at all; when they are talking loud and saying nothing?

Is it selective hearing or simply ignoring words, the pleading for help or cries of spoken truths? Do we jump to premature and unsubstantiated conclusions without taking into consideration the hardcore evidence at hand? Are we truly listening, whether we are able to hear or not?

The expression that “People hear what they want to hear” is one that holds some level of truth, but they also hear what they don’t want to hear, whether they acknowledge and accept it or not. Friends, foes, countrywomen, and countrymen, lend me your ears! Show me your compassion.

It amazes me how much an individual who is hearing impaired can hear and listen better, more intuitively than someone with perfect hearing capability. Do you hear what I am saying?

June is a Strawberry-licious Month on Food Porn Friday

National Strawberry Month, Food Porn Friday, Beverage

Image credit: Alex Lau

June is National Strawberry Month and oh what a berrylicious month it is going to be! Here are some easy to make strawberry inspired recipes to tickle your taste buds this month.

Roasted Strawberry and Tahini Buttermilk Shake – Using bruised berries, that last little bit of buttermilk in the container, and a scoop of tahini will make you feel both resourceful and well fed. Click here to check out this easy recipe from Bon Appetit.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE STACKS RECIPE, Dessert

Image credit: Taste of Home

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE STACKS RECIPE – These light and airy puff strawberry pastry stacks let the fruit shine. Click here to get this easy stackable pastry puff recipe from the kitchen of Taste of Home.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Image Credit: Mike Krautter

Strawberry Spinach Salad– Strawberries, baby spinach, and feta in a white-balsamic vinaigrette create perfect harmony in this simple salad. Click here for this tasty, healthy recipe from the kitchen of Martha Stewart.

Happy #NationalStrawberryMonth on #FoodPornFriday!