~~ a calendar quindecim
The Heat of July
July arrives with a sweltering heat,
bringing depressions, storms, torrential rains
to southern states--historical repeat
of bygone seasons with their hurricanes.
The Pacific northwest with record highs
installs rolling outages in Spokane;
while California's veins are parched and dry,
volcanic lava is Hawaii's bane.
Will the northeastern states escape the wrath
being spewed midst July's incoming days,
or will birds there need water in each bath
just to survive heated summertime rays?
We can hope the burn of the scorching sun
by end of month will be seen on the run
as the virus and it leave room for fun.
The new virus variant taking hold
is putting a chill on planned summer fun.
The worldwide spike is becoming quite bold
but not cooling us down via "chill" pun.
The play on words is easier to take
than the virus or heat of July days
typically graced with vacation break
which may slip past us due to viral frays.
While choosing to break with normal routine,
keep a thought to health for others and you;
use sense and caution, keep enjoyment clean
to prevent a new surge when summer's through.
Don't forget the healthy ways you have learned,
practice safe sunning so you don't get burned,
and you'll enjoy home more when you've returned.
Predictions border on dire once again
from many health pros for the months ahead.
Each new variant sets off a new spin
as the vaccines work to capture the spread.
As return to work seeks to create new norms
of work from home and higher rates of pay
we will surely see new variant swarms
in spite of cares we take along the way.
With schools restarting in-person classes,
students will be busy with music, sports,
and studies galore requiring passes
for halls and busses engaged for transports.
Don't store safety precautions on a shelf,
actions are not protected by an elf
negating practicing safety yourself.
September is a time to look ahead
planning completion of special projects,
mapping special meals for the holidays,
budgeting gifts, shopping, buying no rejects
while looking at winter travel options.
Safety, facemasks, verifying inspects
upon arrival; social distancing guides
for compliance, and monitor prefect,
fees for each fractured crime come into play.
Each will effect memory time collects,
trying to normalize every aspect.
Ads for Christmas appear early this year,
already here as if adding some cheer,
and carols will play when the day draws near.
Image Above: by Lena Helfinger @ pixabay.com.
— by tkbrown —
Halloween is coming up, and the safety of all children should be front and foremost in our minds. The past two to three decades has seen a spate of evildoings with regard to the Trick-or-Treat activities. Many have reported receiving candy with poison, straight-edged razor particles, straight-pins, needles, etc. embedded. Only evil people would do such a thing. Therefore, it is up to the communities to protect the children.
In decades past, alternative practices have been coordinated as part of a collaborative effort to protect the children. Hospitals began offering ‘free of charge’ x-ray services to detect metal particles in candy. Churches began coordinating ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ activities for the children in the community and for those who wished to visit. Neighborhoods began coordinating ‘Trick-or-Treat’ for the children within and for the friends and relatives of those children. Many efforts have been launched to protect our children on Halloween. There are not, currently, as many reports of such evil atrocities occurring on Halloween as there have been in decades past. For this, I am thankful.
If you have a child, or children, who will be participating in ‘Trick-or-Treat,’ please take precautions to protect them. It is better to limit the treats received in a protective environment, than to expose them to the evils noted above and possibly others to which we have not been alerted. When the children go Trick-or-Treating, go with them. Have one or two adults go along to ensure their safety, while one or two stay behind to give ‘safe’ treats to those who come to call.
Let’s all join hands in this effort to ensure a Happy and Healthy Halloween for all!!!!!
Photo Above: by mumby.com.