Wonder how badly the hurricane tore up this place in the Bahamas and its plants.

Located in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, the Preserve is operated by the Bahamas National Trust and funded by the Leon Levy Foundation. It was developed by Shelby White, trustee of the Foundation, in honour of her late husband, Leon Levy. The Preserve will be a living part of Bahamian history. It is the first national park on the island of Eleuthera. It is an environmental educational centre as well as a facility for the propagation of native plants and trees.

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is the fulfillment of the vision of longtime residents Leon Levy and Shelby White, who loved the natural environment and way of life on Eleuthera. After Leon Levy’s death in 2003, Shelby White wanted to celebrate her husband’s devotion to the island while contributing to a better future for all Eleutherans.

Working with the Bahamas National Trust, she helped establish a plant preserve where Bahamians and visitors can now walk miles of trails through the native habitat, and view the beautiful orchids, the food and medicinal plants, and the hardwood trees that played an important role in the history of the island.

This 25 acre Preserve has been designed as a research centre for traditional bush medicine; a facility for the propagation of indigenous plants and trees; and an educational centre focusing on the importance of native vegetation to the biodiversity of The Bahamas.



River is flooded again, once more, and city water smells like old green beans.

I’m hurting and was going to take an Epsom salts bath this morning but the water coming out of faucet smells, a lot like old green beans actually.

Our city (farm burg town, really) water comes from the river and the city water has smelled like that for several days

There is no reservoir, the city water comes straight from the Missouri River through the treatment plant in to the water mains.

Often it will have some smell when river level is outside the mid-level range.

Usually when the river is low the water will smell like dirt.
Usually when the river is high the water will smell fishy.

And sometimes, at seemingly random intervals through the years, the chlorine smell almost knocks you over when you run water from the faucet.

The current smell is new and different.

And once again I’ve got fungus infection at several points on my skin, thanks to my neurological, endocrine, and immune, systems being Fubared, so, I’d really, really, REALLY, like to have some good water to shower or bathe in.

And then I’m thinking, this is the 21st century in what is supposedly “The Greatest Nation on Earth” and we have this??????

“The Greatest Nation on Earth”, eh?



Umm no, it isn’t.

“The Life-Changing Magic of Accepting That There’ll Always Be a Mess”

Rebecca Renner wants to have a tidy home. But cleaning takes a lot of energy. Energy that she often doesn’t have as someone living with a chronic illness. Accepting that her apartment won’t always be spotless has helped her prioritize her health. She finally understands that the healthiest home might not always be tidy.

… My apartment is always a little dirty. There’s dog hair on the floor and dishes in the sink. Books and magazines scatter the couches and — OK, I’ll admit it — the floor.

But cleaning takes a lot of energy. Energy that I often don’t have. I live with a chronic illness, narcolepsy, which means my energy is often limited.

I have to prioritize the important things, like work and self-care, over things that can wait, like cleaning.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that my home will always be slightly messy. But I didn’t always feel that way.


The Life-Changing Magic of Accepting That There’ll Always Be a Mess

Sometimes a cluttered home can be a healthy home when you live with chronic illness.

Written by Rebecca Renner on January 15, 2019

“Oregon Woman Turns School Buses Into Tiny Homes for Working Homeless Families”

“They want to have a place to live that is their own, that’s safe — and they want to be mobile, so they can get better jobs,” says Julie Akins

… Julie Akins, a freelance journalist based in Ashland, Oregon, began a life-changing road trip in August 2016. Off and on over the course of the next two years, she pitched her tent and lived among homeless people from Portland to Denver.

Fascinated by the working homeless, Akins asked what they needed to get off the streets as she chronicled their stories for the book she’s writing, One Paycheck Away.

Then Akins noticed families living in school buses. Curious, she knocked on the door of an old blue school bus and met a family with seven children living inside. …”


“They want to have a place to live that is their own, that’s safe — and they want to be mobile, so they can get better jobs,” says Julie Akins

By Wendy Grossman Kantor

September 01, 2019 10:00 AM


“With the ADA turning almost 30, shouldn’t non-disabled people be used to us by now? Our rights are now older than people who will be voting for this first time in 2020.”

That’s an excellent question,
“ With the ADA turning almost 30, shouldn’t non-disabled people be used to us by now? “
I wonder if anyone has an excellent answer.
And what it would be.


July 26th marked the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While normally folks would ignore this year and focus on the act’s more momentous upcoming 30th anniversary, given that we are in the midst of a presidential campaign, this anniversary deserves our attention now.

To commemorate the day, multiple presidential candidates issued statements or discussed legacies in support for the community.

This was significant for us. But it was also largely symbolic.

I’m autistic and I’ve never believed this crap: so why do any neurotypicals believe it, are that many of them really that defective?

I’m autistic and I’ve never believed this crap: so why do any neurotypicals believe it, are that many of them really that defective?


“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to purchase or drink a product sold online as a medical treatment due to a recent rise in reported health issues. Since 2010, the FDA has warned  consumers about the dangers of Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide (CD) Protocol, Water Purification Solution (WPS) and other similar products. Miracle Mineral Solution has not been approved by the FDA for any use, but these products continue to be promoted on social media as a remedy for treating autism, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and flu, among other conditions. However, the solution, when mixed, develops into a dangerous bleach which has caused serious and potentially life-threatening side effects.”

You might live in the country if …

You might live in the country if …

… you are having lunch at Sonic and you can smell the livestock trailers going by.


(note that there isn’t a livestock trailer in the photo: I wasn’t going to go directly from dipping tater tots in ketchup to fingering the camera)



About Writing about Grief — Party of One, or Life after Death

The writer, a young(ish!) widow, shares the writing process involved in introducing the husband she mourns and describing her grief journey, from hurt to healing. Read More…

via About Writing about Grief — Party of One, or Life after Death

Gods grace can do wonders.

I have not experienced the same type of grief the author has but have experienced enough grief to become well aware of grace.
Perhaps grief and grace have a deeper connection than we mere mortals often realize.
Perhaps they always have.
Perhaps they were always intended to.

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