Thanksgiving for God’s Creation
Thanksgiving for God’s Creation
Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask
Is important for saving lives
It’s easy to do
And isn’t an infringement
On an individual personal freedom
It’s amazing what a piece of cloth can do.
Some argue if you have difficulty breathing
You shouldn’t be wearing such a mask
But its inconvenience is minimal
It’s true a mask will affect how you look
But you can have fun while wearing it
Know that you will be protecting
Others from being infected with the virus
People wear masks of different colors
They are each designed in unique ways
Some are more sophisticated with special filters
But they should cover the mouth and nose
At times it’s difficult trying to keep on a mask
While trying to talk to someone
People will be unable to read your lips
But still they can understand what you say
Masks should go with social distancing
“God, help us during this pandemic. Let us realize that by wearing a mask we are protecting others by not spreading the coronavirus. Let us practice social distancing when doing so. These two actions will go a long way in preventing the spread of the virus.”
The Elite Media
John C. Merrill wrote The Elite Press.
Noam Chomsky said, “It’s the agenda-setting media”
That sets “the framework in which everyone else operates”
Media like the New York Times, Washington Post,
And the Wall Street Journal are elite newspapers
CBS, NBC, and ABC are TV networks
That also comes to mind
So are PBS, CNN, and Fox News
But all these news sources are controlled by corporations
They are in the business of selling audiences
But there’s a difference with these news organizations
Some are considered right-wing
While others are said to lean to the left
Chomsky is thought of as being on the left
Bill O’ Reilly of Fox News is on the right side of the spectrum
The New York Times and CBS appeal to a privileged group -
Managers, corporate executives, and university professors
While Fox News influences right-wing
Opinion leaders, evangelicals, and conservatives
Time and Newsweek stand out as magazines of prominence.
But all the elite sources are battling the rise of misinformation
That has been more prevalent throughout the Trump administration
Politico has found 70 percent of Republicans believe
The 2020 elections results between Trump and Biden to be false
But the elite press and social media are pushing to clear the air of such distortions
“God, grant us the insight to determine what’s true in the market place of ideas. Help American media officials to counter all falsehood with their political stories, by presenting the facts to their audience.”
Let Truth Prevail
The United States is at crossroads.
Truth is on the line.
The election of 2020 has focused on this truth.
Still dark forces continue to deny this fact.
More than 140-million voters have spoken.
The results are clear.
There wasn’t any massive fraud.
But still the Trump’s administration
Has decided not to recognize Biden as the winner
Democracy is in peril
False insinuations only undermine
The cherished ideals of the U.S. Constitution
It’s time for justice to prevail
This is necessary for peace in the land
Why isn’t the Trump administration accepting this reality?
People can only speculate
Is it the desire to overturn a legitimate election?
A poll shows 70 percent of Republicans support these false claims.
This fact doesn’t hover well for the nation’s democratic traditions.
But all good citizens should embrace the truth
And not fan the flames as the hypocrites do
A smooth transition of power will uphold the nation’s ideals.
“God help our nation as Americans see “untruths” masquerading as “truth.” Banish from our midst all falsehoods that seek to undermine the democratic process.”
Black cemeteries exist nationally
But some are in a state of disarray
Many are located in the South
Names like the Evergreen and the East End Cemetery
In Richmond, VA, Magnolia in rural eastern Arkansas,
And South-View Cemetery in Atlanta, Ga,
Where Representative John Lewis was buried
These cemeteries were established
During the Civil War
In hazardous, hilly, and wooded terrain
And for decades Black people
Have been migrating from these sites
Moving North and West to escape racial prejudice
But volunteers have manned these burial plots
They did so in segregated times
And expressed pride in these undertakings
South-View Cemetery was chartered in 1886
And have Black businessmen as current board members
Success in endeavoring to maintain these cemeteries
Have a great deal to do with the passion
Such burial plots evoke for the volunteers
Still there are problems with maintenance
Because of lack of funds, enough volunteers,
And having access to older cemetery records
“Great Emancipator, shine your light on the Black souls that are resting in these cemeteries. Let not their lives be forgotten, but their gravesites are a memorial for future generations.”
Symbol of Change
Change is in the air.
In America millions of voters took to the polls.
They voted for their candidates.
It’s a decision to elect the president of the United States.
And they cast their vote for a senator and congressman.
But voters had many things on their mind.
Some look at the character of their representatives.
Some were concerned about the economy.
Then there were those wishing for racial justice and harmony.
Pollsters looked at the predominant white voters.
Whether they were male or female
Their age group and identity were important.
So most pollsters focused
On the choices of white men as opposed to white women
Rich or poor, and if they live in an urban or rural communities
Minorities were a special concern
For they constituted a significant portion of the electorate
Many Black and Hispanic voters have different cultural identities.
Blacks are often concerned with multi-ethnic representation.
While the Cubans in Florida view the effects of socialism as important
Since many of them have taken refuge in the United States from Cuban oppression
“Loving Creator, embrace the various desires for social change amongst the diverse ethnic groups of the United States. Guide its citizens to make good choices when they vote for their candidates on Election Day.”
By 2030 some of the largest food suppliers
Have pledged to cut their food waste in half
Companies like Rice Krispies cereal, Hellmann’s mayonnaise,
And Spam have joined the 10x20x30 initiative
An effort to slash the amount of food discarded yearly
The process will involve companies to make annual reports
They will center on the sharing of information about food waste
As a Dannon executive stated that this would explore all options
The goal is to turn wasted foods into animal food or compost
Food waste has always been a sore point in the industry
And Walmart, Kroger, and Giant Foods have embraced similar pledges
They have enlisted their suppliers to commit to their plans
These food companies hope to accomplish such objectives set
By the United Nations General Assembly by 2015, to halve food waste
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
The supply chain throws away about 30 percent of the world’s food
This waste is a great contributor to the world’s climate change problem
This produce amounts to about 10 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions
So the food manufacturing industry is a player in climate change
It has been reported about 80 percent of waste food comes
From homes, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants
These sources can do more by limiting such productions
By having consumers not toss out the excess in their daily lives
There should be a system that will enable them not to act badly
“Divine Provider, help food producers to curb their waste. And let consumers realize that they have a responsibility in making more sensible decisions by the way they use their food.”