Happy New Year everyone. 2019 hasn’t been a bad year for me personally, but as I’ve said before, I spend a lot of time ‘crafting’ because of my bad knees, so that means that I spend a lot of time with the television on. 

There’s a lot of shows that recap the year, and oh my! Let’s just say that the weather around the world has occasionally been incompatible with humans. Flooding, more flooding, and then even more flooding on top of the water already there. And somehow it seemed to be in small, impoverished countries where poor people are already in trouble trying to find not only enough to eat, but shelter. Sure makes you wonder…

Then there were fires. Huge fires, burning uncontrolled through not only forests and rain forests, but also through neighborhoods. Millions of people were displaced from their homes with absolutely no place to go. 

In Europe, the big ‘story’ is Brexit. One of my best friends was born in England and moved to the U.S. when she was 20. She still has a lot of family living in England, so oftentimes I will ask her what the heck is going on over there. Evidently Brexit – Britain exiting the European Union – has a lot to do with open borders. The English people were being inundated with refugees and couldn’t do anything about it. My friend’s sisters voted to exit the Union simply because they were subjected to laws they couldn’t stand to live with, and couldn’t change. 

No matter how you feel about our current politicians, there’s a lot to be said about the current policy of separating children from their parents at our southern border. I’m sorry, but I just don’t understand how that can possibly be considered a good thing. I know that if it happened to me, I would be that proverbial mother bear, doing anything and everything to get my kids back. How helpless those parents are feeling when they are jailed and can’t do anything. Then they are deported, rightly or wrongly, but without their kids. 

So now it’s 2020. Things have got to be better, right? If only the entire world would do something about carbon emissions to help ease the meltdown of both polar regions. I know that’s not the only cause, but it’s a major one, and if we’re not careful, we could find ourselves under another 60 feet of water at our shores… Now what would that world look like? And whether we like it or not, that could happen in the next 100 years or so. Frightful thought.

Anyway, I wish everyone a very happy 2020. May the Force be with us. All of us. 

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