Saturday, March 28, 2020

New CDC Recommendations

Sharing a tweet from Dr. Matt McCarthy:
Feels a bit validating (refer to this post about public health issues) but that is secondary to the relief I feel that more of us will be taking precautions.

Please don't wait ten more days. Start wearing a mask now. At the very least, wear a scarf or bandana when you have to venture out. It will prevent you from spraying tiny vapor droplets all over the place.

There is a reason sushi chefs do not speak when preparing sushi. Think about it.

 Be Well,
 Mari

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Music

As I prepare for another 40 hours of cashiering at the Good Earth, I figure I might as well share a link to my music. We (Arne, Pat and Yours Truly) recently recorded an acoustic version of a Rolling Stones tune, "Salt of the Earth" - I uploaded it to bandcamp, then tweeted Keef's official Twitter account, before I realized that he autoposts from his Instagram, and probably doesn't even do that himself, either. LOL. Good thing I can laugh at myself! We humans tend to take ourselves too seriously about insignificant things, and trivialize what truly matters. Maybe this pandemic will change that. Time will tell.

Sometimes I wonder why I bother. I guess it is because I care. I have tried to stop caring, but it's just not in my DNA. At least I have managed to stop being anxious, paralyzed and/or discouraged and can thank my survival instincts and/or my lucky stars for that. I guess that sidewalk mess was full of lessons. For some of us, that is.
People who already think they know everything usually don't learn much of anything new.
Anyway, we just keep plugging in order to stay sane. Sanity is overrated, imho. Give me good crazy, which is where the music can lead us.
Refer to the "Grace and the Grasshopper" story from a few posts back.
As promised, here is the bandcamp link.
https://marimack.bandcamp.com

Hope you enjoy it. Stream for free, unless you can afford to support the music. Until enough of you can do that, I'll see you on the checkout line. Ill be the one with a purple t-shirt wrapped around my face.

Stay home, please. Thank you for not hoarding.

Ox,
Mari



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

3/18/2020 : More Gratitude

As I write this, I am listening to the rain outside. Grateful for this rain.
Gtateful for this moment of clarity.
Grateful for every moment of this life.
Grateful for all the lessons.
Grateful for kindness.

On a side note, a few months ago, as I was trying to convince my husband to fully embrace my attempt to run for President, I consulted  the I Ching, asked if I should continue to run. I threw an 8 and a 24.

Grateful for curiosity.
Grateful for open minds and open hearts.

I wish you peace, love and enough.

Ox,
Mari







Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3/17/2020 : Gratitude

Grateful that I am able to serve a useful purpose by working at a grocery store. I will take a few monutes to write to you each day.

I had this idea that makers around the world can collaborate to 3D print ventilator parts. Aure enough, I checked, and they have started an open source project! 

Since so many kids are home from school, now is a wonderful time to teach them how to plant and tend a garden. It can be as simple as a plant in a cup, or as elaborate as a victory garden.

Please be sure to include a milkweed plant for the monarchs. 

Be kind to each other. 

Ox, 
Mari 

I'm still running for President. Congress creates legislation. The President should represent the people. 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Thoughts On Thr First Joe Biden / Bernie Sanders Debate

In short, I am glad I voted for Joe Biden in the California primary.
He is willing to work together. Bernie's ego seemd to be out of control.

I wish I had the time to write everything I am feeling at this moment, but I have to get ready for work as a cashier. Yes, I would like to stay home and rest, but I have rent to pay.

Ox,
Mari

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Public Health Issues

Dear Friends:

As you may or may not know, I have been working at a natural grocery store since October, while running in place for POTUS. Since Senatot Warren dropped out, and both top contenders are in the high risk group during this pandemic crisis,  I have decided to stay in the race. Although I am, for the most part, an unknown,  i feel as if I would be abandoning my civic duty to withdraw at this time. Things can change at any moment.
We all have skills that may be helpful to the common good. The question we all have to ask ourselves is: "Where will those skills be of best use? "

That said, I will be sharimg more observations and ideas as we enter this new phase of living together on this changing planet.

Here is one:
Observations: we breathe on each other and over surfaces. If potential carriers of Covid-19 are asymptomatic, there is no way of knowing who can spread the virus in the community, so if you must be in public, we are going to have to develop new habits.
Perhaps we should require masks for everyone in the food industry. These should be the same grade as used by surgeons in the operating room.

To that point, perhaps eachnof us should be wearing a mask, scarf or bandana over our nose and mouth. It will stop is from touching our faces, and that is an improvement, isn't it?

Please feel free to share any ideas you come across that you think might help All I ask is that you link back to and/or credit the source. The answers are out there. We just need to know where to look.

 The more people of different and diverse backgrounds and perspectives engaged in the process, the more creative and complete the solutions will be. It doesn't have to be perfect. Let's start where we are.

I will do my best to share what I find, and will include source links. 

Try your best to be calm. It helps your immune system.

Love,
Mari

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

One Step At A Time

Hello Again:

In case you missed it, here is Joe Biden's speech from March 10:
https://www.c-span.org/video/?470244-1/joe-biden-holds-campaign-event-philadelphia

We have to right this ship before we can get to where we need to be.

We have a long way to go.

Ox,
Mari